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Bye Asia 1: Singapore To Doha With Qatar  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 21189 times:

INTRODUCTION


Dear fellow A.netters,

Every time I enter the terminal of Singapore Changi Airport on my return journey, I have a flash back to 1999 when I was on my layover underway from Indonesia to move to Netherlands for good. By that time, I was overcome by the feeling that I was abandoning Indonesia. As fellow A.netter Hannah (Infodesk) has rightly said, I kind of learn to deal with it in course of time.

Welcome to the first part of my trip report series Bye Asia





Friends forever
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 21403 times:

AT THE AIRPORT


I love Changi ever since I set foot at the airport for the first time when I was six years old. It keeps amazing me on how it manages to maintain the progressive design time after time.


Terminal 3


As my partner and I were walking up the passenger bridge, I noticed two gate agents standing on each side of the bridge just before the exit. They were repeatedly asking everyone, “Singapore or Doha?”
Upon mentioning “Doha,” we were handed over a transit card.


Transit card


I was excited as I went through the exit door. Finally, I made it to the youngest part of Changi, Terminal 3! When we flew in with Qatar two years ago not long after the opening of Terminal 3, we were not allowed to disembark our aircraft during our layover . The local security rules have strikingly been changed.

What immediately caught my attention were the high ceiling and light brown carpet layer with snapped vertical line patterns. Combined with the glass walls separating the corridor and the holding areas, you might just wander and unaware of being inside an airport terminal.


Long corridor along gate A11 and following higher numbered gates



Corridor along our gate A10 towards the shopping arcade


With one and half an hour lay over, we figured out that we had enough time to visit the lounge.


FIDS



Close up


Then, it was another five minute walk. Terminal 3 was deserted during the hours.


Shopping arcade at the end



Unmanned information desk on the right


The shopping arcade was marked with purple glass façade and distinctive ceiling.


Shopping arcade. Note the panel design


Another striking thing I noticed was that the lounge signage indicated the served airlines.


Signage


We went upstairs to the SATS Premier Lounge.


SATS Premier Lounge


EXTERIOR


Then I noticed another feature.


Exterior screen


The screen indicated which airline passengers were allowed the entrance at the moment.


INTERIOR


Two lounge attendants on duty, Genevieve and Kriziezel, greeted us. Genevieve took our boarding passes and hold it one by one before the scanner. After satisfying ‘blip’ of each, she returned our boarding passes and said, “Have a nice stay with us,”
Kriziezel made a slight bow as we replied, “Thank you,”

As we walked in, I figured out that the lounge was divided in two layers, the covered inner and the open outer layer.


Inner layer


Three compartments could be found here.

LEFT COMPARTMENT


At the left compartment , there was a secluded corner with white couches, a magazine rack and a separate coffee corner.


White couches



Magazine rack and coffee corner on the right



MIDDLE COMPARTMENT


At the middle compartment, there was a open seating area with dark and light brown couches. This area was equally divided in two by the passage to the outer layer.


Left side with brown couches


Another part on the right was appointed with white couches as well.


View towards the secluded left compartment



BUFFET


The common buffet was located at the right compartment.


Buffet overview


The buffet was divided in the wall and table area.


Wall area


The wall area was mostly used for the bar offering.


Coffee and hot water corner with cookie jars



Assorted instant noodle cups



Triangle sandwiches with smoked turkey, mango muffins and pudding with berry compote



(Non) alcoholic drink cans



Drinking water and apple juice container



Spirits and wines



Coffee corner



Table area


The warm dishes were served on the table area. It was amazing me how many varieties were still there at the late hours.


Vegetarian meal



Baked fish with Thai spice sauce and fried egg noodle with chicken oyster sauce



Chicken rice and gravy chicken



Assorted bakery and tomato soup container



Vegetarian sandwiches



Outer layer


Again another three compartments could be found here.


LEFT COMPARTMENT


At the left compartment , there was a separate corner with self-massaging chairs.


Massaging chair



MIDDLE COMPARTMENT


The middle compartment was under divided in the inner part and the outer part.


Inner part


Magazine racks could be found on the wall side of the inner part.


Magazine rack



View to the left



View to the right



Outer part


The outer part overviewed the lower floor.


The koi pond



Vegetation



INTERNET KIOSK


The internet kiosk was located at the right compartment.


Internet kiosk. Passage on the right leads to the toilet


We took a table at the outer part. I got myself a dash of vodka and a can of tomato juice from the buffet, while my partner took vodka as well and orange juice instead.


Cheers, Roni!


