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Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)  
User currently offline22886 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 405 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 27518 times:

The purpose of this trip to Hong Kong was to attend the first stage selection process for Cathay Pacific's Cadet Pilot Programme that was to take place on 7th April. Stage 1 was to consist of a series of tests and if successful in the tests I would be invited for an interview.
I received an email from CX telling me that my application had been successful, and I had the chance to attend stage 1, this was received slightly over one month before the stage 1 date to give me enough time to arrange for travel to Hong Kong. Qatar Airways was the cheapest option for LHR-HKG, although taking the longest! At £379 this was a bargain compared to BA,VS and CX who were all charging at around £600+. Even Oasis was charging around £500. Good job I didn't book on them anyway as I wouldn't have been able to get back!!
So booked on QR, here's how the trip went...

1st sector:

Date: 05 April 2008
Airline: Qatar Airways
Route: LHR-DOH
Flight No.: QR006
Aircraft: A330-203
Reg: A7-ACB
Seat/Class: 32K Economy
Scheduled: 10:50 - 19:45
Actual: 10:49 - 19:26
Flight time: 06:13
Block time: 06:37


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With no online check-in with QR, I arrived at Heathrow Terminal 3 for check-in 3hrs before the departure.
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As usual the check-in area was packed, but the QR check-in queue was not too long. Check-in was done fast and efficiently.
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T3 departure lounge, fully packed.
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T3 departures that morning, hate it when the pic is showing all the code share flights!
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I took a walk to the new gates at T3 to see if the A380 was there, it was! still think the 747 looks better though...
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CO 772 over at T4
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VS A346 has just been pushed back and taxiing out for departure to New York.
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AA 772 N753AN on the new LHR service to DFW as AA051
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Back to the old piers and on my way to gate 26 for my flight to Doha
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that's what I'll be flying on, QR A330-203, A7-ACB
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Waiting to board...
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boarding...
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view from my seat whilst at the gate, push back was spot on at 10:49, one minute before the scheduled 10:50 departure time.
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taxiing to runway 27L, all BMI at Terminal 1
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passing by ElAl 744, 4X-ELB
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Finnair A321, followed behind by Virgin Atlantic 744 and further behind Northwest A333
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Turning onto 27L, notice DL 763 in new colours at T4
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BA 772 G-YMMM
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we started our takeoff run from 27L at 11:10
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The new Terminal 5
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and through the clouds
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QR's Waves AVOD IFE system started up about 10mins after take-off, seat belt signs went off pretty quickly too. The Californication album by Red Hot Chili Peppers was playing as the default music in the IFE menu.
The IFE included a live TV selection but these never worked.
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our route to DOH
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Menus were soon distributed, about 20 mins after take-off.
Appetizer:
Leek and goat's cheese terrine served on classic Russian salad
Entree:
Choice of
1. Grilled English beef sausages with onion and paprika gravy, chive mash potatoes and roasted pumpkin
2. Barbecued chicken on vegetable mee goreng, sauteed choy sum with onions
3. Kadi Parkora with Basmati rice, vegetable and paneer jalfrezi
Dessert:
Fresh strawberries with whipped cream
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The seat and legroom. Foot space was restricted due to the large IFE box under the seat.


The in-flight reading material - Oryx magazine, Oryx IFE guide, Duty Free catalogue and Safety card
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the first drink service came round around 30mins after take-off
snack was Cocktail cheese biscuits
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some cabin views
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passing the Alps
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The meal service came round about 40mins after take-off. I chose the Barbequed chicken. The meal was excellent and I finished it all, no goat's cheese terrine for me though ...sick
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our progress through the flight
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About 2hrs after the first meal, the next meal service came, I still felt full from the first one... but airplane meals never really fill you up so the next meal was quite welcome.
This was a small snack of wrap with spicy chicken filling and a chocolate muffin.
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some window views as we approach the Middle East, only a few here as there was cloud cover for pretty much the whole flight from London.


