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Great Qatar Business Class From Brussels To Doha  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26212 times:

Introduction



I believe I can fly




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I believe I can touch the sky







I think about it every night and day



‘Spread your wings and fly away to Dubai, R. Kelly! Hey Suryo, don’t you and Herman have yet enough Qmiles for a return flight to DXB?’
‘We would rather keep those miles for another purpose,’
‘For a direct Qatar Airways flight from Amsterdam, you mean?’







’Heaven knows when it will happen! The only thing we know is your Qmiles’ expiry date. So off they go!’
‘ARIEL!’





Privilege Club homepage




’Just click on the Manage Booking tab from the homepage, insert your QR booking reference number along with your last name et voila!’





Your Current Booking



‘You will be able to update your APIS information and assign or change seats up to 24 hours before departure,’





Seat Selector and How to Select Seats



’However, your seat assignment is dependent on availability and will only be confirmed upon check-in,’





Check-in Online



’Remember to check-in online 36 hours before your flight departs,’





Check-in Online tab



‘You will need to have your last name and either booking reference, Privilege Club or E-ticket number,’







‘… and cooperating system. C’mon, will ya?’





Retrieve booking



‘Alright, let’s just tick off the person you want to check in,’





Passenger Details



’Update your personal details if necessary,’





Seat selection



’Does the display look familiar? It’s time to confirm your seat assignment!’





Confirmation



’We’ve made it! Now it’s about obtaining your boarding pass. Printout or mobile?’





Mobile boarding pass tab



صاح, صاحبة,

Allow me to dedicate this QR experience from BRU to Nils (Sultanils) and Marc (MSS658).

[Edited 2013-03-17 10:10:23]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26500 times:

Brussels International Airport






’What do you think?’




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Airport Terminal overview



’Of the weather?’
‘Of the terminal!’




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Departure Hall 2. Note row 11 and 12



’Do you know that this part of the terminal dates from July 5, 1958? After its complete renovation, it has been reopened on March 30, 2010 as leisure check-in area,’
‘So, are we supposed to be here?’




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FIDS



’No, row 10 actually,’





Map Tour operators & Airline ticketing desks. Note four languages



’That means departure hall 1. This way,’





Signage



’Departure hall 1 was used to be the newer part after being constructed in 1994 adjacent to the old 1958 building,’




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Row 10



´Check in early at the airport three hours prior to departure or check in online and queue up at your leisure,´





Two for Business Class


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One for Fast Bag Drop and two for Economy Class



´Hey, we may come forward to desk 10.3,’





Screen 10.3



Smiling Airport Service Agent Roxanna was at our service.

“Do you have any luggage to check in?”
“No, only hand luggage,”
“May I see the credit card used to make the booking?”
“Here you are,”
“Alright, everything is in our system now. Do you know where the lounge is located? It’s the British Airways lounge,”
“We’ll find our way. Thank you,”
“Have a pleasant flight,”




Banner



’All set abundantly within time limits! Hey, what do we have here?’




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The Chocolate Company. Note Corné Port- Royal, Godiva and Neuhaus



BRU is the number one seller of chocolates around the world with more than 800 tons per year! Do you know that duty-free items purchased on the day of our flight are not counted towards our hand baggage allowance?'
'Should we better go now for inspection?’




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Security Checkpoint lanes



’You’re eager to use the Wi-Fi access, aren’t you?’




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Pier B overview



’Not in this area as we’ll have to buy it. There’s just a better place!’





The Galleries Club sign



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26447 times:

The Galleries Club






’The ultimate luxury for BA’s Club Europe customers we’re also entitled to,’




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Facade



“Just your boarding pass, please,” Customer Service Agent Jeroen Janssens warmly greeted us.




My boarding pass



’I thought you’d come round to mobile boarding pass!’
‘Not yet! By the way, how do we get the Wi-Fi access?’
‘Ask Jeroen, I would say,’





Reception with Jeroen on duty



’Or we can go there instead,’




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Business Centre



’Got it!’
’Let’s go inside! What do you think of the interior?’





The Blue Bar



’Inspired by the finest boutique hotels around the world, whilst incorporating an unique British heritage,’




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Chairs



‘With exclusively designed furniture upholstered in Osborne & Little fabric, one of the world’s leading name in fabric and wallpaper design,’




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Viewing area. Note the wallpaper



‘Do I see your eyes twinkle just here? Alright, how about helping ourselves to some beverages now?’





Coffee House



’Freshly brewed coffee perhaps? Brought to you by Java, passionate family company from Rotselaar since 1935,’





Coffee machine



‘Aren’t we more into the ones beneath?’





Beer selection



’Really? There’s no Heineken among them,’
‘Very funny!’
‘How about some food?’




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Salad and cold cuts


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Assorted bread, butter and sauces


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Fresh fruits



’Would Herman need any entertainment?’





Newspapers and magazines



’He’ll be fine. Especially with his beloved Abbey beer,’





Proost, Nils, Marc



’So, what else have you got, Suryo?’




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Smartlynx YL-LCD



’Though possessing its own Latvian AOC and thus JAA approved, Smartlynx only operates ad-hoc charter flights out of Riga and ACMI worldwide,’




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Brussels Airlines OO-SSU



’Formerly EasyJet HB-JZH which flew Eric (Airbuseric) in 2005 and Hannah (infodesk) on August 26, 2010. As OO-SSU, it also flew Nils on April 25, 2012. And that one…’




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Helvetic HB-JVE



‘It flew Hannah five times! One of them was even on New Year’s Eve of 2007! Hey, how about a toast to the highest level?’



Spirits and liquors





B29



‘Before descending to level 3,’





Gate overview



’Are they waiting for us?’