After finishing our drinks, we decided to return to our gate. We thanked Genevieve and Kriziezel and made our way downstairs with a detour along the koi pond.


Koi gathering around oxygen blowing water pomps



Lonesome koi


Too bad there was no feeding time at that late hours, so we moved on.


Gate A10


Again, it was a five minute walk.

EXTERIOR



Gate screen


There was considerable queue forming before the security without any separate lane for premium passengers. At that moment, I could not help thinking why no Asian international gateway followed the example of Munich for instance. It would have been less hassle with the security checks before entering the passenger area.

But it was not that bad at the end. The security officials handled the process correctly and efficiently. One of them picked my partner’s glasses when he lost them somewhere after security.


Gate number reminder



INTERIOR


The holding area was appointed with sets of six brown upholstered chairs. I did not try it, but it looked more comfortable than the common gate area chairs.


Overview. Note the staircase to the upper passenger bridge at the far end



Boarding



FLIGHT STATUS



Our itinerary:
Route: SIN-DOH
Date: 19 August 2010
ETD/ATD: 02.25 / 02.15
ETA/ATA: 05.15 / 04.15
Flight number: QR 639
Plane: Boeing 777-3DZER
Registration: A7-BAF
Delivered: First delivered 29 September 2009
First Officer: Captain Ecuador


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Passengers were called for boarding at 01.45. Transit passengers were however requested to go on board first. We were among them. The gate agent took in our transit cards and waived us through.


Hi again A7-BAF


There were two passenger bridges connected to A7-BAF this time, each one for Business and Economy Class passengers.


Down the J bridge



Before entrance


[Edited 2010-10-17 01:04:07]


Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 21392 times:

ON BOARD


BUSINESS CLASS



Welcome greeting



Forward Cabin


There was a new set of flight attendants on duty. South Korean purser Kim greeted us at the door.
“Welcome on board, Sir,” she said as she took our boarding passes. “Your seats are located at the second row on the right,”
“Thank you,”

As we reached our seats, I immediately noticed the different presentation. A wool blanket wrapped in a plastic bag was placed at each seat bottom. The drink cooler lids remained closed this time.


Our seats 2A and 2B


As I put our hand luggage into the overhead locker, I noticed another feature.


Tiny mirror inside the locker


A leather menu fold containing the meal and beverage list was stored in the arm rest stowage.


Leather menu fold



Beverage list


The beverage list consisted of one champagne, three of each white and red wines and one port.


Champagne



French’s Chardonnay and New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc



German Riesling and French Merlot dominated wine



Italian Sangiovese and Australian Shiraz



Taylor’s Tawny Port



Meal list


The meal list consisted of Indulgence and breakfast à la carte menu.


Indulgence



Breakfast à la carte


Chirpy Malaysian flight attendant Wan Leng appeared with pyjamas bags and amenity kits similar to the ones we got on our flight from DOH to Kuala Lumpur.
“Good evening, Sir. My name is Wan Leng. I have the pleasure to present you this pyjamas bag and our amenity kit,” she said while passing the bags to each of us. “I will be here to serve you and make your flight enjoyable. May I offer you our signature drink lemon mint?”
Well, how could we say no as she proposed it in such an enthusiastic way.
Upon saying “Yes, please,”, our glasses of lemon mint were brought immediately.


Refreshing lemon mint


While sipping my lemon mint, I noticed the ex-DPS J passengers returning. Seven new passengers were joining us in SIN.

At 02.05 Captain Ecuador introduced himself on the intercom. “Good evening, this is your captain speaking. On behalf of purser Kim and all remaining cabin crews, I wish to welcome on board of our Qatar flight to Doha. Our flight time will be six hours and forty minutes. If you wish anything to make your journey more comfortable, please contact our cabin crew for assistance. I wish you a pleasant flight,”
Purser Kim soon followed his announcement, “Our customers are on board. We request our ground crews to leave the aircraft,”

FA Qaiyana appeared on our side, “Would you like hot or cold towel?”
“Hot towel, please,”
Wan Leng followed her to take our meal order. “Good evening, Sir. Are you joining us for indulgence?” she asked me.
I was stuffed at the moment, but nevertheless replied, “I will have the pastrami, please,”
“Anything to drink, sir?”
“I will have the Shiraz please,”
She turned to my partner, “How about you, Sir?”
“I will have the Caesar salad and also the Shiraz, please,”
“Certainly, Sir,”


Wan Leng in action



Taxiing and taking off


Push-back commenced at 02.15. The lovely humming of the engines started to fill the cabin. Somehow, I got addicted to the sound.