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Approaching Qatar
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landing took place in the dark so couldn't get any pics. We landed in DOH at 19:23, once we rolled off the runway we were straight onto our stand. On-blocks was at 19:26, 19 minutes early.
parked next to the special Asian Games liveried A332 A7-AFP
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my seat for the flight


exiting through the rear of the plane and then bussed to the terminal
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very busy DOH immigration/transfer area, with many flights arriving around the same time. Most were transferring but there were also many going through immigration
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with 5 hours before my connection to HKG, I decided to pay the 100 Riyals (approx £13/$27) for the on-entry visa. The visa also allowed for entry into Oman.
DOH baggage reclaim hall
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outside the terminal
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Qatari number plate
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I decided to just walk around the area near the airport
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same old McDonalds...
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KFC...
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Hardee's...
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the supermarket
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Arabic Oreo's
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back to the airport...
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2nd sector:

Date: 06 April 2008
Airline: Qatar Airways
Route: DOH-HKG
Flight No.: QR812
Aircraft: A340-642
Reg: A7-AGC
Seat/Class: 38A Economy
Scheduled: 01:10- 14:25
Actual: 01:16 - 14:10
Flight time: 07:18
Block time: 07:54


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back in the terminal...
all bags must go through security first before entering the check-in area.
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DOH check-in desks
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with my boarding pass already issued in LHR I went straight to immigration to go airside
the departures area at DOH terminal is basically one massive seating area, with a big duty free shop, another smaller gift shop (they sold Qatar Airway's Herpa 1:500 models at really cheap prices!!), a small food court and the Oryx lounge.
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the duty free shop
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DOH departures that night
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waiting to board... but that means just going downstairs to wait for the bus that will take you to the aircraft.
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here's a video taken on the bus whilst going to the aircraft.


we arrived at the aircraft at around 00:55
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view from my seat at the gate, push back was at 01:16
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taxiing to runway 34
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we were airborne on our way to HKG at 01:41, taxiing took around 25 minutes as this was one of the peaks in traffic, we had about 6 or 7 planes take-off before us.
again the seatbelt signs were switched off and IFE was started shortly after getting airborne.
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The menus and a little set of stickers were later distributed for passengers to stick on their seats indicating whether they wanted to be woken up for meals, woken up for duty free or not disturbed at all. A nice touch for night flights.
An amenity kit was also distributed
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the first meal was served shortly, around 20 minutes after take-off. This was a small snack of a sandwich with chicken filling with a cheese cake.
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our routing took us past the city of Karachi, after that I fell asleep, when I woke up about 2hrs later it was already light outside. Now we were flying across India, towards Kolkata.
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F/A's preparing the main meal service
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the main meal was served about 2 hours before landing, I had the beef goulash with potatoes and vegetables. the other option was noodles but I've forgotten what was in it. There were 3 choices again but they had already run out of one of the choices by the time they got to me. The meal also came with a tropical fruit salad, strawberry yoghurt and a warm bread roll. Tea and Coffee were offered after every meal service.
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some cabin shots
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our routing
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approaching Hong Kong
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Flying over Macau
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MFM
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my seat. The A346 also had a large IFE box under the window seat restricting leg room.


the IFE controller/phone is stored inside the arm rest
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taking a long approach into HKG
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very misty in Hong Kong
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final approach
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touchdown was at 13:59 (local time)
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JAL 744 JA8078 just behind us
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followed by CX A333
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taxiing to stand
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Company A330-200 and AI/OK hybrid A310
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Air Canada 777-200LR C-FIUJ from YYZ
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ElAl 777-200ER 4X-ECE from TLV
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CX A340-300 B-HXL
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CX 747-400 B-HUI
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arrival at our gate, next to Dragonair A333, B-HYB. On-blocks was at 14:10, 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
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A7-AGC at gate 23
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HKG arrivals
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and baggage reclaim
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that's 20hrs worth of travelling complete.
tomorrow afternoon CX CPP initial test!

