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5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:55 am




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Intro
In early 2012 my brother and I decided to go on another Asia tour. Our focus was on Dubai and Bangkok, but later we also decided to include a short stay in Taipei in order to visit the Taipei 101. We had planned to combine one-way flights from the beginning to the end, but it turned out to be much cheaper to return to Dubai again before going home. As usual, I tried to include as many new carriers as possible.

First of all, we booked a very cheap Munich-Doha-Dubai roundtrip on Qatar Airways, an airline which I had wanted to try for a long time. Then we added five more flights (both Business and Economy Class) on four different airlines, including two new ones (details to follow). This is what the final itinerary looked like:

Munich-Doha
Doha-Dubai
Dubai-Colombo
Colombo-Bangkok
Bangkok-Taipei
Taipei-Seoul
Seoul-Dubai
Dubai-Doha
Doha-Munich


Map:


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Part I of my new series will focus on the MUC-DOH-DXB and the DXB-DOH-MUC sectors on Qatar Airways as well as on the two Dubai layovers.

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:56 am


Saturday, March 2012
Munich (MUC) - Doha (DOH)
Qatar Airways QR004
Scheduled times: 15:00-22:25
Actual times: 15:12-22:40
Flight duration: 05:05 (hrs)
Distance: 2674 miles
Economy Class, seat 42K

Airbus A330-302
A7-AEC (MSN 659), named "Al Markhiya"
Delivered in 04/2005


1st flight on A7-AEC
10th A330-300 flight
25th A330 flight
131st airline



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One day before departure, I had checked in online, so we just had to pick up the boarding passes and to drop off our luggage when we arrived at Terminal 2. Reserving seats had already been possible during the booking process on the Qatar Airways' convenient website.

A7-AEC, one of 13 A330-300s in the fleet, arrived on time:


Some weeks after booking, the originally scheduled A330-200 on that sector had been replaced by an A330-300. I wasn't amused because I would get QR's A330-300 twice, but what can you do? At least one of the two originally planned A320s between DOH and DXB was replaced by an A321 at the same time.

Great livery, isn't it?



A.netters Lukeyboy95 and MH017 know A7-AEC well:



DO & CO catering - that sounds promising:



QR004 was also operating as UA7965:



We had to queue up only shortly, friendly flight attendants soon welcomed us on board. Pillows and blankets had been placed on the comfortable 17.5 inch wide seats:



All Qatar Airways widebodies are equipped with PTVs:



The 32-inch seat pitch is generous, but large IFE boxes take away much space:


However, numerous seats in the back had remained empty, so my brother switched to the row behind and the both of us could stretch out.

Safety card and inflight magazine...



...and once again I spotted a mistake on the fleet information page. Any volunteers?



Shopping and entertainment guides:



Handset with minor signs of wear:



Headphones were distributed...



...and the flight attendants passed through the cabin with candy baskets:


They even served water, but stopped doing so before reaching our row.

In his welcome speech, the captain announced a flying time of just 4 hours and 45 minutes. The "cabin service director" made some announcements, too, but she spoke very fast and was hard to understand.

Lufthansa A321-100 D-AIRL and A340-600 D-AIHW (dedicated to SloAir) being prepared for their next missions:



Qatar Airways didn't order fuel dump nozzles for this plane:



We were pushed back 12 minutes behind schedule and, due to ATC delays, it would take another 16 minutes until we could finally roll onto the runway:



Nice VIP 727-100 on the right:



Beautiful view of the Alps:



Cocktail snacks and drinks were served 30 minutes after departure. I ordered ginger ale without ice and even got Schweppes - but the tiny can was just big enough to fill up the cup, and it was pretty warm:



Before serving dinner, the flight attendants distributed hot towels and set up non-slip tray underlays - not a bad idea:



The choice was between fish and chicken and I ordered the latter - very nice tray...



...and the uncovered main course looked good, too:


The quality of the meal turned out to be very good. I particularly liked the potato salad and the cucumber yoghurt - and the strawberry mousse was absolutely delicious. The main course was fine in general, but the mushroom sauce tasted a bit bland. Qatar Airways filled me up with that large meal!  thumbsup 

My tea was served in a nice cup:



Now it was time to explore the Oryx IFE audio/video on-demand system which, according to Qatar Airways, offers a choice of over 1000 entertainment options. I'm not sure how many were really available in the version installed on this aircraft. While the system is not as advanced as Emirates' ice, it can keep you entertained for a very long time. Start screen:



Language selection:



Main menu:



News & info section with live TV - it didn't work, though:



The engines are missing here:



Data about catering not available either:



The flight was so short that I didn't need anything else but the moving map. That's a really strange aircraft silhouette:



Time for a cabin shot:



Plenty of refreshing towels in stock in the lavatories - very useful stuff:



Flight path straight over Iraq:





Pleasant mood lighting:



During descent, the flight attendants distributed hot towels again. Some time later, the captain announced that we would be sent into a holding pattern due to congestion at Doha Airport.

We finally touched down after a flying time of 5 hours and 5 minutes and arrived at the parking position 15 minutes late. Taking pictures on the DOH apron can cause trouble, so I had to be careful. One quick shot from the bus:


The check-in stuff at MUC had equipped us with yellow boarding pass wallets and yellow luggage tags for normal transfer (blue for Doha arrival, yellow with orange edges for short transfer, burgundy for First/Business Class). So when riding on the bus to the various terminal sections, you simply need to watch out for the right color before exiting. Of course there are also loud announcements as well as staff checking the wallets. The procedure is well organized, but the bus rides can take inconveniently long depending on the location of the aircraft parking position.




Saturday, March 2012
Doha (DOH) - Dubai (DXB)
Qatar Airways QR142
Scheduled times: 23:59-02:10
Actual times: 00:09-02:07
Flight duration: 00:42 (hrs)
Distance: 238 miles
Economy Class, seat 30B

Airbus A320-232
A7-ADI (MSN 2161), named "Al Khuraytiyat"
Delivered in 03/2004


1st flight on A7-ADI
43rd A320-200 flight
44th A320 flight



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After arriving at the terminal building, we discovered a huge queue at security. It was hard to guess how long it would take us to pass through. I approached some Qatar Airways employees and said that boarding would commence soon - and they pointed towards the fast track lane. Just ten minutes later, we arrived at the gate and we could even take the first bus to the aircraft.

A7-ADI in old colors, one of 30 A320s in the fleet, would fly us to Dubai:





The plane wasn't equipped with PTVs yet - and the seats were quite hard:



Legroom was acceptable for this short hop:


Two more busses with passengers arrived and the plane was filled up entirely in the end. The captain made a welcome speech and spoke up again shortly afterwards, announcing a 10 minute delay to due a missing bag. Once again, water was served, but the flight attendants had to stop doing so before reaching our row.

Shortly after takeoff, orange juice/water and wraps were served - the latter (spicy beef) tasted okay, but not overwhelming:



The IFE was just right:


We touched down after a flying time of 42 minutes and arrived at the Terminal 1 gate 3 minutes ahead of schedule despite the initial delay.

When you arrive at a destination in the middle of the night, you want to get to the hotel as fast as possible. However, we found ourselves stuck at immigration for about one hour (!!!) - and if we hadn't switched to another queue after a while, we probably would have waited even longer. I hadn't experienced that at Dubai before and I was very disappointed about that.  thumbsdown  That's not what you expect when arriving at a top-tier destination - they should have enough money there to employ enough officers.

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:58 am

Hilton Suite & Epic Landmarks
After a short taxi ride, we finally arrived at the excellent Hilton Dubai Creek where we had already stayed before (picture taken at a later point of time):


I had reserved a regular twin room for one night on the outbound journey and for two nights on the inbound journey during the "any weekend anywhere" promotion in January. However, the friendly receptionist told us that all twin rooms were occupied. Of course I wasn't amused and he ensured that an extra bed could be placed in the king room. But then he offered a king executive suite for an upgrade charge as high as our original rate. We declined and he lowered the upgrade charge by 50 percent. We declined again and received the keycards for a regular king room - but just when we were about to leave, the receptionist suddenly said: "Okay, you get the suite for free!"  thumbsup 

This was a nice surprise - I don't have Hilton HHonors status, but probably there was a special entry in our reservation because I had exchanged some e-mails with the friendly and helpful guest service manager about day rates and late check-out during the booking process.

Well, we were expecting that the suite (on the highest floor) would be roomy and nice, but it turned out to be huge (70m²/740 sq.feet) and fabulous. This is the suite's long corridor:



Living room with hi-fi equipment:



Bar:



Dining/conference table:



Bedroom with huge king bed:



Well-equipped wardrobe:



Large and stylish bathroom including whirlpool bath:



Some daylight impressions:









Excellent espresso (all kinds of Nespresso capsules available)...



...and excellent views - that's what I call a perfect start to the day:





Early in the afternoon, we took a taxi to the mighty Burj Khalifa. I guess it will never cease to amaze me:



We had two hours left until our visit to the observation deck, so we strolled through the giant Dubai Mall. When we were passing a Texas Roadhouse restaurant (the first outlet outside of the US)...