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Waiting lounge



’Like the one outside?’




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A7-AEJ





Boarding



“We kindly ask our customers with small children and customers in need of special assistance to come forward. Within five or ten minutes, we will start our boarding as indicated,”

Airport Service Agent Anthony simultaneously made the announcement in English, Dutch and French, while his colleague Roxanna dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s.




Can you spot customers with small children or in need of special assistance?



“Customers travelling in Business Class, Privilege Club Gold and Silver members are now invited to go on board,”




Business Class lane



‘Slow down!’





Traffic jam



’We’re moving again,’





Our single entrance 2L


[Edited 2013-03-17 10:14:23]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26485 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: BRUDOH
Date: May 25, 2012
ETD/ATD: 16.00 / 16.15
ETA/ATA: 23.30 / 23.45
Flight number: QR 942
Plane: Airbus 330-302
Registration: A7-AEJ
Delivered: March 22, 2007
Flight deck: Captain Sandeep



View Large View Medium
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Photo © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt




“Welcome aboard,” Cabin Attendant Dhruv greeted us past 2L. “Please turn left,”



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05A and 05B for us



Cabin Attendant Erika was immediately on hand.

“May I offer you anything to drink?”
“Do you have champagne?”






“Sure. How about you, Sir?”
“Can I have lemon mint, please?”




Welcome drinks



’A refreshing alternative to champagne thanks to its flavor combination of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves. Do you know that an Israeli advertising agency invented it in the early nineties?’
‘An advertising agency? Get real!’
‘It was a fake ad campaign supposed to prove the efficacy of advertising on public buses. But, it generated so much consumer demand that the drink began to be actually produced by restaurateurs and manufacturers, becoming a summer staple in the Middle East!’


“Our customers are onboard,” Business Cabin Service Director Sayumporn from Thailand called on the microphone.



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Forward cabin view



“Hot or cold towel, Sir?”




Piping hot towel on black wooden tray



“Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Sandeep and I will be your Captain on this flight,”

’Where is he? Hopefully not there!’




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Sideward cabin view. Note 61 inch pitch



“We are having a delay due to slot time of Brussels, but we will be soon our way to Doha. A smooth journey ahead with flight time of six hours,”




My sanctuary. Note large pillow and wrapped luxury Italian Frette linen




“We are ready for departure,”




In-flight safety demonstration



Cabin Attendant Bianca from Romania proceeded to take meal orders as soon as 2L was securely closed.




Bianca dealing with Mr. 2B before Erika’s eyes



“Good afternoon, Sir. May I take your meal order?”






“Cabin crew, be seated for takeoff,”



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Rolling on taxiway P9 to threshold 07R



‘Look! Former Sabena Technics hangar 40!’




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Brussels Airlines hangar



‘After sadly being burned down on May 5, 2006 with four aircrafts inside, it has well recovered and got ready for another flying start!’




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Liftoff before taxiway C1



‘Our safety is maximized,’





Control tower. Note CANAC building on the bottom left



‘Located at 500 meters from the national air traffic control centre CANAC, the BRU control tower set a standard for the rest of Europe and the world after its operation in December 2004, ensuring the highest safety level! The tower is also part of the Belgocontrol site in Steenokkerzeel,’





Steenokkerzeel, partly covered by the left wing



’Look! There’s where all Leffe brands are brewed nowadays!’



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City of Leuven



’Also a home to the oldest Catholic university still in existence, The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven! Speaking of old, do you know how QR helps you stand up better to the ravages of time?’






Amenity kit



’Using the finest plants and marine extracts for its products, Molton Brown brings you enlivening toko-yuzu body lotion, cool buchu eau de toilette, protecting vitamin lipsaver, moisture lock 24hr replenisher and even more!’



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26409 times:

In flight



‘Come! The fasten seat belt signs have been extinguished! Would Hannah love all of these?’





Naran Ji soothing hand lotion, fine liquid hand wash and home ambiente



‘How about private spa moment with a view?’





Windowed lavatory



‘What do you see?’





Liège Airport



’The biggest cargo airport in Belgium and 7th biggest in Europe at the end of 2011! Would our co-passengers notice it?’




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Business Class cabin overview



’Apparently not. They’re more interested in In-Flight Entertainment,’





IFE main menu. Note time to destination



’Can you blame them for enjoying over 1,000 entertainment options whilst waiting for palate pleaser to come?’





Beef roll with herb cream cheese



’Rich and smoky bite, yet gentle to the palate. That calls for music!’





Featured artist. Can you guess which one?



‘I can’t hear a thing!’
‘Use this!’





Noise cancelling headset



“May I dress your table?” Smiling Bianca was on our side, holding crisp napkin and luxurious table linen.



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Wallpaper designed table



Covered with linen. Note folded napkin on my lap



“Still or sparkling water?” Bianca inquired before her finishing touch.




Table set. Clockwise from left: side plate, salt cellar and pepper pot, bakery basket (whole meal roll, onion and sourdough), butter dish and a glass of still water



“Your seafood cocktail, Sir,”




Braised tiger prawns and glazed scallops on mango salad with Thai chili sauce



“And your Classic Arabic mezze. Bon appétit,”




Clockwise from top: baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, hummus and Arabic bread



’The bests of Levantine cuisine from intense, smoky baba ghanoush, along rich flavored hummus to refreshing finish of tabbouleh. True culinary journey through the Middle East on the back of Pita bread and there’s more!’





Grilled lamb with Arabic herbs, lemon yoghurt dressing, kouzi rice and Arabic green bean stew



‘Imagine how minty Köfte kebab whose juice nicely moisturized kouzi rice, melts in your mouth along with Loubieh, Lebanese classic of greens beans, tomatoes and onions sautéed in olive oil. Belly dancing on a splash of tangy, yet creamy lemon yoghurt dressing!’