Overall Qatar Airways was a very good experience, and lives up to its 5star skytrax award. The F/A's were very attentive, were always busy working, always helpful, always smiled and always looked friendly and approachable. Just one thing though they never went round doing water/juice rounds during the night as most airlines do. But anyway if you needed anything all you needed to do was press the F/A call button and someone would be with you almost straight away.
Both sectors were 100% full in economy.
I had never taken such a long duration journey before, but the each 6-7 hour sectors with a break in between was pretty nice and got to see a bit of Qatar, that also meant being able to fly 2 heavies for 1 trip  Smile


Here are some pics from Hong Kong

At Cathay City for stage 1 initial test to be held at the flight training centre

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The main building at Cathay City

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"Nikki"
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around HK

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I had successfully passed stage 1 initial tests and was back at Cathay City on 9th April for stage 1 interview
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more from around HK

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The day before I flew back to London (11th April) I was phoned by CX asking me when I would be back in HK for stage 2, meaning success! However I'm still waiting on the date to attend as I had university and had to return to the UK.

That's it for this trip report, the return flights HKG-DOH-LHR will be posted shortly.

Hope you enjoyed this trip report, any comments are welcome!


Vin


my other trip reports:
Virgin Atlantic LHR-PVG-LHR Economy (lots Of Pics)
Antonov An-26 Ad-hoc Cargo Charter EMA-RNS-VGO-MPL
Photo Report Air Canada 777-300ER YYZ-LHR Economy

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User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 27438 times:

Great report! Excellent pics. Good service from QR, i see. Only chance of flying them from Australia is from MEL when they start flights there, or have they already started? Seeing McDonalds, KFC in Qatar is different to our western culture, especially when looking at the writing!  Smile The picture of the cemetery...i saw that from a distance, while on a boat trip. Was that around Abeerdeen?

Once again great TR!

QantasA333


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 27425 times:

Vin,

Excellent TR and some really awesome picture !!!

Will be flying exactly the same route on QR, although departing and arriving LGW (i.s.o. LHR): thanks a lot for the pre-view of what to expect...

Really looking forward to the 346 flight myself, before the type being withdrawn from QR-service !

Thanks a lot for sharing.



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5861 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 27230 times:

nice...but is there any need for that many pics of the same thing? such as wing shots...I think we get the idea from one wing shot without 3 more in immediate succession.


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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 26914 times:

Congratulations on making through to the next round of interview. All the best for your subsequent rounds...

QR definitely looks like a decent carrier to fly, but definitely not the most straight forward route from the UK. How did you find Doha Airport? From your pictures, the terminal looks almost like a mini-sized version of Dubai Airport...right down from the pre-check-in security to the check-in counters to Duty Free complex. What was there to do in the terminal if you had spent all 5 hours there? Any facilities for transit passengers to enjoy - entertainment centre, rest area, lounges, spas, snooze corners etc??

Has QR given their FAs newly designed uniforms? Those in your pictures look pretty different from the matrix-patterned blouses that I've seen QR crew wear previously.

Great TR all round...including some pretty nice pictures. Any chance of a return TR being posted soon?



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4342 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 26834 times:



Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 3):
but is there any need for that many pics of the same thing? such as wing shots...

Don't listen to him, I liked the wingshots, the background is different and it really gave the feeling it was me there making this trip, including the waiting and loitering around airports.



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User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 26826 times:

Excellent TR! Fantastic pictures. It is always a pleasure to read QR TR's.

And thanks for the pictures of the FFC , sure reminds me of my home

Congrats on getting through your rounds.

[Edited 2008-04-25 09:08:14]


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User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 26813 times:

Great Trip report - loved all the pics!

Congratulations on your success in the CX application programme!

T3 at LHR never looked so good as in your photos - and your aerial shot of the T5 satellite with all the BA tails made me gasp!

