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Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:19 am

The purpose of this trip to Hong Kong was to attend the first stage selection process for Cathay Pacific's Cadet Pilot Programme that was to take place on 7th April. Stage 1 was to consist of a series of tests and if successful in the tests I would be invited for an interview.
I received an email from CX telling me that my application had been successful, and I had the chance to attend stage 1, this was received slightly over one month before the stage 1 date to give me enough time to arrange for travel to Hong Kong. Qatar Airways was the cheapest option for LHR-HKG, although taking the longest! At £379 this was a bargain compared to BA,VS and CX who were all charging at around £600+. Even Oasis was charging around £500. Good job I didn't book on them anyway as I wouldn't have been able to get back!!
So booked on QR, here's how the trip went...

1st sector:

Date: 05 April 2008
Airline: Qatar Airways
Route: LHR-DOH
Flight No.: QR006
Aircraft: A330-203
Reg: A7-ACB
Seat/Class: 32K Economy
Scheduled: 10:50 - 19:45
Actual: 10:49 - 19:26
Flight time: 06:13
Block time: 06:37


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With no online check-in with QR, I arrived at Heathrow Terminal 3 for check-in 3hrs before the departure.
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As usual the check-in area was packed, but the QR check-in queue was not too long. Check-in was done fast and efficiently.
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T3 departure lounge, fully packed.
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T3 departures that morning, hate it when the pic is showing all the code share flights!
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I took a walk to the new gates at T3 to see if the A380 was there, it was! still think the 747 looks better though...
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CO 772 over at T4
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VS A346 has just been pushed back and taxiing out for departure to New York.
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AA 772 N753AN on the new LHR service to DFW as AA051
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Back to the old piers and on my way to gate 26 for my flight to Doha
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that's what I'll be flying on, QR A330-203, A7-ACB
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Waiting to board...
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boarding...
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view from my seat whilst at the gate, push back was spot on at 10:49, one minute before the scheduled 10:50 departure time.
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taxiing to runway 27L, all BMI at Terminal 1
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passing by ElAl 744, 4X-ELB
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Finnair A321, followed behind by Virgin Atlantic 744 and further behind Northwest A333
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Turning onto 27L, notice DL 763 in new colours at T4
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BA 772 G-YMMM
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we started our takeoff run from 27L at 11:10
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The new Terminal 5
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and through the clouds
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QR's Waves AVOD IFE system started up about 10mins after take-off, seat belt signs went off pretty quickly too. The Californication album by Red Hot Chili Peppers was playing as the default music in the IFE menu.
The IFE included a live TV selection but these never worked.
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our route to DOH
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Menus were soon distributed, about 20 mins after take-off.
Appetizer:
Leek and goat's cheese terrine served on classic Russian salad
Entree:
Choice of
1. Grilled English beef sausages with onion and paprika gravy, chive mash potatoes and roasted pumpkin
2. Barbecued chicken on vegetable mee goreng, sauteed choy sum with onions
3. Kadi Parkora with Basmati rice, vegetable and paneer jalfrezi
Dessert:
Fresh strawberries with whipped cream
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The seat and legroom. Foot space was restricted due to the large IFE box under the seat.


The in-flight reading material - Oryx magazine, Oryx IFE guide, Duty Free catalogue and Safety card
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the first drink service came round around 30mins after take-off
snack was Cocktail cheese biscuits
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some cabin views
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passing the Alps
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The meal service came round about 40mins after take-off. I chose the Barbequed chicken. The meal was excellent and I finished it all, no goat's cheese terrine for me though ...sick
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our progress through the flight
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About 2hrs after the first meal, the next meal service came, I still felt full from the first one... but airplane meals never really fill you up so the next meal was quite welcome.
This was a small snack of wrap with spicy chicken filling and a chocolate muffin.
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some window views as we approach the Middle East, only a few here as there was cloud cover for pretty much the whole flight from London.