“Would you like anything to drink with your dessert?”




Vanilla ice cream and mixed berries



“Can I have port wine, please?”






“Sure. How about you, Sir?”
“I’ll have the port wine as well, please,”




An individual plate of French double brie, gruyere, Danish blue, dried prune and apricot with an array of Carr’s Table Water Crackers. Note the glass of port wine on the upper right



’Courtesy of The Chocolate Company!’





Godiva mini chocolate boxes



“Should we go for digestive?”




Beverages, soft drinks and juices, water or beer



“Great idea. With double espresso?”




Double espresso and Camus XO Superieur. Note Evian water bottle to be mixed with Camus if desired



’Piping hot syrupy double espresso to unwind! Fruity and aromatic Camus to relax!’





05B in flat position with 165 degree recline



’How about some music?’






My Love ultimate collection by Celine Dion



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26352 times:

’Wake up, Suryo! Bianca needs your attention!’

“Do you care for Indulgence? It is an array of small snacks,”






“Yes, please,”
”Would you like some wine to go with it?”




2 of 3 choices of red wine




1 of 3 choices of white wine



“Can I have Chivas Regal instead?”
“Sure,”




Clockwise from upper right: grilled lamb with herbs on pesto ciabatta, marinated prawn on white bread with sweet chili spread, warm sundried tomato and spinach savoury, coconut drum, chocolate glazed cake and forest berries in the middle. Note partly visible Chivas serving on upper right corner



’Tender lamb on flavorful ciabatta, spicy prawn on fluffy bread, creamy soufflé of tomato and spinach, crumbly coconut macaroon, moist chocolate cake and sweet forest berries, all washed down with rich and fruity Chivas!’

“Did you enjoy your meal?”
“Yes, thank you very much!”

’Suryo, you should pass it on to QR!’





Feedback form



“Thank you for taking good care of us,”




Mersi, Bianca. Courtesy of Erika





Landing



“We expect to land in Doha in thirty eight minutes,” Captain Sandeep was on the microphone. “I hope you have enjoyed your flight with us,”




Forward cabin after preparation for landing



’What are you doing?’





Shopping Extravaganza, Oryx Premium, Oryx entertainment



‘Looking for our copy to keep,’

“Cabin crew, be seated for landing,”




Touch down at 23.40 Qatari time



’Slowing down and straight to Bay 41!





Docked next to A7-BAP





Disembarking



’We may disembark!’





Ground handling in progress



‘Suryo, this way!’
‘I’m looking for Bianca to bid farewell. She’s nowhere to be seen,’
‘I hate to say this, but you keep Herman waiting,’






شكرًا, A7-AEJ




Conclusion



صاح, صاحبة,

Like Cathay Pacific, QR has been awarded a 5-star rating by Skytrax . But, do you know that they also share the same mission? Both CX and QR aim to excel in everything they do and it is their people who make their tremendous achievement.

Allow me to express my gratitude to:

Bianca for taking good care of us on board;
Roxanna and Jeroen for their assistance at BRU.

At the same time, I sincerely hope that my friends Nils and Marc will accept my dedication of the first part of our story on our way to Dubai.

Last but not least, my gratitude to all of you for reading. شكرًا


السلام عليكم,
Suryo  

[Edited 2013-03-17 10:39:24]


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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1283 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 26095 times:
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Hello Akhmad,

It was like a few weeks we completed the wrap up of your Aussie series, and now this magical trip to the Middle East....So glad to read it!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘For a direct Qatar Airways flight from Amsterdam, you mean?’

Soon you will have Etihad directly from Amsterdam!!! At least we can share our Brussels experience together comparing it to the flights I took with Etihad when Brussels was an intermediate stop between Toronto and Abu Dhabi!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘ARIEL!’

Oh what fun!! Ariel is back in full form!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
´Check in early at the airport three hours prior to departure or check in online and queue up at your leisure,´

Some pooch though checking in at J class will be travelling in the cargo hold instead...Appetisers, doggie? lol

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
No, only hand luggage

I wish I could travel that way someday!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you know that duty-free items purchased on the day of our flight are not counted towards our hand baggage allowance?'

You will be happy to know the same applies for Dubai Airport as well....You can practically buy a suitcase full of things and it will be happily uploaded to your flight!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’Formerly EasyJet HB-JZH which flew Eric (Airbuseric) in 2005 and Hannah (infodesk) on August 26, 2010. As OO-SSU, it also flew Nils on April 25, 2012. And that one…’

I really must give you credit for these everytime you mention these dates!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“May I offer you anything to drink?”
“Do you have champagne?”

Ah this is what I should have asked on my one and only flight in Business Class with Etihad in Business Class

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Sure. How about you, Sir?”
“Can I have lemon mint, please?”

This is what I landed up asking for instead...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

’A refreshing alternative to champagne thanks to its flavor combination of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves. Do you know that an Israeli advertising agency invented it in the early nineties?’
‘An advertising agency? Get real!’
‘It was a fake ad campaign supposed to prove the efficacy of advertising on public buses. But, it generated so much consumer demand that the drink began to be actually produced by restaurateurs and manufacturers, becoming a summer staple in the Middle East!’

And here we get the real story behind the drink none other than wikiAkhmad himself!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘I can’t hear a thing!’
‘Use this!’

Hilarious!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
’Wake up, Suryo! Bianca needs your attention!’
Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
“Do you care for Indulgence? It is an array of small snacks,”

A small indulgence...all that would put me back to lalaland again!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Thank you for taking good care of us,”

Ah, the ever increasing photos with the crews!! Someday I might gain enough courage to get in front of the camera myself with them!!

