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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1708 posts, RR: 11
Posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Qatar Airways Dubai-Cairo 777-200LR Report



Introduction
Hey! This is my first trip report. After lurking on Airliners.net for months, I decided to write a real report with pictures and everything. I got a new Canon Powershot for Christmas, and finally worked up the courage to take photographs in public places.
Many a time I’d seen a rare and exotic bird at an airport- a Cathay Pacific 747 or an Iran Air 747SP. I’d wish that I had a camera to record these rare moments to remember them by. Well I finally had the intuition to go out and get one.
Since I hope this report is the first of many, I’m still trying to find a unique format for my reports. Wish me luck for that!
Last February I booked a ticket for a 10-day visit to Dubai. Usually I choose either Gulf Air, Emirates or Egypt Air but I opted on Qatar Airways-I’d never flown them on that route before and I knew that on my inbound I’d be getting a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, which were operating Doha-Delhi/Cairo/Dubai trial and familiarisation flights before entering service on the Doha-Houston nonstops. Not to mention the price was right as well  Smile


Getting to the airport
I woke up at 0700 and showered and was ready by 0800. At 0830, I left home and was at Dubai International Airport by 0900. I live near City Centre, so it’s a very short hop. Very soon, we had entered the airport perimeter:

A lovely fountain:

A very interesting camel:

We then parked the car at the short-term parking at Terminal 1. Here are some snaps of the exterior of Terminal 1:







I entered the departures area, and bade my father goodbye. I found out that Qatar Airways had moved its check-in facility from Area E to Area A.
Here is a shot of the check-in info screen:



The pre-check-in area of the terminal:



I went through preliminary security, then towards check-in. Here is a snap:


Check-in Area A:


My flight:




Check-in was relatively empty, with only a few people at the counters. At check-in, I requested window seats for both legs. Usually I would have OLCI’d (online check-in) but since my ticket had been reissued the night before I didn’t get a booking reference. There were no seat maps for this particular 777 and I didn’t want to end up anywhere near the wings. As luck would have it, I was assigned seats close to the wings. The agent complied and within 2 minutes my bags were tagged and I was checked-in.


After completing the procedures, I went through passport control, which was empty. The passport control guy was silent, without so much as a ‘goodbye’, ‘hi’ or ‘OK’. I find those working passport control in the UAE very full of themselves, and adopt a patronising attitude when they encounter a traveller of Arab origin. In fact, I routinely see them being nice to Europeans, making small talk with them and their children. Arabs, Indians and everyone else get the silent treatment. I’m not saying those people should be nice all the time, I’m just saying it’s unfair to be nice to people based on their appearance, and that it’s not just the Europeans who make Dubai work, but everyone involved. It’s this attitude that tends to put people off.


After getting through passport control, I went through another security check then was on the walkway to the Sheikh Rashid Terminal. It was fairly crowded, even though Emirates had left the Terminal and the morning departures rush was starting to end.

Dubai Terminal 1 Duty Free:


The lovely Aishwarya Rai in an ad:



With time to spare, I made my way to Terminal 3. It was extremely crowded (0745-1030 is the Emirates departure bank for Europe and Australia), although by 1015 most of the flights had already boarded. It’s a large facility, and I can’t believe that all of these flights had been served from Terminal 1 not too long ago.







At 1100 I was at Gate 117, and just as I was inside the gate boarding began. Next to us was a Blue Sky Boeing 747. It’s a regular visitor to DXB, but for some reason I can’t find any info on where this 747 was headed, or indeed, where the airline itself is based.




I saw the 777-200LR for the first time, and it was ‘Gaza’, named in memory of the Gaza 2008-2009 bombings. A7-BBB had been delivered less than a week before I flew on it.
My first glimpse of the Boeing 777-200LR, A7-BBB غزة:



During my short hike down the jet way, I saw an Emirates A380:


QR 101
DXB-DOH
Dubai-Doha
Operated by Boeing 777-200LR A7-BBB ‘Gaza’
Departure 1130
Actual 1130 (takeoff 1135)
Arrival 1130
Actual 1120
Flying time: 45 minutes
Load factor: Roughly 75% in Y

I was one of the first on the plane and took a few photographs.

