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Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:41 am



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Qatar Airways | 787 Dreamliner | SIN DOH | Business Class: http://youtu.be/erA6ekQJI1o
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Air Berlin | 737-800 | BCN-TXL | Economy: http://youtu.be/CFNWlRU05wQ

Hi there, and thanks for taking a look at the eighth part of my series following my trip down to Australia that took place back in April 2014. If you’ve missed any of the previous parts, then they can be seen here:

Oz 2014 7: A Failed Attempt At CX First, HKG-SIN (by jwhite9185 Aug 29 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 6: Back To Asia: VS A346 Upper Class SYD-HKG (by jwhite9185 Aug 1 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 5: A Qantas Widebody To SYD. 763 BNE-SYD (by jwhite9185 Jul 22 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 4: Oz Domestic, VA MEL-SYD-BNE 738/E190 (by jwhite9185 Jul 7 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 3: Heading Down Under With MH 737/A333 (by jwhite9185 Jun 26 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 2: Qatar Business BCN-DOH-SIN A333/77W (by jwhite9185 Jun 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet (by jwhite9185 May 26 2014 in Trip Reports)


This part will focus on my return from Asia with Qatar Airways, and onwards journey to Berlin with Air Berlin. As I had a few days between arriving back in Barcelona and having to go back to work, I didn’t really fancy flying straight home from BCN. I looked at a few options and as I’ve been wanting to visit Berlin for a while that’s the one that stuck out the most. Since trying out their home airline last year, I was generally impressed with them so I turned to them to fly me there.




There were a few flights throughout the day, but just the one would fit my schedule as I was due to arrive on QR at 14:15. Unfortunately, much like last year, the AB website didn’t recognise my BA status and wanted to charge me £9 to pre book a seat. No thanks.




After a warm and wet few hours looking around the last few sights of Singapore, I headed back to the hotel to grab my bags before heading off to Changi.




Around 45 minutes later, I was at T3 but as I was so early, check in wasn't open.



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Never mind though, I headed up to the viewing deck instead.



Although photography is a little difficult, viewing was good enough.



At 17:30, check in did open, and I was seen to fairly quickly.



I made my way through security.



Instead of heading straight up to the lounge, I took a look at some of Changi's other attractions.


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Eventually, I did go up to the lounge.




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It wasn't a massive lounge. The food options didn't really appeal to me - I'd eaten in town, but as long as they had a steady flow of cool drinks I was happy.


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I checked out the business centre to see if I could print my boarding passes, and therefore keep my QR ones, but it was a bit of a fail.



So I decided to do something I'd never done in an airport before - take a shower! After getting very hot and rained on walking the streets of the city, I felt it was a good time to make my debut. Unfortunately, there were remnants if the previous occupant. But other than that it was clean enough.


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By the time I was done, there was something on the food table that took my fancy.


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Feeling very much refreshed and rehydrated, I made my way down to gate A10 where boarding would begin shortly.


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There wasn't a priority line for security, which was surprising as there were 4 metal detectors/X-ray machines.



I was though pretty quickly, and although I couldn't actually see my jet, I could just about make out 'CI' on the nose wheel doors - meaning I'll be on one of QR's newer 787's, delivered just a few weeks previously. As I sat and waited, I noticed a bit of a storm brewing outside. It didn't seem to be affecting the movements all that much though.

Boarding was announced, and as usual there was the mass stampede towards the door. The ground crew did a great job at sorting it all out though.


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QR941
SIN-DOH
April 2014
Boeing 787-8 / A7-BCI
Seat: 4A/ Business
Scheduled: 21:20/23:45
Off Stand: 21:32
On Stand: 00:28


For some reason, I thought that the QR Dreamliner seat was almost identical to the CX one I'd experienced previously, although I was more than pleasantly surprised to see it was much better.


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The captain announced a flying time of 7 hours 20 minutes.


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Many seat positions

Ready and waiting for me was a pair of amenity kits and a menu.


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One of the crew took my drink order – a lime and mint.



Meanwhile the purser came and introduced herself and offered some pyjamas and a hot towel.


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All about the QR 787



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Good amount of connectivity


Not so good IFE controller. Way too complicated.



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We pushed back a little behind schedule, and made our way out to the runway on the opposite side of the airport. It was a pretty slow process. We would inch forward, then stop, inch forward some more then stop again. We would eventually make a quiet takeoff some 30 minutes after push back. We did a 180 degree turn over the masses of ships in the harbour, before passing SIN and then disappearing into darkness.


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Soon after departure, my PJ's were delivered.


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Magazine rack at the rear of the cabin



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Standard flower in the 787 premium washroom


When I'd got back from changing, I found the following waiting for me. I was impressed that the crew seemed to sense my liking for the lime and mint – and therefore kept bringing me refills! After a warm day in Singapore, all of them were very much welcome.



I decided to watch an episode of Top Gear on the IFE.


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Headphones and water in the armrest.