...this counter display caught our attention:



We took a seat, enjoyed watching singing and dancing employees and had excellent steaks:



After lunch, we walked outside again for a short while to take some more photos of Burj Khalifa:



Glass model in the observation deck entrance area:



Just like last year, I had bought At the Top tickets online several weeks before the trip. On the way to the high-speed elevators, we passed a TV screen showing a great video about the construction of the tower. Some impressions:







Once again, I found the views breathtaking - and the scenery looked even more impressive in late afternoon sunlight. Massive Dubai Mall hit by a long shadow:



The 306 meter high The Address Downtown Dubai:



Let's zoom in a bit – that sidewalk down there is a good place to go if you want to take a picture of the tower in a whole:



Ever-growing Downtown Dubai complex with The Old Town Island and Souq Al Bahar in the middle:



Countless tables and chairs:



Apartment houses:



Rulers side by side:



Stunning array of skyscrapers along Sheikh Zayed Road:



The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana aka Rose Tower stands out:



Emirates Towers in the middle and Dubai World Trade Centre on the right:



Traffic junction, Dubai style:





Can you see the airport?



How about an Emirates 777?



The old skyline along Dubai Creek:



Sharjah in the distance:



Dubai Drydocks:



Giant cruise ships and the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 at Port Rashid:



Emerging from the dust in the distance (from right to left): Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Dubai Marina skyline:



376 meters between the observation deck and the tower's top - equivalent to the Empire State Building:



Back to the earth - Burj Khalifa at sunset:



Dubai Fountain in full swing - water can be shot 150 m (490 ft) into the air:



After returning to the hotel, we spent some more time on the marvelous rooftop terrace - what a fascinating scenery:









Later in the evening, we took a taxi to the airport and started our East Asia tour (reports to follow). Five days later, we arrived back in Dubai in the early morning. Once again, a friendly receptionist welcomed us at the Hilton Dubai Creek. We didn't get the executive suite this time, but a free upgrade to a "Deluxe Plus" room. That's what I call hospitality!  thumbsup 

After a few hours of sleep, it was time to take a taxi to the Burj Al Arab. Two months before the trip, I had reserved a table for the famous Friday Brunch at the Al Muntaha restaurant, located on the hotel's 27th floor. Before our taxi driver was allowed to cross the private causeway, we had to show a reservation printout. The Burj Al Arab rises 321 meters into the sky:





While we had taken a common taxi, other guests may have arrived on this platform by helicopter:



Hotel shuttles, Burj Al Arab style:



The palatial lobby is dominated by Italian marble and gold leaf:









The world's tallest atrium:



Exclusive boutiques:



After being registered at this desk...


...we were granted access to a panoramic elevator. 200 meters above sea level, a friendly restaurant staff member welcomed us, brought us to our table and explained everything. Even though there weren't any empty tables left, it never felt crowded. And even though it's an exclusive and expensive restaurant, the atmosphere was relaxed. Taking pictures was allowed, but I was being discrete. View towards the dessert corner:



Stunning views of the city...



...and Atlantis, The Palm:





Even though we had enjoyed lots of good food in Emirates Business Class on the night flight from Seoul to Dubai, we were hungry again. The buffet at the Al Muntaha restaurant is the most impressive one I have seen - both quality and quantity were excellent. Sushi corner:



Awesome desserts:



I didn't take pictures of all our plates - what you'll see here is just a selection. I decided to start with seafood:



My brother had different kinds of caviar...



...and lobster:



Fried duck liver:



One of my dessert plates:


Fresh fruit juices of all kinds were included in the buffet, all other drinks had to be paid extra for. However, one should be aware that the prices for alcoholic drinks are astronomical. Anyway, we spend several hours up there and we loved it. I can only recommend that gourmet buffet to everyone who loves eating - it's absolutely worth the 120 Euro per person!

Back in the lobby:



The hotel's giant sail:



We decided to return to the mainland by foot:



Dubai Marina in the distance:



Hotels and skyscrapers:



The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the "older" luxury hotels in Dubai, but it still looks impressive:



Tradition meets high tech:



We took a taxi at the entrance of the Wild Wadi Water Park and asked the driver to bring us to the Hard Rock Cafe. We were surprised to hear that it had been relocated to Dubai Festival City which wasn't far from our Hilton hotel. My brother wanted to see how much Dubai Marina had grown since his last visit, so we asked the driver to make a tour through that part of the city first. He was very talkative and told us many interesting things about Dubai which we hadn't known.

Skyscrapers everywhere:







Finally, we went back to the other end of the city:



There's also a Ferrari shop at Festival City - this red beast would look even better with "777" on the license plate:



We also visited the Gold Souk in Deira...



...and bought some spices for the kitchen at home at the Spice Souk:



Later in the evening, we returned to the hotel's rooftop terrace, enjoyed the views and some wine:





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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:59 am


Saturday, March 2012
Dubai (DXB) - Doha (DOH)
Qatar Airways QR105
Scheduled times: 07:25-07:25
Actual times: 07:59-08:09
Flight duration: 00:42 (hrs)
Distance: 238 miles
Economy Class, seat 10C

Airbus A321-231
A7-ADZ (MSN 3669)
Delivered in 10/2008


1st flight on A7-ADZ
8th A321-200 flight
12th A321 flight



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When we arrived at the check-in counters about two hours prior to departure in the early morning, we weren't amused to find a long queue. There was no need to worry because I had reserved our seats at the time of booking, but the queue was moving very slowly. Finally, after being stuck there for about 45 minutes, we got our boarding passes.

When we arrived at the gate area, there was more than one hour left until departure (07:25). According to the boarding passes, boarding would start at 06:25 - and I was assuming this was the point of time when the gate would be opened. However, about 45 minutes before departure, I noticed a "final call" announcement for our flight! So I headed to the gate within two minutes and found out that all passengers had already boarded the plane. I asked a gate agent what was going on and she just said that the flight would be closed in 10 minutes. I had never experienced such an early closure before. I immediately called my brother who was still buying gifts somewhere. Well, he wasn't far away and arrived a few minutes later.

A7-ADZ, one of 12 A321-200s in the fleet, would operate the short hop to Doha:



Most seats were already occupied, so I took this (bulkhead) seat picture later at Doha during disembarking:



We were seated in row 10 - actually not what I like, but seat assignments had been changed after the switch from an A320 to an A321. Legroom was fine:



As expected, the flight wasn't closed as early as announced, some passengers arrived at least 10 minutes after us. Captain Scott soon made a welcome speech and had bad news: Due to low visibility, our departure would be delayed by at least 30 minutes. That's not what you want to hear when you have a transfer time of 1 hour and 25 minutes.  embarrassed  At least he promised to do whatever possible to get an earlier departure slot.

Shortly afterwards, the purser announced that breakfast would be served on the ground. This time we got a breakfast wrap which tasted alright:



We were finally pushed back 24 minutes behind schedule which turned me optimistic, but then it took another 25 minutes until we could take off. Our transfer time was down to 35 minutes and I wasn't expecting any more that we would catch our connecting flight to Munich. I was wondering how long we would be stuck at Doha and couldn't enjoy this flight. Captain Scott announced that we would make up some time, but I remained skeptical.

Cabin view:



On descent:



We touched down after a flying time of 42 minutes and arrived at the parking position 44 minutes behind schedule. Captain Scott had indeed kept his promise. Last shot of A7-ADZ:


I was expecting another long bus ride, but the parking position wasn't far from the transit terminal. Once in the building, we quickly approached a ground staff member and just said "Munich!" She had a look at her lists and directed us to the fast track security lane which we could pass within two minutes. Behind security, another ground staff member told us where to go and we finally arrived at the gate just a few minutes later. A bus arrived shortly afterwards and soon brought us and a few other passengers to the aircraft. Well, we were very relieved that we had made it!  thumbsup 




Saturday, March 2012
Doha (DOH) - Munich (MUC)
Qatar Airways QR003
Scheduled times: 08:50-13:15
Actual times: 08:45-12:45
Flight duration: 05:37 (hrs)
Distance: 2674 miles
Economy Class, seat 40K

Airbus A330-302
A7-AEB (MSN 637), named "Al Sayliyah"
Delivered in 12/2004


1st flight on A7-AEB
12th A330-300 flight
28th A330 flight



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On the way to the aircraft I was really concerned that we would stop in front of A7-AEC again. Even though Qatar Airways operates 13 A330-300s, only few of them are equipped with three classes. And as I had found out prior to the trip, the A330-300 flights to MUC are frequently operated by exactly those few 3-class planes. Fortunately, the bus brought us to A7-AEB which has also carried user Gabrielchew. Interestingly, the plane was parked just next to our A321 from DXB.

Nice clean fuselage:



Very distinctive tail design:



I'd have preferred one of these GE90-powered beasts for the flight to MUC:



Even though we belonged to the last group of passengers to board, there were still numerous empty seats in the rear section of the plane. My brother switched to an aisle seat in the middle row after boarding had been completed, but he returned again because he had more legroom in the aisle seat of our 2-seater. Familiar seat:



After the usual announcements, A7-AEB was pushed back five minutes ahead of schedule. Our A321 had reached its parking position at 08:09, our A330 left the parking position at 08:45 - my shortest transfer ever!  alert 

Now it was time to relax:



A7-AEB taxied straight onto the runway and lifted off after a powerful takeoff roll:



A hot breakfast was served about one hour after takeoff. There was a choice of omelette or pancakes - I chose the former:


The meal was large and everything tasted fine except for the sausage.

