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Topic: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-05 16:10:14 and read 12424 times.

This is a trip report series covering my journeys to and inside Asia in October 2012.

Since I graduated earlier this year, I have been working rather than studying for a while. During this time I have also tried to travel as much as possible, since I will go back to studying one day and my time to travel will be limited once again. I had decided that I wanted to make at least one long haul journey by myself, before that happened.

So one summer night, a couple of nights after graduation, these plans begun to develop. And in a matter of days I built my itinerary for what would be the biggest trip of my life so far.

I had a few destinations in mind when I thought about this trip, thinking that when I find an attractive fare with an interesting enough airline to any of these destinations I'd go for it.

One of these destinations was Hong Kong, which also was one of the destinations where the famous Middle Eastern airline Qatar Airways had fuel dump fares to ex-Scandinavia when booking open-jaw tickets. So when I found CPH-DOH-HKG-DOH-ARN for under 3500 DKK, which is a little over 450 EUR, I found it to be a very nice deal.
All flights were scheduled as A330's of different variants.

These prices were available on many date combinations, but on 15th to 23rd of October the times and connections at DOH were perfect. The dates were also perfect for visiting another destination in Asia.

There were many cheap options and destinations available from AirAsia, JetStar and the likes. But somehow these LCC's didn't intrigue me. So I continued to look for something more interesting.

Already in the early planning stages I had also thought of Taipei, so when I found out that Hong Kong Airlines offered cheap returns to said town from Hong Kong, I was very happy. My happiness only increased when I noticed that they also code share with the Taiwanese airline EVA Airways on the route, an airline I had been interested in for a long time. And even more so when I found out they would join Star Alliance in the future.

The BR flights were a little more expensive, but I found perfectly timed HKG-TPE and TPE-HKG flights on the 20th and 23rd of October. HX to get there and BR to get back. Price was 1800HKD, or about 200EUR. Not extremely cheap but fair enough for me.
Scheduled equipment on HX was Airbus A330-200 and on BR it was Boeing 747-400M.

So at this time I had found a good way to Asia, and a good sidetrip while there. I booked all flights mentioned above once I had decided.

To begin my trip I had to get to CPH somehow though, and for that mission I decided that SAS was the airline to do the job, since it wouldn't be a proper deltamartin trip report without an SAS flight.
It might also have had something to do with price, schedule, on-time record, EuroBonus etc.

The final itinerary, showed with the help of the Great Circle Mapper:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/map_zpse9a4290c.gif

I'll split this report in to three parts:
Part 1 will cover my SAS flight to Copenhagen, CPH-DOH-HKG with QR, and the destination Hong Kong.
Part 2 will cover my HKG-TPE-HKG flights with HX and BR, and the destination Taipei.
Part 3 will cover my journey back home on QR with the routing HKG-DOH-ARN.

October 15

I arrived at Arlanda shortly after 8:00, in time for my 9:25 departure time.

As I took out my camera from my backpack to snap a picture of the familiar facade of Arlandas terminal 5, I realized that while clearing the camera's memory card the night before, in preparation for the trip, I had forgotten to put it back in the camera. Isn't that just the perfect start to the biggest trip of your life so far?

Hence, no ARN facade picture in this trip report.

“No panic though”, is what I was thinking, “since I know there it at least one electronics shop airside at ARN terminal 5”.

In to the terminal and off to the SAS check-in area I went, and since the self-service kiosks looked very busy (the whole area was busy to be fair), I went straight to the Star Gold/First check-in counter, where there were only a handful of people in the queue ahead of me.

A few minutes of waiting follows, and then I'm quickly checked in and my bag gets tagged and sent away. The check-in lady asked if my pre-assigned window seat is OK and I confirm.

Once I received my boarding pass I was absolutely horrified (not) to find out that the seat I had chosen online, 14A, had been replaced with 17F.

As you might understand this didn't matter much to me, as I still had a window seat, and next I went to security which went quickly, and I was through in a minute or two.

My next pit stop was obviously the previously mentioned electronics shop. I bought a new 4 GB SD-HC card for 169 SEK (about 18 EUR), which was actually a little less than I was expecting to pay when buying a memory card airside at ARN.

The memory card hassle and the busier than expected check-in hall had together eaten up the little lounge time I was expecting to get, so next I went to the gate, as it was just a few minutes until scheduled boarding time at that time.

Gate area (and also the very first picture saved on my brand new memory card):
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2311_zps708c588d.jpg

Bird assigned to take me to CPH:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2313_zps4bf3370f.jpg

SK403
ARN-CPH
Airbus A321
LN-RKK “Svipdag Viking”

Boarding was called and I was soon on my way down the jetway.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2316_zps5ae1f867.jpg

In the forward galley I was greeted by the two Danish FA's working in the forward galley, one male and one female. Both on the older side of the age-scale, nothing wrong with that, they were both nice and polite.

In the back galley there was a Danish girl and two guys from south Sweden, Scania to be precise, working for this flight.

I soon reached my seat 17F located mid-cabin, above the wings.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2317_zps6e8cbadf.jpg

The seat had the classic SAS blue fabric covers. The seat itself was of the newer version so not overly comfortable. Okay legroom.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2318_zps7ef46663.jpg

It didn't take too long to finish the boarding. I had a seatmate on the aisle seat, but the middle seat remained open luckily.

The load was okay in Economy at around 60%, while the 16 rows of Economy Extra was fairly empty with an average of one passenger per row.

We waited for a few minutes while nothing happened, and then the captain came on the mike to do his welcome speech. He also mentioned that we had some technical issues, so we would be slightly delayed, and that we were waiting for a technician to show up and fix the problem. He didn't go in to any more depth than that.

They showed the safety video while we were waiting:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2324_zps92e82d93.jpg

I could enjoy the views, despite not leaving the ground yet:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2326_zpsa795f7b6.jpg

Some twenty minutes of waiting later we were set to go, and we pushed back with a total delay of about 35 minutes.

A short taxi followed, which brought us to runway 08.

Two Embraer logojets seen while taxiing:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2330_zpsfd2e181b.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2331_zpsd64773e9.jpg

SAS longhaul birds heading to EWR and ORD:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2333_zpsa1452cbe.jpg

First time I saw an ET 737 at ARN (or anywhere else for that matter):
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2335_zpsf9ff818f.jpg

We took off, and it didn't take long before we were engulfed by the clouds covering Stockholm that day.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2337_zpsd6a247bf.jpg

We soon cleared the cloud layer and sunshine hit the aircraft. The clouds did however cover all of southern Sweden this morning, so no views of the ground at all during cruise.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2339_zps5d9cad05.jpg

The crew did a BOB round during the flight. I had a 2 EUR apple pastry to go with the free coffee.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2340_zps13fdf24b.jpg

The flight was otherwise very uneventful. A calm ambiance in the cabin as we cruised above the clouds.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2344_zpsd57c0452.jpg

Airshow was shown on the overhead LCD's:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2343_zps6717db23.jpg

Soon enough the descent to Kastrup commenced.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2351_zps155f94da.jpg

We soon went back down through the clouds, and as we got out beneath them we were over Köge Bukt, south of CPH. Which meant a landing on one of the 04's.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2352_zps1535998a.jpg

Forward camera on the LCD's during final approach:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2354_zpsf52da3d8.jpg

We touched down on runway 04L, which meant a short taxi to our gate at the end of the B-pier.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2359_zpsa89bfe92.jpg

Passing a beautiful SAS A340:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2360_zpse25058b7.jpg

Deboarding didn't take long with the fairly light load. I thanked the crew as I left the aircraft.

My seat after the flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2365_zps68a4e08c.jpg

As I entered the terminal, I could for the first time ever follow the signs to Arrivals, as on all of my previous visits to CPH I had a connecting flight. I did this time as well, but since this was a self made connection I still had to claim and recheck my bag and whatnot.

So to the baggage reclaim I went, and surprisingly it said it would take 19 minutes for the bags to arrive at the belt. In the end it only took some 10 minutes or so though.

Through arrivals I went and at this time I had a couple of hours to kill before check in would open for my QR flight.
So what's better to do than to explore CPH landside?
I took a walk around all parts of Kastrup landside.

Terminal 3 interior:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2368_zps70e569e4.jpg

Terminal 3 curbside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2369_zps5b8b414e.jpg

Terminal 2:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2370_zps38db0de7.jpg

T2 curbside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2371_zpsee7a0ca4.jpg

I even walked the kilometer or so over to the domestic terminal 1, here's the curbside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2372_zps2a0607c6.jpg

And inside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2375_zpscdd0c239.jpg

Once done looking through landside CPH, I sat down at some bench near terminal 2, where I after enrolling CPH Advantage could use the (lousy) free WiFi.

FIDS as seen before I sat down to wait:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2376_zps280f9479.jpg

Some three hours before the scheduled departure time of 15:35, I noticed that the Qatar check in desks were preparing to open up, so I walked over there. And just a few minutes of waiting followed until they begun checking people in, I was one of the first one to be called to a counter. The check-in process was rather efficient, my BP's were printed (with the seats I had chosen online long before this day) and my bag were tagged. It all took a couple of minutes.
I received my BP's in a yellow wallet, which had to do with the transfer in Doha, more on that later.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2384_zpsb7c0b890.jpg

QR check-in desks:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2378_zpsc47cd832.jpg

Next I went upstairs to the security check. It was quite busy, but there weren't much of a queue though luckily, so I was airside some 5-6 minutes later.

CPH airside is quite known territory for me nowadays, so no need for me to explore. I first went to change some Swedish Krona to Hong Kong Dollar, and then I decided to spend the 125 SEK it cost to get in to a lounge with a Swedish Diners Club card nowadays. I decided on the Novia lounge, since this lounge only have been a Diners lounge since new year IIRC, and I've been to the Servisair lounge before (it was actually the first lounge I ever visited).
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2379_zps91534009.jpg

I was granted access without any problems. The lounge was quite busy but not too crowded.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2381_zps27dd9665.jpg

The views were much better in this lounge than the Servisair lounge, with some nice views of the apron between the A and B piers.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2380_zps2edca55f.jpg

The offerings were okay. Sandwiches and cookies to eat, and sodas, juices, wine, beer and a few hard liquors available to drink.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2382_zps0c1ca1bf.jpg

I sat down at a table where I had a sandwich and a few cookies I could nibble on.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2383_zpse5342787.jpg

Some SAS-group birds on the B-pier, including a great looking KF 717 and the great looking SK retro A319:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2385_zps319db4e4.jpg

And a nice Estonian visitor over at the A-pier:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2386_zpseac75627.jpg

I mostly spent the time just relaxing and reading some newspapers I grabbed at ARN, courtesy of SAS.

