Qatar Airways
  • Qatar Airways won 2017’s awards for best airline and best business class.
  • The airline flies from 10 US cities — plus Las Vegas, later this year — and operates an extensive network throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, with connections through Doha, Qatar.
  • The airline’s new business class is a fantastic product, but even economy class stands out from the competition, offering a comfortable option for long-haul flights.

Last year, Qatar Airways was named 2017’s best airline by Skytrax, the authoritative airline review and ranking consultancy group. Qatar only started flying in 1994, but over the past decade its been on a roll: It’s won the top Skytrax honor four times since 2010.

The award is based on customer feedback — Skytrax surveys millions of travelers all around the world. For the 2017 awards, more than 19 million individual entries were received. The questionnaire covers topics ranging from the airport and check-in experience, to the onboard “hard” product, like seats and cabin atmosphere, and the “soft” product, like food and in-flight entertainment, to the cabin service, which covers just about everyone you’d interact with from boarding to disembarkment.

Qatar Airways also won the 2017 award for the best business class overall product, shortly after the airline announced its new “Qsuite” business class product — fully enclosed “suites” in the air with seats that can fold into flat beds, and even combine into double-beds in the middle aisle. The airline only offers first class on its small fleet of A380 superjumbo jets, so it’s invested heavily in its business class product instead.

Take a look below at some of the best features of Qsuites business class and economy class on Qatar Airways.

Most of Qatar’s flights to the US are operated by Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft.

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The new Qsuites business class, which features a door that you can close for privacy, is installed on planes flying to New York and Washington DC, with more routes on the way.

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For those of us whose budget doesn’t include premium cabin travel, or who don’t have enough miles to redeem for it…

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…Qatar’s economy class is still a great way to travel.

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The economy seats are more comfortable than most US airlines’ long-haul fleets. On the 777-300ER I toured, seats have 32 inches of pitch, an 18 inch width, and adjustable headrests.

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Qsuite seats have individual 21.5 inch flat-screen in-flight entertainment systems that you can control with a touchscreen or a separate remote.

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During your flight, you’ll have access to around 4,000 movies, TV shows, games, and music channels.

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Economy passengers have access to the same exact in-flight entertainment library on their personal screens as business class.

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If you’re traveling with a group and sit in the middle Qsuite seats, you can lower the privacy dividers to create up to a four-person “conference room” type setup.

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And in every other row in the middle, where the seats are close together…

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…You can lower the center divider and combine the seats into a double bed.

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Each seat comes with soft, plush bedding, including a duvet, pillows, and a mattress pad over the seats when they’re in bed mode.

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When you sit in business class, you can enjoy a multi-course meal with your choice of plenty of wines and spirits. This Arabic mezze came with the most delicious (and fluffy) pita bread…

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…While the main course of chicken biryani was exquisite, especially by airplane standards.

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A decadent molten chocolate cake with fig was offered for dessert.

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If you’re with a group in the middle section, you can share a snack platter with things like mini tacos, beef sliders, and mini cheesecake.

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Between the big meal…

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…And the chance to sleep…

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…You’ll be on the ground again before you know it, ready to start your next adventure.

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Source: Business Insiders

 

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