While we were cruising over Eastern Turkey, it became very bumpy, but I enjoyed the rough ride. Great views:



My preferred IFE, as usual:



Less than 90 minutes before arrival, biscuits and hot drinks were served:


By the way - I flew Dubai-Munich on Emirates two months later (similar timing) and got a large cold breakfast as well as a large hot meal for lunch which is probably too much for many passengers.

Numerous seats had remained empty on this flight:



Time flew by on QR003. Right turn over Burghausen:



Moments from touchdown:


We touched the ground after a flying time 5 hours and 37 minutes and arrived at the gate 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Now it was time to go home after an exciting and exhausting journey around Asia.

[Edited 2012-08-11 00:05:30]
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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:59 am

Conclusion
Flying Qatar Airways was a pleasure: comfortable seating, clean cabins in good shape, tasty meals, decent IFE system on the widebodies, mostly friendly flight attendants and very helpful ground staff members. Qatar Airways is proud of being a 5-star carrier, but I'm skeptical about the Skytrax rating in general. Qatar Airways definitely belongs to the world's high-quality airlines, but I wouldn't rank it higher than Emirates, Oman Air and several other fine carriers which don't have a 5-star rating. Certain aircraft types, certain crews and other factors can make a big difference. Additionally, the current Doha Airport isn't a great transfer hub. Nevertheless, I would certainly fly Qatar Airways again.


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P.S.: Just in case you missed them - my previous trip reports:
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3x Asian Quality: CGK-SIN-HKT-BKK On GA, FD & PG
Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739
Widebody Hopping & KUL Spotting: SIA A330, KLM 77W
QF A380 Grounded, Bags Lost - LHR-SIN, TK A330/340
Type Downgrade, Class Upgrade: EgyptAir Business
Long-Haul Cabin On A 737: MUC-CAI On PrivatAir
1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Imperfect Giant: CPT-JNB-FRA On SA A332 & LH A380
BA Vs. LCC, African Way: JNB-DUR-CPT, Comair/Mango
Africa's Best Airline? FRA-JNB On SAA A340-600
Fuel Dump & Return To CDG: Enroute To LAX On 9/11
Greek Quality: Aegean, Olympic & Istanbul Spotting
Exploring A Virgin: VS A343/A346 & Dubai Delights
Superb Stübli & Crew: LAS-LAX-ZRH-MUC, LX J Class
Grand Canyon & More: Scenic Flight On Dornier 228
San Francisco Sunshine...and A Frontier Fiasco
Fully Flat Bed to SFO: SWISS' New Business Class
Mountains, Meals & More: SunExpress Vs. Pegasus
Crossing Two Oceans: AKL-SFO-MUC, NZ 777 & LH A346
Bad Weather & Other Bad Luck: Touring New Zealand
Trans-Tasman Treat: Aerolineas Argentinas A340-200
Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink
Thai Fails To Impress: MUC-BKK-BNE On 744 & 777
Painful Delay & My 100th Airline: AF A380, VO F100
Fifth Freedom Tidbit: Kuwait Airways A300-600
Ship Vs. Plane: Porto Santo Line & Sata Air Açores
Awesome Approach, Splendid Scenery: LIS, FNC & TAP
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Oddities & Okinawa: JTA 734 & JAL 744D(Domestic)
MUC To Nagoya: Finnair E170 & (Old) "New" A340
Mad Dog, A320 Tech Delay & Best Of Lanzarote
Canaries Prop-Hopping: Islas Airways & Naysa
Canaries And Confusion: LH CRJ900 & Spanair A321
Hubbing For 162 Miles: HOQ-FRA-STR Ret On IQ/EW/LH
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Testing Qantas: SYD-MEL-SYD-BNE (B738, B763, A332)
Going Down Under: MUC-DXB-SYD On EK A332 & A345
Surprised By NIKI's Newest A320 & Screw-up By AB
Leisure Vs. Full Service: Condor & SN Brussels
"betterFly" On LH: Business Class For 99 Euro
Weekend Transatlantic Trip (2): US A321 & B762
Transatlantic For A Weekend (1): MUC-DCA On US


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:24 am

Hello PlaneHunter,

it is very nice for me to see this Trip Report online.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
As usual, I tried to include as many new carriers as possible.

I did that the first time this year. I flew LIS-ZRH with LX on my way back home from Portugal last month.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Lufthansa A321-100 D-AIRL

I have flown with D-AIRL twice. Once on MXP-FRA and LIS-FRA, that was in 2008 and 2009.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the uncovered main course looked good, too

Wow, that is a very nice presentation.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Well, we were expecting that the suite (on the highest floor) would be roomy and nice, but it turned out to be huge (70m²/740 sq.feet) and fabulous.

That is very nice surprise. The pictures of the suite look very good.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
what you'll see here is just a selection

You made me hungry  .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
She had a look at her lists and directed us to the fast track security lane which we could pass within two minutes. Behind security, another ground staff member told us where to go and we finally arrived at the gate just a few minutes later

You made it, that´s the main thing.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The meal was large and everything tasted fine except for the sausage

How was the sausage ?


I have enjoyed reading this TR. Your pictures taken in Dubai are just awesome, it makes me want to got there. See you soon, PlaneHunter. Keep up the good work.


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Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:33 am

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
it is very nice for me to see this Trip Report online.

Servus Daniel!, many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
I did that the first time this year. I flew LIS-ZRH with LX on my way back home from Portugal last month.

Very good!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
I have flown with D-AIRL twice. Once on MXP-FRA and LIS-FRA, that was in 2008 and 2009.

Nice. Have you added your data to Flugstatistik?

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
Wow, that is a very nice presentation.

  

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
That is very nice surprise. The pictures of the suite look very good.

Too bad we couldn't spend more time in there.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
You made me hungry

I warned you!  

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
You made it, that´s the main thing.

  

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
How was the sausage ?

Well, not very tasty...

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
I have enjoyed reading this TR. Your pictures taken in Dubai are just awesome, it makes me want to got there.

Thank you! You should go there, Daniel. Dubai is awesome.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
See you soon, PlaneHunter.

Yes, in exactly seven days!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 5):
Keep up the good work.

I'll try my best.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:57 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Have you added your data to Flugstatistik?

No, I have my own "Flugstatistik". When I was younger I had the flight crew fill out my flight logs. That´s why I know that I flew with D-AIRL twice. But now I write down my registrations in my notebook.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Yes, in exactly seven days!

Yes, seven days it is.


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Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:03 am

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 7):
No, I have my own "Flugstatistik".

You should become a member!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 7):
When I was younger I had the flight crew fill out my flight logs. That´s why I know that I flew with D-AIRL twice.

Nice!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 7):
But now I write down my registrations in my notebook.

Very good.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:16 am

Hi PH,

I read your report with particular interest now that QR have commenced serving PER - it gives an extra option.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
The 32-inch seat pitch is generous, but large IFE boxes take away much space

I found the same problem with EK's A332s.

Overall the inflight service looks good. The meals are reasonably well presented and generous.

Delays are becoming increasingly common in the region so you were fortunate to make your connections. Hopefully some of those delays will be eliminated as airports expand and improved co-operation between ATC allows better aircraft flows.

Great photos of Dubai. That restaurant looks fantastic.

Thanks for sharing.

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:17 am

Hola PlaneHunter,

Impressive TR about your Dubai experience.

QR seems to provide an excellent in-flight experience; on the other hand, it seems DXB needs to improve their services at the airport... I guess they have a great service for C and F passengers but Economy seems to be quite abandoned.

Your Dubai stay at the Hilton seems from another wold, that is a great service and makes you think how things work at the hotel industry, I'll give it for 10, no, for 5, no.... OK I'll give it for free... imagine you accepted in the first place, or you paid for the suite price on your reservations...

I have always had a crush for tall buildings, so your experience at the top of Burj Khalifa looked interesting too.

The buffet experience seems impressive as well, but you should go thee after two days of fasting, I am quite driven to eat with my eyes so I will need some mental preparation before hitting this place.

Look forward to reading about your East Asia trips.

Great to have you back at the forum with such an interesting trip.

Salut!

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Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:31 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 9):
I read your report with particular interest now that QR have commenced serving PER - it gives an extra option.

Hi Roy, thanks a lot for your comments! QR is indeed a good option - do they send the 77L down there?

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 9):
I found the same problem with EK's A332s.

Yes, the A332s aren't the greatest machines in the EK fleet.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 9):
Overall the inflight service looks good. The meals are reasonably well presented and generous.

I was positively surprised after seeing numerous less attractive meals in some reports.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 9):
Delays are becoming increasingly common in the region so you were fortunate to make your connections. Hopefully some of those delays will be eliminated as airports expand and improved co-operation between ATC allows better aircraft flows.

Well, one shouldn't rely on tight connections. There would have been an earlier flight to DOH, but it departed really early.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 9):
Great photos of Dubai. That restaurant looks fantastic.

Thanks!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
Impressive TR about your Dubai experience.

Hola Roger, many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
QR seems to provide an excellent in-flight experience;

  

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
on the other hand, it seems DXB needs to improve their services at the airport... I guess they have a great service for C and F passengers but Economy seems to be quite abandoned.

