N178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1696 posts, RR: 65 Posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:
World's 5 Star Airline
Bangkok - Doha - Dubai - Doha - Bangkok
Trip Report by Sam Chui
The reason of travelling is to attend Dubai Air Show 2009. Qatar Airways offer attractive airfares and connections with double daily departures from Bangkok and I have never flown QR but heard many praises about its customer service onboard, the decision was made very easily.
Online Booking on QatarAirways.com was very easy and one can select their own seats after purchase. Online check in was also hassle free, one can check in 36 hrs prior to their flight.
First Impression of a 5 star airline: The Schedule departure time is 20 minutes earlier than stated on my ticket, 1945 instead of 2005. Qatar Air does not have its own lounge in Bangkok but use Thai Airways' 5 lounges. Departure Gate is E8. Little did I know until after the flight, the plane carried me is less than 1 month old, the latest in the fleet !!
Boarding was in good order and Business Class customer get their own priority queue and jet bridge to board at their leisure, stepping inside the QR B77W your mind eased with the mood light display, making you feel very relaxing contrary to a normal beginning of a Trans-Con flight. Other carriers perhaps can learn from QR with the mood light during boarding process, it really serve as a calming factor for passengers settling down.
Seat 3A and 3C
Mood light playing during boarding.
Within minutes of settling down in my seat 3A, a nice Pyjama was handed out. This is wonderful as most airlines hand out Pyjama in First Class only. The Aigner branded amenity kit, noise reduction headset, blanket was already placed in the seat. The in-flight menu was delightfully placed in a nice leather jacket. Welcome Drinks were offered between choices of Champagne, OJ and water.
Pushed back early and took off on the actual departure time of 2005 Bangkok time from Rwy01L, flight time to Doha is an easy reach of 6hr 26 minutes at Flight Level 340
In-flight service started swiftly after reaching initial cruising level. I have a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne.
First Course is Gourmet Seafood Cocktail with Tuna
Main Course I have the Grill Sea Bass with pesto sauce and potato
The presentation is beautiful, served individually without the usual tray. Metal cutleries were used on this flight.
After two delicious courses I was very full so kindly declined the dessert and cheese plate and went complete horizontal for some needed rest.
QR really got the seat right, the seat goes horizontal 180 degrees without sliding into an angle. I was able to sleep right through to top of descent. Being a 6"1 person, my foot still doesn't touch the wall in front of me. This is a truely flat seat. The QR B777-300/ER seats a total of 335 passengers, with 42 in Business separated in 2 cabins. The Forward Business cabin have 4 rows, each with 2-2-2, 6 abreast and the second Business class section have a further 3 rows after Door 2.
Before the end of the flight, each FA came around to all passenger to exchange their pleasantries and wish the passenger a good journey ahead. The service and attention level is top notch. The leading FA came and informed me the Captain would like to see me after the flight. The F/O came on the PA and advised they we will be landing in Doha International 1 hour ahead of schedule time at 2230 local time. Very impressive. Landing was the usual B777 smooth on Rwy 16. Prior to landing a sharp right turn maneuver was performed manually.
The cockpit of A7-BAG on the ground of Doha Int'l after flight. Captain informed me a total of 305 passenger out of 335 seats were filled on the flight.
The Captain was ex A300 Captain of QR and F/O from ThomsonFly, UK.
After deplane, I was invited to board the First Class Trolley Bus to take me to the Premium Terminal exclusive for First/Business Class passenger.
Individual seating inside the First Class Trolley Bus.
First Sight of Premium Terminal
The lounges are situated upstairs with duty free section downstairs with boarding gates (connecting with Trolley Bus)
Beautiful Atrium of Qatar Airways
I was entitled to use the First Class Section since the DOH-DXB flight are sold as only 2 class. There aren't many people in the lounge at 11pm. First I was taken to seat down, and asked for a choice of drinks. I decided to take a shower then. I have discovered the First Class Lounge have a brilliant Jacuzzi with beautiful mosaic tiles (large whirlpool) and I was the only passenger using it during the late night hours. It really took all the jet lag and soreness away when soaking into the inviting warm waters. Everything has been going super so far.
The dining area of the lounge.
Middle Eastern Delights.
Well stocked Bar
After a shower and Jacuzzi, I decided to have some late night supper. The range of food on offer was good, can be contest to a hotel restaurant buffet. A cold beer with some homey food is the way to go travelling.