At 14:00, some 1hr35min before ETD I decided to head towards the gate, since I still had to go through passport control and boarding time was scheduled for 14:25.

Here's the first look of the A330 that would do the honors of taking me on my first flight on a 5-star airline, A7-ACG:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2390_zpsb893f1b7.jpg

Some nice tails on the non-Schengen C-pier:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2393_zpsa9d683bd.jpg

And a closer look of the QR bird:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2395_zpsf946010b.jpg

A quick walk through the mall area of CPH and I'm met by quite a large queue at passport control. It isn't too bad though at a little more than 5 minutes to get through:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2397_zps76a1c36f.jpg

Then it was time for me to explore the non-Schengen C-pier at CPH! I had been there twice before but I had never been all the way to the end of the pier.

Base of the C-pier:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2399_zps410b1f71.jpg

And a look out towards the end:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2401_zps45d375b6.jpg

It's not much to see really, architecturally speaking. Just a corridor with holding pens on the sides. They are expanding the pier right now though, if I'm not mistaken, so it will probably be a bit more pleasant in the future.

There were some interesting equipment around though, like this massive EK 77W:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2404_zpsd72e5065.jpg

Here's another look at the plane that would bring me to Doha:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2403_zps3c6884e2.jpg

Upclose and personal with this stunning looking SAS A340:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2408_zpsd7f080cb.jpg

This particular example, LN-RKG, flew me home from Dubai last year, before SAS canceled their DXB route.

After my little stroll around the pier I went back to the gate assigned for QR86, and only a couple of minutes later they let people in to the holding pen.

My boarding pass was scanned and teared by the same lady that had checked me in a couple of hours earlier, and then I was let in to the holding pen as well.

I grabbed a seat next to a window where I could see the nose section of our A330, where I waited for proper boarding to begin.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2411_zps5bf45161.jpg

The gate's holding pen, note the QR crew:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2412_zpsd021219c.jpg

Soon enough preboarding was called for families with young children, then boarding for Business class and status passengers, and then by row for Economy.

Me being seated on row 36 could board among the first Economy class passengers.

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-05 16:11:28 and read 12694 times.

QR86
CPH-DOH
Airbus A330-200
A7-ACG “Al Wabra”

Up the jetway I went (yes, the jetway was tilted in an upwards angle, which felt quite unusual) to door L2 of my first ever A330-200, where a FA looked at everyone's BP's and guided them to the correct aisle.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2416_zps40b4eac2.jpg

As my seat were a right hand side window seat, the further aisle was the way to go.

On the way to my seat, I was greeted by many members of the cabin crew. Most appeared to be from various places in Asia (this was a recurring theme on all my QR flights).
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2417_zps039ab3bc.jpg

I soon reached my seat 36K, where a pillow and a blanket were waiting for me:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2418_zpscbdbd416.jpg

The seat was comfortable, soft enough with a decent amount of legroom. Everything was easily good enough for flights of the length that these birds operate.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2419_zpscbbb4866.jpg

The one and only grudge I had about the seat was the incredibly annoying entertainment equipment box on the floor. It occupied about 50% of the area under the seat in front.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2420_zpsf51559fd.jpg

Boarding took quite a while, the flight was quite full, I didn't see a single seat in Economy remain open, hence I got a seatmate as well, a Filipino girl.

View out my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2421_zps76f79916.jpg

The retrojet taxiing to the runway:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2425_zps9dfe818e.jpg

Closer look at the winglet:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2426_zps86d88893.jpg

During the time on the ground the crew were handing out some water, but it didn't look very organized.

Once boarding was completed the crew begun to prepare the cabin for departure, and the safety video was played on everyone's PTV's as well as the overhead LCD's.

Shortly after this we pushed back and begun to taxi.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2431_zps99ccd0e9.jpg

04R was the runway used for departures on this afternoon, so that was also where we were heading.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2434_zps96af0f93.jpg

Cabin view with nice mood lightning, as seen during taxi:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2436_zpsd2a57cce.jpg

Closeup of the overhead panels, kudos to QR for installing airvents, which is getting quite rare on widebodies nowadays:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2447_zps2d706dcb.jpg

I decided to do a takeoff video for this takeoff. Again, I am not a great photographer, especially when it comes to motion picture, but I'll include it if someone's interested.
http://youtu.be/V8nOZ5HP09g

The takeoff was pretty ordinary aviation-wise, but it was exciting for me, as it was the first longhaul flight I did on my own, and the first flight which would take me outside of Europe alone.

As shown in the video, we quickly entered the clouds after takeoff, hence it wasn't much views of the ground. But at least Öresundsbron was visible for a brief moment.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2439_zps68030eae.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2443_zpsab7c00ff.jpg

The clouds seemed to cover all of Europe on this day, so no ground views.

After banking to the right, to line us up en route to Doha, the seatbelt sign was turned off and the crew sprung in to action.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2445_zpsdb1dae67.jpg

Seatpocket contents:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2452_zps347e5487.jpg

Safety folder:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2453_zpsc8db216d.jpg

Always a nice touch:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2454_zpsb7c36fe1.jpg

Seatback in front of me:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2448_zps183bebe5.jpg

The provided headphones:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2462_zpsc1568bd0.jpg

Once the first service run begun, we were served a bag of cocktail snacks, which was quite tasty, and it was followed by a full drinks run.

I had a G&T and a glass of Pineapple Juice.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2459_zps4196154e.jpg

After the drinks run the menu was shown on the PTV's, there was a chicken, a fish and a vegetarian pasta meal to choose from. Here's a picture of the PTV showing the menu, sorry for the awful reflections:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2470_zps4d4eaf48.jpg

Before we were served the meal we were given a hot paper towel:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2468_zpseaca94e9.jpg

View out my window as I was waiting for the meal:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2477_zps17942c01.jpg

This is the mealtray, the main dish was served with corn salad for starters and chocolate mousse for dessert:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2484_zps00b472c1.jpg

Also note the paper “table cloth” under the tray, I presume it was used to avoid things from slipping off the table, as it was a little sticky. It was distributed on all of the meals I had with QR on this trip.

Here's the main dish that I chose, the fish:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2485_zpsf51a1b8c.jpg

Overall, the dinner was quite alright, but the main meal was a little boring, both taste wise and presentation.

There were also a couple of lighter drinks run during and after the meal, I had a Fanta kind of drink on the first run.

And some coffee as they cleared my trash.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2488_zpsa71d7399.jpg

Cabin view after the meal service:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2489_zpsda35a6ab.jpg

After I was done with my coffee I visited the lavatory, which was clean and in good shape.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2491_zpsadf26081.jpg

The amenities was also quite nice for being an economy class lavatory.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2493_zpseffa7a01.jpg

By the time I got back out in the cabin, the lights had been dimmed:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2495_zpsb6865135.jpg

Once back at my seat, I decided to further explore the IFE system, which QR calls Oryx, after only using the airshow until this point.

Over all it was quite nice. It wasn't touchscreen, but the remote was easy to use and it was quite a responsive system.
The remote was located on top of the armrest, under a cover so it wasn't easy to hit a button by accident.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2422_zps58be222f.jpg

There were lots of movies from many countries available and a bunch of TV-shows as well. The music section were quite nice as well. Here's the main menu:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2500_zpse57f451b.jpg

The map/airshow section was alright as well, they had some interactive maps and such available but I wasn't overly impressed with it so I pretty much only used the rolling map/flight info airshow, when I didn't do anything else on the IFE system.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2499_zpsea5096c2.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2502_zps8b3a6236.jpg

At this time, the sun had already settled outside of my window, and by now it wasn't at all as much clouds as over Europe.

I decided to spend some time by watching a few episodes of Community on my PTV.

Time went pretty fast and we were soon over the Middle East. At this time I switched the American sitcom for music, so I made a playlist on the IFE system and turned the airshow back on.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2497_zps86678550.jpg

So there I was, cruising over Iraq, listening to some great music by David Bowie, Frank Sinatra and George Harrison, to name a few. As I did this I looked out my window, over some middle eastern places as seen in the dark.

Here's Mosul:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2510_zps8b256685.jpg

Baghdad in the distance:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2520_zpsdd8a9627.jpg

Kuwait, as we reached the Persian Gulf:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2524_zpsb4101e35.jpg

After the above picture was taken, the crew begun to prepare the cabin for landing at DOH.

One of these preparations included showing a video of how the arrival process at DOH would work.

Here's where the color of the BP wallet comes in to play, the current DOH doesn't have any jetways, so all passengers are brought to and from their aircraft by bus. The bus from the aircraft has several stops, each passenger has to get off at the stop that match the color on his or her wallet. The majority of the passengers has yellow wallets, which means transfer terminal for the economy class passengers, yellow with red edge means the same, but short transfer, blue is for passengers with Doha arrival, green is for transfer at the mid-field terminal, and finally burgundy (the red-ish color that's in the QR logo) means that you're a premium (C/F) passenger and get to use the Premium Terminal facility. The premium passengers also get to go on a different (more luxurious I presume) bus.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2530_zps5d815790.jpg

After this video was played the lights were dimmed.

After a while Doha appeared outside of my window.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2536_zps3cba2520.jpg

Soon also DOH was visible, the old/current airport is to the right, and the new one to the left.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2539_zpsc6fc3ad3.jpg

I seem to recall at some point of time saying that if I'd ever get an aerial shot of DOH I'd dedicate the picture to A.net member lukeyboy95. So even though I doubt you'll have the chance to read this while on your current adventure, the above picture is for you, Luke!

Passing DOH also meant we'd land from the south, on DOH's runway 33.

While descending over the Persian Gulf we also had to hold for a while, before being allowed to begin our final approach.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2548_zps94f4f577.jpg

We soon touched down at Doha International Airport. It was getting close to midnight, but the airport grounds were bustling with activity, during these QR peak hours.

We vacated the runway to the right, which meant we'd park on a stand on the 'wrong' side of the runway, compared to the terminal.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2556_zps4eff782f.jpg

The chosen parking position was soon reached, and buses were soon there to pick us up. Business passengers deboarded from an exit infront of the wing, while us Economy class passengers did so through L4, the last exit on the left hand side.

Parked at a remote stand next to a beautiful triple seven:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2557_zps5731a895.jpg

My seat after the flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2564_zpsc459d169.jpg

I thanked the crew members I passed on my way to the exit, and snapped a few pictures as I went to the bus.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2565_zps5f0b8114.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2566_zps6e31ea71.jpg

A slow bus ride followed. We first stopped at the Doha Arrival facility, where the (few) people with Blue BP wallets disembarked. The next stop was the transfer terminal, where the rest deboarded.