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Approaching Qatar
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landing took place in the dark so couldn't get any pics. We landed in DOH at 19:23, once we rolled off the runway we were straight onto our stand. On-blocks was at 19:26, 19 minutes early.
parked next to the special Asian Games liveried A332 A7-AFP
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my seat for the flight


exiting through the rear of the plane and then bussed to the terminal
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very busy DOH immigration/transfer area, with many flights arriving around the same time. Most were transferring but there were also many going through immigration
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with 5 hours before my connection to HKG, I decided to pay the 100 Riyals (approx £13/$27) for the on-entry visa. The visa also allowed for entry into Oman.
DOH baggage reclaim hall
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outside the terminal
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Qatari number plate
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I decided to just walk around the area near the airport
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same old McDonalds...
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KFC...
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Hardee's...
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the supermarket
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Arabic Oreo's
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back to the airport...
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2nd sector:

Date: 06 April 2008
Airline: Qatar Airways
Route: DOH-HKG
Flight No.: QR812
Aircraft: A340-642
Reg: A7-AGC
Seat/Class: 38A Economy
Scheduled: 01:10- 14:25
Actual: 01:16 - 14:10
Flight time: 07:18
Block time: 07:54


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back in the terminal...
all bags must go through security first before entering the check-in area.
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DOH check-in desks
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with my boarding pass already issued in LHR I went straight to immigration to go airside
the departures area at DOH terminal is basically one massive seating area, with a big duty free shop, another smaller gift shop (they sold Qatar Airway's Herpa 1:500 models at really cheap prices!!), a small food court and the Oryx lounge.
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the duty free shop
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DOH departures that night
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waiting to board... but that means just going downstairs to wait for the bus that will take you to the aircraft.
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here's a video taken on the bus whilst going to the aircraft.


we arrived at the aircraft at around 00:55
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view from my seat at the gate, push back was at 01:16
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taxiing to runway 34
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we were airborne on our way to HKG at 01:41, taxiing took around 25 minutes as this was one of the peaks in traffic, we had about 6 or 7 planes take-off before us.
again the seatbelt signs were switched off and IFE was started shortly after getting airborne.
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The menus and a little set of stickers were later distributed for passengers to stick on their seats indicating whether they wanted to be woken up for meals, woken up for duty free or not disturbed at all. A nice touch for night flights.
An amenity kit was also distributed
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the first meal was served shortly, around 20 minutes after take-off. This was a small snack of a sandwich with chicken filling with a cheese cake.
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our routing took us past the city of Karachi, after that I fell asleep, when I woke up about 2hrs later it was already light outside. Now we were flying across India, towards Kolkata.
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F/A's preparing the main meal service
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the main meal was served about 2 hours before landing, I had the beef goulash with potatoes and vegetables. the other option was noodles but I've forgotten what was in it. There were 3 choices again but they had already run out of one of the choices by the time they got to me. The meal also came with a tropical fruit salad, strawberry yoghurt and a warm bread roll. Tea and Coffee were offered after every meal service.
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some cabin shots
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our routing
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approaching Hong Kong
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Flying over Macau
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MFM
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my seat. The A346 also had a large IFE box under the window seat restricting leg room.


the IFE controller/phone is stored inside the arm rest
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taking a long approach into HKG
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very misty in Hong Kong
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final approach
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touchdown was at 13:59 (local time)
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JAL 744 JA8078 just behind us
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followed by CX A333
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taxiing to stand
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Company A330-200 and AI/OK hybrid A310
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Air Canada 777-200LR C-FIUJ from YYZ
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ElAl 777-200ER 4X-ECE from TLV
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CX A340-300 B-HXL
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CX 747-400 B-HUI
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arrival at our gate, next to Dragonair A333, B-HYB. On-blocks was at 14:10, 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
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A7-AGC at gate 23
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HKG arrivals
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and baggage reclaim
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that's 20hrs worth of travelling complete.
tomorrow afternoon CX CPP initial test!

Overall Qatar Airways was a very good experience, and lives up to its 5star skytrax award. The F/A's were very attentive, were always busy working, always helpful, always smiled and always looked friendly and approachable. Just one thing though they never went round doing water/juice rounds during the night as most airlines do. But anyway if you needed anything all you needed to do was press the F/A call button and someone would be with you almost straight away.
Both sectors were 100% full in economy.
I had never taken such a long duration journey before, but the each 6-7 hour sectors with a break in between was pretty nice and got to see a bit of Qatar, that also meant being able to fly 2 heavies for 1 trip  Smile


Here are some pics from Hong Kong

At Cathay City for stage 1 initial test to be held at the flight training centre

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The main building at Cathay City

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"Nikki"
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around HK

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I had successfully passed stage 1 initial tests and was back at Cathay City on 9th April for stage 1 interview
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more from around HK

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The day before I flew back to London (11th April) I was phoned by CX asking me when I would be back in HK for stage 2, meaning success! However I'm still waiting on the date to attend as I had university and had to return to the UK.