It was a long taxi as we reached the active runway after fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, I could not take any decent picture out of the window because of the darkness, even after the cabin lights were dimmed.

After a rather long take-off roll, we lifted off at 02.35.


Bye Singapore



In-flight


The fasten seatbelt signs were switched off at 02.40. Five minutes later, Wan Leng appeared with our wines and the palate pleaser.


Chili marinated salmon crepe and Shiraz to wash it down


I must say, the strong salmon taste went harmoniously with the sweet chili and the crepe was a nice finishing touch.

After another fifteen minutes, Wan Leng returned to set our table one by one. I got attended first. Firstly, she covered my table with a linen. Secondly, she folded the napkin across and laid it on my lap. Finally, she set mini pepper and salt containers, a dish with red pesto and a water glass.
Due to the flight duration, another serving procedure applied.
“Would you like still or sparkling water?” Wan Leng asked me after having my partner’s table set.
“Still water, please,”
“Certainly. And how about you, Sir?” Wan Leng turned to my partner.
“Also still water, please,”
“Certainly,”
Wan Leng then brought our meal one by one before pouring the water.


Warm beef pastrami and sauerkraut sandwich



My partner’s Caesar salad with jumbo dill prawns


Wan Leng returned with warm bread baskets. Both my partner and I had to decline it as we were getting full at that stage.

Well, I must say that the combination of pastrami and sauerkraut was marvelous. I enjoyed every single bite of it, but unfortunately I could not finish it off. My partner did finish his and told me that it was enjoyable meal.

Wan Leng appeared on our side, “Have you finished?”
“Yes, it was delicious. But I am full. I just want to get some sleep now,” I replied.
“That is fine, Mr. Akhmad. The breakfast will be served about one hour before we land. Would you like us to wake you up?” Wan Leng asked as she cleared my table.
“Yes, please,”
After putting away the dirty dishes, Wan Leng returned to clear my partner’s table.
“Do you wish anything else?” she asked before leaving.
“Yes, please. Can we have a glass of whisky?” I asked.
“Which whisky do you like?”
“Glenfiddich, please,” my partner said.
“Two Glenfiddich?”
“Yes, please,”
“Certainly. May I call you Mr. Akhmad?” Wan Leng surprised me by the question.
“Yes, sure,” I replied and pointed at my partner. “You can do the same to him,”
“Err, can you tell me how to pronounce your name?”
After telling Wan Leng the pronunciation, she said, “I will be practicing to pronounce your name, Sir,”
Our glasses of Glenfiddich were promptly delivered.


Glenfiddich


“Oh, no nuts, please,” my partner said as Wan Leng returned with two trays of warm nuts.


LAVATORY


To get myself ready for sleep, I decided to pay a visit to the same lavatory where I came across the empty champagne bottle during the flight from Denpasar. As it was supposed to be, the lavatory was kept clean and tidy. No empty bottle was sticking out of the waste disposal lid. Couple dental kits and pre-packed combs were available this time.


View on the washbasin



Dental kits and pre-packed combs


As I returned to my seat, bottles of water had been distributed. Mine was placed in the drink cooler.


My water bottle in the drink cooler


I could not remember whether I managed to finish off my Glenfiddich before going to sleep.


Qatar time zone


At 02.40, I got up as I needed to leak. This time I went to the opposite lavatory.


Interior


As I was returning to my seat, I met Wan Leng on the aisle.
“Mr. Akhmad, I have put a hot towel for you as we are preparing for breakfast,”
“Thank you,”


Hot towels


Wan Leng came on our row to take our breakfast order. In the meantime, Kim cleared up the towels.
“Are you joining us for breakfast, Mr. Akhmad?”
“Yes, please. I would like to have the energizer, the smoked cod breakfast and the ricotta, please,”
“Certainly. Do you want anything to drink? Tea or coffee?”
“A double espresso, please,”
“Certainly. And how about you, Mr…..” Wan Leng was trying her best to pronounce my partner’s name.
“Never mind. Thanks for your efforts. I would like to have the orange juice, the tropical fruit and the omelette, please,”
“Certainly. Anything to drink, Sir? Tea or coffee?”
“Coffee with milk, please,”
“With sugar?”
“No sugar, please,”
“Certainly,”
Our energizer and orange juice were promptly delivered. The energizer has become my favorite breakfast drink on board of QR.


