There was a new set of flight attendants on duty. South Korean purser Kim greeted us at the door.
“Welcome on board, Sir,” she said as she took our boarding passes. “Your seats are located at the second row on the right,”
As we reached our seats, I immediately noticed the different presentation. A wool blanket wrapped in a plastic bag was placed at each seat bottom. The drink cooler lids remained closed this time.
Our seats 2A and 2B
As I put our hand luggage into the overhead locker, I noticed another feature.
Tiny mirror inside the locker
A leather menu fold containing the meal and beverage list was stored in the arm rest stowage.
Leather menu fold
The beverage list consisted of one champagne, three of each white and red wines and one port.
French’s Chardonnay and New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc
German Riesling and French Merlot dominated wine
Italian Sangiovese and Australian Shiraz
Taylor’s Tawny Port
The meal list consisted of Indulgence and breakfast à la carte menu.
Breakfast à la carte
Chirpy Malaysian flight attendant Wan Leng appeared with pyjamas bags and amenity kits similar to the ones we got on our flight from DOH to Kuala Lumpur.
“Good evening, Sir. My name is Wan Leng. I have the pleasure to present you this pyjamas bag and our amenity kit,” she said while passing the bags to each of us. “I will be here to serve you and make your flight enjoyable. May I offer you our signature drink lemon mint?”
Well, how could we say no as she proposed it in such an enthusiastic way.
Upon saying “Yes, please,”, our glasses of lemon mint were brought immediately.
Refreshing lemon mint
While sipping my lemon mint, I noticed the ex-DPS
J passengers returning. Seven new passengers were joining us in SIN
At 02.05 Captain Ecuador introduced himself on the intercom. “Good evening, this is your captain speaking. On behalf of purser Kim and all remaining cabin crews, I wish to welcome on board of our Qatar flight to Doha. Our flight time will be six hours and forty minutes. If you wish anything to make your journey more comfortable, please contact our cabin crew for assistance. I wish you a pleasant flight,”
Purser Kim soon followed his announcement, “Our customers are on board. We request our ground crews to leave the aircraft,”
Qaiyana appeared on our side, “Would you like hot or cold towel?”
“Hot towel, please,”
Wan Leng followed her to take our meal order. “Good evening, Sir. Are you joining us for indulgence?” she asked me.
I was stuffed at the moment, but nevertheless replied, “I will have the pastrami, please,”
“Anything to drink, sir?”
“I will have the Shiraz please,”
She turned to my partner, “How about you, Sir?”
“I will have the Caesar salad and also the Shiraz, please,”
Wan Leng in action
Taxiing and taking off
Push-back commenced at 02.15. The lovely humming of the engines started to fill the cabin. Somehow, I got addicted to the sound.
It was a long taxi as we reached the active runway after fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, I could not take any decent picture out of the window because of the darkness, even after the cabin lights were dimmed.
After a rather long take-off roll, we lifted off at 02.35.
The fasten seatbelt signs were switched off at 02.40. Five minutes later, Wan Leng appeared with our wines and the palate pleaser.
Chili marinated salmon crepe and Shiraz to wash it down
I must say, the strong salmon taste went harmoniously with the sweet chili and the crepe was a nice finishing touch.
After another fifteen minutes, Wan Leng returned to set our table 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 mini pepper and salt containers, a dish with red pesto and a water glass.
Due to the flight duration, another serving procedure applied.
“Would you like still or sparkling water?” Wan Leng asked me after having my partner’s table set.
“Still water, please,”
“Certainly. And how about you, Sir?” Wan Leng turned to my partner.
“Also still water, please,”
Wan Leng then brought our meal one by one before pouring the water.
Warm beef pastrami and sauerkraut sandwich
My partner’s Caesar salad with jumbo dill prawns
Wan Leng returned with warm bread baskets. Both my partner and I had to decline it as we were getting full at that stage.