That's it for this trip report, the return flights HKG-DOH-LHR will be posted shortly.

Hope you enjoyed this trip report, any comments are welcome!


Vin


my other trip reports:
Virgin Atlantic LHR-PVG-LHR Economy (lots Of Pics)
Antonov An-26 Ad-hoc Cargo Charter EMA-RNS-VGO-MPL
Photo Report Air Canada 777-300ER YYZ-LHR Economy
 
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Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:59 am

Great report! Excellent pics. Good service from QR, i see. Only chance of flying them from Australia is from MEL when they start flights there, or have they already started? Seeing McDonalds, KFC in Qatar is different to our western culture, especially when looking at the writing!  Smile The picture of the cemetery...i saw that from a distance, while on a boat trip. Was that around Abeerdeen?

Once again great TR!

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Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:00 pm

Vin,

Excellent TR and some really awesome picture !!!

Will be flying exactly the same route on QR, although departing and arriving LGW (i.s.o. LHR): thanks a lot for the pre-view of what to expect...

Really looking forward to the 346 flight myself, before the type being withdrawn from QR-service !

Thanks a lot for sharing.
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Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:18 pm

nice...but is there any need for that many pics of the same thing? such as wing shots...I think we get the idea from one wing shot without 3 more in immediate succession.
 
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Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:31 pm

Congratulations on making through to the next round of interview. All the best for your subsequent rounds...

QR definitely looks like a decent carrier to fly, but definitely not the most straight forward route from the UK. How did you find Doha Airport? From your pictures, the terminal looks almost like a mini-sized version of Dubai Airport...right down from the pre-check-in security to the check-in counters to Duty Free complex. What was there to do in the terminal if you had spent all 5 hours there? Any facilities for transit passengers to enjoy - entertainment centre, rest area, lounges, spas, snooze corners etc??

Has QR given their FAs newly designed uniforms? Those in your pictures look pretty different from the matrix-patterned blouses that I've seen QR crew wear previously.

Great TR all round...including some pretty nice pictures. Any chance of a return TR being posted soon?
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Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 3):
but is there any need for that many pics of the same thing? such as wing shots...

Don't listen to him, I liked the wingshots, the background is different and it really gave the feeling it was me there making this trip, including the waiting and loitering around airports.
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Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:01 pm

Excellent TR! Fantastic pictures. It is always a pleasure to read QR TR's.

And thanks for the pictures of the FFC , sure reminds me of my home

Congrats on getting through your rounds.

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Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:04 pm

Great Trip report - loved all the pics!

Congratulations on your success in the CX application programme!

T3 at LHR never looked so good as in your photos - and your aerial shot of the T5 satellite with all the BA tails made me gasp!

QR looked so great for longhaul - and an unbeatable price too! Odd to see a red crescent on the stowage near the 5R door - took me a minute to realise that western carriers would have a red cross there to indicate Medical Kit, right?!

now I want to go back to HK - what a city!
 
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Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:20 pm

So Cathay have their own Pilot Training Programme? Most airlines I believe no longer offer their own programmes. Best of luck.

Qatar Airways looks like a great airline. If I could fly them I certainly would. I am surprised you still have to take a bus to the plane. I would have thought they would have a super modern airport.

Nice to see El Al in London and Hong Kong. The 747 in London needs a good wash. They should change the colours from white to silver. Great report. Thanks. Enjoyed it.
 
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Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:34 pm



Quoting Semsem (Reply 8):
I am surprised you still have to take a bus to the plane. I would have thought they would have a super modern airport.

A new airport is being constructed just to the North of the current one; check Google Earth if you like  Smile
No doubt, once finished, the rides by bus to/from the planes will be gone forever...

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 4):
Any facilities for transit passengers to enjoy - entertainment centre, rest area, lounges, spas, snooze corners etc??

I know there is a different Terminal with facilities for QR First Class passengers (with transfers by luxury cars), however, in the Main Terminal I've not seen any facilities, although I might have missed them...sorry...
No doubt the QR website will tell you more about this.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:19 am

Great report. I was a pleasure to read. All of your pictures were awesome. The Bus vid. was very cool too.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
The day before I flew back to London (11th April) I was phoned by CX asking me when I would be back in HK for stage 2, meaning success!

Congratulations. The best of luck when you return for more training.