My partner’s orange juice and my guava, passion fruit and banana energizer on the back


Wan Leng returned to set our table one by one. She was consistent about the procedure. Instead of a dish of pesto, a butter dish and a breakfast bakery basket were presented this time. The bread bowl contained croissant, soft roll, pain au chocolat, white and brown toast.
“Would you like sparkling or still water, Mr. Akhmad?”
“No, thank you,”
“Shall I remove the glass then?”
“That is okay,”
“How about you, Sir? Would you like sparkling or still water?”
“Not for me as well. Thank you,” my partner said.
“That is fine, Sir,” Wan Leng removed my partner’s glass as well.


Table setting


Wan Leng attended my partner first this time.


Tropical fruit with honey yoghurt


She then came back with my breakfast starter.


Double espresso served with sugar cubes



Smoked cod and salmon breakfast with raspberry vinaigrette dressing


The vinaigrette was simply right to temper the salty cod with the salmon balancing the two.

My partner on the other hand was a little surprised about his meal presentation. He had expected the yoghurt to be served separately in a bowl. Nonetheless, he still enjoyed his.

After we finished our starters, the main course followed up soon.


My partner’s emmenthal cheese omelette with asparagus


I was excited about the QR signature breakfast ricotta hotcakes. However, the maple syrup was already sprinkled on the cakes when Wan Leng brought the dish. Apparently, the maple syrup was not presented separately and poured in front of you like what fellow A.netter SR103 had seen on his flight.


Ricotta hotcakes, raspberries with mascarpone cream and maple syrup


Then I understood why the ricotta hotcakes were lasting on the meal list. At every bite, the cake was melting in your mouth together with the raspberries. The mascarpone and maple syrup were there to tickle your taste bud. Unfortunately, I could not finish it off.  

“Are you going to Doha, Mr. Akhmad?” Wan Leng asked as she cleared our table.
“Not really. We have a connecting flight to Munich,”
“I see. Your onward journey should be less than six hours,”
“Thank you for the information,”
After putting away the dirty dishes, Wan Leng returned to our side. “I have some mints for you,”


Smint Xylitol


I got the feeling that my writing was rather incomplete, so I flagged down Kim to provide me the missing details.
“Is that your journal?” Kim asked after answering my questions.
“Yes, it is,”
“Do you work in the travel industry?”
“No, actually it is just a hobby of mine,”
“Oh, that is good,” Kim smiled. “We are going to descend in about thirty minutes and land in Doha in an hour,”
“Thank you,”

At 03.30, Wan Leng appeared to check our needs, “Shall I get anything to drink for you, Mr. Akhmad?”
“No, thank you. I am fine,”
“How about you, Sir?”
“I am okay,”
“All right, sir,”


Landing


At 03.50, an announcement came. “We are starting our descent. Please fasten your seat belt and put your seat in the upright position,”
Cabin lights were switched on including the mood lighting. Hot towels were distributed.


In pink



In soft blue


Five minutes later, Kim appeared on our side. “Excuse me, Sir. Are you going to disembark in Doha?”
“No, we are flying onward to Munich,”
“I see. Otherwise I would hand the Fast Track cards over to you,” Kim replied and proceeded to the following passengers.

At 04.00, Wan Leng returned to say goodbye personally to each passenger. “Thank you for flying with us, Mr. Akhmad, Sir. It has been a pleasure to have you on board with us,”
‘What a nice touch,’ I thought.  

Then an announcement came, “For the landing preparation, our cabin lights will be dimmed. Cabin crew, please return to your seat,”


In purple



View on Doha


After our touch down at 04.10, Kim made a farewell announcement and due to the Holy Month of Ramadan a following notification, “Eating and drinking are prohibited during the day,”


Disembarking


We were docked at 04.15.

After five minutes, we were allowed to disembark through the 2L door. We thanked Kim for the nice flight and made our way to the J bus downstairs.


After exit



Engine shot


It looked like that the J passengers were allowed to disembark first as I did not see any further activity from the Y cabin.


BUS TRANSFER



A7-BAF from inside the bus



Our seats


It was a rather long ride as the Premium Terminal was located on the other side of the runway. It should have been an interesting ride but it was just too dark outside to make decent photos.


Interior



CONCLUSION


With the bus transfer, I put an end to the first part of my trip report series.

QR has impressed me again. I never met such a super enthusiastic FA like Wan Leng who was into pleasing her passengers and it showed. The lavatory was kept clean and tidy throughout the flight. Well, I regret a little that I did not pay a further visit to the Y cabin. But that was me.

I hope you enjoy my report so far. Please let me know If you have any advice for a better photo taking during the night. I would be happy to learn it from you.