The situation is totally different in Terminal 3...which is used by EK, btw.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
Your Dubai stay at the Hilton seems from another wold, that is a great service

Yes, it was amazing.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
and makes you think how things work at the hotel industry, I'll give it for 10, no, for 5, no.... OK I'll give it for free... imagine you accepted in the first place, or you paid for the suite price on your reservations...

That wouldn't have been a cheap stay...

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):

I have always had a crush for tall buildings, so your experience at the top of Burj Khalifa looked interesting too.

I have always liked tall buildings, too. I try to visit all the top 10-15 giants.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):

The buffet experience seems impressive as well, but you should go thee after two days of fasting, I am quite driven to eat with my eyes so I will need some mental preparation before hitting this place.

Yes, fasting is recommended on the days before!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
Look forward to reading about your East Asia trips.

Good to hear!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
Great to have you back at the forum with such an interesting trip.

Thanks for your kind words!


PH

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:53 am

Wow! Don't know what to say.... what an awesome trip! That hotel suite is nicer than most apartments! I totally love the chicken statue things looking out the window!

The food onboard QR is amazing! Honestly it looks better than most of the stuff you served in first class on domestic U.S. flights!

I am curious why the picture of the cherries on the container of chicken and mushrooms...hope that doesn't confuse people who don't read English!

Can you tell us more about the buffet at the Burj Al Arab? How long are you allowed to stay? How much food can you eat? How hard is it to get a reservation? etc etc...
 
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Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:02 am

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
Wow! Don't know what to say.... what an awesome trip!

Hi burj, many thanks for your feedback! I'm glad you liked it!

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
That hotel suite is nicer than most apartments!

Well, it was indeed tastefully furnished, exactly what I like.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
I totally love the chicken statue things looking out the window!

I can only agree!

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
The food onboard QR is amazing! Honestly it looks better than most of the stuff you served in first class on domestic U.S. flights!

QR's catering is indeed great - but not as good as EK's catering IMO.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
I am curious why the picture of the cherries on the container of chicken and mushrooms...hope that doesn't confuse people who don't read English!

Yes, those cherries are indeed confusing!

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
Can you tell us more about the buffet at the Burj Al Arab? How long are you allowed to stay?

The buffet is available from 10:00 to 15:00, you can stay five hours if you want to.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
How much food can you eat?

It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
How hard is it to get a reservation?

I'm not sure, but I guess it is. I reserved the table two months in advance.


Here you can find some more info:

http://www.jumeirah.com/Hotels-and-R...taurants-And-Nightlife/Al-Muntaha/


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Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:10 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
do they send the 77L down there?

Yes they do. But unlike EK they only have a two class cabin, if I am not mistaken.
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Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:15 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
I'm not sure, but I guess it is. I reserved the table two months in advance.


Here you can find some more info:

http://www.jumeirah.com/Hotels-and-R...taha/

Cool! Thanks for the info! How were people dressed? I assume not TOO formal considering the time of day...but hopefully not too informally either....
 
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Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:20 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
But unlike EK they only have a two class cabin, if I am not mistaken.

That's true, no F Class on these birds.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
Cool! Thanks for the info!

You're welcome!

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
How were people dressed? I assume not TOO formal considering the time of day...but hopefully not too informally either....

You are right, they weren't dressed too formally, but not informally either.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:47 am

Hi Udo ,
Nice report . Dubai has changed so much over the years since I first started visiting there. I have a few friends working out there in Media/Aviation and engineering and always interesting to see their pics and everyday life on FB. Doesnt look like a bad life really !

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Excellent espresso (all kinds of Nespresso capsules available)...

Nice suite and lovely views and nice that you dont have to leave the a suite for a decent cup of coffee. Would be nice to spend alot of time in there but too much to see in Dubai too  

I was in the Burj and wasnt really my taste but the buffet looks great so you can excuse the decor maybe .  

Flights on QR look nice , they seem to be a mixed bag judging from other reports . A friend of mine recently left them and couldnt wait to get out . They are working with a competitor now and much happier. Good you got the better side of their product though .

Thanks for the pleasant read and pics.

Regards

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:48 am

Hi U.

It is great to see a report from you right at the top of the forum, especially given the 'drama' that has been going on in the background on FB. Really great to see some more of your reports.

What is also great is that you seem to still be flying the flag for economy reports. Hurrah! Now... Qatar was everything I would expect - tasty looking meals (though I agree that EK catering is superior), nice AC's etc. I suppose there are quite nice combinations of AC departing from LHR. I want to get the 787 but don't see it loaded on the booking engine yet.

Now. I know you are a big fan of Dubai, so I will check myself, but I really can't get enthusiastic about this place. It's still so artificial and odd. That said, I have noticed that it is working hard to try and nurture more art and culture. I suspect in 10 years time I will get more out of the city. I did think your photos were great, and I appreciate some of the modern architecture. I think the Metro system is particularly fetching.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The buffet at the Al Muntaha restaurant is the most impressive one I have seen - both quality and quantity were excellent. Sushi corner:

Man! Salvating... this looks insane! I do like Brunch in the city - but, you can find one for 30EUR with booze included! Not a smudge on yours though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A.netters Lukeyboy95 and MH017 know A7-AEC well:

Nice! I think it is the first time to have seen an A/C I also flew in. I must look up what sector I took that on! You know more than I...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I had never experienced such an early closure before. I immediately called my brother who was still buying gifts somewhere. Well, he wasn't far away and arrived a few minutes later.

I suppose they have to meet that connection slot. Logistically, QR is fascinating. They've really driven down connection times.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Once in the building, we quickly approached a ground staff member and just said "Munich!" She had a look at her lists and directed us to the fast track security lane which we could pass within two minutes. Behind security, another ground staff member told us where to go and we finally arrived at the gate just a few minutes later. A bus arrived shortly afterwards and soon brought us and a few other passengers to the aircraft. Well, we were very relieved that we had made it!

Nice to know what happens when those sort of connections get hairy. I always see them, 45 minutes and such like. All staff polite enough I take it? Didn't get any of the horrors I did last visit!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Additionally, the current Doha Airport isn't a great transfer hub.

No, but here's for the NDIA. Looking forward to it.

Great to read another PH Report,

Rgds

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:09 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Nice report .

Hi Philip, thanks for your comments!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Dubai has changed so much over the years since I first started visiting there. I have a few friends working out there in Media/Aviation and engineering and always interesting to see their pics and everyday life on FB. Doesnt look like a bad life really !

Well, I guess it depends on which company you work for. And I wouldn't want to live there in the summer heat.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Nice suite and lovely views and nice that you dont have to leave the a suite for a decent cup of coffee. Would be nice to spend alot of time in there but too much to see in Dubai too

  

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
I was in the Burj and wasnt really my taste but the buffet looks great so you can excuse the decor maybe .

Sure, the decor isn't to everybody's taste.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Flights on QR look nice , they seem to be a mixed bag judging from other reports .

Yes, that's why I'm skeptical about the 5-star rating.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
A friend of mine recently left them and couldnt wait to get out . They are working with a competitor now and much happier.

Well, I have also heard interesting things from insiders.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Thanks for the pleasant read and pics.

I'm glad you liked it!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
It is great to see a report from you right at the top of the forum, especially given the 'drama' that has been going on in the background on FB. Really great to see some more of your reports.

Hi Luke, thanks a lot for your feedback! I'm glad to be back.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
What is also great is that you seem to still be flying the flag for economy reports. Hurrah!

Sure!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
Now... Qatar was everything I would expect - tasty looking meals (though I agree that EK catering is superior), nice AC's etc. I suppose there are quite nice combinations of AC departing from LHR. I want to get the 787 but don't see it loaded on the booking engine yet.

I'd love to try QR's 787, too. But I guess we will have plenty of time to do so.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
Now. I know you are a big fan of Dubai, so I will check myself, but I really can't get enthusiastic about this place. It's still so artificial and odd.

Tastes are different!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
That said, I have noticed that it is working hard to try and nurture more art and culture. I suspect in 10 years time I will get more out of the city.

Well, who knows.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
I did think your photos were great

Thanks!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
this looks insane!

  

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
I must look up what sector I took that on! You know more than I...

 

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
Logistically, QR is fascinating.

Absolutely. More than 100 planes (with widebodies being in the majority) and a hub without jet bridges - that's amazing.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
They've really driven down connection times.

Which is not good at all.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
Nice to know what happens when those sort of connections get hairy. I always see them, 45 minutes and such like. All staff polite enough I take it? Didn't get any of the horrors I did last visit!

Yes, everybody was nice. It's unbelievable how you were treated at DOH.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
No, but here's for the NDIA. Looking forward to it.

Me too!


Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
Great to read another PH Report,


Good to hear, thanks!


PH

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:21 am

Great way to come out of 'retirement'!

Qatar looks good - but not as good as that suite - WOW!

Good to see another report showing Dubai too as its on my to do list for next year.
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Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:25 am

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 20):
Great way to come out of 'retirement'!

Hi James, thanks for commenting!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 20):

Qatar looks good - but not as good as that suite - WOW!

Well, I have to agree!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 20):
Good to see another report showing Dubai too as its on my to do list for next year.