Looking forward to the rest of the instalments....Looks like the opening pics were taken from your flight back out of Doha to Brussels!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 26001 times:

Very nice report Suryo! I'd love another trip in QR Biz...they're so good! Food looked excellent, and sounds like you had some great crew

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’The ultimate luxury for BA’s Club Europe customers we’re also entitled to,’

Nice looking lounge. I love the blue lights!



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 25380 times:

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for another fantastic report with fantastic pictures!

Good to see you try QR again and they look really nice as usual.

Meal portion looks a bit on the small side though but there seems to be a lot of courses to compensate.

Looking forward to read more about your adventures in Dubai and the other flights!

The777Man



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 24980 times:

Hey Suryo


Nice read about Qatar, I did enjoy the read.
It's also nice to see a departure ex-BRU, I was interesting how this service was doing and I'm glad to see the cabin to be full.

Even with a bit of a delay you really describe the spring departure very good, thanks for the dedication as well.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 24526 times:

Hey Suryo, Ahlan sadiqi!

Good to see your first instalment of a new series.

QR's booking and check-in engine seems simple enough and it is good to see three options for receiving the boarding passes: print, email or mobile.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
’What do you think?’

Outside looks smart enough. Inside it looks like a discount warehouse but it serves its function.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
BRU is the number one seller of chocolates around the world

Gosh, you learn something new everyday. Oddly enough, I'd not thought about Godiva being Belgian. Are they still owned by a Turkish company?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Reception with Jeroen on duty

Looks very futuristic. Good to see that the lounge offers apron views.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
’Really? There’s no Heineken among them,’

Yippee! They chose real beers instead.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Smartlynx YL-LCD

Smart livery.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
or in need of special assistance?

Does QR offer fashion advisors? Not one of them seems to understand smart-casual-comfortable.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Note 61 inch pitch

More importantly, note the six-abreast. That's why QR can be rated five-star by Skytrax and EK, with its seven-abreast can't.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“Good afternoon, Sir. May I take your meal order?”

The meals look fresh and well-presented and of reasonable portions. Sometimes there can be too much on the plate and it is a shame to waste it. But if you eat it all, you can't sample the next course. I would have also chosen the mezze and the lamb. Cheese, fresh fruit and port to follow.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Note Evian water bottle to be mixed with Camus if desired

Sacrilege! If there isn't enough in the glass, ask for a top up. Don't water it down!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
’We may disembark!’

Perhaps I am jumping ahead but do QR still give out different coloured landing/ transfer cards depending on cabin class and on whether you are stopping in Doha or connecting to another flight?

The usual division of labour, trip director/ script-writer and camera crew have produced another fantastic report. Thanks to Herman and you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 24485 times:

Goedenavond Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Just your boarding pass, please,” Customer Service Agent Jeroen Janssens warmly greeted us.

Seems typically Dutch now doesn't it?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
My boarding pass

Shame its on boring stock paper instead of a Qatar boarding pass.

Also must be quite nice to speak English and then switch to Dutch and French in a quick second. Takes skills!

You also had very nice food pictures and now made me hungry!

Definitely looking forward to your return.

Met vriendelijk groetjes!

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1730 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 24047 times:
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Hello Suryo,

Allow me to dedicate this reply to another most wonderful and entertaining story. Well written and photographed, it was a joy to read!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
For a direct Qatar Airways flight from Amsterdam

Has there been any mention about this possibility? Sure there's quite some competition for that region already at AMS, no?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Allow me to dedicate this QR experience from BRU to Nils (Sultanils)

Accepted with a big smile   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’What do you think?’

A familiar sight, BRU's departure zone. And such good weather, I'm surprised!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Departure Hall 2. Note row 11 and 12

The charter departure hall. Flocked with tourists with a tan-to-be in summer months and a to-avoid place 

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Note four languages

Oh yes, we Belgians are polyglots!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Security Checkpoint lanes

 Wow! Totally empty, lucky you! Don't come here in the morning because you'll see a different view then and expect a sizeable queue!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’You’re eager to use the Wi-Fi access, aren’t you?’
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’Not in this area as we’ll have to buy it. There’s just a better place!’

Indeed, pay to surf at BRU unfortunately. But as a client of a certain cable and telecomoperator, I can use it for free luckily. For the more unfortunate, they'll have to try and steal some lounge signal lol!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’Really? There’s no Heineken among them,’

No need to 

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’He’ll be fine. Especially with his beloved Abbey beer,’
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Proost, Nils, Marc

That's more like it, schol!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Smartlynx YL-LCD

Now that's an interesting visitor! And idea about the destination?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
As OO-SSU, it also flew Nils on April 25, 2012.

A look at my flight stats revealed that I've not yet been on this one. However I do have OO-SSD, V and P in the log.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Helvetic HB-JVE

This one I have logged on April 25th exactly  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Can you spot customers with small children or in need of special assistance?

I can only spot some people who are apparently hard of hearing...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Plane: Airbus 330-302

You seemd to have gotten a vessel upgrade from the usual A332 to the A333 that day   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Our customers are onboard,” Business Cabin Service Director Sayumporn from Thailand called on the microphone.

Did he really say it this way and use the word 'customers'? Funny!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rolling on taxiway P9 to threshold 07R

That means you had easterly winds that day  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Steenokkerzeel, partly covered by the left wing

The noisiest town in Belgium. Overflown every other 5 mins...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Wallpaper designed table

That's a cool design, haven't seen that before.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Clockwise from upper right: grilled lamb with herbs on pesto ciabatta, marinated prawn on white bread with sweet chili spread, warm sundried tomato and spinach savoury, coconut drum, chocolate glazed cake and forest berries in the middle.