Thanks for posting.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:27 am

Nice report, did enjoy, thanks for putting it together.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
I chose the Barbequed chicken. The meal was excellent and I finished it all, no goat's cheese terrine for me though ...sick

- Not a bad looking meal but I do quetion the goay's cheese, it's quite an aquired taste in my opinion.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
a little set of stickers were later distributed for passengers to stick on their seats indicating whether they wanted to be woken up for meals, woken up for duty free or not disturbed at all. A nice touch for night flights

- Neat ide, like it!

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
The day before I flew back to London (11th April) I was phoned by CX asking me when I would be back in HK for stage 2, meaning success!

- Congrats, keep us informed of progress.

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Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:46 am

Great coverage on QR's Y product! Very in depth TR. Good luck for your next interview. How long is CX's training program?

Say you didn't want to get the One-Entry Visa at DOH. Was there anything to do during transit?
 
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:58 am



Quoting MH017 (Reply 9):
A new airport is being constructed just to the North of the current one; check Google Earth if you like Smile
No doubt, once finished, the rides by bus to/from the planes will be gone forever...

Good. I was connecting through DOH on QR from FRA going to AUH back at the beginning of April of 2004. When I heard that QR ordered the A380 as well as numerous other planes, I was wondering how they were ever going to hold everybody in that small terminal they had. Nice place, but so damn small!!!
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:15 am



Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 7):
Odd to see a red crescent on the stowage near the 5R door - took me a minute to realise that western carriers would have a red cross there to indicate Medical Kit, right?!

The entire Red Cross organisation in the middle east is know as Red Crescent due to the associated Cross not being trusted during the first world war (and thus being considered the enemy in many situations) due to its association with the Crusades!! I took a fascination tour of the red cross head quarters in Geneva and read the story somewhere, was funny when I actually noticed it on one of the EK aircraft at work!
The differences that make the world interesting!!

Hope there new uniforms also they look much nicer than the other version!
 
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:08 am

WOW!

This is one of the best TR's i have read! The pictures are absolutely stunning!

Service on QR seems very consistent from your report, and those menu cards are HUGE! Were they just one-page cards or more?

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
hate it when the pic is showing all the code share flights!

Yes .. I totally agree! I try and try, but it switches back to the codeshares right before i click haha.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
The new Terminal 5

Absolutely STUNNING pictures there!

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 11):
want me to keep going? get a clue champ...its ridiculous posting nearly identical pics in a trip report..let alone a report with 100+ pics in it.

Just scroll past what you dont wish to see! I think he posted great pictures, and in fact, all of them are welcome!

This made me really want to fly that route on QR! Moreover, DOH airport isn't as bad looking as i thought it would be. In fact, it doesn't look bad at all.

Thanks a lot for sharing this report.. and congratulations on your progress with CX! Do let us know the outcome!

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Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:56 am

Great report & pics.

I haven't tried QR long-haul yet, but am planning to fly KIX-DOH-AUH with them in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it, especially after your report.

Best of luck with the CX Cadet programme.
 
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:46 am

thank you for looking and thank you for all the comments, hope you enjoyed the pics!  Smile

Quoting QantasA333 (Reply 1):
The picture of the cemetery...i saw that from a distance, while on a boat trip. Was that around Abeerdeen?

The cemetery was at PokFuLam on the west side of Hong Kong Island

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 4):
What was there to do in the terminal if you had spent all 5 hours there? Any facilities for transit passengers to enjoy - entertainment centre, rest area, lounges, spas, snooze corners etc??



Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 13):
Say you didn't want to get the One-Entry Visa at DOH. Was there anything to do during transit?

I was actually only in the terminal for around 2 hours, I didn't think there was much to do inside, as mentioned it was basically one large seating area with 2 shops. I got out my laptop to see if i could get any wi-fi but all that worked was outlook express, webpages didnt even load up. I saw that it worked with some people so dunno wat the problem was. They had some public use computers as well, though you needed to queue up to use them at busier times. Apart from that I don't think there was much else to do... Lots of bored looking people around the terminal, lots were sleeping. Lots and lots of seating though which was a good thing ...not like LHR!
I'm not sure about the facilities you mentioned though... maybe in the oryx lounge or premium class terminal.
In terms of plane spotting in the terminal, you get the aircraft taxiing past the terminal building pretty closely, and you can see the planes parked at the stands to the left hand side of the terminal. Would have been much better in the day light though. Every time I went through DOH was at night. You also get excellent opportunities to see the planes as you get bussed to the plane. And when boarding it didn't seem a problem to the security there about taking photos of the planes. O one thing though, QR never allowed any cockpit visits after the flights.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 4):
Has QR given their FAs newly designed uniforms?

