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Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:56 pm

Company: QATAR AIRWAYS
Photo taken by: Andy Smulders
Date: 16/02/2005
Flying from: DOH / DOHA INTERNATIONAL
Flying to: LHR / LONDON HEATHROW
Subject: Cabins
Aircraft: AIRBUS
Type of Aircraft: 330-200
Registration: A7-ACC
Class of the cabin: FIRST and Business Class
Comments: This aircraft has been making its First Flight on the 17th of Jan 2003. On my way to Doha I flew in A7-AEA the new 330-300. The seats are different and also there is a very nice light system onboard with soft lights.


Finally I went on our trip to Doha with Qatar Airways. Due to all kinds of events the trip has been postponed twice. Doha does not have many hotels yet, but Doha is a city that is expanding very fast. Currently, if an event is going on you will find a lot of problems arranging a hotel room. Within the next year, 7 large hotels will be build and finished in Doha. Doha is hosting the Asian games in 2006 and needs more hotel rooms Before this trip I was thinking that Qatar Airways is just a Middle East airline like Royal Jordanian and Saudi Arabian Airlines and was not expecting a very good service. How that somebody can be very wrong, I will show you in this report.

My flight started in London on the 14 th of February boarding Qatar Flight QR 002. I was very tired because of my work the day before and did not to make photo's during this flight. I had a meeting at 9.00 and would arrive at 06.10, so a bit of rest would be great. Travelling in the business class. I didn't know that I boarded the brand new aircraft the airbus 330-300 A7-AEA. Delivered to Qatar Airways on the 26 of October 2004. This aircraft got different seats than the other older ( not older than 2 years ) airbus 330-200's. There is also a special light system similar than in the Lufthansa 340-600 aircrafts. Great and very relaxing to your eyes. Virgin Atlantic started with it 3 years back and many airlines have followed. The monitor is hugh about 15 inch. and the seat got a different design than in the 330-200 airbuses. But the recline remains the same.

Qatar Airways is growing so fast that even a modern airport is getting to small with weeks. Qatar Airways started 4 years ago with 4 planes and ordered over 60 new aircrafts including the Airbus 380. So that is what I would call growing fast. Because Doha is hosting the Asian games in 2006 they will still modernise the old ( 4 years old ) airport but they started building a new one very close to the current airport. The new Airport must be finished by 2009 and can accommodate the big 380's.

The plane landed on time and we where placed in a special Business Class bus which took us to the airport a ride from 4 minutes. The Business Class bus was special but what if you travel First Class with Qatar !!!!!! Than you get picked up by a BMW limo.


The First Class ride

We came to the airport where we got a VIP treatment. We where welcomed by the Al Maha Services and directed to a special arrival lounge.




The Al Maha Service for Vips.

They took my passport and arranged everything. walked with me and got a very quick custom channel. Got my luggage from the belt and dropped everything in my waiting transport to my hotel. A quick shower and off to my airport tour.

The airport is very modern one but getting too small. This is a airport where many countries would want to have but can afforded. Well in 2009 it will all be gone if the new one has been opened. Photo's will say enough.


The security


The check-in


The custom area


The shopping area


The shopping area


A view over the tarmac


The billboard


Eating area


Waiting area very clean

After this tour I made a photo special of the Qatar Airways Catering facilities. The photo's can befound on page 4 of my other photo website http://www.persfoto.com/database/thumbnails.php?album=227

After the catering trip I went to visit the Qatar Training Facilities.
Over 60 different nationalities are working for Qatar Airways and the training is hard. Language is perfect, English is no problem at all. Try flying with Air France and you now where I am talking about


This is just a demo setup


This is just a demo setup


This is just a demo setup


This is just a demo setup


The trainees had to be on the photo as well.

Then it was time to call it a day for the afternoon and get back to my hotel to relax and get some rest. In the evening I still had a dinner with the Senior officers of Qatar Airways, so had lots of things to ask about there airline which is growing so fast. The plans for the future, the new airport, there position in the market, there goals etc etc

I wished I could stay a bit longer but I had no time for that on that day. New work was waiting for me in Holland so it was time to go after 29 hours in Doha. Lucky I also did some exciting stuff like dessert racing early in the evening on my arrival day. Photo’s of that can also be found on http://www.persfoto.com/database/thumbnails.php?album=227

Before I would leave I had to check the First- and Business Class lounges. They are not that big but who would be expecting the fast growing of Qatar Airways.