Once inside the terminal, I was first met by a security check. It was quite busy with lots of people around, but there was also plenty of lines open so I was through in just a couple of minutes. I didn't even have to take out my laptop from my backpack, as I was told to leave it when I begun to take it out.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2568_zpsfeb837d2.jpg

So next I was at DOH airside.

As I'm sure most of you knows, DOH is crowded. Very crowded.
The airport is way too small for the traffic it handles and it shows.

DOH airside consists of three parts, there's a huge duty free area:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2569_zps2659dfaf.jpg

A gate area with lots of bus gates crammed in, right next to the duty free:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2570_zps6d4c5a98.jpg

And a second gate area, a little bit south of the other gate area:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2572_zps6e417a5f.jpg

That's pretty much it. Not overly exciting and as I mentioned, very crowded. The terminal was clean and modern though, so the ambiance in the terminal wasn't too bad.

FIDS:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2571_zps447960c5.jpg

I managed to find an unused electric output, so that's where I sat down on the floor, taking the opportunity to charge my camera and phone, while spending some time online as well, thanks to DOH's free WiFi.

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-05 16:12:27 and read 12613 times.

October 16

Soon enough, the boarding time was approaching, and they begun letting people in to the downstairs holding pen a few minutes ahead of scheduled boarding time.

When scanning my BP, I got a red light for some reason. The gate agent then wanted to see the credit card used to make the booking, I showed it and then I was let in without any problems. Quite odd, seeing that I already showed it when checking in at CPH, and nobody else seemed to get the same red light.

QR812
DOH-HKG
Airbus A330-200
A7-AFP “Al Shamal”

Here's the downstairs holding pen, in all its glory:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2573_zpsebc63769.jpg

We had to wait here for some 10-15 minutes before we were let in to a bus, where we had to wait for an additional 10 minutes or so before we drove off.

To the other side of the runway we went again, where A7-AFP, another A332, was waiting for us.

We economy passengers were again told to use the stairs at the back.

View of the vertical stabilizer as I climbed the stairs:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2576_zps682e5c88.jpg

View of the fuselage, note the open gear doors:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2580_zpsdca39ff7.jpg

As I entered the cabin I was greeted by a male FA, who I believe was Indian. As he looked at my BP stump he complimented me on my tie, I thanked him and told him that he had a nice tie as well. A very good first impression on this flight!

For this flight I had chosen the same seat as on the last flight, but on the opposite side of the cabin. So 36A is where I went next.

Boarding from the back meant that it didn't take long to reach my seat, and this time there wasn't just a blanket and a pillow waiting for me, but also an amenity kit.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2585_zps713e3f99.jpg

The seat and cabin were otherwise the same as on the previous flight. The equipment box were just as annoying on the A seat as on K.

I sat down, and shortly after I was asked by my seatmate, a Chinese lady, if I'd be willing to switch seats with her husband on the row behind. I sadly had to turn her offer down, as he had an aisle seat, and I really didn't want one of those for this flight, for several reasons. And I also think it's too late to worry about seat assignments on the aircraft, especially when QR offer free seat choice for economy passengers, even at time of booking.

Boarding was fairly efficient, despite the once again good load. I didn't see a single open seat in economy.

The safety video were once again showed on the PTV's.

We soon pushed back and begun taxiing to the runway.

There were quite a lot of traffic, and with a single runway that meant some waiting before we were allowed on to runway 33 for takeoff.

Due to knowing I wouldn't get any good pictures in the dark, I decided to take another takeoff video. Feel free to watch it, some views of Central Doha is seen towards the end of the video:
http://youtu.be/EP2Yv82h7cA

Shortly after the seatbelt sign was turned off, the crew handed out hot paper towels and a menu card:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2612_zps25c0a3d9.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2614_zps3f70a4f6.jpg

We would be served a 'hot snack' first and then lunch before landing.

As the crew begun to distribute the hot snack I was treated with some nice views of Dubai outside of my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2595_zps8adfa6d4.jpg

Here's DXB:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2601_zps1ef613b8.jpg

The 'hot snack', as you might have guessed from the menu card, wasn't really a hot snack at all, it was a proper meal service. I decided on the lamb:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2607_zps0b7fa8dd.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2609_zps7293c014.jpg

I didn't eat much of it, as I wasn't very hungry. And I wasn't impressed by the meal, neither when it came to presentation or taste.

After the meal I had a closer look at the amenity kit, I'd say it was quite impressive for economy class:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2594_zps4a0d437d.jpg

It contained socks, toothbrush/toothpaste, eye mask and earplugs.

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2605_zps56c11ca9.jpg

At this time, I was getting quite tired, so I decided to get some shuteye. Before I did so I noticed that the dawn was already beginning outside my window.

I didn't sleep great, but still better than expected. I slept on and off until it was time for the second serving some 2 hours or so before landing.

A few looks out my window as I was waiting for the meal:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2616_zps7de84c45.jpg

Love those winglet shots:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2617_zpsfc757a2a.jpg

I decided on the fish this time. But just like on the last meal I didn't eat much of it. The quality of the food was better than the previous meal but I just wasn't very hungry. I think two full hot meals for this flight is a little overkill.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2618_zps00f49175.jpg

After the meal I had a coffee which hit the spot very nicely though.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2621_zps7a2bdb7c.jpg

More views outside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2620_zpsbe059557.jpg

We soon begun the descent and the cabin prepared the cabin for landing.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2626_zps31c38d6a.jpg

We did quite a few turns before we could finally line up towards HKG from the east, which meant a landing on one of the 25's.

Here's how our arrival pattern looked like:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2633_zps8ad18c48.jpg

Hong Kong was very hazy this day, so my first views of Hong Kong soil looked like this:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2637_zpse3e21047.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2638_zps7ce043ec.jpg

We soon got closer to Chep Lap Kok and during final approach it was clear that we would land on 25R, which meant I got some terminal views on my side of the aircraft.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2642_zpsc1252c3e.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2646_zps177bf545.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2648_zps83e6c277.jpg

Touchdown & braking followed next.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2652_zpsd6f35605.jpg

We then taxied to a gate close to the base of the main HKG pier, where we docked to a jetway.
A last look at the great looking winglet during taxi:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2656_zpsd4c74aff.jpg

And parked at the gate:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2662_zpsa319798d.jpg

This impressive machine was at a neighboring gate:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2665_zpse7366637.jpg

Deboarding commenced and I thanked the crew as I left the aircraft.
My seat after the flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2666_zps62dc0e8b.jpg

Once inside the terminal I filled out the immigration form that the crew had handed out at some point of time during the flight.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2667_zps4ad75397.jpg

Next I went to the immigration desk, where the queue wasn't too bad at less than 10 minutes, and I was allowed in to Hong Kong without any issues.

After picking up my bag in the huge baggage reclaim hall, I went out to the huge arrival hall. I'll include a picture of the arrival hall here but Hong Kong International Airport will be better covered in the following reports.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2668_zps625e9e11.jpg

To get in to town I bought an “Airport Express Travel Pass” for 220 HKD (circa 22 EUR) which was a one way ticket for the airport express, as well as a 3-day unlimited travel pass for the metro.

The Airport Express brought me quickly and safely to Hong Kong station in Central, within walking distance of my hotel, the Mini Hotel Central.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2670_zpsce589350.jpg

Hotel facade:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2677_zps797351b2.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2678_zps905efc31.jpg

Priced at about 700 HKD a night, it was quite cheap considering the hotel's great location. The room was very small but had all the amenities and facilities of a normal hotel room.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2680_zps11339117.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2681_zpsa18381aa.jpg

I very much enjoyed my stay at this hotel, I can't fault the experience in any way. The only downside was the bad sound isolation between the rooms but my neighbors weren't too loud so it wasn't much of an issue.

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-05 16:13:41 and read 12553 times.

October 16-20

Next followed a few very enjoyable days in 'Asia's world City'; Hong Kong.

One of the first things I did was to take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, to get a good overlook of HK. The Peak Tram itself was a nice experience, but rather touristy.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2685_zps3ca10946.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2686_zps8d2c1063.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2693_zps9ae6412c.jpg

The views from The Peak was great, shame about the haze/smog reducing the visibility though.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2724_zpsf8841f5a.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2703_zps7a163676.jpg

Some street views, here's Hollywood Road in Central:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2756_zpscf2b440b.jpg

Hong Kongs famous doubledecker trams on Des Voeux Road:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2758_zps2bae110b.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2762_zps2bc5f29f.jpg

Shelley Street was quite cool, escalators all the way!
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3192_zpsa97edd6d.jpg

Interesting wares for sale at a pier:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2773_zpse9857b1d.jpg

I also went up to the observation deck in the brilliant looking Bank of China Tower:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2774_zpscad070f3.jpg

And the view from the observation deck:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2776_zpsb688e689.jpg

IFC2, another great looking building:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2811_zps75b0086e.jpg

And yet another great looking building, the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center, with the Forever Blooming Bauhinia statue in front:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3171_zpsfa81687b.jpg

Boarding a Star Ferry to take me across Victoria Harbour (dirt cheap at 2 HKD for the lower deck and 2.5 HKD for the upper deck):
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2818_zpse11d721e.jpg

Another time I crossed the harbour I got to go in this ferry, wearing a special “Asia's World City” livery:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3123_zpsd74fd2bd.jpg

Hong Kong, Central, skyline at dusk as seen from the Star Ferry:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2855_zps5ea467b9.jpg

Temple Street night market:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2888_zps6447bbcd.jpg

A nightly street view, this is somewhere in Kowloon, close to Temple Street:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2890_zpsc28eea5c.jpg

I also watched the Symphony of Lights, which is the worlds largest permanent light show:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2913_zps3caa9f06.jpg

And the HK nighttime skyline shot, Bank of China Tower and IFC2 are the most dominant features:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2950_zps971ef5c6.jpg

International Commerce Center in west Kowloon, the worlds fourth tallest building:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2966_zpsb1496039.jpg

One day I took the metro to Tung Chung on Lantau Island, which is the terminus of the Ngong Ping 360, which is a cable car leading to Ngong Ping Village.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2984_zpsfb99fa59.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2993_zpsa1d98cea.jpg

One gets quite a nice overview of the airport on the way up:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3002_zpsc22fc088.jpg

The Ngong Ping Village was quite a touristy place...
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3044_zpsacec43a7.jpg

But the surroundings were beautiful:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3050_zpsce0ef3d2.jpg

And one can also visit the worlds largest outdoor bronze Buddha statue!
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3056_zpse5621ee7.jpg

And finally, some food pictures from HK, here's BBQ pork with rice:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN2803_zps3d924b40.jpg

Pork Balls with tossed noodles:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3072_zps273fb5d5.jpg

Dim sum:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3162_zps63c01792.jpg

A delicious snack I tried, it was bacon with some kind of sweet BBQ sauce:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Hong%20Kong%202012/DSCN3153_zpscb0164e6.jpg

To sum things up:

ARN, CPH and SK has all been covered before by me and by others so I won't do a proper summary on them. They all did their job and the small delay on SK didn't bother me.

