10 reasons to get on board with Qatar Airway’s QSuite

Double beds, pyjamas, a family dinner table, actual closing doors, and 3,000 films? Yes, this is a plane we’re talking about – not a mansion. Here are 10 reasons you should get on board with Qatar Airway’s new QSuite.

10 reasons to get on board with Qatar Airway’s QSuite
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a traveller in business class will be much more comfortable than those in economy.

But that truth just became – well, even truer. Qatar Airways has announced what is probably the coolest business class seat in the world – the QSuite. Here are 10 reasons we’re dying to try it out.

1. The best bed! (And pyjamas!)

Let’s start with the obvious. Sure, flying business class whatever the airline means you can kind of convert your seat into a bed. But how often will you find a bed that is completely horizontal? Not only that, but you get bespoke pillows and a fluffy warm duvet for a truly cosy night’s sleep.

We all know that travelling in the same set of clothes for an extended period of time is, well, unsavoury. Thankfully, QSuite passengers will be given White Company pyjamas, for maximum comfort. You’ll forget you're in a plane.

For those of you who struggle to get to sleep in the air, the struggle is no more.

2. Make that a double

What if you're travelling with your dearly beloved? Lucky for you, seats in the new QSuites can convert into a double bed. Yes, that’s right, a double bed in the air.

Qatar Airways is the first airline in the world to offer a double bed in business class. Share with your spouse! Share with your kids! Be a glutton and book two seats so you can sleep in starfish position with a double bed entirely for yourself! No judgement here.

3. Privacy!

But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to watch strangers cuddle. Because that’s awkward.

The QSuite also comes with full privacy: you’ve got doors and panels which can completely surround you. As Beyonce says, roll up the partition please…

4. Even more privacy

And just like a hotel room, the QSuite has a “Do Not Disturb” sign you can switch on and off – so that couples can really relax…

Find out more about the QSuite

But we’re not implying it’s just for couples. As a traveller in the QSuite you are entitled to as much privacy as you’d like, no matter what your relationship status or business purpose. Close off from the world (or plane) and flip on that sign. Making small talk with strangers on a plane doesn’t have to be part of the experience anymore.

5. Social celebration

And yet… the Q-suite allows you to be more social than ever before on a plane. Flying on your birthday? Bringing your best friend for a surprise stag party abroad? Four inner seats can be combined into one suite, with two seats on each side facing each other. Plus, in business class champagne flows aplenty!

6. Travelling tapas (or platters that matter)

Speaking of food, QSuite flyers will be treated to the most delectable of dishes, cooked up by the airline’s distinguished chefs. All the food on Qatar Airways is delicious – but in the QSuite travelers can also choose from family-sized platters to really help you get in that party mood. Sharing is caring! Eating on a plane is no longer a solitary experience – you’ll feel just like you’re at your dining room table. Only better. And you don’t have to do the dishes.

7. Let’s get down to business…

Of course, when you’re flying business class there is a chance you’ll want to, well, do business.

Remember those partitions, and those spacious sets of seats facing each other with a shared table in the middle? It’s perfect for business meetings, too. Retract the walls and get working with your colleagues in real time, not over wifi – although wifi is available too! No need to waste time on the way to an important international meeting. Plus the TV monitors are compatible with USB, HDMI, NFV…you name it. PowerPoint just got more powerful.

8. Entertainment

Speaking of the TV monitors. Qatar Airway’s Oryx One entertainment system has always been pretty cool – but with the QSuite they also launched the brand new version. With over 3,000 titles available, you’re spoilt for choice – and that’s putting it lightly. Just don’t spend the entire flight trawling through the catalogue for something to watch.

Another benefit of the movable monitors and partitions is that you can enjoy your film on a wide screen – no more squinting at measly miniature screens.

The possibilities are endless; even the world’s longest flight might not be long enough to exploit all this…

9. Complimentary amenity kit complete with luxury products

Comfort, check. Food, check. Entertainment, check.

All this is great, but nonetheless, there is something about long flights that will still trigger a yearning for a long shower, despite all the comforts provided.

