Qatar Airways Announces New Economy-class Seats and New Destinations

The new seats will feature a semi-fixed back shell that lets passengers enjoy more recline than before.

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Qatar Airways is no stranger to making big announcements at ITB Berlin, one of the world’s most prominent travel trade shows. In 2017, the Qatar flag carrier unveiled its business-class Qsuites. 

This year, the airline introduced brand-new economy-class seats, though passengers won’t be able to enjoy them until end 2020. Initially, the seats will be installed on the airline’s Airbus Cabin Flex–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 won’t be as affected when you recline your seat. 

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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 “Quisine,” 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 “a significant increase in rotable, recyclable and biodegradable products and reduction in single-use plastic,” 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.

More information here.


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