Qatar Airways long haul economy class product was probably the best one I've tried so far. I wasn't blown away by how good it was or anything, but I really can't find anything to fault them on except for the incredibly uncomfortable equipment box and the transfer experience. The latter of the two is being resolved next year with the new airport, and to be fair it wasn't awful now either, just annoying and time consuming.
The crew was nice and polite on both flights, with a special mention to the Indian fellah on the DOH-HKG leg, he was funny and he seemed to enjoy his job very much.

Thank you all for reading the first part of my trip report, I hope you have enjoyed it and any feedback or comments is appreciated!

As mentioned in the beginning, the next part will cover my HKG-TPE-HKG flights on HX and BR.

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-11-05 17:48:50 and read 12442 times.

Hey Deltamartin,

Always a pleasure to read your repots out of ARN....and even though you fly with SK quite a bit no complaints from you about them!! Your writing style is so natural and flowing it makes me want to read it over again. You are the best reporter out of ARN for me!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I had decided that I wanted to make at least one long haul journey by myself, before that happened.

Congrats on graduating and for your first solo long haul journey.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So when I found CPH-DOH-HKG-DOH-ARN for under 3500 DKK, which is a little over 450 EUR, I found it to be a very nice deal.
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
HX to get there and BR to get back. Price was 1800HKD, or about 200EUR. Not extremely cheap but fair enough for me.

That ticket on the HKG-TPE-HKG sector cost you almost half or your entire trip on QR!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
All flights were scheduled as A330's of different variants.
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Scheduled equipment on HX was Airbus A330-200 and on BR it was Boeing 747-400M.

Nice that you managed to get a 747-400 in there!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
since it wouldn't be a proper deltamartin trip report without an SAS flight.

Like I said you travel on SK a lot, but nothing negative from you about that...makes me wonder if they are really that bad as some have reported on here?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I took out my camera from my backpack to snap a picture of the familiar facade of Arlandas terminal 5, I realized that while clearing the camera's memory card the night before, in preparation for the trip, I had forgotten to put it back in the camera. Isn't that just the perfect start to the biggest trip of your life so far?

I am glad you did not freak out!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I could enjoy the views, despite not leaving the ground yet:

Some of the best views are had while still on the ground!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Upclose and personal with this stunning looking SAS A340:

Love the SAS colours. I do hope they would come to YYZ!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I grabbed a seat next to a window where I could see the nose section of our A330, where I waited for proper boarding to begin.

I wish all gates were like that!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The takeoff was pretty ordinary aviation-wise, but it was exciting for me, as it was the first longhaul flight I did on my own, and the first flight which would take me outside of Europe alone.

Again congrats and many more trips to come!!1

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The remote was located on top of the armrest, under a cover so it wasn't easy to hit a button by accident.

Or press on the FA button by mistake!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I decided to spend some time by watching a few episodes of Community on my PTV.

These US sitcoms seem to be quite popular.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
View of the vertical stabilizer as I climbed the stairs:

Isn't that awesome!! Looks like you had not security to hassle you unless you were being discreet.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As the crew begun to distribute the hot snack I was treated with some nice views of Dubai outside of my window:

I've had those views myself, but unlike you heading East, I was heading North on Etihad, making that right hand turn once we had reached the Iranian coastline.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I think two full hot meals for this flight is a little overkill.

I would not complain.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Hong Kong was very hazy this day, so my first views of Hong Kong soil looked like this:

I really wish the weather was better as that would have made some great photos!! Welcome to Hong Kong!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The room was very small but had all the amenities and facilities of a normal hotel room.

I am not sure if I would have been very comfortable knowing the toilet seat was right behind my bed!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Next followed a few very enjoyable days in 'Asia's world City'; Hong Kong.

Nice pictures and details regarding Hong Kong!!

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: fshplns
Posted 2012-11-05 18:18:11 and read 12427 times.

Great TR, Martin.

Chris

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-11-05 18:33:28 and read 12426 times.

Good report, deltamartin!

I remember seeing a QR A330 at CPH when I was flying back to ORD with SAS last September 2011. What a cool airline, and food looks really good - I'd like to try Qatar one of these days!

Thanks for sharing!

Best,

Matthew (767747)

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-11-06 04:04:59 and read 12429 times.

Hey Martin  

Great report and lovely photos. All that food makes me hungry. Nice to see a positive experience on QR and loved the HKG pics. Makes me want to go again  

Looking forward to the next parts.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-11-06 05:03:24 and read 12428 times.

Hi Martin,

nice report with good pictures! You really visited all of HK's interesting places. I'm a bit disappointed by the food you got on QR.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So when I found CPH-DOH-HKG-DOH-ARN for under 3500 DKK, which is a little over 450 EUR, I found it to be a very nice deal.

Yes, very good deal.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The BR flights were a little more expensive, but I found perfectly timed HKG-TPE and TPE-HKG flights on the 20th and 23rd of October. HX to get there and BR to get back. Price was 1800HKD, or about 200EUR. Not extremely cheap but fair enough for me.
Scheduled equipment on HX was Airbus A330-200 and on BR it was Boeing 747-400M.

Very good choice, HX doesn't show up here very often.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The one and only grudge I had about the seat was the incredibly annoying entertainment equipment box on the floor. It occupied about 50% of the area under the seat in front.

Truly annoying box!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Also note the paper “table cloth” under the tray, I presume it was used to avoid things from slipping off the table, as it was a little sticky.

  


PH

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-06 05:45:22 and read 12426 times.

Very nice report Martin! Looks like you had some nice flights

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So to the baggage reclaim I went, and surprisingly it said it would take 19 minutes for the bags to arrive at the belt. In the end it only took some 10 minutes or so though.

I throught that was odd when I was last in CPH...why do they bother?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I had a G&T and a glass of Pineapple Juice.

Ha, nice mix!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Baghdad in the distance:

Cool photo

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
When scanning my BP, I got a red light for some reason. The gate agent then wanted to see the credit card used to make the booking, I showed it and then I was let in without any problems. Quite odd, seeing that I already showed it when checking in at CPH, and nobody else seemed to get the same red light.

Very strange. What would they have done if you couldn't find it? Abdanon you in Qatar?! The person in CPH obviously didn't put "Docs OK" on your bps.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The Peak Tram itself was a nice experience, but rather touristy.

I told you!

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: toby25
Posted 2012-11-06 06:57:47 and read 12424 times.

Fantastic TR!

I have been looking for a recent TR with Qatar as I will be flying with them over the Christmas period HKG - MAN and wanted to see what the cabin offerings were like. I am kinda gutted I will be flying Airbus all the way (mainly A332) but I suppose it is ok.

What is considered a 'short connection' at DOH? I think my connection is something like 2.5 hours but with the bus ride and all I am not too sure if I will get to see much of the terminal. Did you exchange any money at DOH into the local currency to buy things?

The entertainment box under your seat - is it quite annoying? Think I might change my seat for an aisle if that is the case as all my flights are during the night so i wont see much

Looks like you enjoyed HKG. DId you check out any of the public parks? Victoria Park and Kowloon Park are pretty nice places.

Look forward to your other TR

Toby

[Edited 2012-11-06 07:00:07]

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: B7474
Posted 2012-11-06 08:42:06 and read 12424 times.

Nice trip report , enjoyed well looking foward to the next Parts! I definitely need to visit Hong Kong even though i've been there four times only to the airport though!

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-11-06 12:00:10 and read 12425 times.

Hi Martin,

Nice TR, thanks for sharing your flights with us.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The one and only grudge I had about the seat was the incredibly annoying entertainment equipment box on the floor. It occupied about 50% of the area under the seat in front.

- Wow that's huge! - I don't think I've ever seen one so big!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Overall, the dinner was quite alright, but the main meal was a little boring, both taste wise and presentation

- Hmm, dodgy looking fish meal.....

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The premium passengers also get to go on a different (more luxurious I presume) bus.

- You know I don't recall this when I flew with QR back in 2010, we flew JCL but back then I think we shared the same bus, the Premium Terminal was the last stop!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
When scanning my BP, I got a red light for some reason. The gate agent then wanted to see the credit card used to make the booking, I showed it and then I was let in without any problems. Quite odd, seeing that I already showed it when checking in at CPH

- Indeed, odd since you had already flown from CPH.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The 'hot snack', as you might have guessed from the menu card, wasn't really a hot snack at all, it was a proper meal service. I decided on the lamb:
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I didn't eat much of it, as I wasn't very hungry. And I wasn't impressed by the meal, neither when it came to presentation or taste.

- It sure looks like the food, in terms of quantity and presentation have gone down hill in economy, EK's by contrast still look impressive.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: I39OO
Posted 2012-11-06 14:00:20 and read 12426 times.

Hello Martin!

It sure looks like you've had a good experience with QR, seems that all that 5 star hype is well earned, isn't it?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):

When scanning my BP, I got a red light for some reason. The gate agent then wanted to see the credit card used to make the booking, I showed it and then I was let in without any problems. Quite odd, seeing that I already showed it when checking in at CPH, and nobody else seemed to get the same red light.

Happens sometimes, God knows where. I personally get more annoyed with similar checks on the other side of the transaction, i.e. from the bank. My British bank, whose name I shall not disclose (it's the one whose CEO was forced to resign after the Libor scandal) blocked the purchase of a plane ticket in two separate occasions, saying both looked 'suspicious' and were potential frauds. The fact that they were similar itineraries to those booked before (straightforward LHR-MXP flights) and that both were under my name didn't seem to bother them!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
As I entered the cabin I was greeted by a male FA, who I believe was Indian. As he looked at my BP stump he complimented me on my tie, I thanked him and told him that he had a nice tie as well. A very good first impression on this flight!

Now we must see the tie! And anyway, congrats! My company's travel policy allows fliers to cast their ties off before embarking on a long haul flight while in a premium cabin, let alone in Y... But looking sharp is always good!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Priced at about 700 HKD a night, it was quite cheap considering the hotel's great location. The room was very small but had all the amenities and facilities of a normal hotel room.

Shit, not even a window?! Even estate agents in London would feel ashamed to propose such a room to perspective tenants... for a moment or two, though.

Looking forward to read the rest of the adventure!

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-06 14:40:26 and read 12428 times.

Hi everyone!