Well, I must say that the combination of pastrami and sauerkraut was marvelous. I enjoyed every single bite of it, but unfortunately I could not finish it off. My partner did finish his and told me that it was enjoyable meal.
Wan Leng appeared on our side, “Have you finished?”
“Yes, it was delicious. But I am full. I just want to get some sleep now,” I replied.
“That is fine, Mr. Akhmad. The breakfast will be served about one hour before we land. Would you like us to wake you up?” Wan Leng asked as she cleared my table.
After putting away the dirty dishes, Wan Leng returned to clear my partner’s table.
“Do you wish anything else?” she asked before leaving.
“Yes, please. Can we have a glass of whisky?” I asked.
“Which whisky do you like?”
“Glenfiddich, please,” my partner said.
“Certainly. May I call you Mr. Akhmad?” Wan Leng surprised me by the question.
“Yes, sure,” I replied and pointed at my partner. “You can do the same to him,”
“Err, can you tell me how to pronounce your name?”
After telling Wan Leng the pronunciation, she said, “I will be practicing to pronounce your name, Sir,”
Our glasses of Glenfiddich were promptly delivered.
“Oh, no nuts, please,” my partner said as Wan Leng returned with two trays of warm nuts.
To get myself ready for sleep, I decided to pay a visit to the same lavatory where I came across the empty champagne bottle during the flight from Denpasar. As it was supposed to be, the lavatory was kept clean and tidy. No empty bottle was sticking out of the waste disposal lid. Couple dental kits and pre-packed combs were available this time.
View on the washbasin
Dental kits and pre-packed combs
As I returned to my seat, bottles of water had been distributed. Mine was placed in the drink cooler.
My water bottle in the drink cooler
I could not remember whether I managed to finish off my Glenfiddich before going to sleep.
Qatar time zone
At 02.40, I got up as I needed to leak. This time I went to the opposite lavatory.
As I was returning to my seat, I met Wan Leng on the aisle.
“Mr. Akhmad, I have put a hot towel for you as we are preparing for breakfast,”
Wan Leng came on our row to take our breakfast order. In the meantime, Kim cleared up the towels.
“Are you joining us for breakfast, Mr. Akhmad?”
“Yes, please. I would like to have the energizer, the smoked cod breakfast and the ricotta, please,”
“Certainly. Do you want anything to drink? Tea or coffee?”
“A double espresso, please,”
“Certainly. And how about you, Mr…..” Wan Leng was trying her best to pronounce my partner’s name.
“Never mind. Thanks for your efforts. I would like to have the orange juice, the tropical fruit and the omelette, please,”
“Certainly. Anything to drink, Sir? Tea or coffee?”
“Coffee with milk, please,”
“No sugar, please,”
Our energizer and orange juice were promptly delivered. The energizer has become my favorite breakfast drink on board of QR
My partner’s orange juice and my guava, passion fruit and banana energizer on the back
Wan Leng returned to set our table one by one. She was consistent about the procedure. Instead of a dish of pesto, a butter dish and a breakfast bakery basket were presented this time. The bread bowl contained croissant, soft roll, pain au chocolat, white and brown toast.
“Would you like sparkling or still water, Mr. Akhmad?”
“No, thank you,”
“Shall I remove the glass then?”
“That is okay,”
“How about you, Sir? Would you like sparkling or still water?”
“Not for me as well. Thank you,” my partner said.
“That is fine, Sir,” Wan Leng removed my partner’s glass as well.
Wan Leng attended my partner first this time.
Tropical fruit with honey yoghurt
She then came back with my breakfast starter.
Double espresso served with sugar cubes
Smoked cod and salmon breakfast with raspberry vinaigrette dressing
The vinaigrette was simply right to temper the salty cod with the salmon balancing the two.
My partner on the other hand was a little surprised about his meal presentation. He had expected the yoghurt to be served separately in a bowl. Nonetheless, he still enjoyed his.