A brief shot in the Business Class cabin.



Economy





My seat 28A:





I was seated by an amiable Asian flight attendant in 28K. The seat next to me was empty. I took a few photographs:

A 747-400 in United Arab Emirates colours, presumably flying for a senior member of the ruling family. It was first flown in 1991 for Air Canada (under C-GAGM), then briefly served Air India (VT-AIM) before settling with Dubai Air Wing.

Up close and personal

The 747 in its entirety (almost):

The tail, and the registration A6-COM clearly visible:

An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER with the United Arab Emirates 747 taking off in the background:

British Airways Boeing 767 taxiing out to operate the 1105 service to Heathrow.

Iran Air EP-IBP A310:



Cathay Pacific Cargo 747 in the distance:


The captain welcomed us on board, and gave us our flying time (45 minutes) and a promise of some expected turbulence. The safety video was played (dreary and long, needs to be changed) and everything was orderly. Flight was around 70-75% full in Economy.
At precisely 1130, we pushed back and since we were on the runway side of the terminal, no awfully long taxi to 12L/30R.

We took off at 1135 after a powerful but relatively short takeoff roll of 35 seconds. I could appreciate the sheer power of the engines, the very engines that would one day power the 777 al the way to Houston. We rose through the Dubai haze, which was foggy and one couldn’t see much.

Moments after takeoff from Dubai

Jumeira and the Palm Jumeira:

Burj al Arab

Palm Jumeira

Sheikh Zayed Road

More skyscrapers



However, I was afforded some lovely views of Jumeira, the Palm Jumeira and Burj al Arab. I took a few snaps which I have since colour corrected.
Around 10 minutes into the flight the seat belt signs came off and the ‘service’ began. Economy passengers were served a small but somewhat tasty roll filled with spinach, cheese and lack if memory serves me correctly.


after an additional 10 minutes, we began our descent into Doha. Weather wasn’t too pleasant (dusty) and just as we were parallel to the city of Doha, we made a sharp left turn and dived down so that DOH was directly in front of us.
Descending from the clouds:

The eastern coast of Qatar:



Finals over Doha:



Touching down:


Finally…ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Doha International Airport, State of Qatar Airways:



An interesting shot:


A host of buses come to collect passengers:

Doha Airport Terminal:

A multitude of people headed for Transfers:


But entry lines to Qatar itself are quite large:

Queuing up for security check-it’s a long line:


Departures Info Screen:


Doha International is a well-organized and efficient hub. It is moderately sized, pleasant, clean and easy to navigate. It can get boring with 4h+ layovers but I believe it has at least one pay-for-access lounge. Boarding is all done via stairs, which isn’t so bad but definitely not as efficient as using bridges.


Here are a few snaps from inside the terminal, photos I took on previous visits:








I decided to sit down in the spacious waiting area. I spent around 10 minutes listening to my iPod and at 1210 the ‘final call’ (probably to intimidate passengers into being at the gate early) for my flight to Cairo was called.
Exterior of one of the Oryx Lounges in the main Terminal:


Hazy shot of the queue for Gate 10. Easily the longest line in the Terminal.

I headed to Gate 10, which was on the Upper Level of Departures. I stood at the back of an orderly queue (queues are a rarity for anything involving Egypt or Egyptians so I took this to be a good sign) for around 15 minutes before someone told us to sit down. Clearly the aircraft wasn’t ready (no way can you turn a 777 around in 30 minutes!) and passengers would simply go through the ‘gate’ (really a small waiting area at the bottom of some escalators, no in-gate seating area) and wait in an overcrowded pen.
At around 1245 the buses began moving from Gate 10 for the 777-200LR, parked in the exact same place.