Entrance of the First Class lounge


First Class lounge


Still empty but they where setting it up as I walked in 3 hours before the First flight


Sitting area

Opposite the First Class lounge you will find the Business Class lounge


The entrance.


The front desk


Sitting area


Still empty but they where setting it up as I walked in 3 hours before the First flight


The business centre

So it was time to fly back to London. But before we took of I first made some cabin photo's of the First- and Business Class.

First Class Cabin










Of course I took one of the First Class Amenity kits with me

Business Class Cabin










Of course I took also one of the Business Class Amenity kits with me

Finally the plane got his push back.


Passing the only Airbus 340-300 in Qatar Colours used by the goverment of Qatar.


Two saab Dragons taking off


Up in the air


The airport building


Doha


Doha


Doha


Wing tip

After take off it was time for our dinner, 7 courses ( but I did not take them all have to watch my weight  Smile)



















The meals where served as they use to be served. Brought to you not on a tray but hot served by the very nice stewardesses with a metall handle.


They sure look very nice

Qatar Airways got a great IFE system. On demond all the way. And yes it was working perfect. 10.4 inch on this aircraft, 15 inch on the new Airbus 330-300




IFE monitor on the first seat

Still a quick read in the magazine, One part in Arabic and the other part in the Western language.






The Inflight entertainment guide.

After this I went for a nice sleep in the comfortable lie-flat seat.
You can see why I was miss with my thinking.

Qatar Airways is a true 5 star airline and will have the highest Travelquality ranking.

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Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:15 pm

Well done Skippy777 on a great TR and the photos are very professional. QR (and DOH) really seem to be doing well (giving EK and DXB a run for their money).

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Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:25 am

Great report Skippy777. First Class and Business look very impressive- look forward to flying them soon
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Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:34 am

Great trip report . QR have certainly improved since i flew there old 727's , and DOH terminal has changed beyond all recognition.
All in all. A1

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Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:18 am

Yes thanks only my RR rating is still a bit low  Smile

next month Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines will follow
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:56 am

Great report!. Loved the pics..
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:10 am

Great report Skippy777. Pictures are beautiful. The food is really appetizing.

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Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:53 am

Fantastic report. Your photos are amazing! I must try Qatar Airways one day, Doha seems like a nice place to visit!  Big thumbs up

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Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:18 am

Great pics. It was clever to do pics of the food and amenity kits and especially the ones of Doha on take-off. I guess from the pics that Qatar Airways is a dry airline.

Look forward to your next one.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2005 5:56 pm

Hi,

Excellent report - the photos are first class, look very professional.

Well done!

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Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:18 pm

Yes if you work as a photographer the photo's must be great. I do these kinds of jobs a lot for all kinds of airlines. The hire me and use the pictures for there promotions all over the airline.

But if I send photo's to the airliners.net website I only get 1 out of 10 placed om the web. That is also why I don't submit that many photo's anymore. I get a bit sick of that. I don't submit photo's that are not 100%. Maybe I should join the screeners section. Some screener people there tell me that I made a bad scan. Hmmm if you use a Canon 1D Mark 2 you don't need to scan  Smile Not many proffesional photographers there I would say. So Johan if you read this contact me.
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:13 pm

Great report and very nice pictures. It strikes me that the trainees in the mock-up cabin were wearing uniforms, where most times they wear casual clothing during trainings. Or was it just for the picture?  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2005 10:51 pm

@levent.

No they where all wearing there uniform, those ones came for a re-course. There where also a few in casual clothes
 
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Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:38 am

Amazing report, so were your LH 346 MUC-KUL and Virgin Blue!!!
We clearly see your work is professional, thank you a lot for sharing. I hope you share a lot more in the future!

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Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:40 am

Fantastic trip report. Absoloutely fantastic.

When I worked with LH LHR SW they have the contract for doing QR in LHR and I must say from what I've seen of their service onboard during deboarding and before departure is top notch. The First Class seats are lovely and comfy  Big thumbs up

I think Qatar is a fantastic airline and would like to try flying them one day. My dad flew them First out to DOH for a meeting one time and said they were a great airline.
Btw...I know I'm still an amateur in photography and that if I dont achieve my dream of being a pilot then I'd move on to Law or Photography. I know Law is most likely more profitable however I wonder perhaps you may advise on professional photography nowadays and if its still a big business etc.

