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Flying The Oryx, BCN-DOH-HKG And Back.  
User currently onlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2769 posts, RR: 24
Posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9125 times:

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Hello Everyone and welcome to this TR.

Travelling to HKG has been a dream for me for many years, I remember back in Miami going on a lazy Sunday afternoon to Barnes & Noble and sitting down to browse books about aviation when obviously pictures from the good old Kai Tak airport will show up, being young and not well travelled back then my first impressions of the city judging by those pictures where not great ;(747s screaming past ratty old buildings) but as I grew older (and slightly wiser) I discovered there was much more to this vibrant city and was captivated…

Earlier this year I landed a job with a very good pay that will afford me to accomplish this wish, now it was all a matter of setting up the dates and convincing my girlfriend to come along (that wasn´t too difficult)

From BCN to Asia you have limited choice, either the very expensive SQ flights, a connection flight offered from the other airlines flying into BCN; and as of last year a new link with Qatar Airways.

Being regulars on this site, we have read endlessly about the fast growing middle eastern carriers, some people have their favorites and will defend them to the death: curious to see what these carriers had to offer, I booked myself on the daily service to DOH connecting to HKG; price of the ticket was a reasonable 650 Euros and the flight schedule good enough to allow me the most time in Asia.

I don´t think there is a QR trip report here on this route, so please join me on this adventure.

B O O K I N G

Booking was made on the easy to use QR airways site www.qatarairways.com. Upon payment, you receive a confirmation email and then you can log in on their site to select a seat, request any special meals; and fill out any advance passenger information.

B A R C E L O N A – H O N G K O N G

Finally the day had arrived. I got up early, had some breakfast and checked the status of the inbound flight. I had already checked in the previous day (Qatar allows online check-in 36 hrs before departure) so upon arrival to the airport it was just a matter of going to the fast bag drop counter.

I checked some last minute details, got ready and left my house at 10:20am to embark on this very long 10000km journey.

I took the metro to Pg de Gracia and from there is a short walk to Plaza Catalunya where the trusty Aerobus direct service to the airport departs.

15 mins later, we were deposited on the departures level of BCN´s T1. I made my way to the fast bag counter and was waved in by a check in agent immediately. She checked me in and my bag all the way to HKG, asked me to produce the credit card used to pay for the ticket ,and soon enough I was on my way.

Outside of BCN T1

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Check-In area.
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FIDS with my flight info.
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I cleared security in no time and wandered around the huge T1.

T1 before security.
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T1 after security.
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Spot the odd one.
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IB A343 arriving.
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KLM Retro.
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Boarding passes.
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At around 12:30 I decided to clear passport control in order to access the gate area my flight would depart from. In BCN the international (non Schengen)flights are on a different level to the main terminal, but you are more welcomed to wander around the shops on the main area before proceeding to passport control. At the time an IB A340 flight to MIA was getting ready for boarding.

IB Flight to MIA.
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At around 1:40 our A330-300 arrived from Qatar and docked at the gate, and at 14:40 our flight was ready to board. At this time I was really excited to see what the whole QR experience will be like.

My A330 arriving.
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My gate.
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I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
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User currently onlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2769 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9100 times:

QATAR AIRWAYS

QR068 Barcelona (BCN) to Doha (DOH)
November 11th 2011
Departure Time 15:35 actual 15:40
Arrival 23:55 actual 23:40
Airbus A330-300 A7-AEI
Seat 36A Window
Flight time approx. 6:25


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We were invited to board after families with children and persons with reduced mobility. The agent scanned my boarding pass and let me thru the gate, down the escalators, and in the distance I could see the door… excitement grew even more.

At the door two flight attendants greeted me, one checked my boarding pass and pointed me in the right direction to my seat. Since we used door 1L we had a quick glimpse of the Business class… very comfy… not for me today though.

Once at my seat I made myself comfortable and started to visually explore the cabin… first impressions where really good; the cabin was spotless and I loved the burgundy color on the seats. They also have some cool Arabic boarding music playing, and together with the blue mood lighting this added a touch of style to the whole thing: so far so good.

The only thing is that on the window seats, there is a box underneath for the Entertainment system which kinda gets in the way of the legroom; I knew this beforehand when I checked seatguru. (more on this later)

A pillow and blanket were placed at every seat.

Some impressions from the cabin
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Route.


Cabin.
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Customary legshot and PTV.


Wingview.
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Where we are…
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…and where we are going (if only it was as quick as flicking a map)
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I was hoping for an empty-ish flight but this was not to be the case, the plane was packed to the gills! Soon my seatmate arrived, a Chinese man on his 40s heading to Shanghai.

Boarding was completed; doors secured and armed, and push back started at around 15:40 (slightly behind schedule). The mighty SQ 77W from GRU pulled up to the gate next to us & usually I would cringe in jealousy looking at this jet; but not today, since I knew that in a few days I will also be in Singapore! I made a mental note to say hello should we cross paths at Changi.

Flight attendants passed around offering sweets and refreshing towels. Meanwhile the safety demo started on the PTVs and on the drop-down overhead monitors. Before the safety demo starts there is a message in Arabic; I think it must be some kind of a prayer, you can faintly hear it on this video, including the safety demo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CZcrhVJpC0&feature=related

The engines where started with the usual MOOOOOO emmited from these huge GE engines, and after the usual control checks we slowly started our taxi to RWY 25L amongst the usual Vueling, Spanair and Air Europa traffic. During taxi, the Captain came on the blower to introduce himself and the crew; and gave us some details about the flight such as flight time (6:25mins) and Flight Level (up to FL380). The crew also passed around, checking the cabin and making sure all the window shades were up for takeoff.

