'No plans' for Qatar to extend all-business concept: chief

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Qatar Airways has "no plans" to apply to other routes the all-business service it is introducing on Doha-London Heathrow in mid-May, says chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

The daily service, to be operated using an Airbus A319 configured with 40 seats, will complement its regular five-times-daily flights between the Qatari and UK capitals.

"We have two aircraft that are reconfigured, and we don't want to expand beyond that," said Al Baker at the ITB travel trade show in Berlin. "We have a huge point-to-point demand between these two cities, Doha and London... We don't see, for the time being, that we have equivalent demand for premium [on other routes]."

As to how the all-business service will be priced, Al Baker says only that it "won't be cheap". He adds: "We are not a low-cost carrier, you know... You’ll have to pay a premium to travel on that aeroplane. You will have to pay a little bit more."

Seats on the A319 will convert to fully flat beds and the interior will also feature the airline's Oryx in-flight entertainment system.