I don't think they were new... looked a bit old fashioned actually.

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 3):
nice...but is there any need for that many pics of the same thing?



Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 11):
what do you learn from these two pics?

I'm sorry you don't like all the pics, you certainly wouldn't want to see my complete album then, its got about 400 photos, and thats just from the flight! As I mentioned those wing shots were only a few I could get, there would be much more if there was less cloud over the journey. The 2 shots of the screen I'm trying to show the IFE menu system. The zoomed-in/zoomed-out ones simply show more detail when zoomed-in.

Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 13):
How long is CX's training program?

CX's training programme is 60 weeks long and is done at FTA in Adelaide.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 16):
those menu cards are HUGE!

the menu cards weren't that big, about 10cm x 24cm? just one page, the pic shows both sides.
 
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Quoting 22886 (Reply 18):
Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 13):
How long is CX's training program?

CX's training programme is 60 weeks long and is done at FTA in Adelaide.

Cool. I live in the very city of ADL. You coming down here? If so, you'll love the city, except maybe the public transport, and traffic, but besides that excellent. Our new terminal was built 3 years ago, and is still white, and spotless. Large windows allow for great views of aircraft.

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Quoting 22886 (Reply 18):
CX's training programme is 60 weeks long and is done at FTA in Adelaide.

So I guess this will commence once you finish Uni?
 
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Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 20):
So I guess this will commence once you finish Uni?

I hope so ...gotta get through the selection programme first though, totally 4 stages, and acceptance rate is like 1%!! so fingers crossed!!
 
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Quoting 22886 (Reply 18):
I was actually only in the terminal for around 2 hours, I didn't think there was much to do inside, as mentioned it was basically one large seating area with 2 shops. I got out my laptop to see if i could get any wi-fi but all that worked was outlook express, webpages didnt even load up. I saw that it worked with some people so dunno wat the problem was. They had some public use computers as well, though you needed to queue up to use them at busier times. Apart from that I don't think there was much else to do... Lots of bored looking people around the terminal, lots were sleeping. Lots and lots of seating though which was a good thing ...not like LHR!

I guess it'll be quite a pain for passengers who aren't entitled to lounge facilities, and are stuck with many hours before their next flight. Doha, is probably similar to DXB in that most of their passengers are transiting. It would be good if they can come up with more facilities to keep everyone occupied. In this sense, DXB and SIN does quite a good job with its hub, with lots of F&B, entertainment and shopping facilities for everyone.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:27 pm

Fantastic trip report and such amazing pictures.
 
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:04 pm

Thanks for a great TR and all the pics. I like looking at all of them even if some are almost the same.
Good luck with your venture!
 
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Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:49 am

Vin,
Great Report. Very detailed and interesting.

Best of luck with the CX CP interview process. From what I've heard, the program is a blast!
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Quoting 22886 (Reply 18):
I was actually only in the terminal for around 2 hours, I didn't think there was much to do inside, as mentioned it was basically one large seating area with 2 shops. I got out my laptop to see if i could get any wi-fi but all that worked was outlook express, webpages didnt even load up. I saw that it worked with some people so dunno wat the problem was. They had some public use computers as well, though you needed to queue up to use them at busier times. Apart from that I don't think there was much else to do... Lots of bored looking people around the terminal, lots were sleeping. Lots and lots of seating though which was a good thing ...not like LHR!
I'm not sure about the facilities you mentioned though... maybe in the oryx lounge or premium class terminal.
In terms of plane spotting in the terminal, you get the aircraft taxiing past the terminal building pretty closely, and you can see the planes parked at the stands to the left hand side of the terminal. Would have been much better in the day light though. Every time I went through DOH was at night. You also get excellent opportunities to see the planes as you get bussed to the plane. And when boarding it didn't seem a problem to the security there about taking photos of the planes. O one thing though, QR never allowed any cockpit visits after the flights.

It's a terrible place to transit! At least the new airport is coming along fine. Can't imagine QR operating the A380 there.
 
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Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:11 am

Very well written with excellent pictures, especially of Hong Kong. A very enjoyable report to read, nicely done!!

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Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:11 pm

First of all,

This is one of the best TR I have ever read! I really enjoyed reading it, and of course seeing the pictures. The supermarket and Fast Food chains are right besides my home! You probably saw my home or my family somewhere there! hehe. It makes me homesick.

