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Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:23 pm



LOOKING BACK


Dear fellow A.netters,

My excitement of flying Qatar Airways was getting stronger when I settled down to the online check-in at 04.30 in Netherlands.


Only eight out of 30 to choose from


After hitting the ’Confirm seat’ button, our boarding passes could be printed out.


My boarding pass printout


In Munich, I got my printout gladly exchanged with a QR boarding stub.


My QR Business Class boarding pass



Welcome to the third and the last part of Big Summer Holiday To Asia



I do hope you have enjoyed the previous parts of my trip report series. In case you are interested, I would like to invite you to click on:

Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 1: DUS-MUC With LH (by akhmad Aug 21 2010 in Trip Reports)

Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 2: MUC-DOH With QR (by akhmad Aug 23 2010 in Trip Reports)



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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:27 pm

AT THE AIRPORT


After our bus was cleared to proceed, we had to drop off the Doha bound passengers first at the main terminal. The disembarking was quick and we were soon on our way to the Premium Terminal.


Premium Terminal


We pulled over at 19.00. The remaining passengers were ushered to the entrance.


Entrance


Our boarding passes were scrutinized before proceeding the security, which went smoothly. We were through within five minutes.
“Upstairs, Sir!” One of the security members said.
“Thank you,”


Stairway to heaven


On the same floor level, there is a small Duty Free area after the security. The prices are moderate, especially regarding spirits and tobaccos.

Duty Free overview







A friendly gate attendant greeted us upstairs. After jotting down our flight details, he waived us towards the Business Class lounge.


Business Class Lounge



Entrance


Once through the sliding doors, you will find the dining are on your left.


A waiter is always on hand



FIDS



Mezzanine level


Since our last visit two years ago, the Business Class area has been expanded. Do you see the two brick walls on the right of the above photo? There were used to be the windows being formerly located facing towards the airport curbsides.

We went left and made ourselves comfortable on the upper wing.


View towards the restrooms



Fountain and wall dividers to the First Class lounge


Each lounge level has its own well-stocked bar.


(Non) alcoholic drinks in the fridge



White wine ice bucket and spirits


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Red wine corner



More spirits and champagne ice bucket


I was about to pour the champagne, when a lounge attendant approached me and insistently said, “Please, let me take care of that for you,”


Me with my partner’s and my well topped up champagne glasses


It was time for a obligatory visit to the restroom.


Nicely designed washbasins



Real of paper hand towels



FLIGHT STATUS



Our itinerary:
Route: DOH-KUL
Date: 2 August 2010
ETD/ATD: 20.10 / 20.10
ETA/ATA: 08.50 / 08.55
Flight number: QR 620
Plane: Airbus 330-302
Registration: A7-AEN
Delivered: First delivered 7 February 2008
First Officer: Captain Abdul Monin


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Boarding


Unlike two years ago, we did not see any lounge attendant who wandered through the lounge area calling passengers to go onboard. We just remained seated and sipping our champagne. At 19.30 my partner got anxious whether and got off to find out whether it was time for boarding.

Not long after, the lounge attendant who served our champagne, approached me, “Are you going to Kuala Lumpur? It is boarding now,”
“Thank you,” I quickly gathered our belongings and made way to the gate., leaving our champagne glasses unfinished.

I met my partner and we went downstairs together towards our boarding gate.


Our gate 1A


Although the last call was not made yet, we were apparently the last passengers to go onboard. The doors were closed as soon as we got in and off we went. Despite the lighting on the tarmac, I managed to shoot one rather decent picture of A7-BAF out of many blurrier others from behind the bus window. Little I knew that I would be meeting her two weeks later in Bali.  



A7-BAF


Our bus came to a stop next to A7-AEN which seems a regular visitor to KUL.

Staircase boarding




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Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:36 pm

ON BOARD

Business Class


As we entered A7-AEN at 19.40, Indonesian flight attendant Yenny greeted us at the door, “Good evening, Mr. Akhmad. Nice to have you on board,”
She got in charge of our row during the flight.
Malaysian purser Farul looked at our boarding passes and waived us through to our seats.




Our seats



2A and 2B


Big sized pillow and wrapped thick blanket had been placed on each seat.


Neighbor view



My seat



2A



Legroom



Yenny took the coats of other passengers


We did not bring along any coat. It was summer anyway!  

Yenny appeared on our side. “Good evening, Sir. Can we offer you anything to drink? Water, orange juice or laban?”
“Orange juice for me please,” my partner said.
“Can I have the last one?” I asked.
“Certainly,”
Our welcome drinks were delivered shortly.


My laban and my partner’s orange juice


I looked out the window while sipping laban.


A7-AEI


One of the perks of flying J is that you have got an individual battery charger which I really needed for the sake of my trip reports. 




Yenny returned to individually hand out the nighttime amenity kits. Nice touch on the contrary to our previous experience on the MUC-DOH leg! This amenity kit has similar content as the daytime one. One difference is the black colored bag.


Amenity kit


About ten minutes before ETD, Yenny passed on the pyjama bags as opposed to the comfort bag we got earlier. “I have brought the XL-ones for you. Please let me know whether they fit. Otherwise, I will exchange it,”
The difference with the daytime comfort bag is the bigger size of the bag where you will find a cotton pyjama top inside.
Hot or cold towel service followed shortly.


Pyjama bag



The content


Five minutes before ETD, an announcement came that all customers were on board. I counted 16 people in J.

Pushback commenced right on time. The lovely humming sound filled the cabin. The in-flights safety demonstration was displayed, followed by another announcement five minutes later that the IFE had been switched on.


Welcome greeting from attractive QR flight attendants



A330 or B777?


During the taxi, Yenny took the meal orders.


Attending family of three at the first row


I explored the content of the seat pockets. All of them are similar to those on our earlier flight, except for the menu.

Menu



Menu and beverage list inside a leather jacket



Main meal



Indulgence


Yenny just managed to finish taking the order of the first row passengers, when all the attendants were requested to get seated for take-off.

Let me take you along the take-off experience. My apology though for the blurriness.


Indulgence


The engines spooled up, followed by a powerful take-off


Lift off at 20.20



Doha’s skylines


Passing over Doha, we banked to the right to reach our cruising altitude.


