BERLIN: Qatar Airways on Wednesday (Mar 8) unveiled what it calls a game-changer in business travel - its new QSuite, which features the industry’s first double-beds in business class. It showed off the customisable private suites at the ITB Berlin, the world's biggest travel show.
The concept has been in development for the past three years and is being touted as revolutionary in design. The seats have privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining suites to create a double bed.
There are also adjustable panels and movable TV monitors at the centre of four seats, such that a family of four can create a private suite and colleagues can hold business meetings.
"If you are a group of businessmen who want to discuss business on board, you can also do this in total privacy," said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Global Chief Executive.
"And finally, if you are a couple on honeymoon, you can have a double bed created from the two seats."
Each seat is made of hand-stitched Italian leather and has satin rose gold finishing.
Qatar Airways has been in operation for 20 years. It flies to more than 150 destinations and in the months ahead, two new Southeast Asian destinations will be added to the list – Chiang Mai in Thailand and Indonesia’s Medan.