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Topic: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: Knightsofmalta
Posted 2012-09-27 11:02:46 and read 20516 times.

Hi and welcome to the seventh in a series of nine trip reports. You can find the previous parts here:
SWISS_FIRST_CLASS: Zürich > Bangkok (1/9) (by Knightsofmalta Sep 15 2012 in Trip Reports)

Royal Jordanian Business Class: BKK > KUL (2/9) (by Knightsofmalta Sep 21 2012 in Trip Reports)

Egypt_Air_Business_Class: KUL > BKK (3/9) (by Knightsofmalta Sep 22 2012 in Trip Reports)

Turkish Airlines Business Class: BKK > SGN (4/9) (by Knightsofmalta Sep 22 2012 in Trip Reports)

VASCO_Economy_Class: Saigon > Con Dao (5/9) (by Knightsofmalta Sep 22 2012 in Trip Reports)

Vietnam_Airlines_Business_Class: VCS > HAN (6/9) (by Knightsofmalta Sep 23 2012 in Trip Reports)

And here's the map of the entire journey.
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/BKK%202012%20I/map.jpg

INTRODUCTION
My holiday in Southeast Asia is quickly drawing to an end and it’s time for me to begin the long journey home. It’s been a lot of fun. Even so, I am looking forward to returning to more familiar climes. Vietnam is a lovely place and I hope to return some day, but it is also a vicious assault on the senses that leave you reeling.

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Date: 11. September 2012
Airline: Qatar Airways
Aircraft: B777-300
From: Hanoi
To: Bangkok
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 1B, aisle seat


GETTING TO THE AIRPORT
In Hanoi I stayed at the Sofitel Legende Metropole. The original building, which still stands today and is still in use as a hotel, was opened in 1901. At the time it was the only decent place to stay in Hanoi and subsequently became the preferred hang out of the rich and famous, both resident and visiting.

Later on during the American war, it became a refuge and a safe haven to the foreigners in the beleaguered city, at the time many embassies converted the guest’s rooms at the hotel into offices and set up shop there.

After the war, the place fell into disuse and neglect, and by the time the Accor Hotel Group took over the building in the nineties, it was merely a derelict and rat infested ruin.

Today the Metropole is restored to its original splendour and enjoys once more the reputation of being the best place to stay on town.

Just before 15h00 my butler knocks at my door to collect me baggage. I check out and head downstairs to the lobby, outside the driver is already expecting us. I leave central Hanoi just after 15h00, the journey to the airport takes some 45 minutes to complete. The roads and streets in central Hanoi are small and narrow, it’s a tight squeeze for us and the incessant swarm of the omnipresent Vespas.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060677.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060676.jpg

CHECK-IN
The driver drops my bag on the carpet in front of the Qatar Airways Business Class check-in counter. He wishes me a pleasant journey and then bids me goodbye.

The agent at check-in issues my boarding pass as well as the lounge invitation. In Hanoi all airlines use the same lounge, with the exception of Vietnam Airlines who have their own one.

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THE LOUNGE
The lounge is one floor up from the public area. The terminal is a strange place, it’s packed with souvenir stalls with gaudy lights in some places, while other parts of the building are more or less deserted and empty.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060682.jpg

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The lounge itself is rather large for the airport and offers both warm and cold food and drinks. I help myself to the glass noodles with pak choy and enjoy the view outside until the time comes for me to board my flight to Bangkok.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060690.jpg

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BOARDING
At 16h50 a Qatar Airways rep comes to the lounge and invites all passengers to board. By the looks of it there are eight adults and four beastly kids on the flight this evening. By the time I reach the gate they’re already making the final call for the flight.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060703.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060704.jpg

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http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060707.jpg

THE CABIN
The cabin of this bird is very nice. I think of all the intra Asian flights I took on this trip this is the nicest one. There is even a small kind of pot mounted to the bulkhead on both rows and the roses in it are actually real and very fresh. There is a cushion at every seat, as well as a pair of earphones, which have been placed in their specific compartment by the side of the seat.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060708.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060709.jpg

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The view outside from my seat.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060711.jpg

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The loo on this bird is enormous. You could throw a party in there. It’s also well stocked with Molton Brown goodies, shaving kits and dental kits.