Thank you all very much for the feedback, it's very much appreciated!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Always a pleasure to read your repots out of ARN....and even though you fly with SK quite a bit no complaints from you about them!! Your writing style is so natural and flowing it makes me want to read it over again. You are the best reporter out of ARN for me!!
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Congrats on graduating and for your first solo long haul journey.

Thank you very much for the kind words, flightsimboy!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
That ticket on the HKG-TPE-HKG sector cost you almost half or your entire trip on QR!!

That's true! I didn't think about that.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Nice that you managed to get a 747-400 in there!!

Indeed. I have nothing at all against A330's (love the 2-4-2 layout in economy class), but it was nice with some variation in the shape of a beautiful Queen of the Skies!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Like I said you travel on SK a lot, but nothing negative from you about that...makes me wonder if they are really that bad as some have reported on here?

Well, you always know what you get with SAS. The shorthaul economy product is very much lowcost, service wise. But when things go wrong with SAS it shows that they are a 'proper' airline. I've had a few irrops with SAS through the years and I've always been taken well care of.
And part of the reason I fly them a lot is cause I often find them to be quite cheap, tbh. They offer one-ways on all European destinations etc. Not to mention their youth- and last minute youth tickets!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Love the SAS colours. I do hope they would come to YYZ!!

I do too! Doubtful they will come to YYZ though as long as we have the good looking AC 767 at CPH.  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Or press on the FA button by mistake!!

Ah yes, happened a lot all over the Economy cabin when I flew SAS to EWR last year.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Isn't that awesome!! Looks like you had not security to hassle you unless you were being discreet.

I never had any issues taking pictures at DOH!   

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
I would not complain.

I don't either, but it was too much food for me at that time anyway!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
I am not sure if I would have been very comfortable knowing the toilet seat was right behind my bed!

Haha, well it didn't bother me!

Quoting fshplns (Reply 5):
Great TR, Martin.

Thank you, Chris!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 6):
Good report, deltamartin!

Thanks, Matthew!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 6):
I remember seeing a QR A330 at CPH when I was flying back to ORD with SAS last September 2011. What a cool airline, and food looks really good - I'd like to try Qatar one of these days!

Indeed, I was pleased with them. I can only recommend you to try them if you get the opportunity.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Great report and lovely photos. All that food makes me hungry. Nice to see a positive experience on QR and loved the HKG pics. Makes me want to go again

Thank you, Philip! I'd like to visit Hong Kong again some day as well! I liked the place.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
nice report with good pictures! You really visited all of HK's interesting places.

Thanks, PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
I'm a bit disappointed by the food you got on QR.

Yeah, while the taste was okay most of the times, the presentation was very boring.
I had one of the best meals I've ever had on board an aircraft on the return journey though, so stay tuned!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Truly annoying box!

Indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Very nice report Martin! Looks like you had some nice flights

Thanks, Gab! Indeed I was pleased with QR.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
I throught that was odd when I was last in CPH...why do they bother?

Weird indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Ha, nice mix!

Well, my mind was set on a G&T, and when I noticed they had Pineapple juice, i thought "Why not?"!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Very strange. What would they have done if you couldn't find it? Abdanon you in Qatar?! The person in CPH obviously didn't put "Docs OK" on your bps.

Strange indeed. It wasn't an issue in the end though, but as you said: What if?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):

I told you!

Hah, yes you did! It was worth the 28 HKD for the single journey though.  
Quoting toby25 (Reply 10):
Fantastic TR!

Thank you, Toby!

Quoting toby25 (Reply 10):
I have been looking for a recent TR with Qatar as I will be flying with them over the Christmas period HKG - MAN and wanted to see what the cabin offerings were like. I am kinda gutted I will be flying Airbus all the way (mainly A332) but I suppose it is ok.

Glad to hear it! I'm sure you'll enjoy your flights!

Quoting toby25 (Reply 10):
What is considered a 'short connection' at DOH? I think my connection is something like 2.5 hours but with the bus ride and all I am not too sure if I will get to see much of the terminal. Did you exchange any money at DOH into the local currency to buy things?

Not sure, but this connection was 2 hr 55 mins, so I don't think yours will be a short connection as I had plenty of time to spare. The terminal is so small so you'll see it all in less than 10 minutes. I didn't change any currency, and I didn't buy anything there, I'm sure they accept cards though if one wants to buy something.

Quoting toby25 (Reply 10):
The entertainment box under your seat - is it quite annoying? Think I might change my seat for an aisle if that is the case as all my flights are during the night so i wont see much

It was annoying indeed, as you could only stretch your legs in a very limited angle. It's not impossible to withstand though, so I guess it all comes down to how much one values the views out the window.
I kept my window seats for the return journey, despite knowing this and have the possibility to change.

Quoting toby25 (Reply 10):
Looks like you enjoyed HKG. DId you check out any of the public parks? Victoria Park and Kowloon Park are pretty nice places.

I did indeed enjoy HK very much! I didn't visit any proper parks there though, maybe I should have now that you mention it though.

Quoting B7474 (Reply 11):
Nice trip report , enjoyed well looking foward to the next Parts! I definitely need to visit Hong Kong even though i've been there four times only to the airport though!

Thank you!
I sure recommend you to visit HK if you are able too some day.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
Nice TR, thanks for sharing your flights with us.

Thank you, Mark!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
- Wow that's huge! - I don't think I've ever seen one so big!

Indeed, it bothered me much more than the one I experienced on SK last year.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
- You know I don't recall this when I flew with QR back in 2010, we flew JCL but back then I think we shared the same bus, the Premium Terminal was the last stop!

Well, then they must have improved the C transfer experience since.  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
- It sure looks like the food, in terms of quantity and presentation have gone down hill in economy, EK's by contrast still look impressive.

Indeed, I've seen some pictures of EK economy class meals, and they sure do look more impressive.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 13):
It sure looks like you've had a good experience with QR, seems that all that 5 star hype is well earned, isn't it?

It probably is, I couldn't fault them on anything.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 13):
Now we must see the tie! And anyway, congrats! My company's travel policy allows fliers to cast their ties off before embarking on a long haul flight while in a premium cabin, let alone in Y... But looking sharp is always good!

We'll see if I get around posting a picture of it some day!
I'm not in to fashion in any way, I generally prefer functionality over design, but when I'm flying I often try to dress up a little. Not so much that i wear a suit or anything, but the occasional tie etc. I guess it's my way of trying to experience a little of the golden era of jet travel, before the Ryanjets and the EasyAirs.  
Quoting I39OO (Reply 13):
Shit, not even a window?! Even estate agents in London would feel ashamed to propose such a room to perspective tenants... for a moment or two, though.

There were windows actually, they are covered by dropdown blinds on the pictures though. Not that there were any view to talk about though! Just another building 2 meters away.

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: knightsofmalta
Posted 2012-11-06 22:55:28 and read 12425 times.

Hi Martin

What a great report, I really enjoyed that.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Since I graduated earlier this year, I have been working rather than studying for a while. During this time I have also tried to travel as much as possible, since I will go back to studying one day and my time to travel will be limited once again. I had decided that I wanted to make at least one long haul journey by myself, before that happened.

Well that certainly sounds sensible, I'd say. Any ideas what you might study later on?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
First time I saw an ET 737 at ARN (or anywhere else for that matter):

Does that now operate the ADD-ARN route, now that FCO has been tagged to CAI?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The crew did a BOB round during the flight. I had a 2 EUR apple pastry to go with the free coffee.

I thought SAS were reintroducing free food and drink?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
I sat down, and shortly after I was asked by my seatmate, a Chinese lady, if I'd be willing to switch seats with her husband on the row behind. I sadly had to turn her offer down, as he had an aisle seat, and I really didn't want one of those for this flight, for several reasons. And I also think it's too late to worry about seat assignments on the aircraft, especially when QR offer free seat choice for economy passengers, even at time of booking.

You're quite right. I hate it when people do that. They put you in an awkward position.

I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers,
William

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-11-06 23:17:13 and read 12425 times.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
I had one of the best meals I've ever had on board an aircraft on the return journey though, so stay tuned!

Sounds good!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
I'm not in to fashion in any way, I generally prefer functionality over design, but when I'm flying I often try to dress up a little. Not so much that i wear a suit or anything, but the occasional tie etc. I guess it's my way of trying to experience a little of the golden era of jet travel, before the Ryanjets and the EasyAirs.

I prefer the Niki Lauda style and never wear a tie...  


PH

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: Quokkas
Posted 2012-11-07 00:13:06 and read 12426 times.

Hi Martin,
Great trip report, your claim not to be a photographer notwithstanding. They were perfect for posting in a trip report. Shame that the visibility was so poor on take-off and landing.

Since QR have started services to PER I have been wondering what their product is like compared to EK. First impression is that the crew were welcoming and friendly in their interaction with passengers. A good start.

Now 2-4-2 on an Airbus is preferable to 3-4-3 on a 777 but the downside of the Airbus is the huge ICE boxes that often appear on the A332. It makes a mockery of the bit in the safety video about storing baggage "under the seat in front of you." How?

Nice to see that QR do a proper drinks run with a snack packet, but a hot paper towel? The meals do look basic both in visual appeal and in the alufoil packaging. How an airline that serves coffee in a paper cup can merit five stars is beyond me. Was the cutlery plastic? It suggests that QR are not into re-using things - use once and chuck - wasteful but does it keep their costs down?

Ye Gods! That hotel room is small. Prisoners get more room and about as many facilities but as you only need a place to bed down I suppose it is adequate.

I am looking forward to the next part and the return journey to see if the standards were the same or any better.

Regards,
Roy / Quokka

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-11-07 12:49:04 and read 12424 times.

Hi, Martin,

good work, definitely.
QR looks like ok and a suitable option to go all the way for Hongkong here.
Hotel looks like interesting to say the least. Really special with the toilet in the main room from my point of view.
Now looking forward to some Taipeh pictures, great.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: musapapaya
Posted 2012-11-07 15:06:02 and read 12429 times.

Quoting toby25 (Reply 10):
I have been looking for a recent TR with Qatar as I will be flying with them over the Christmas period HKG - MAN and wanted to see what the cabin offerings were like. I am kinda gutted I will be flying Airbus all the way (mainly A332) but I suppose it is ok.

Hi Toby

I wish you a pleasant trip into MAN for the xmas, I will be doing the reverse, going away from MAN for xmas to SYD!

William

p.s: I miss HKG as its my homeland  

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-07 15:13:55 and read 12427 times.

Hi again and thanks a lot for the additional comments!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
What a great report, I really enjoyed that.

Thank you, William!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 15):

Well that certainly sounds sensible, I'd say. Any ideas what you might study later on?

Probably some kind of engineering education, but nothing is decided yet!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 15):

Does that now operate the ADD-ARN route, now that FCO has been tagged to CAI?