QR looked so great for longhaul - and an unbeatable price too! Odd to see a red crescent on the stowage near the 5R door - took me a minute to realise that western carriers would have a red cross there to indicate Medical Kit, right?!

now I want to go back to HK - what a city!


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 26760 times:

So Cathay have their own Pilot Training Programme? Most airlines I believe no longer offer their own programmes. Best of luck.

Qatar Airways looks like a great airline. If I could fly them I certainly would. I am surprised you still have to take a bus to the plane. I would have thought they would have a super modern airport.

Nice to see El Al in London and Hong Kong. The 747 in London needs a good wash. They should change the colours from white to silver. Great report. Thanks. Enjoyed it.


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 26400 times:



Quoting Semsem (Reply 8):
I am surprised you still have to take a bus to the plane. I would have thought they would have a super modern airport.

A new airport is being constructed just to the North of the current one; check Google Earth if you like  Smile
No doubt, once finished, the rides by bus to/from the planes will be gone forever...

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 4):
Any facilities for transit passengers to enjoy - entertainment centre, rest area, lounges, spas, snooze corners etc??

I know there is a different Terminal with facilities for QR First Class passengers (with transfers by luxury cars), however, in the Main Terminal I've not seen any facilities, although I might have missed them...sorry...
No doubt the QR website will tell you more about this.



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User currently offlineKPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 26006 times:

Great report. I was a pleasure to read. All of your pictures were awesome. The Bus vid. was very cool too.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
The day before I flew back to London (11th April) I was phoned by CX asking me when I would be back in HK for stage 2, meaning success!

Congratulations. The best of luck when you return for more training.

Thanks for posting.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 25596 times:
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Nice report, did enjoy, thanks for putting it together.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
I chose the Barbequed chicken. The meal was excellent and I finished it all, no goat's cheese terrine for me though ...sick

- Not a bad looking meal but I do quetion the goay's cheese, it's quite an aquired taste in my opinion.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
a little set of stickers were later distributed for passengers to stick on their seats indicating whether they wanted to be woken up for meals, woken up for duty free or not disturbed at all. A nice touch for night flights

- Neat ide, like it!

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
The day before I flew back to London (11th April) I was phoned by CX asking me when I would be back in HK for stage 2, meaning success!

- Congrats, keep us informed of progress.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 25576 times:

Great coverage on QR's Y product! Very in depth TR. Good luck for your next interview. How long is CX's training program?

Say you didn't want to get the One-Entry Visa at DOH. Was there anything to do during transit?


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2357 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 25564 times:



Quoting MH017 (Reply 9):
A new airport is being constructed just to the North of the current one; check Google Earth if you like Smile
No doubt, once finished, the rides by bus to/from the planes will be gone forever...

Good. I was connecting through DOH on QR from FRA going to AUH back at the beginning of April of 2004. When I heard that QR ordered the A380 as well as numerous other planes, I was wondering how they were ever going to hold everybody in that small terminal they had. Nice place, but so damn small!!!



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User currently offlineSmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 25539 times:



Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 7):
Odd to see a red crescent on the stowage near the 5R door - took me a minute to realise that western carriers would have a red cross there to indicate Medical Kit, right?!

The entire Red Cross organisation in the middle east is know as Red Crescent due to the associated Cross not being trusted during the first world war (and thus being considered the enemy in many situations) due to its association with the Crusades!! I took a fascination tour of the red cross head quarters in Geneva and read the story somewhere, was funny when I actually noticed it on one of the EK aircraft at work!
The differences that make the world interesting!!

Hope there new uniforms also they look much nicer than the other version!


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 25485 times:

WOW!

This is one of the best TR's i have read! The pictures are absolutely stunning!

Service on QR seems very consistent from your report, and those menu cards are HUGE! Were they just one-page cards or more?

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
hate it when the pic is showing all the code share flights!

