Japanese flight attendant Junko greeted us at the door and directed to us to the left. I was pleasantly surprised to find a mini J cabin right behind the F cabin.
Seat control unit
Headset inside the right seat pocket
Pre-packed noise cancelling headset
Entertainment control unit
Magazine rack right on the back
The daytime amenity kits had been placed on the armrests. Molton Brown is apparently appointed as her new supplier as substitute of Aigner. Instead of separate bags for ladies en gentlemen, there are universal kits which consisted of a pair of earplugs, a bottle of eau de toilette and body lotion, a tube of lip balm and moisturizer. Other amenities could be found in the lavatories.
Thai Purser Worapot who was in charge of F approached us, “Welcome onboard. May I offer you something to drink? Orange juice of our signature drink, lemon mint?”
“We will have the lemon mint, please,” we replied.
Worapot disappeared behind the curtain and returned soon with the lemon mints.
Refreshing lemon mint
“Where are you going, Sir?” he asked while serving our glasses of lemon mint.
“Indonesia,” we replied.
“Wow, a long trip,”
“We know, but we are sure that we will be good taken care of with Qatar,”
“Thank you. Enjoy your flight,”
As Worapot disappeared, I grabbed my chance to capture the view of the still empty F cabin. The F seat rows on A7-ACA has apparently been reduced from three to two. While I was snapping photos, another female FA attendant appeared from the F galley. She only cracked a smile upon noticing my action.
When I returned to my seat, a comfort bag was already distributed. Inside there were an eyeshade and a pair of knitted anti-slip socks.
Let’s see what we got in the seat pocket.
A bit worn out July edition!
A jacket with entertainment and duty free guides
Duty free guide
Menu and beverage list
Spirits and soft drinks
When I looked out the window, the ramp agent was still waiting under the staircase for the F passengers.
Towards the ETA, in all sudden six adults were passing by towards the F cabin followed by two children. Another two other children emerged in our cabin and taking the middle J seats. Then I realized why our upgrade request was not granted. A group of Middle Eastern travelers had booked up the F cabin, occupied several J seats. There was even a single Y seat for the nanny too.
Captain Murphy came to the intercom to welcome his passengers aboard. He mentioned our flight time of five hour and four minutes and furthermore that our routing would be MUC – Austria – Hungary – Romania – Bulgaria – Turkey – Iraq – Kuwait – Bahrain – DOH.
An elderly lady who I had never seen earlier, appeared and made her way to the F cabin. Purser Tahmineh rushed after her and escorted the lady backward again. Then, I overheard a discussion of Tahmineh and her colleagues which went like, “Make sure that no authorized people enter the First or Business Class cabin. I wish to keep our premium passengers separated from Economy Class,”
At 12.05, an announcement was made, “All our customers are onboard. Cabin crew, please prepare for take-off, “
Thai flight attendant Pariyanud appeared on our side. “Good afternoon, sir. Do you want a cold of hot towel?”
“Hot towel, please,” My partner and I replied.
Steaming hot towel presented on a wooden tray
The door closed at 12.10. About ten minutes later, Pariyanud returned to take our order. “Good afternoon, sir. Can we offer you anything to drink after take-off?”
“We would like to have champagne, please,”
“Are you joining us for the main meal?” Pariyanud proceeded.
“Certainly. I would like to have the classic Arabic mezze and the oven-roasted chicken supreme. Can I have the Shiraz to go with it, please,” I said.
“Certainly. And how about you, sir?” Pariyanud turned to my partner.
“I would like to have the seafood cocktail and pan-fried swordfish medallion. For me the chardonnay, please,”
“Thank you for your order, sir,” Pariyanud continued to other passengers.
Pariyanud attending one of the children
After taking the meal order, Pariyanud recollected the towels and empty glasses.
At 12.30, the humming sound started to fill the cabin followed by the pushback. The safety instruction was broadcasted on the single main screen in front of the middle J seats.
About five minutes later, an announcement came that the in-flight entertainment had been switched on. Of course, we could not take advantage of it yet as our screens had to be stowed until after take-off.
A7-ACA made her way to 8R/26L. Now, let me take you along the take-off experience.
Air Dolomiti E195
We had to wait for Emirates B77W to land.
