The new seats will feature a semi-fixed back shell that lets passengers enjoy more recline than before.
Qatar AirwaysÂ is no stranger to making big announcements at ITB Berlin, one of the worldâ€™s most prominent travel trade shows. In 2017, the Qatar flag carrier unveiled its business-class Qsuites.Â
This year, the airline introduced brand-new economy-class seats, though passengers wonâ€™t be able to enjoy them until end 2020. Initially, the seats will be installed on the airlineâ€™s Airbus Cabin Flexâ€“configured A320 Neos, before being rolled out across the fleet and on new aircraft deliveries.
Made by Italian company Optimares, these new seats will follow a 3-3 configuration and boast features like adjustable lightweight headrests, dual trays for maximum table space, a magazine pocket, as well as a type C fast-charging USB port.
The highlight is a semi-fixed back shell that allows passengers to recline their seats from the takeoff and landing positions of 6-degree recline to a maximum of 19-degree recline with additional shin and knee clearance. What this means is that the passengers seated behind wonâ€™t be as affected when you recline your seat.Â
Passengers can look forward to new 13.3-inch 4k in-flight entertainment screens with more than 4,000 entertainment options, as well as up to 10 times faster broadband.
Aside from new seats, those traveling on economy-class will also enjoy an upgrade in terms of the dining experience starting from next month. Called â€śQuisine,â€ť the new dining concept will come with new tableware, a larger menu, bigger meal portions. Plus, these new options will be more environmentally friendly, with â€śa significant increase in rotable, recyclable and biodegradable products and reduction in single-use plastic,â€ť according to Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
The Doha-based airline also plans to launch services to several new destinations, including thrice-weekly flights to Izmir, Rabat, and Mogadishu; weekly flights to Davao and Lisbon; and a fives-times-weekly service to the Malaysian holiday island of Langkawi.
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