Sleeping at cruising altitude has never been more comfortable.
In March, Qatar Airways shared what could be its most revolutionary idea yet: Double beds in business class — an industry first.
As Travel + Leisure reported at the time, the airline showed off its magnificent idea at a Berlin travel trade show, where they unveiled the 79-inch lie-flat double beds to total fanfare.
Now, those beds are a reality. Qatar has finally rolled out the service for flights departing from London’s Heathrow Airport, and they will soon appear on flights from Paris and New York City as well.
“It’s a revolutionary, brand new, game-changing product which we are going to roll out across our business class fleet, raising the business class experience to a new level,” the company’s senior vice president for Europe, Jonathan Harding, told the Press Association.
Qatar Airways' double beds are part of the airline's QSuite, a new business class cabin that allows groups of four to face each other, making business travel more luxurious for families and more productive for business executives. If you’re traveling in a group, you can lower the partition. If you’re alone, you can raise it for total privacy.
Once the partition is lowered, families of four may face each other, dine together, and even cuddle up and sleep alongside one another in the larger double beds. The feature — minus the cuddling, of course — also appeals to business travelers en route and in need of a meeting space.
“If you’re traveling by yourself you get privacy, particularly in one of our window seats, but our quads can be configured in a way that is very flexible and comfortable,” Harding added.
The price for such luxury? About $4,300 one way, according to The Points Guy. But hey, you do get to keep your amenity kit and a brand new pair of plush slippers for your sleepover in the sky.