When you're enjoying and having fun, the time have past quickly, flight QR102 is showing boarding and I was quickly informed and told to go to boarding gate. The Trolley Bus took over 20 minutes and drove around the whole airport in a loop to the awaiting A/C on the apron opposite the airfield.
Date: 16 November 2009
QR102 Doha to Dubai
A330-200 A7-ACF, 167 POB
After stepping inside the A/C, I was very pleased, my luck didn't let me down at all! The A/C has changed from a 2 class to 3 class A330-200 and my seat 1A is a First Class seat by its own!
My seat 1A
Only 6 other pax joined the First Class cabin and the whole Business class cabin was not used. A total of 167 pax were onboard, departure was slightly delayed due to connecting passenger from Lagos arriving late.
A quick snack was served immediately after take off on this short 44 minutes flight to Dubai. I was very impressed of the presentation and quality of food.
Empty Business Class
Empty Business Class
The rest of the flight were eventless and I managed to set the seat to fully flat and enjoyed 10 or 15 minutes of rest before landing. We landed at Dubai Int'l at 0325 hrs local time on Rwy 12L.
Date: 18 November 2009
QR103 Dubai to Doha
B777-300/ER A7-BAG (again)
The same A/C took me to the Middle East is now awaiting at Gate 13 to take me back to Doha. A very light load on this morning flight with a flight time of 55 minutes. Again, we pushed back several minutes early and heading for a on time departure. Takeoff was from Rwy12L with the view of Dubai Downtown from the right hand side of A/C.
2nd Business Cabin of Qatar Airways B777-300/ER
A quick morning drink, and quiche was served. Then we are already on descend into Doha.
A surprise, the nice view of Doha Skyline greet me while approaching Rwy34! The view is brilliant even at early morning hours.
This is the older part of the town I believe, shortly before touching down.
After landing, premium passenger were quickly transferred to the Premium Terminal, this time I was entitled to use the Business Class section
A Game Room inside the Premium Terminal
Nursery inside the Premium Terminal
Very spacious lounge, does not feel crowded at all during peak time
Hub hours in Doha in the morning with departures to almost all continents.
Date: 18 November 2009
QR610 Doha to Bangkok
B777-300/ER A7-BAG (again!) 132 POB
Flight QR610 called for boarding approximately 50 minutes prior to departure time. Passenger were bused once again to the departing A/C, it was A7-BAG again. You get to hear the nice GE90 engine starting sound during push back, it is loud but nice!
Economy Class passenger use rear staircase to board
A7-BAG Awaits for the Voyage to Bangkok, Thailand
Welcome Onboard !
Row 7 , last row of Business Class. You can see the spacious legroom between the rows.
A company A320 taxiing , with Premium Terminal behind.
The current main passenger terminal
Incredible Entertainment System and in-flight moving map showing the direction of our plane heading.
Onto the Piano Keys of Rwy 34, line up and ready for takeoff!
Airborne with ease !
You can imagine to hear the GE90 drumming sound from the window!
The new Doha Airport construction in distance
Fisheye view of over wing engine
The city of Fujairah below, before starting crossing the Indian Ocean
Onboard Service started swiftly with a Brunch and a snack offering prior to landing. The flight time to Bangkok was a quick 6 hrs 0 minutes.
First Course: Balik Salmon with Mozzarella Cheese
Main Event: Black Bean Beef with Egg Fried Rice
The rest of the flight was eventless, I was soundly asleep until the approach into Bangkok Survanabhumi Int'l. We landed 25 minutes ahead of schedule and deplaned in one of the gate closet to Immigration in the large airport. Fast Track card were handed out for clearing immigration. The Airport was not particularly busy in early evening hours. My journey with Qatar Airways came to an end.
After flight remarks:
I was deeply impressed by Qatar Airways no matter how "hard to please" personality I carried myself. The high level of service and professionalism displayed were consistently showed in all four of my flights. Many additional touches (choice of hot/cold towel, any time dining, pyjama, personal wishes, the willingness of serve and please) added to the overall enjoyment of the flight. Melbourne will be Qatar Airways next destination and Sydney will soon follows in the new year. It is exciting to see Qatar Airways raise the standard even among the Premium Carriers. For those haven't flown Qatar Airways, I urge you to sample this fine in-air experience, world's 5 star Airline.
Your comments are always welcome and deeply appreciated.
Directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Thanks for sharing this elaborate and sumptuos TR. I've been a fan ever since your landmark MS F TR . QR does seem like a brilliant airline, and thanks for putting up those Premium Terminal pics. Your photography is very professional as well.
Quoting N178UA (Thread starter): I decided to take a shower then. I have discovered the First Class Lounge have a brilliant Jacuzzi with beautiful mosaic tiles (large whirlpool) and I was the only passenger using it during the late night hours. It really took all the jet lag and soreness away when soaking into the inviting warm waters. Everything has been going super so far.
How was it? Were they indivual rooms?
Your TR in itself is a five-star experience. Thanks for sharing!
HOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Let me compliment you on a top-notch presentation of words and photos. What a beautiful variety of pictures of an airline many of us haven't had the pleasure to fly. What a beautiful livery on the Qatar 777! But not as beautiful as the food though (ha). Thanks for an excellent trip report. And wow, that airport under construction! Amazing shot! First-Class trip, First-Class trip report.
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Excellent report with amazing pictures! I have flown QR several times but only in Y but still have had really great service. I'm not surprised that your flights were as great as you describe. Nice with the jazzcuzi in the VIP terminal!!!
Too bad you flew the same aircraft on 3 out of 4 sectors....
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
Airpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Interesting trips and wonderful photos as always! You always make it so, so enticing for the rest of us. Thanks much for this trip report, particularly the insight into Doha's premium terminal.
It does look as if QR is very much into the details in J class, and from what you describe in this TR, the airline fully deserves its 5-star status. The standard of catering seems mighty impressive on QR - even on short hops like DOH-DXB.
Thanks for your kind words. The Spa area is separated into Male/Female of course, with individual rooms for shower with a whirpool in the middle of the hall, plus Sauna. I am not exactly sure they off massage (or at a cost) as there were literally no one around. I believe if lot of passenger don't intend to go to the shower area, they will miss out the jacuzzi. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the spa area.
Well stocked looks to me like an understatement! Look at all those different flavours they have! Crazy. The entire lounge looks great.
Quoting N178UA (Thread starter): A quick snack was served immediately after take off on this short 44 minutes flight to Dubai
Wow, extremely impressive for a 44 minute flight!
I love those photos of just the engine sticking out and the wing is somewhere behind.
Quoting N178UA (Thread starter): Melbourne will be Qatar Airways next destination and Sydney will soon follows in the new year. It is exciting to see Qatar Airways raise the standard even among the Premium Carriers. For those haven't flown Qatar Airways, I urge you to sample this fine in-air experience, world's 5 star Airline.
Sounds like it really gives EK and EY a run for their money! It'd be interesting to see how their entrance affects the premium loads on EK and EY from Australia.
PatZSC From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2006, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Excellent report and pics - thanks for sharing.
I can only agree that flying QR is a top-notch experience (at least business). On my flight ZRH-DOH-HKG I had added a 18hrs stopover in DOH which leaves you enough time to experience an interesting and changing city, excellent food and an impressive QR business terminal. Above all: the friendly QR service!
Gardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
A very interesting report, but more so for me now as I have just booked my first Qatar Airways flight for Januaary (MEL-DOH-AMM return).
I'm really looking forward to it.
Is there a shop at Doha Airport that sells QR model aircraft and other QR souvenirs?
: Excellent question! NO, there isnt! They used to see these planes in the Duty Free some months ago, but they have ran out of stock. Yaa, I cant beliv
: Ahhh Sam Chui! I've always enjoyed your trip reports and photos I will definitely fly on Qatar to London, later when the new terminal at Doha is up an
: hi sam nice trip!! I just wanted to know you booked F or J? How come you got F in A332?Silly i'm a bit confused!! :P Awesome TR!!
: Booked J But DOH-DXB intra-Gulf flight sold as 2 class, J ticket holder get F seat on 2 class A/C. But with some luck, even the operating A/C was 3 c
: Wonderful trip review from the legend. Thank you very much. Somehow, I feel that EK,EY and QR are very similar. I would like to hear personal comment
: Fantastic trip report Sam! All of your pictures of the aircraft looked good enough to upload to Airliners.net! AAairplane
: Thanks for sharing!! It is a very nice trip report. I may consider flying QR to Europe instead of SQ somedays!
: Yet another great report, you know the airline PR people are going to have to start employing you soon because you tell it like it is. Many thanks.