DEPARTURE
We push back right on time. We’re number three for departure behind a FedEx A310 and an Air Mekong Canadair Regional Jet. For an aircraft as grand and majestic as the Triple Seven it would be appropriate to describe the take-off roll in terms of power and grace, to go rambling on about thundering down the runway and defying the earth’s gravity and that kind of bla. But in actual fact the more suitable description in this case would be to say that we bounce down the runway until eventually we bounce into the air and stay there. I don’t know if maybe it’s just crap Soviet Union style construction skills but the runway in Hanoi is the most uneven one I have every departed from! It has the whole plane shaking.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060728.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060729.jpg

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SERVICE
The crew, as is to be expected, are an interesting mix of nationalities. All of them are very friendly and take a professional approach to their job.

Service begins with drinks served while we are still on the ground. I choose the lime and mint squash and it is delicious and refreshing.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060716.jpg

After I receive a small lacquer plate with a warm rose scented towel.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060722.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060723.jpg

This is followed by the distribution of the menus on this short sector. The flying time is announced as one hour and 25 minutes.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060727.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060725.jpg

Oh yes, and the earphones.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060721.jpg

THE MEAL
There are no choices on the flight today. The flight isn’t really long enough. When the tray arrives it contains a hot meal that is beef with rice, carrots and pak choy with garlic. The pak choy tastes very bitter so I just leave that. The rest is okay. Nothing outstanding, but it’s okay.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060750.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060751.jpg

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http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060755.jpg

For dessert there is a fruit salad with dragon fruit, papaya, strawberries, pineapple and grapes.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060753.jpg

To drink I have another glass of the excellent lime and mint juice and some San Pellegrino sparkling water. And then to finish a coffee.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m627/Knightsofmalta/Vietnam%20III/P1060759.jpg

All in all it’s an unspectacular flight, there no ‘wow’ moment but I have nothing to fault Qatar Airways with either on this short sector.

ARRIVAL
There is one very strong point in Qatar Airways’ favour. Before we land the cabin crew distribute the embarkation cards for Thailand. For passengers in Business Class they also provide a fast track voucher for immigration. This is something Egypt Air did not provide when I flew with them from Kuala Lumpur back to Bangkok earlier during the trip.

CONCLUSION
Out of the four airlines I did international flights with in Asia on this journey – Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways – Qatar Airways gave by far the most professional and polished performance. I like!

As we climb out of Hanoi and the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam slowly vanish under a veil of humidity and heat haze, I reflect back upon my journey through this fascinating and amazing country. It will take me a while to fully appreciate and understand the country and the people I encountered. I don’t think I’ve ever before experienced anything quite like Vietnam.

TO BE CONTINUED

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-09-27 19:13:13 and read 19658 times.

Great photos from your trip - Qatar Airways looks to be good and the service looks to be much better than what we got on a much longer flight from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Houston on United in F!! Qatar is an airline I'd love to try ...  

Thanks for sharing!

Best,

Matthew (767747)

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: Knightsofmalta
Posted 2012-09-27 21:50:58 and read 19384 times.

Hi Matthew

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Great photos from your trip

Thanks!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Qatar Airways looks to be good and the service looks to be much better than what we got on a much longer flight from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Houston on United in F!! I'd love to try flying them.

Qatar Airways impressed me. Although they are by far the youngest of the airlines I flew Business Class with on this trip, their service was the most polished and gave an impression of 'this is how we've always done this'. If you know what I mean?

Do I detect a certain level of frustration with UA by any chance?

Thanks for commenting Matthew.

Cheers,
William

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: ca228
Posted 2012-09-28 20:54:47 and read 18463 times.

Can't see any photos - photobucket says photos have been removed.

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: Blueshamu330s
Posted 2012-09-29 03:23:06 and read 18028 times.

All pics removed.  

Such a shame, as I was looking forward to seeing the J cabin.

Rgds

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-09-29 11:09:51 and read 17667 times.

Hello William

Great report about QR, nice to see the chauffeur driven service is also availible in other airports than DOH

QR looks to be great, nice to see that one of the ME-3 airlines scored the best mark.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: chootie
Posted 2012-09-29 13:11:47 and read 17454 times.

  All pictures removed by user????

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-09-29 17:10:39 and read 17266 times.

