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Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:14 pm



INTRODUCTION


Dear fellow A.netters,

Welcome to the second part of my trip report series and allow me to show you our journey from Munich to Doha with Qatar Airways. Furthermore, you will find the part “Book Flights” as the itinerary was put together through QR website.

I do hope you have enjoyed the first part of my trip report series. In case you have missed it, feel free to take a look by clicking Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 1: DUS-MUC With LH (by akhmad Aug 21 2010 in Trip Reports)


TRAVEL PLANNING

Book Flights


For our last trip with QR nearly two years ago, we made a reservation through an appointed sales representative in Netherlands as we could not book any flight online from Amsterdam. But this situation has been changed since last year, so we consulted QR website directly. We enjoyed flying Business Class with QR very much, so we decided to do the same again.

Our first time experience of booking through QR’s website was not disappointing. Just as fellow A.netter Markus (FLIEGER67) had mention in his trip report The Emirates Explorer: Dubai And Al-Ain On Qatar (by FLIEGER67 Nov 14 2009 in Trip Reports), we were able to preselect our seats and insert our APIS details during the booking process. Unlike our previous experience with Korean Air, our E-tickets were issued immediately after the credit card verification was completed.

As Markus rightly pointed out, you cannot do another seat change anymore on QR’s website until they release the online check-in period. But, as our itinerary was put together in conjunction with LH, the seat change could instead be done on LH website. We did not to use it though as we were quite happy with our seat selection. However, this feature seemed available only to passengers holding J or perhaps full-fare Y tickets. My partner were not entitled to pre-select seat when he flew LH on a discounted Y fare last March.

It looked like that we made our reservation just right on time as, when I checked a similar itinerary about a week later, the fare went up to more than two times the price we had paid. However after four months, the fare went down to even below our price and later on rising again. Sigh, airline fare structure cannot be fathomed sometimes.

Both my partner and I acknowledged the fact that each of us had sufficient miles for an one-way upgrade from J to First Class. Hence we made an upgrade request for the flight from MUC to Doha subsequently. Unfortunately, QR was unable to process our request, as there were no redemption seats available on F on our desired flight. Strange! And how about DOH-MUC? Well, again that was simply out of the question. Bummer!  

We have had pretty intensive correspondence with QR customer service regarding our upgrade request until we found out that as member of Privilege Club, QR’s frequent flyer program, we were able to check the award ticket availability online. Quite easy and hassle free.
I thought, “All right then! We will closely keep an eye on it and one day, those F seats will be ours!” or not….

Halfway January, I was very pleased to notice an equipment change for our return flight from DPS. QR would send their B777-300ER instead of the initially planned A330-200. Finally, I would be able to go on board of a B77W.  

Anyway, it was time again to focus on upgrading our travel class. We resubmitted our upgrade request about three days prior to our departure.

Unfortunately, QR could not again process our request on that Monday when we were leaving. Little I knew that the whole F cabin was actually fully booked. I thought we might probably be allowed to upgrade at the airport. Let’s see how it would come out.

Online Check-in


I could barely sleep before the opening hours of the online check-in. When the clock finally hit 04.30, I jumped out of my bed and preparing for checking in. I found out that the online check-in facility was only available for QR’s segments. So, I would have to wait for another seven hours to do the LH segment.


Seat selection screen


The whole check-in process was swift, but since our tickets were bought online with my partner’s credit card, we were issued confirmation passes for the MUC-DOH leg instead of boarding passes like the onward DOH-KUL. The confirmation passes could be exchanged for boarding passes upon presenting the credit card. Interesting measurements against fraud.


Online check-in confirmation



AT THE AIRPORT


The passport control was painless. We were in no time in the non-Schengen area. We made quickly our way to gate H26.

While passing by Lufthansa Service Center, we thought that we would be able to get our boarding passes there.



Instead we were directed straight to the gate.


FLIGHT STATUS



Our itinerary:
Route: MUC-DOH
Date: 2 August 2010
ETD/ATD: 12.10 / 12.10
ETA/ATA: 18.50 / 18.50
Flight number: QR 010
Plane: Airbus 330-202
Registration: A7-ACA
Delivered: First delivered 10 May 2002
First Officer: Captain Kemal Murphy


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Gate H26 was still unmanned when we arrived.





The gate area was crowded already.



My partner had to go to the toilet. I decided to stay in front of the empty desks which turned out a wise thing to do as there are people who needed to exchange their check-in confirmations. They got off their chairs and queuing behind me not long after my partner left.

Finally a male LH gate agent showed up. At 10.55 he got himself prepared to serve the passengers. My partner came back on time luckily. Otherwise, I would have not known how to show his credit card to obtain our boarding passes.
A quick look at my partner’s credit card was enough for the agent to print our boarding passes.
While handing over the rest of our documents, I asked, “Is it possible for us to get an upgrade to First Class with Q miles?”
“No, I am sorry. We are fully booked in First and Business right now,” the agent replied.
‘Bummer! No F this time!’ There was nothing we could do than putting up with it. ‘All right then! Let’s try our luck on the way back from DOH,’
At one stage, I noticed that the agent was printing our boarding passes on Economy Class stubs. So I asked, “Are you running out Business Class boarding passes?”
“Oh, my mistake!”
The agent tore our misprinted boarding passes and proceeded to print out the new ones.
“Here are your boarding passes. The boarding will get started in about ten or fifteen minutes.” The agent said while returning our documents and boarding passes to DOH and onward to Kuala Lumpur. Due to the short waiting time, we did not bother to visit the lounge and decided to stay at the gate.


My boarding pass to DOH





Window view




Boarding


Boarding call was made after twenty minutes. Again despite the separate call for premium passengers, everyone just stood up.



A female agent tore off our boarding passes and returned the small stub. The LH male agent was standing further up to check the passport. Unlike to other passengers, he just waived me through when he saw me approaching.

It turned out to be a bus gate. Yay!  






Packed to the grim


We were standing there for another ten minutes before moving to the plane.


