Qatar Airways will begin offering its Qsuite business class
pods on Doha-New York flights next month.
The Dec. 16 arrival of the first Qatar Qsuite-configured
Boeing 777 will mark the product's debut in the U.S. Qatar will begin offering
Qsuites on flights between Washington Dulles and Doha on Jan. 16.
Unveiled in March, the Qsuite features the airline industry's
first double bed in business class while allowing for up to four individual
pods to be conjoined.
The pods are configured in clusters of four, with two
side-by-side pods opposing two other side-by-side pods. Passengers can use
moveable barriers to keep the pods separate. But they can also adjust the
barriers and move TV monitors so that they are clear to interact with each
other. Families of four can share meals or play games together from what
amounts to a private suite while business teams can conduct meetings. A double
bed can be formed by removing the barrier between side-by-side pods.
Qatar flies twice daily to New York and daily to Dulles.