Qatar Airways has configured its new Airbus A350-900 with a 283-seat, two-class interior featuring a business cabin similar to that on its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 fleets.
The cabin layout was unveiled during a press flight during the Qatar’s A350 delivery ceremony in Toulouse on 22 December.
The business cabin incorporates 36 seats in a four-abreast (1-2-1) configuration, each featuring 80in (76cm) lie-flat beds and 17in high definition in-flight entertainment screens.
The economy cabin includes 247 18in-wide seats in a nine-abreast (3-3-3) configuration at up to 32in pitch. Each seat has 10.6in screens.
At 283 seats, the A350-900’s seat count gives its slightly higher capacity than the airline’s 777-200LRs (259 seats) and 787s (254 seats). Like the A350, the 787’s business cabin is configured in a four-abreast layout, whereas the 777 is six-abreast. Both the 777s and 787s feature nine-abreast economy cabins.
Qatar’s A330-300s are operated in various layouts seating 259 passengers or 305 passengers, depending on the size of the business cabin. Their economy cabins are eight abreast, in a 2-4-2 layout.