Bizjet collection



A7-ACA


Little I realized that I was about to go onboard this aircraft for the second time after nearly three years. In case you are interested, just look at my earlier report: Flying First Class With QR On LHR-DOH (by Akhmad Jan 31 2009 in Trip Reports)

We were allowed to get off the bus. Thanks to the crowd before me, I got many opportunities to shoot some pictures.







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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:36 pm

ON BOARD


Japanese flight attendant Junko greeted us at the door and directed to us to the left. I was pleasantly surprised to find a mini J cabin right behind the F cabin.

Our seats







My seat



10A



Neighbor view



Seat control unit



Headset inside the right seat pocket



Pre-packed noise cancelling headset



Unpacked



Legroom



Entertainment control unit



Payphone



Magazine rack right on the back



Wall pattern


The daytime amenity kits had been placed on the armrests. Molton Brown is apparently appointed as her new supplier as substitute of Aigner. Instead of separate bags for ladies en gentlemen, there are universal kits which consisted of a pair of earplugs, a bottle of eau de toilette and body lotion, a tube of lip balm and moisturizer. Other amenities could be found in the lavatories.


The bag



The content


Thai Purser Worapot who was in charge of F approached us, “Welcome onboard. May I offer you something to drink? Orange juice of our signature drink, lemon mint?”
“We will have the lemon mint, please,” we replied.
“Certainly,”
Worapot disappeared behind the curtain and returned soon with the lemon mints.


Refreshing lemon mint


“Where are you going, Sir?” he asked while serving our glasses of lemon mint.
“Indonesia,” we replied.
“Wow, a long trip,”
“We know, but we are sure that we will be good taken care of with Qatar,”
“Thank you. Enjoy your flight,”

As Worapot disappeared, I grabbed my chance to capture the view of the still empty F cabin. The F seat rows on A7-ACA has apparently been reduced from three to two. While I was snapping photos, another female FA attendant appeared from the F galley. She only cracked a smile upon noticing my action.

Forward view






Aft view








When I returned to my seat, a comfort bag was already distributed. Inside there were an eyeshade and a pair of knitted anti-slip socks.


The bag



The content


Let’s see what we got in the seat pocket.

Safety card







In-flight magazine



A bit worn out July edition!



A jacket with entertainment and duty free guides





Entertainment guide



Duty free guide


Menu and beverage list



Food



Main meal



Indulgence



Beverages



Spirits and soft drinks




Champagne



Port wine


White wines






Red wines







When I looked out the window, the ramp agent was still waiting under the staircase for the F passengers.



Towards the ETA, in all sudden six adults were passing by towards the F cabin followed by two children. Another two other children emerged in our cabin and taking the middle J seats. Then I realized why our upgrade request was not granted. A group of Middle Eastern travelers had booked up the F cabin, occupied several J seats. There was even a single Y seat for the nanny too.

Captain Murphy came to the intercom to welcome his passengers aboard. He mentioned our flight time of five hour and four minutes and furthermore that our routing would be MUC – Austria – Hungary – Romania – Bulgaria – Turkey – Iraq – Kuwait – Bahrain – DOH.

An elderly lady who I had never seen earlier, appeared and made her way to the F cabin. Purser Tahmineh rushed after her and escorted the lady backward again. Then, I overheard a discussion of Tahmineh and her colleagues which went like, “Make sure that no authorized people enter the First or Business Class cabin. I wish to keep our premium passengers separated from Economy Class,”

At 12.05, an announcement was made, “All our customers are onboard. Cabin crew, please prepare for take-off, “

Thai flight attendant Pariyanud appeared on our side. “Good afternoon, sir. Do you want a cold of hot towel?”
“Hot towel, please,” My partner and I replied.


Steaming hot towel presented on a wooden tray


The door closed at 12.10. About ten minutes later, Pariyanud returned to take our order. “Good afternoon, sir. Can we offer you anything to drink after take-off?”
“We would like to have champagne, please,”
“Are you joining us for the main meal?” Pariyanud proceeded.
“Certainly. I would like to have the classic Arabic mezze and the oven-roasted chicken supreme. Can I have the Shiraz to go with it, please,” I said.
“Certainly. And how about you, sir?” Pariyanud turned to my partner.
“I would like to have the seafood cocktail and pan-fried swordfish medallion. For me the chardonnay, please,”
“Thank you for your order, sir,” Pariyanud continued to other passengers.


Pariyanud attending one of the children


After taking the meal order, Pariyanud recollected the towels and empty glasses.

At 12.30, the humming sound started to fill the cabin followed by the pushback. The safety instruction was broadcasted on the single main screen in front of the middle J seats.



About five minutes later, an announcement came that the in-flight entertainment had been switched on. Of course, we could not take advantage of it yet as our screens had to be stowed until after take-off.

A7-ACA made her way to 8R/26L. Now, let me take you along the take-off experience.


Air Dolomiti E195



Privatair B73H


We had to wait for Emirates B77W to land.



Soon, we entered the runway.


Hey, is the screen not supposed to be stowed?


We accelerated, thundered down the runway and lifted off at 12.45.





We banked to the left and made an U-turn.


MUC



IN FLIGHT


At 12.45, the fasten seatbelt signs were switched off. Time to explore the updated QR IFE in a more comfortable seating postion.


10A in angled lie-flat position



Entertainment



Start screen



IFE control unit manual



Main menu


During this flight, I kept myself occupied with Music.


Spotlight



Create your own playlist


My favorite artists






Or keep myself informed by watching the broadcast map.




Cuisine


Pariyanud appeared with palate pleaser and our glasses of champagne.


Our champagne



Chicken Caesar tortilla


Fifteen minutes later, the plates were collected and Pariyanud returned to set our table.

Massive table



Half folded. Notice the glass foot holder on the top left



Unfolded and enough space for the dinner utensils


Pariyanud set our tables one by one. I got attended first. Firstly, she covered my table with a linen. Secondly, she folded the napkin across and laid it on my lap. Finally, she set the bread plates, mini pepper and salt containers, butter dish and a water glass.