The crew was a mixed of nationalities, Filipino, Spanish, English and the Chief Purser who was Qatari.

Once we reached the runway and lined up, full thrust was applied and we roared down the runway (This was no A340!!) and after a brisk roll, we left Spanish soil and turned left towards the Mediterranean.

By the way, the IFE was available and fully functional during all phases of flight, taxi, takeoff, etc.

Climbing out.
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Adieu Barcelona.
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Cabin darkened before meals, notice the cool mood lightning.
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Once we reached safe altitude the crew sprung into action. They passed around hot towels and later a snack and beverage service. I started playing with the IFE and checking out what was on offer, QR´s IFE is called Oryx ¨Multiplex in the Sky¨. It is AVOD, and they have a good selection of films, new releases, movies in different languages, series, documentaries, and kids programmes. There is also flight information, Menu, Games, Information on Qatar, Duty Free, and you can send messages to other seats via the handset.

The latest movie selection was not really of my liking, so I chose to watch a few documentaries and just follow our progress on the Airshow.

About 1:30 into the flight dinner was served; you could check the menu on the PTV and on today´s flight the choices were:

Lamb Kofta with diced potatoes and pine-nut sauce
Spanish seafood paella.
Vegetable Ravioli.

All accompanied by a Potato and Tomatoes salad, Pear Pudding and the usual butter, crackers and bread.
I went for the Lamb Kofta (can´t say no to delicious Middle Eastern food) and it was really good! Meat was moist, the sauce delicious and the potatoes nice and firm, the salad was also OK but the dessert was a bit sickly, I washed it all down with some Orange Juice.

My meal.
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Our route that day took us out of BCN across the Med towards Sardinia, right over Sicily and from there to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and then Qatar. I started wondering on my mind about these exotic places, living in Spain they seem to be so far away from you… but there I was… overflying Alexandria after less than 3 hrs of flight time, amazing.

Enroute.
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Sunset as we fly over Italy.
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Since it was dark already, you could see the lights of cities; but one thing that drew my attention was a series of really bright orange spots dotted along the way, they did not look like city lights. I thought they might be oil fields… does anybody know?

The rest of the flight went by uneventfully; but during the cruise my PTV decided not to play ball so it got stuck on a blank screen, but I could listen to the music channels… agh! Also the PAX in front of me (An elderly Chinese couple) just slammed their seats all the way back, so suddenly the PTV was on my face much to the amusement of my seat mate… which was treated to the same fate a few minutes later (karma is a bitch)

Here´s my handset stuck on ¨Interactive¨ it just did not want to interact with me…
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1:30 before landing, a snack service was offered: a choice of either Chicken or Vegetarian wrap, I chose the chicken and it was good; although I wasn´t really that hungry after our main meal. There was also a chocolate biscuit with either wrap.

Chicken wrap.
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Soon after, the captain came on the blower to announce our imminent descent. Weather in Doha was a pleasant 22C and we would arrive just about on-time. Later a video explaining the arrival and transit procedures for Doha was shown.

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We were put on a little hold over DOH, and it was quite amusing since we circled right above a place that looked like a horse racing circuit (later I checked on Google earth and it is the Camel Race circuit in Ash Shahaniyah)

We did 2 laps of the circuit before joining the regular approach pattern. In the distance, the lights of Doha and their modern buildings were visible. We approached DOH from the south, and flew along a highway until softly touching down on RWY 34. After vacating the runway, we taxied for a good 10 minutes until reaching our parking position at the back end of the airport; we actually squeezed in between a Qatar A320 and a couple of Qatar Amiri CRJs.

Approaching Doha.
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Video of the landing.
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Taxiing past the hangars
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Parked next to the CRJs
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As usual, the mad rush to get out ensued as the engines spooled down. I collected my stuff and had to wait a few minutes while all the passengers in front deboarded onto the buses. Passing through the cabin I couldn´t help but notice the state of the cabin with rubbish all over the place, it looked as if a hurricane just passed thru!… we are such messy PAX.

Anyways as I walked down the stairs, I was mesmerized at the size of this A330. The engines looked massive and I could not help but think how it would be to deplane a 77W this way!

I stepped onboard our bus decked out with Qatar National Bank stickers all over; and with the air conditioning at full blast, we started our slow trek towards the terminals: first stopping at the arrivals, and later at the Transfer terminal (just like on the video, no announcements on the bus where made though).

Bye A7-AEI!


Continued below.

[Edited 2011-12-11 03:57:29]


I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently onlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2769 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9064 times:

T R A N S I T

Our bus finally pulled into the transit terminal and let us out. Here you basically clear security, and then enter a massive and crazy duty free area. Being 12am already and peak time for the airports on these parts of the world, the amounts of people were really astonishing!

I just made a bee line for the toilets in order to mark territory; and then browsed the duty free, where you could find loads of Baklawa, nuts, dates and the usual array of perfumes, watches, accessories, electronics, luxury cars, and souvenirs. I bought a 1:500 QR A330 for my girl, and then went upstairs to try and get some free internet (alas I could not find one)

Feeling very tired by now the whole transit experience was a total daze!

Doha Airport Duty Free.
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At around 12:50am, I checked the departures screens and noticed that my flight was already boarding! I got on the queue where a totally ice cold agent tore my boarding pass, and let me thru back down the stairs into yet another arctic-conditioned bus, for yet another painful drive around the airport (can´t really complain since the scenery around was pretty cool, with all those massive jets being prepared for their departures to far off lands!)