Yes .. I totally agree! I try and try, but it switches back to the codeshares right before i click haha.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
The new Terminal 5

Absolutely STUNNING pictures there!

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 11):
want me to keep going? get a clue champ...its ridiculous posting nearly identical pics in a trip report..let alone a report with 100+ pics in it.

Just scroll past what you dont wish to see! I think he posted great pictures, and in fact, all of them are welcome!

This made me really want to fly that route on QR! Moreover, DOH airport isn't as bad looking as i thought it would be. In fact, it doesn't look bad at all.

Thanks a lot for sharing this report.. and congratulations on your progress with CX! Do let us know the outcome!

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 25437 times:

Great report & pics.

I haven't tried QR long-haul yet, but am planning to fly KIX-DOH-AUH with them in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it, especially after your report.

Best of luck with the CX Cadet programme.


User currently offline22886 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 25381 times:

thank you for looking and thank you for all the comments, hope you enjoyed the pics!  Smile

Quoting QantasA333 (Reply 1):
The picture of the cemetery...i saw that from a distance, while on a boat trip. Was that around Abeerdeen?

The cemetery was at PokFuLam on the west side of Hong Kong Island

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 4):
What was there to do in the terminal if you had spent all 5 hours there? Any facilities for transit passengers to enjoy - entertainment centre, rest area, lounges, spas, snooze corners etc??



Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 13):
Say you didn't want to get the One-Entry Visa at DOH. Was there anything to do during transit?

I was actually only in the terminal for around 2 hours, I didn't think there was much to do inside, as mentioned it was basically one large seating area with 2 shops. I got out my laptop to see if i could get any wi-fi but all that worked was outlook express, webpages didnt even load up. I saw that it worked with some people so dunno wat the problem was. They had some public use computers as well, though you needed to queue up to use them at busier times. Apart from that I don't think there was much else to do... Lots of bored looking people around the terminal, lots were sleeping. Lots and lots of seating though which was a good thing ...not like LHR!
I'm not sure about the facilities you mentioned though... maybe in the oryx lounge or premium class terminal.
In terms of plane spotting in the terminal, you get the aircraft taxiing past the terminal building pretty closely, and you can see the planes parked at the stands to the left hand side of the terminal. Would have been much better in the day light though. Every time I went through DOH was at night. You also get excellent opportunities to see the planes as you get bussed to the plane. And when boarding it didn't seem a problem to the security there about taking photos of the planes. O one thing though, QR never allowed any cockpit visits after the flights.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 4):
Has QR given their FAs newly designed uniforms?

I don't think they were new... looked a bit old fashioned actually.

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 3):
nice...but is there any need for that many pics of the same thing?



Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 11):
what do you learn from these two pics?

I'm sorry you don't like all the pics, you certainly wouldn't want to see my complete album then, its got about 400 photos, and thats just from the flight! As I mentioned those wing shots were only a few I could get, there would be much more if there was less cloud over the journey. The 2 shots of the screen I'm trying to show the IFE menu system. The zoomed-in/zoomed-out ones simply show more detail when zoomed-in.

Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 13):
How long is CX's training program?

CX's training programme is 60 weeks long and is done at FTA in Adelaide.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 16):
those menu cards are HUGE!

the menu cards weren't that big, about 10cm x 24cm? just one page, the pic shows both sides.


User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 25333 times:



Quoting 22886 (Reply 18):
Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 13):
How long is CX's training program?

CX's training programme is 60 weeks long and is done at FTA in Adelaide.

Cool. I live in the very city of ADL. You coming down here? If so, you'll love the city, except maybe the public transport, and traffic, but besides that excellent. Our new terminal was built 3 years ago, and is still white, and spotless. Large windows allow for great views of aircraft.

QantasA333


User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 25290 times:



Quoting 22886 (Reply 18):
CX's training programme is 60 weeks long and is done at FTA in Adelaide.

So I guess this will commence once you finish Uni?


User currently offline22886 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 25277 times:



Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 20):
So I guess this will commence once you finish Uni?