IN FLIGHT


We leveled off at 20.30, Yenny continued her task shortly after the fasten seat belt signs were switched off.
“Good evening, sir. Are you joining us for the main meal?” she asked me.
“Can I have the butternut squash soup as a starter and the noodles?”
“Certainly. Do you want anything to drink to go with it?”
“I will have the Shiraz, please,”
“Certainly. How about you, Sir?” she turned to my partner.
“I skip the starter. I will have the noodles and the Shiraz as well,”
“Certainly,”


Cuisine


Fifteen minutes into the flight, the palate pleaser was served together with our Shiraz.


Shiraz and filled pancakes


The pancakes were filled with salmon caviar, a hint of coriander and accompanied with sweet chili sauce. My partner did not really like it. But I took care of his and mine as well. 

Yenny cleared up our bowls and returned to set our table one by one. As a window seat passenger, I got attended first. The table setting procedure was strictly followed again. Firstly, she covered my table with a white crisp linen. Secondly, she folded a napkin across and laid it on my lap. Finally, she put richly filled bread bowl, mini pepper and salt containers, butter dish and a water glass.


Table setting



Close up of bread bowl


After setting my partner’s table, Yenny returned with my starter. The soup bowl was brought to my table covered. Once it was set, she removed the lid, revealing the piping hot squash soup.


Butternut squash soup


The soup was tasteful. The curry went harmoniously with the coriander, spicing each other up.

In the meantime, my partner’s main meal was delivered.


Pad Thai noodles


The noodles were wrapped in a crispy egg net. The sensation of well flavored soft noodles and cracking undertone of egg net was really fantastic.
Of course, Yenny did not forget to top up our glasses during the meal.

About thirty minutes later just after we finished our meal, our dirty plates were cleared up.
“Do you care for the dessert?” Yenny asked.
“No, I am fine, thank you,”
“No problem. I will keep your tables this way,”
We were completely stuffed. My bread bowl even remained untouched.
Yenny returned about ten minutes later. “Do you want me to clear up your table?”
“Yes, please,”
“Do you want anything else?”
“Could we have a glass of whiskey?”
“Single or double?”
“Just single to start,” my partner and I replied almost simultaneously.
‘What a funny girl,’ I thought.  
Our whiskey was soon delivered with each a box of Godiva chocolates.


Whiskey and Godiva chocolates


Then it was about time to explore the rest of the cabin.


J lavatory



Love the lavatory with a window



Amenities



Shaving kits and toothbrushes



Eau de cologne, hand lotion, hand soap


Then, I made my way backwards. Somehow, I got the feeling that J cabin got darkened sooner than Y cabin.


Dark J cabin



Y cabin



Backward view



Front view


I wanted to get to know Yenny and her colleagues, so I headed to the galley. Yenny was not there at the moment. Malaysian flight attendant Azwani greeted me instead.
“Hello, Sir. Can I get you anything?”
“No, thank you. I am just curious about the galley,”
“Oh yes, please. Do you want to take any picture?” Azwani asked upon noticing me holding a camera.
“Oh yes, may I?”
“Sure. Let me tidy it up first for you.”

J galley






“Please, have a sit here,” Azwani folded down the attendant seat next to her.
We engaged in a nice conversation about things like where we are come from, how long she has been working for Qatar.
“So, you are born in Indonesia. My colleague has told me that she is having a Malaysian passenger instead,” Azwani said. “By the way. I can speak Indonesian as well. I spent couple years living in Indonesia when I was young,”
Yenny returned to the galley and three of us got chit-chatted a bit until Captain Monin appeared.
“Hello,” he said.
“Are you the captain?” I asked while shaking his hand.
“Who are you?” he asked.
“I am just a passenger sitting on 2A,” I replied.
Captain Monin had such look in his eyes which was somehow forcing me to ask, “Do you want me to go back?”
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.
“OK, I am gone,”
I kept thinking, ‘Am I doing anything wrong? I just wanted to socialize a bit,’


Entertainment


I kept myself occupied with QR’s Oryx IFE system.


Start screen



Broadcast map



My own play list


I was so tired that I dozed off pretty quickly.   

I woke up after another two hours. It was 04.40 on Malaysian time. From now on, any time reference further on this report will be Malaysian time.

I was wondering whether the mood lighting was on in Y cabin, so I went backwards again. What a difference from my previous visit. The cabin was immersed in blue. So calming.


Forward view



Backward view


When I returned to my seat, my partner was awake and both of us were in real need of some strong caffeine, I went to the galley to order a double espresso for me and a cup of coffee with milk. Azwani and Yenny were in the galley that time.
“Please take a sit. I will bring it to you,” Yenny quickly met my request.
“Before I go, I would like to thank you for your service so far,” I said.
“Thank you very much,” Yenny replied. “Would you mind filling out the feedback form for us?”
“Not at all.” I returned to my seat.


In-flight survey


Our coffees were delivered with each a tray of Shortbreads.


A small cup of double espresso and a big coffee mug



Window view



The sunrise starting



View of the wing


About two hours before landing, Azwani started collecting headsets out of the empty seats.


Cuisine


At 07.20, Yenny emerged from the galley to take our breakfast order.
“Are you joining us for breakfast?”
“Yes, please. I would like to have the energizer and Arabic breakfast,” I said.
“For me also the energizer and Greek yogurt instead,” My partner said.
“Certainly,”

Yenny set our tables and soon returned with the energizer.


Date and banana energizer



My partner’s table setting. Note the preserve offering


In the meantime, Farul was handing out the landing card for Malaysia.


Landing card


Our main meal was delivered not long after.

My Arabic breakfast consisted of cold and warm plates. The cold plate contained hummus, labneh, grilled feta, baba ghannouj and hard-boiled egg accompanied with pita bread. The warm dish consisted of warm beans.


Cold plate



Warm plate


I fell in love with QR’s Arabic breakfast when I got the taste of it for the first time two years ago. They have become my reference to similar dishes ever since.


My partner’s tropical fruit with Greek yogurt


I kept my window shade open from now on.


The sun is shining


While we were savoring our breakfast, menus were recollected from the empty seats. At 08.05 Captain Monin made an announcement that we would start to descend within ten minutes.


Landing


As soon as we were leaving our cruising altitude, our tables were cleared up followed by hot towel service.


