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I flew on the second Qatar Airways flight between Auckland and Doha back in February 2017 at a time where, at a little over 9,000 miles, the journey was the longest commercial flight in the world,
The Qatar Airways 777-200LR on which I flew offered an old fashioned 2-2-2 cabin layout but, thanks to a great cabin crew and an empty seat next to me, the 18 hours I spent inside the aircraft was quite pleasant.
In recent months Qatar Airways has been slowly refitting its 777-200LR aircraft with its acclaimed QSuites Business Class cabin (which is why the Doha – Los Angeles route now offers such a great Business Class experience) but, up until now, passengers on the world’s second longest flight have had to ‘put up’ with the old fashioned seats you see in the picture above….although there have been occasional sightings of the QSuites on this route from time to time.
The sightings won’t just be occasional much longer.
On 15 May 2019 Qatar Airways will fly a QSuite equipped 777-200LR between Doha and Auckland (returning from Auckland on the 16th) and, according to ExpertFlyer, the aircraft will reappear on the route on alternate days between 19 May and 31 May.
From 1 June 2019 onwards Qatar Airways will offer QSuites daily between Doha and Auckland.
This is fantastic news for passengers traveling to New Zealand via Doha and is a move that I expected Qatar Airways to make some time ago…but better late than never.
[HT: One Mile At A Time]