This is my review of Qatar Airways‘ Qsuite, sitting in seat 3A, which is a backwards facing seat on my flights from Heathrow to Qatar.
Qsuite features closing doors, huge amounts of space, lay flat bed and a large entertainment screen. In general terms, I wasn’t disappointed!
Firstly, the seat itself is extremely comfortable. There are multiple controls, which allow the seat to be controlled in a number of ways – and a few ‘hot keys’ for landing, eating, lay flat, etc.
In the Qsuite there was what is effectively a side counter which already had bedding, amenities kit and pillows waiting for me. There was also a USB socket, multi-voltage mains socket – and curiously a HDMI socket and a contactless card reader!
I rarely talk about bedding – but this is certainly worth taking about! The bedding was really soft and very comfortable. Two pillows were provided – one which matched the bedding and another which had a slogan on it – a welcome bit of personality, compared to other airlines who give you a plain white pillow!
The table was also extremely good quality – it was rock solid! I often complain about Club World and even Club Suites as having ‘bendy’ tables, which is annoying for eating and for putting a laptop on. However, this was so rock solid – I could have stood on it!
The doors of the Qsuite fully closed, and once closed the area was very private – but still felt like there was plenty of space.
To the side of the seat there was a storage unit, which opened up for storage. Inside was already a water bottle, headphones, and a sick bag. There was a fair amount of storage.
Above my seat was a reading light and air nozzles! This I was hugely pleased about, as BA seem to have removed these from their aircraft, meaning that I can often get hot and bothered!
If the high-end quality of Qsuite wasn’t enough, there is a video which plays pre-takeoff explaining where all the buttons are, where the storage is, and generally how Qsuite works. This just adds that extra ‘edge’ to the quality of the product. I was impressed!!
In general terms the Qsuite is a stunning product, extremely high quality. BUT, there were two problems I found with the design, both relating to storage.
The first is that I like to take my shoes off during the flight and there was nowhere to store them! BA’s Club Suite has storage space under the foot rest – but Qsuite did not – so I put them in the overhead locker as the side storage part was too small.
The second issue is that there was nowhere to store my laptop. This is an issue I have with BA’s Club Suite too (but not with their ‘old’ Club World). Again – I like to unpack pre-takeoff and get ready, but on this occasion I did have to get back up due to lack of storage.
You could call me lazy – but in my view these things do matter – especially at the price tag Qatar Airlines charge!
The Qsuite is on any level exceptional, and has perfect touches. It isn’t perfect but it’s pretty close!
My storage issues aside, I was very impressed by this – and would undoubtably be looking for Codeshare flights with Qatar Airlines on my next journeys!