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Airline: Qatar Airways (QR)
Flight Number: QR702
Class: “QSuite” Business Class
Aircraft: Airbus A350-1000 XWB
Delivered: June 2019
Flight Duration: 12 Hours 15 Minutes
Distance: 6,698 Miles
Ever wonder what it’s like to fly on Qatar Airways QSuite Business Class during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Come join us on our flight from New York JFK to Doha aboard Qatar’s Airbus A350-1000XWB
Qatar Airways offers the spectacular QSuite business class product on their Airbus A350-1000 aircrafts. The seat itself is very comfortable and private. Some of the center seats can even be converted into a quad, where a party of 4 people can sit together. Top that with luxurious amenities, and delicious, beautifully presented meals and you have a winning first-class flight in business.
What I liked:
The onboard service – The onboard service was excellent! The flight attendants working our aisle were friendly, efficient, and proactive in delivering the in-flight service. The crew anticipated all our needs during the flight, and even offered turndown service.
The airplane – We’ve flown on Qatar’s A350-1000 before and in my opinion, it is the Airline’s best aircraft for business class (minus the onboard bar). Large windows, a spacious cabin with high ceiling, and the best humidity/cabin pressure of any next generation aircraft available is a sure win.
The food – The onboard catering was excellent as always. Despite the changes in service, the onboard catering was still beautifully presented and delicious! Catering was done by DO & CO, which is one of the best in-flight caterers in the industry. Qatar offers a dine-on-demand service, and I was able to order what I wanted from the menu at any time during the flight. There were plenty of food and beverage selections, and an extensive wine list.
The IFE – This plane uses the Oryx One Entertainment system and it offers a plethora of new and classic movies, TV programs, music, and games selections. The system interface is responsive and it was easy to navigate through the media content. The Airbus A350 also has an impressive outside camera.
The amenities – Qatar offers excellent business class amenities. All passengers are offered a Bric’s amenity kit with Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio toiletries, and pajamas by The White Company London. A bottled water, and noise canceling headphones are available at each seat. A full-size pillow, a thick and comfortable duvet, and mattress pad are fitted on the seat during turndown service. The lavatories are also very clean and fully stocked with Rituals toiletries.
What I didn’t like:
The Lounge- The American Airlines Flagship Lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 8 is currently closed, so we were left to hang out at the Admirals Club before our flight. The seats are plenty comfortable, and some seats were blocked for physical distancing. However, compared to the Flagship lounge, the food selection at this lounge is very limited. They do have a hot beverage station, and full bar.
It was OK…I guess:
The seats – OK, so I’m really nitpicking here… I really like Qatar’s QSuite product and I think it’s the best business class product available to date. The seat is private, yet spacious and well laid out. The seat controls, IFE, storage, and power outlets are all within an easy reach. The QSuite also features a door that you can close in-flight for extra privacy. Did I mention Qatar offers personal air nozzles on the Airbus A350? 😊 The only negative thing I noticed is that when lying down, my knees would constantly hit the tray table when turning to my side or back.
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