Qatar Airways’ first long-haul route by Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be between Doha and Heathrow, the airline confirmed.

The new aircraft will carry 254 passengers in a two-class configuration with 22 flat bed seats in business class and 232 in economy.

The fuel-saving aircraft will spend a few days at Doha airport following its delivery from Boeing Seattle plant.

The first of a fleet of 787s will enter service on selected Doha – Dubai flights from next week (November 20) before operating on one of five daily Heathrow services in December.

As more 787s join the fleet over the next few weeks, Dreamliners will be introduced on other long-haul routes including Zurich, Frankfurt and Delhi.

A touch screen Android system will feature in every seat allowing passengers to navigate through an interactive service of more than 1,000 film, TV, music and gaming options.

The control unit’s dual screen interface allows passengers to play games on their handheld device while watching a film on their personal screen.

Passengers will also have internet access through Wi-Fi and GSM telephony is available to send both text and MMS messages. Each seat is equipped with USB, MP3 and charger ports, including laptop power outlets.

Chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “The 787s are next generation aircraft that allow us to maximise long-haul route opportunities with greater fuel and cost efficiency and, importantly offer our passengers a different travel experience with new levels of space and comfort.

“I am delighted that tickets on our 787 flights are now bookable on selected commercial services between Doha and Dubai, as it flies short sectors to familiarise our crew with the aircraft.”