“I don’t think there will be a return to first-class travel. The chunk of our premium occupation is business travel. There is very little leisure travel in the front cabin, except when there’s point-to-point local traffic that we generate within our community.”
That was the statement last Wednesday by Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker. It’s not a huge surprise as Qatar’s entire fleet of B777s currently only have economy and business (First was removed during the global financial crisis) and the two class configuration is set to continue when Qatar receives their new A350s and B787s.
Qatar announced that instead of First they are opting for a new product called “super business class” that they hope to introduce within the next 24 months. The new business cabin will replace the current herring-bone layout and will provide aisle access, no other details were required.
The yet to be delivered A380s (13 are currently on order with the first to be delivered May 31st) will maintain a proper first class cabin. Australian Business Traveler has a preview of that cabin…