Our gate, YAY HKG!!
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After around 10 minutes, our driver pulled next to our assigned A330-200 that would take us comfortably (ehem) and safely to HKG.

I went up the rear stairs and was greeted by a nice Asian F/A, who pointed me in the direction of my seat, where a pillow, blanket and small amenity kit were placed. I took my seat and made myself comfy and waited for boarding to be completed.

QATAR AIRWAYS

QR812 Doha (DOH) to Hong Kong (HKG)
November 12th 2011
Departure Time 01:35 actual 01:40
Arrival 14:10 actual 14:50
Airbus A330-200 A7-ACB
Seat 36A Window
Flight time approx. 8:00 and something


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Onboard A7-ACB.
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More Oryxes next to us.
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The captain came on the blower to introduce himself and his crew. Flight time was estimated at 8:00 and a bit with good weather enroute; he also mentioned that we were waiting for a few connecting PAX and their luggage

The PAX slowly trickled in, and soon enough boarding, was completed. Load was around 70%, comprising of mostly Asians and a few Africans merchants going to HKG (or SZX) for shopping, and of course a very excited boy (moi!). The crew was also comprised of mostly Asian, and on my section there was also a young eastern European lad.

Less than 10 minutes later, the whirring of the cargo bays being closed signaled all was well and departure was imminent.

¨All customers are onboard, we are ready to close the doors, all ground staff are requested to leave the aircraft¨

Pushback commenced soon after, and the crew again passed around offering sweets and refreshing towels, while the safety video was shown on the PTVs and overhead screens.

This A330 had an older version of the IFE and the controls were fixed to the armrest making it a bit difficult to operate.

We slowly made our way to the runway, and since this was the busiest time in DOH it took us a good 20 minutes to reach the end of the runway and takeoff. On the way I was treated to views of the QR hangars, where big jets were being cared for and washed.

Finally, we reached the threshold for RWY34, lined up, and full power was applied: followed by another brisk takeoff roll, and quick climb; before performing a right turn over the ocean.

Our route this time was out of Doha and straight for DXB (I managed to spot DXB and the Burj Khalifa tower) then into Pakistan, the middle part of India, Bangladesh; Myanmar and into China all the way to the Pearl River Delta.

Over DXB, you can faintly make out the Burj al Khalifa on the bottom left corner.
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Once at a safe altitude, the cabin crew passed around with hot towels, landing cards for HKG and the menu for the flight. They also handed out some stickers to put on your seat if you wanted to be awoken for meals, duty free or just not be disturbed.

Later on, the carts were rolled out for the dinner service.

Here´s the menu .

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I went for the Spinach and ricotta crepe with tomato ragout, chicken sausies and mushrooms and it was good and tasty, we are in an airplane after all not our grandma´s kitchen.

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Route.
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Once all was cleared, I wrapped myself up with the nice blanket and watched ¨The Smurfs¨ on my PTV (don´t laugh) and like a true a.netter, I set the other PTV to the moving map.

Cabin lights were switched off and The F/A asked the PAX to lower their shades since daylight was approaching fast…ugh this is the time I wished I was on a 787 so that I could still look out the window! I never get to fly over these exotic places often so it would be nice… oh well... I tried to get some sleep but it was futile: the seats are too narrow and that stupid box does not let you stretch out properly, so I had to sit sideways and stretch under the other seat.

I made a few visits to the toilets at the rear, and was amused to see some of the crew sitting on the jumpseats looking very bored (and not very professional for a so called 5 star airline)

In the end I think I managed at least 2 hours of sleep, until I decided to call it quits: it was very bright outside judging by the light sneaking in from the borders of the window shades. I watched some documentaries on the PTV and dozed off here and there…

2 hours before arrival the cabin lights were switched on, a hot towel service offered; and the carts rolled out once again. I was not hungry at all after the amount of plane food ingested since leaving BCN, so I passed on my meal only just ordered some coffee (badly needed in order to be human again!)

Views.


Somewhere over Myanmar.
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Not long to go…
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Later on, all was cleared and the cabin was prepared for arrival as the PAX used the time to visit the lavatories to freshen up.

The captain announced our arrival, and gave us some information on HKG: weather was a lovely 25C and sunny.

We descended and flew right overhead Macau Airport. In the distance I could see HKG airport. I was stuck to my window like a little kid! We flew out over some islands and after a few turns, flew over parts of the city and lined up to land on 25R.

Overflying Macau
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MFM
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HKG faintly visible.
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Outlying Islands.
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Over Tsuen Wan.
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Video of the landing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqrttnBCwcU&feature=feedu

Landed!
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Some locals hanging out with a Canadian friend.
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The captain made a smooth touchdown, but was followed by some heavy breaking in order to vacate the runway quickly to make way for a CX 777 right behind us.

We slowly made our way to our parking gate S49, and finally I was here… I could not believe it!!

I said goodbye to the crew, and made the long trek to catch the train that takes you to Immigration and Baggage claim.

YAY!
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You know you are in HKG when…
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Passport control took a bit of time, but it kept flowing as agents opened up a few more desks. I was admitted without questions (phew) and waited for my girlfriend in Baggage claim (she arrived on BA from LHR at around the same time)

We then bought our octopus cards, exchanged some € into HK$ and caught the Airport Express to the city, all excited (and massively jetlagged!) but eager to discover this great city over the next 4 days.

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I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently onlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2769 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9018 times:

H O N G K O N G – B A R C E L O N A

After 7 days in Asia, where we visited Macau and Singapore (Jetstar TR coming up) it was sadly time to bid farewell to the Asian continent, their wonderful people, tasty food, and return home.