QR 514
DOH-CAI
Doha-Cairo
Operated by Boeing 777-200LR A7-BBB ‘Gaza’
Departure 1310
Actual 1313 (takeoff 1320)
Arrival 1605
Actual 1532
Flying time 3h12
Load factor: 95-100% in Economy, 80-100% in Business/First

Massive underbelly of the 777-200LR:


Impressive wingspan:


The Oryx, in all its maroon glory. My favourite snap:


Qatar Airways A330-200 still painted in Asian Games 2006 colours:




More interior cabin shots:




Shortly after takeoff from Doha








Random sea vessel:


Qatar is a vital shipping point:


Some new development:


Meal service:
Shortly after takeoff from Doha, the meal service began. Passengers were the given the option between lamb and chicken. I opted for lamb, and it was served with spinach and rice with vermicelli. A tasty entrée, but I’d had the exact same dish on the Cairo-Doha sector 10 days prior. Qatar Airways should diversify its catering for fear of boring its passengers.


The entrée came with a delicious bean salad, which although didn’t have any dressing, was substantial and filling. It was a far cry from the usual 3 cucumber slice-one olive-one shred of lettuce combination we usually get.
There was a good supply of drinks available, including alcoholic drinks. Cabin crew seemed to be generous enough with the liquor-the man in front of me got his own mini-bottle of whatever he was having. Members of cabin crew came around with tea/coffee and concluded a satisfactory dining experience.

Oryx In-Flight Entertainment:
Nowadays, I can’t fly medium or long-haul without IFE. I mean, I can fly, but I end up dreading the experience days beforehand. But I didn’t have such an experience before my flight. The IFE on Qatar Airways is well-organized, well-stocked with plenty of film and music options to keep even the most fidgety passenger occupied. Good news is the system wasn’t reset and I didn’t have any problems (maybe because I was one of the few people using the IFE anyway).
I ended up watching the recent BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (I’d recently seen the 2006 version of ‘Jane Eyre’ at school, so I was in the mood for such a film. For what it’s worth, this version is a replica of the Ang Lee version starring Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson, only the Ang Lee version is far superior).

One note about the IFE system-the earplugs supplied are of poor quality. Passengers are told that they are ‘complimentary’ yet they are useless since they have two pins, so I can’t use them again. Qatar Airways should invest in proper, good quality sets and for all I care it can collect them back at the end of the flight. Or, at the very least, passengers with their own earplugs should be given the option of using them, but at the moment I can’t because the audio socket are meant for sets with two pins, not one.
Each seat comes with a USB port which comes in handy. I could have sworn the 777-300ER seats had power outlets for laptops but sadly 777-200LRs don’t.
Overall, very good, but Emirates’ ice system is the winner of course.


Mid-flight:





















The Arabian Peninsula coast is now behind us:


Entry to the Suez Canal:


The Suez Canal and the city of Suez itself:


The seaside resorts of Ain Al Sokhna (lit Spring of the Hot, or Hot Springs) are now beginning to appear. Sokhna (as Egyptians call it) is a popular getaway for people. It is just an hour’s drive from the edge of Cairo:









Probably a ceramics factory:


An outside suburb of Cairo. Boy, I never knew there were so many swimming pools in Egypt!


Shortly before landing:






Array of old, unused 737s :


This is 5 seconds after touchdown. People already standing up??!


Landing:
We began our descent when we entered Sinai. I'd been hoping we'd approach after a full encircle of Cairo, taking in the entire city, but alas, this was not to be. We had a fairly boring
approach from the desert before touching down.
Just after touchdown, people began to stand up. Now, I’m used to such scenes. I’ve been flying between Egypt and the Gulf long enough to expect such behaviour, but on this particular flight, a LOT of people stood up. Clearly this is a violation because the aircraft is still going at a speed of 350 km/h and we ‘are not there yet’. Usually, it’s just one or two people who do this, but on QR 514, a lot did this. Cabin crew had to get up and tell them to sit down, at risk to their own safety. So far I’ve never seen a passenger who fell down and was injured during taxiing but it’s only a matter of time, and I feel that this needs to be stressed more.
I wish I'd filmed the entire sequence, because then I could've posted it on YouTube. I warrant it would've been a big hit.
The zoomed-up engine of a Tupolev previously operated for Central African Express, or a similarly named carrier:


Air Cairo:


Lufthansa A340 bound for Frankfurt:


Jetairfly A330 incoming from Brussels:


Austrian Airlines OE-LBN A320 bound for Vienna:



Clearly CAI is well served by Lufthansa and its affiliates. By increasing frequencies and capacity, code-sharing with Egypt Air and supporting Egypt Air’s entry into Star Alliance, CAI is set to become a growth market for the alliance. There was also a Swiss International Air Lines A340 but unfortunately I did not take a snap.


Crew friendliness:
Crew in Economy rarely have the chance to be friendly or to really ‘shine’, especially on relatively short flights. Some can be outright rude, but the best they can do is welcome you on board, give out the out sweet or blanket, and serve the meal as efficiently as they can. Qatar Airways is no exception-I didn’t ‘bond’ with any cabin crew, and I don’t expect to. On the Doha-Cairo sector, there was a pleasant male Indian crew member who always had a smile on his face, then there was a female Filipina who although didn’t shout didn’t have a smile. But then, I’m just nitpicking. As an Economy passenger, I expect the airline to get me from A to B on time with my luggage safely with good IFE and comfortable seats. Anything else is gravy.


Another thing-the flight was full of contract workers living in Doha and other points in the Gulf. Now, contract workers enjoy the novelty of being on a plane, and being served, and very often ask for water or tea at random times just for the sake of being served. Although these people have paid for the same ticket and are theoretically entitled to these things, it gets ridiculous when at least 150 people are ordering random things just for the heck of it. Cabin crew on the flight rarely, if ever, heeded to these requests, and would say okay without fulfilling the obligation. It’s something I noticed and thought was worth noting. Should such passengers be heeded or should cabin crew pick and choose between those ordering on a whim or those who really need the tea/water?


Overall:
Qatar Airways is an extremely solid airline and a refreshing change. It has proven to be quite competitive on the European routes (in my experience) and its success story is the envy of many. Qatar Airways has a reputation of being a five-star airline and as we all know (thanks to those CNN spots that pop up every ten minutes or so) the airline has won numerous awards. While the experience is not perfect (at least in Economy) it is certainly solid, and one of the superior long-haul airlines out there. Their Doha hub is well organized, efficient enough and orderly, not to mention ideally suited. I would not hesitate to fly Qatar Airways again. I hope that they keep up their current standards and I definitely recommend them.


Qatar Airways tail from the parking lot. Goodbye!



Notes:
I use a Canon Power Shot, which although isn’t what a skilled photographer would use, is easy to use, affordable and has the best zoom a camera of its size could have. A lot of the photographs turned out grainy because of the zoom, and the Photoshop programs I use are very basic, but I still took the liberty of colour-correcting many shots. These shots tend to look worse when magnified but was an artistic decision I took.
I’m also trying to find a ‘style’ for my reports (e.g. distinct font size, colour, style etc.)
I’d appreciate any feedback, and any criticism would be welcome-it’s my first try and I hope that I get better with time!
But most of all, I hope you have enjoyed reading this report. Adieu, till next time!

24 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2989 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent TR.

Good to see the Interiors of the B777-200LR. Though I ust say, they are identical to the B777-300ER.



A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi,
thanks for this great insight view on QR's Y class product on their newest machine!

Some points;

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
Next to us was a Blue Sky Boeing 747. It’s a regular visitor to DXB, but for some reason I can’t find any info on where this 747 was headed, or indeed, where the airline itself is based.

BlueSky is an Iranian airline. Their B744's are ex UA. These aircraft even carrier Armenian registration for a while, for some strange reasons I think. Don't know about their routes actually, but apparently they serve IKA-DXB or so...