After we finished our starters, the main course followed up soon.
My partner’s emmenthal cheese omelette with asparagus
I was excited about the QR
signature breakfast ricotta hotcakes. However, the maple syrup was already sprinkled on the cakes when Wan Leng brought the dish. Apparently, the maple syrup was not presented separately and poured in front of you like what fellow A.netter SR103 had seen on his flight.
Ricotta hotcakes, raspberries with mascarpone cream and maple syrup
Then I understood why the ricotta hotcakes were lasting on the meal list. At every bite, the cake was melting in your mouth together with the raspberries. The mascarpone and maple syrup were there to tickle your taste bud. Unfortunately, I could not finish it off.
“Are you going to Doha, Mr. Akhmad?” Wan Leng asked as she cleared our table.
“Not really. We have a connecting flight to Munich,”
“I see. Your onward journey should be less than six hours,”
“Thank you for the information,”
After putting away the dirty dishes, Wan Leng returned to our side. “I have some mints for you,”
I got the feeling that my writing was rather incomplete, so I flagged down Kim to provide me the missing details.
“Is that your journal?” Kim asked after answering my questions.
“Yes, it is,”
“Do you work in the travel industry?”
“No, actually it is just a hobby of mine,”
“Oh, that is good,” Kim smiled. “We are going to descend in about thirty minutes and land in Doha in an hour,”
At 03.30, Wan Leng appeared to check our needs, “Shall I get anything to drink for you, Mr. Akhmad?”
“No, thank you. I am fine,”
“How about you, Sir?”
“I am okay,”
“All right, sir,”
At 03.50, an announcement came. “We are starting our descent. Please fasten your seat belt and put your seat in the upright position,”
Cabin lights were switched on including the mood lighting. Hot towels were distributed.
In soft blue
Five minutes later, Kim appeared on our side. “Excuse me, Sir. Are you going to disembark in Doha?”
“No, we are flying onward to Munich,”
“I see. Otherwise I would hand the Fast Track cards over to you,” Kim replied and proceeded to the following passengers.
At 04.00, Wan Leng returned to say goodbye personally to each passenger. “Thank you for flying with us, Mr. Akhmad, Sir. It has been a pleasure to have you on board with us,”
‘What a nice touch,’ I thought.
Then an announcement came, “For the landing preparation, our cabin lights will be dimmed. Cabin crew, please return to your seat,”
View on Doha
After our touch down at 04.10, Kim made a farewell announcement and due to the Holy Month of Ramadan a following notification, “Eating and drinking are prohibited during the day,”
We were docked at 04.15.
After five minutes, we were allowed to disembark through the 2L door. We thanked Kim for the nice flight and made our way to the J bus downstairs.
It looked like that the J passengers were allowed to disembark first as I did not see any further activity from the Y cabin.
A7-BAF from inside the bus
It was a rather long ride as the Premium Terminal was located on the other side of the runway. It should have been an interesting ride but it was just too dark outside to make decent photos.
With the bus transfer, I put an end to the first part of my trip report series.
has impressed me again. I never met such a super enthusiastic FA
like Wan Leng who was into pleasing her passengers and it showed. The lavatory was kept clean and tidy throughout the flight. Well, I regret a little that I did not pay a further visit to the Y cabin. But that was me.
I hope you enjoy my report so far. Please let me know If you have any advice for a better photo taking during the night. I would be happy to learn it from you.
If you are interested in the previous trips of my summer holiday, please feel free to click on the following links:
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)
Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 3: DOH-KUL With QR (by akhmad Aug 28 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 1: A.net Meeting And BDO With QZ (by akhmad Sep 4 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 2: Up To Semarang With Mandala (by akhmad Sep 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 3: Karimunjawa And Batavia Air (by akhmad Sep 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 4: Bali With Indonesia Air Asia (by akhmad Oct 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR (by akhmad Oct 9 2010 in Trip Reports)