  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
At the same time, I sincerely hope that my friends Nils and Marc will accept my dedication of the first part of our story on our way to Dubai.

Thanks again Suryo, I really enjoyed it!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 23754 times:

Well, it looks like Qatar provides a very pleasant business class experience. Thanks for sharing it with us!


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 23698 times:

Hi Suryo, great TR as always and I love the commentary. I bet Hermann rolls his eyes at your excitement!   The BA Lounge really does look wonderful at BRU. Better than some lounges at home airports for airlines! I hope you got to emjoy the Business Lounge in DOH too. I have traveled in both the QR First and Business Lounges and they are excellent! I found the QR Business Class service excellent as well! I flew on one of the after Inaugural 777 from JFK to DOH then DXB. Unfortunately for QR the JCL was empty...great for me! The return was great too because I got to hob nob with some of the world's professional tennis players returning from the DOH Open. It was great fun. Yes the food on QR is also excellent. I did find that the cabin crews were not as polished as EK but that was some years ago and it looks like they are great now! Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Will


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 23610 times:

WOW Suryo  

Well done on another fantastic report. QR look really good. The Molten Brown and Godiva Chocs all favourites of mine so I would be very happy to see them on board  

Food looks lovely. Really well presented and just what you want to see in premium products.

The BA lounge looks pretty decent also . Nice that you got access there  

Looking forward to the next part.

Kind regards

Philip  


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 22745 times:
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Hi Suryo,

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
’The ultimate luxury for BA’s Club Europe customers we’re also entitled to,’

- I've not used the BA lounge @ BRU before, looks very nice, much better than the AMS lounge and the food offerings are far far better than AMS!

QR look great on board as usual, catering good as always but the mezze plate looks smaller than I remember.

As Philip mentioned, nice to see all those Molton Brown products, very nice!

QR will make a great addition to the OW Alliance.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 22592 times:

Hoi, S.,

great style and pictures. Sure a well done story.
It looks like QR is on top here with you´re experience for Doha.
Looking for more, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 21866 times:

Hello Suryo!

Very nice report just as usual! Glad to see that QR is good upfront as well. Would love to fly their Business Class some day as well, after sampling them in the back now.
Surprised to see QR using the BA lounge at BRU, but I guess it makes sense now with their upcoming Oneworld membership. The lounge looks nice!
Looking forward to the next report!  

Martin


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 20163 times:

Hi Suryo,

Such a delight to read another one of your wonderful reports. WOW is all I can say about QR. Everything about the flight looks excellent. You two were really spoiled by the crew, what a super way to start your trip.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
May I see the credit card used to make the booking?”
“Here you are,”

They really wanted to see it? This has never happened to me but I’m dreading the day the credit card is asked for and I don’t have it on me 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’Formerly EasyJet HB-JZH which flew Eric (Airbuseric) in 2005 and Hannah (infodesk) on August 26, 2010. And that one…’

Suryo, you’re so observant!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It flew Hannah five times! One of them was even on New Year’s Eve of 2007! Hey, how about a toast to the highest level?’

Now, how did you know that?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’A refreshing alternative to champagne thanks to its flavor combination of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves. Do you know that an Israeli advertising agency invented it in the early nineties?’

Sounds divine. Would be just the thing for me.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Molton Brown brings you enlivening toko-yuzu body lotion, cool buchu eau de toilette, protecting vitamin lipsaver, moisture lock 24hr replenisher and even more!’

Molton Brown goodies on a plane, what more could you possibly want?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Come! The fasten seat belt signs have been extinguished! Would Hannah love all of these?’

Yes, I’d love every single one of them  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Wallpaper designed table

So classy.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
And your Classic Arabic mezze. Bon appétit,”

Looks delicious. In fact, all the meals look incredibly tasty.

Thanks Suryo & looking forward to the next part.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 19521 times:

السلام عليكم flightsimboy, Gabriel, Lars, Marc, Roy, Leo, Nils, Chris, Will, Philip, Mark, Markus, Martin, Hannah,

شكرً. Thank you very much for your heartwarming replies.  


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flightsimboy, Lars, Leo, Philip, Markus, Martin, Hannah,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Looking forward to the rest of the instalments….
Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Looking forward to read more about your adventures in Dubai and the other flights!
Quoting LFutia (Reply 11):
Definitely looking forward to your return.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Looking forward to the next part.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Looking for more, you know.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 18):
Looking forward to the next report!  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
looking forward to the next part.

Thank you for encouraging.

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flightsimboy, Nils,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
A small indulgence...all that would put me back to lalaland again!!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
  

I would be happy to share the indulgence with you.

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Gabriel, Roy, Leo, Will, Philip, Mark, Hannah,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Food looked excellent,
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
The meals look fresh and well-presented and of reasonable portions.
Quoting LFutia (Reply 11):
You also had very nice food pictures and now made me hungry!
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
Yes the food on QR is also excellent.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Food looks lovely.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
catering good as always
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Looks delicious. In fact, all the meals look incredibly tasty.

Exclusive signature dishes designed by four master Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Aikens, Ramzi Choueiri or Vineet Bhatia.

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Gabriel, Roy,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
I love the blue lights!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Looks very futuristic.

Blue happens to be BA’s corporate identity as well.

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Gabriel, Roy, Markus, Martin, Hannah,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Very nice report Suryo!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
The usual division of labour, trip director/ script-writer and camera crew have produced another fantastic report.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
great style and pictures. Sure a well done story.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 18):
Very nice report just as usual!
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Such a delight to read another one of your wonderful reports.

Thank you for the kind words.   