Actually this one operates ADD-CAI-ARN now. No 5th freedom rights on the CAI-ARN-CAI legs though. I assume they lack 757 capacity or something so they linked ARN to CAI for the time being.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 15):

I thought SAS were reintroducing free food and drink?

They mentioned that they were re-evaluating their service concept, that's all I've heard. At least they nowadays offer free tea and coffee compared to last year!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
I prefer the Niki Lauda style and never wear a tie...

Well that works too!  
Speaking of which, I'd really like to try "his" airline before it's just like AB. We'll see if I'll manage to get around doing it though.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Great trip report, your claim not to be a photographer notwithstanding. They were perfect for posting in a trip report. Shame that the visibility was so poor on take-off and landing.

Thank you very much, Roy!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Now 2-4-2 on an Airbus is preferable to 3-4-3 on a 777 but the downside of the Airbus is the huge ICE boxes that often appear on the A332. It makes a mockery of the bit in the safety video about storing baggage "under the seat in front of you." How?

Indeed a good question. Would have been awful if the bins would have been full for whatever reason.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Nice to see that QR do a proper drinks run with a snack packet, but a hot paper towel?

Better than no towel, haha!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
How an airline that serves coffee in a paper cup can merit five stars is beyond me. Was the cutlery plastic? It suggests that QR are not into re-using things - use once and chuck - wasteful but does it keep their costs down?

Yup, plastic cutlery. You're quite right in what you're saying. Good question. If anything it should save some time though.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Ye Gods! That hotel room is small. Prisoners get more room and about as many facilities but as you only need a place to bed down I suppose it is adequate.

Suited my needs perfectly!  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
good work, definitely.

Thank you, Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
QR looks like ok and a suitable option to go all the way for Hongkong here.

Indeed, wouldn't mind flying with them again, although I'd prefer something else than an A330 next time!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
Hotel looks like interesting to say the least. Really special with the toilet in the main room from my point of view.

It's actually in a different room, but the door is made of glass so it doesn't really matter much!  

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-11-07 22:34:35 and read 12427 times.

Hello deltamartin,

Nice and interesting report and I think the first one featuring the QR service from CPH. This trip would probably set some some milestones for you: graduation (congrats!), 1st longhaul by yourself. In contrast to Luke’s QR disaster some time ago, am I right to say that this one was nearly a flawless experience? Oh, and nice destination pics as well!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
since it wouldn't be a proper deltamartin trip report without an SAS flight.
It might also have had something to do with price, schedule, on-time record, EuroBonus etc.

Indeed, and as a SAS resident you are entitled to at least report on 1 SAS segment flown. Can you still book those dirt cheap yourth tickets?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
LN-RKK %u201CSvipdag Viking%u201D

What a funny name. Any idea if it means anything?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
First time I saw an ET 737 at ARN

Probably ET’s Privatair plane 

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I received my BP's in a yellow wallet

That’s quite stylish and the transfer procedure at DOH seems equally interesting as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The one and only grudge I had about the seat was the incredibly annoying entertainment equipment box

They probably ordered them together with AZ’s boxes for the 777  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This is the mealtray

That looks like a generous portion to me.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
each passenger has to get off at the stop that match the color on his or her wallet.

Isn’t that asking for troubles or did you have the impression that it all goes quite smooth? I can imagine that one would be kinda sleepy after a longhaul flight and not very aware of things in the wee hours of the night/morning...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Quite odd, seeing that I already showed it when checking in at CPH, and nobody else seemed to get the same red light

It was an omen!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The room was very small but had all the amenities and facilities of a normal hotel room.

That looks a bit like the Yotel Hotel in AMS. This hotel certainly didn’t steal it’s name with ‘mini’  

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-11-08 15:31:18 and read 12428 times.

Great tripreport, good pics too! I have never flown on QR so far, but I will: next week. The A346, 77W and A332 will be mine... so very much looking forward to my flights, especially after reading your report. The amenity kit is certainly nice, I got it before on JL (but not anymore these days in Y) and SQ still give it (on the A380 at least). So, it makes a change for sure.
I'm a huge fan of socks or slippers on longhaul flights, since the carpet is real dirty and going to the lavatory and stretching the legs is better with these things on.

Meals look ok. Was the choice of movies interesting on QR? A nice selection of recent additions?

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: MIAspotter
Posted 2012-11-09 00:15:43 and read 12426 times.

Hi Deltamartin.

Nice report on QR, brought back memories of my flights with them BCN-DOH-HKG (coincidentally the same flight as you)

Like you said, I was also not overly blown away with their so called 5 star service, they are not bad but nothing out of this world. The IFE box really gets in the way and its just too big, couldn´t seat designers make it so that it´s spread out on the seats, or to the side facing the wall...

DOH, yes the transit experience is a bit too much, I compared it to a meat processing centre, hopefully it will be a much pleasing experience once NDIA opens (eventually)

And also agree on the food services, I was stuffed after having a hot meal, and a pre-arrival hot snack on the BCN-DOH flight, then another hot meal on the way to HKG, plus the second service which was labelled as lunch, my body clock was just waking up thinking it was the morning.

But the rest is fine, IFE, crews, aircraft are all really nice.

HKG is an amazing city, looking at the pics brought back memories, shame about the fog on the peak, the day we went up, it was just a bit hazy but still managed a nice view. I certainly want to go back and your report sparked the flame.

Did you went to the plane model shop in Mongkok... I almost had a heart attack looking at all those boxes stocked from floor to ceiling. lol

Looking forward to the return legs, and the TPE sidetrip (which I am also interested in visiting)

MIAspotter.

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-09 02:16:52 and read 12426 times.

Hi again, and thanks for the additional comments and feedback!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Nice and interesting report and I think the first one featuring the QR service from CPH.

Thank you, Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
This trip would probably set some some milestones for you: graduation (congrats!), 1st longhaul by yourself. In contrast to Luke’s QR disaster some time ago, am I right to say that this one was nearly a flawless experience? Oh, and nice destination pics as well!

Thanks again! I was indeed very pleased about QR, the only negative aspect when I think back was that IFE-box...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Can you still book those dirt cheap yourth tickets?

Oh yes, still more than 6 years to do that, maximum age is 25! 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):

What a funny name. Any idea if it means anything?

Well, all SAS aircraft are named after actual names from the Viking-era. Some are still used today, such as Björn and Hans, while some probably isn't used at all nowadays, like Svipdag and Granmar.
There have only been two SAS aircraft that isn't named after proper Viking names (not counting the ex-Braathen birds now), those are their first 747, which were named "Huge Viking", and their A319 retrojet, which is named "Christian Valdemar Viking", after the Danish Crown prince's son.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Probably ET’s Privatair plane

Haha, I wouldn't mind such a service to ARN! Sadly this one has a layover in CAI on the way to and from ADD.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):

That looks like a generous portion to me.

Indeed, no complaints on the quantity of food I received.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Isn’t that asking for troubles or did you have the impression that it all goes quite smooth? I can imagine that one would be kinda sleepy after a longhaul flight and not very aware of things in the wee hours of the night/morning...

Some people tried to disembark at the wrong stop, but the ground personnel were quite good at directing people and noting if they exited the bus at the wrong place.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Great tripreport, good pics too!

Thank you, Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
I have never flown on QR so far, but I will: next week. The A346, 77W and A332 will be mine... so very much looking forward to my flights, especially after reading your report.

Wow that sounds like a great trip, with more variety than my QR experience!   I'm especially jealous of the A346. Where will you be heading?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):

Meals look ok. Was the choice of movies interesting on QR? A nice selection of recent additions?

Yeah the entertainment was good, lots of movies. I spent more time in the TV-show section though, which was also very good with plenty of shows I enjoy watching.
Overall the entertainment system seemed to be able to kill many hours, if needed.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
Nice report on QR, brought back memories of my flights with them BCN-DOH-HKG (coincidentally the same flight as you)

Thank you, MIAspotter!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
Like you said, I was also not overly blown away with their so called 5 star service, they are not bad but nothing out of this world. The IFE box really gets in the way and its just too big, couldn´t seat designers make it so that it´s spread out on the seats, or to the side facing the wall...

Indeed, seems like our QR experiences were quite similar.  
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
And also agree on the food services, I was stuffed after having a hot meal, and a pre-arrival hot snack on the BCN-DOH flight, then another hot meal on the way to HKG, plus the second service which was labelled as lunch, my body clock was just waking up thinking it was the morning.

Oh yes, that was how I felt as well.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
But the rest is fine, IFE, crews, aircraft are all really nice.

Agreed.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
HKG is an amazing city, looking at the pics brought back memories, shame about the fog on the peak, the day we went up, it was just a bit hazy but still managed a nice view. I certainly want to go back and your report sparked the flame.

Yeah, I very much enjoyed my time in HKG as well, and I sure want to go back one day!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
Did you went to the plane model shop in Mongkok... I almost had a heart attack looking at all those boxes stocked from floor to ceiling. lol

I went to the Mongkok market, but I didn't know they had a plane model shop in the area!

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-11-10 04:26:11 and read 12434 times.

Hello Martin


Great QR report, thanks for sharing it with us! Great too see a decent 5-star airline around!
Im quite impressed by the aminity kit you got on the DOH-HKG! Meals look a bit on the average side

Nice HK pics as well!

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2012-11-10 14:42:33 and read 12437 times.

Deltamartin:

You did not disappoint Martin! This TR was excellent all the way, eagerly waiting for you vision of the 5 star Airline.

You got a dirt cheap fare with high quality, and honestly, that is what matters at the end of the day.
How long is the shortest flight to HKG (with SAS, Finnair?) compared to the QR extra duration

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And in a matter of days I built my itinerary for what would be the biggest trip of my life so far.

Very impressive and mouthwatering indeed,

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
First time I saw an ET 737 at ARN (or anywhere else for that matter):
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I could for the first time ever follow the signs to Arrivals
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Here's the first look of the A330 that would do the honors of taking me on my first flight on a 5-star airline, A7-ACG:
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
the first flight which would take me outside of Europe alone.

Many first times, well done, so what are your overall impressions?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
A7-ACG “Al Wabra”

luckily your Airbus has be nicely named, according to Airfleet, not all of them have that!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
It occupied about 50% of the area under the seat in front.

Window or aisle... make your choice LOL

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I decided to do a takeoff video for this takeoff.

Superb video, thank you

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
FIDS:

Nice to see QR538 to Kigali    .

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
I'd say it was quite impressive for economy class:

I cannot agree more with you, nice to see the change the clutch bag color pattern.

Hong Kong looks like a vibrant city with only superlatives.
What is the dim sum?


Can not wait for the other Asian installments!  .