“Would you like still or sparkling water?” Pariyanud asked.
“Sparkling water, please,”
“Certainly,”

Pariyanud made my partner’s table set before pouring the water. Then, she returned with our starters.


My classic Arabic mezze, consisted of hummus, baba ghannouj and moutabal



My partner’s seafood cocktail


Pariyanud proceeded to top up our glasses of champagne. Somehow when she was serving my partner, she miss poured the champagne.
“What is wrong? There is not even any turbulence,” my partner said jokingly.
“Still turbulence enough for me,” she blushed and quickly disappeared.
The starters were fabulous. The mezze tasted as good as I could remember two years ago. It was still one of my favorite starter on board of QR. The seafood cocktail was fresh and well flavoured.

Worapot appeared from the F cabin and cleared our plates on his way to the galley.

Nearly thirty minutes after the table setting, Pariyanud appeared with our main courses.


My oven-roasted chicken supreme



My partner’s swordfish medallion


“Do you want anything else to go with your meal? Perhaps some ketchup, mustard or Tabasco?” Pariyanud asked.
“No, thank you,” Both my partner and I replied.
“Please enjoy your meal, “ Pariyanud returned to the galley.
“Thank you,” I started to savor my main course.
The potato soufflé was moist and creamy. The asparagus was well-cooked. The chicken was a bit dry on the outside, but the filling was just melting in your mouth and made a perfect combination with the spiced dark sauce.

Then, I noticed that my partner only ate half of his meal.
“What is wrong? Do you not like it?” I asked.
“Yes, but I think she has forgotten our wines,” my partner replied and hit the attendant call button. Tahmineh responded immediately.
“I think we still have to get our glass of Chardonnay and Shiraz,” my partner said.
“Oh, sure. I will get it for you,” Tahmineh quickly returned to the galley
“I find the swordfish rather dry, by the way.” My partner remarked, “Is it supposed to be like that?”
“I do not know. I have never had swordfish before,”
“Me neither. Well, since the whole First and Cabin was fully booked, it must be hard working for the cabin attendants. ”

Tahmineh appeared with the Shiraz, followed by Pariyanud who was very apologetic about the situation.
Both Tahmineh and Pariyanud exercised the QR’s wine serving procedure. Firstly, they poured couple drops into the glass and holding the bottle with the label facing us while we were having a taste. Then after our tasting and approval, they proceeded to top up the glass and left.

When we continued with our meal, Pariyanud suddenly emerged from the galley. “May I help you?”
Apparently, the attendant call button remained switched on to which Pariyanud responded in all rush. After noticing that we were fine, she switched off the button and returned to the galley.

After we finished our meal, Pariyanud came to collect our trays. It was 14.15.
“Would you care for dessert?” she asked.
“Yes, please. I would like to have the chocolate soufflé, “ I replied.
“I would like to have the forest berries,” my partner followed.
“Certainly,”


My partner’s forest berries



My chocolate soufflé


The soufflé was superb! My tongue got first heated up by the warm pear chocolate filling and eventually quenched by the cool clotted cream. Lovely combination of a sweet and buttery sensation.

We were flying above Varna when Pariyanud appeared again on our side.
“Do you want anything to drink? Tea or coffee?”
“We would like to have a cup of espresso with cognac please,”
“Do you want to have them mixed up or separated?”
“Separated, please,”
“Certainly,”

While waiting for the espresso, I took the chance to visit the lavatory. Perhaps at a wrong moment as the toilet was not really that clean…



Pariyanud served our espresso, not long after I returned to my seat.



Our coffee serving was followed with two bottles of water.



It was a bit hazy out of the window.


Balchik


Not long after I took the photo, the cabin lights were dimmed. Pariyanud returned with hot towels, while Junko cleared up the coffee cups and dessert plates.

Now, it was about time to explore other parts of A7-ACA.


Second J cabin


Forward Y cabin







When I continued walking backwards, I got accosted by a German guy sitting on the left window bulkhead seat.
“Hi, Holland! Nice to meet you! I am from Bayern München!“
I was perplex and did really know how to reply more than, “Hi, there. Nice to meet you too!”
“You guys did make it to the final. Too bad you had to give up to Spain,”
Actually, I did not care that much about the whole football game. But I did not want to spoil the encounter with this cheerful chap. “Yes, it was a pity, indeed.”
“Where are you going anyway?”
“Indonesia,”
“That is a long journey! I hope you enjoy the flight,”
“Thank you. I wish you the very same!”

When I moved on, I met Tahmineh who just finished helping a passenger with his IFE. “You again! Do you have friends here?”
“Well, I just have made one,”
Tahmineh just smiled and let me through backwards.


Aft Y cabin


After exploring the Y cabin, I was curious about the condition of the lavatory I visited earlier by then.

J lavatory






I returned to my seat to get some sleep. Unfortunately, I could not keep my hands off the IFE control unit. Neither did my partner. He was watching the first Superman film with Christopher Reeves.

Cuisine


About one hour and twenty minutes before landing, the indulgence service was about to start.
Tahmineh took away my empty bottle just after I finished it off, and quickly replaced it with two new ones.
Pariyanud emerged from the galley to our side. “Are you joining us for the afternoon tea?”
“Certainly,” both my partner and I replied.
“What do you want to drink? Coffee or tea?”
I ordered a cup of green tea and my partner coffee with milk.

Pariyanud returned shortly to set our table and serving our drink one by one. Junko followed her with our indulgence trays.



I could barely finish them all, even though every single of it was a delicious treat. When I was about to skip the forest berries, my partner insisted me to finish it. Well, I did not regret it! I never had such fresh and tasty forest berries before.  



Sunset


My partner wished another glass of Chardonnay which was quickly met by Tahmineh. By the way, do you remember the Middle Eastern group I mentioned earlier in this report? The four children of the group were together and being supervised by the nanny, making the mini forward J cabin like a nursery.

It was about thirty five minutes before landing when Captain Murphy came to the intercom and announced that we were leaving our cruising altitude to 6,000 feet. He mentioned further that it was hazy in DOH and the temperature would be 36 centigrade’s.