Malaysian coast line


At 08.25, flight attendants were requested to seat in preparation for the landing.


KLIA in sight


Five minutes later, two cabin attendants walked along each side of the cabin and spraying something. I was wondering what it was all about. I would have expected on Australia bound flights before landing. Could any fellow A.netters know anything about it?

Anyway, let me take you along the landing moments.


Malacca Street



Port Dickson



Making an U-turn



Somewhere near Siliau



View on Bukit Tajam



Chasing our shadow



Touch down at 08.45



Entering the taxiway



New location of the low cost terminal being built on the background



VIP Terminal


During the taxi, a common welcome announcement was made. But at the end, we got warned that you will get sentenced with death penalty for drugs trafficking.
Anyway as we entered the platform, I realized that I found myself in another spotter’s heaven. This one in Asia!  



Main terminal with many Malaysian B734’s docked



9M-MLC, former XL Airways B73H



MH B772



Uzbekistan B752



Silkair A320


We were finally docked at 08.55 at the satellite terminal. Before saying goodbye, there was time for a photo session.


Farewell photo with Farul, Azwani and Yenny


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Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:39 pm

AT THE AIRPORT


Disembarking


We thanked Farul, Azwani and Yenny for the pleasant flight and made our way to the terminal.


Goodbye A7-AEN


Two QR ground attendants were apparently waiting at the end of the aerobridge and distributing leaflets about Malaysia.


Do’s and don’ts in Malaysia



Satellite Terminal



The corridor


I remembered vaguely the airy design of KLIA. But then, I got the chance to capture it.


Walking along Aerotrain corridor



Jungle in the airport



Impressive high ceiling



Signage


We jumped on the Aerotrain just before the sliding doors were closing.


Signage inside Aerotrain


This automatic shuttle train brought us to the main terminal across the platform.


Satellite terminal platform



Main terminal platform



MainTerminal



Interior


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Signage



Before border control


The border control was a breeze. We reached the baggage claim area within fifteen minutes after disembarking.


Arrival duty free shop



Baggage claim area



Baggage information screen



Our baggage belt




Bunch of passengers waiting for their luggage. Note the QR ground attendant



The end of QR outward journey


While waiting for our luggage, I switched on my mobile phone and got a welcome message from fellow A.netter Airpearl immediately. You might be thinking what was about to happen. Well, we had an appointment with him. l will tell you more about it on my following report. But this time, I put an end to this part of my trip report series.

By the way, our luggage appeared on the baggage belt shortly after it got started. The priority tag did work out this time.  Smile

QR impressed me more during the DOH-KUL service. Friendly and hospitable attendants, great lounge in DOH, on board catering, Oryx in-flight entertainment and sophisticated aircraft brought our whole outward journey to a great finish. The five star experience was well deserved and it showed.

I do hope you have enjoyed my trip report from Dusseldorf until Kuala Lumpur. 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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Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:53 pm

Nice TR - Quite amusing & entertaining.

Looking ff. to flying QR J soon -

Is it just the pics or is the blue tone in either J/Y cabins way too strong (headache potential?)?

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Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:31 pm

Hi Suryo,

An amazing TR and this is only you getting to KL. The amount of effort and attention to detail you have put into these 3 sectors has been phenomenal. I'm looking forward to the return portions without a shadow of a doubt.

I've fallen in love with the Business Class lounge at DOH. It looks absolutely stunning!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
I was about to pour the champagne, when a lounge attendant approached me and insistently said, “Please, let me take care of that for you,”

Very kind and efficient to say none the least.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Captain Monin had such look in his eyes which was somehow forcing me to ask, “Do you want me to go back?”
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.
“OK, I am gone,”
I kept thinking, ‘Am I doing anything wrong? I just wanted to socialize a bit,’

Sounds a tad bit harsh to say that the way he did. Thought he would have been friendlier.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Five minutes later, two cabin attendants walked along each side of the cabin and spraying something. I was wondering what it was all about. I would have expected on Australia bound flights before landing. Could any fellow A.netters know anything about it?

This has happened when I've travelled to many places and normally its some kind of pesticide which is harmless to humans and kills the insects if there are any on board.

Keep up the excellent standards!

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Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:14 pm

Hi Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Please let me know what you think of it

Yeah, I liked it   More then part 2 to be honest.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Yenny passed on the pyjama bags

Very nice! This is not so common on J-class, I think.

Great food also. Breakfast looks delicious. Not sure on that main course, with the noodles, looks a small portion. Also, next time you take dessert and show us. Also ok, just the picture (then you don't eat it, when you don't want)  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
a common welcome announcement was made. But at the end, we got warned that you will get sentenced with death penalty for drugs trafficking.

Oh yes, it always makes me think. We come from Netherlands and yes, they've an extra eye on 'us'. Actually, since the moment you leave your bag at the check-in desk in AMS, or DUS in this case, it's out of your own responsibility. Others, read baggage handlers, can do everything they want with your luggage. From own airport experience I know there is hardly any additional security around in the baggage cellars, and you never know if somebody uses your bag for some transportation. We can only hope it will all ok with the bags like it's the case usually. But otherwise people can get in big trouble in countries like Malaysia, Singapore and also Thailand (as well others in especially that region).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Bunch of passengers waiting for their luggage. Note the QR ground attendant

Nice. Good service. I know this is done by the Japanese companies JAL and ANA also. Much welcomed by passengers, not only for assistance with baggage, but also with additional questions on arrival procedures, ground transportation and directions etc.

QR is way to go! Can't wait to have them in AMS, assuming for April 2011 start of operations...

btw that captain is probably old generation. They are not too easy with such things. Youngers crews are easier to talk with, is my experience. On several flights I took (in J) I spoke over 30minutes with the captain etc. in the forward galley. We even drank a coffee together and spoke about the business. It fully depends. Maybe he thought you're after his ladies  Silly

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Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:58 pm

Hey Suryo

I really enjoyed reading your report, I like the amount of detail you go into, espically the conversations between yourself and the crew.

Nice to see that QR use Molton Brown products, I really like them. The Black Pepper range is my favourite, sounds very strange but smells so good!

Thanks for sharing!