The newer A332 and all the A333 have the same interior of the A346s. Your LHR-DOH sector was on one of the older A332. I still like those, however one thing I dont like about them is the remote control for the IFE. You have to struggle to change the chanels! hehe.

The food looks tasty and you seemed to enjoyed your trip! Welcome back, and thanks for sharing once again.
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Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:52 pm

Awesome report nice pictures thank you so much for sharing , makes me wanna fly that A346 so badly and all the best for the later stages

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Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 11):
bugger me...another two!

want me to keep going? get a clue champ...

I am not your champ... I liked the subtle differences to get sucked into the mood of making a trip like this, very moody how the wing lit up in the sunset (or sunrise) compared to the other one in mid day.
Indeed the page loads very slow, but don't understand you make such an issue, you can quickly click page down if the pictures are too many or close this report all together.
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Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:36 pm

Here's the return flight HKG-DOH-LHR

1st sector:

Date: 11 April 2008
Airline: Qatar Airways
Route: HKG-DOH
Flight No.: QR817
Aircraft: A340-642
Reg: A7-AGB
Seat/Class: 33K Economy
Scheduled: 19:30 - 23:00
Actual: 20:33 - 00:25
Flight time: 08:33
Block time: 08:52


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Took the fast and convenient Airport Express, they used to have PTVs on the train but they're gone now!
Qatar Airways check-in desks, these are located at F, in the centre of the check-in hall, no need to walk miles to get there.
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Thought I'd go take a quick look around Terminal 2 before going airside, its very nice just a bit empty. Its like a shopping centre with a few check-in desks.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a82/vman228/QRHKGDOHLHR/PICT1902.jpg
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Current departures
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Airside... lots of planes to see here. HKG is probably one of the best places to watch planes, just have to be careful to block out the window reflections though when taking photos.

China Airlines A340-300 B-18806 to TPE
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Swiss A340-300 HB-JMA, will shortly be pushed back and positioned to a remote stand before its night departure back to ZRH
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Singapore Airlines 747-400 9V-SPB
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Air France 777-200 F-GSPF
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...with F-GSPQ next to it
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British Airways 747-400 G-BNLV, again parked up before its night flight back to LHR
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my ride to DOH, A340-600 A7-AGB
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Air India A310-300 just pushed back for departure to BOM, with Lufthansa A340-300 parked before flying back to MUC later in the night
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Mandarin Airlines ERJ-195 will be flying AE1822 to Tai Chung
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Qantas A330-300 VH-QPE
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Air New Zealand 747-400 ZK-SUJ about to push back for NZ038 to AKL
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this is what I really wanted to see! Biman Bangladesh DC-10 S2-ACR, will be flying BG079 back to Dhaka.
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Air China 777-200 B-2063, about to push back
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scheduled for 17:20 departure, now 18:36 and finally ready to push
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current departures at 19:00
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inside the terminal, the Virgin Atlantic to SYD is boarding at gate 36
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at gate 27 for my flight to DOH QR817, boarding is about to begin
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some more shots of my plane
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my boarding pass
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on the plane and waiting for pushback. push back was at 19:31, once pushed back we waited for a longer time than usual on the taxiway, and soon we were being pulled back to the gate again. I think they couldn't start one of the engines or something. Once back at the gate the captain announced we had some technical problem and that engineers would be going to check out the problem, no further announcements. During this waiting time they started to show some programmes on the IFE; Just for Laughs and Mr. Bean cartoon. Most people stayed calm, and there wasn't much commotion, just a little bit of restlessness by the time we had been waiting for about 45mins.
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After about an hour waiting we were ready to push again. Push back this time was at 20:33, and this time we were able to taxi out to the runway for departure.
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we took off at 20:48, and took a South Westerly routing towards Hainan and Vietnam.
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again menus, do not disturb stickers and amenity kits were distributed shortly after takeoff

the first meal service came about 1hr after takeoff
again there was a choice of 3, but I've forgotten what they were. I chose the chicken option anyway. This was grilled chicken thighs, with roast potatoes and vegetables, with salmon salad, forgot what the dessert was too.
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our routing so far
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during this part of the flight I noticed some flashes outside the window. I didn't think anything of it at first and just thought it was the strobe light, looking more carefully I noticed that in fact we were flying right next to massive storm and the flashing was the lightning. you could see the whole cloud just light up, it was really an amazing sight. During this time seat belts signs had been turned on but there wasn't really any turbulence at all. I tried to take some pictures but they didn't come out very well. This must have been the reason why we took this routing, to avoid the storm.
Here's a video I tried to capture of the lightning:


after the we had passed the storm, I managed to get some sleep, by the time I woke up we had already flown right across India and were heading towards the gulf region.
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the second meal was served about 2hrs before landing at DOH. This was a chicken salad sandwich with a bit of cake.
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The cabin during the flight
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our whole routing from HKG
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approaching DOH
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we touched down in DOH at 00:21 and on-blocks at 00:25, 1hr 25 mins later than the scheduled arrival time of 23:00.
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Luckily my connection to LHR was at 01:35 and I could still make it, so had to get to the next gate quickly. Transfer was not as busy as the last time I came through DOH arrivals.



2nd sector:

Date: 12 April 2008
Airline: Qatar Airways
Route: DOH-LHR
Flight No.: QR005
Aircraft: A340-642
Reg: A7-AGC
Seat/Class: 33K Economy
Scheduled: 01:35 - 07:00
Actual: 02:00 - 07:36
Flight time: 07:11
Block time: 07:36


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Once passing through security I went straight to the gate where a long line had already formed for boarding. The closed the boarding shortly as the bus waiting lounge downstairs was filled up and the waiting passengers were told boarding would open again in about 10 minutes so everyone sat back down. Boarding didn't open again until about 20 minutes later.
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my boarding pass
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current departures at DOH at 00:50
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we boarded the aircraft at 01:42, already behind schedule. Back on A7-AGC, the same plane that took me on DOH-HKG.
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pushback was at 02:00 and we were airborne at 02:16. On this flight the IFE was started whilst we were taxiing to the runway. One thing I forgot to mention before is that just after pushback sweets and wet wipes were always distributed, on every flight.
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Menus and amenity kits were distributed the first meal was served about an hour into the flight. This was another sandwich, this time with a different kind of chicken filling with salad and a very very hard cake, you had to cut it with a knife lol
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lights were dimmed and mood lighting turned on after the meal service and I managed to get some more sleep. The lighting stayed at this pinky orange the whole time and didn't change colours like on some airlines.
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sunrise, sunrises are always the most beautiful from the air
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the toilet, these were always kept clean and well stocked. There was also moisturising cream, face wash gel and cologne available for use. Though someone seems to have stolen one of the bottles!

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our routing so far
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F/A's collecting the hot towels distributed before the next meal service
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Breakfast 2 hours before landing, there were 2 choices, Chicken sausages with Frittata, hash browns and creamed mushrooms or strawberry filled pancakes. I chose the sausages.
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the cabin prior to descent and my seat back
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our routing from DOH, almost approaching the UK
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some window views, spoilers deployed to slow us down. We've just reached the coast of England.

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in the holding pattern at Lambourne, just north east of London

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The city of London, with the Docklands and Millennium dome. Its a nice change to be arriving into London on a clear day.
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we're cleared for finals to LHR, West Ham's Boleyn Ground (Upton Park) stadium in the bottom left corner
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passing by Canary Warf


...and Tower Bridge
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...the Oval cricket ground


...the River Thames and Westminster

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...Chelsea FC ground, Stamford Bridge
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...Earls Court
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...Kew Gardens
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short finals
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video of the landing


and touchdown at 07:27
a short taxi to the gate, passing by some of the arrivals from the US. UA 772, AA 772 from JFK and VS A343 from ORD
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coming onto stand 364, looks like I'll get to be bussed to the terminal again! excellent!
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some of the a/c at T3, AC A333, MH 744, TG 744
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we're parked right next to the new control tower

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my seat for the flight


Business class seat
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and its view out the window
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coming down the stairs, this is the bit I love the most... probably looked like a mad man taking loads of photos, luckily I didn't get bundled away by the police!
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EVA Air at LHR in the morning?? I later checked it out and it turned out the flight from the previous night had been delayed and so the return flight back to BKK and TPE had been cancelled and rescheduled until the following morning.
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my plane
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AA 772 looking good in the sunlight
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immigration was quick, no queues at all ...not for EU passport holders anyway!
and into baggage reclaim, my bags came out after just a 5 minute wait, all 3 pieces I had checked in came out 1 by 1 all next to each other too!
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heres a CFMU screenshot with all the details of my flight
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Again both sectors were completely full, QR must be doing good on these routes. I enjoyed the experience with QR and definately would fly with them again.