I can only recommend to go there! Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.


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Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:17 pm

Thanks, PlaneHunter!

Great to hear from you again. Food and photos from your trip look amzing! I would love to visit Dubai!


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Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:20 pm

Quoting 767747 (Reply 22):
Great to hear from you again. Food and photos from your trip look amzing!

Hi Matthew, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 22):
I would love to visit Dubai!

I can only recommend to do so - it's worth it!


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:58 pm

Hello U.,

Good to see your TR, and what a great read !!!

Yes, I have flown QR quite a lot too, incl. your A7-AEC, and always had great and comfortable flights on them too...however, catering has declined during the last 3-4 years IMHO; pitch and comfortable seats is still the norm at QR (incl. the A319LR, which I flew too - TXL-DOH v.v.)

Your DXB pictures are stunning; it's a good 'eye-opener' for my next year's trip there, at the start of our Suez-Canal crossing with Royal Caribbean cruise-line  
We'll fly EK this time (my 1st longhaul with them), coz they had an excellent offer with regard to their A380 opening flights to AMS...guess, can compare them with QR proper...
What a great room you had at the Hilton...good you perserferance paid off in the end  
Guess, we need about 3-4 days to see it all at DXB (incl. the mandatory shopping)...looking forward to it all, as you can imagine...

Thanks for sharing; good to see you back here - it's appreciated very much !!!

Gr.,

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:10 pm

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):
Good to see your TR, and what a great read !!!

Hi Pieter, many thanks for your feedback! This is highly appreciated.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):
Yes, I have flown QR quite a lot too, incl. your A7-AEC, and always had great and comfortable flights on them too...

Good to hear!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):
however, catering has declined during the last 3-4 years IMHO

Really? I was surprised about the nice meals on my flights after seeing numerous average meals/trays in various QR reports.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):
pitch and comfortable seats is still the norm at QR (incl. the A319LR, which I flew too - TXL-DOH v.v.)

Nice. Did it have PTVs in Y Class?

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):
Your DXB pictures are stunning; it's a good 'eye-opener' for my next year's trip there, at the start of our Suez-Canal crossing with Royal Caribbean cruise-line

Sounds very good. I'm sure you'll enjoy Dubai a lot.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):
We'll fly EK this time (my 1st longhaul with them), coz they had an excellent offer with regard to their A380 opening flights to AMS...guess, can compare them with QR proper...

Good decision. Expect a great product/service. The hardware is excellent - and it's very likely that the crew will be nice, too. EK's A380 crews only fly on the A380 - from my personal experience and judging from numerous reports, EK A380 crews are really special.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):
What a great room you had at the Hilton...good you perserferance paid off in the end

  

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):
Guess, we need about 3-4 days to see it all at DXB (incl. the mandatory shopping)...looking forward to it all, as you can imagine...

Yes, 3-4 days are needed. Do you also intend to take part in a desert safari?

Quoting MH017 (Reply 24):

Thanks for sharing; good to see you back here - it's appreciated very much !!!

Thanks a lot, Pieter!   


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:27 pm

Hi PH,

great to see another report from you, and a very enjoyable one as well. Qatar Airways seems to really hold up to the expectations, especially the food looks very nice. Would love to try them out as well one day, maybe on their STR flight. Amazing pictures from Dubai you have here, what an impressive city.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Great livery, isn't it?

Indeed, I like it as well.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
We declined again and received the keycards for a regular king room - but just when we were about to leave, the receptionist suddenly said: "Okay, you get the suite for free!"

Cool, well done not to accept the additional fare. And that suite really looked awesome, really like these big windows with the great view.

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Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:31 pm

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
great to see another report from you, and a very enjoyable one as well.

Hi CaptainRed, thanks for your comments! Good to hear you liked it.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
Qatar Airways seems to really hold up to the expectations, especially the food looks very nice.

  

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
Would love to try them out as well one day, maybe on their STR flight.

Yes, why not?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
Amazing pictures from Dubai you have here, what an impressive city.

Thanks! Dubai is a class of its own.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
And that suite really looked awesome, really like these big windows with the great view.

Yes, I really enjoyed that suite. Too bad we couldn't spend more time in there.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:15 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
Nice. Did it have PTVs in Y Class?

Drop-downs from the baggage-bins, but slept most of both flights (due to the evening/night schedules); needless to say, these 319 flights were the longest I've flown ever...

Anyhow, my ever longest flights were on QR too: DOH-IAH-DOH on the 772LR: excellent flights too (apart from smelly "curry eating" passengers on the westbound flight, but that's not QR's fault...)
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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:25 pm

Quoting MH017 (Reply 28):

Drop-downs from the baggage-bins, but slept most of both flights (due to the evening/night schedules); needless to say, these 319 flights were the longest I've flown ever...

Alright, thanks!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 28):
Anyhow, my ever longest flights were on QR too: DOH-IAH-DOH on the 772LR: excellent flights too

Sounds great! Awesome aircraft.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:48 pm

Hi PH, once again a great report from you! Glad to see you back.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
This is what the final itinerary looked like:

Looks very promising!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Great livery, isn't it?

Absolutely.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Pillows and blankets had been placed on the comfortable 17.5 inch wide seats:

I like the colors of those seats.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
...and once again I spotted a mistake on the fleet information page. Any volunteers?

A346 landing gear!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Beautiful view of the Alps:

Nice pic.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
without ice
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
and it was pretty warm

If you ask for ginger ale without ice, you still expect it to be ice-cold?!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
and the uncovered main course looked good, too:

That chicken looks nice!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, we found ourselves stuck at immigration for about one hour (!!!)

I had a similar experience when arriving in DXB at 2am in April.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I guess it will never cease to amaze me:

Amazing building!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Back to the earth - Burj Khalifa at sunset:

Nice pic.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Hotel shuttles, Burj Al Arab style:

Haha, how I would love to get a Rolls Royce to my hotel!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
There's also a Ferrari shop at Festival City - this red beast would look even better with "777" on the license plate:

Agree with that. A friend of our family who lives in Dubai actually has a red Ferrari.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Interestingly, the plane was parked just next to our A321 from DXB.

Wouldn't it have been nicer if you could just walk from your A321 to the A330 instead of aircraft-bus-terminal-bus-aircraft...  

Anyway, the transfer process in DOH seems to work nicely enough. Although Luke had another experience earlier. Maybe depends on the time of day...

Cheers,
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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:26 pm

Great read PH, good to be reading another of your reports again  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
This is what the final itinerary looked like:

Munich-Doha
Doha-Dubai
Dubai-Colombo
Colombo-Bangkok
Bangkok-Taipei
Taipei-Seoul
Seoul-Dubai
Dubai-Doha
Doha-Munich

- Now that's an impressive line up of flights!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The choice was between fish and chicken and I ordered the latter - very nice tray...
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and the uncovered main course looked good, too:

- Looks good, presentation and quantity, nice!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The flight was so short that I didn't need anything else but the moving map. That's a really strange aircraft silhouette:

- Indeed, looks like an old Russian Tupelov or similar.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the bus rides can take inconveniently long depending on the location of the aircraft parking position.

- But can be good for spotting, I made a few @ DOH during my rides a few years back

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Once again, water was served, but the flight attendants had to stop doing so before reaching our row.

- You've not been lucky with these pre departure water runs  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
we found ourselves stuck at immigration for about one hour (!!!) - and if we hadn't switched to another queue after a while, we probably would have waited even longer. I hadn't experienced that at Dubai before and I was very disappointed about that.    That's not what you expect when arriving at a top-tier destination - they should have enough money there to employ enough officers.

- Not something you expect @ DXB.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
excellent views - that's what I call a perfect start to the day

- Great view, great room!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I can only recommend that gourmet buffet to everyone who loves eating - it's absolutely worth the 120 Euro per person!

- For that price you need to roll out of there!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A hot breakfast was served about one hour after takeoff. There was a choice of omelette or pancakes - I chose the former:

- Again, decent meal quantity.

Cheers, looking forward to the next report.

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:24 pm

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):
Hi PH, once again a great report from you! Glad to see you back.

Hi Sveinn, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):
A346 landing gear!

Oh yes, but you read the FB thread, didn't you?  

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):
If you ask for ginger ale without ice, you still expect it to be ice-cold?!

Sure, the can should be cooled. Ice cubes lessen the taste.  

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):

I had a similar experience when arriving in DXB at 2am in April.

That's bad to hear - didn't you fly EK to DXB? Which terminal did you arrive at?

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):

Amazing building!

  

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):
Haha, how I would love to get a Rolls Royce to my hotel!

Yes, would be nice.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):
A friend of our family who lives in Dubai actually has a red Ferrari.

  

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):
Wouldn't it have been nicer if you could just walk from your A321 to the A330 instead of aircraft-bus-terminal-bus-aircraft...

Absolutely!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 30):
Anyway, the transfer process in DOH seems to work nicely enough.

Yes, it does.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Great read PH, good to be reading another of your reports again

Hi Mark, many thanks for your comments!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Indeed, looks like an old Russian Tupelov or similar.

Yes, I'm wondering who chose that silhouette.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
But can be good for spotting, I made a few @ DOH during my rides a few years back

That's true!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):

- Not something you expect @ DXB.