We arrived late in the afternoon from Singapore on Jetstar Asia, and after picking up our bags from the left luggage, we checked in with our respective airlines.

The check-in queue was not that long (about 30 people) but took an eternity! There was a Filipino girl who could not check in, I think she did not have proper documentation, so she was discussing with the agents; a middle eastern man was checking in probably half of the U.A.E. population since he was still in the counter when it was my turn, and the rest was just PAX checking in endless amounts of bags.

After about 30 minutes (!) my turn finally came and I was checked in in less than 5 minutes! Boarding passes in hand, we cleared security and passport control, and tried to explore some of the airside offerings in HKG; but since Aoife´s flight was about to start boarding, we just went straight to her gate. On the way we drooled over the KE A380 arriving from ICN!

We said goodbye; Aoife boarded her LHR bound 747, and I went on my way to check out both the EK and KE A380s.

HKG Airport, an amazing place!
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KE A380… sweet!
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EK A380… sweeter!
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I noticed my QR A332 being towed to the gate as I walked past my gate.

Hello there!
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After perving on the EK A380 I walked back to my gate as boarding was fast approaching: again families with children and the less able were invited to board first. Business class PAX could board when they wished.

QATAR AIRWAYS
QR813 Hong Kong (HKG) to Doha (DOH)
November 20th 2011
Departure Time 00:45 actual 00:45
Arrival 05:35 actual 04:40
Airbus A330-200 A7-AFL
Seat 36K Window
Flight time approx. 9:00 but it was less.


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I handed my boarding pass to a friendly agent, who scanned it and tore it off; and wished me a pleasant flight, (little did I know)

Entering the cabin we were greeted by 2 cabin crew. I was pointed in the direction of my seat 36K: there the usual pillow, blanket and amenity kit were waiting for me. I took my seat, and waited for boarding to be completed… again I wished for an emptier flight in order to have more space; but this was not the case! Soon my seatmate appeared and of course no matter how far you go, you cannot escape the clutches of Mr Murphy and his cruel laws… as in true MIAspotter fashion my seatmate was of the smelly kind, but let me tell you one thing: this guy really took the crown… this was by far the smelliest, honestly he just really did not bothered to put some deodorant or let alone clean clothes… I really didn´t know what to do in this case, so I just created a virtual curtain between him and me by means of the air conditioning vent.

He did ask the flight attendant to be reseated, and she said he was free to take any seat available once boarding was completed but he did not move. My misery was not relieved when my PTV flashed the Flight time… 8:45…

There was nothing I could do so I just mentally tried to block the smell (not helped by him stretching and moving about)

The crew passed around with sweets and refreshing towels. A small discussion between a Chinese PAX and a member of the crew broke out….even involving one of the ground staff; not sure what it was about but I think he wanted an upgrade.

Boarding was completed, doors closed shortly after and we were pushed back. In the distance the EK A380 was also pushed back, and I mentally wished I was onboard that big bird instead!

We started taxiing towards RWY 7L and as the safety demos was screened, the cabin lights were dimmed into a deep purple mood lightning.

As we approached the threshold a loud rumble shook my window…it was a cargo 727 roaring down the runway for takeoff: ahh the good ole´ smokeys!

Our turn was next, and we lined up and roared down; gently lifting out into the night sky of HKG. Good bye Honky, it was my pleasure to finally meet you and I hope to see you again sometime soon!

We climbed out of HKG, and took a southerly route before heading west.
Once safe altitude was reached, the crew prepared the cabin for dinner. They passed around with hot towels and the menu.

Here´s the menu for tonight´s flight.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070759.jpg


I chose the chicken, and again it was a pretty decent meal, the fruit was fresh and sweet, and the bread roll soft. I washed it all down with some apple juice.

Meal.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/Honky289.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/Honky290.jpg

After all was cleared, the cabin lights were dimmed and Mr. Stinky wrapped himself and went to sleep. I caught a few episodes of Everybody loves Raymond and later I also tried to catch some shut-eye, but again it was impossible to get comfortable on this narrow seat. I tossed and turned and it was futile to get comfy! Overall I did manage to get a few hours sleep.

I did not follow the flight path this time, but I guess it was the usual China-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan-Dubai routing as on the outbound (we did fly over DXB again).

Later on, the cabin lights were switched on again and the cabin prepared for breakfast. Hot towels were distributed and for breakfast I chose the scrambled egg, not remarkably good; but it hit the spot. The croissant was really nice, not soggy or anything. The muffin was a bit on the cold side but still pretty good.

Like I said before, we flew over DXB; so I knew we were near DOH and my suffering next to Mr. Stinky was soon to be over. Shortly after, the captain came on the speaker to announce the descent and the weather conditions in DOH. The Airport Transfer video was shown again, and later, some Qatari adverts.

Cabin was prepared for arrival and we touched down without further delay on RWY 34 at 04:40. The usual long taxi to our remote parking position followed; and I noticed the vast amounts of yellow flashing lights (from the Buses and Baggage carts and other vehicles driving around the airport).

We parked on our position, engines off and the usual rush to get out followed. Mr. Stinky said goodbye to me (he was actually a nice man) and I noticed he had a connection wallet… when I asked him where he was going, he said Kuwait and I was relieved!

