Qatar Airways Qsuite business class to arrive in Australia in June

Even though it goes by the cleverly cryptic slogan "First in business", Australia is among the last of Qatar Airways' destinations to experience its revolutionary Qsuite. 

What may be the last word in business class seating, the Qsuite made a cameo appearance, of sorts, in Australian skies during Qatar Airway's recent inaugural daily flight from Doha and Canberra, via Sydney (crucially permitting an additional daily service into Australia's biggest city).

But Australians will soon have their chance to finally experience the spacious, state-of the-art Qsuite, with its hand-stitched Italian leather upholstery and satin rose-gold finishings, on Australian in and outbound routes.

Set to be available on Australian routes by June, the Qsuite's most revolutionary feature is its ingenious "quad configuration" which allows for it, thanks to moveable panels and TV monitors, to be transformed into a private social or meeting-style space for a "party of four", which may include well-heeled families or high-flying corporate travellers.

The seat also includes airlines' latest vogue business class seat gimmick: a sliding door, once a privacy feature confined to first-class. For Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways' forthright chief executive, the Qsuite represents perfection in business class seating design. It's an assertion with which those who have experienced the Qsuite tend to acquiesce.

"I really think there will be no room any more for improvement," he says, adding that the next challenge for blue-chip carriers like Qatar Airways will be to further enhance levels of service and food and wine offerings. "The consumer wants a comfortable seat, wants a state of privacy [and], most importantly, the human touch that you cannot really produce in a factory. The human touch is what comes with the culture of the airline."

The writer travelled on the inaugural Doha-Sydney-Canberra service as a guest of Qatar Airways. See qatarairways.com   

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