Boeing 777 Qatar Airways

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On December 31st, three Boeing 777 Freighters took off from Everett, Washington, and arrived in Doha, Qatar, on January 1st to mark a somewhat rare triple delivery for Qatar Airways. This recent delivery brings the airline’s total freighter fleet to 30. Very soon, these freighters will be introduced on long-haul scheduled routes and cargo charters. Qatar Airways Cargo took delivery of three brand new Boeing 777 freighters on January 1, bringing its total freighter fleet count to 30 freighters, consisting of two Boeing 747 freighters, 24.

Qatar Airways has one of the world’s two best business class products, QSuites. They also have a very special first class lounge, but that’s mostly been welcoming to regional first class passengers (of which there are fewer during the regional blockade against Qatar itself).

International first class has been a product only on the airline’s Airbus A380 aircraft. For the most part they’e flown that only to a couple of destinations in Europe and Bangkok, though that was extended to fly all the way to Auckland. The A380 first class product is surprisingly weak.

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Qatar Airways A380 First Class


Qatar Airways A380 First Class

Up until this past summer it was my expectation that the demise of the A380 on Qatar would mean the end of the airline’s offering a long haul first class. However the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker says not so fast.

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“We are studying the possibility of having a very exclusive first class cabin of just four seats, for example,” Al Baker says, describing it as a deliberately “very niche product” aimed at well-heeled Qatari travellers.

“We have huge demand here in Qatar to two or three European destinations” such as London and Paris, Al Baker explains, “so we may introduce a very small first class cabin for our local passengers who want a very exclusive first class product.”

The airline will have a subfleet of their new Boeing 777-9s, serving limited routes like London and Paris, that will offer first class. This will be a small number of planes, and probably offer just four suites.

We won’t see the product for awhile as aircraft with first class won’t be among the initial deliveries of these new planes. Uk lotto results winning numbers. In fact it could be 2028 before we see it.

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And anything that’s projected out to 2028 isn’t just far from certain, but more in the realm of entirely speculative, at this point. However any first class that does materialize will have to be better than QSuites, and indeed better than whatever QSuites are 8 years in the future. Combine that with Qatar’s outstanding service and catering it has the potential to be a fantastic product.