Thats it for the my trip to Hong Kong. So depending on the my date for stage 2, I'll be back again pretty shortly! hmmm... which airline to take next??

Again thanks for taking the time to read and see all the pics!!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:49 pm

A stunning trip report, the pictures are first class, make the report so much better. QR look really good, must try them, Hong Kong is a "must see" destination. Have to admit, QR do offer some VERY attractive fares from LHR to various places in Asia.
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:51 am

Thankyou so very much for sharing your phenomenal photos and TRs with us!
Do you post any of your photos on here or on any other site? Those phose of T5 are awesome! I hope you'll post them, as well as many other's.
Were you happy with the catering on Qatar? It doesn't look near as plentiful as Emirates but what's important is the quality and quantity.
I don't understand why so many flights that go into DOH & Dubai use remote stands? Are these airports expanding (I hope! ) ? Considering how busy they are and with the hellish high temperatures in the summer it just doesn't make sense so many use remote stands.
Congratulations on being accepted into CX's flight academy.
Regards
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:31 pm

Once again excellent. The A340-600's are surely tempting.  Wink
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:40 pm

Thanks for sharing this great TR! Very detailed. A nice read.

Congratulations on reaching stage 2. I wish you good luck for the next round.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
BA 772 G-YMMM

Does anybody know what's going on with this bird?

Quoting 22886 (Reply 30):
which airline to take next??

Any idea? Let us know!

Regards,
Stefan
 
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Thu May 01, 2008 11:31 am

Hi there,

Just wondering exactly what you did to get into the whole Cathay program? I live in Sydney and that is my ultimate life goal to become a commercial pilot for an airline such as Cathay pacific. Can you give me any vague idea of what the requirements are to get to the stage you've got to? I always thought there was a requirement of holding a permanent residence in Hong Kong but that doesn't seem to be the case in your story.... Anyway thanks!

BTW i went to Hong Kong on an exchange program for 4 weeks and i love the city! Its just an amazing place.

Lastly but certainly not least, thanks for a great trip report! It really is great. You can never have too many pics! Plus sorry to keep dragging this comment on but how did you manage to get so many pictures into your trip report?

(im new to all this but is uploading your photos through the add images thing on the Message menu thing where it gives you 2MB of storage the only way to do it?)

Cheers
 
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Thu May 01, 2008 10:43 pm



Quoting Jokestar (Reply 35):
Can you give me any vague idea of what the requirements are to get to the stage you've got to?

To qualify for our Cadet Pilot Programme, you must be at least 18 years old and a Hong Kong resident. Basically you need to be HK ID card holder, which I am. I just live in the UK.
You must be at least 1.6m tall, be physically fit, and possess an excellent command of English. The minimum educational standards we require are:
5 passes in HKCEE / GCSE (O Level), including Physics and Mathematics, together with 2 passes in HKAL / GCE A Level, preferably in Science OR
a Degree or Diploma in any discipline (or the equivalent educational standard obtained overseas)

see http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_INTL/careers/flying/cadetpilot for more info on CX's Cadet Pilot Programme.

Qantas are also doing a similar programme. see here http://www.qantas.com.au/info/about/employment/pilots#jump2

I upload all my pics to photobucket.com, which gives you unlimited photo storage. you'll need the pro version though or your bandwidth will be used up pretty quickly.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Sun May 11, 2008 12:55 pm



Quoting 22886 (Reply 30):
which airline to take next??

Once again, excellent TR: love the pictures inside- and out of the plane the most; the 346 surely is a beast  Smile

Why not try QR again, given their excellent fares to HKG ex the UK, and start collecting miles in their Privilege mileage-program ? With 3-4 returnflights Europe-Asia, you'd be entitled to one upgrade to Business-Class already, and would love to see your TR on that product too !!!

Thanks, once again, for sharing...
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Wed May 21, 2008 10:03 am

Great TR! HKG is a neat place--would love to visit there someday. Also, DOH looks like a great destination and QR service looks very impressive.

Thanks for sharing! Good luck with the CX Cadet Pilot Programme!

Best regards,

Tim
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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Wed May 21, 2008 3:42 pm

Great report and pictures.

Good Luck with Stage 2. Keep us updated!

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RE: Qatar Airways (Y) LHR-DOH-HKG A332 A346 (162 Pics)

Wed May 21, 2008 10:31 pm

Stage 2 is coming up on 26th June. Have booked to fly on CX this time, A340-300 there and 747-400 back. Haven't flown CX for a long time!

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