If you are interested in the previous trips of my summer holiday, please feel free to click on the following links:

Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 1: DUS-MUC With LH (by akhmad Aug 21 2010 in Trip Reports)
Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR (by akhmad Aug 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR (by akhmad Aug 28 2010 in Trip Reports)


Finally Asia Part 1: A.net Meeting And BDO With QZ (by akhmad Sep 4 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 2: Up To Semarang With Mandala (by akhmad Sep 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 3: Karimunjawa And Batavia Air (by akhmad Sep 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 4: Bali With Indonesia Air Asia (by akhmad Oct 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR (by akhmad Oct 9 2010 in Trip Reports)

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 20977 times:

Hi Suryo,
Thank you for your eagerly awaited next instalment.
Changi never ceases to impress but your photos show it the quietest that I've ever seen.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
I could not remember whether I managed to finish off my Glenfiddich before going to sleep.


Are you sure that you only had the one glass? 

The standard of service and the personal touches clearly make for a memorable flight. The food looks to be good and well presented, with some inventive combinations.

Glad that your flight was pleasant and thanks once more for sharing.

Best wishes,
Roy

[Edited 2010-10-17 02:35:00]

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6658 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 20855 times:

Hi Suryo,

nice surprise to find that report today - didn't you say in the last thread that the Asia series would be completed? Well, what to say about QR any more? Superb product, the catering looks great.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A leather menu fold containing the meal and beverage list was stored in the arm rest stowage.

That blue lighting looks awesome.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 20726 times:

Wow another awesome TR!

Just curious...how difficult is your partner's last name to pronounce? I would have figured that a F/A at Qatar would be familiar with names from all over the world!


User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2920 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 20522 times:

Hi Akhmad,

Brilliant TR once again.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Cheers, Roni!


Hmm I too want a glass of tomato juice right now   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
There was considerable queue forming before the security without any separate lane for premium passengers. At that moment, I could not help thinking why no Asian international gateway followed the example of Munich for instance. It would have been less hassle with the security checks before entering the passenger area.

But it was not that bad at the end. The security officials handled the process correctly and efficiently. One of them picked my partner%u2019s glasses when he lost them somewhere after security.

We do expect them to handle things efficiently, but I believe SIN does the security check at the gates for some pros that they see.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
There was a new set of flight attendants on duty.

This crew pattern on this flight is DOH - SIN:layover:SIN-DPS-SIN:layover:SIN - DOH.

Also seems you arrived an hour early into Doha, increasing an hour of transit time   .

Thanks for sharing



A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5023 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 20392 times:

Hey, Suryo,

that´s the perfect read to keep up that rainy Sunday here in Germany.

It looks like Qatar does really nice service on you´re flight.
Also the lounge pics, made me feel to go there.

Thanx for writing and the pictures, looking for the next part now,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Is there something new for the new countries?.
User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 19904 times:

Hey Suryo, a great 1st part of the return trip. All of your Asia TR's have been of the best quality. Good to see a few pictures of which lounge QR use in Singapore. Plus I now know not to eat anything as the food offerings are very generous.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Our energizer and orange juice were promptly delivered. The energizer has become my favorite breakfast drink on board of QR.

What is in the energizer drink exactly?

I have to admit that FA Wan Leng sounds like the best FA out there. Very kind, polite and always willing to help and assist in anyway. I think other cabin crew members need to take note.

Look forward to part 2

Sandeep (AI151)



Modern Vision. Timeless Traditions...
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 19891 times:

Hola Suryo!

Impressed again. Touché!

A great way of flying, nice to see the detail you get into. It never ceases to amuse me the amount of information you gather in every flight and how well you remember the conversations with the crew; do you carry a camera with a recorder?  

Nice to see that some airlines still care about passengers' needs and do their jobs proudly.

Thanks once again for brightening up this Sunday afternoon.

Is there going to be a DOH-MUC report?

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 19382 times:

Hi fellows,

Thanks for your replies. I really appreciate it.

@ Roy:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):
Thank you for your eagerly awaited next instalment.

You are welcome. Thanks for your patience.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):
but your photos show it the quietest that I've ever seen.

Well, there were not many other flights at that time of the day. I did not mind though as I could capture the interior better.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):
Are you sure that you only had the one glass?

Well, I think so...

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):
Glad that your flight was pleasant and thanks once more for sharing.

It has been a pleasure. Thanks again for reading.

@ PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
didn't you say in the last thread that the Asia series would be completed?

I just wanted to make a surprise. I hope you do not mind.

@ Burj:

Quoting burj (Reply 5):
Wow another awesome TR!

Thank you.

Quoting burj (Reply 5):
Just curious...how difficult is your partner's last name to pronounce?