The fasten seat belt signs were turned on thirty minutes before landing. Unfortunately, I did not manage to make proper pictures out of the window until we disembarked. I hope you do not mind.

About twenty five minutes before landing, another hot towel runs were conducted and followed by the recollection of the menu’s. Ten minutes before landing, the cabin lights were dimmed.

We touched down at 18.45 and docked within less than five minutes.




Disembarking


Departures and arrivals in DOH always meant bus gates. After saying goodbye to Tahmineh, Pariyanud and Junko, we were ushered to the dedicated bus down the stairs. I got tipped over my shoulder two years ago for taking pictures, so I tried to be discrete that time.


Upstairs



Downstairs


The Middle Eastern group got apparently dedicated limousine service. I counted at least five limousines involved.


The glimpse of one of the limousines


Our bus could not drive away as the limousines blocked our route. It took a while before the whole group members got on. Finally, we were cleared to go to our next stop, the DOH Premium Terminal.


Goodbye A7-ACA



The start is here


I do not wish to judge my experience on this single flight, but I can say that my high expectation of QR was met accordingly. I was glad to see that their in-flight service was as consistent as two years ago. QR even offers better IFE’s nowadays which I really appreciated. Her five stars were definitely not fading away.

This part of my series came to an end here. Coming up next will be our short visit to the Premium Terminal and our onward journey to Kuala Lumpur.

I do hope you have had an enjoyable read as much as I have been writing it. Please let me know what you think of it and do not hesitate to leave any comments or suggestions.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:53 pm

Hi Suryo,

I really enjoyed both parts of your report so far and am looking forward to the next instalment! Your attention to detail is amazing and your writing style is excellent. Made me feel as if I was there with you!!

Thanks for the fab reports and keep up the good work!  

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:28 pm

Hi Suryo,

fantastic reading and good pictures. Sorry to hear no F was avail to you, but nevertheless a good flight. Now you had a window, in F you would've taken middle seats with your partner.

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:54 pm

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Registration: A7-ACA
Delivered: First delivered 10 May 2002

First of all, Amazing TR! Not just cause I am a fan of QR, but really well-made! It is always a pleasure to read your TR's and glad you enjoyed the experience.

The aircraft you flew was the first one that was delievered to QR 8 years ago. The J seats I noticed are exactly the same as the other newer A330's and A340's.

I cant wait for your trip to Bali!

PS. Did you eat the orange tomato bread? It is simply amazing!
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:03 am

Akhmad,

Great continuation to your earlier report! Looks like you had a really nice flight with QR down to DOH. The food looks really nice, and your photos really document every aspect of your trip.

The view of the mini cabin behind F reminds me of when I flew Lufthansa back in 2002 on a A340 .. We were seated in 4A and 4B which was located right behind F .. definitely a nice area of the aircraft right in front of door 2L.

Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the next part.

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:11 am

All I can say is "Wow."

For 1 year QR flew Geneva to Newark. Unfortunately they now fly Doha to New York non stop.
They look pretty miserable in Y.
 
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:28 am

Hi Suryo,

great report with many nice pictures. It seems QR offers a very competitive product - however, I'm not a fan of the interior colors.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Halfway January, I was very pleased to notice an equipment change for our return flight from DPS. QR would send their B777-300ER instead of the initially planned A330-200. Finally, I would be able to go on board of a B77W.

The bigger the better...  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Little I realized that I was about to go onboard this aircraft for the second time after nearly three years.

That's bad luck!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The daytime amenity kits had been placed on the armrests. Molton Brown is apparently appointed as her new supplier as substitute of Aigner. Instead of separate bags for ladies en gentlemen, there are universal kits which consisted of a pair of earplugs, a bottle of eau de toilette and body lotion, a tube of lip balm and moisturizer. Other amenities could be found in the lavatories.

Very nice design!


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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:54 am

Hi Suryo,

You have definitely outdone yourself this time: excellent detail, pictures and a great, clean layout. I cannot wait for more from this trip report series. Really world class.

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:56 am

Hi Suryo, a fantastic 2nd part of this big TR. Keep the rest coming as I can't wait to read them all. Again like the last part, its great that you go into so much detail.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
At one stage, I noticed that the agent was printing our boarding passes on Economy Class stubs. So I asked, “Are you running out Business Class boarding passes?”
“Oh, my mistake!”

A good spot otherwise I'm sure you wouldn't want it tainted with an Economy Class boarding pass.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
While waiting for the espresso, I took the chance to visit the lavatory. Perhaps at a wrong moment as the toilet was not really that clean…

That looks quite horrid indeed.

Looking forward to the rest of the holiday.

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:18 pm

Hola Suryo!

Ooww! That was a worth wait for this superb second part of your TR.

Food presentation looks awesome, I bet it tasted wonderful as well.

Seats do not seem to be at the same level though, I was expecting something better, although the lowest mark goes to the filthy bathroom.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Little I realized that I was about to go onboard this aircraft for the second time after nearly three years.

That is really bad luck.

I do not know what will become on the following parts but nonetheless it will be worth waiting.

Salut!

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Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:27 pm

Hi Suryo

awesome part two of your series of TR's .
I enjoyed reading it very much and am looking forward to the next part

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:12 pm

Thanks for the elaborate description of your journey. MUC is one of the 6 destinations of QR's network which has a First Class product on offer (LHR, CDG, FRA, MUC, KIX-NRT) ; which will go down to 4 this winter (LHR, CDG, MUC, FRA)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The F seat rows on A7-ACA has apparently been reduced from three to two.

I guess they need to have a standard configuration for the A330-200s in particular. Their A332s have 5 varieties including 3 variants of 2 class cabins and 2 variants of 3 class cabins.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The Middle Eastern group got apparently dedicated limousine service. I counted at least five limousines involved.

It seems they maybe some Qatari VVIPs.

Fine tuning few aspects like the J Lav, and the delay in serving wine; I believe it was a fine experience through out the flight. The presentation, amenity kits, comfort bags are something to look out.