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Gabriel, Chris, Will, Philip, Mark, Markus, Martin, Hannah,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
I'd love another trip in QR Biz...they're so good!
Quoting christao17 (Reply 13):
Well, it looks like Qatar provides a very pleasant business class experience.
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
I found the QR Business Class service excellent as well!
Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
QR look really good.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
QR look great on board as usual,
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
It looks like QR is on top here with you´re experience for Doha.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 18):
Glad to see that QR is good upfront as well.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
WOW is all I can say about QR. Everything about the flight looks excellent.

Qatar Business Class is a true height of luxury combining comfort, spaciousness and superb service.

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Gabriel, Will, Philip, Martin,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Nice looking lounge.
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
The BA Lounge really does look wonderful at BRU. Better than some lounges at home airports for airlines!
Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
The BA lounge looks pretty decent also .
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 18):
The lounge looks nice!

Absolutely! This particular Gallery Lounge even includes Coffee House, typical feature of Gallery First!

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Gabriel, Will, Hannah,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
and sounds like you had some great crew
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
and it looks like they are great now!
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
You two were really spoiled by the crew, what a super way to start your trip.

With special thanks to Bianca!

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Lars, Marc, Roy, Nils, Chris, Will, Mark, Hannah,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Thanks for another fantastic report with fantastic pictures!
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Nice read about Qatar, I did enjoy the read.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Thanks to Herman and you for sharing.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Thanks again Suryo, I really enjoyed it!
Quoting christao17 (Reply 13):
Thanks for sharing it with us!
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
Thanks for sharing.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Thanks Suryo

You are most welcome. Thank you for reading.

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Marc, Nils,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
thanks for the dedication as well.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Accepted with a big smile   

I am so glad to know that!   


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Roy, Nils,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Inside it looks like a discount warehouse but it serves its function.  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
The charter departure hall. Flocked with tourists with a tan-to-be in summer months and a to-avoid place 

True leisure check-in area.   


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Nils, Hannah,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
That's a cool design, haven't seen that before.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
So classy.

Tailor-made for Qatar.

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Hello flightsimboy,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
It was like a few weeks we completed the wrap up of your Aussie series, and now this magical trip to the Middle East....So glad to read it!!

Do you know how glad I am to have you as the first one to reply?  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Soon you will have Etihad directly from Amsterdam!!!

Starting from May 15!   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
At least we can share our Brussels experience together comparing it to the flights I took with Etihad when Brussels was an intermediate stop between Toronto and Abu Dhabi!

Absolutely! Was Etihad flying to Toronto via Brussels from October 2005 until June 2007?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Oh what fun!! Ariel is back in full form!!

And how!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Some pooch though checking in at J class will be travelling in the cargo hold instead...Appetisers, doggie? lol

Even a service dog is only allowed in the passenger cabin given the itinerary including flights to or from the USA.

Speaking of transporting animals in the cabin, do you know that QR makes an exception for falcons? Customers are allowed to carry one falcon aboard the flight as long as they stay in Economy Class and keep their falcons hooded for the entire journey!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
I wish I could travel that way someday!

It should not be too difficult. How do you pack if you fly somewhere for a long weekend trip?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
You will be happy to know the same applies for Dubai Airport as well....You can practically buy a suitcase full of things and it will be happily uploaded to your flight!!

Awesome! To be honest, I only refer to Qatar’s hand baggage allowance as Brussels Airport does not specifically mention duty free purchases in relation to carry on allowance.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
I really must give you credit for these everytime you mention these dates!!
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
And here we get the real story behind the drink none other than wikiAkhmad himself!!

Thank you.   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Ah this is what I should have asked on my one and only flight in Business Class with Etihad in Business Class

There is always a next time, my friend!  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
This is what I landed up asking for instead...

Lemon mint was still a good choice!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Hilarious!!

  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Ah, the ever increasing photos with the crews!!

I am doing my best.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Someday I might gain enough courage to get in front of the camera myself with them!!

Eagerly waiting for that moment to come.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Looks like the opening pics were taken from your flight back out of Doha to Brussels!

Well, just wait and see…

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Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Good to see you try QR again and they look really nice as usual.

Still one of the world’s best airline.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Meal portion looks a bit on the small side though but there seems to be a lot of courses to compensate.


Roy has put it aptly.


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Sometimes there can be too much on the plate and it is a shame to waste it. But if you eat it all, you can't sample the next course.


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Hey Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
It's also nice to see a departure ex-BRU,

My first time ex-BRU!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
I was interesting how this service was doing and I'm glad to see the cabin to be full.

The service must be doing very well as QR has increased BRU service from 5 weekly to daily since February 1, 2013.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Even with a bit of a delay you really describe the spring departure very good,

Thank you. Do you know how I long for springtime the last couple of days?

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أهْل Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Good to see your first instalment of a new series.

So glad to hear from you.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
QR's booking and check-in engine seems simple enough

All right at your fingertips.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
it is good to see three options for receiving the boarding passes: print, email or mobile.

The choice has never been easier!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Gosh, you learn something new everyday.

Isn’t it great?

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Oddly enough, I'd not thought about Godiva being Belgian.

Godiva was established in 1926 by Belgian master chocolatier Joseph Draps by opening his first Godiva Chocolatier shop on a cobblestone street on Grand Place, Brussels’ central square.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Are they still owned by a Turkish company?

Yes, the Turkish Yıldız Holding, owner of the Ülker Group, has become the proud owner of Godiva since March 18, 2008.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Good to see that the lounge offers apron views.

Too right!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Yippee! They chose real beers instead.   

That is simply the way to go!   


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Smart livery.

Don’t you think that it can influence the way that passengers feel about flying with the airline?

