Which Routes Offer The Best Qatar Airways Business Class Cabins?


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I’ve flown quite a few Qatar Airways flights in the past 7 months so I feel like I’m getting a good idea of what sort of service you can expect on board and what kind of cabins the airline offers. While the service is rarely anything other than very good and while the food and drink are usually pretty good too, there are noticeable differences in the quality of the Business Class cabins that the airline offers.

The difference in cabin quality is usually down to the age of the aircraft the airline offers and, if you’re planning to splash out on a Qatar Airways Business Class flight any time soon, you would be well advised to know what aircraft and cabin will be offered on the route(s) you want to fly.

For a lot of destinations Qatar Airways offers just one type of aircraft so you don’t really have a choice…..but knowing what aircraft you’ll be flying may help you decide if the fare you’re being quoted is worth it or not.

Which Are The Best Qatar Airways Business Class Cabins?

The very best Business Class cabin is almost certainly the new QSuites cabin that Qatar Airways is currently retrofitting to its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft:

But the problem with the QSuite is that, as the airline is only refitting one aircraft a month with the new product, you’re unlikely to be seeing it appear on most routes any time soon.

At the time of writing the QSuite is offered on one or two of the 777-300ER aircraft that operate between London and Doha and we know that Paris and New York will be the next cities to get aircraft offering QSuites (no start dates for QSuite service to these cities have been provided) – but that’s it. For the time being all other cities served by Qatar Airways 777 aircraft will still offer the older Business Class seats.

As flights offering the new QSuites are still quite hard to find I’m going to ignore that product and concentrate on cabins you’ll find very easily.

The best Qatar Airways Business Class cabins are found on the Airbus A380, the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

While there are some subtle differences between the seats on each of those three aircraft, essentially this is what they look like:

Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner Business Class

Annoyingly the A350 and the A380 are the only two long haul Qatar Airways aircraft I have yet to try out in Business Class (I’ve tried out the A380 First Class cabin)….but I have flown on the Dreamliner a few times (full review here) and I can confirm that it’s very good indeed.

No one booking this seat is going to be disappointed with what they find when they get aboard.

With that in mind the routes that offer these aircraft will also offer you the best value for money when booking Qatar Airways Business Class.

Which Routes Offer The Qatar Airways A380, A350 and the 787 Dreamliner?

Note: At the time of writing this information is correct and up to date but please check before you book as schedules and aircraft change regularly.

Qatar Airways A380 Routes From Doha

  • Guanghzou (China)
  • London Heathrow
  • Melbourne
  • Paris CDG
  • Sydney

Qatar Airways A380 Business Class Bar – definitely one of the cabin highlights

As you can see Qatar Airways doesn’t fly its A380 to all that many destinations…and that’s because it doesn’t have all that many of them.

Also, please be aware that the airline will fly other aircraft as well as the A380 to some of these destinations (e.g London) so don’t assume that all flight offer then same aircraft.

Main Qatar Airways A350 Routes From Doha

  • Adelaide
  • Barcelona
  • Boston
  • Brussels
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • Madrid
  • Munich
  • New York JFK
  • Paris CDG
  • Philadelphia
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo Haneda
  • Vienna
  • Zurich

Qatar Airways A350 – image courtesy of Qatar Airways

Over recent months Qatar Airways has been increasing the number of cities to which it flies the A350 (on of my favourite aircraft) but things could be about to slow down. The airline recently cancelled orders for 4 A350s so I’m not expecting to see this list grow any time soon.

Be aware that the airline will fly other aircraft as well as the A350 to some of these destinations (e.g Paris & London) so don’t assume that all flight offer then same aircraft.

Main Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner Routes From Doha

  • Bali
  • Bangkok
  • Barcelona
  • Birmingham (UK)
  • Cape Town
  • Copenhagen
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Helsinki
  • Hong Kong
  • Johannesburg
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • London Heathrow
  • Manchester (UK)
  • Nice
  • Oslo
  • Phuket
  • Rome
  • Stockholm
  • Vienna

Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner Business Class Cabin

Be aware that the airline will fly other aircraft as well as the Dreamliner to some of these destinations and some of those aircraft offer cabins that are nowhere near as good as the Dreamliner (e.g the A340 on the Kuala Lumpur route) – always check which aircraft your specific flights are offering.

