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4 Flights & 13273 Miles On Qatar Airways (Pics)  
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 29423 times:

Briefing....

For my latest trip, I decided to try something different, and chose to fly an airline I had heard alot of great things about - Qatar Airways. Big grin

Here we go......

Leg 1:-

Date: Wednesday - 4 October 2006
Departure Apt: MAN
Arrival Apt: DOH
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 (A7-AED)
Flight No: QR42
Seat: 33A
Sched Departure Time (Local): 10:20
Actual: 10:20
Arrival Time (Local): 19:20
Actual: 19:05

My first flight since June, was taken in the 1st week of October. I was invited by a few workmates to accompany them on their "annual jaunt" to the resort of Pattaya, on the "Eastern Seaboard" of Thailand for 2 weeks (I was promised fine food, beer, plenty of sun, sea and sand, and a few rounds of Golf...!), so I jumped at the chance, seeing as I had about 3 weeks vacation time to kill during October.

After a couple of hours searching fares, my friends managed to get us all tickets to fly from Manchester to Bangkok - via Doha, Qatar - on October 4th, returning on the 19th. A fare of £400 rtn (ish) including all taxes was quoted, so naturally I jumped at the chance  Smile

I arrived at MAN by train, at around 7am on the Wednesday morning, with my friends. After making our way from "The Station" to Terminal 2, we checked in for the flight, and I managed to get myself a window seat. I have never departed from Terminal 2 before, so this was quite an experience for me.

Here are some pics....

Manchester airport (MAN)








Breakfast Big grin


After breakfast, we went thru security to the gate - 214. Boarding commenced at 0920 and was completed by 10:00, ready for an on-time departure at 10:20.




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My Seat


Views from my seat....



Taxi


Climbing from 24L




The AVOD System


After take-off, hot towels and the meal menu were handed out. At about 11:10, we levelled off at FL370 and were cruising at about 570mph, flying across the North Sea towards Holland.





Roughly 1 hour after take-off, lunch was served - Chicken Fricassee, peas, carrots, croquette potatoes. Cheese and crackers, chicken and potato salad. Chocolate roularde, brad rolls and coke for a drink. All finished off in no time at all, a truly nice meal.

The Meal.


Germany Below


After lunch, I watched the movie "Poseidon", followed by an episode of "CSI: NY", then I listened to a few music albums. Our flight then passed over Turkey, and into Iraq.

Progress.








After passing over Mosul, I saw a World Airways MD-11 which was climbing out of Mosul Airport, it rose up alongside us, then headed south towards Kuwait - what a sight Big grin

Pillow.


We were served a snack over the Persian Gulf, a small Coronation Chicken wrap, blueberry muffin and a drink.

Afternoon snack.


Progress





Landing in Doha, Qatar was good, and even though it was dark, I had a nice view on approach to the airport. After landing, I spotted a few aircraft while we taxied to our stand. The temperature when we landed was 30C, at 7pm Big grin

Doha Airport.




Disembarkation was by air stairs, using 2 doorways - L2 and L4. We boarded buses to the terminal, and had to pass thru security screening to get to the transfer area.

Off We Go.


Continued......


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 29414 times:

Leg 2:-

Date: Wednesday - 4 October 2006
Departure Apt: DOH
Arrival Apt: BKK
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 (A7-AEF)
Flight No: QR612
Seat: 24D
Departure Time (Local): 20:25
Actual: 21:00
Arrival Time (Local): 07:15
Actual: 08:00

Transfer at Doha took 30 minutes, in total, from leaving the plane to entering security then to the next gate. I even had time to browse the shops  

I like Doha Airport, it is very clean and looks new, even though it is a few years old I believe. Everything I saw on this visit gave me a great impression of the state of Qatar, and I have promised myself if I pass thru here again, I will stop in the city for a few days 

The Airport.








Boarding for the next flight was delayed slightly, as the aircraft we were going to use arrived late from its previous flight. I was told the planes average only 2 hours ground time between flights, sometimes less than that. We boarded at 20:30, and after the formalities were completed, we departed from DOH at about 9pm.


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Boarding.


Comfort Kit.


About 30 mins after takeoff, dinner was served. Lamb with rice and vegetables. Pasta Salas. Cake, bread roll and a choice of drink. Again like before, a good meal.

Yummy 


For entertainment, I chose to watch "Mission Impossible 3", then "16 Blocks", followed by listening to a Keith Urban Album (Be Here)  

My Friends watching the movies.


A short sleep followed, well at least I think so   and we landed in BKK at about 08:00. The new airport is very impressive, but in some places, you can see that they are still putting the finishing touches in, such as adding wall panels etc.













We left the terminal at 0840, after passing thru immigration, then collecting our bags. We took a minivan to our resort on the eastern seaboard where we were due to spend 2 weeks, with some island hopping by boat thrown in as well 

Continued......

[Edited 2006-10-20 21:19:14]


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 29407 times:

Leg 3:-

Date: Thursday - 19 October 2006
Departure Apt: BKK
Arrival Apt: DOH
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 (A7-AEG)
Flight No: QR613
Seat: 37D
Departure Time (Local): 08:15
Actual: 09:00
Arrival Time (Local): 11:15
Actual: 11:40

After leaving our hotel at 04:30, with some emotional goodbyes for some of us, we headed to the airport, arriving at around 6am. Check in was done by Thai Airways staff, and we were given boarding cards for both our flights.

We headed for passport control, after paying the "passenger service charge" of 500Baht. I was not impressed at having to wait in line for over 30 minutes to be checked by the immigration official  

Check in area.




Shopping.


After a stop in the terminal for food, we headed to the gate (E10) and boarded the flight at about 0830. The flight had arrived late from DOH that morning, hence our late boarding.

Gate Area.