Thank you so much for sharing

EAS (Léonard)

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: win1290
Posted 2012-11-11 09:04:03 and read 12439 times.

Hello Martin,

Very nice report from you once again, thank you for sharing your travel experience.
The flights with Qatar Airways looks very good, always nice to see airlines giving out amenity kit in Y. Catering looks very plentiful quantitywise. Though, I think having the large inflight entertainment box under the seat might be quite annoying.
Thanks for the pictures of Hong Kong also. Nice to see the picture of the peak!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

So to the baggage reclaim I went, and surprisingly it said it would take 19 minutes for the bags to arrive at the belt. In the end it only took some 10 minutes or so though.

Happened to me as well. Incidentally, I was flying with SAS from ARN-CPH one day after you on the 16th of October. After my flight, the screen at the baggage hall in CPH said waiting time would be 15 minutes, but our bags came on the belt after a few minutes.

Thanks,

Win

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-11 09:06:54 and read 12439 times.

Hi again!
Thanks for the additional comments, always appreciated!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 25):

Great QR report, thanks for sharing it with us! Great too see a decent 5-star airline around!

Thank you, Marc! I was indeed impressed by QR.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 25):
Im quite impressed by the aminity kit you got on the DOH-HKG!

I was too, very nice for economy class.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 26):
You did not disappoint Martin! This TR was excellent all the way, eagerly waiting for you vision of the 5 star Airline.

Thank you very much, Léonard!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 26):

You got a dirt cheap fare with high quality, and honestly, that is what matters at the end of the day.

Agreed.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 26):
How long is the shortest flight to HKG (with SAS, Finnair?) compared to the QR extra duration

Shortest appears to be AY (SK don't fly to HKG nowadays   ) at around 12 hours, compared to circa 17 hours with Qatar.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 26):
Many first times, well done, so what are your overall impressions?

It was a great trip over all, and I'm glad I did it. I wish I will do more trips in the future!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 26):
luckily your Airbus has be nicely named, according to Airfleet, not all of them have that!

Indeed, I noticed that, as I had to do a lot of research to find out the name of one of the aircraft on the return journey!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 26):

I cannot agree more with you, nice to see the change the clutch bag color pattern.

Indeed, the amenity kits I got on the return even had different colors!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 26):
What is the dim sum?

I believe these ones were filled with pork and vegetables.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 26):
Can not wait for the other Asian installments! .

I'm working on it!  

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-11 09:11:56 and read 12437 times.

Hi Win!

Your comment got squeezed in there, but thanks for replying nonetheless!  
Quoting win1290 (Reply 27):
Very nice report from you once again, thank you for sharing your travel experience.

Thank you for the kind words!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 27):
The flights with Qatar Airways looks very good, always nice to see airlines giving out amenity kit in Y.

Indeed, I was pleased with them and the amenity kit was the best one I've ever received in Economy class.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 27):
Though, I think having the large inflight entertainment box under the seat might be quite annoying.

Yup, that was the largest negative aspect of my QR experience.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 27):
Happened to me as well. Incidentally, I was flying with SAS from ARN-CPH one day after you on the 16th of October. After my flight, the screen at the baggage hall in CPH said waiting time would be 15 minutes, but our bags came on the belt after a few minutes.

Hmm, seems like this is something they commonly do. I wonder why.

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2012-11-13 10:57:21 and read 12435 times.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 28):
Thank you very much,

You are welcome!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 28):
Shortest appears to be AY (SK don't fly to HKG nowadays   ) at around 12 hours, compared to circa 17 hours with Qatar.

5h are still ok! only CPH is served by QR?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 28):
I wish I will do more trips in the future!

After studying maybe  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 28):
Indeed, I noticed that, as I had to do a lot of research to find out the name of one of the aircraft on the return journey!

they should harmonize the fleet honestly!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 28):
I believe these ones were filled with pork and vegetables.

looks yummy, thanks!

looking forward to read the next TR

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-11-15 08:59:13 and read 12434 times.

Hi Martin!

Great first report of your new series here with many great pictures, really enjoyed it as usual  
That sure sounds like a nice deal you got on QR there, well done and a great opportunity to fly long haul by yourself  
Looks like you had 2 nice flights on QR there, although I am not too impressed by the food.
Transferring through DOH sure is an hassle, but as you rightly explained that should be gone by next year..
You sure like those close-up winglet shots dont you? 
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Since I graduated earlier this year

Congrats

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So one summer night, a couple of nights after graduation, these plans begun to develop. And in a matter of days I built my itinerary for what would be the biggest trip of my life so far.

Doesn't that feel great when planning such a big trip to fly on your own..  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
To begin my trip I had to get to CPH somehow though, and for that mission I decided that SAS was the airline to do the job, since it wouldn't be a proper deltamartin trip report without an SAS flight.

Haha that is true, well done. SAS seemed to have gotten the job done as usual. I am booked on there "new" A320s in January AMS-CPH-GVA

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I took out my camera from my backpack to snap a picture of the familiar facade of Arlandas terminal 5, I realized that while clearing the camera's memory card the night before, in preparation for the trip, I had forgotten to put it back in the camera. Isn't that just the perfect start to the biggest trip of your life so far?

ooh boy, thats not the way you want to start this kind of trip. Glad you were @ ARN and not a small airport without any electronics shop in it

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
First time I saw an ET 737 at ARN (or anywhere else for that matter

That for the newish ADD-CAI-ARN route I presume

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
The one and only grudge I had about the seat was the incredibly annoying entertainment equipment box on the floor. It occupied about 50% of the area under the seat in front.

I had the same on my ATL-AMS flight on KLM last Monday/Tuesday, very annoying especially on an overnight flight

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I did this I looked out my window, over some middle eastern places as seen in the dark.

Very nice shots of those Iraqi cities and Kuwait, well done  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Here's where the color of the BP wallet comes in to play, the current DOH doesn't have any jetways, so all passengers are brought to and from their aircraft by bus. The bus from the aircraft has several stops, each passenger has to get off at the stop that match the color on his or her wallet. The majority of the passengers has yellow wallets, which means transfer terminal for the economy class passengers, yellow with red edge means the same, but short transfer, blue is for passengers with Doha arrival, green is for transfer at the mid-field terminal, and finally burgundy (the red-ish color that's in the QR logo) means that you're a premium (C/F) passenger and get to use the Premium Terminal facility. The premium passengers also get to go on a different (more luxurious I presume) bus.

That is quite interesting to know, thanks for sharing that.

Looking forward to part 2!

cheers,

Brendan

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-11-16 02:19:30 and read 12433 times.

Hej Martin!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

Very good to see you try QR and they seem pretty nice as they usually do. Too bad you didn't get to fly on a 777....

Very nice pictures from Hong Kong which is a great place to visit. I was there in March and had a great time as always. Hotel room looks very small but great price for the location to probably worth it.

Looking forward to part 2 !

The777Man

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-17 04:33:41 and read 12435 times.

Hello again! And thank you all very much for the further feedback!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 30):
5h are still ok! only CPH is served by QR?

QR serves ARN and OSL as well, so all three Scandinavian capitals. EK only serves CPH in Scandinavia though.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 30):
After studying maybe

Hopefully!  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 31):
Great first report of your new series here with many great pictures, really enjoyed it as usual

Thank you, Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 31):
You sure like those close-up winglet shots dont you?

Oh yes, I do! 
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 31):
Congrats

Thanks again!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 31):

Doesn't that feel great when planning such a big trip to fly on your own..

It does!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 31):
Haha that is true, well done. SAS seemed to have gotten the job done as usual. I am booked on there "new" A320s in January AMS-CPH-GVA

That's nice! I'm sure you'll enjoy your SAS flights! Is it A320's for both legs?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 31):

That for the newish ADD-CAI-ARN route I presume

Indeed.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 32):
Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

Thank you!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 32):

Very good to see you try QR and they seem pretty nice as they usually do. Too bad you didn't get to fly on a 777....

I was pleased with them, indeed. But a 777 would have been preferable for me as well, on at least one of the legs, for many reasons.  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 32):
Very nice pictures from Hong Kong which is a great place to visit. I was there in March and had a great time as always.

Thanks, I'd love to visit Hong Kong again some day as well.

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: reifel
Posted 2012-11-18 04:07:19 and read 12434 times.

Thanks for sharing! What a great trip you had!
May I ask you the day of your travel? I arrived in CPH with the Estonian E170 exactly at the gate shown, and made pictures from there of the Czech Holidays Plane and retro jet exactly as you are showing from the other side. The Czech Holiday Plane was even departing at the same time! Could be coincidence, but still...
Oh well, I looked at your boarding pass... you were flying on 15OCT, I was there on 09OCT, but still impressive that I got exactly the same sight and movements.

As for QR, I flown them on DXB-DOH-CMB (on Airbus A320 however) and found them quite good, especially on the hop from DXB to DOH which had brand new interior. Not as good as EK though in my opinion, and while your flight seemed absolutely fine, it was probably not excelling...

Thanks for the nice pictures of Hong Kong, what an exciting city!

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-21 09:19:21 and read 12381 times.

Hi reifel!

Quoting reifel (Reply 34):
Thanks for sharing! What a great trip you had!

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting reifel (Reply 34):
May I ask you the day of your travel? I arrived in CPH with the Estonian E170 exactly at the gate shown, and made pictures from there of the Czech Holidays Plane and retro jet exactly as you are showing from the other side. The Czech Holiday Plane was even departing at the same time! Could be coincidence, but still...
Oh well, I looked at your boarding pass... you were flying on 15OCT, I was there on 09OCT, but still impressive that I got exactly the same sight and movements.

Quite the coincidence indeed!

Quoting reifel (Reply 34):
As for QR, I flown them on DXB-DOH-CMB (on Airbus A320 however) and found them quite good, especially on the hop from DXB to DOH which had brand new interior. Not as good as EK though in my opinion, and while your flight seemed absolutely fine, it was probably not excelling...

Yeah, I was impressed, but not blown away. I'd love to try EK one day to compare.

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: Widebodyroga
Posted 2012-11-29 06:03:35 and read 11715 times.

Hey Martin!

What a lovely report! Loved the photos from HK. In particular I loved the night shots of HK's skyline, for me one of the world's most beautiful.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
since I will go back to studying one day and my time to travel will be limited once again

Good thinking! One should travel while he/she can. I really regret not travelling enough when I had the opportunity...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I took out my camera from my backpack to snap a picture of the familiar facade of Arlandas terminal 5, I realized that while clearing the camera's memory card the night before, in preparation for the trip, I had forgotten to put it back in the camera. Isn't that just the perfect start to the biggest trip of your life so far?

