The Champagne Mile recently tested out the Qatar Airways Qsuite on the Boeing 777 from Paris to Doha.
This game-changing product is widely considered to be the best business class seat in the sky. Read on to discover what it's like to fly in Qsuites, and find out how you can try it out for yourself.
Visiting the excellent Qatar Airways Paris Charles de Gaulle Premium Lounge
After arriving at the Charles De Gaulle, it was a brisk walk to the Qatar Airways Premium check-in desk. Finding the check-in point was easy enough, as signs abounded.
Qatar Airways operates a stunning lounge at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. It's located in Terminal 1 before the security checkpoint. The lounge welcomes Qatar Airways business class and first class passengers, along with their Oneworld counterparts.
The facility features an entry area with sofas, open plan relaxation zones, a casual buffet/bar area and a more formal dining nook. In addition, guests can access Prayer rooms, a business centre, private shower suites and a small number of private meeting rooms.
Key highlights include two outdoor terraces with views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, bottomless Billecart-Salmon NV Champagne (yes, please!) and luxurious Rituals Spa amenities.
After taking a tour of the lounge (including the outdoor terrace, which was sadly too chilly to perch at for my visit), I made my way to the dining room for a light supper.
As mentioned above, the Qatar Airways Paris Charles de Gaulle Premium Lounge proudly serves Billecart-Salmon NV. This lovely drop is one of my favourites, and surprisingly, was a cut above the offering on my Qsuite flight (more on that below).
At the time of my visit, the food consisted of buffet-style light local and Arabic fare. One cooked to order dish (beef shazlick, which was prepared medium-rare to my liking) was available.
After I'd enjoyed a light graze and a glass of Champagne, it was time to make the trek through security and to the gate.
Qatar Qsuite business class cabin
Qatar Airways' Business Class cabin is located in the front of the plane. The 777 features 42 business class seats in two sections across eleven rows – 24 Qsuites in the forward cabin and 18 in a slightly smaller cabin at the rear.
The seats are staggered in a 1-2-1 layout, and alternate between forward and rear facing.
One thing that’s unique to Qsuite is the “quad” arrangement below — paired rear and forward-facing centre seats can be connected by sliding the in-flight entertainment displays to the side, creating a suite of sorts for families or colleagues travelling together.
With sliding privacy doors, a lie-flat bed, excellent dining options and high-speed WiFi, the Qatar Airways QSuite ticks all the boxes. Quite simply, it’s a product that should be on every points and miles enthusiast’s bucket list, something that should become progressively easier as Qatar rolls out the product onto more of its aircraft.
Booking the Qatar Airways Qsuite using points or miles
Qatar Airways is a Oneworld airline, with award flights bookable (online via the Qantas website) using Qantas Frequent Flyer points. A one-way business class flight between selected Australian and European cities comes in at 136,000 Qantas points, plus taxes.
However, Australian travellers who have access to a flexible loyalty scheme like American Express Membership Rewards will likely find better value booking via Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, where a one way Qatar Airways business class flight from Australian cities to Europe can be redeemed from 85,000 Asia Miles, plus taxes.
Summing up: What makes Qatar Qsuite business class so amazing?
With the Qsuite, Qatar Airways has raised the bar on business class airline travel, setting a new standard in the industry. Quite simply, Qsuites ticks all the boxes – the privacy of an extremely comfortable enclosed suite, excellent dining, attentive service and fast WiFi.
With a product this good, who needs first class?
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