I think it was just because his last name consists of three words and one of them has a letter combination 'ou'.

@ Ojas:


Quoting ojas (Reply 6):
Brilliant TR once again.

Thank you.

Quoting ojas (Reply 6):
Hmm I too want a glass of tomato juice right now

Don't forget the vodka.   


Quoting ojas (Reply 6):
This crew pattern on this flight is DOH - SIN:layover:SIN-DPS-SIN:layover:SIN - DOH.

I thought so. Thanks for the information.

Quoting ojas (Reply 6):
Also seems you arrived an hour early into Doha, increasing an hour of transit time.

That is correct. We did enjoy the extra hour in DOH.  


Quoting ojas (Reply 6):
Thanks for sharing

You are welcome. Glad you liked it.

@ Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
that´s the perfect read to keep up that rainy Sunday here in Germany.

It has been a pleasure to entertain you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Also the lounge pics, made me feel to go there.

Thank you. Nice to know that.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Thanx for writing and the pictures

You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

@ Sandeep:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 8):
Hey Suryo, a great 1st part of the return trip. All of your Asia TR's have been of the best quality.

Thank you for your nice words. It has been a pleasure to share it with you.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 8):
Plus I now know not to eat anything as the food offerings are very generous.

Well, I had to make a choice. The lounge food or the meal on board. I chose the last.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 8):
What is in the energizer drink exactly?

I think it is a fruit smoothie based on yogurt.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 8):
I have to admit that FA Wan Leng sounds like the best FA out there. Very kind, polite and always willing to help and assist in anyway.

She was. I was happy about her serving row.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 8):
I think other cabin crew members need to take note.

Well, I did not take note of Wan Leng's colleagues. I assumed they were doing their best as well under supervision of Kim.

Roger:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 9):
Impressed again. Touché!
Gracias. Ha sido un placer para mi

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 9):
do you carry a camera with a recorder?

Not really. Just two cameras without a recorder and a simple notebook to jot down the reminders.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 9):
Thanks once again for brightening up this Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for your nice words. It makes me blush.   


Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 9):
Is there going to be a DOH-MUC report?

Definitely.


Thanks again for dropping by.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 19356 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Gracias. Ha sido un placer para mi

¡Bravo! Tu español ha mejorado mucho.

¡Felicidades!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 19312 times:

Another great installment, Suryo! It certainly appears like you had another impressive flight on QR. The whole food looks just so delicious and well-presented, in particular those ricotta hotcakes. I really want to try to make them at home. Why weren't you able to finish yours? Too sweet?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
I just wanted to make a surprise. I hope you do not mind.

I don't think anyone would mind seeing more reports from you.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Tiny mirror inside the locker

What purpose does it serve?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Double espresso served with sugar cubes

Good choice. But I sure hope you didn't put all of those cubes into your espresso!



Et là tu montes encore plus haut et ça persiste, alors on vole
User currently offlineosudvm From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 19161 times:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):
What purpose does it serve?

Helps you see in the bottom of the bin if you aren't super tall.


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1883 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 19097 times:
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Great report, Suryo --

A nice finale to your trip to Asia. Some of that food on Qatar looks mouthwatering!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1157 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 19072 times:
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Another great instalment of another great airline. I do wish QR will eventually come to Toronto!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The fasten seatbelt signs were switched off at 02.40.
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
At 02.40, I got up as I needed to leak.

I started to think if the trip report had now gone into dream mode. Seatbelt signs out 02.40,, you got up 02.40 but then I realised you were given the actual time at the location lol

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Wan Leng in action

A nice tribute to photograph the FA who provided the service. FAs such as her need to be documented this way. It would hold so much more weight than writing a wonderful memo to Akbar Al Bakar lol.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Please let me know If you have any advice for a better photo taking during the night. I would be happy to learn it from you.

I'm not sure if you are using the flash, as there are dark shadows on some pics, but I use the overhead reading light to photograph the meals (might need some positioning of the light on the tray), and use no flash, macro and portrait settings. Works all the time, of course except when there is heavy turbulence.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6414 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 18448 times:

Hi Suryo!

Another amazing report by you with fantstic pictures! QR ssems really good and my mouth starts to water with your despritions of the food  

Crew seems excellent which have been the case in my own flights on QR; the crew really makes or break a fligh and your crew seemsto have been fantastic.

Looking forward to your next installement !

The777Man



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17817 times:

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your replies. I really appreciate them.


@ Roger:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 11):
¡Bravo! Tu español ha mejorado mucho.

¡Felicidades!
¡Gracias!   