Bye!
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/Honky292.jpg

We were again packed into Arctic-conditioned buses and drove around the airport to the arrivals terminal, and later the transfers were we were deposited like zombies. At this time the terminal was quite deserted, even the duty free appeared to be closed and there were a few employees stocking up the shelves. I made another dash to the toilets, and after purchased a few bits on the duty free (it was actually open). Since our arrival when there was hardly anyone, the terminal suddenly filled up with people and we were back on the mad chaos that is DOH!

I had a few hours to wait until my connecting flight to BCN, so I walked around, used the wi-fi (managed to get a connection) and walked around some more. There are some windows facing the runway and as the day got brighter I grabbed a spot and watched the traffic.

At 6:25 our flight was called for boarding.

QATAR AIRWAYS
QR067 Doha (DOH) to Barcelona (BCN)
November 20th 2011
Departure Time 07:45 actual 07:45
Arrival 13:10 actual 13:40
Airbus A330-300 A7-AEN
Seat 36K Window
Flight time approx. 7:00


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Another bus and another drive around the airport! We pulled next to our assigned bird and after waiting to let the PAX on the first bus finish boarding, we were released. I climbed the rear stairs and was welcomed onboard by a very pretty Spanish speaking F/A who pointed me in the direction to my seat and once located, my seat mate was already there but thank heavens this dude was not smelly at all (or maybe I lost my sense of smell on the previous flight).
Anyways, the usual pillow and blanket were there and I made myself comfortable and started fiddling with the IFE as boarding progressed; another pretty full load today.

We were done boarding early, but our departure was delayed according to the captain because suddenly the radar decided to be all Greek and stop working! Traffic was halted except for a group of 4 Qatari Air Force F16s (?) that thundered down the runway. He told us our departure would be pushed back some 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, doors were closed and I was treated to my 4th and final QR safety video. The Radar must´ve come back to its senses, since pushback occurred shortly, engines on and we only had to taxi a short distance to the threshold of the runway 16; (almost in front of the transit terminal) after an EK 777 landed, it was our turn and the captain wasted no time: as soon as we were lined up he selected full steam and we rocketed off into a crisp (?) Doha morning.

We made a few turns over the Arabian Gulf before setting proper course back to Europe: the route today was across Kuwait-Iraq-Turkey-Greece-Albania-Italy-and BCN.

Waiting for takeoff, Doha City in the distance.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070729.jpg

DOH.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070731.jpg

EK777 on finals.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070734.jpg

Cabin.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070738.jpg

Cabin was prepared for breakfast, and I don´t remember the choices from the top of my head since the menu was available on the PTV; but I chose apple and cinnamon pancakes and they were absolutely delicious! Like a good boy I ate it all and washed it down with 2 coffees (after almost 24 hrs awake I needed all the caffeine I could get!)

Breakfast.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/Honky294.jpg

Flight progressed uneventfully, and I caught a few old films like 2001: A Space Odyssey (weirdest film I have ever seen) Aliens, and Full Metal Jacket.

Here are some views of the flight progress

Over the desert.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070741.jpg

Enroute.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070742.jpg

Can´t get enough of that winglet!
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070745.jpg

Route progress map.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070746.jpg

Flying over the Vesubius.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070751.jpg

And Naples, watch your wallet http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/P1070753.jpg

1:30 before landing, a snack service was offered: the same Chicken or Veg fajita and biscuit was offered, and shortly after the cabin was being prepared for arrival.

In the distance, I could see the coastline of Barcelona as our captain announced our descent and arrival along with weather information. As usual when flying into BCN I was seated on the right side of the aircraft to enjoy the views on final approach, but today was not to be the case since arrivals were being directed to RWY 7L.

We flew over Castelldefels and parts of the Prat delta, before making soft contact with Spanish soil at 13:40. We slowly taxied to our gate and my long journey had come to an end! I deplaned thanking the crew, and made my way to Passport control and baggage claim; later taking the Aerobus back to the city (in the process losing my travel wallet with my passport in it… stupid MIAspotter)

Video of the landing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey_c6_7ho8s&feature=channel_video_title

Here we are.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/Honky295.jpg

Mad rush to get out.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/Honky296.jpg

Bye A7-AEN
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/Honky297.jpg

Conclusions…

What was your impression of Qatar Airways?
-Qatar Airways ¨The world´s 5 Star Airline¨ they are good no doubt about it, maybe I was expecting more after being bombarded with their adverts on BBC and Euronews…

How were the crews?
- During my 4 sectors they provided a consistent service across and they performed their duties with a smile and professionalism (only that I noticed some of the Asian crews being slightly bossy) but overall they were really nice.
It would have been nice if they passed around every hour or so offering water and drinks like on Lufthansa or Delta.

How about the catering?
-Good, the meals were very nice for airplane food standards.

And the cabins?
-Immaculate and no fault here, upon boarding the cabin was spotless well-presented and even smelled nice the only let down was that on the older aircraft (DOH-HKG) the IFE screen quality was really bad.

Cabin Comfort: total let down for me, seats very narrow and really uncomfortable , very hard to get some sleep at least for me, and the box underneath the seat really makes things worse

I flew once on CO 757s from BCN to EWR and back, and even though they also have the box under the seat for the IFE the seats were much more comfier and the box did not interfere as much.

So far during long haul, the comfiest seat I ever had was on the LH A343 MUC-SIN. (old plushy seat, don´t know how´s the new one with the PTVs)

What did you think of DOH Airport?
-Don´t ask.

Would you fly QR again?
-Yes, if the price is right and they suit my needs I would definitely give them a go again, I am sure when NDIA opens, the whole transfer experience will also improve a lot (or maybe not)

Hope you enjoyed reading this Trip report, and comments are welcomed as always.

