Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2259 posts, RR: 13 Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3388 times:
Before I book my tickets, I have some questions about flying on QR:
I understand their FIrst and Business Class are really superb. But I also understand that the seats and IFE are not the same on each of their planes.
On the sectors I am looking at, they operate a mix A320, A300-600, A330-200 and A330-300 (i.e. every type in their fleet bar the A340-600).
The A330-300 has the new F and C, and also the new IFE, that much I know. What about the offering on the other aircraft types?
Second question relates to changing at DOH. On the way out, we have a 5 hour stopover, from 7.40pm to 1am. Anything meaningful to do during that time? Is there a possibility to have a quick guided tour of the city? Or is it better to stay in the airport? I heard they build an extra terminal just for "premium" passengers - is that accessible to Business Class pax as well, or just First Class? What does it offer? If we don't go to that extra terminal, how are the "normal" airport lounges, what do they offer?
Thanks for any hints.
PS: I did read through some trip reports, but still I am not entirely clear about the aspects that I mention here.
Easyjetset From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3379 times:
Firstly, I fly regularly with Qatar to DXB via DOH and I have to say they out of all of the Middle-Eastern airlines they are one of the best.
Individual AVOD IFE is hit and miss beyond the A330 and new A340 aircraft. I have flown on one A300 with seat back and one without - in addition the A320/A321's on short haul services have mainscreen silent showings.
Re:Doha airport - it is a bit of a nightmare at mo due to redevelopment and can get very crowded from around 10pm-midnigt due to massive number of arriving/departing flights. The only thing I will say is that some of their passengers on certain Indian subcontinent routes are less than desirable to be next to, and are so unused to flying that they can cause some disturbance in the terminal. My advice would be to find a seat and stick to it as you will struggle later - Unless flying F/C in which case the lounge is very good - will be better when they open the new F/C Terminal.
I am sure you will still find them a gret airline!
Anax From Greece, joined Sep 2006, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3299 times:
get ready for a great experience. they worth the 5 stars they have.
As for Doha city , it is going through a building boom , there are not guided tours , but you could grab a taxi at the airport and ask the driver to show you around. Doha is not a big city 2-3 hours are enough. If you do so , visit the old part of the city , which they renovated to the last building , with very good results.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3113 times:
The new premium terminal will be for Business and First Class Passengers.
Highlights of the new terminal are -
Self-service check-in kiosks for passengers with hand baggage
Dedicated e-gates to speed up immigration formalities
Separate First and Business Class check-in desks
Dedicated First and Business Class lounges, each with their own dining areas
Duty-free shopping area of 1,000sqm selling many leading international brands
Spa, jacuzzi and sauna for passengers to relax and unwind before their flight
Shower and wash rooms
Children’s play area and nursery
Conference room and meeting rooms
Business centre with secretarial services
Free Internet access stations
Prayer rooms for men and women
Five boarding gates
An integral part of the design will be an atrium and water feature in the centre of the building
I am not sure when it opens though. Opening was planned for Nov/Dec.