If flying an all-business class aircraft does not live up to your flying expectations, Qatar Airways has announced plans to deploy its first A380, featuring a brand new First Class cabin on its London Heathrow route, this summer. The airline which takes delivery of its first A380 this June premiered its new first class cabin at the ITB trade fair taking place in Berlin.
The new cabin will contain eight seats/beds, which is expected to be the widest and largest in the air, with a 90-inch pitch and with seats that can be transformed into a fully-flat bed. The IFE screen, too, will be the largest at 26-inches wide. Guests will also have access to an exclusive first class lounge on board and a ‘dining for two’ option, where passengers can have a real dining experience, sitting across their co-passenger.
According to the airlines’ CEO Akbar Al Baker, the new first class cabin will offer something more than what the competition has to offer. He said that Qatar Airways had deliberately chosen against ‘suites with sliding doors’, though with just eight seats in the entire cabin – passengers can be assured of all the privacy they wish for. The Airbus will operate on QR1 and QR2 to and from London and Doha, replacing an A340-500. The airline currently has 13 A380-800s on order, all of which will come fitted in a three-class configuration of first, business and economy over its two decks. In addition to the A380s the airline is also set to welcome its first A350 (of 800) aircraft as Airbus’ launch customer, alter this year.