Well, the situation was totally different when we arrived at T3 from ICN.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
For that price you need to roll out of there!

 


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:25 pm

Hi PlaneHunter !

Great to see that the Master of Trip Reports is back and does not disappoint !

Amazing report with amazing pictures !

I'm especially happy to see you finally try out QR although not on a 777.

Flights look good, meals look okay and large. Too bad you didn't get a PTV on the 320 like I did but at least you got two different 333s on the DOH-MUC sectors (I flew the same 346 twice HKG-DOH and DOH-HKG).

I LOVE the pictures from Dubai and really makes me want to go soon. It'll be either November this year or April/May next year.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Tradition meets high tech:

My favorite picture in this report!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
this red beast would look even better with "777" on the license plate:

Especially on California plates and beginning with N and ending in UA.....  Like my plate.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I'd have preferred one of these GE90-powered beasts for the flight to MUC:

Yes, the QR 777s are very nice! I had the pleasure of being on their inaugural 777 flight which was DOH-DXB although no celebrations of any kind. I wrote a trip report about it. It's almost five years already...unbelievable how time flies.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

Conclusion
Flying Qatar Airways was a pleasure: comfortable seating, clean cabins in good shape, tasty meals, decent IFE system on the widebodies, mostly friendly flight attendants and very helpful ground staff members. Qatar Airways is proud of being a 5-star carrier, but I'm skeptical about the Skytrax rating in general. Qatar Airways definitely belongs to the world's high-quality airlines, but I wouldn't rank it higher than Emirates, Oman Air and several other fine carriers which don't have a 5-star rating. Certain aircraft types, certain crews and other factors can make a big difference. Additionally, the current Doha Airport isn't a great transfer hub. Nevertheless, I would certainly fly Qatar Airways again.

Yes, QR is a very nice airline. EK may have a little bit better food and entertainment but QR's F/As are more firendly. That's my experience and to me that makes a big difference.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
QR's catering is indeed great - but not as good as EK's catering IMO.

EK's catering is still outstanding for economy class and is probably the best Y class meals out there on any carrier.

Very much looking forward to your next report in this series, whenever it appears!

Thanks again for posting!

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:59 pm

Hi PlaneHunter,

Thanks for another great trip report! It sounds like you had a fun time in Dubai!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
First of all, we booked a very cheap Munich-Doha-Dubai roundtrip on Qatar Airways, an airline which I had wanted to try for a long time. Then we added five more flights (both Business and Economy Class) on four different airlines, including two new ones (details to follow).

Looks like a great trip, looking forward to the J class reports.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Great livery, isn't it?

  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
the flight attendants distributed hot towels and set up non-slip tray underlays - not a bad idea:

Interesting idea, I guess it's a nice way to differentiate from other carriers.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
...and the uncovered main course looked good, too:

That looks like a great meal. Good balance of quantity & quality.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Shortly after takeoff, orange juice/water and wraps were served - the latter (spicy beef) tasted okay, but not overwhelming:

I'm always impressed by what the Gulf carriers can manage to serve on these short flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Well, we were expecting that the suite (on the highest floor) would be roomy and nice, but it turned out to be huge (70m²/740 sq.feet) and fabulous.

Cool that you were able to secure an upgrade. Suite does like fantastic.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Once in the building, we quickly approached a ground staff member and just said "Munich!" She had a look at her lists and directed us to the fast track security lane which we could pass within two minutes. Behind security, another ground staff member told us where to go and we finally arrived at the gate just a few minutes later.

Nice to hear that the staff at Doha handled your tight transfer well.

Thanks for the report.

Regards,
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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:30 pm

Hi PH!

Glad to see you're back in business!
Great and enjoyable report just as usual, and nice to read about your experiences on QR, as I will be flying them myself for the first time this fall.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Some weeks after booking, the originally scheduled A330-200 on that sector had been replaced by an A330-300. I wasn't amused because I would get QR's A330-300 twice, but what can you do?

All of my 4 booked QR flights are now scheduled as A333's, up from 3 A333's and one A332.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Great livery, isn't it?

Indeed. Classy and unique.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Let's zoom in a bit – that sidewalk down there is a good place to go if you want to take a picture of the tower in a whole:

Ah yes, I remember that very sidewalk, snapped a few nice photos there when I was in Dubai.

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:45 pm

Hey PlaneHunter, I'm very glad to see you back as a writer on the forum. A great report as always, providing some excellent inspiration for my upcoming Dubai trip over new year's. Must say that you managed to see quite a lot of the city in such a relatively short time.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Reserving seats had already been possible during the booking process on the Qatar Airways' convenient website.

Very nice of QR to offer this service to all passengers and not only Elites/Premium pax.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
QR004 was also operating as UA7965:

Interesting. I'm assuming the flight didn't carry any LH-number, as they recently ceased the codeshare agreement with QR?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The 32-inch seat pitch is generous, but large IFE boxes take away much space:

Given the fairly modern state of the aircraft, I'm quite baffled by the fact that they opted for such a large IFE box, and not the more modern and smaller sized ones like EK have on the A380. Also I don't see why airlines can't just place the IFE box under the aisle seat facing the aisle (á la QF).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and once again I spotted a mistake on the fleet information page. Any volunteers?

Hmm, would've been much nicer if they could've had real pictures of the planes instead of those dull looking "outlines" that seem to act more as a size comparison chart, than actually describing the fleet.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Qatar Airways didn't order fuel dump nozzles for this plane:

I had always thought those nozzles were standard equipment. Are these planes certified to land at MTOW or do they dump the fuel from elsewhere?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Before serving dinner, the flight attendants distributed hot towels and set up non-slip tray underlays - not a bad idea:

Must say that the non-slip tray adds a nice touch to the service. Although it would've just been easier to place tiny rubber feet below each meal tray  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pleasant mood lighting:

For such a short flight, did they force you to shut the blinds? Or was the dark cabin caused by the darkness outside.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Once again, water was served, but the flight attendants had to stop doing so before reaching our row.

Huh, wonder if it's standard practice not to serve the last row, or just plain bad luck  
On the other hand, if this occurs on a regular basis I think they'd better skip the pre-takeoff water rather than providing it as an inconsistent part of the service delivery.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My brother had different kinds of caviar...

That's impressive! The portions looked quite small though. Did he plate it up himself, or was there a waiter who did that. Caviar is after all very expensive.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I can only recommend that gourmet buffet to everyone who loves eating - it's absolutely worth the 120 Euro per person!

I must say that I'm very impressed with the buffet and its offerings. And while the price tag may be a bit hefty for me, it still seems to provide some excellent value for the money given the otherwise very expensive dishes. Did the staff mind you staying so long?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
this red beast would look even better with "777" on the license plate:

Hehe, well in the UAE my bet is that the 777 license number will end up costing far more than the car itself 

Thank you for taking time to write this report. I very much look forward to the next parts, although I don't expect them to be up anytime soon. So please, take your time  

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:00 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
Great to see that the Master of Trip Reports is back and does not disappoint !

Hi Lars, many thanks for your kind words!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
Amazing report with amazing pictures !

I'm glad you liked it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
I'm especially happy to see you finally try out QR although not on a 777.

Yes, would have been nice to get on a 777, at least between DOH and DXB. If I remember correctly, we could have chosen such an option, but it would have involved a transfer time of several hours in the middle of the night.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
Flights look good, meals look okay and large. Too bad you didn't get a PTV on the 320 like I did but at least you got two different 333s on the DOH-MUC sectors (I flew the same 346 twice HKG-DOH and DOH-HKG).

Didn't you fly on A7-ADJ? And that one had PTVs back then?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):

I LOVE the pictures from Dubai and really makes me want to go soon. It'll be either November this year or April/May next year.

You'll love it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
Especially on California plates and beginning with N and ending in UA..... Like my plate.

  

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
Yes, the QR 777s are very nice! I had the pleasure of being on their inaugural 777 flight which was DOH-DXB although no celebrations of any kind. I wrote a trip report about it. It's almost five years already...unbelievable how time flies.

Yes, I remember your report. Time flies!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
Yes, QR is a very nice airline. EK may have a little bit better food and entertainment but QR's F/As are more firendly. That's my experience and to me that makes a big difference.

The QR FAs were mostly friendly, but they weren't outstanding.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
EK's catering is still outstanding for economy class and is probably the best Y class meals out there on any carrier.

Absolutely!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 33):
Very much looking forward to your next report in this series, whenever it appears!

Good to hear!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 34):
Thanks for another great trip report! It sounds like you had a fun time in Dubai!

Thanks for commenting, aflyingkiwi!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 34):
Looks like a great trip, looking forward to the J class reports.

J Class reports to follow after one more Y Class report.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 34):
Interesting idea, I guess it's a nice way to differentiate from other carriers.

  

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 34):
That looks like a great meal. Good balance of quantity & quality.

Yes indeed!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 34):
I'm always impressed by what the Gulf carriers can manage to serve on these short flights.

EK even hands out small trays on the hops between DXB and DOH.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 34):
Cool that you were able to secure an upgrade. Suite does like fantastic.

That term describes it well!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 34):
Nice to hear that the staff at Doha handled your tight transfer well.

Yes - and there were many staff members around.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):
Glad to see you're back in business!

