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First Look: Qatar Airways Reveals Brand New Business Class Seat On Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

First Look: Qatar Airways Reveals Brand New Business Class Seat On Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Qatar Airways has revealed the first look photos of its long-awaited new Business Class seat that will feature on the Doha-based airline’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The first flight to feature the new seat will be to Milan on June 25 before being rolled out on other key routes including Athens, Barcelona and Karachi.

The seat is different from its lauded QSuites seat that features on Qatar’s fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft because the Dreamliner has a narrower fuselage and the bespoke QSuite seat simply can’t fit in the cabin.

Instead, Qatar Airways has opted for an off the shelf product from seat manufacturer Adient. The heavily customised Ascent seat is arranged in a herringbone pattern (allowing people sat in middle seats to be close to one another), in a 1-2-1 configuration, with direct aisle access and sliding doors at every seat. The seat transforms into a 79” fully-flat bed.

Hawaiian Airlines will use the same seat on its 787-9’s in the near future and American Airlines is also said to be considering the seat as its new Business Class product.

Qatar Airways will, however, be the launch customer of the Adient Ascent and chief executive Akbar Al Baker says it’s been “crafted with the unique Qatar Airways design DNA”.

“The new Business Class Suite sets yet another industry standard with a uniquely private experience for premium passengers travelling with us, which is becoming increasingly valuable during this pandemic while showcasing Qatar Airways’ 5-star standards of excellence and Qatari hospitality that are quintessential on all of our flights,” Al Baker said on Thursday.

“Our passengers deserve the best and I am confident that they will appreciate the larger Dreamliner variant for its unmatched comfort in the sky. Passengers can rest assured that its responsible impact on the environment fully aligns with our ambition to achieve the highest levels of sustainability.”

Unlike the original QSuites, the new Business Class is significantly lighter which should mean a lot less fuel burn.

Qatar Airways took delivery of its first 787-9 more than a year ago but one of the reasons it has sat idle until now was because the airline was working on the new Business Class seat. The aircraft will soon be scheduled on services from Doha to Athens, Barcelona, Dammam, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid and Milan.

There are just 30 Business Class Suites fitted to each 787-9 with the rest of the plane made up of 281 seats in Economy Class.

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