Soon, we entered the runway.
Hey, is the screen not supposed to be stowed?
We accelerated, thundered down the runway and lifted off at 12.45.
We banked to the left and made an U-turn.
At 12.45, the fasten seatbelt signs were switched off. Time to explore the updated QR IFE in a more comfortable seating postion.
10A in angled lie-flat position
IFE control unit manual
During this flight, I kept myself occupied with Music.
Create your own playlist
My favorite artists
Or keep myself informed by watching the broadcast map.
Pariyanud appeared with palate pleaser and our glasses of champagne.
Chicken Caesar tortilla
Fifteen minutes later, the plates were collected and Pariyanud returned to set our table.
Half folded. Notice the glass foot holder on the top left
Unfolded and enough space for the dinner utensils
Pariyanud set our tables one by one. I got attended first. Firstly, she covered my table with a linen. Secondly, she folded the napkin across and laid it on my lap. Finally, she set the bread plates, mini pepper and salt containers, butter dish and a water glass.
“Would you like still or sparkling water?” Pariyanud asked.
“Sparkling water, please,”
Pariyanud made my partner’s table set before pouring the water. Then, she returned with our starters.
My classic Arabic mezze, consisted of hummus, baba ghannouj and moutabal
My partner’s seafood cocktail
Pariyanud proceeded to top up our glasses of champagne. Somehow when she was serving my partner, she miss poured the champagne.
“What is wrong? There is not even any turbulence,” my partner said jokingly.
“Still turbulence enough for me,” she blushed and quickly disappeared.
The starters were fabulous. The mezze tasted as good as I could remember two years ago. It was still one of my favorite starter on board of QR. The seafood cocktail was fresh and well flavoured.
Worapot appeared from the F cabin and cleared our plates on his way to the galley.
Nearly thirty minutes after the table setting, Pariyanud appeared with our main courses.
My oven-roasted chicken supreme
My partner’s swordfish medallion
“Do you want anything else to go with your meal? Perhaps some ketchup, mustard or Tabasco?” Pariyanud asked.
“No, thank you,” Both my partner and I replied.
“Please enjoy your meal, “ Pariyanud returned to the galley.
“Thank you,” I started to savor my main course.
The potato soufflé was moist and creamy. The asparagus was well-cooked. The chicken was a bit dry on the outside, but the filling was just melting in your mouth and made a perfect combination with the spiced dark sauce.
Then, I noticed that my partner only ate half of his meal.
“What is wrong? Do you not like it?” I asked.
“Yes, but I think she has forgotten our wines,” my partner replied and hit the attendant call button. Tahmineh responded immediately.
“I think we still have to get our glass of Chardonnay and Shiraz,” my partner said.
“Oh, sure. I will get it for you,” Tahmineh quickly returned to the galley
“I find the swordfish rather dry, by the way.” My partner remarked, “Is it supposed to be like that?”
“I do not know. I have never had swordfish before,”
“Me neither. Well, since the whole First and Cabin was fully booked, it must be hard working for the cabin attendants. ”
Tahmineh appeared with the Shiraz, followed by Pariyanud who was very apologetic about the situation.
Both Tahmineh and Pariyanud exercised the QR’s wine serving procedure. Firstly, they poured couple drops into the glass and holding the bottle with the label facing us while we were having a taste. Then after our tasting and approval, they proceeded to top up the glass and left.
When we continued with our meal, Pariyanud suddenly emerged from the galley. “May I help you?”
Apparently, the attendant call button remained switched on to which Pariyanud responded in all rush. After noticing that we were fine, she switched off the button and returned to the galley.
After we finished our meal, Pariyanud came to collect our trays. It was 14.15.
“Would you care for dessert?” she asked.
“Yes, please. I would like to have the chocolate soufflé, “ I replied.
“I would like to have the forest berries,” my partner followed.
My partner’s forest berries
My chocolate soufflé
The soufflé was superb! My tongue got first heated up by the warm pear chocolate filling and eventually quenched by the cool clotted cream. Lovely combination of a sweet and buttery sensation.
We were flying above Varna when Pariyanud appeared again on our side.
“Do you want anything to drink? Tea or coffee?”