Hi Martin, thanks a lot!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):

Great and enjoyable report just as usual, and nice to read about your experiences on QR, as I will be flying them myself for the first time this fall.

I'm glad you liked it. It's very likely that you'll have good flights on QR, too!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):
All of my 4 booked QR flights are now scheduled as A333's, up from 3 A333's and one A332.

That's bad considering that they have so many different types. Where will you fly to? Maybe there will be equipment changes again.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Hey PlaneHunter, I'm very glad to see you back as a writer on the forum. A great report as always, providing some excellent inspiration for my upcoming Dubai trip over new year's.

Hi Jonas, many thanks for your comments! Good to hear you enjoyed the report. You chose a good time for your visit, should be lovely there in winter.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Must say that you managed to see quite a lot of the city in such a relatively short time.

Well, there's certainly much more to see, but we concentrated on the "main stuff" because we had visited Dubai several times before. Make sure to get tickets for the Burj Khalifa, there may be a great demand. I recommend a visit in the late afternoon sun.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Very nice of QR to offer this service to all passengers and not only Elites/Premium pax.

Yes, you also find that on EK.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Interesting. I'm assuming the flight didn't carry any LH-number, as they recently ceased the codeshare agreement with QR?

That's correct. It's interesting that QR still uses T2 - I guess LH doesn't like that.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Given the fairly modern state of the aircraft, I'm quite baffled by the fact that they opted for such a large IFE box, and not the more modern and smaller sized ones like EK have on the A380.

Well, the A333s I got were delivered in 2004 and 2005, there may be newer versions on the newer birds. EK's IFE "boxes" on the A380 and the newer 777s are certainly outstanding.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Also I don't see why airlines can't just place the IFE box under the aisle seat facing the aisle (á la QF).

Yes, the aisle seat would be perfect because passengers there can stand up and walk around whenever they want to. Btw - QF's IFE box on the A380 is quite small.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Hmm, would've been much nicer if they could've had real pictures of the planes instead of those dull looking "outlines" that seem to act more as a size comparison chart, than actually describing the fleet.

That's true - probably they wanted to make it appear stylish.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
I had always thought those nozzles were standard equipment. Are these planes certified to land at MTOW or do they dump the fuel from elsewhere?

QR's A333s don't operate on really long routes, mostly on 5-7 hour flights.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
For such a short flight, did they force you to shut the blinds? Or was the dark cabin caused by the darkness outside.

No, it was just dark outside. No blinds had to be shut.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Huh, wonder if it's standard practice not to serve the last row, or just plain bad luck
On the other hand, if this occurs on a regular basis I think they'd better skip the pre-takeoff water rather than providing it as an inconsistent part of the service delivery.

They just ran out of time - it seems it's a kind of additional service provided as long as it's possible.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
That's impressive! The portions looked quite small though. Did he plate it up himself, or was there a waiter who did that. Caviar is after all very expensive.

You can take from the buffet whatever and as much as you want to - we just chose small portions so that we could try as many offerings as possible.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):

I must say that I'm very impressed with the buffet and its offerings. And while the price tag may be a bit hefty for me, it still seems to provide some excellent value for the money given the otherwise very expensive dishes. Did the staff mind you staying so long?

No, the staff members were extremely friendly and helpful, always ready for a small talk. You can stay as long as you want, there's no time limit. All you need is a reserved table.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Hehe, well in the UAE my bet is that the 777 license number will end up costing far more than the car itself

Yes, that could be true!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Thank you for taking time to write this report. I very much look forward to the next parts, although I don't expect them to be up anytime soon. So please, take your time

Thanks again for your comments. I will take my time.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:11 am

Hi PH,

Nice to see you back in trip reporting business again. Missing you on A.net trip report forum is like a dessert misses the rain.

Your high quality pictures bring me back the nice memories of visiting Dubai myself last May.  


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
In early 2012 my brother and I decided to go on another Asia tour

How great to have a brother who you can share your traveling passion with.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Munich-Doha-Dubai roundtrip on Qatar Airways

I just followed in your track merely two months later.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Reserving seats had already been possible during the booking process on the Qatar Airways' convenient website.

Oh yes, regardless the class you are booked into..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Some weeks after booking, the originally scheduled A330-200 on that sector had been replaced by an A330-300.

We experienced aircraft change the other way around on our way back.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
They even served water, but stopped doing so before reaching our row.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
but the flight attendants had to stop doing so before reaching our row.

What a pity.  


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
non-slip tray underlays

I really like the idea.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Qatar Airways filled me up with that large meal!

Absolutely. I could not even finish my meal last time.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Data about catering not available either:

Was Qatar not supposed to display the catering on the screen around mealtime?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Taking pictures on the DOH apron can cause trouble, so I had to be careful.

Hopefully, it will change once DOH opens NDIA.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
However, we found ourselves stuck at immigration for about one hour (!!!)

Our flight arrived one hour later and we did not have to wait at all.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
"Okay, you get the suite for free!"

Great! Did you get complimentary lounge access as well?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
This is the suite's long corridor:

 Wow!


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Some daylight impressions:

I just love the chickens facing the window.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Burj Khalifa

Amazing building!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Can you see the airport?

We were unlucky with the view after sandstorm passed Dubai a couple of days earlier.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I can only recommend that gourmet buffet to everyone who loves eating - it's absolutely worth the 120 Euro per person!

I believe you.   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
so I took this (bulkhead) seat

It comes with a leg rest. Interesting!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Interestingly, the plane was parked just next to our A321 from DXB.

You could have changed aircraft on the tarmac.   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
By the way - I flew Dubai-Munich on Emirates two months later (similar timing) and got a large cold breakfast as well as a large hot meal for lunch which is probably too much for many passengers.

Too much, but I would have appreciated it.   


Thanks for sharing. Have a nice Sunday.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:24 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):

Nice to see you back in trip reporting business again. Missing you on A.net trip report forum is like a dessert misses the rain.

Hi Suryo, many thanks for your kind words! This is really appreciated!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Your high quality pictures bring me back the nice memories of visiting Dubai myself last May.

You told me about it. Will you write a report?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
How great to have a brother who you can share your traveling passion with.

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
We experienced aircraft change the other way around on our way back.

Didn't you get a mighty 77L? Or do I mix up anything?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Was Qatar not supposed to display the catering on the screen around mealtime?

Well, who knows. Did it work on your flights?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Hopefully, it will change once DOH opens NDIA.

Yes, hopefully!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Our flight arrived one hour later and we did not have to wait at all.

Interesting.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Great! Did you get complimentary lounge access as well?

No, but what do you need a lounge for when you can relax in such a suite?  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
We were unlucky with the view after sandstorm passed Dubai a couple of days earlier.

That's too bad. These sandstorms can also mess flight operations.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
You could have changed aircraft on the tarmac.

Yes, would have been nice!


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:30 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 39):
Will you write a report?

Yes, but I do not know yet when I will be able to publish it. Just managed to get Down Under and still have to go back to Dutch soil.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 39):
Didn't you get a mighty 77L?

  


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 39):
Did it work on your flights?

It did. Noble idea to save the environment. But I just missed the paper menu.  


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 39):
what do you need a lounge

Free booze?   
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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:39 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Yes, but I do not know yet when I will be able to publish it.

Great! Take your time. There's no need to rush.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Just managed to get Down Under and still have to go back to Dutch soil.

Similar situation here...I have just started to write about my 2012 trips.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
It did. Noble idea to save the environment. But I just missed the paper menu.

Well, I prefer paper menus. There are more effective ways to protect the environment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Free booze?

Not so important to me...when on the road.  




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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:38 am

Hi PH,

First of all, let me say how good it feels to have our very own planehunter back in business here in the forums! And as always, you've written up a very nice story with high quality pictures! Furthermore, I think the word "epic" is more than suitable to describe Dubai and its amazing features.

Your report also remind me of my trip to Dubai in June this year (I know I should get to writing the rest of those reports at some stage...) and as you may remember I also flew Qatar Airways on that trip - not that I had planned to do so in the beginning - only on the short DOH-DXB hop though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
In early 2012 my brother and I decided to go on another Asia tour. Our focus was on Dubai and Bangkok

But... Dubai isn't Asia, right? 
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
First of all, we booked a very cheap Munich-Doha-Dubai roundtrip on Qatar Airways, an airline which I had wanted to try for a long time

Who wouldn't want to try out the world's five star airline.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Munich-Doha
Doha-Dubai
Dubai-Colombo
Colombo-Bangkok
Bangkok-Taipei
Taipei-Seoul
Seoul-Dubai
Dubai-Doha
Doha-Munich

Very nice looking itinerary.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Part I of my new series will focus on the MUC-DOH-DXB and the DXB-DOH-MUC sectors on Qatar Airways as well as on the two Dubai layovers.

Perhaps it is just me, but I would find a chronological way of reporting more interesting. But hey - that's your decision!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Some weeks after booking, the originally scheduled A330-200 on that sector had been replaced by an A330-300. I wasn't amused because I would get QR's A330-300 twice, but what can you do? At least one of the two originally planned A320s between DOH and DXB was replaced by an A321 at the same time.