Looking forward the next leg of your journey.
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:51 pm

Excellent report Suryo, it was a nice read, QR seems to be a really good airline, they have started flights to BCN recently (on A319s) and they have some tasty fares to ME and Asia, hopefully I will get to sample their service soon  

Looking forward to the next part, KUL.

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Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:12 pm

ANGLED lie flat on QR?
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:57 pm

Hi Akhmad,

Awesome report, just loving it!

BUT, I could only read half the report, as the rest of it does not show properly??
Sad, as I find this the best report on QR's J class product.

I am flying QR J class CPH-DOH-BKK in mid February 2011 on the 332 and 77W also, and I am really looking forward to it  

Is it just me, or does that new amenity kit look better than the Aigner one?
Also, I love the whisky choices :P

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Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:18 pm

Hi Suryo,

A great second installment, continuing with the high standard set in the first report.

The food onboard looked fabulous, but service sounded a bit haphazard to be honest - I guess they reserve the best staff for F  .

May I ask how much was the J fare?

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 15):
I am flying QR J class CPH-DOH-BKK in mid February 2011 on the 332 and 77W also, and I am really looking forward to it

Oh, good thing they got rid of the nasty A319 on the CPH route as well!
 
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:22 pm

Hi Suryo,

Nice report & pictures, your QR experience seems to be a mirror of mt flights with them earlier this year.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It looked like that we made our reservation just right on time as, when I checked a similar itinerary about a week later, the fare went up to more than two times the price we had paid. However after four months, the fare went down to even below our price and later on rising again. Sigh, airline fare structure cannot be fathomed sometimes.

- Your not wrong, I'm following some flighst for a trip withing South America next year, I know it's about 5-6 months away yet but the pricing is all over the place!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Little I realized that I was about to go onboard this aircraft for the second time after nearly three years

- Shame, always nice to ge a new machine for the log.

Food and beverage presentation looks great as always, whilst I find the staff almost robot like, in my experience, you can't fault the crews.

Look forward to your next installment.

Regards

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:39 pm

Hello Suryo, great report!

It seems like you and your partner had a great time in QR J class.

To me QR's J product look very similar to what many other airlines offer in F class. The food looked faboulus, the presentation looked superb. I like the way they bring in the dishes individually, and that they don't use a tray. The food itself is very well presented, and to me it seems like they put the food on the plate onboard the A/C, unlike some airlines that heat the plate right away. The Indulgence platter looked delicious as well, very generous as a "snack" for a flight of that duration  
Pity that you weren't able to upgrade to F class, on the other hand what's the point when the J product is so good. However it seems that the flight was a moneymaker for QR with F sold out. How about those children in J, did they disturb you and the other pax? A bit mean to the nanny imho to seat her in Y, was she allowed to enter J?

The headphones looked pretty nice, though very similar to Bose's QC2 or 15 models. Were those Bose headphones?  

Thanks for sharing!
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Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:02 am

Hi Akhmad,

Finally got to read the whole report  

As I Said above! AWESOME!

I cant wait to fly QR in J in February! It looks as if the J Class product has been fitted with bigger IFE Screens?
BUT, the Y class looked like the old product? So did F?

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:15 pm

Hey Suryo, nice reports! (Speaking for part 1 and 2) The QR J class looks pretty good. Is it just the pictures, or are the portions of the food really small?

Funny thing the guy recognized you as someone from Holland, that seems to happen to me a lot as well!

Looking forward to the upcoming reports

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Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:33 pm

Suryo,

Nice report. Thanks again for involving us in your journey ... and, I look forward to the next installments. As PH mentions, I think QR offers a competitive product ... but sad to notice service delivery issues (such as the wine). Also, I did not think the main course appeared that nice ... and your partner is correct about the swordfish. Also, regular QR travelers will notice this ... but the bread basket has definitely SHRUNK in size!

BTW, please tell me that QR's new JCL is not angled-flat?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
When I continued walking backwards, I got accosted by a German guy sitting on the left window bulkhead seat.
“Hi, Holland! Nice to meet you! I am from Bayern München!“
I was perplex and did really know how to reply more than, “Hi, there. Nice to meet you too!”
“You guys did make it to the final. Too bad you had to give up to Spain,”
Actually, I did not care that much about the whole football game. But I did not want to spoil the encounter with this cheerful chap. “Yes, it was a pity, indeed.”
“Where are you going anyway?”
“Indonesia,”
“That is a long journey! I hope you enjoy the flight,”
“Thank you. I wish you the very same!”

= Haha. You should have said ... we still did better than you  .

Saludos and thanks for sharing,
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:17 pm

Hello Suryo,

It was great to read about your further travel experiences, this time on QR. Good to hear that you enjoyed their service in Business Class which sounds superb. A pity that you weren't able to upgrade to First Class - amazing that it was really fully booked. But with a whole group it might happen... But I guess you didn't travel in a bad way in Business Class as well  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It looked like that we made our reservation just right on time as, when I checked a similar itinerary about a week later, the fare went up to more than two times the price we had paid. However after four months, the fare went down to even below our price and later on rising again. Sigh, airline fare structure cannot be fathomed sometimes.

Indeed, it can't. I also tend to check the fares of my flights after booking - you can get all kinds of positive and negative surprises. But in the end I try to look forward to the flight, even if there would have been a cheaper option to get it.

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:11 pm

Hi Suryo!!

I really love these TR series!

From my point of view you didn't get the upgrade to F, but the privet J section was fantastic.

QR has a great product, the five star on skytrax ranking are well deserved.

Thank you for sharing this great story.

Benito!
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:33 pm

Hi fellows,

Thank you very much for your replies. I really appreciate it.

@Gareth:

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 2):
I really enjoyed both parts of your report so far and am looking forward to the next instalment! Your attention to detail is amazing and your writing style is excellent. Made me feel as if I was there with you!!

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you liked it.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the fab reports and keep up the good work!

You are welcome. It has been a pleasure.

@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
fantastic reading and good pictures.

Thank you. I am happy you enjoyed it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Now you had a window, in F you would've taken middle seats with your partner.

I will get back to you on that topic later on.   