To counter this, QSuite passengers receive complimentary amenity kits, complete with luxury products from Italian brand Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio – including moisturizer and perfume, all in a stylish Bric’s mini suitcase. So you can step off the plane fresh as a daisy.

10. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture

When has that ever been said about an airplane seat? When you're stuck in the same spot for a dozen hours, you want it to look good. And with hand-stitched Italian leather and satin rose gold finishing, QSuite has got to be the most aesthetically-pleasing seat in the sky. Plus it’s comfortable!

Intrigued? Find out more about the coolest airplane seat ever

The Qsuite is available on selected Qatar Airways routes as per June 2017.

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Qatar Airways.


How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans

After long months of lockdowns and curfews Europeans are looking forward to jetting off for a bit of sun and sand -- only to find that their long awaited holiday plans go awry due to a shortage of rental cars.

How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans
Tourists wait outside of rental car agencies in Corsica. Photo: PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP

In many areas popular with tourists cars are simply not available or subcompacts are going for a stiff €500 euros.

Car rental comparison websites show just how expensive renting a vehicle has become for tourists this summer.

According to Carigami, renting a car for a week this summer will set tourists back an average of 364 euros compared to 277 euros two years ago.

For Italy, the figure is 407 euros this summer compared to 250 euros in 2019. In Spain, the average cost has jumped to 263 euros from 185 euros.

According to another website, Liligo, daily rental costs have nearly doubled on the French island of Corsica. At the resort city of Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca, rental prices have nearly tripled.

Today’s problem is a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Faced with near absence of clients, selling off vehicles to raise cash made a lot of sense for car rental firms struggling to survive.

“Everyone drastically reduced their fleet,” said the head of Europcar, Caroline Parot.

Until the spring, most companies still had fleets roughly a third smaller than in 2019, she said.

Car rental firms are used to regularly selling their vehicles and replacing them, so rebuilding their inventory should not have been a problem.

Except the pandemic sent demand for consumer electronics surging, creating a shortage of semiconductors, or chips, that are used not only in computers but increasingly in cars.

“A key contributor to the challenge right now is the global chip shortage, which has impacted new vehicle availability across the industry at a time when demand is already high,” said a spokesman for Enterprise.

It said it was working to acquire new vehicles but that in the mean time it is shifting cars around in order to better meet demand.

No cars, try a van

“We’ve begun to warn people: if you want to come to Italy, which is finally reopening, plan and reserve ahead,” said the head of the association of Italian car rental firms, Massimiliano Archiapatti.

He said they were working hard to meet the surge in demand at vacation spots.

“But we’ve got two big islands that are major international tourism destinations,” he said, which makes it difficult to move cars around,
especially as the trip to Sardinia takes half a day.

“The ferries are already full with people bringing their cars,” he added.

“Given the law of supply and demand, there is a risk it will impact on prices,” Archiapatti said.

The increase in demand is also being seen for rentals between individuals.

GetAround, a web platform that organises such rentals, said it has seen “a sharp increases in searches and rentals” in European markets.

Since May more than 90 percent of cars available on the platform have been rented on weekends, and many have already been booked for much of the summer.

GetAround has used the surge in demand to expand the number of cities it serves.

For some, their arrival can’t come fast enough.

Bruno Riondet, a 51-year-old aeronautics technician, rents cars to attend matches of his favourite British football club, Brighton.

“Before, to rent a car I was paying between 25 and 30 euros per day. Today, it’s more than 90 euros, that’s three times more expensive,” he said.

In the United States, where prices shot higher during the spring, tourists visiting Hawaii turned to renting vans.

In France, there are still cars, according to Jean-Philippe Doyen, who handles shared mobility at the National Council of Automobile Professionals.

“Clients have a tendency to reserve at the last minute, even more so in the still somewhat uncertain situation,” he said.

They will often wait until just a few days before their trip, which means car rental firms don’t have a complete overview of upcoming demand, he added.

He said business is recovering but that revenue has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels as travel is not yet completely unfettered.

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