Qatar Airways new A380 First Class. Photo - Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways new A380 First Class – Photo: Qatar Airways

This week, Qatar Aiways unveiled what their new First Class product on the Airbus A380 will look like and it is impressive.

There are some immediate things that jump out and excite me beyond the hard statistics. The colors and branding fit right in with the overall Qatar Airways color palette. Many airlines, to their detriment, completely lose all branding in their premium cabin and begin to focus on creating an atmosphere that attempts to soothe the passenger away.

Qatar Airways’ first A380 took off from Toulouse on its maiden flight to Hamburg where the aircraft will be fitted with its cabin before being painted. Image: Airbus.

Qatar Airways’ first A380 before being fully painted – Photo: Airbus

There are some airlines that even make their premium cabins look like hospitals covered in billboards… but I won’t mention names.  It looks as if Qatar Airways has decided to create an elegant, welcoming living room-like atmosphere without losing their identity as an airline inside. As an aircraft interiors geek, I find this exciting.

The 90" bed features prominently in Qatar Airways' new first. Photo- Qatar Airways

The 90″ bed features prominently in Qatar Airways’ new first – Photo: Qatar Airways

Featuring a shocking ninety-inch seat pitch, yes ninety inches, and a twenty-six inch HD monitor, this seat is ready to wow.

Qatar Airways will inaugurate the A380 on services between the brand-new Hamad International airport in Doha and London Heathrow later this year.

CONTRIBUTOR - SEATTLE, WA. Bernie has traveled around the world to learn about, experience, and photograph different types of planes. He will go anywhere to fly on anything. He spent four years in Australia learning about how to run an airline, while putting his learning into practice by mileage running around the world. You can usually find Bernie in his natural habitat: an airport. Email:
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Being 6’8″, the traditional lay-flat beds are too short and uncomfortable for me, to the point of angle-flats actually being better in many cases – the 90″ bed would be awesome. Too bad I don’t see myself shelling out for first class anytime soon.

Faisal Al Saai

All I can say is that Qatar Airways’ A380 will undoubtedly be the talk of aviation enthusiasts when the first aircraft enters service this year. Good luck to Qatar Airways!

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