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Before takeoff, the usual formalities were completed, and our F/O briefed us on the flight plan. He was British, and during the brief he made a point of telling us that the captain was from Australia  We pushed back at around 09:00, and we presumably took off shortly afterwards.

Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the service for this flight, due to the fact that I went to sleep before we took off (so my friends say) and I only woke up while the flight was over the Arabian Sea, less that 2 hours from Doha. I had been awake from about noon on the 18th Oct, so needless to say I must have been tired 

We landed in Doha at 1140 local time, from the south, and the view was great. One thing that I noticed was, the landing was the smoothest I had ever experienced in all my years of flying 

Disembarkation at Doha was the same as before, using 2 doors then boarding buses to the terminal.





We stayed in Doha for a couple of hours, then boarded our next flight to MAN. I was in for a surprise little did I know.....  


Continued.....

[Edited 2006-10-20 21:24:22]


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 29407 times:

Leg 4:-

Date: Thursday - 19 October 2006
Departure Apt: DOH
Arrival Apt: MAN
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 (A7-AED)
Flight No: QR43
Seat: 26A
Departure Time (Local): 13:15
Actual: 13:50
Arrival Time (Local): 18:45
Actual: 19:00

After boarding the transfer bus, we headed to a remote stand only to find A7-AED, the aircraft we had flown from MAN to DOH on during our outbound trip Big grin


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We boarded more or less on time, and took off not long afterwards, from the south. Strangely enough, the plane we had just arrived from BKK on, was parked next to us, so I took a pic.



View from my seat.






Goodbye Doha.




The meal service was good, but alas I did not take any more pics, instead choosing to sleep as I was very tired after all. We landed in Manchester at 1850, and after passing thru customs and immigration, we boarded the train home at about 8:20pm.

Overall, I had a fantastic experience on Qatar Airways, and look forward to flying with them again in the future. Pleasant crews, attentive service and nice food all included.  Smile

Hope you liked the report, and as usual comments are welcome......  Smile



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 29359 times:

Wow, great trip report!

QR is a fantastic airline and I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Thanks for the great pics, especialy the DOH and BKK airport photos!

Thanks Again

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 29359 times:

Photo report of the city and the islands I visited during my trip  Smile

Recent Trip To Thailand - Pics (by BMIFlyer Oct 20 2006 in Non Aviation)

Thanks  Smile


Lee



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 29251 times:

Nice report & pics! I really like those QR A330s in the special Asian Games colours.

I too flew in and out of Doha recently. I think DOH is a classic case of an airline having outgrown its airport, but your experience seemed to be pretty good.

Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 29232 times:

Very nice report and photos Lee. Keep it up. I really enjoyed it.

Cheers,

Vio
Calgary, Canada



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User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 29135 times:

Nice tripreport! Enjoyed every part of it and the pictures are just stunning: they are very sharp and detailed  Smile

User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7323 posts, RR: 85
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 29024 times:
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Excellent report Lee.  yes 

User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 3009 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 28987 times:

these A330s are looking so impressive in their colorsheme. Great pics!

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 28955 times:
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Excellent report and pictures! Wow, Qatar Airways looks great! I have heard a lot of good things about their service. Their food certainly looks very good!

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User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 28858 times:

Looks like a great report, Lee! Thank you for sharing. Nice that you got a 5* airline and a new BKK airport. Very good stuff!


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 28582 times:

Exceptional Report Lee . . . . thanks for great pictures of airlines rarely seen on this side of the pond . . . .

QR is a great airline, according to everything I've read, glad you had a great time. Read your report in Non-Av as well, awesome pictures there as well!


User currently offlineJetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 28440 times:

Nice work BMIFlyer  Smile. I really like the quality of your photos; they are really clear. What sort of camera do you have?


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User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 28346 times:

Congrats Lee.. looks like you had a sorted trip.. Well written and presented!

Lew  goodvibes 


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 28270 times:

Hi Lee,

very nice report and great pictures!

After EK and EY I will give QR a try as soon as possible. Interesting they distribute amenity kits on such relatively "short" flights - unlike EK. The airshow with zoom option is another advantage over EK.

Were your aircraft equipped with front and down camers?


PH



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 28261 times:

Nice one Lee, good report, well written and I loved the pics. Slightly surprised though that you didn't have a window seat on the way back to DOH though. Also excellent pics of the resort itself Smile

Looks like you had a very nice time,

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 28050 times:
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Nice report Lee, many thanks.

QR seem pretty good,might give them a try if my spotting trip to Dubai happens next year.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 28021 times:

Great report mate, the colours on the A330 look really good.
THanks
Alex


User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 27794 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 3):
I had a fantastic experience on Qatar Airways, and look forward to flying with them again in the future

Great report Lee. Brought back memeories of my experiences with Qatar Airways and Doha airport.


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4106 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 27615 times:

Nice report Lee, the cabin and airports look really comfortable. Your picture taking has improved massively! Nice shots!

Sam biggrin 



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5700 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 27446 times:

Amazing report!! They look like a great airline and the A330 is nice.

Fantastic food meal pictures too made me hungry!!

Alex



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User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 27360 times:

Lovely lovely report and great pics. Manchester airport looks pretty nice and the Qatar Airways Asian Games livery looks awesome!

Keep it up!


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 23369 times:

Lee,

What a fantastic TR with nice pictures of both inside and outside the A330's you flew...

Hopefully, I'll also fly on one of these special coloured birds in a few week's time when making a trip between MUC-SGN via DOH; at least, I know what to expect now, both on-board QR and DOH airport (how would you rate their tax-free facilities ?)...

Meals look appetiting  Smile

Thanks for sharing...



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 25, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 23320 times:

WOW.

What a brilliant TR.

The pics are really amazing.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



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