Qatar Airways is launching its first all-business class flights from London’s Heathrow to its hub in Doha. The new service will start on 15 May 2014, with an Airbus A319 aircraft fitted with an all Business Class, single aisle, 2–2 seating configuration offering 40 seats. Each seat, in rows of four, will fully recline and offer a big-screen entertainment system with more than 900 movies, TV shows, and video games to choose from. Passengers can also remain in touch with their friends and loved ones on the ground through the SMS mobile texting GSM and GPRS service upon this aircraft. Customers booked on the service will have access to the new Qatar Airways lounge in Heathrow, and the Premium Terminal in Doha.
As it stands, Qatar Airways operates five daily flights to London Heathrow. The business class only flight will be its sixth.
“The Doha-London Heathrow route is one of Qatar Airways’ most popular international routes and it was only fitting that we introduce an all-business class service on this key route,” said the Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.
Qatar Airways operates 129 aircraft and flies to 134 destinations. The flag carrier of Qatar has been awarded the World’s Best Business Class Airline for 2013 and has also twice been the recipient of the Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012 at the prestigious Skytrax Airline Awards. The airline has also been named as ‘Best Long-Haul Airline’ for the second year running and ‘Business Airline of the Year’ at the high profile UK Business Travel Awards 2014 recently held in London.