News & offers: Qatar Q Suites, BA WTP improvements & winter changes

Qatar’s Qsuites

5A window seat B777

Qatar had previously indicated that they would refurbish all their aircraft with the latest QSuite business class seats, even though certain aircraft such as the B787 and A380 needed the QSuites to be redesigned to fit the interior footprint.

According to Australian Business Traveller Qatar have revealed that they are now not planning to refit their A380s with the QSuite. This is due to an earlier than expected retirement of the A380s within the next 5 years by 2024, which is a great shame due to the fantastic onboard bar which does not feature in any of their other aircraft. Fortunately, the A380s still have a great business class seat which you can read about here.

Qatar Airways A380 business class review

Qatar on board bar A380

 

British Airways World Traveller plus improvements

British Airways is rolling out the next phase of its investment in its premium economy, World Traveller Plus cabin, by introducing a range of new amenities for customers.

New amenity kits using material from recycled plastic bottles will be introduced from July 1 and will include all the essential items travellers need for a flight, including an eyeshade, soft socks, a pen, a toothbrush and toothpaste and lip balm from the Scaramouche & Fandango range. To me, the bags themselves look akin to a business class product and very smart! More comfort will be delivered through a new quilt and cushion with the herringbone design that is in keeping with the pattern that runs throughout the BA First cabin.

The new amenities, will be available from 1 July, follow improvements made earlier this year to the World Traveller Plus cabin including new menus with a focus on seasonal ingredients.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We’re investing £6.5bn for our customers and these improvements to World Traveller Plus mark part of that investment. “The new menus that we introduced in World Traveller Plus earlier this year have been a huge hit with customers and this second phase including the new washbags, quilts and cushions will really add to the comfort of the cabin.”


BA will also be introducing alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails to the World Traveller Plus bar menu. These will include a Gin Fizz or Bloody Mary for a cocktail, or a Citrus Twist for a non-alcoholic alternative. You already have the ability to pre-order your main meal up to 24 hours before departure, guaranteeing your first choice of main meal on flights departing from London. You can select this option by using the ‘manage my booking’ tool on ba.com

 

British Airways winter changes

BA has steadily been revealing its winter schedule for 2019 and often this can be an opportunity to get extra Avios seats as extra flights are added. Yesterday’s announcements are probably not going to be too exciting on that front but it could mean you could add in a domestic connection to an existing booking that works better on an Avios booking.

British Airways has announced it is to increase its winter schedule between Scotland and London’s Heathrow Airport, operating almost 200 flights a week from October 2019 to March next year.

The frequency increases on services from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to Heathrow will start in the week beginning October 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New British Airways lounge at Aberdeen International Airport

Weekly flights between Edinburgh and Heathrow will go up by three to 69. The airline will operate 63 return services a week between Glasgow and Heathrow, an increase of five compared to winter 2018/2019. Services between Aberdeen and Heathrow will increase by three a week to 50. British Airways has already announced that it will also operate a double daily service on the Inverness – Heathrow route from October 2019.

The result of the changes will see the number of British Airways flights between Scotland’s four principal airports and Heathrow increase to 196 a week, 11 more than winter 2018/19.

British Airways operates more services a week to and from Scotland via Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports than any other part of its global route network.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances said, “British Airways has proudly served Scotland, its people and its businesses for more than six decades.

“We are pleased to be able to connect Scotland with the rest of the world though a global network of more than 150 destinations served from our Heathrow hub, 90 from Gatwick and 30 from London City.”

The winter timetable runs from 27 October 2019 to 28 March 2020. There will also be a number of terminal changes. Billund, Hanover and Zagreb move from Terminal 5 to 3. Luxembourg and Lyon move from Terminal 3 to 5. This is in addition to Phoenix moving from Terminal 3 to 5 and San Diego from Terminal 5 to 3 on the same date.

For passengers who are connecting at London Heathrow, there are different minimum connection times of 90 minutes for Terminal 3-Terminal 5 connections, and 60 minutes for Terminal 5-Terminal 5 & Terminal 3-Terminal 3 connections.

8 Comments on "News & offers: Qatar Q Suites, BA WTP improvements & winter changes"

  1. BA winter changes: sadly they changed the aircraft for my LA trip, from 747 to 777. I paid 2 upper decker seats half year back!!!

  2. Malcolm Reed | 27 June 2019 at 11:38 am | Reply

    I’m disappointed that we’ll lose the QR A380s – I was on the return leg of the first commercial flight back to Doha and it’s been my favourite ever since. But I’m not sure they’ve brought forward the retirement date. I still read the Australian Business article as “the first to go will be in 2024 and they’ll go as they reach 10 years old”. The last of their batch of 10 was delivered in 2018, so with luck we could see them until 2028. Maybe longer if the B777X doesn’t go to plan.

  3. The Qatar A380 business class is comfortable and I like the open feel to it. If I recall correctly, it is the only seat and aircraft that I have ever been able to sleep on as I never can sleep on flights, even if they are 14+ hours long.

    Glad to read that they won’t install the claustrophobia inducing Qsuite on this aircraft, I will give them more business than I usually do going forward.

    While I don’t suffer from claustrophobia generally, packed aircraft with lots of partitions, doors and closed window blinds make me want to get off ASAP. And I have been a frequent flyer since I was 4 (say 40 years)!

    • Malcolm Reed | 27 June 2019 at 9:08 pm | Reply

      Glad to find I’m not the only one who isn’t crazy about QSuites. On the A380 I really enjoy a G&T at the bar after dinner 🙂

  4. Auriol Lawson | 27 June 2019 at 3:38 pm | Reply

    So very disappointed to read that the San Diego flight will be moving to T3 in October.
    We fly out at least 3 times a year from T5 so really not looking forward to using T3. Is it just for the winter or will it be a permanent change? Hopefully not!

    • You never know with these moves. It could move back. I actually like T3 because of the choice of lounges although of course there is no Concorde Room.

    • ermmm try the cathay lounge…..maybe I shouldnt tell you that!
      You’ll soon forget the mess of T5

  5. Lady London | 4 July 2019 at 11:41 am | Reply

    I am actually thinking of choosing San Diego because it goes out of T3 not T5. Can;t stand the lounge arrangements in T5 either departing or arriving. They’re sub-par for the main world hub of British Airways.

    T3 on the other hand has a choice of very decent lounges including for arrivals. IMV infinitely better.

    the rest of T3 on the other hand… or rather the Zoo that is T3…. yup I agree. You need to be airside to enjoy it.

    And I love the A380 and can’t believe it’s going. The feeling of air and space and noiselessness is unequalled.
    The A350 being so much smaller doesn’t come close.

    Like the other poster, I really can’t see the necessity for all these closed-off so-called “Suites”. I mean, who do people think they are needing to fly in those, in Business Class? The Appartment on Emirates I can just about understand…. as that is First Class.

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