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QR 77W DOH-DXB 5Dec07 With Pics  
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11646 times:

Date: 5Dec07
Roue: Doha (DOH) – Dubai (DXB)
Distance: 238mi
Flight: QR 100
Flight Time: 0:39h
Dep. Time: 7:53
Aircraft: 777-300/ER
Registration: A7-BAA
Dep. Gate: 4
Seat: 36K

I had planned to fly on Qatar Airways’ new 777-300/ER for about two months. The schedules first showed it starting service on 1Dec07 but about two weeks before, the first flight was changed to 5Dec07. I had planned days off from work and couldn’t change them to later. Besides since I was flying stand by, I couldn’t travel much closer to Christmas anyway. So I decided to give it a try anyway. I was relieved when I saw that QR had taken delivery of the aircraft on 28Nov07. A first flight for the aircraft for 5Dec07 seemed reasonable but I knew that things can change very quickly. I set out this journey hoping that things would work out and that I would be on the first ever scheduled 777 flight for QR as well as the first revenue flight for that aircraft.

As soon as I arrived I went to the transit counter for Qatar Airways and checked in for the flight. The flight was very open and the agent gave me a seat right away. I asked if the aircraft was a 777 and he said probably not since it did not fly yesterday but the seat map for this flight seemed a bit different. I told him that I had come a very long way just to go on the 777 and asked if he could check with someone. He did and came back three minutes later confirming that this flight would be flown by the 77W. I noticed that I had gotten an aisle seat and asked to change to a window which he did. Very nice!

I went and got something to eat at A & W and then did some spotting before the monitors showed “Go To Gate”. There were a few people there already but we had to wait another ten minutes before the first bus showed up. I had expected a ribbon cutting ceremony or at least some sort of announcement to mark this special occasion but nothing was said or done that normal. I got on and still not quite sure if this was going to be on the 77W but the bus went the right way and drove around the aircraft just as the stairs were put up to door 5L. I climbed the stairs and headed to my seat on the right hand side on A7-BAA.

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First impression was very nice; very comfortable seat, nice big screen and great legroom.
The seat does not have the winged headrest common on so many airlines and also not footrests. The entertainment screen looked different from their A340-600 that I had arrived on and the 77W features a new improved entertainment system. The remote control looks the same as United’s new system and also same as Jet Airways. Also note the location of the remote control in the seat in front. Every seat also had a USB port and what looked like a phone jack. Also different was an extra seat pocket in net where one can put a water bottle or something small. More people boarded but the flight was probably only about 70 % full by the time they closed the doors. There was someone in the aisle seat but the center seat between us was empty. The person behind me remarked to his colleague that a flight attendant had told him that this was the very first revenue flight for a 777 for QR and for this aircraft. Most people on the flight were European but there were some Arab people as well, probably mostly from Doha.

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The safety video started but there was no sound…They restarted the video a few times but still no sound so the F/As made a manual safety demo. From the short part of the safety video there was, it looked like the video for the A340-600…We pushed back two minutes early and was told by the captain that we would have about a ten minutes taxi before take off and to expect good weather en route.

I started to explore the entertainment system and noticed that the air show map was similar to the one previously experienced on TAAG Angola, which was very nice and detailed. The take off was very amazing since one could really feel the power of those GE90-115 engines for this short and light flight to Dubai. We had a very short take off roll before we were in the air, perhaps only 10-15 seconds.

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As soon as the fasten seat belt sign came off, the flight attendants were busy handing breakfast. It wasn’t very much still very nice to be served something on such a short flight. The flight attendants were mostly European on this flight but some South Asians as well (Philippinas, Malaysians). They were very nice and friendly and very pleasant to be flying with. They were also more personal and approachable than my experiences on EK or SQ.

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We leveled off for about two minutes before we started our descent into Dubai. I had planned on watching something on the screen but just played around with the system until we were on the ground. We made a smooth touch down and a fairly quick taxi to the gate.

I was very happy that this had actually worked and that the 77W did fly as scheduled. Extra bonus to be on the very first 777 flight for QR and for that aircraft as well. It was understandable with the confusion of safety video since this was the first flight. I really like Qatar Airways a lot and hope to fly them a lot more in the future. I really hope that they will fly their 777-200/LRs to Los Angeles eventually so that I can try that nonstop to/from Doha.

This completes my 777 flying for now. I will not do another new 777 carrier for about two years when I hope to do a RTW for all six continents all on 777s including flights on TAM and V Australia.

The777Man


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User currently offlinePlunaCRJ From Uruguay, joined Nov 2007, 574 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11486 times:

Nice TR, and congratulations on being on the first revenue flight of that airplane!

Did it have that new airplane smell?


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11464 times:

It's weird how these modern Middle Eastern airlines fly almost exclusively widebodies on such short routes. Judging from the pictures above, the loads obviously weren't good. I don't understand the economics of this...


The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlinePlunaCRJ From Uruguay, joined Nov 2007, 574 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 11441 times:



Quoting Evan767 (Reply 2):
Judging from the pictures above, the loads obviously weren't good.



Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
More people boarded but the flight was probably only about 70 % full by the time they closed the doors.

70% isn´t so bad...


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10840 times:



Quoting PlunaCRJ (Reply 1):
Did it have that new airplane smell?

Yes it did! Very nice! I love that smell!

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 2):
I don't understand the economics of this...

The flight is operated for crew training purposes; QR currently also fly the 77W on the DOH-BAH route which is only about 95 miles or so. QR will start flying the 77W to IAD starting 10Jan08.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10798 times:

Great report! Very ironic that I came across it actually, since I had a plan similar to yours.

