Today sees Qatar Airways launch its 311-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on key routes to Europe and Asia, starting with Doha to Milan. The star of the aircraft is the airline’s latest business class suite, which is the Adient Ascent model, a modular seating system designed with Acumen Design Associates and first presented at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg. The platform became HIC certified, ETSO approved, Sub part G approved and APDOA approved in January 2021.
The Ascent joins other business class models in the Qatar Airways fleet, with the Super Diamond seat on board its Boeing 787-8s and the QSuite on its A350s and some 777-300ERs, both manufactured by Collins Aerospace.
The 30 Ascent suites boast 79in-long fully-flat beds and are arranged 1-2-1 in a herringbone configuration for direct aisle access. Qatar Airways has specified the sliding door option, which gives passengers greater privacy from the aisle, should they wish it. Another option for passengers seated in adjoining centre suites is that they can slide the privacy panels away at the touch of a button to create a shared enclosed private space.
“The new Business Class Suite sets yet another industry standard with a uniquely private experience for premium passengers travelling with us, which is becoming increasingly valuable during this pandemic, while showcasing Qatar Airways’ 5-star standards of excellence and Qatari hospitality that are quintessential on all of our flights,” said Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al-Baker.
The Business Class Suite is complemented with the onboard service including an à la carte dine-on-demand menu with a selection of international cuisine, food and beverages, as well as vegan meal options. Premium passengers also enjoy products and amenities from international brands including Narumi, BRIC’S, Diptyque, TWG Tea, Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio and The White Company.
In economy class, the 281 Recaro seats are equipped with a 13in Panasonic seatback IFE displays and a personal electronic device holder that can accommodate mobile phones and tablet devices. The seat features a rotatable armrest that can be completely stowed away into the backrest, to increase comfort and space. Economy passengers can also enjoy the airline’s ‘Quisine’ inflight dining experience.