I hope so ...gotta get through the selection programme first though, totally 4 stages, and acceptance rate is like 1%!! so fingers crossed!!


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 25256 times:



Quoting 22886 (Reply 18):
I was actually only in the terminal for around 2 hours, I didn't think there was much to do inside, as mentioned it was basically one large seating area with 2 shops. I got out my laptop to see if i could get any wi-fi but all that worked was outlook express, webpages didnt even load up. I saw that it worked with some people so dunno wat the problem was. They had some public use computers as well, though you needed to queue up to use them at busier times. Apart from that I don't think there was much else to do... Lots of bored looking people around the terminal, lots were sleeping. Lots and lots of seating though which was a good thing ...not like LHR!

I guess it'll be quite a pain for passengers who aren't entitled to lounge facilities, and are stuck with many hours before their next flight. Doha, is probably similar to DXB in that most of their passengers are transiting. It would be good if they can come up with more facilities to keep everyone occupied. In this sense, DXB and SIN does quite a good job with its hub, with lots of F&B, entertainment and shopping facilities for everyone.



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User currently offlineLentini2001 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 24904 times:

Fantastic trip report and such amazing pictures.

User currently offlineJoka From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 24866 times:

Thanks for a great TR and all the pics. I like looking at all of them even if some are almost the same.
Good luck with your venture!


User currently offline9VSRH From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 24553 times:

Vin,
Great Report. Very detailed and interesting.

Best of luck with the CX CP interview process. From what I've heard, the program is a blast!
cheers


25 Nicholaschee : It's a terrible place to transit! At least the new airport is coming along fine. Can't imagine QR operating the A380 there.
26 Cgagn : Very well written with excellent pictures, especially of Hong Kong. A very enjoyable report to read, nicely done!! C-GAGN
27 QatarA340 : First of all, This is one of the best TR I have ever read! I really enjoyed reading it, and of course seeing the pictures. The supermarket and Fast Fo
28 Karan69 : Awesome report nice pictures thank you so much for sharing , makes me wanna fly that A346 so badly and all the best for the later stages Karan
29 MEA-707 : I am not your champ... I liked the subtle differences to get sucked into the mood of making a trip like this, very moody how the wing lit up in the s
30 Post contains links and images 22886 : Here's the return flight HKG-DOH-LHR 1st sector: Date: 11 April 2008 Airline: Qatar Airways Route: HKG-DOH Flight No.: QR817 Aircraft: A340-642 Reg: A
31 Arsenal@LHR : A stunning trip report, the pictures are first class, make the report so much better. QR look really good, must try them, Hong Kong is a "must see" de
32 LACA773 : Thankyou so very much for sharing your phenomenal photos and TRs with us! Do you post any of your photos on here or on any other site? Those phose of
33 Ojas : Once again excellent. The A340-600's are surely tempting.
34 StefanPAD : Thanks for sharing this great TR! Very detailed. A nice read. Congratulations on reaching stage 2. I wish you good luck for the next round. Does anybo
35 Jokestar : Hi there, Just wondering exactly what you did to get into the whole Cathay program? I live in Sydney and that is my ultimate life goal to become a com
36 Post contains links 22886 : To qualify for our Cadet Pilot Programme, you must be at least 18 years old and a Hong Kong resident. Basically you need to be HK ID card holder, whi
37 MH017 : Once again, excellent TR: love the pictures inside- and out of the plane the most; the 346 surely is a beast Why not try QR again, given their excell
38 Midcon385 : Great TR! HKG is a neat place--would love to visit there someday. Also, DOH looks like a great destination and QR service looks very impressive. Thank
39 CO7e7 : Great report and pictures. Good Luck with Stage 2. Keep us updated! - CO7e7
40 22886 : Stage 2 is coming up on 26th June. Have booked to fly on CX this time, A340-300 there and 747-400 back. Haven't flown CX for a long time!
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