@ Marius:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):
Another great installment, Suryo! It certainly appears like you had another impressive flight on QR

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):
I really want to try to make them at home.

Feel free to invite me to taste your homemade hotcakes.  



Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):
Why weren't you able to finish yours? Too sweet?

Too full!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):
But I sure hope you didn't put all of those cubes into your espresso!

It was a nice gesture of Wan Leng. But I prefer plain espresso.


@ Michael:

Quoting osudvm (Reply 13):
Helps you see in the bottom of the bin if you aren't super tall.

Thanks for your explanation.


@ Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
Great report, Suryo --

Thank you.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
A nice finale to your trip to Asia.

Well, the finale is yet to come.  



Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
Thanks for sharing!

You are welcome. It has been a pleasure.


@ Flightsimboy:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Another great instalment of another great airline.

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
I do wish QR will eventually come to Toronto!

And to Amsterdam. Well, how about DOH-AMS-YYZ with fifth freedom rights?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
but then I realised you were given the actual time at the location lol

Well, I find it difficult sometimes to handle with time differences.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
A nice tribute to photograph the FA who provided the service. FAs such as her need to be documented this way.

Thanks. Nice to know that.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
I'm not sure if you are using the flash, as there are dark shadows on some pics, but I use the overhead reading light to photograph the meals (might need some positioning of the light on the tray), and use no flash, macro and portrait settings. Works all the time, of course except when there is heavy turbulence.

Thanks for your advice. I was not using the flash either. Well, perhaps I should have used our other camera.


@ Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Another amazing report by you with fantstic pictures! QR ssems really good and my mouth starts to water with your despritions of the food

Thank you. It has been a pleasure to share my experience with you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Crew seems excellent which have been the case in my own flights on QR; the crew really makes or break a fligh

Agreed and I am very happy with the consistency of QR on board service.


Thanks again for dropping by and reading my report.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 17094 times:

Hello Suryo,

Fantastic report and pictures once again, thank you for taking the effort to put everything together. It is great to hear that you got such an attentive service on this flight. Cabin crews can really make the difference for an outstanding overall flight experience.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Well, I must say that the combination of pastrami and sauerkraut was marvelous.

Sounds interesting enaugh. I always enjoy it when airline caterers try something new that you haven't had before.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 943 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 16782 times:

Hi Suryo

Sorry for the late arrival at the party   Thanks for another fantastic and comprehensive installment. QR has really shown itself to be not only a good carrier but a consistent one. Service from Wan Leng seemed great. And the meal settings and quality of the meals on QR are really impressive - just love the way it's done so meticulously.



Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Well, I regret a little that I did not pay a further visit to the Y cabin. But that was me.

You're forgiven... once in a while, you're allowed to just sit back and enjoy the flight  

Thanks again for this latest and awaiting your next sector.

Cheers
airpearl


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 16581 times:

Hi Suryo,

Once again a very informative read.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
By that time, I was overcome by the feeling that I was abandoning Indonesia. As fellow A.netter Hannah (Infodesk) has rightly said, I kind of learn to deal with it in course of time.

I'm sure it was worse for you because the distance involved is much greater. And because I can go back and to frequently, you get more used to the farewells.

I love all the detail in your reports, parictularly when it comes to food and the wonderful buffets, whether they're in the lounge or a hotel. Very impressive lounge at SIN. And QR, they just keep delivering the goods. That glass of lemon mint looks tasty - I'm a sucker for anything minty.

What are we all going to do when this series of reports ends?  

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1669 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 16515 times:

Enjoyed this installment, Akhmad...

Good to see you're as enthusiastic about QR as I am: always had great flights on this airline, both in Y- and C-class !



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1945 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 16507 times:

Thanks for the report and all the pics. I've done the DOH - SIN leg before in C (lucky with a free upgrade from Y) and the service was OK, but didn't seem as good as yours. Certainly the ground service at DOH is the worst I have ever experienced at any airport.

Interesting to see that the Sats lounge in T3 is way better than the Star Gold / KF Elite Gold next door. What a shame for those who fly SQ in Y and are *A Gold but not PPS.

Cheers
Coal



Nxt Flts: VF SIN-DPS | SQ DPS-SIN-SYD
User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26521 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 16455 times:

Great report as usual, QR seem to have a great product. I loved the hotcakes   Lovely photos of the lounge also and terminal.

Happy flying

Philip



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 16222 times:

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your replies. I truly appreciate them.


@ Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 18):
Fantastic report and pictures once again, thank you for taking the effort to put everything together.

Thank you for reading. It has been a pleasure to share it with you.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 18):
Cabin crews can really make the difference for an outstanding overall flight experience.