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Does QR offer fashion advisors? Not one of them seems to understand smart-casual-comfortable.   

Don’t judge a book by its cover.  


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
More importantly, note the six-abreast. That's why QR can be rated five-star by Skytrax and EK, with its seven-abreast can't.

  


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I would have also chosen the mezze and the lamb. Cheese, fresh fruit and port to follow.

Again, you and I just think alike!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Sacrilege! If there isn't enough in the glass, ask for a top up. Don't water it down!

Luckily we didn’t.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Perhaps I am jumping ahead but do QR still give out different coloured landing/ transfer cards depending on cabin class and on whether you are stopping in Doha or connecting to another flight?

Is this an answer to your question?



  


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Goedemiddag Leo,

Quoting LFutia (Reply 11):
Seems typically Dutch now doesn't it?

Right to the point!   


Quoting LFutia (Reply 11):
Shame its on boring stock paper instead of a Qatar boarding pass.

Could it be standard check-in procedure of Aviapartner?

Quoting LFutia (Reply 11):
Also must be quite nice to speak English and then switch to Dutch and French in a quick second. Takes skills!

Nils has put it aptly.


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Oh yes, we Belgians are polyglots!


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Hello Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Allow me to dedicate this reply to another most wonderful and entertaining story. Well written and photographed, it was a joy to read!

Thank you for the great honor!   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Has there been any mention about this possibility?

There was a speculation back in 2010 that Qatar might commence passenger flights due to slot allocations.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Sure there's quite some competition for that region already at AMS, no?

Yes, Emirates with its A380 and soon Etihad as well.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
A familiar sight, BRU's departure zone. And such good weather, I'm surprised!

That Whitsunday weekend was particularly sunny at 24 Centigrade.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Oh yes, we Belgians are polyglots!

Being multilingual is such a blessing!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
 Wow! Totally empty, lucky you! Don't come here in the morning because you'll see a different view then and expect a sizeable queue!

I believe you.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
But as a client of a certain cable and telecomoperator, I can use it for free luckily.

Great customer benefit, I would say!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
For the more unfortunate, they'll have to try and steal some lounge signal lol!

Like we did! 


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
No need to 

Agreed!   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
That's more like it, schol!

  


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Now that's an interesting visitor! And idea about the destination?

Probably sun destination in The Mediterranean on behalf of tour operator.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
A look at my flight stats revealed that I've not yet been on this one.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
This one I have logged on April 25th exactly  

My bad! I have apparently mixed things up!   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
However I do have OO-SSD, V and P in the log.

Thanks for the detail!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
I can only spot some people who are apparently hard of hearing...

And therefore in need of special assistance…

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
You seemd to have gotten a vessel upgrade from the usual A332 to the A333 that day   

We were lucky then!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Did he really say it this way and use the word 'customers'? Funny!

Qatar indeed addresses its passengers as customers. Oh, and Sayumporn is a she!   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
That means you had easterly winds that day   

You are the expert!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
The noisiest town in Belgium. Overflown every other 5 mins...

I wonder whether it may influence the turnover of its inhabitants.

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Will,

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
Hi Suryo, great TR as always and I love the commentary.

Thank you. I am very happy that you appreciate the commentary.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
I bet Hermann rolls his eyes at your excitement!  

He is used to it.   


Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
I hope you got to emjoy the Business Lounge in DOH too.

Not this time though.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
I have traveled in both the QR First and Business Lounges and they are excellent!

That was our experience as well during previous visits, though alcohol is not available during The Holy Month of Ramadan.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
I flew on one of the after Inaugural 777 from JFK to DOH then DXB. Unfortunately for QR the JCL was empty...great for me!

It is just great to have your own private cabin. We had that experience while flying FCL from DOH to MUC in 2010.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
The return was great too because I got to hob nob with some of the world's professional tennis players returning from the DOH Open. It was great fun.

Wow! Please tell me, did you get talking to Andy Murray or Rafael Nadal?

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
I did find that the cabin crews were not as polished as EK but that was some years ago

The cabin crews can be reserved indeed.

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Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
WOW Suryo  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Well done on another fantastic report.

Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you every time I finish my writing.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
The Molten Brown and Godiva Chocs all favourites of mine so I would be very happy to see them on board  

I am sure QR would be happy to see you on board.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Really well presented and just what you want to see in premium products.

All to please our five senses.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Nice that you got access there  

Thanks to QR’s arrangement.   


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Hi Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
I've not used the BA lounge @ BRU before, looks very nice, much better than the AMS lounge and the food offerings are far far better than AMS!

You have made a point here. The AMS lounge seems smaller as well.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
but the mezze plate looks smaller than I remember.

Really? Look at this similar plate from 2010.


Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
As Philip mentioned, nice to see all those Molton Brown products, very nice!

Made in England, inspired by the world.   


Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
QR will make a great addition to the OW Alliance.

Who am I to disagree?

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Hello Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 18):
Would love to fly their Business Class some day as well, after sampling them in the back now.

If the day comes, I would love to hear from you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 18):
Surprised to see QR using the BA lounge at BRU, but I guess it makes sense now with their upcoming Oneworld membership.

  


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Hi Hannah,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
They really wanted to see it?

Yes. If we purchase our ticket online with QR, we have to make sure we bring the credit card used to make the booking.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
This has never happened to me but I’m dreading the day the credit card is asked for and I don’t have it on me  

Just bear in mind to have it with you when flying with QR. Failure to produce the credit card may lead to travelling delays or denial to board your flight.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Suryo, you’re so observant!

Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Now, how did you know that?   

From a good friend of mine.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Sounds divine. Would be just the thing for me.

I know you love anything minty.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Molton Brown goodies on a plane, what more could you possibly want?