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
The zoomed-up engine of a Tupolev

Clearly the tail of a Boeing 727  Wink

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
Jetairfly A330 incoming from Brussels:

And that's a smaller craft, the B737-800.

Overall, QR is good. I like the interior (colours, IFE etc.), and wonder when they will start operations to AMS someday (hopefully). Want to fly them some day, since I only hear good reports lately!

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineElevate From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Seems like your QR experience was an awful lot better than mine last month!

Great report, keep 'em coming!

Sam


User currently offlineDLATL777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Just FYI, in the picture labeled


"An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER with the United Arab Emirates 747 taking off in the background"

That's not a 777-300ER, that's an airbus A330-200.

Good report, enjoyed the read.


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1109 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:

WOW! Great first TR! The QR 77L looks great....hopefully I will have a chance to try it on the IAH-DOH nonstop one day. Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineAtlwest1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1046 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic first report!!  Smile Your pictures are awesome and give a nice birds eye view over DXB, Doha and Cairo. I look forward to future trip reports that you do.  Smile


ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co. or Airt
User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I just flew Qatar for the first time FRA-DOH-DXB and return...I was pleasantly suprised that my DOH-DXB leg which was suppose to be an A320 was substituted for a 777-300ER
What a great 35 minute flight...It had to be one of the worlds shortest hops for a 777-ER!!

The service on Qatar was phenomenal...I agree with your assesment of the service staff in Dubai...From cab drivers, store clerks, airport personel customs and immigration too just about everyone in general who waited on us, all were extremeley friendly and cordial. As Americans, they were truly sincere when they said they enjoyed having their "American Friends" visiting everywhere we went ...Treatment towards fellow Middle Easterners was quite obviously not as good...Some of our cab drivers in Dubai said they will only pick up foreigners and no locals especially at night..

All in all a great trip report and we had a great time during our stay in Dubai and our overnight stay in Qatar too..


User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3716 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey!

Thanks for sharing! Definitely look forward to seeing this bird among the international line-up at IAH!

Am curious. I saw the bulkhead seats had footrests. Do the rest of them have them part of the seat like the bulkhead or from underneath the seat in front of you. Also, how was the seat and how would it feel if you did the DOH-IAH nonstop?

Cheers!

Colin  wave 



The journey of life is not based on the accomplishments, but the experience.
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report & pics. A fellow a.nutter and myself did QR DXB-DOH during the first week of B777-300ER operations in Dec 2007. The interior of the aircraft is certainly the same.

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
At 1100 I was at Gate 117, and just as I was inside the gate boarding began. Next to us was a Blue Sky Boeing 747. It’s a regular visitor to DXB, but for some reason I can’t find any info on where this 747 was headed, or indeed, where the airline itself is based.



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
BlueSky is an Iranian airline. Their B744's are ex UA. These aircraft even carrier Armenian registration for a while, for some strange reasons I think. Don't know about their routes actually, but apparently they serve IKA-DXB or so...

They operate IKA-DXB-IKA for Iran Aseman & Mahan Air but those carriers always operated from T2 on the other side of the airfield - unless they have moved since T3 opened.

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
Iran Air EP-IBP A310:

Nice to see the old A310-200s flying again. I saw one at DXB last time I was there and was pleasantly surprised.

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
The zoomed-up engine of a Tupolev previously operated for Central African Express, or a similarly named carrier:

ex-AA B727-200. Same aircraft has been there a while.

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
Array of old, unused 737s

You have an A310 & A320 in that photo.

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
This is 5 seconds after touchdown. People already standing up??!

I hate this kind of ignorance - sadly you see it on many flights in the Middle East, to the extent that sometimes the crew do nothing about it. What really pisses me off is that you are a lot more likely to be involved in an aircraft incident on the ground than in the air but these people only think one thing: ME, ME, ME, NOW, NOW, NOW.......


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1708 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
BlueSky is an Iranian airline. Their B744's are ex UA. These aircraft even carrier Armenian registration for a while, for some strange reasons I think. Don't know about their routes actually, but apparently they serve IKA-DXB or so...