Totally agreed. Like Lars (The777Man) has rightly'said, the crews can make or break a flight.


@ Airpearl:

Quoting airpearl (Reply 19):
Sorry for the late arrival at the party

Never mind.  



Quoting airpearl (Reply 19):
Thanks for another fantastic and comprehensive installment

You are welcome.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 19):
QR has really shown itself to be not only a good carrier but a consistent one.

Agreed. I like your observation about the service consistency as you are more experienced in traveling with other GCC carriers.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 19):
You're forgiven... once in a while, you're allowed to just sit back and enjoy the flight

Whew! Thanks.


@ Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Once again a very informative read.

Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
I'm sure it was worse for you because the distance involved is much greater.

Yes, it was...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
I love all the detail in your reports, parictularly when it comes to food and the wonderful buffets, whether they're in the lounge or a hotel.

Thank you. I am happy to know that. It has been a pleasure to share my experience with you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
That glass of lemon mint looks tasty - I'm a sucker for anything minty.

I should have asked the recipe.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
What are we all going to do when this series of reports ends?

Well, how about reading your marvelous report with AB A330?   


@ MH017:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):
Enjoyed this installment, Akhmad...

Thank you. Nice to know that.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):
Good to see you're as enthusiastic about QR as I am: always had great flights on this airline, both in Y- and C-class !

Well, I am glad to meet another QR fan!  



@ Coal:

Quoting Coal (Reply 22):
Thanks for the report and all the pics.

You are welcome.

Quoting Coal (Reply 22):
but didn't seem as good as yours.

Pity to hear that.

Quoting Coal (Reply 22):
Certainly the ground service at DOH is the worst I have ever experienced at any airport.

Ouch! I hope the upgrade did make it up to you.

Quoting Coal (Reply 22):
Interesting to see that the Sats lounge in T3 is way better than the Star Gold / KF Elite Gold next door. What a shame for those who fly SQ in Y and are *A Gold but not PPS.

Are you serious? I always thought that SQ would pamper their tier members the same way as the premium ones.


@ Philip:

Quoting oa260 (Reply 23):
Great report as usual

Thank you.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 23):
I loved the hotcakes

That makes two of us.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 23):
Lovely photos of the lounge also and terminal.

Thank you.



Thanks again for dropping by, fellows.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
25 FlyingFinn76 : Hi Suryo, Your return journey sounds and looks like another very good experience with QR - very impressive service in every regard! Although I'm not s
26 Avianca : what a great report, would love to fly QR once... maybe out of EZE or GRU. The product seems really really good! great food also maybe a lot for a nig
27 Post contains images akhmad : Hi P., Avianca, Thanks for your replies. I truly appreciate them. @ P.: I am sure the QR flight attendants would take into account if you mentioned th
28 Post contains links and images Avianca : hopefully, but as I normally only travel to Europe or Intra America, so lets see... but I am planing a report for a LIM-BOG-FRA-MUC routing using the
29 Coal : They don't quite pamper Elite Silver (Star Silver) or Elite Gold (Star Gold) as much as they do their PPS (Star Gold) or PPS Solitaire (Star Gold). C
30 Post contains links akhmad : Hello again Avianca, Coal, @ Avianca: I look forward to it. Thanks for the link. @ Coal: It is kind of odd to see such sub tiers of Star Gold. It look
31 Coal : It's odd indeed. I should elaborate and say that PPS and PPS solitaire is not based on miles but rather on the pre-tax price of the ticket bought in
32 akhmad : I think the PPS Club membership is far beyond my reach. It is better for me to stick to QR in anyway. Cheers, Suryo
33 SR 103 : Akmad, I just wanted to say these are a fantastic set of trip reports, I enjoyed reading every single one. Your pictures are also amazing and I can't
34 Post contains images akhmad : Hi SR 103, Thank you so much for your nice words. You make me happy with them. Did you post a comment to QR? If it was the case, then QR has taken the
35 NZ107 : Hi Suryo, Another great read, thanks for sharing. The lounge in SIN looks nice. Service looks just as good as the earlier flight. Food looks delicious
36 akhmad : Hi Nicholas, Thank you so much for dropping by. You make me happy. I like this observation of yours. Thanks again. Cheers, Suryo
37 ronerone : LOL! Cheers Suryo! I did not notice this before! haha. I revistted this TR to recap on my recent transits at Changi. I must say that a transit in Cha
38 akhmad : Roni, Nice to see you back. You really make me happy. I agree with you about the transit at Changi. You have got everything you need air side. Food ou
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