Yeah, I have a feeling QR does these aircraft swaps quite often - also in the last minute - my flight changed from an A321 to an A320 a couple of hours ahead of departure and that's why there was only one thing in store for us: chaos.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Cocktail snacks and drinks were served 30 minutes after departure.

What is that? It looks like some kind of dried vegetables, am I wrong?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Before serving dinner, the flight attendants distributed hot towels and set up non-slip tray underlays - not a bad idea:

A very smart idea I must say! I guess they do it on longer flights only, I had one on my DOH-DXB flight but that's only because the crew had forgot to remove it from the tray table on the previous flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Data about catering not available either

And there was no paper menu either?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Once again, water was served, but the flight attendants had to stop doing so before reaching our row.

The same thing happened to me as well - but to me it occured when we were already in the air.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and excellent views - that's what I call a perfect start to the day:

Hey - you can see the Sheraton hotel where I stayed on the right of this picture!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Early in the afternoon, we took a taxi to the mighty Burj Khalifa.

I know taking a taxi is quite cheap in Dubai - but the metro is even cheaper and faster!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I can only recommend that gourmet buffet to everyone who loves eating - it's absolutely worth the 120 Euro per person!

The food and the ambiance really look amazing - but I seriously doubt I would pay that much for a meal, after all you could spend the money on some flights instead?  

Some really stunning pictures from Dubai as well, it really seems like you saw quite a lot in those days!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A7-ADZ, one of 12 A321-200s in the fleet, would operate the short hop to Doha:

And look at the WY tail in the background - now that's a nice airline!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Shortly afterwards, the purser announced that breakfast would be served on the ground. This time we got a breakfast wrap which tasted alright:

Didn't they even serve drinks in the air then?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Flying Qatar Airways was a pleasure: comfortable seating, clean cabins in good shape, tasty meals, decent IFE system on the widebodies, mostly friendly flight attendants and very helpful ground staff members. Qatar Airways is proud of being a 5-star carrier, but I'm skeptical about the Skytrax rating in general. Qatar Airways definitely belongs to the world's high-quality airlines, but I wouldn't rank it higher than Emirates, Oman Air and several other fine carriers which don't have a 5-star rating. Certain aircraft types, certain crews and other factors can make a big difference. Additionally, the current Doha Airport isn't a great transfer hub. Nevertheless, I would certainly fly Qatar Airways again.

Nicely summed up!

Thanks for sharing.

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:47 am

Hi PH,

Just look at all the replies you've received in 24 hours! That surely is an indication how many of us love reading your reports!

I'm impressed with QR's offerings on your flights, very good for Y.

Thank you for the copious pictures of Dubai, somewhere I've never been. The views from the Burj Kalifa are simply breathtaking.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Before serving dinner, the flight attendants distributed hot towels and set up non-slip tray underlays - not a bad idea:

A very good idea and something I don't recall seeing in Y on an airline. The meals on your MUC-DOH-MUC flights look really super, substanial, tasty and nicely presented.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, we found ourselves stuck at immigration for about one hour (!!!) - and if we hadn't switched to another queue after a while, we probably would have waited even longer. I hadn't experienced that at Dubai before and I was very disappointed about that. That's not what you expect when arriving at a top-tier destination - they should have enough money there to employ enough officers.

A pity. That sort of thing creates a really bad impression when you're entering a country.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
said: "Okay, you get the suite for free!"

So it was worth standing your ground! The suite is impressive and huge, but it has a very masculine feel to it with all the black furniture, not really to my taste.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
However, about 45 minutes before departure, I noticed a "final call" announcement for our flight! So I headed to the gate within two minutes and found out that all passengers had already boarded the plane.

Very strange. Even stranger that most passengers had already boarded, it's rare that everyone is so early!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I was wondering how long we would be stuck at Doha and couldn't enjoy this flight. Captain Scott announced that we would make up some time, but I remained skeptical.

I can understand your concern. Great that it did work out in the end.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Less than 90 minutes before arrival, biscuits and hot drinks were served:

Those biscuits looks delicious!

Happy flying
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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:10 am

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
First of all, let me say how good it feels to have our very own planehunter back in business here in the forums!

Hi 717Flyer, thanks a lot! I'm glad to be back.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
And as always, you've written up a very nice story with high quality pictures!

Thanks, good to hear you enjoyed it!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Furthermore, I think the word "epic" is more than suitable to describe Dubai and its amazing features.

  

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Your report also remind me of my trip to Dubai in June this year (I know I should get to writing the rest of those reports at some stage...) and as you may remember I also flew Qatar Airways on that trip - not that I had planned to do so in the beginning - only on the short DOH-DXB hop though.

Take your time!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
But... Dubai isn't Asia, right?

Sure, it belongs to Asia.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Perhaps it is just me, but I would find a chronological way of reporting more interesting. But hey - that's your decision!

Usually I prefer a chronological way of reporting, but since I had more or less the same airline/product as well as a Dubai layover inbound and outbound I decided to put everything in one report.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Yeah, I have a feeling QR does these aircraft swaps quite often - also in the last minute - my flight changed from an A321 to an A320 a couple of hours ahead of departure and that's why there was only one thing in store for us: chaos.

Chaos? That doesn't sound good at all. I'm curious to read more about it.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
What is that? It looks like some kind of dried vegetables, am I wrong?

It contained all kinds of stuff, including dried peas.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):

And there was no paper menu either?

No, unfortunately.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Hey - you can see the Sheraton hotel where I stayed on the right of this picture!

Oh yes, I hadn't noticed that.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
I know taking a taxi is quite cheap in Dubai - but the metro is even cheaper and faster!

That depends on the traffic - we had a very fast taxi ride to the Burj Al Arab. And the metro can be crowded - had a very bad experience once. Metro stations aren't conveniently locacted everywhere either.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
The food and the ambiance really look amazing - but I seriously doubt I would pay that much for a meal, after all you could spend the money on some flights instead?

Well, I can book flights all the time, while I don't have the chance very often to dine in that exclusive restaurant. And I really value good food, so it's totally worth it. Give me that buffet over any random flight any day.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Some really stunning pictures from Dubai as well, it really seems like you saw quite a lot in those days!

Thanks!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
And look at the WY tail in the background - now that's a nice airline!

  

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Didn't they even serve drinks in the air then?

No more service in the air.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
Thank you for the copious pictures of Dubai, somewhere I've never been. The views from the Burj Kalifa are simply breathtaking.

Hi Hannah, thank you very much for your comments! I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
Just look at all the replies you've received in 24 hours! That surely is an indication how many of us love reading your reports!

I guess you are right! It was a good decision to return.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
I'm impressed with QR's offerings on your flights, very good for Y.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
The meals on your MUC-DOH-MUC flights look really super, substanial, tasty and nicely presented.

  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
A pity. That sort of thing creates a really bad impression when you're entering a country.

Absolutely!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
So it was worth standing your ground! The suite is impressive and huge, but it has a very masculine feel to it with all the black furniture, not really to my taste.

Interesting point of view!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
Very strange. Even stranger that most passengers had already boarded, it's rare that everyone is so early!

Yes, I will be more careful next time when flying QR, especially from DXB.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:34 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 37):
Didn't you fly on A7-ADJ? And that one had PTVs back then?

Hi !

From what I can recall, it had PTVs but I'm not so sure now.

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:40 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 45):
From what I can recall, it had PTVs but I'm not so sure now.

A7-ADJ was delivered seven months after A7-ADI, so it may have been the first one with PTVs. However, A321 A7-ADZ was delivered in 2008 and didn't have any either.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:38 am

Hi PH

Nice to read a great TR from your side again.
Qatar seems to be a fine airline indeed.
Good that the Doha connection worked out in both ways.
Too bad about the DXb arrival procedure. Strange that QR does not have PTVS on their 320s
Great pics of Dubai as well.

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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:58 am

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 47):

Nice to read a great TR from your side again.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 47):
Great pics of Dubai as well.

Hi Marc, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 47):
Qatar seems to be a fine airline indeed.

  

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 47):

Good that the Doha connection worked out in both ways.

It was very tight on the way back, I wouldn't choose such a short connection time again.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 47):
Strange that QR does not have PTVS on their 320s

The newer narrowbodies do have them.


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RE: 5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks

Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:45 am

Hi Planehunter,

Thank you for sharing your QR experience. I am really looking forward to the other parts of your trip.

I was lucky to fly on QR from DXB to CMB via DOH after being denied boarding with UL. Staff was great, rebooked me free of charge to an earlier flight. I had a fully PTV equiped A320 on DXB-DOH (which probably flies to Europe normally) with excellent seats and IFE. DOH-CMB was the same type of equipment you had on DOH-DXB and staff was very nice and seats comfy, even without PTV. DOH transfer experience was so so, too long bus rides and the transfer process with the jackets was a little strange. But Oryx lounge quite acceptable for a shower and a quick breakfast. I like the different coloured cups they give you, as well as the "table cloth", which is a thick piece of paper, that they give you when serving meals. While QR is already very high standard, I preferred EK on my flights RAK-DXB/CMB-MLE-DXB-FRA. Still they are a great airline and I would recommend them anytime as well.

By the way, I might be wrong, but I can't recall that arriving from DXB and transiting to CMB I had to clear security in DOH. Maybe arrivals from specific countries don't need to reclear security, but since you had to, I might be wrong...

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