MIAMI — Qatar Airways inaugurated an exclusive all business class service between Doha and London on Wednesday, the only such commercial service between the two cities, on Wednesday.
The seven hour flight is operated by an Airbus A319 nicknamed Business One. The airplane is configured in a 2-2 setup with only forty seats total. Each is lie-flat. Passengers can remain in touch via a GSM texting service, and utilize the carrier’s Oryx entertainment system.
The airline now operates forty-two weekly flights between the two cities, and is set to place its new Airbus A380 on the route in one month’s time.
The new all-business service joins a very small handful of similar flights. The most famous is British Airways’ very exclusive London City – New York JFK service. The service is operated by a fleet of specially equipped Airbus A318s, seating only a few dozen.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced it would begin an all business service between Stavanger and Houston in August of 2014. It will be operated by a Boeing 737-700 with only 44 seats.
The SAS airplane will be leased from PrivatAir, which operates a handful of other unique all-business jet services for major airlines. The current list includes Frankfurt-Damman and Frankfurt to Pune via Bucharest. The company also ran flights from Germany to Chicago and Newark, though it was unclear if the services are still being offered.