MIAspotter.

[Edited 2011-12-11 04:03:00]


I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2835 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8882 times:

Great QR report! And glad you finally managed to put it up   The catering on board QR certainly looks really nice, even for Y. We didn't get a menu on BA! I liked the funny little bits like karma when the ptv fell right into your neighbours face after he laughed at you!    Some nice pics in there aswell, the KL retro 737 & the pics of DOH with the EK 777 coming in.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
-Qatar Airways ¨The world´s 5 Star Airline¨ they are good no doubt about it, maybe I was expecting more after being bombarded with their adverts on BBC and Euronews…

"Somewhere over China, the warm waft of BO" that's all I keep thinking when I read about Mr.Stinky!

I hope your seatmate on 3K wasn't smelly   

Thanks for sharing the QR side of the adventure.

 



Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8756 times:

Excellent MIASpotter, thanks!

I almost booked a QR flight but in the end went for ET, looks like a good option for the future though. Shame the seats weren't so comfy, but service appears to (almost) make up for that. And the new airport will certainly aid transfer passengers. Did you get a chance to see any of the construction work?

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8683 times:

Hi MIAspotter!

Nice tripreport!

Seems like you had a rather okay experience with QR. I would love to try them myself one day, as I often see them around ARN. QR being the only gulf carrier flying to ARN.
Too bad about that smelly guy on the HKG-DOH leg. Atleast QR had air nozzles, unlike many other widebodys out there. SK doesn't have it on their A330's and A340's.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 3):
HKG Airport, an amazing place!

It sure seems like a great airport, hopefully I'll get to visit one day.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):

Can´t get enough of that winglet!

Definitely a great looking winglet!

Martin


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1662 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 8260 times:

Hola MIAspotter!

Excellent TR on an airline that i have not flown yet! Well, there was no requirement for me to fly QR over the years, but the time for this to change is nearing closer  

Thanks for taking us with you to Hong Kong and back, with a nice story and fantastic pictures! And i hope that you enjoyed your time in Hong Kong  

As for QR, as with almost everyone else's views, there never seems to be any flaw in the product! Maybe i am not so much a fan of that maroon color theme, but the catering quality, and presentation seems top notch! And even for an older aircraft that took you to/from HKG, it looked almost fresh!

As for DOH, it seems quite cramped and far too small for QR's operation. The new airport is definitely needed, and soon it seems!


Many thanks for sharing this with us! looking forward to more.

Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8103 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 2):
I bought a 1:500 QR A330 for my girl, and then went upstairs to try and get some free internet (alas I could not find one)

You can only really connect to it by the Internet "room" where they have a couple of computers. The Internet at DOH was terrible.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 2):
Our bus finally pulled into the transit terminal and let us out. Here you basically clear security, and then enter a massive and crazy duty free area. Being 12am already and peak time for the airports on these parts of the world, the amounts of people were really astonishing!

QR is a great airline but DOH is terrible. It's cramped, has crappy restaurants (fast food places) and it's to bad that such a great airline has to operate out of such a terrible airport. Good thing though that they are building a brand new airport that will be ready soon.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Onboard A7-ACB.

In Febuary I flew on that plane LHR-DOH and actually sat in the front of the cabin that this cabin. In the middle by the moving map on the wall. The seats on that A330 (one of their older models) are cramped. On my connecting flight (LHR-DEL) I flew on a 777LR and that was great. Comfortable seats and great entertainment system. On the A330 I gave up on the PTV's.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/QR%20Trip/Honky166.jpg

Anyway great trip report. QR is great for flying to Asia.


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7835 times:

Great report MIAspotter!,

It seems like QR served you well!, all the meals look fantastic & it's also good to hear that the crews performed their duties well. Hopefully one day QR will fly to AKL, preferably via Australia so I can do a quick trans-tasman fifth freedom crossing to try them out.  
Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
I cleared security in no time and wandered around the huge T1.

T1 is very impressive!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 2):
and the menu for the flight.

Good to see that QR still offer menus.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 3):
HKG Airport, an amazing place!

  

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7763 times:

Great trip report with high quality photos.

The service QR provided you with looks quite nice, but I have to admit that I expected a bit more because of all the hype of the Gulf carriers.

Too bad about that smelly seatmate. If i were you I would have asked to be reseated, I am sure the FA would have helped.



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7475 times:

Nice report on QR, thanks. Sorry you were sat next to Mr. Smelly. My friend had to sit next to another Mr.Smelly DXB-HKG last year.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
FIDS with my flight info.

Interesting, the logo for BD is REALLY old, I wonder where BCN found that one

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):

All accompanied by a Potato and Tomatoes salad, Pear Pudding and the usual butter, crackers and bread.
I went for the Lamb Kofta (can´t say no to delicious Middle Eastern food) and it was really good! Meat was moist, the sauce delicious and the potatoes nice and firm, the salad was also OK but the dessert was a bit sickly, I washed it all down with some Orange Juice.

Looks good

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Anyways as I walked down the stairs, I was mesmerized at the size of this A330. The engines looked massive and I could not help but think how it would be to deplane a 77W this way!

Thats one good thing about DOH, 100% guarentee of boarding by stairs. Unfortunately you also have to use that horrible terminal!

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
I made a few visits to the toilets at the rear, and was amused to see some of the crew sitting on the jumpseats looking very bored (and not very professional for a so called 5 star airline)

Well, there's not a lot for them to do. I guess QR is pretty strict about activities they can do - can they read magazines? Doubt it.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Cabin was prepared for breakfast, and I don´t remember the choices from the top of my head since the menu was available on the PTV; but I chose apple and cinnamon pancakes and they were absolutely delicious! Like a good boy I ate it all and washed it down with 2 coffees (after almost 24 hrs awake I needed all the caffeine I could get!)