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Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:56 am

Hi Suryo

Wow, what a meticulous and detailed account of your flights! Thanks for the excellent collection so far - they're highly enjoyable.   Qatar Airways really does look like a class act. I'm not surprised you've stuck to them again this time round. Certainly even among the better GCC carriers, I think QR tops them in the consistency of its inflight service - from my own experience, I find QR doesn't try to blind you with unnecessary frills and bling, but provides a solid quality experience.


Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Despite the lighting on the tarmac, I managed to shoot one rather decent picture of A7-BAF out of many blurrier others from behind the bus window. Little I knew that I would be meeting her two weeks later in Bali.

Night shots are never easy. The little Ixus doesn't do too badly. Funny about BAF... she's a machine I'd been on too.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
ne of the perks of flying J is that you have got an individual battery charger which I really needed for the sake of my trip reports.

Hard work this... hehe. And I'm not surprised you needed it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
The difference with the daytime comfort bag is the bigger size of the bag where you will find a cotton pyjama top inside.

In these days of cost-cutting, the amenities offered make QR look like a premium-J class today. Impressive.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Captain Monin had such look in his eyes which was somehow forcing me to ask, “Do you want me to go back?”
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.

A bad day at work for Mr Monin? What a strange and abrupt end to the otherwise nice chin-wag.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Five minutes later, two cabin attendants walked along each side of the cabin and spraying something. I was wondering what it was all about. I would have expected on Australia bound flights before landing. Could any fellow A.netters know anything about it?

It's disinfectant, standard on intercontinental flights into Malaysia. However, on most airlines, you will have an announcement warning ahead of time that this will happen.


Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
QR impressed me more during the DOH-KUL service. Friendly and hospitable attendants, great lounge in DOH, on board catering, Oryx in-flight entertainment and sophisticated aircraft brought our whole outward journey to a great finish. The five star experience was well deserved and it showed.

Well summarized. Great to see you enjoyed the QR experience once again.



Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Well, we had an appointment with him. l will tell you more about it on my following report.

I can't wait to see what happens next  

Thanks for the great experience so far.

Cheers
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Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:19 am

1. Fantastic report as usual.
2. That Captain seems like a nasty guy.
3. I could never eat humus and baba ganoug for breakfast.
 
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Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:02 am

Great trip report!

When I saw the pictures of the menu my first thought was "One of them had better get the Arabic breakfast!" because I was curious what food they would serve! I was very relieved to read that you ordered it and enjoyed the pictures!

As for the pilot, I'm actually not surprised since here in the U.S. they have very strict rules about having passengers in the forward cabin SEATED whenever pilots enter or leave the cockpit. In fact the rule is that one FA must be standing guard with the large cart across the aisle to act as a barrier! Of course this is for the single aisle domestic flights here. Not quite sure how they handle wide body int'l flights.... So that is what I'm used to seeing.

I'm always amazed when I read trip reports where passengers get to mingle/talk with pilots...

I look forward to hearing about your time with Airpearl!
 
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Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:34 am

Hi Suryo,

another excellent piece of work, I could get used to that flow of reports! The catering looks very good - and I like the mood lighting during boarding.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Captain Monin had such look in his eyes which was somehow forcing me to ask, “Do you want me to go back?”
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.

That's odd. Probably he didn't like a crew member being involved in a longer (personal) conversation with a passenger.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

The sun is shining

Great shot!


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Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:02 am

Suryo! Another amazing report with fantastic pictures! Service sem great,preentation of meals fantastic but the main course again seems very small.

The captain seems very rude;he could have said that in a different way.

Looking forward very much to your continued adventures in Asia!

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Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:01 am

Hi Suryo,

Again great report, and really relevant to me!

I agree the service from DOH to KUL looks better, and I am expecting the same when I fly! DOH-BKK will be better than CPH-DOH!

In the reports I have read on the QR J-class product, The DOH - ASIA bound flights seem to be superior to the Europe - DOH bound flights service wise!

Also, WOW KUL looks stunning, made me wanna visit Malaysia just to go through the airport, thumbs up Malaysia!

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Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:39 pm

Hola Suryo!

Well, well..... I am speechless.

I think you said at the begining of your asian adventures that you tried to upgrade to first, well I think you can save the miles for another J trip, I do not know what type of service would you get in First....

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was about to pour the champagne, when a lounge attendant approached me and insistently said, “Please, let me take care of that for you,”

From a European point of view that sounds just unheard of.

Obviously, nothing can be perfect in this life and the 'conversation' with the captain brought you back to reality; but you wait until you get onto an American company and try to access the toilet, as I did once on NW AMS-SEA, while he was getting out of the cockpit; he ordered me 'Stand behind the line!'... Gloooops... Yes Sir! No problem. Since then, I avoid visiting the toilet while on American carriers.

Salut!

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Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:36 pm

Excellent report and great photos really enjoyed it. QR sure looks great also love the Molten Brown Amenity kit  

Thanks for the insight

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Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:00 pm

Hello Suryo,

Great third part of your trip report - I liked it a lot. You described the fantastic service experience in a very detailed way - I was sometimes feeling like being on the flight myself.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Menu and beverage list inside a leather jacket

Looks very stylish.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was wondering whether the mood lighting was on in Y cabin, so I went backwards again. What a difference from my previous visit. The cabin was immersed in blue. So calming.

Looks great, I like it.

I'm looking forward to your further travel experiences.

Regards
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Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:05 pm

Mr. Suryo!

Excellent Part 3! You sold me a trip on QR   haha

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Duty Free overview

Dull!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Can I have the last one?” I asked.

Excellent choice  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Who are you?” he asked.
“I am just a passenger sitting on 2A,” I replied.
Captain Monin had such look in his eyes which was somehow forcing me to ask, “Do you want me to go back?”
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.
“OK, I am gone,”
I kept thinking, ‘Am I doing anything wrong? I just wanted to socialize a bit,’

That's a little, don't you think?


Thanks a lot for sharing! Will you post any TRs on the regional flights?


Cheers,
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Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:17 am

Thanks for a fascinating report so far!