@QatarA340:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 4):
First of all, Amazing TR! Not just cause I am a fan of QR, but really well-made! It is always a pleasure to read your TR's and glad you enjoyed the experience.

Thank you for your kind words. Nice to know you liked it.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 4):
The J seats I noticed are exactly the same as the other newer A330's and A340's.

I think you are right. I guess QR has installed the newer J seats after removing the third F row on A7-ACA.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 4):
I cant wait for your trip to Bali!

There are still more flights I have to work on before that. I will get back to you ASAP.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 4):
Did you eat the orange tomato bread? It is simply amazing!

Unfortunately not.  
I think I would have to book another flight with QR for it.

@Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Great continuation to your earlier report! Looks like you had a really nice flight with QR down to DOH. The food looks really nice, and your photos really document every aspect of your trip.

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
We were seated in 4A and 4B which was located right behind F .. definitely a nice area of the aircraft right in front of door 2L.

Agreed. It feels very private.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Thanks for sharing!

You are welcome.

@lychemsa:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
All I can say is "Wow."

Thank you.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
They look pretty miserable in Y.

They do? Pity to hear about it. QR supposed to be the best Y class according to Skytrax.

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
great report with many nice pictures.

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
It seems QR offers a very competitive product

Why don't you give QR a try sometime?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
however, I'm not a fan of the interior colors.

I suppose you like the WY more?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
The bigger the better...

Definitely.

@Globetraveller:

Quoting globetraveller (Reply 8):
You have definitely outdone yourself this time: excellent detail, pictures and a great, clean layout. I cannot wait for more from this trip report series. Really world class.

Thank you for your kind words. Your trip reports have been my inspiration as well.

@Sandeep:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 9):
Hi Suryo, a fantastic 2nd part of this big TR. Keep the rest coming as I can't wait to read them all. Again like the last part, its great that you go into so much detail.

Thank you for your support. I still have more trip reports to work on, so I will be around for a while.

@Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
Ooww! That was a worth wait for this superb second part of your TR.

Thank you for your patience.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
Food presentation looks awesome, I bet it tasted wonderful as well.

It was delicious. I enjoyed every single bite of it.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
Seats do not seem to be at the same level though

I had already anticipated it as none of QR A332 has lie-flat J seats.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
I do not know what will become on the following parts but nonetheless it will be worth waiting.

Thank you for your support.

@Johannes:

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
awesome part two of your series of TR's .
I enjoyed reading it

Thank you.

@Ojas:

Quoting ojas (Reply 12):
Thanks for the elaborate description of your journey.

Thank you.

Quoting ojas (Reply 12):
MUC is one of the 6 destinations of QR's network which has a First Class product on offer (LHR, CDG, FRA, MUC, KIX-NRT) ; which will go down to 4 this winter (LHR, CDG, MUC, FRA)
Quoting ojas (Reply 12):
Their A332s have 5 varieties including 3 variants of 2 class cabins and 2 variants of 3 class cabins.

Thanks for this insight information. Could QR probably be keep their A332's 5 variants until the new B787's arrive?

Quoting ojas (Reply 12):
Fine tuning few aspects like the J Lav, and the delay in serving wine; I believe it was a fine experience through out the flight. The presentation, amenity kits, comfort bags are something to look out.

Agreed. I still love QR.

@Christian:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 13):
Excellent report Suryo, it was a nice read

Thank you.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 13):
hopefully I will get to sample their service soon

I bet you will.

@MaverickM11:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 14):
ANGLED lie flat on QR?

Yes on board of their A332's. You can only find the J lie-flat seats on board of the B777 series.

@Daniel:

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 15):
Awesome report, just loving it!
Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 19):
Finally got to read the whole report

As I Said above! AWESOME!


Thank you.

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 15):
I am flying QR J class CPH-DOH-BKK in mid February 2011 on the 332 and 77W also, and I am really looking forward to it

Great. I look forward to your flight experience.

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 15):
Also, I love the whisky choices :P

You'll get to sample them in February.  
Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 19):
It looks as if the J Class product has been fitted with bigger IFE Screens?

I think so.

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 19):
BUT, the Y class looked like the old product?
Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 19):
So did F?

The seats look similar to the ones from three years ago, just like the IFE screen but now with improved IFE offering.

@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
A great second installment, continuing with the high standard set in the first report.

Thank you for your nice words.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
but service sounded a bit haphazard to be honest - I guess they reserve the best staff for F .

I think you are right.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
May I ask how much was the J fare?

I have sent you a PM.

@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 17):
Nice report & pictures

Thank you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 17):
your QR experience seems to be a mirror of mt flights with them earlier this year.

You are right. I read your QR report once again and indeed recognized the the in-flight service.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 17):
I'm following some flighst for a trip withing South America next year

Would you be flying to South America through DOH?

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 17):
whilst I find the staff almost robot like, in my experience, you can't fault the crews.

Absolute not. Despite some delays, they were doing their best to serve you.

@Jonas:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
To me QR's J product look very similar to what many other airlines offer in F class. The food looked fabulous, the presentation looked superb. I like the way they bring in the dishes individually, and that they don't use a tray.

You are right. There are only few airlines where the attendants serve trays individually during the meal service while flying J. I think most of them are from Middle East like QR, EK, EY AND WY.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
The food itself is very well presented, and to me it seems like they put the food on the plate onboard the A/C, unlike some airlines that heat the plate right away.

Rightly observed.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
very generous as a "snack" for a flight of that duration

It was a bit too generous to my taste for a 5 hour flight.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
on the other hand what's the point when the J product is so good.

I know. But I had wished to share the F experience with my fellow A.netters.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
How about those children in J, did they disturb you and the other pax?

No. But I really admire the cabin attendant's patience of a saint while coping with the children.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
A bit mean to the nanny imho to seat her in Y, was she allowed to enter J?

The nanny was allowed to enter the J cabin.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
Were those Bose headphones?

Well, I did not particularly check it out. Perhaps you should come along next time, so that you can judge it.  

@Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
Hey Suryo, nice reports! (Speaking for part 1 and 2) The QR J class looks pretty good.

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
Is it just the pictures, or are the portions of the food really small?

Well, I could not regard the portions particularly small. It was pretty much filling as I barely touched the bread.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
that seems to happen to me a lot as well!

Isn't it nice?

@A.:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Nice report. Thanks again for involving us in your journey ...

Thank you. It has been a pleasure.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
and your partner is correct about the swordfish

Really? Good to know about that.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Also, regular QR travelers will notice this ... but the bread basket has definitely SHRUNK in size!

You are absolutely right. But still I could not manage to taste everything of the bread basket.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
BTW, please tell me that QR's new JCL is not angled-flat?

The JCL on board of their B777's is lie-flat. Others are angled-lie flat.

Ojas, QatarA340, am I correct with this one?

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
we still did better than you .

Hehe, maybe next time.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Saludos and thanks for sharing,

You are welcome.

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
It was great to read about your further travel experiences, this time on QR. Good to hear that you enjoyed their service in Business Class which sounds superb.

Thank you. Glad you liked my report.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
But I guess you didn't travel in a bad way in Business Class as well

I didn't. It was truly enjoyable to be able to stretch your legs and indulge yourselves with good food.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
But in the end I try to look forward to the flight, even if there would have been a cheaper option to get it.

I think it is the best way to do.

@Benito:

Quoting bedo (Reply 23):
really love these TR series!

Thank you so much.

Quoting bedo (Reply 23):
From my point of view you didn't get the upgrade to F, but the privet J section was fantastic.

That's a fair judge.

Quoting bedo (Reply 23):
Thank you for sharing this great story.

You are welcome. I am happy you liked it.


Cheers,
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:25 am

Was the flight full in Y ?

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:47 pm

@fb:

Quoting Flying Belgian (Reply 25):
Was the flight full in Y ?

I think about ninety percents. I noticed some unoccupied seats.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 2):
am looking forward to the next instalment
Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Looking forward to the next part.
Quoting globetraveller (Reply 8):
I cannot wait for more from this trip report series
Quoting AI151 (Reply 9):
Looking forward to the rest of the holiday.
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
I do not know what will become on the following parts but nonetheless it will be worth waiting.
Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
looking forward to the next part
Quoting ojas (Reply 12):
Looking forward the next leg of your journey.
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 13):
Looking forward to the next part, KUL.
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 17):
Look forward to your next installment.
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
Looking forward to the upcoming reports
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
I look forward to the next installments

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:11 pm

Hi Suryo,

great TR, meticulous as usual, it has been a pleasure to read it. As some before me have pointed out, I'm quite unimpressed by the F and mostly Y cabin condition, I thought that every 330 in fleet had by now the newer interiors.
 
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:12 am

Hi Suryo,

Another excellent installment of your big summer holiday.

Interesting procedure with the OLCI and the boarding pass confirmations. What if you didn't have the same credit card on you that you'd booked with? Would it be a problem?

Boarding via bus for the 330, great stuff!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
our signature drink, lemon mint?”

Sounds delicious! All of the food looked very good and well presented. Shame you couldn't upgrade to First, let's hope it worked out on the way back!

Happy flying
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:35 am

Fantastic, Suryo ! Part 2 is yet another amazing trip report! Fantastic pictures and very well written! QR looks great in J; I have flown them a few times in Y and they were great there too.

Meal presentation looks fabulous ! Portion of the main course seem very small though......

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:48 pm

Hi Suryo,

What a great report you've made about your Qatar airways experience. That was probably worth the 8 or 9 month wait. You've managed to get some great shots capturing the service of your flight. Including the interior of the plane and catering.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
QR would send their B777-300ER instead of the initially planned A330-200

That's so great. A really pretty distinction from the regural A330.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Little I realized that I was about to go onboard this aircraft for the second time after nearly three years.

That's a pity. Luckily you still enjoyed your flight.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Now, it was about time to explore other parts of A7-ACA.

That looks nice. Y looks very warm and welcoming.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The four children of the group were together and being supervised by the nanny

Thats a nice gesture of this family. Spending some money so the other pax won't be bothered by their children.

As said above, this is a great report of a really nice flight. I look forward to reading about your futher travel experiences.

Tim,
 
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Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:41 pm

Mr. Suryo,

Great Part 2, with excellent detail  

QR's attention to detail is quite impressive. Having flown EK, EY, and WY before, i can most closely compare your experience with my Oman Air. The crew seemed very professional and unobtrusive. Furthermore, the cabin was nicely presented and for an aircraft that is about 8 years old, the interior looked almost spaking-new!

Maybe i am a step close to being convinced?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
. Instead of separate bags for ladies en gentlemen, there are universal kits which consisted of a pair of earplugs, a bottle of eau de toilette and body lotion, a tube of lip balm and moisturizer. Other amenities could be found in the lavatories.



WoW! When other airlines are scapping the daytime amenity kits in F class, QR re-creates this idea and introduces a niche amenity kit for this purpose!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
F cabin



Reminds me a lot of Cathay's older F class product, which is now bordering the outdate  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Towards the ETA, in all sudden six adults were passing by towards the F cabin followed by two children. Another two other children emerged in our cabin and taking the middle J seats. Then I realized why our upgrade request was not granted. A group of Middle Eastern travelers had booked up the F cabin, occupied several J seats. There was even a single Y seat for the nanny too.



Personally, i think you were better off remaining in J.

From my experience, i felt a bit out of place in F when i was accompanied by a large family that occupied most of the cabin. They got into their own circle, and demanded most of the crew's attention, leaving me to more like a rodent! haha  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Junko followed her with our indulgence trays.



Very nicely presented!


Thanks a lot for sharing! Looking forward to the next!

Cheers,
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:05 pm

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your replies. I really appreciate it.

@ JL418:

Quoting JL418 (Reply 27):
great TR, meticulous as usual, it has been a pleasure to read it.

Thank you. I am happy to know that.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 27):
As some before me have pointed out, I'm quite unimpressed by the F and mostly Y cabin condition, I thought that every 330 in fleet had by now the newer interiors.

