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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.

TRAVEL

Could Oslo-Copenhagen overnight train be set for return?

A direct overnight rail service between the Norwegian and Danish capitals has not operated since 2001, but authorities in Oslo are considering its return.

Norway’s transport minister Knut Arild Hareide has asked the country’s railway authority Jernbanedirektoratet to investigate the options for opening a night rail connection between Oslo and Copenhagen.

An answer is expected by November 1st, after which the Norwegian government will decide whether to go forward with the proposal to directly link the two Nordic capitals by rail.

Jernbanedirektoratet is expected to assess a timeline for introducing the service along with costs, market and potential conflicts with other commercial services covering the route.

“I hope we’ll secure a deal. Cross-border trains are exciting, including taking a train to Malmö, Copenhagen and onwards to Europe,” Hareide told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The minister said he envisaged either a state-funded project or a competition awarding a contract for the route’s operation to the best bidder.

A future Oslo-Copenhagen night train rests on the forthcoming Jernbanedirektoratet report and its chances of becoming a reality are therefore unclear. But the Norwegian rail authority earlier this year published a separate report on ways in which passenger train service options from Norway to Denmark via Sweden can be improved.

“We see an increasing interest in travelling out of Norway by train,” Jernbanedirektoratet project manager  Hanne Juul said in a statement when the report was published in January.

“A customer study confirmed this impression and we therefore wish to make it simpler to take the train to destinations abroad,” Juul added.

Participants in the study said that lower prices, fewer connections and better information were among the factors that would encourage them to choose the train for a journey abroad.

Norway’s rail authority also concluded that better international cooperation would optimise cross-border rail journeys, for example by making journey and departure times fit together more efficiently.

The Femahrn connection between Denmark and Germany, currently under construction, was cited as a factor which could also boost the potential for an overland rail connection from Norway to mainland Europe.

Night trains connected Oslo to Europe via Copenhagen with several departures daily as recently as the late 1990s, but the last such night train between the two cities ran in 2001 amid dwindling demand.

That trend has begun to reverse in recent years due in part to an increasing desire among travellers to select a greener option for their journey than flying.

Earlier this summer, a new overnight train from Stockholm to Berlin began operating. That service can be boarded by Danish passengers at Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about the new night train from Copenhagen to Germany

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