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 9):
They operate IKA-DXB-IKA for Iran Aseman & Mahan Air but those carriers always operated from T2 on the other side of the airfield - unless they have moved since T3 opened.

Ah...that makes sense. I assumed Blue Sky was Russian, turned out it was Iranian. They were operating for Iran Asseman or Mahan Air, because there were a few Iran-bound flights at the time.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
Clearly the tail of a Boeing 727



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
And that's a smaller craft, the B737-800.



Quoting DLATL777 (Reply 4):
Just FYI, in the picture labeled

"An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER with the United Arab Emirates 747 taking off in the background"

That's not a 777-300ER, that's an airbus A330-200.



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 9):
ex-AA B727-200. Same aircraft has been there a while.



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 9):
You have an A310 & A320 in that photo.

How embarrasing  Sad...I should have known it was a 727 (the thingy at the top of the tail). I should've double-checked and cross-referenced and realised that Jetairfly doesn't have any A330s. Won't happen again  Smile

Quoting Ojas (Reply 1):
Excellent TR.

Good to see the Interiors of the B777-200LR. Though I ust say, they are identical to the B777-300ER.

Correct. 777-200LR is identical to the 777-300ER, except I think the 777-300ERs have power outlets for laptops.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
Overall, QR is good. I like the interior (colours, IFE etc.), and wonder when they will start operations to AMS someday (hopefully). Want to fly them some day, since I only hear good reports lately!

Indeed, QR is extremely solid. No glitches in my experience. Hopefully you will not be dissapointed, even in Economy.

Quoting Elevate (Reply 3):
Seems like your QR experience was an awful lot better than mine last month!

Great report, keep 'em coming!

Sorry that your last experience wasn't pleasant. Thanks for your support  Smile

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
WOW! Great first TR! The QR 77L looks great....hopefully I will have a chance to try it on the IAH-DOH nonstop one day. Thanks for sharing.

Indeed..777s are amazing. You'll like it if you ever fly IAH-DOH  Smile

Quoting Atlwest1 (Reply 6):
Fantastic first report!! Your pictures are awesome and give a nice birds eye view over DXB, Doha and Cairo. I look forward to future trip reports that you do.

Thanks and glad you liked it! I was a little worried that my pictures after editing and colour-correcting them wouldn't be well recieved!

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 8):
Hey!

Thanks for sharing! Definitely look forward to seeing this bird among the international line-up at IAH!

Am curious. I saw the bulkhead seats had footrests. Do the rest of them have them part of the seat like the bulkhead or from underneath the seat in front of you. Also, how was the seat and how would it feel if you did the DOH-IAH nonstop?

I'm pretty sure the footrests were attached in the seat in front of me. The seats were comfortable enough, and the 3-3-3 arrangement allows for slightly more room for the cabin to breathe. When travelling solo (i.e. you can't lean on your neighbour/travelling companion) the seat was perfectly good. Having the window seat definately helps. Legroom was also good on the QR 777. Cabin ambience and lighting at night is also soothing.
Compared to Emirates, a lot of their 777s need a refit, and their 3-4-3 arrangement isn't too popular. Their seats can be quite uncomfortable, although the newly configured 77Ls are much better than other members of their fleet.
I'd say that QR would be pretty comfortable for a 16-hour flight. Good luck if you ever fly it!
Thanks for your nice comments!

Quoting Crownvic (Reply 7):
The service on Qatar was phenomenal...I agree with your assesment of the service staff in Dubai...From cab drivers, store clerks, airport personel customs and immigration too just about everyone in general who waited on us, all were extremeley friendly and cordial. As Americans, they were truly sincere when they said they enjoyed having their "American Friends" visiting everywhere we went ...Treatment towards fellow Middle Easterners was quite obviously not as good...Some of our cab drivers in Dubai said they will only pick up foreigners and no locals especially at night..