A nice travel companion?   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Yes, I’d love every single one of them  

Wonderful!

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صاح, صاحبة,

Have a nice weekend!  



السلام عليكم,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 19493 times:

hi Suryo,

An excellent TR, good to see you cover BRU - DOH

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
he Chocolate Company. Note Corné Port- Royal, Godiva and Neuhaus

Chocolates!!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
BRU is the number one seller of chocolates around the world with more than 800 tons per year! Do you know that duty-free items purchased on the day of our flight are not counted towards our hand baggage allowance?'
'Should we better go now for inspection?’

That is something to learn!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“Alright, everything is in our system now. Do you know where the lounge is located? It’s the British Airways lounge,”

QR - OW in action!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
‘How about private spa moment with a view?’

Nice!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“And your Classic Arabic mezze. Bon appétit,”

Yummy, the catering indeed looked very delicious.

Thanks for sharing a yet another wonderful TR



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User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 19184 times:

Hey there Akmad! Nice TR again.

Small correction the SN maintenance hangar is hangar 41 and not the burned down 40 (which to date doesn't exist anymore) That's why for instance JetairFly is building it's new hangar next to 41 on the place where 40 used to stand.  



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 18673 times:

Hi Suryo,

excellent report with countless nice pictures! Well done, I truly enjoyed it. QR's J Class product looks great as usual. Wouldn't mind to try that. But I guess I will wait until the new airport will be in service. I don't like these plane to bus transfers (and vice versa) in the heat.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’A refreshing alternative to champagne thanks to its flavor combination of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves.

Nice, I would have tried that, too.


Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’Using the finest plants and marine extracts for its products, Molton Brown brings you enlivening toko-yuzu body lotion, cool buchu eau de toilette, protecting vitamin lipsaver, moisture lock 24hr replenisher and even more!’

Wow, cool stuff.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“And your Classic Arabic mezze. Bon appétit,”

That looks delicious, like most other food on that flight.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Clockwise from upper right: grilled lamb with herbs on pesto ciabatta, marinated prawn on white bread with sweet chili spread, warm sundried tomato and spinach savoury, coconut drum, chocolate glazed cake and forest berries in the middle. Note partly visible Chivas serving on upper right corner

All these pictures made me hungry!


PH

[Edited 2013-03-24 09:16:18]


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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 18626 times:

Hi Suryo,
Thank you for your reply.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Godiva was established in 1926 by Belgian master chocolatier

When I took my mother to Hamburg I let her have my Godiva chocolates as I knew she likes them. I recall walking through Bruges/Brugge in 2005 and seeing a number of shops displaying very delicious arrangements of chocolates. They came in all shapes and sizes but I prefer rich, dark chocolate to the sweet, milk chocolates that are very popular.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Don’t you think that it can influence the way that passengers feel about flying with the airline?

Certainly it can. Brash reds and oranges usually suggest cheapness but the addition of some swirls or other motifs can suggest quality. "Brand appearance" is clearly considered by airlines and some do it successfully, blending their printed information with web design and continuing to aircraft painting and even crew uniforms. The airlines certainly wish to create a "feel". Of course the on-board experience may not always align with the pre-perception and some people won't look further than who is seemingly the cheapest, anyway.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Is this an answer to your question?

Yes, thank you. I guess that once the new terminal is ready these will be less necessary as there will be fewer bus transfers, so the need to isolate passengers in the way that occurs at present will not be present.


25 Post contains images stipica : Hi Suryo ! this time I will dedicate this comment to Ariel ... without him Suryo would be lost in his enthusiasm and excitement and probably overslept
26 jwhite9185 : Hi there Suryo, Another great read. Good to see a bit of BRU - brings back the memories of my trip to Brussels last year. Also interesting to see the
27 planiac787 : Great trip Report! Looks like you had a great flight with Qatar... The lounge at brussels looks really nice.... I am planing on trying Qatar or any mi
28 Post contains images eastafspot : This TR is just splendid in every detail It must been very difficult to retrieve the aircraft flown by other a.netters... so congratulation for that a
29 Post contains images adamspotter : Hoi Suryo, It's great to see this beginning of I'm sure another great series! Fantastic report with many nice pictures, as always a joy to read from s
30 Post contains images LH4116 : Hello Suryo, nice report as always. I didn't know you had flown so much with Qatar Airways that you had managed to accumulate enough miles with them.
31 Post contains images akhmad : السلام عليكم Ojas, Tom, PH, Stipica, James, Pradat, Léonard, Brendan, Jonas, شكرً. Thank you very much for your heartwarming replies.
32 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Stipica, ’Thank you, thank you, thank you, Stipica!’ Ariel blushes. I hate to admit it, but you are right! ************************************
33 CaptainRed : Hi Suryo, another great report here from your hands, enjoyed it very much. Too bad you couldn't use QR from AMS, but flying from BRU is certainly also
34 Post contains images akhmad : السلام عليكم CaptainRed, شكرً. Thank you very much for the heartwarming reply. It was nice to get acquainted with the hometown airport
35 knightsofmalta : Hi Suryo Thanks for the great report. I enjoyed that. Things have gone rather quiet regarding Qatar Airways of late. Nonetheless, judging by your pict
36 Post contains links and images akhmad : السلام عليكم William, شكرً. You are most welcome. Thank you for your reply. On the ground and in the air, you can always be assured of
37 airbuseric : Hi Suryo, good to see this C-class experience on QR. Definitely a good one, I like the food a lot. Also BA's lounge in BRU is surely one of their bett
38 Post contains images akhmad : السلام عليكم Eric, شكرً. Thank you for your reply. Qatar C-class is a true height of luxury combining comfort, spaciousness and superb
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