Mmm, tasty. I had something similar DOH-LHR last year.



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User currently offlinepacifique75 From Portugal, joined Oct 2006, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7420 times:

Thanks MIAspotter for your TR.
I flew 4 segments on QR FRA/DOH/BKK and return last year and I agree with you that they are good,
however imho they are not "a 5* airline" - at least not in economy. I personally found their catering equipment
cheap looking with those flimsy plastic boxes instead of melamine and also plastic cutlery.
Just like you, I thought that maybe I had very high expectations with all the ads they have and people raving
about their fantastic planes and service. I am crew myself and find it unfair when some people here are always
full of criticism about European F/A, calling us lazy, rude and so on - the funny thing is, personally, I thought QR is a bit
over rated and while their crews on my 4 segments were polite and efficient I didnt find them friendlier than
Thai, Malaysian or Emirates to name just a few of my "favourites" regarding inflight service.


User currently onlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2769 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7390 times:

WOW thanks guys for all the replies 
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 4):
Great QR report!

Thank you  
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 4):
"Somewhere over China, the warm waft of BO" that's all I keep thinking when I read about Mr.Stinky!

HA! yeah totally.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 4):
I hope your seatmate on 3K wasn't smelly

Not at all, very pleasant actually.

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
Excellent MIASpotter, thanks!

Thanks! glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
looks like a good option for the future though. Shame the seats weren't so comfy, but service appears to (almost) make up for that.

They are a good airline and a nice option, like I said I would try them again but I would also like to try any of the other Gulf carriers for comparison, EK is rumoured to be starting BCN soon so who knows... and I have a friend who sings praises for Oman Air.

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
Did you get a chance to see any of the construction work?

Unfortunately no, the only time I was in DOH during daylight was on the DOH-BCN sector, and I was seated on the opposite side to see any of the constructions.

it is funny, I am watching a JustPlanes QR DVD and they have an interview with CEO Al Baker, he says the terminal should be operating by 2006 in time for the asian games... and A380s delivered in 2008  OUCH!

the DVD is from 2002 though (and A7-ACB is featured doing DOH-LHR   )

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Hi MIAspotter!

Hello!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Nice tripreport!

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Seems like you had a rather okay experience with QR. I would love to try them myself one day, as I often see them around ARN. QR being the only gulf carrier flying to ARN.

Yes it was OK can´t fault them on the service, and no major delays either, if you have a chance try them out! they have some really great offers to Asia.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Too bad about that smelly guy on the AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG-DOH leg. Atleast QR had air nozzles, unlike many other widebodys out there. SK doesn't have it on their A330's and A340's.

I know! a total downer, Oh and Lufty does not have air nozzles either (at least on the A343s)

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
It sure seems like a great airport, hopefully I'll get to visit one day.

It is, pack some comfy walking shoes, the terminal is GINORMOUS!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Definitely a great looking winglet!

Isn´t it just! 
Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Hola MIAspotter!

Hola Mr Hawi!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Excellent TR on an airline that i have not flown yet! Well, there was no requirement for me to fly QR over the years, but the time for this to change is nearing closer

Thank you! and I see Mr Roni will finally succumb to the QR clutches eh? I hope they treat you well, and you have quite an experience to judge them.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Thanks for taking us with you to Hong Kong and back, with a nice story and fantastic pictures! And i hope that you enjoyed your time in Hong Kong

I certainly did, AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG was amazing and as I mentioned in the start of the TR a dream come true, I miss the city so much, the smell, the vast amounts of people, the charming people and the food, I hope I get a chance to return soon (I have a friend setting up residence there so maybe... who knows)

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
As for QR, as with almost everyone else's views, there never seems to be any flaw in the product! Maybe i am not so much a fan of that maroon color theme, but the catering quality, and presentation seems top notch! And even for an older aircraft that took you to/from AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG, it looked almost fresh!

Yes, indeed they take a lot of care on their image, if it wasn´t for the older cabin style and controls I swear you could have not tell the difference between the A330s.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
As for DOH, it seems quite cramped and far too small for QR's operation. The new airport is definitely needed, and soon it seems!

It is, a very basic building with a few amenities, I described it to Aerdingus as being similar to a ¨Meat processing centre¨

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 8):
You can only really connect to it by the Internet "room" where they have a couple of computers. The Internet at DOH was terrible.

I managed to get some free wi-fi but it was really slow, you would expect from a super-hub airport AND in technology crazy middle east to have some decent speed in the airport.

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 8):
QR is a great airline but DOH is terrible. It's cramped, has crappy restaurants (fast food places) and it's to bad that such a great airline has to operate out of such a terrible airport. Good thing though that they are building a brand new airport that will be ready soon.

Could not have said it better myself.

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 8):
I flew on a 777LR and that was great. Comfortable seats and great entertainment system.

Do the 777s also have the box under the seat? I heard from a friend that EK also suffers from the same, their A330s are rather uncomfortable and narrow, while the 777 was a joy in comfort.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 9):
Hopefully one day QR will fly to AKL, preferably via Australia so I can do a quick trans-tasman fifth freedom crossing to try them out.

Well, you never know, they expand like crazy, so far only MEL is served.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 9):
T1 is very impressive!

It is a nice terminal  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 9):
Good to see that QR still offer menus.

Yup, but I guess they will soon switch to PTV menues only (environment, etc)

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Great trip report with high quality photos.