All in all a great trip report and we had a great time during our stay in Dubai and our overnight stay in Qatar too..

Thanks
Dubai can make a good impression on tourists. It's unfortunate that so many people won't be as cordial to non-Europeans/Americans. A normalization of attitudes would be welcome, and immigration authorities need to be told not to practically throw passports at people.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 9):
I hate this kind of ignorance - sadly you see it on many flights in the Middle East, to the extent that sometimes the crew do nothing about it. What really pisses me off is that you are a lot more likely to be involved in an aircraft incident on the ground than in the air but these people only think one thing: ME, ME, ME, NOW, NOW, NOW.......

Indeed. A major violation of safety regulations. The sad part is that it will take a few avoidable freak accidents to make people realise that compliance with regulations is necessary, and for airlines to press for harsher punishment (i.e. disciplining offending passengers).

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 9):
Nice report & pics. A fellow a.nutter and myself did QR DXB-DOH during the first week of B777-300ER operations in Dec 2007. The interior of the aircraft is certainly the same.

Thanks. Being on a brand-new aircraft is also a novel experience and I am grateful I had the opportunity to fly on an aircraft not yet a week old.

Thanks for your kind comments, people, and sorry for the aircraft mix-up.My next TR will be about a trip to Paris, and will include loads of sightseeing snaps. Coming up in April hopefully !


User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

The foot rests at the bulkheaad seats in economy came out from under the seat...quite nice

User currently offlineStevAAn From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I've been reading your report with great interest. Great pictures!
I noticed you wrote that you took a look at the new terminal 3 in DXB while your flight departed terminal/concourse 2. So from this, can I assume that the concourses are linked to eachother, airside?

I'd llike to know, because I really like to see what terminal 3 is like, and as EK doesn't serve DXB from AMS, I would probably arrive and depart from concourse 2 on KL/LH etc..



747
User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1708 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting StevAAn (Reply 12):
I've been reading your report with great interest. Great pictures!
I noticed you wrote that you took a look at the new terminal 3 in DXB while your flight departed terminal/concourse 2. So from this, can I assume that the concourses are linked to eachother, airside?

I'd llike to know, because I really like to see what terminal 3 is like, and as EK doesn't serve DXB from AMS, I would probably arrive and depart from concourse 2 on KL/LH etc..

Thanks  Smile
Concourses 2 & 3 are linked together. In fact, Concourse 3 is basically an extension, hardly a seperate building. It's only a matter of it being a long hike, and I suggest planning around 45 minutes to be able to go to Concourse 3, walk around and go back to Concourse 2 comfortably.
Once you're in Concourse 2 and you see the sign 'Sheikh Zayed Terminal' and you have your back to the electric walkways, go the right and keep walking. Concourse 3 is attached to the far right side of C2, the side where the BA, Gulf Air, Marhaba and Emirates Lounges are located.
If in doubt, ask anyone to give you directions.
Small map:


C O N C O U R S E 2 ========== C O N C O U R S E 3
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Terminal 1
(Check in, passport control etc)


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What a great TR with QR! Thank you for sharing.


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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1224 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for your report and pics. Nice to see you had a good trip.

Before leaving DXB, you say:

"The passport control guy was silent, without so much as a ‘goodbye’, ‘hi’ or ‘OK’. I find those working passport control in the UAE very full of themselves, and adopt a patronising attitude when they encounter a traveller of Arab origin. In fact, I routinely see them being nice to Europeans, making small talk with them and their children. Arabs, Indians and everyone else get the silent treatment."

Actually I would beg to differ.

I transitted through DXB in 2007 and the passport control staff there (in fact airport staff generally in DXB) were not friendly at all in my experience. The passport control staff did not utter a word to me either, let alone make small talk, and I am white British. I've always tried to be friendly to staff at immigration because I can sympathise with their job and sometimes how mundane it might be but these guys were so unfriendly.

I think they have a tendency to be like that to everyone - whatever your ethnic origins.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing.