In the US, the pilot and/or the first officer will first ring the flight attendants before being discharged in the lavatory. One F/A will join the other pilot in the cockpit, while the other is doing his or her business in the lavatory or grabbing a drink. So the confrontation will never happen. Nevertheless, the pilot was indeed very rude and that warrants a letter to QR or a comment on the survey. Yes the pilot is the commander of the plane, but that does not warrant rudeness. The pilot should have used a completely different tone in conveying the message, and I sort of wondered if the F/As would get a yelling from the captain after the poster went back to his seat. The passenger was obviously welcomed in the galley, and not considered a threat.

Qatar is a really good airline and I hope it can keep it up, unlike Emirates, which is suffering a major consistency issue and suffers declining service standard in all classes of service, especially in first and business class. Of course QR has a more "reasonable" expansion plan but I like QR crew too. The amenities look very nice, and offering PJ in business class is still a nice gesture.

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Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:44 am

Great TR Suryo, it exceeding my very high expectations for this report haha well done!

For the first time I really want to fly Qatar Airways! This report is a perfect advertisement for them. The food looks very well presented and the Arabic breakfast is making me very hungry. That was very rude of the Captain though!

Looking forward to the next part.

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Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:53 am

Hi Akhmad,

Excellent successive TRs!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
On the same floor level, there is a small Duty Free area after the security. The prices are moderate, especially regarding spirits and tobaccos.

Many O-D passengers flying J on QR prefer to go through the regular terminal just because the duty free variety is extensive there. Plus there is the OryX gold and silver lounges there as well, so that passengers can relax after immigration.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Can I have the last one?” I asked.
“Certainly,”

Laban! Yummy! .... that's the staple refreshment drink of the Gulf.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
One of the perks of flying J is that you have got an individual battery charger which I really needed for the sake of my trip reports

I really needed one when I flew the A340-600.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Yes, please. I would like to have the energizer and Arabic breakfast,”

My favorite as well.

Interestingly DOH - KUL is done a lot by the B777 fleet as well, I guess you folks got the A330 ... which will soon fly onwards from KUL to HKT!

Thanks for sharing
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Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:05 am

Hi Suryo,

Nice report and pictures as usual, thanks for sharing your QR experience.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Yenny returned to individually hand out the nighttime amenity kits. Nice touch on the contrary to our previous experience on the MUC-DOH leg! This amenity kit has similar content as the daytime one. One difference is the black colored bag.

- These are better bags than we got earlier in the year, they were pretty naff.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
The noodles were wrapped in a crispy egg net. The sensation of well flavored soft noodles and cracking undertone of egg net was really fantastic.

- Looks a tad on the small side to me.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Yenny returned to the galley and three of us got chit-chatted a bit until Captain Monin appeared.
“Hello,” he said.
“Are you the captain?” I asked while shaking his hand.
“Who are you?” he asked.
“I am just a passenger sitting on 2A,” I replied.
Captain Monin had such look in his eyes which was somehow forcing me to ask, “Do you want me to go back?”
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.
“OK, I am gone,”
I kept thinking, ‘Am I doing anything wrong? I just wanted to socialize a bit,’

- Hmm, sounds like the Captain is a bit of a grumpy sort.

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:49 am

Hi Suryo,

A great continuation of your trip to Indonesia. I can now finally say I am awaiting your following part too. The Qatar service appears very comfortable and extensive.

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Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:13 pm

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Obviously, nothing can be perfect in this life and the 'conversation' with the captain brought you back to reality; but you wait until you get onto an American company and try to access the toilet, as I did once on NW AMS-SEA, while he was getting out of the cockpit; he ordered me 'Stand behind the line!'... Gloooops... Yes Sir! No problem. Since then, I avoid visiting the toilet while on American carriers.

I think it's not justified to generalize about US companies here. I have flown on numerous American carriers and never had any trouble with pilots. Even after 9/11 I have often been warmly welcomed to the flightdeck after landing.

You didn't meet a particularly nice individual on that particular AMS-SEA flight, but the captain on Suryo's QR flight wasn't a nice guy either. That can happen everywhere.


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Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:31 pm

Hola PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
I think it's not justified to generalize about US companies here
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
You didn't meet a particularly nice individual on that particular AMS-SEA flight

I was not generalizing, I just stated that some pilots are not particularly friendly. Suryo's one was another example...

Anyway next time I get diapers before flying American carriers....    

Salut!

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Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:39 pm

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 24):
Anyway next time I get diapers before flying American carriers....

Ok, but don't forget to get rid of them before walking through the body scanner in the US...  


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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:55 pm

Dear fellows,

Many thanks for your replies. I truly appreciate it.

@ rcaq:

Quoting rcaq (Reply 4):
Nice TR - Quite amusing & entertaining.

Thank you. Glad you like it.

Quoting rcaq (Reply 4):
Looking ff. to flying QR J soon -

Great! Where are you going?

Quoting rcaq (Reply 4):
Is it just the pics or is the blue tone in either J/Y cabins way too strong (headache potential?)?

I did not experience the blue tone as too strong. It was quite soothing actually.

@ Sandeep:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 5):
An amazing TR and this is only you getting to KL. The amount of effort and attention to detail you have put into these 3 sectors has been phenomenal. I'm looking forward to the return portions without a shadow of a doubt.

Thank you for your nice supports. It has been a pleasure to me.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 5):
Very kind and efficient to say none the least.

Definitely. I was impressed by this nice chap.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 5):
Sounds a tad bit harsh to say that the way he did. Thought he would have been friendlier.

That was what I was actually hoping. Unfortunately it did not come out.

@ Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
Yeah, I liked it More then part 2 to be honest.

Really? Can you tell me why? I love to hear your feedback.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
Also, next time you take dessert and show us. Also ok, just the picture (then you don't eat it, when you don't want)

OK, I will do it next time.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
Actually, since the moment you leave your bag at the check-in desk in AMS, or DUS in this case, it's out of your own responsibility. Others, read baggage handlers, can do everything they want with your luggage. From own airport experience I know there is hardly any additional security around in the baggage cellars, and you never know if somebody uses your bag for some transportation. We can only hope it will all ok with the bags like it's the case usually. But otherwise people can get in big trouble in countries like Malaysia, Singapore and also Thailand (as well others in especially that region).

Thanks for pointing this out. From the moment I check my luggage in, I confide in anyone 'behind the curtains' that he or she will be taking care of my luggage until my final destination and indeed hoping that nothing bad will happen.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
QR is way to go! Can't wait to have them in AMS, assuming for April 2011 start of operations...

