Airline ranking website Skytrax has named Qatar Airways the best airline in the world for 2022, based on passenger votes.
The carrier also won the award for the best business class in the world, in particular its QSuite.
I have visited the luxury product and see why people pay for the extra space, comfort and amenities.
Doha-based Qatar Airways was recently named the world’s best airline for the third consecutive year by airline ranking website Skytrax.
The carrier, which has won seven times since the awards began in 1999, has been praised for its outstanding onboard product, customer service, cleanliness and food.
Of all Qatar’s cabins, its most popular and luxurious premium option is its QSuite business class, which has been named the best in the world by Skytrax.
The carrier has installed the cabin on several of its Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A350-900. All of the airline’s A350-1000s have a QSuite.
The QSuite-equipped aircraft flies multiple routes between the United States and Doha, such as New York-JFK, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth, flying more than 14 hours nonstop.
I visited the QSuite on the Boeing 777-200LR from Qatar to New York-JFK which was painted in a special FIFA livery – take a look
The revolutionary QSuite has been in service since June 2017 and is a major upgrade to its former business class product, which is seen on its A330s and several 777s.
The old cabin is configured in a 2x2x2 layout, which means that passengers seated near the window do not have direct access to the aisle and there is less privacy between neighbors.
Qatar also has reverse chevron business class on its A350-900, A380 and 787 aircraft which are more on par with QSuite, but still lack some unique amenities.
Like the 787 Business Class, QSuite is configured in a 1x2x1 configuration, meaning all passengers have direct aisle access.
But, instead of reclining the seats, most QSuite seats all face forward. Although some seats are rear-facing, which might be an odd feeling for travellers.
However, there is a retractable wall between the lounge chairs that face each other, creating a quad-style seating arrangement.
The layout is perfect for dining together, watching FIFA Football or having business meetings.
The QSuite also comes with several luxurious amenities, including sliding privacy doors that completely envelop the suite…
…a large flat-screen TV…
…a touch screen remote control…
…a hook and a reading light…
…a soft pillow and bed linen…
…plenty of power ports and a button panel to adjust the seat…
…a large foldable tray table…
…a spacious storage space next to the seat…
…privacy dividers between the middle seats…
…and lots of leg room. I’m 5’3″, but most passengers should settle into the seat easily.
Trying out the flat-lying capabilities, I found the padding to be very comfortable, and at 6’7″ long, the bed is easily long enough to accommodate taller travellers.
I liked the different ways to adjust the seat, which could be fully upright or reclined…
… or completely flat.
Travelers will also benefit from a nice set of pajamas and slippers for optimal comfort.
My only complaint about the cabin is that it felt a bit packed when standing outside the seat, probably due to the height of the walls and privacy doors.
But, once inside, the cocoon is cozy and comfortable.
After hearing about the cabin for years and finally seeing it in person, I can see why people are shelling out thousands for the QSuite.
Unique quad seats are a huge plus, especially for business travelers, and privacy doors are important for deep-pocketed guests.
I hope one day I will travel to the coveted QSuite to see if it really lives up to the hype.
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