Qatar Airways has unveiled its new Airbus A380 jet, with the upper deck featuring the new £4,000 ($6,500) first class suites. All eight luxurious suites feature two rows of a 1-2-1 layout, and each seat is an exceptional 58cm (23 inches) wide, covered in a soft woven fabric, while suite trimmings include leather and touches of engraved copper. Each seat converts to a fully flat 2.2 metre (90 inch) bed, seen here with the privacy screen raised between the middle pair of seats. There’s also a 26 inch (48cm) personal HD video screen with a 3.8 inch touchscreen controller and beneath this, a bench which doubles as a companion dining seat. Each passenger gets their own wardrobe, with pockets containing slippers and the amenity kit, which contains Giorgio Armani products.
The first class cabin also features two bathrooms with contemporary clean lines and a finish that comes with the most luxurious amenities, which the airline claims ‘creates a spa-like warmth’. The taps are sensor-operated, with generously-sized sink. There’s also a wardrobe, big enough to act as a changing room.
Quality touches and attention to detail are visible through LED reading light built into the edge of the headrest, the pocket for the safety card and inglight magazines, hidden under a flap in the armrest and foldable meal table under a classy little lamp.
Tucked away towards the rear of the A380’s upper deck is a spacious inflight lounge and bar with a snaking centrepiece. Qatar says the lounge not only “offers passengers an escape from the typical airplane environment” but has been designed to exude the feel of a private “executive club”. Business and first class passengers can relax on several deep, sinuous and very comfortable benches, and both are offered an on-demand, á la carte menu which includes caviar and desserts from luxury French bakery, Laduree.
Passangers can enjoy this luxury at roundtrip between London and Doha for a mere £4,000 ($6,500).