The Qatar QSuite Business Class is arguably the most luxurious business class suite in all the flights available. It is available on Qatar Airways flights. I talked about it when it first launched, and was fortunate enough to experience the QSuite this time!
The Pro: The quality nap, the soundproof headset, free wifi onboard, amazing food and wine, thick blanket for naps.
The Con: I can’t go back to Economy Class again.
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How did I get onboard the QSuite Business Class? It was a lucky coincidence. I booked my flight to Zurich, Switzerland with Qatar Airways. On the way back, I had a layover in Doha, Qatar. After spending time in the Al Maha Transit Lounge, I headed over to the departure gate to wait for my flight.
I booked an economy class.
While everyone was queueing to enter the gate, I waited with my luggage (team Carry-On) by the gate. The plan is to get my boarding pass checked without joining the queue. Suddenly, this person came up to me and asked where I was heading to and if I was travelling alone.
“Yeah, I’m travelling alone.” “Alone, sure?” “Yes, alone.”
Then he asked me to follow him to print my boarding pass. Since I had my e-boarding pass and I don’t like wasting paper with printing, I said it is fine. He said that it would be faster with a physical paper and since the queue was still long, I followed him to get it printed.
At the table, they were trying to print my boarding pass, but one printer was not working. The last call for my flight was announced and the next announcement was my name. Still, the staff said it is alright and there was time.
Finally, the boarding pass is printed, and he said, “you’ve been upgraded to business class.”. WHAT. I was pleasantly surprised!
We headed back to the gate and he instructed the lady to check me in after everyone else has been checked in. So, we waited and viola, done!
Scanned my passport and boarding pass, hopped on to the bus, went up the plane and found my seat: 3A! I was already super happy in general, but this was the cherry on the happy cake.
Onboard Qatar QSuite
“Would you like a drink, mam?”
It was 8.30am, but at the airport, time makes no sense. So as always, I would get a glass of champagne to start the journey.
The flight had a slight delay since there were too many planes flying to all around the world. There was also traffic when the buses brought people to the planes. The delay lasted a good 20min.
I found my seat, took my laptop out from my luggage, stored by luggage on the overhead bin and got comfortable in my seat. It’s my first time in the QSuite, so you can imagine my excitement as I checked out the space! (I also had not slept in over 24h, so it probably made me a little more excited than usual.)
Space and Amenities
Upon entering the seat, the first thing I realised is the size of the TV screen. There was a remote on the side and a huge TV screen. The buttons of the seat and lights were beside the remote for easy access.
There is a storage bin by the side of the seat, with a bottle of Evian water, inflight magazine and a noise cancelling headset.
On the side table, there is a little pillow with some nice greetings on it, a thick cosy purple blanket and a little toiletries bag by Bric’s. Inside, we were given socks, eye mask, facial mist, anti-aging moisturizer and lip balm.
The toilet was also a lot more spacious with a drawer of toothbrush set and shaver set. That’s perfect for longer flights since I brushed my teeth twice (morning when I flew off, night when I landed).
I had the window seat, facing the opposite direction of the plane. It was 41 degrees C, dry and dusty, but I could see the skyline of Doha from my window. A lady came around with an assortment of newspapers and I picked out the FT and NYT.
As we began to take off, a lady came by with 3 menus. 1 for main means, 1 for wine list and the last for light snacks. (Since I have been eating nonstop at the lounge in Qatar, I thought I would not eat on this flight. But the menu looked so good, I can’t say no!) As it was breakfast time, there were 3 breakfast options: vegetarian Arabian breakfast, egg omelette and salmon congee. I was still stuffed from eating Arabian dates, pistachio cake and yogurt, so I just opted for a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and hot chocolate.
I had my drinks as we took off to the skies. The hot chocolate warmed by belly and I drifted off to sleep. When I woke up, I ordered an afternoon tea set with sandwich, scones and pastries. The air stewardess greeted me good morning and made my meal. It was delicious!
I did some more reading, took another nap and ordered a beef steak sandwich and a cheese platter. Watched Coco (& cried) while sipping my Chilean red wine.
I went for a Bordeaux wine initially, but I didn’t think that it would pair well with my beef steak sandwich and my cheese platter. So, I changed it to the Chilean red wine, which was an absolute delight. The air stewardess commented on the wine too, saying that she thought I would prefer the Chilean wine as it was the best grade they had. She was right!
Qatar QSuite Business Class
I had a wonderful time flying with Qatar, as always. Everyone was always smiling, gently reminding me that it could take 5-7min for my food to be ready and making small friendly talks. The passengers were also all professionals, and everyone was quiet in their little seat with the door closed.
So many passengers were in suits, and I can never understand how you can be comfortable sleeping in a suit. I was in formal working clothes when I went on the flight as I had 4 meetings, but upon reaching the lounge, I changed to my flight-suit immediately (t-shirt and yoga pants with slippers). Comfort is so important for me. And I must say that QSuite business class is my type of comfortable!
Now Peter and my brother are both saying that I will have difficulty going back to economy class since I have tasted the best. I can’t help but agree. Help me!
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