Regards

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Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:33 pm

Well done report. This report with the pics made me want to fly Quatar Airways now. The f/a's seem very plesant and they have awsome uniforms. I do hope to fly them one of these days.

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Yes there are two people who fix there clothes directly if they have a problem with it. So they just walk in and say what's wrong and the adjust it in a few minutes. Great system
 
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Very nice Skippy777,super photo's,they give a great impression of QR.

Thanks
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Qatar Airways is not a dry airline. Like EK, they serve free alcoholic beverages in all classes.
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Yes you could get alcoholic drinks I think they are a bit different than EK. I want to do a special with them but since I did one with Qatar They are not intrested anymore. Maybe they don't like the idea that I can show everything. Maybe as bit afraid of Qatar
 
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Great I can access airliners.net again.
MY ISP has blocked a.net as a porn site.

Hmmm took me as from the beginning of february to explain them that they made a mistake.
 
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An superb trip report...Well done..Enjoy it a lot...
 
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Wonderful report, nice pictures!!!  Smile I spent like an hour looking at your website, hehe. Good work
 
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Wow! Excellent report and GREAT pics!

thx!!
 
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@mexicana 757 I hoped you liked it.
 
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Very Very Nice.  Smile

I thought I was onto a winner when I flew C class on BD, but im sure going to give Qatar airways a try.

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Is it just me or are the first class seats very similar in shape and structure to Cathay's first class seats?
 
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Wow, very nice! Great report and well done.
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Sat Mar 26, 2005 12:58 am

I flew through Doha from FRA on my way to Abu Dhabi in April 2004 and those pics bring back alot of memory's. However I was on an A300-600R from FRA and on an A320-200 to Abu Dhabi.
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Yes the A300-600's won't fly for a very long time if you see that they buy aircrafts nearly every day Smile
 
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Got an e-mail from Qatar that they liked the report very much.

So another happy airline
 
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Thu Dec 01, 2005 10:57 pm

What a wonderful report and very nice pics to go along with it.. Thx for posting  Smile

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Awesome trip report!

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Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:46 am

Excellent report.

Very well illustrated. QR is really pushing hard to catch EK.

BTW, all F/As or almost all of them seem to come from Asia. Not many westerners contrary to EK or GF ?

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@ flying Belgian,

That is correct I visited there training facility and lots of stewardesses from India where working there.

They all stay in a special camp at Doha.
Is easy for the travel planning
 
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Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:53 am

Skippy!

That was a wonderful report! U even made me hungrier than I already am!

What where the loadfactors like?

Thanks for your amazing report  Smile
 
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Great report. I really enjoyed it and the quality of the pictures is very good. What camera did you use?
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Nice report indeed! QR is really pushing hard to catch EK I think.

What I know is that they are recruiting crews from Thailand like EK and GF
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Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 35):
What where the loadfactors like?

Hi Vinnie the load factors where Business Class about 70%, Economy was almost full so I would say about 95%

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 36):
What camera did you use?

Hi Ricariza, I used a very good camera A Canon 1D mark 2
Lens 28-70 2.8. It's a professional Camera as I work as a photographer for the Dutch media.

If you want to see some more travelphoto's check http://www.persfoto.com/database
 
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Quoting Skippy777 (Reply 38):
Hi Ricariza, I used a very good camera A Canon 1D mark 2
Lens 28-70 2.8. It's a professional Camera as I work as a photographer for the Dutch media.

If you want to see some more travelphoto's check http://www.persfoto.com/database

I have to congratulate you, your photos are very good. nice trip reports too.
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Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:26 pm

@ omoo thx I am planning a new trip with a report like this on Virgin Atlantic and SAA
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:39 pm

Fantastic photos and a great report! Thanks for sharing.  Smile
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Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:00 pm

Excellent report. I wish I could use a camera like you do. I don't know why but my pictures are most of time fuzzy, out of frame etc ...  Smile

Quoting Skippy777 (Thread starter):
Two saab Dragons taking off

Just a side note: they are Mirage 2000.
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Quoting Stall (Reply 42):
Just a side note: they are Mirage 2000.

Thanks can not adjust it anymore but nice for sharing.
Sometimes I also have fuzzy photo's but than I am making photo's without knowing that I am making a photo.

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Tue Jan 10, 2006 4:20 am

10 points of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks!  champagne 
 
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:32 am

Not 11 points  Smile
Anyway Vueling.com is also online.

Planning is Gulfair next week.
Including School and Catering company in Bahrain
Still need some confirmation.

But keep you informed

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