Are you serious? I hope this will materialize and you know what I am thinking? An A.net meeting for the inaugural flight!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
Maybe he thought you're after his ladies

Well, we know better.

@ Matt:

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 7):
I really enjoyed reading your report, I like the amount of detail you go into, espically the conversations between yourself and the crew.

Thank you. I am doing my best.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 7):
The Black Pepper range is my favourite, sounds very strange but smells so good!

You make me curious! Can you see whether QR has The Black Pepper range?

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 7):
Thanks for sharing!

You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

@ Airpearl:

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
Wow, what a meticulous and detailed account of your flights! Thanks for the excellent collection so far - they're highly enjoyable.

Hi Airpearl, nice to meet you again (this time on A.net . Glad to know that you enjoyed my report.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
Certainly even among the better GCC carriers, I think QR tops them in the consistency of its inflight service - from my own experience, I find QR doesn't try to blind you with unnecessary frills and bling, but provides a solid quality experience.

I have never been on other GCC carriers. But yes, I can echo your judgement.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
Funny about BAF... she's a machine I'd been on too.

Are you serious? Mark (BA319-131) has been on the same plane as well. I think A7-BAF should be christened the A.netter!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
In these days of cost-cutting, the amenities offered make QR look like a premium-J class today. Impressive.

Thanks for highliting this.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
A bad day at work for Mr Monin? What a strange and abrupt end to the otherwise nice chin-wag.

I still do not know why he was doing this.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
It's disinfectant, standard on intercontinental flights into Malaysia.

Thanks for the clarification.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
Thanks for the great experience so far.

You are welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

@ lychemsa:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
1. Fantastic report as usual.

Thank you.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
2. That Captain seems like a nasty guy.

He was not that nice.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
3. I could never eat humus and baba ganoug for breakfast.

Well, I do! That was why I ordered it for breakfast.

@ burj:

Quoting burj (Reply 10):
Great trip report!

Thank you.

Quoting burj (Reply 10):
When I saw the pictures of the menu my first thought was "One of them had better get the Arabic breakfast!" because I was curious what food they would serve! I was very relieved to read that you ordered it and enjoyed the pictures!

I think we had a telepathic communication by that time.
Quoting burj (Reply 10):
As for the pilot, I'm actually not surprised since here in the U.S. they have very strict rules about having passengers in the forward cabin SEATED whenever pilots enter or leave the cockpit. In fact the rule is that one FA must be standing guard with the large cart across the aisle to act as a barrier! Of course this is for the single aisle domestic flights here. Not quite sure how they handle wide body int'l flights.... So that is what I'm used to seeing.

Good to know.

@ PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
another excellent piece of work,

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Probably he didn't like a crew member being involved in a longer (personal) conversation with a passenger.

Probably. I would never find out.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Great shot!

Thanks.

@ Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Suryo! Another amazing report with fantastic pictures!

Thank you very much.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
but the main course again seems very small.

It could have not been sufficient for passengers embarking in DOH. But for us, it was just enough.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
The captain seems very rude;he could have said that in a different way.

I wished he did.

@ Daniel:

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 13):
Again great report, and really relevant to me!

Thank you.

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 13):
I agree the service from DOH to KUL looks better, and I am expecting the same when I fly! DOH-BKK will be better than CPH-DOH!

I hope that the service will be equally good. You can get a taste of it by clicking Asia 2010 Part V - Qatar Airways Home (by ba319-131 Aug 30 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 13):
Also, WOW KUL looks stunning, made me wanna visit Malaysia just to go through the airport, thumbs up Malaysia!

Well, you know what you have go to do after BKK.

@ Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Well, well..... I am speechless.

Thank you.
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
I think you said at the begining of your asian adventures that you tried to upgrade to first, well I think you can save the miles for another J trip, I do not know what type of service would you get in First....

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

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
From a European point of view that sounds just unheard of.

That is a pity, isn't it?

@ Philip:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Excellent report and great photos really enjoyed it. QR sure looks great also love the Molten Brown Amenity kit

Thanks for the insight

You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed my report. Thanks for reading.

@ Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 16):
Great third part of your trip report - I liked it a lot. You described the fantastic service experience in a very detailed way - I was sometimes feeling like being on the flight myself.

Thank you for your kind words. It has been a pleasure to share the experience.

@ Roni:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
Mr. Suryo!

Excellent Part 3! You sold me a trip on QR haha

Mission accomplished!
Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
That's a little, don't you think?

Way too little.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
Thanks a lot for sharing! Will you post any TRs on the regional flights?

You are welcome. Of course I will be posting the regional flights as well.

@ Carfield:

Quoting Carfield (Reply 18):
Thanks for a fascinating report so far!

You are welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 18):
In the US, the pilot and/or the first officer will first ring the flight attendants before being discharged in the lavatory. One F/A will join the other pilot in the cockpit, while the other is doing his or her business in the lavatory or grabbing a drink.

Thanks for the clarification of the procedure.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 18):
Nevertheless, the pilot was indeed very rude and that warrants a letter to QR or a comment on the survey. Yes the pilot is the commander of the plane, but that does not warrant rudeness.

I have only put the comments about the flight attendants and not the pilot.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 18):
I sort of wondered if the F/As would get a yelling from the captain after the poster went back to his seat.

Poor Azwani and Yenny. It would make me sad if that would have happened to them.

@ tk747:

Quoting tk747 (Reply 19):
Great TR Suryo, it exceeding my very high expectations for this report haha well done!

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

Quoting tk747 (Reply 19):
For the first time I really want to fly Qatar Airways! This report is a perfect advertisement for them.

Thank you.

Quoting tk747 (Reply 19):
That was very rude of the Captain though!

I know...

@ Ojas:

Quoting ojas (Reply 20):
Excellent successive TRs!

Thank you.

Quoting ojas (Reply 20):
Many O-D passengers flying J on QR prefer to go through the regular terminal just because the duty free variety is extensive there. Plus there is the OryX gold and silver lounges there as well, so that passengers can relax after immigration.

Thanks for the information.

Quoting ojas (Reply 20):
that's the staple refreshment drink of the Gulf.

You bet.  
Quoting ojas (Reply 20):
I really needed one when I flew the A340-600.

I know what you might have gone through.