Hi, William,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
Do I detect a certain level of frustration with UA by any chance?

You read into my post well!   We flew United F from Minneapolis - PuertoVallarta, Mexico with a stop in Houston, and while it was very good overall, we only received a very small snack on the flight back from PVR-IAH, and we then received the same offering on the flight from IAH-MSP. Now I know the flights were relatively short; each was only two hours in length, but I was hoping for something a bit more substantial ... I'll be posting my full report very soon!

Best,

Matthew

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: Roseflyer
Posted 2014-04-21 19:46:22 and read 9489 times.

I know this trip was a long time ago, but do you remember what the loads were like in Business and Economy? Was it a sparsely populated flight, or does Qatar get good loads on this short sector? There are many airlines flying fifth freedom routes out of Bangkok.

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: conrad
Posted 2014-04-23 11:53:10 and read 8136 times.

Ups,all photos gone.
What's happened?

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: knightsofmalta
Posted 2014-04-23 11:59:34 and read 8121 times.

Hi Roseflyer

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 8):
I know this trip was a long time ago, but do you remember what the loads were like in Business and Economy? Was it a sparsely populated flight, or does Qatar get good loads on this short sector? There are many airlines flying fifth freedom routes out of Bangkok.

I don't know what the situation is generally, but on this particular flight the load was very light in Business class. We were a party of two, there was an Arab family of four and maybe three more passengers. I've done flights with Royal Jordanian from BKK to KL and back with Egypt Air and it was a similar situation.

Hi Conrad

Quoting conrad (Reply 9):
Ups,all photos gone.
What's happened?

I'll try to repost below.

Cheers,
William

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: knightsofmalta
Posted 2014-04-23 12:02:46 and read 8115 times.

My holiday in Southeast Asia is quickly drawing to an end and it’s time for me to begin the long journey home. It’s been a lot of fun. Even so, I am looking forward to returning to more familiar climes. Vietnam is a lovely place and I hope to return some day, but it is also a vicious assault on the senses that leaves you reeling.

Date: 11. September 2012
Airline: Qatar Airways
Aircraft: B777-300
From: Hanoi
To: Bangkok
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 1B, aisle seat
In Hanoi I stayed at the Sofitel Legende Metropole. The original building, which still stands today and is still in use as a hotel, was opened in 1901. At the time it was the only decent place to stay in Hanoi and subsequently became the preferred hang out of the rich and famous, both resident and visiting.

Later on during the American war, it became a refuge and a safe haven to the foreigners in the beleaguered city, at the time many embassies converted the guest’s rooms at the hotel into offices and set up shop there.

After the war, the place fell into disuse and neglect, and by the time the Accor Hotel Group took over the building in the nineties, it was merely a derelict and rat infested ruin.

Today the Metropole is restored to its original splendour and enjoys once more the reputation of being the best place to stay on town.

GETTING TO THE AIRPORT

Just before 15h00 my butler knocks at my door to collect my baggage. I check out and head downstairs to the lobby, outside the driver is already expecting us. I leave central Hanoi just after 15h00, the journey to the airport takes some 45 minutes to complete. The roads and streets in central Hanoi are small and narrow, it’s a tight squeeze for us and the incessant swarm of the omnipresent Vespas.

CHECK-IN
The driver drops my bag on the carpet in front of the Qatar Airways Business Class check-in counter. He wishes me a pleasant journey and then bids me goodbye.







The agent at check-in issues my boarding pass as well as the lounge invitation. In Hanoi all airlines use the same lounge, with the exception of Vietnam Airlines who have their own one.

THE TRANSIT AREA & LOUNGE
The lounge is one floor up from the public area. The terminal is a strange place, it’s packed with souvenir stalls with gaudy lights in some places, while other parts of the building are more or less deserted and empty.













The lounge itself is rather large for the airport and offers both warm and cold food and drinks. I help myself to the glass noodles with pak choy and enjoy the view outside until the time comes for me to board my flight to Bangkok.









BOARDING
At 16h50 a Qatar Airways rep comes to the lounge and invites all passengers to board. By the looks of it there are eight adults and four beastly kids on the flight this evening. By the time I reach the gate they’re already making the final call for the flight.









