Review: Qatar Airways B777-300ER Qsuite Doha – Frankfurt

Review: Qatar Airways B777-300ER Qsuite Doha – Frankfurt

  • August 2022
  • Qatar Airways 69
  • Doha (DOH) – Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Departure: 0239(DOH)
  • Arrival: 0722(FRA)
  • Duration: 6:11
  • Aircraft: Boeing B777-367ER
  • Registration: A7-BAC
  • Seat: 11E (Business Class)

After my arrival from Zurich to Doha on Qatar Airways First Class, I had a one-hour connection time, so I quickly went to the Qatar Airways Al Safwa First lounge to spend some time at the jacuzzi. Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum members are allowed to enter the First lounge when traveling on full fare (Revenue or Avios Redemption) on business class cabin.

It was a little tight for me to enjoy the jacuzzi since the preparation took nearly 40 minutes and I only had 20 minutes to enjoy it before sprinting towards the gate.

Qatar Airways DOH-FRA Boarding

As I went to gate A9 around 01:34 AM in the morning, I found out that my flight was still getting ready for boarding even though the flight was scheduled to depart at 01:45 AM. A few minutes past the scheduled departure time, the boarding commenced and I quickly got into the cabin to get some photos because the flight was fully booked and I didn’t want to bother others.

I have not been on a Qsuite for a long time and I was excited to be back on board my favorite business class seat out in the industry.

Qatar Airways B77W Business Class Cabin (Qsuite)

There are four different types of Boeing B777-300ER configurations Qatar Airways currently has. Of the 51 Boeing B777-300ERs:

  • A7-BOA thru A7-BOD features Cathay Pacific Reverse Herringbone Seats
  • A7-BEA thru A7-BEX features Qsuites
  • A7-BA​​​​​​C,E,F,G,I,M,O,T,U,V,X,Y,Z features Qsuites
  • The remaining B77W is still equipped with the older business class seat

Between the two different Qsuite configurations, the A7-BE(*) series and select A7-BA(*) have a mini cabin with seat rows 7 to 11. While the remaining A7-BA(*) series only has seats up to row 6.

On my flight to Frankfurt, I was really lucky to fly on the aircraft registered as an A7-BAC because this was painted in Qatar Airways’ retro livery.

Qatar Airways A7-BAC Retro Livery

As I got on board, the lovely Qsuites were greeting me on my arrival. The Qsuite cabin is configured in a 1-2-1 layout with the odd-numbered center seats turning into a large double bed.

Additionally, all odd-numbered seats are rear-facing seats meaning they face away from the front of the aircraft while all even-numbered seats are forward-facing seats. The seats are based on your preference as I have seen some passengers experiencing travel sickness.

On the forward business class cabin, each window seat on rows 1,3 and 5 is located away from the aisle, to the window while rows 2,4,6 are by the aisle. But this changes the other way around in the mini cabin. Here, the window seats in rows 8 and 10 are away from the aisle while 9 and 11 are right beside the aisle. It all depends on how much privacy you would like.

All center seats can turn into a “Quad,” meaning if you travel as a family of four, the seat can change into a huge private suite for your family.

Qatar Airways B77W Business Class Seats (Qsuite)

On Qatar Airways’ A7-BAC registered aircraft, there are a total of 42 flatbed Qsuites divided into two cabins. Each seat features a massive 103 inches (261.62cm) of pitch and 21 inches (53cm) of width.

This impressive pitch is nearly 30 inches compared to Emirates and nearly a foot longer than the first class seats on Qatar Airways Airbus A380.

The Qsuite also features a privacy door, the first ever to be installed in a business-class product and compartments around the seat. But the compartments are quite small, small enough to store small items only.

Large carry-on items should be stowed in the overhead bins or smaller backpacks can be placed inside the leg well.

The center partition divider is high and thick enough to separate my neighbor giving added privacy. Actually, prior to boarding the seat beside me was empty but it turned out to be occupied in the end so I was not able to convert my seat into a double bed.