“We would like to have a cup of espresso with cognac please,”
“Do you want to have them mixed up or separated?”
While waiting for the espresso, I took the chance to visit the lavatory. Perhaps at a wrong moment as the toilet was not really that clean…
Pariyanud served our espresso, not long after I returned to my seat.
Our coffee serving was followed with two bottles of water.
It was a bit hazy out of the window.
Not long after I took the photo, the cabin lights were dimmed. Pariyanud returned with hot towels, while Junko cleared up the coffee cups and dessert plates.
Now, it was about time to explore other parts of A7-ACA.
Second J cabin
Forward Y cabin
When I continued walking backwards, I got accosted by a German guy sitting on the left window bulkhead seat.
“Hi, Holland! Nice to meet you! I am from Bayern München!“
I was perplex and did really know how to reply more than, “Hi, there. Nice to meet you too!”
“You guys did make it to the final. Too bad you had to give up to Spain,”
Actually, I did not care that much about the whole football game. But I did not want to spoil the encounter with this cheerful chap. “Yes, it was a pity, indeed.”
“Where are you going anyway?”
“That is a long journey! I hope you enjoy the flight,”
“Thank you. I wish you the very same!”
When I moved on, I met Tahmineh who just finished helping a passenger with his IFE. “You again! Do you have friends here?”
“Well, I just have made one,”
Tahmineh just smiled and let me through backwards.
Aft Y cabin
After exploring the Y cabin, I was curious about the condition of the lavatory I visited earlier by then.
I returned to my seat to get some sleep. Unfortunately, I could not keep my hands off the IFE control unit. Neither did my partner. He was watching the first Superman film with Christopher Reeves.
About one hour and twenty minutes before landing, the indulgence service was about to start.
Tahmineh took away my empty bottle just after I finished it off, and quickly replaced it with two new ones.
Pariyanud emerged from the galley to our side. “Are you joining us for the afternoon tea?”
“Certainly,” both my partner and I replied.
“What do you want to drink? Coffee or tea?”
I ordered a cup of green tea and my partner coffee with milk.
Pariyanud returned shortly to set our table and serving our drink one by one. Junko followed her with our indulgence trays.
I could barely finish them all, even though every single of it was a delicious treat. When I was about to skip the forest berries, my partner insisted me to finish it. Well, I did not regret it! I never had such fresh and tasty forest berries before.
My partner wished another glass of Chardonnay which was quickly met by Tahmineh. By the way, do you remember the Middle Eastern group I mentioned earlier in this report? The four children of the group were together and being supervised by the nanny, making the mini forward J cabin like a nursery.
It was about thirty five minutes before landing when Captain Murphy came to the intercom and announced that we were leaving our cruising altitude to 6,000 feet. He mentioned further that it was hazy in DOH and the temperature would be 36 centigrade’s.
The fasten seat belt signs were turned on thirty minutes before landing. Unfortunately, I did not manage to make proper pictures out of the window until we disembarked. I hope you do not mind.
About twenty five minutes before landing, another hot towel runs were conducted and followed by the recollection of the menu’s. Ten minutes before landing, the cabin lights were dimmed.
We touched down at 18.45 and docked within less than five minutes.
Departures and arrivals in DOH always meant bus gates. After saying goodbye to Tahmineh, Pariyanud and Junko, we were ushered to the dedicated bus down the stairs. I got tipped over my shoulder two years ago for taking pictures, so I tried to be discrete that time.
The Middle Eastern group got apparently dedicated limousine service. I counted at least five limousines involved.
The glimpse of one of the limousines
Our bus could not drive away as the limousines blocked our route. It took a while before the whole group members got on. Finally, we were cleared to go to our next stop, the DOH Premium Terminal.
The start is here
I do not wish to judge my experience on this single flight, but I can say that my high expectation of QR was met accordingly. I was glad to see that their in-flight service was as consistent as two years ago. QR even offers better IFE’s nowadays which I really appreciated. Her five stars were definitely not fading away.
This part of my series came to an end here. Coming up next will be our short visit to the Premium Terminal and our onward journey to Kuala Lumpur.
I do hope you have had an enjoyable read as much as I have been writing it. Please let me know what you think of it and do not hesitate to leave any comments or suggestions.
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