Thank you!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
The service QR provided you with looks quite nice, but I have to admit that I expected a bit more because of all the hype of the Gulf carriers.

Exactly, maybe it was just me, but I was expecting a little extra after all those ¨Worlds 5 Star Airline¨ ads and ¨Best Economy Class Award¨ but to me they seemed like just another airline... the ¨WOW¨ factor was just not there.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Too bad about that smelly seatmate. If i were you I would have asked to be reseated, I am sure the FA would have helped.

Yeah, but the flight was full.. and I wanted my window seat... sigh... the things we do huh?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Nice report on QR, thanks. Sorry you were sat next to Mr. Smelly. My friend had to sit next to another Mr.Smelly DXB-AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG last year.

Oh poor thing... it seems a lot of Mr Smellys are on the loose.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Interesting, the logo for BD is REALLY old, I wonder where BCN found that one

Well spotted.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Looks good

And it tasted good!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Thats one good thing about DOH, 100% guarentee of boarding by stairs. Unfortunately you also have to use that horrible terminal!

Yup! I think we all agree here that DOH is a dump-port.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Well, there's not a lot for them to do. I guess QR is pretty strict about activities they can do - can they read magazines? Doubt it.

No idea, but you are right, maybe company policy or something.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Mmm, tasty. I had something similar DOH-LHR last year.

Can´t go wrong with cinnamon and pancakes, the coffee was nice as well! (and I am very picky about it)

Thanks for stoping by guys!

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently onlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2769 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7371 times:

Quoting pacifique75 (Reply 12):
Thanks MIAspotter for your TR.

Thank you for stopping by  
Quoting pacifique75 (Reply 12):
I flew 4 segments on QR FRA/DOH/BKK and return last year and I agree with you that they are good,
however imho they are not "a 5* airline" - at least not in economy. I personally found their catering equipment
cheap looking with those flimsy plastic boxes instead of melamine and also plastic cutlery.

You took the words out of my mouth!

As for the catering equipment, well I didnt mind the flimsy plastics, I guess it makes it easier to clean up afterwards but I guess it does make a cheap impression on some people.

Quoting pacifique75 (Reply 12):
I am crew myself

TP?  
Quoting pacifique75 (Reply 12):
QR is a bit
over rated and while their crews on my 4 segments were polite and efficient I didnt find them friendlier than
Thai, Malaysian or Emirates to name just a few of my "favourites" regarding inflight service.

Spot on! that´s actually the message I wanted to get across from the beginning.

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1710 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6789 times:
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Hola Christian,

Many thanks for this nice story and for a change it features a longhaul route ex-BCN. Qatar took good care of you, maybe a bit of a pity you flew 4x A330, but you can’t choose the type for yourself now can you? I wonder if the price difference with SQ was so big?
I’m sorry you had to cope with this awfully smelly passenger on the HKG-DOH flight. Most of these people don’t smell it themselves that they are smelly (or sort of).

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
asked me to produce the credit card used to pay for the ticket

Why did she ask you that? Normally a booking reference or moreover a valid passport should be sufficient?

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Spot the odd one.

That’s a difficult one.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
IB A343 arriving.

Is this one of the A343 that do the BCN-MAD hops?

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
The mighty SQ 77W from GRU

So the routing is SIN-BCN-GRU? Are there 5th freedom rights on BCN-GRU?

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
the IFE was available and fully functional during all phases of flight

As it should be!

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Here´s my handset stuck on ¨Interactive¨ it just did not want to interact with me…

You didn’t ask the crew to reset the system for your seat?

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
I could not help but think how it would be to deplane a 77W this way!

Or better even: an A380.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
I bought a 1:500 QR A330 for my girl

Wow, you are a romanticus ‘pur sang’   

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
They also handed out some stickers to put on your seat if you wanted to be awoken for meals, duty free or just not be disturbed.

That’s nice, and even in Y class!

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
chose apple and cinnamon pancakes and they were absolutely delicious!

That’s a good looking and nicely filled tray.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6542 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, enjoyed reading and viewing it! I'm surprised they did not refit the 332's yet to the current standards. Especially with some competition based not far of (EK, EY, Oman Air, TK, 9W,...)


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently onlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2769 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6463 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
Hola Christian,

Hola!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
I wonder if the price difference with SQ was so big?

It was, during the booking period the fare on QR was 650€ all the way to HKG whilst SQ was 980€

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
Why did she ask you that? Normally a booking reference or moreover a valid passport should be sufficient?

Not sure, but they mentioned it during the booking process, I was even asked for one flying SQ from KUL to SIN in 2008 maybe just to check in case of fraud or something.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
Is this one of the A343 that do the BCN-MAD hops?

Kinda, it does MAD-BCN-MIA or GRU or MEX (I think those are currently the long haul IB flights ex BCN)

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
So the routing is SIN-BCN-GRU? Are there 5th freedom rights on BCN-GRU?

Exactly and they do have 5th freedom on BCN-GRU, there is a TR here from Docpepz covering this route.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
You didn’t ask the crew to reset the system for your seat?

I was trying to but, well the flight was almost over so I just stared out of the window.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
That’s a good looking and nicely filled tray

Yup. catering was nice  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Nice trip report, enjoyed reading and viewing it! I'm surprised they did not refit the 332's yet to the current standards. Especially with some competition based not far of (EK, EY, Oman Air, TK, 9W,...)

Hiya,

Well maybe they will eventually, but I did not noticed any difference between the seats on the A330s (they were equally uncomfortable hehehe)

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
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