Seems there are a few aircraft recignition issues though.......

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1708 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 14):
What a great TR with QR! Thank you for sharing.

Glad you liked it, I know that you're a big QR fan Big grin

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 15):
Thanks for your report and pics. Nice to see you had a good trip.

Before leaving DXB, you say:

"The passport control guy was silent, without so much as a ‘goodbye’, ‘hi’ or ‘OK’. I find those working passport control in the UAE very full of themselves, and adopt a patronising attitude when they encounter a traveller of Arab origin. In fact, I routinely see them being nice to Europeans, making small talk with them and their children. Arabs, Indians and everyone else get the silent treatment."

Actually I would beg to differ.

I transitted through DXB in 2007 and the passport control staff there (in fact airport staff generally in DXB) were not friendly at all in my experience. The passport control staff did not utter a word to me either, let alone make small talk, and I am white British. I've always tried to be friendly to staff at immigration because I can sympathise with their job and sometimes how mundane it might be but these guys were so unfriendly.

I think they have a tendency to be like that to everyone - whatever your ethnic origins.

Well, it's not a rule that passport control staff are always nice to 'Westerners'-it's just that staff in DXB are more likely to be pleasant to certain people than others. You're absolutely right-they're surly, and I often hear them shout to Indian labourers just arriving 'you! Bengali! come here!'. Bengali is a somewhat degrading term in this context.
It's like there's a need to impress certain people-it's like they have to be especially nice to 'white' tourists but never mind about others, although Arab/Indian tourists contribute as much to the GDP. But as I said, it's not a 100% certainity that they're just nice to Europeans, 'cold, surly, indifferent' are the best umbrella terms.
The nicest passport control officers I usually encounter are at BAH-whether it's in the form of an actual conversation, smile, or a 'welcome'. It may not sound like much, but this actually makes a difference, and because of that, I consider Bahrainis to be an extremely hospitable people.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing.

Seems there are a few aircraft recignition issues though.......

Rgds

Mark

Welcome, and glad you liked it.
Next time I'll definately cross-check the aircraft  Smile no worries there


User currently offlineStevAAn From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 13):

Thanks! Normally when I fly into DXB I always spend the night in one of the quiet lounges, so before I go to sleep, I can take my time to explore the terminal and enjoy the atmosphere and different cultures, as DXB goes on 24/7. With this new concourse I better arrive as early as I can  Wow!  Big grin



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User currently offline757ops From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 31242 times:

I flew on this bird DOH-MEL-DOH in business and it easily has the edge on SQ

User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6675 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 31042 times:

Hi !

Very nice trip report! I flew on A7-BBB about a year ago, DXB-DOH and had a great flight as well.

Nice pictures!

The777Man



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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 30956 times:

Nice report. Directorguy. I love your pictures.
Flew the QR 772LR only a few weeks from DOH to MEL. Great service, personally I find the cabin service more personal than Emirates.
They are one of my favourite airlines.And Dubai is a fantastic place to visit (can spend the entire day at Dubai Mall....)

Talking about immigration staff at DXB, I found the female officers to be friendly and smiling. Never had an issue.


User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 30507 times:

Hi, that's was an interesting read and a terrific first post, congratulations! I loved reading your TR, sometimes reports can be quite repetitive but this wasn't the case. Pictures were interesting too, especially the window views of Cairo, Suez and theirs surroundings. Maybe you oversaturated some a little bit, but that's a matter of personal likes and dislikes I think.

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6944 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 29882 times:

Hi Directorguy,

very interesting first report, always nice to read about QR. However, I'm not a fan of the seat design and colors.

Quoting Directorguy (Thread starter):
Hey! This is my first trip report. After lurking on Airliners.net for months, I decided to write a real report with pictures and everything.

Good decision!


PH



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 29183 times:
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Always a pleasure to read a trip report on QR! And you've got some really nice shots there, especially your favourite and mine as well, the tail of the Oryx! Interesting to see the 777-200LR used on these ultra short routes.

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