Quoting ojas (Reply 20):
My favorite as well.

That makes two of us!

Quoting ojas (Reply 20):
Thanks for sharing

You are welcome.

@ Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 21):
Nice report and pictures as usual, thanks for sharing your QR experience.

You are welcome. Thank you for reading.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 21):
These are better bags than we got earlier in the year, they were pretty naff.

Really? Didn't you and Mrs Ba319-131 get the Molton Brown goodies?

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 21):
Looks a tad on the small side to me.

We could not have had anything bigger though.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 21):
Hmm, sounds like the Captain is a bit of a grumpy sort.

Too bad about him.

@ Tim:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 22):
A great continuation of your trip to Indonesia. I can now finally say I am awaiting your following part too.

Thank you.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 22):
The Qatar service appears very comfortable and extensive.

Don't you think it is about time to sample QR yourself?
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 24):
Anyway next time I get diapers before flying American carriers....
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
Ok, but don't forget to get rid of them before walking through the body scanner in the US...


Cheers,
Suryo

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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:37 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):
Don't you think it is about time to sample QR yourself?

Financially seen it's definitely not!
 
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Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:40 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):

You make me curious! Can you see whether QR has The Black Pepper range?

I couldn't see it in your photos. It's brown in colour (the shower gel is anyway) I think its a fairly new as I got samples a few months ago when I was in the Molton Brown in town.
 
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Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:02 pm

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 28):
I think its a fairly new as I got samples a few months ago when I was in the Molton Brown in town.

You are right, Matt. I have checked them once again and none of them has been branded The Black Pepper. I can share you more details about the Molton Brown content in case you are interested:

- Enlivening toko-yuzu body lotion
- Protecting vitamin lipsaver
- Moisture lock 24hr replenisher
- Cool buchu eau de toilette

Cheers,
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Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:41 pm

Hey, Suryo,

once again, really well done.

Superb service by QR beside the pilot´s behaviour.

KUL looks like really nice, myybe something for me to do also?.

So, I want to read more soon, you know.

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Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:51 am

Hi Suryo,

A great continuation of your story - this flight sounded like a better experience than the previous one, well done QR.

Those pictures of KUL bring back lots of memories from my times there - I sure miss the place (not just the airport)!

Keep up the good work!
 
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Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:04 pm

@ Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 30):
once again, really well done.

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 30):
Superb service by QR beside the pilot´s behaviour.

I know. It could have been such a perfect flight.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 30):
KUL looks like really nice, myybe something for me to do also?.

Why not? I would love to see your side of the story about KUL.

@ P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
A great continuation of your story -

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
Those pictures of KUL bring back lots of memories from my times there - I sure miss the place (not just the airport)!

Well, what do you know? You are no unknown to KUL. What a nice surprise! Don't you think it is about time to go back?   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
Keep up the good work!

I cannot catch up with yours, but I am doing my best.  

Cheers,
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Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:37 pm

Hi Suryo! I somehow overlooked this report earlier, thats why my reply is a little late. Anyhow, great job as usual. I love the mood lighting! Kind of an odd reaction of the captain though... Looking forward to the last part.

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Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:52 pm

Hi Martijn,

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 33):
Hi Suryo! I somehow overlooked this report earlier, thats why my reply is a little late. Anyhow, great job as usual.

Never mind. Thanks for dropping by.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 33):
Kind of an odd reaction of the captain though...

Too bad, isn't it?

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 33):
Looking forward to the last part.

Well to be honest, I have still got more flights to cover before the last part.

Cheers,
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Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:53 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):
Are you serious? Mark (BA319-131) has been on the same plane as well. I think A7-BAF should be christened the A.netter!

Hahaha... yes that would be appropriate. What's amazing is we flew them in the same year but on 3 different routes. It's turning out to be quite the QR trip report year...
 
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Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:14 am

Hi Suryo,

Another excellent installment with such attention to detail. QR impresses once again. The lounge at DOH looks great and i'm impressed by the architecture at KUL, spacious, light and airy, just as it should be.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
One of the perks of flying J is that you have got an individual battery charger which I really needed for the sake of my trip reports

Yes, all those pics do drain the battery quickly don't they?!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.

What a spoilsport. I'm sure the cabin crew wouldn't have invited you to take a seat if they didn't want you there.

Btw, happy airliners birthday!
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Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:39 pm

Hi Suryo,

These reports of QR are just adding to the many options already prevalent for any future trip to Europe! Another great TR.

The lounge offerings are vast, it surely looks like a nice place to spend a stopover in.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Real of paper hand towels

3 options to dry your hands! Wow..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.

Strange.. I'm guessing that it'd be ok in the rear galley though?


Meals look fantastic again. All these TRs make me feel like flying long haul again! Hopefully it won't be too long before I get back on a flight longer than 4 hours..

Looking forward to reading the rest of this wonderful series!


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Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:25 am

Thanks for this great report. Looks like QR is getting very popular with A.netters

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My excitement of flying Qatar Airways was getting stronger when I settled down to the online check-in at 04.30 in Netherlands.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
We pulled over at 19.00. The remaining passengers were ushered to the entrance.

Okay so that started in Holland lol. I was wondering why such a gap from 0430 till you arrive at 1900, but that was many flight hours later.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
FIDS

Does that FIDS cater to just Qatar Flights? Is that a Qatar only lounge, or do other airline passengers get to use it too?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
I was about to pour the champagne, when a lounge attendant approached me and insistently said, “Please, let me take care of that for you,”

Excellent service on the ground as well!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Although the last call was not made yet, we were apparently the last passengers to go onboard. The doors were closed as soon as we got in and off we went.

Wow, that surely must have made you feel like a celebrity!! The whole plane waiting for you to board and then leave lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Do you want to take any picture?” Azwani asked upon noticing me holding a camera.
“Oh yes, may I?”
“Sure. Let me tidy it up first for you.”

I am starting to really love these Qatari FAs!! Would surely love to experience them someday though in Y class

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Captain Monin had such look in his eyes which was somehow forcing me to ask, “Do you want me to go back?”
“If you do not mind. You are not supposed to be here,” he replied.
“OK, I am gone,”

Yikes!! And to think he knew you were a Premium passenger when you mentioned your seat number. Well it is his plane and he can very well tell you to go back if he wanted to lol. I hope the FAs did not get into problems later on. Qatar has very strict rules for their FAs, which probably are even more stricter on board.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Please take a sit. I will bring it to you,” Yenny quickly met my request.
“Before I go, I would like to thank you for your service so far,” I said.
“Thank you very much,” Yenny replied. “Would you mind filling out the feedback form for us?”
“Not at all.” I returned to my seat.

