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Qatar Airways is getting worse at letting us know when it’s adding its lauded Qsuites Business Class cabin to new routes and, even when it does put out an announcement, it doesn’t always give out all the information.
Last week a number of blogs picked up on comments made by the Qatar Airways CEO indicating that the airline would be offering Qsuites Business Class to Singapore and to Tokyo Haneda….but that wasn’t the whole story.
While it’s definitely true to say that we will see Qsuites service to Singapore from 1 November and to Tokyo Haneda from 1 January what few appear to have picked up on is the fact that we will also see the Qsuite cabin offered on the Doha – Tokyo Narita and Doha – Amsterdam routes.
Here’s the Qsuite news in full:
Without so much as a hint that it will be adding its Qsuites Business Class cabin to another European route Qatar Airways has scheduled a refurbished Boeing 777 to operate the Doha – Amsterdam route from 1 October 2018.
Here’s the seat map that Expert Flyer is currently showing:
Qatar Airways operates a single daily flight between Doha and Amsterdam on the following schedule….
QR273 DOH 08:00 – 13:20 AMS (Daily)
QR274 AMS 15:15 – 23:35 DOH (Daily)
….and, unlike with a lot of Qatar Airways routes, this route is scheduled to offer the Qsuite Business Class cabin through to the end of the current booking period.
Qatar Airways offers three daily flights between Doha and Singapore and from 1 November 2018 one of them will offer the airline’s Qsuite Business Class cabin. From 1 December 2018 that number rises to two.
Here’s what the schedule is set to look like:
QR946 DOH 01:55 – 14:55 SIN (Daily) – Qsuite service from 1 December 2018
QR944 DOH 08:15 – 21:15 SIN (Daily) – Qsuite service from 1 November 2018
QR942 DOH 20:15 – 09:15+1 day SIN (Daily)
QR945 SIN 02:00 – 05:35 DOH (Daily) – Qsuite service from 1 November 2018
QR943 SIN 10:55 – 14:30 DOH (Daily)
QR947 SIN 22:40 – 00:20+1 day DOH (Daily) – Qsuite service from 1 December 2018
Qatar Airways is introducing the larger Airbus A350-1000 to the Singapore route and that’s why we’ll be seeing the Qsuite cabin being offered. Sadly this won’t be in time for my trip next month so I’m still stuck looking for a good fare on a route where the Qsuites are offered.
As things stand the A350-1000 aircraft are scheduled to operate this route through 30/31 March 2019 (dates which signify the end of the winter schedule) but there’s every chance the aircraft will be kept on this route once the summer 2019 schedule is updated.
Qatar Airways offers a daily service between Doha and Tokyo Handea using its Airbus A350-900 aircraft but, from 1 January 2019, Qatar Airways will swap in a new and larger A350-1000 aircraft complete with the Qsuite Business Class cabin.
Here’s the planned schedule:
QR812 DOH 07:05 – 22:30 HND (Daily)
QR813 HND 23:50 – 06:30+1 day DOH (Daily)
As things stand the upgraded aircraft is scheduled to operate on this route through 30 March 2019 (a date which signifies the end of the winter schedule) but there’s a good chance the aircraft will be kept on this route once the summer 2019 schedule is updated.
Just as it does with Haneda, Qatar Airways offers a daily service between Doha and Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Currently the route is operated by an unmodified 777-300 aircraft but that changes from 28 October 2018.
As of the beginning of the winter schedule Qatar Airways will operate an upgraded 777-300 aircraft (complete with Qsuites) between Doha and Tokyo Narita on the following schedule:
QR812 DOH 01:55 – 17:55 NRT (Daily)
QR813 NRT 22:20 – 06:10+1 day DOH (Daily)
As things stand the upgraded aircraft is scheduled to operate on this route through 31 March 2019 (a date which signifies the end of the winter schedule) but there’s a reasonable chance the aircraft will be kept on this route once the summer 2019 schedule is updated.