How About The Other Aircraft Qatar Airways Offers?

I’ve already reviewed the following Business Class cabins on Traveling For Miles:

Despite the fact that the A320 isn’t even a widebody aircraft, the ones I would probably do my best to avoid would probably be the A330 & A340 aircraft.

The current 777 Business Class cabin isn’t actually all that bad (I spent over 16 hours in it when I flew between Auckland and Doha) but it certainly isn’t one of the newest:

Qatar Airways 777 Business Class Cabin

The A330 and A340 Business Class cabins don’t offer much space for your feet when the seat is in bed mode (unless you’re in row 1) so I’m definitely not a fan.

Qatar Airways A340 Business Class footwell

List Of Main Qatar Airways Routes With The Aircraft Used

The following list isn’t a comprehensive list of all the routes Qatar Airways flys but it does show what I think are the main routes the airline offers.

You can use this list to see what aircraft are used to the destinations you’re interested and, hopefully, you can use it to avoid the less optimal Qatar Airways Business Class cabins too.

CITY AIRPORT AIRCRAFT USED
AFRICA
South Africa Cape Town CPT 787
South Africa Johannesburg JNB 777 787
ASIA
China Beijing PEK 777
China Chengdu CTU A330
China Gunaghzou CAN A380
China Hong Kong HKG 787
China Shanghai PVG 777
India Mumbai BOM 777
India New Delhi DEL 787
Indonesia Bali DPS 777 A330 787
Japan Tokyo – Haneda HND A350
Japan Tokyo – Narita NRT 777
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur KUL A340 787 777
Maldives Male MLE A330
Philippines Manila MNL 777
Singapore Singapore SIN A350
South Korea Seoul ICN 777
Thailand Bangkok BKK 777 787
Thailand Phuket HKT 787
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City SGN A330
EUROPE
Austria Vienna VIE A350 787
Belgium Brussels BRU A350
Czech Republic Prague PRG A320
Denmark Copenhagen CPH 787
Finland Helsinki HEL 787
France Nice NCE 787
France Paris CDG CDG 777 A380 A350
Germany Berlin TXL A330
Germany Frankfurt FRA A350
Germany Munich MUC A350
Ireland Dublin DUB 787
Italy Milan Malpensa MXP A330
Italy Pisa PSA A320
Italy Rome FCO 787
Italy Venice VCE A330
Netherlands Amsterdam AMS 777
Norway Oslo OSL 787
Poland Warsaw WAW A330
Russia Moscow Domodedovo DME A320 A321
Spain Barcelona BCN A350 787
Spain Madrid MAD A350
Sweden Stockholm ARN 787
Switzerland Geneva GVA A350
Switzerland Zurich ZRH A350
UK Birmingham BHX 787
UK Edinburgh EDI 787
UK London Heathrow LHR 777 A380 A350 787
UK Manchester MAN 787
NORTH AMERICA
Canada Montreal YUL 777
USA Atlanta ATL 777
USA Boston BOS A350
USA Chicago ORD 777
USA Dallas Fort Worth DFW 777
USA Houston IAH 777
USA Los Angeles LAX 777LR
USA Miami MIA 777
USA New York JFK JFK A350 777
USA Philadelphia PHL A350
USA Washington DC IAD 777
OCEANIA
Australia Adelaide ADL A350
Australia Melbourne MEL A380
Australia Perth PER 777
Australia Sydney SYD A380
New Zealand Auckland AKL 777
SOUTH AMERICA
Argentina Buenos Aires EZE 777
Brasil Sao Paulo GRU 777

2 COMMENTS

  1. 250,000 miles on QR since January.

    I’ve flown A380 to BKK twice this year.

    If you are stuck with an A340 or an A330, make sure you get an aisle.

    777’s are fine, even window, because aisle seats, when bed is fully extended slope downwards so easy to step over without disturbing your seat mate, if your Platinum 9 times out of 10 they will keep seat next to you empty if not a full flight. But can’t wait for Q Suites!

    Thanks for your summary, very good.

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