Nothing like taking the time to fill out the feedback form for well deserved cabin crew!! (And also double the effort to write a horrible comment about the ones that need complaining about)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
During the taxi, a common welcome announcement was made. But at the end, we got warned that you will get sentenced with death penalty for drugs trafficking.

Like the Durian, great to begin with but then nasty at the end

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Before saying goodbye, there was time for a photo session.

I am really glad to see more of these popping up! A well deserved comment form to the Head office, and then pictures of them on here, so their colleagues can see who they were.
 
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:42 pm

Hi fellows,

Thanks for all your comments.

@ Airpearl:

Quoting airpearl (Reply 35):
What's amazing is we flew them in the same year but on 3 different routes. It's turning out to be quite the QR trip report year...

Still waiting for yours though!

@ Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
Another excellent installment with such attention to detail.

Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
i'm impressed by the architecture at KUL, spacious, light and airy, just as it should be.

Agreed. Just like the ZRH and MUC one.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
Yes, all those pics do drain the battery quickly don't they?!

Unfortunately yes. Our Canon Ixus battery does not last as long as our DSLR's battery. That's why we brought one spare battery for the Ixus and our second camera.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
What a spoilsport. I'm sure the cabin crew wouldn't have invited you to take a seat if they didn't want you there.

I thought so. Captain Monin had apparently a different opinion to the rest of the cabin crew.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
Btw, happy airliners birthday!

Thank you.

@ flightsimboy:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
Thanks for this great report. Looks like QR is getting very popular with A.netters

You are welcome. I agreed about the QR's striking popularity this year with A.netters.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
but that was many flight hours later.

Thanks to QR's online check-in facility thirty hours prior to ETD.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
Does that FIDS cater to just Qatar Flights? Is that a Qatar only lounge, or do other airline passengers get to use it too?

Premium Terminal is an exclusive Qatar terminal, so the FIDS only caters Qatar flights. Other airlines are served at the main terminal.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
Excellent service on the ground as well!

Impressive, isn't it?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
Wow, that surely must have made you feel like a celebrity!! The whole plane waiting for you to board and then leave lol

We actually felt more like a celebrity on our way back from DOH. I will get back to you later on.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
I am starting to really love these Qatari FAs!! Would surely love to experience them someday though in Y class

Why not? Even QR had been awarded the best Y class last year, I do not expect the service goes downhill now.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
I hope the FAs did not get into problems later on. Qatar has very strict rules for their FAs, which probably are even more stricter on board.

I was hoping the same. It would make me sad if Azwani and Yenny got into troubles after being such hospitable to me.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
(And also double the effort to write a horrible comment about the ones that need complaining about)

I was perplexed that it did not come across my mind to write any comment about the particular experience with Captain Monin.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
Like the Durian, great to begin with but then nasty at the end

Well, I tend to say the other way around. By the way, I completely forgot to taste any Durian during our holiday!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 38):
A well deserved comment form to the Head office, and then pictures of them on here, so their colleagues can see who they were.

Nice summarized! I hope Captain Monin has been made aware of it.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
I can't wait to see what happens next
Quoting burj (Reply 10):
I look forward to hearing about your time with Airpearl!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Looking forward very much to your continued adventures in Asia!
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 16):
I'm looking forward to your further travel experiences.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
Will you post any TRs on the regional flights?
Quoting tk747 (Reply 19):
Looking forward to the next part.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 30):
So, I want to read more soon, you know.
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 33):
Looking forward to the last part.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 37):
Looking forward to reading the rest of this wonderful series!

Allow me to present you Finally Asia Part 1: A.net Meeting And BDO With QZ (by akhmad Sep 4 2010 in Trip Reports)

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:02 pm

Great report! The captain however, sounds like a real jerk. I hope he did not do anything to get the flight attendants in trouble. They seemed to be very nice and service oriented.
 
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:37 pm

Hi caleb1,

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 40):
Great report!

Thank you for dropping by. Glad you liked my report.

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 40):
I hope he did not do anything to get the flight attendants in trouble. They seemed to be very nice and service oriented.

I hope the very same. It was too bad Captain Monin spoilt the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Azwani and Yenny really were the saving graces of the flight.
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:05 pm

Hi Akhmad,
Great trip report: well written and I like the photos. The ones of the meals that you were served had my mouth watering, ha ha.

It is good to see that the cabin staff were attentive to your needs and met them with courtesy and friendliness. Shame about the Captain, though. Perhaps he was having a bad hair day.

It's a while since I was last in KUL and I am impressed by the very stylish architecture captured so well in your photos.
 
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:27 pm

Hi Roy,

Quoting Quokka (Reply 42):
Great trip report: well written and I like the photos.

Thank you for dropping by. Glad you liked it.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 42):
The ones of the meals that you were served had my mouth watering, ha ha.

You mean the Arabic breakfast one? I assume you have made a similar choice on your Emirates flight to Madrid.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 42):
Shame about the Captain, though. Perhaps he was having a bad hair day.

Who knew? I still cannot figure out why he could not be friendlier.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 42):
It's a while since I was last in KUL and I am impressed by the very stylish architecture captured so well in your photos.

Thank you.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:16 pm

An amazing trip report with great pictures!! Thanks a lot for sharing!!

Next Sunday, on September 26th, I will take, once again, the Qatar Airways from Madrid to Doha in J, and then onwards to Bahrain. I am really looking forward to it. The MAD-DOH is also on a A330-300 and for sure it will be a great experience, as all my previous filghts on Qatar and in the same way as you wrote in your excellent trip report.

The very short hop from Doha to Bahrain will be on a B777-300, that will be enjoyable!

Best regards!
 
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RE: Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR

Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:32 am

Hi Eric,

Thank you for dropping by. Glad you liked my report.
Great to know you will be flying Qatar again tomorrow. I hope you can share us your experience later on.

Cheers,
Suryo
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