In the Qsuite seat, the seat adjustment buttons are located on the side above the IFE remote controller stowage. There are quite a few different controls – From automatic adjustments to manual ones.

There is also a DND button where if pressed, the seat number light will illuminate in red. This is a good function to notify the crew embers if you wish to not be disturbed.

On top of the controller, a small space for literature or items is provided. But be advised that during take-off or landing, the items inside here can slip out.

The seat also has a bright lamp which can be adjusted into different positions. The lamp is bright enough but if you need extra lighting, there is always the reading light on top of you.

The lamp can be turned on with the switch beside it with three different brightness while the overhead reading light is controlled via the button on the IFE remote controller.

Qatar Airways B77W Business Class Seats (Qsuite) Single Bed Mode

After takeoff, I asked the cabin crew to help make the bedding and within five minutes, the skilled crew made the bed. Having a neighbor beside is a little uncomfortable even though the partition separated us but I would prefer the D or E seats or the window seat if the cabin is full.

Qatar Airways Business Class Amenity Kits

The amenity kits were preset by the crew on each seat before boarding. Similar to the first class amenity kits, I received the same men’s version of the Diptyque brand.

Qatar Airways DOH-FRA Business Class Welcome Drinks

Unlike first class, passengers in business class were only offered drinks and hand towels and without snacks. nonetheless, you can request drinks from a wide variety of drink menus.

On this flight, I requested a glass of cold water as I was mildly suffering from gradual jetlags. I decided not to eat late dinner or drink any alcoholic beverages on this flight but to sleep.

Qatar Airways B77W DOH-FRA Business Class Dining

Regarding dining, since the flight departed at 2 AM in the morning, the meal service was light snacks and breakfast options. I didn’t bother to eat further at 3 AM so I just asked for cereal when I woke up.

Around two hours before landing in Frankfurt, Germany, I was wakened up by the cabin crew for breakfast. Prior to sleeping, I requested cornflakes for my breakfast with tea.

I will review more on dining on my next flight back to Doha on my coming reviews.

Qatar Airways B77W Business Class Inflight Entertainment

All Qsuites have a wide 21.5-inch touchscreen display on its seat that has smooth navigation by Panasonic’s X-series system. I am a big fan of Panasonic IFE more than Thales since the remote controller by Thales has a slower response time.

What I like about the remote controller is the large screen that mimics the main display. So you don’t have to stare at the screen trying to navigate on contents.

With more than 3,000 entertainment options, the Oryx One system offers the latest movies, songs, TV series and many more.

The business class headphone is noise canceling which works well controlling the surrounding aircraft noise.

All Qatar Airways Boeing B777 fleet are installed with Oryx One Super Wi-Fi system. The airline offers a one-hour complimentary Wi-Fi for Privilege Club members. What’s best about the Super Wi-Fi is that there is no data cap fair usage policy unlike the Wi-Fi on A380 or B787s.

For unlimited flight usage, it just cost US$10 and you can even pre-purchase the Wi-Fi on the “Manage Your Booking” page. The full-flight Wi-Fi option will enable video streaming (even if it’s still slow) and faster speed.

Qatar Airways B77W Business Class Lavatories

There are four lavatories installed on the business class cabin. Two in the forward section and the other two beside the mid galley. Lavatories near the mini-cabin are much larger than the forward ones.

The business class lavatories offered Diptyque hand soap, facial spray, and a lotion. Also not shown in the photo, amenities such as toothbrushes and shaving kits are located inside the drawer under the paper towel rack.

Summary

While I constantly flew on Qatar Airways’ older business class products on its Boeing B777s, this is the first time in more than a year I finally flew on the Qsuites. Due to my heavy flying and a red-eye flight to Frankfurt, I really didn’t enjoy the services on board since I slept throughout the flight.

But stay tuned for my return flight experience back to Doha in Qsuite. On my return flight, I had enough time to experience onboard services and dining and I will be posting the review soon.

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