THE CABIN
The cabin of this bird is very nice. I think of all the intra-Asian flights (some of which I'll post later on) I took on this trip this is the nicest one. There is even a small kind of pot mounted to the bulkhead on both rows and the roses in it are actually real and very fresh. There is a cushion at every seat, as well as a pair of earphones, which have been placed in their specific compartment by the side of the seat.













The toilet on this bird is enormous. You could throw a party in there. It’s also well stocked with Molton Brown goodies, shaving kits and dental kits.

SERVICE
The crew, as is to be expected, are an interesting mix of nationalities. All of them are very friendly and take a professional approach to their job.

Service begins with drinks, served while we are still on the ground. I choose the lime and mint squash and it is delicious and refreshing.

After that I receive a small lacquer plate with a warm rose scented towel. This is followed by the distribution of the menus on this short sector. The flying time is announced as one hour and 25 minutes.







DEPARTURE
We push back right on time. We’re number three for departure behind a FedEx A310 and an Air Mekong Canadair Regional Jet. For an aircraft as grand and majestic as the Triple Seven it would be appropriate to describe the take-off roll in terms of power and grace, to go rambling on about thundering down the runway and defying the earth’s gravity and that kind of talk. But in actual fact the more suitable description in this case would be to say that we bounce down the runway until eventually we bounce into the air and stay there. The runway in Hanoi is the most uneven one I have every departed from! It has the whole plane shaking.



























THE MEAL
There are no choices on the flight today. The flight isn’t really long enough. When the tray arrives it contains a hot meal that is beef with rice, carrots and pak choy with garlic. The pak choy tastes very bitter so I just leave that. The rest is okay. Nothing outstanding, but it’s okay.









For dessert there is a fruit salad with dragon fruit, papaya, strawberries, pineapple and grapes.

To drink I have another glass of the excellent lime and mint juice and some San Pellegrino sparkling water. After the meal I have a cup of coffee.







All in all it’s an unspectacular flight, there no ‘wow’ moment but I have nothing to fault Qatar Airways with either on this short sector.

ARRIVAL
There is one very strong point in Qatar Airways’ favour. Before we land the cabin crew distribute the embarkation cards for Thailand. For passengers in Business Class they also provide a fast track voucher for immigration. This is something Egypt Air did not provide when I flew with them from Kuala Lumpur back to Bangkok earlier during the trip.

CONCLUSION
Out of the four airlines I did international flights with in Asia on this journey – Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways – Qatar Airways gave by far the most professional and polished performance.

EPILOGUE
As we climb out of Hanoi and the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam slowly vanish under a veil of humidity and heat haze, I reflect back upon my journey through this fascinating and amazing country. It will take me a while to fully appreciate and understand the country and the people I encountered. I don’t think I’ve ever before experienced anything quite like Vietnam.

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2014-04-25 23:44:18 and read 6305 times.

Nice read and pictures, not sure how I missed it before!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
Vietnam is a lovely place and I hope to return some day, but it is also a vicious assault on the senses that leaves you reeling.

- I love Vietnam, all being well we will be returning there next year, 2015.

QR are a pretty decent outfit, my only dislike is the ground staff in Doha, they are quite rude and indifferent, I recall one quizzing an Indian woman where she got the money for a JCL ticket, unreal!

Catering for this short flight looks good, I'd have been fine with the offerings though a shame the Pak Choi was not quite upto scratch.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Qatar Airways Business Class: Hanoi > BKK (7/9)
Username: knightsofmalta
Posted 2014-04-27 12:47:29 and read 5260 times.

Hi Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
- I love Vietnam, all being well we will be returning there next year, 2015.

I believe you wrote a trip report, or even a whole series of reports, when you previously flew to Vietnam. I think I went through every one of them ahead of my trip!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
QR are a pretty decent outfit, my only dislike is the ground staff in Doha, they are quite rude and indifferent, I recall one quizzing an Indian woman where she got the money for a JCL ticket, unreal!

I think that's a problem with most of the Middle East carriers. Their demand for staff and the speed at which they're expanding are so huge that at some point they simply have to compromise on their standards to be able to fill all the vacancies.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
Catering for this short flight looks good, I'd have been fine with the offerings though a shame the Pak Choi was not quite upto scratch.

It wasn't bad. As for the Pak Choi, you can't win them all!

Thanks for taking the time to comment Mark.

Cheers,
William


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