Oh no! Lately it seems that such little accidents (within the TR-writing a.net community) are on the rise!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
SAS longhaul birds heading to EWR and ORD:

Man, every time I see a SAS aircraft (and especially a widebody) I can't help by think how badly they need to change their livery. Not being able to read the company's name on the fuselage is not ideal from a marketing point of view... The fuselage looks awfully white and empty.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Here's another look at the plane that would bring me to Doha:

...on the other hand I love Qatar's livery!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The one and only grudge I had about the seat was the incredibly annoying entertainment equipment box on the floor. It occupied about 50% of the area under the seat in front.

That's exactly what happened to me on TK's 330-200 too. The IFE boxes were practically taking half the room. I find it hard to believe that with today's technology of uber-small devices they can't minimize the size of the IFE boxes...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Here's where the color of the BP wallet comes in to play, the current DOH doesn't have any jetways, so all passengers are brought to and from their aircraft by bus. The bus from the aircraft has several stops, each passenger has to get off at the stop that match the color on his or her wallet. The majority of the passengers has yellow wallets, which means transfer terminal for the economy class passengers, yellow with red edge means the same, but short transfer, blue is for passengers with Doha arrival, green is for transfer at the mid-field terminal, and finally burgundy (the red-ish color that's in the QR logo) means that you're a premium (C/F) passenger and get to use the Premium Terminal facility. The premium passengers also get to go on a different (more luxurious I presume) bus.

How very interesting. Sounds quite efficient (at last in theory).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
After the meal I had a closer look at the amenity kit, I'd say it was quite impressive for economy class:

That's pretty nice! The best thing about the amenity kits (for me) is that I get to keep the branded bag/container that it comes in. And this one looks particularly cute.

Glad to hear that you had a great time in HK, and thanks for putting this together for us to enjoy!

Stojan

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-12-01 08:35:35 and read 11369 times.

Hi Stojan!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 36):
What a lovely report! Loved the photos from HK. In particular I loved the night shots of HK's skyline, for me one of the world's most beautiful.

Thank you, and I agree with you, great scenery with the mountain backdrop and all!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 36):
Man, every time I see a SAS aircraft (and especially a widebody) I can't help by think how badly they need to change their livery. Not being able to read the company's name on the fuselage is not ideal from a marketing point of view... The fuselage looks awfully white and empty.

I can see what you mean from a marketing point of view, but in general I think the SAS livery looks good with the blue tail and red engines, especially on the A340!  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 36):
..on the other hand I love Qatar's livery!

Agreed, great looking aircraft!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 36):
That's exactly what happened to me on TK's 330-200 too. The IFE boxes were practically taking half the room.

Ouch, and I have two flights booked on TK 332's!  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 36):
That's pretty nice! The best thing about the amenity kits (for me) is that I get to keep the branded bag/container that it comes in. And this one looks particularly cute.

I tend to agree, anything airline-branded is always nice!  

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: tobbry
Posted 2012-12-04 18:30:21 and read 10772 times.

Thanks for a great report!

Great price to HKG I wwas also thinking of booking that but i didn.t. I'm also going to HKG soon so I'll probably ask you for som tips on FB  

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-12-05 09:00:22 and read 10559 times.

Hello T!

Quoting tobbry (Reply 38):
Thanks for a great report!

Thank you!

Quoting tobbry (Reply 38):
I'm also going to HKG soon so I'll probably ask you for som tips on FB

Good to hear that, and feel free to do so.  

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-12-07 12:08:33 and read 10219 times.

Great report Martin, thanks for posting. Have to say, not overly excited about QR after reading this report. But the price was great. Pictures from HK look nice, definately on my bucket list too!

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-12-08 03:47:26 and read 10075 times.

Hi Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 40):
Great report Martin, thanks for posting. Have to say, not overly excited about QR after reading this report. But the price was great. Pictures from HK look nice, definately on my bucket list too!

Thank you! I'd recommend you to try QR some day when they suit your plans, but don't go out of your way to do it. In the pace their growing they will soon be everywhere anyway!  
And yes, visit HK, sure is a nice place.

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: akhmad
Posted 2013-03-02 09:20:37 and read 7397 times.

Hello Martin,

I may not have read your report in the correct order, but what a delightful story for Saturday afternoon!  


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Qatar Airways had fuel dump fares to ex-Scandinavia when booking open-jaw tickets. So when I found CPH-DOH-HKG-DOH-ARN for under 3500 DKK, which is a little over 450 EUR, I found it to be a very nice deal.

It looks like you’re getting more and more dump fares by booking open-jaw tickets nowadays!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
since it wouldn't be a proper deltamartin trip report without an SAS flight.

So many trip reporters, so many customs!   


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I realized that while clearing the camera's memory card the night before, in preparation for the trip, I had forgotten to put it back in the camera. Isn't that just the perfect start to the biggest trip of your life so far?

Absolutely (not)! It would have been one of my biggest nightmares!   


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
(and also the very first picture saved on my brand new memory card):

Inaugural picture! Well, the memory card way!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I had a seatmate on the aisle seat, but the middle seat remained open luckily.

That’s good! Did you check by any chance whether you might get a seatmate on the middle seat if you retained 14A?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Forward camera on the LCD's during final approach:

You’ve got to love this feature!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
but since this was a self made connection I still had to claim and recheck my bag and whatnot.

Did you not ask whether SK could check your luggage through to HKG?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I received my BP's in a yellow wallet, which had to do with the transfer in Doha

Follow the yellow brick road!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I first went to change some Swedish Krona to Hong Kong Dollar,

We didn’t do that and just withdrew some Dollars from an airside ATM before custom.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
There were some interesting equipment around though,

Can you really get that close? Cool!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Up the jetway I went (yes, the jetway was tilted in an upwards angle, which felt quite unusual)

Can you imagine it being docked to an A380’s upper deck door?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
The seat was comfortable, soft enough with a decent amount of legroom.

I second that. The A330 seat is even better than the 777 one.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
During the time on the ground the crew were handing out some water, but it didn't look very organized.

It doesn’t seem a standard procedure. Probably only on crew’s discretion.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Before we were served the meal we were given a hot paper towel:

Nicely folded!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
corn salad for starters

QR with its corn obsession!  


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Also note the paper “table cloth” under the tray,

Nice gesture, don’t you think?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
The remote was located on top of the armrest, under a cover so it wasn't easy to hit a button by accident.

Ingenious design!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
listening to some great music by David Bowie

No David Guetta? 


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
I didn't even have to take out my laptop from my backpack, as I was told to leave it when I begun to take it out.

Convenient, wasn’t it?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
thanks to DOH's free WiFi.

Free WiFi? Why was I not aware of it?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
When scanning my BP, I got a red light for some reason.

Yay! Upgrade… Only credit card check? What a disappointment!   


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
As he looked at my BP stump he complimented me on my tie

What a nice gesture! Did you wear a SAS tie?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
I sadly had to turn her offer down, as he had an aisle seat, and I really didn't want one of those for this flight, for several reasons.

I can really understand it. I would have done the similar as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
The 'hot snack', as you might have guessed from the menu card, wasn't really a hot snack at all, it was a proper meal service.

Awesome!   


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
And I wasn't impressed by the meal, neither when it came to presentation or taste.

What a shame! The lamb looks juicy!  


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
I think two full hot meals for this flight is a little overkill.

Don’t say it out too loud! Before you know, you may not get such extensive meal offering anymore…

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
the Mini Hotel Central.

The interior somehow resembles the one of CitizenM Hotel in AMS. Could the two may be connected somehow?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
And the view from the observation deck:
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
The Ngong Ping Village was quite a touristy place...

Why oh why did we not make a stopover in Hong Kong instead of long layover?   


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
IFC2, another great looking building:

I have been there! Down there!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Hong Kong, Central, skyline at dusk as seen from the Star Ferry:

Hey, we have been on exactly the same spot for taking taht shot! 


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
also watched the Symphony of Lights, which is the worlds largest permanent light show:

Beautiful! Shame we could not see it clearly due to the haze.  


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
here's BBQ pork with rice:
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Pork Balls with tossed noodles
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
bacon with some kind of sweet BBQ sauce:

You make me hungry!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Dim sum:

Yummy! What did you have for drink by the way? Hong Kong milk tea?


Thanks for sharing. I better start dinner preparation now. Have a nice weekend!  

All the bests,
Suryo  

Topic: RE: Part 1: Eastbound, The 5-star Way! ARN-CPH-DOH-HKG
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2013-03-05 04:50:11 and read 6733 times.

Hello Suryo!

Thank you very much for your reply! It's very much appreciated!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
I may not have read your report in the correct order, but what a delightful story for Saturday afternoon!

Thank you!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
It looks like you’re getting more and more dump fares by booking open-jaw tickets nowadays!

So it seems, indeed. Especially from an Italian airline, I haven't booked any from them though yet.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Absolutely (not)! It would have been one of my biggest nightmares!

Indeed. Luckily it all turned out well this time.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):

That’s good! Did you check by any chance whether you might get a seatmate on the middle seat if you retained 14A?

I'm not sure exactly, but row 14 was in the Economy Extra cabin now, which was very empty, so I think it would have been open either way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
You’ve got to love this feature!

Agreed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Did you not ask whether SK could check your luggage through to HKG?

I didn't ask as I wanted to go and check out landside of CPH anyway.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
We didn’t do that and just withdrew some Dollars from an airside ATM before custom.

I usually do it like that as well, but for this big trip I wanted to be prepared in case something didn't go as planned.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):

Can you imagine it being docked to an A380’s upper deck door?

From floor level of the CPH terminal one would really have to climb!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):

Nice gesture, don’t you think?

Yes indeed, a nice touch.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
No David Guetta?

Not this time.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Convenient, wasn’t it?

Oh yes, very much so.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Free WiFi? Why was I not aware of it?

Maybe DOH should have advertised one of the few bright sides of the old terminal better.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Yay! Upgrade… Only credit card check? What a disappointment!

An upgrade would indeed have been nicer!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
What a nice gesture! Did you wear a SAS tie?

Sadly I do not own such a tie.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Don’t say it out too loud! Before you know, you may not get such extensive meal offering anymore…

Ah yes, that is true. Rather too much food than too little.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
The interior somehow resembles the one of CitizenM Hotel in AMS. Could the two may be connected somehow?

I googled it and it does indeed look similar!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Hey, we have been on exactly the same spot for taking taht shot!

A good photo op.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Beautiful! Shame we could not see it clearly due to the haze.

The haze in HK can indeed be annoying.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 42):
Yummy! What did you have for drink by the way? Hong Kong milk tea?

I do believe that was some sort of milk with fruit flavour. I don't recall exactly.

Again, thanks for your feedback, Suryo!  

Martin


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