Qatar Unveils New First Class

Qatar Airways has finally unveiled seat-plans for their much anticipated A380. Today, at the ITB Travel Trade Show in Berlin, Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar al Baker shared the news together with some spiffy-looking photos. Despite recent trends towards eliminating the first class cabin - currently, Qatar only offers first class on their A340-600s, none of which fly to North America - the airline has decided to go with a three-cabin configuration on their new A380.

The plane, which is expected to begin service this summer on their Doha-London route, will feature 459 economy seats, 50 in business class and eight in first. The business class (in an effort to standardize their service across the fleet) will be the same beautiful lie-flat seat, with a 1x2x1 configuration. Thanks to this layout, every business class passenger will have direct aisle access - a feature becoming more and more popular in new business class cabins.

Those not following the news closely, were given their own sneak peek at the first class cabin by Qatar Airways' Twitter team. Earlier this morning, Qatar sent out this picture with a Tweet saying, "Imagine THIS as YOUR living room at 35,000 FT. The #QatarA380 First Class."

While many have ethical issues flying on Qatar, there's no denying the presence they hold as a five-star, trend-setting airline - one of the three main powerhouses (together with Emirates and Etihad) in the Middle East. What's great, now that Qatar is a fully functioning member of the Oneworld alliance, is that you can fly on this A380 using American Airlines miles or British Airways Avios! Perhaps the best value could be to include this flight as part of a broader "Oneworld Explorer Award" through American Airlines. 

Not sure what that is...? More coming soon!

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