QR may have one reason for the interior of A7-ACA. QR intended to remove one F class row in favour of the J one. But since the older J seats were not available, QR could do nothing more than reinstalling the whole J cabin with the newer seating. Just my wild guess!

@ Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 28):
Another excellent installment of your big summer holiday.

Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 28):
What if you didn't have the same credit card on you that you'd booked with? Would it be a problem?

Well, I can recall the experience of fellow A.netter Carfield. He failed to show the credit card he had used for booking while checking in because he had another credit card with him. The result was that he had to pay again for the whole journey. The expenses were reimbursed though upon the identification of the former credit card.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 28):
Boarding via bus for the 330, great stuff!

Definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 28):
Shame you couldn't upgrade to First, let's hope it worked out on the way back!

I will get back to you on that topic later on.  

@ Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Fantastic, Suryo ! Part 2 is yet another amazing trip report! Fantastic pictures and very well written! QR looks great in J; I have flown them a few times in Y and they were great there too.

Thank you. Good to know you had nice experience in Y. I can imagine why QR had been awarded the best Y last year.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Portion of the main course seem very small though......

Well, if you take the other meal courses into account, the size is just right.

@ Tim:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 30):
What a great report you've made about your Qatar airways experience. That was probably worth the 8 or 9 month wait. You've managed to get some great shots capturing the service of your flight. Including the interior of the plane and catering.

Thank you for your patience and nice words.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 30):
A really pretty distinction from the regural A330.

Definitely. Finally I got to try the B77W.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 30):
That's a pity. Luckily you still enjoyed your flight.

I was pleasantly surprised by the mini J cabin. At least the J cabin has been upgraded.

@ Roni:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 31):
Mr. Suryo,

Great Part 2, with excellent detail

Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 31):
Maybe i am a step close to being convinced?

You make me curious...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 31):
WoW! When other airlines are scapping the daytime amenity kits in F class, QR re-creates this idea and introduces a niche amenity kit for this purpose!

I was not aware of that particular decision of other airlines, thanks for highlighting the QR's move on this one.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 31):
Reminds me a lot of Cathay's older F class product, which is now bordering the outdate

In comparison to your last report of Cathay's new F product, you have indeed less space for Power Yoga on the older one. 
Quoting ronerone (Reply 31):
Personally, i think you were better off remaining in J.

From my experience, i felt a bit out of place in F when i was accompanied by a large family that occupied most of the cabin. They got into their own circle, and demanded most of the crew's attention, leaving me to more like a rodent! haha

I guess you are right. It is better to experience the F service without having such family around.   

Quoting ronerone (Reply 31):
Thanks a lot for sharing! Looking forward to the next!

You are welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:42 pm

Hey Great report , I must admit I have read them out of sequence but doesnt matter  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My classic Arabic mezze, consisted of hummus, baba ghannouj and moutabal

That makes me hungry , reminds me of Lebanon.  

Great photos and read love the Godiva chocs also.

Thanks for the report

Philip
 
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Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:59 pm

Hi Philip,

Quoting oa260 (Reply 33):
Hey Great report , I must admit I have read them out of sequence but doesnt matter

Never mind. Glad you liked it.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 33):
reminds me of Lebanon.

Oh yes, I can imagine that.  
Quoting oa260 (Reply 33):
Great photos and read love the Godiva chocs also.

Thanks for the report

You are welcome.

Cheers,
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:58 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Why don't you give QR a try sometime?

I have wanted to do so for a long time, but either fares or flying times haven't been favorable in the end.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
I suppose you like the WY more?

Yes, even though the color design is not my favorite either. SQ's interior colors are very nice.


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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:27 pm

Hey, Suryo,

what a really well done and detailed story.
Also a good number of high quality pix.
Now I know what happens in front of the curtain, during my flight on QR last year.

Heading for the next part right now.

Greetings,
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:52 pm

Hey,

great report. I would love to fly QR some day. Looks like you have the same small pocket book as I have. Except for that mine is black where yours is red and red where yours is black.
Anyway. Am looking forward to read more of your TRs. Keep it up

Frank
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:55 pm

@ PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 35):
I have wanted to do so for a long time, but either fares or flying times haven't been favorable in the end.

That is a pity. Did you consider flying out of other cities as well?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 35):
SQ's interior colors are very nice.

Well, it has been five years ago since I flew with SQ. I think I am getting more used to QR's interior.

@ Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 36):
Hey, Suryo,

what a really well done and detailed story.
Also a good number of high quality pix.
Now I know what happens in front of the curtain, during my flight on QR last year.

Thank you for your kind words. I am doing my best on it. Your trip report has been my inspiration, you know.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 36):
Heading for the next part right now.

I hope you like it.

@ Frank:

Quoting Lh748i (Reply 37):
great report. I would love to fly QR some day.

Thank you. I truly can recommend you to fly QR.

Quoting Lh748i (Reply 37):
Looks like you have the same small pocket book as I have. Except for that mine is black where yours is red and red where yours is black.

Really, how lovely! The pocket book is used to be my partner's when he wrote a diary.

Quoting Lh748i (Reply 37):
Anyway. Am looking forward to read more of your TRs. Keep it up

Thanks for your support.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:12 pm

Hi Suryo,

Another great read, nice continuation from the last one.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Japanese flight attendant Junko greeted us at the door and directed to us to the left. I was pleasantly surprised to find a mini J cabin right behind the F cabin.

Nice cabin to be seated in!

The meals look really nice, pity that the wines were forgotten about. But that aside, the service seems fantastic.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
After exploring the Y cabin, I was curious about the condition of the lavatory I visited earlier by then.

And that's how the lavatory should be kept at all times!


Thanks for sharing, onto the next report!

Regards,
Nicholas
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR

Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:05 pm

Hi Nicholas,

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 39):
Another great read, nice continuation from the last one.

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 39):
But that aside, the service seems fantastic.

Agreed. I still regarded the overall experience as wonderful.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 39):
Thanks for sharing, onto the next report!

You are welcome.

Cheers,
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