I typically fly Riyadh-Dubai on Wednesday nights and when I booked my flight for 5 December back in early November, I decided to see if Qatar Airways was operating the new 77W at all...I found out that the evening flight QR114 leaving Doha for Dubai at 8:50pm was in fact scheduled for a 77W!

So I booked myself on QR114 DOH-DXB and also booked a connection into Doha from Riyadh (QR721) which was scheduled to be an A330-200.

Unfortunately, I later checked the flight again and saw that QR114 was downgraded to an A330-300. I called Qatar Airways to confirm it, and once they did I cancelled my flight and decided to take a direct routing into Dubai instead. Tough luck!! I would have loved for my plan to work out.

Anyway, I couldn't actually see your photos because I'm in Saudi Arabia where photobucket is blocked, but you can bet it'll be the first thing I do when I get the chance. Thanks for posting!



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10720 times:

Hi The777Man,

Great TR as always. I was waiting for one on QR's 77W to pop up here  Smile

I like how QR sends their newest aircraft to DXB to show them off to EK (apart from the usual crew familiarizations and such).

Any idea where else these birds are being deployed to before heading off to IAD?

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10658 times:
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Good report and pix as always  Smile

Shame this is the last of your 777 flights for a while, have you not planned to do the AI 77W? - I know you've done the 77L.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineJMO-777 From Germany, joined Apr 2002, 500 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 10125 times:

Hi Lars,

nice to hear that you enjoyed your "last" 777 flight for a while *g

GreetZ,
Jan

PS: Perhaps, I'm able to join your "777-RTW-Trip" in two years.



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9692 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 6):
Any idea where else these birds are being deployed to before heading off to IAD?

BAH

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
have you not planned to do the AI 77W?

No, just one each from each carrier. I haven't been on a 707 so I'm thinking for going to Iran to fly the Saha Air 707 but I may not have time to do it.

I'm very happy right now to have done this and will try to do more travel with my son and will try to recreate my 777 Fleet Page website.

Quoting JMO-777 (Reply 8):
PS: Perhaps, I'm able to join your "777-RTW-Trip" in two years

That would be fun! A tentative plan is to fly LAX-SYD/MEL-BKK-KUL-JNB-DXB-GRU-LHR/CDG-LAX. I would fly V Australia LAX-SYD/MEL (whatever route they will fly) then TG to BKK, TG to KUL, MH to JNB, EK to DXB, EK to GRU, JJ to CDG/LHR and UA/AF back to LAX. I probably will spend a day or so in most cities for spotting and to recuperate.

RTW on 777s; cost $.......Experience = Priceless!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1732 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9448 times:

Excellent trip report! This 777 gives you a unique feeling-- one that says Qatar Airways from the inside, and its not Airbus! I am lucky enough to book on Sunday Dec. 17 flight to Doha from Dubai on 77W on FIRST CLASS, and I will provide a trip report inshalla.

I think the 77W is a great addition to the airline's fleet and represent a major milestone in Qatar Airways history. One thing that amazes me is fleet commonality--almost all the planes Airbus and Boeing have the same seating and features.

Once again, great job and I hope to get your feedback on my future trip report.

QatarA340



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17005 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9314 times:

Great TR.

The pics are really great.

Congrats for being the first revenue flight of that a/c.

So we have to wait a few more years to see any more TR from you??? I will miss them.!!!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever.



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 9120 times:



Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 10):
Once again, great job and I hope to get your feedback on my future trip report

Looking forward to see that report! I have had four flights on QR recently and they have all been great; better then EK.....

Quoting B747forever (Reply 11):
So we have to wait a few more years to see any more TR from you??? I will miss them.!!!

Yes, not planning any more trip reports for a few years. We'll see.

Thanks for your kind words!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2868 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8892 times:

Pleasure to read as always LARS, sad that you will be taking such a long hiatus from the TRs

Karan


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6643 posts, RR: 78
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8862 times:

Hi Lars,

great report about your latest 777 experience. You were really lucky to get the very first QR 777 flight. Good to see the ultimate twin is now part of the QR fleet.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Yes, not planning any more trip reports for a few years. We'll see.

Let's talk again when a new operator takes used 777s in the near future...  Wink


PH



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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8762 times:

I wanted to do the same: DXB-DOH on a A340-600 and back to DXB with B773 but my sister was brought to hospital so I flew directly back to Europe. Nice trip report!  Smile

User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2227 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8659 times:

Hey since it seems like you had a window seat, did you sit near the wing- as I love watching the wing wile flying on a plane!! especially the fact that the 777 has a good wing flex, who needs IFE!


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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 8436 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Let's talk again when a new operator takes used 777s in the near future

I'll just wait until there's a few more out there and do some in the same trip; Planning to include V Australia and TAM on my 777 RTW in about two years. I'll guess I'll miss Philippines then and perhaps another carrier as well but I can fly them later.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 16):
did you sit near the wing

Yes, I had a window seat, behind the wing. Didn't notice the flew of the wing on this flight but have definatly noticed that before on other 777 flights that I have taken.

Just for clarification:
I will continue to do trips and will continue to fly 777s; I will not pursue any more new 777 carriers for a while. I may even do a trip to Japan that may include spotting. I will trravel more with my son and hope to rebuild my website.

Thanks again for the kind words!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2227 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 8412 times:



Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Just for clarification:
I will continue to do trips and will continue to fly 777s; I will not pursue any more new 777 carriers for a while. I may even do a trip to Japan that may include spotting. I will trravel more with my son and hope to rebuild my website.

Thanks again for the kind words!

I wonder if your son knows what a 777 is  Wink



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