A few moments later, dinner orders were taken. I skipped the starter and went for the duck for the main.


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Followed up with ice cream for dessert.



After this, I put the seat into full recline, and fell fast asleep.



I only awoke when the seatbelt sign came on for landing, so that goes to show how comfortable the seat was! It was a bit of a mad rush to get changed and ready for landing. A few moments later, we were on to finals and touching down into Doha.



We initially braked a little hard before seemingly just rolling down to the end of the runway and letting the plane slow itself down. There was method in the madness though. As we had been assigned stand 1, it meant we could pull straight off the runway and on to stand.


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I took a few moments to gather my things and I was last off.


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It was then a tour of DOH, first stopping at the Doha arrivals terminal, and then the premium terminal. Once more, a couple of economy passengers managed to get on the premium bus, and were left a little red faced when they weren't allowed entry to the premium terminal, and there was no bus to take them to the standard terminal.



I cleared security, had a brief wander of the duty free shop before heading upstairs for a nice 8 hour layover.


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Around 2AM, I was approached by one of the staff saying the buffet was about to close so if I wanted anything to eat, I should grab something now. Not fancying anything from the buffet, I made my way to the deli instead, but I was informed that was now closed. Luckily, I wasn't too hungry. I was now totally reliant on my iPad for entertainment…


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Pretty empty at this time of night/morning.



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A bit of Jack Dee later on.


It appeared everything would start coming back to life at 5 AM.



Once the lounge did start waking up again, I ordered some breakfast.


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About the most I got to see of Qatar from ground level.




At around 07:10, feeling like I'd seen enough of the lounge, I made my way downstairs as according to my boarding pass, boarding was due to start in 10 minutes. It was a little off however, as things were a little busy.



Boarding finally did begin at 07:45, and it was on to a bus over to A7-AEG


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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:43 am


QR139
DOH-BCN
April 2014
A330-300 / A7-AEG
Seat: 3K / Business
Scheduled: 08:20/14:15
Off Stand: 08:29
On Stand: 14:22


I turned left at the door and was immediately met by a very orange looking Spanish steward offering me a drink. I took the lemon and mint. I must admit, I preferred the lime.


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Amenity kits, headphones and a menu were already waiting on my seat.


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Just when I thought I'd got lucky, my seat mate showed up. Shortly after, hot towels were brought around.



The French captain announced a flying time of 6 hours 30 minutes and a cruising altitude of 36,000ft.

We pushed back and made our way over to the active. We sat and waited for around ten minutes without moving, before finally lifting off over the bay.


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Around fifteen minutes after departure, the breakfast service began. First off was the smoothie - very refreshing.



At around the same time, I decided to put a film on, Fargo. I'd seen it before, but not for a while. That was the theory. A system reset and a new pair of headphones later and I was good to go.



Breakfast continued.


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I then missed most of the film due to falling asleep.

To try and wake up, I went and cleaned my teeth and had a chat in the front galley about my trip. During which I was offered some fresh baked, straight from the oven cookies - well, I won't say no!


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I returned to my seat and I tried my luck with the taking of Pelham 1,2,3 instead. It was filmed in the museum I visited in September 2012



During the film, the crew member looking after my side of the aisle came and placed another three cookies in the centre console.



With around two hours of the flight remaining, the snack service started. I didn't indulge though, as it was still feeling a little full. The Spanish crew member did his best to try and persuade me otherwise, but I just didn't feel like it. Even when he brought my seat mates meal, he once again asked if I had changed my mind.


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Around 35 minutes before arrival, the captain said we would shortly be starting our descent and gave a weather update.


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The crew gave out yet another hot towel.



We turned over the city to some pretty decent views.


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Touchdown came at just before 14:20, and despite only being a minute or two behind schedule the crew were very apologetic about the delay. We taxied over to our stand, which just happened to be next door to the EK A380.


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There was then the usual scrum to disembark.



It was then a case of following the signs to baggage reclaim.



Once there, our belt was shared with no less than four other flights, meaning it took a good twenty minutes or so for the first of the bags to emerge.



Once they did, mine was in the first batch off. It was then through customs and upstairs to start all over again!


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I ventured outside to grab some fresh air, as I'd not really had any for a while!


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When I came back in, the AB check in area was still setting up. They appeared to be having issues with their signs. They either both showed priority, both standard or the airport logo. Not one priority and the other standard.


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Once everything was set up, the agent announced that the line I was in was for priority passengers only. Despite this nobody moved. Check in was a little slow due to the guy in front checking in 4 people without them being there. There seemed to be a bit of a discussion as to why they needed to be present, but in the end he gave in and moved.

I asked about lounge access, and the attitude seemed to be 'guess you'll just have to go and try it...'

After this, I headed through security which took only a couple of minutes, before heading off to grab a shot of the QR jet that brought me here.



After this I made my way up to the lounge and was granted entry without issue.


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It was basically the same as the non Schengen lounge, but the other way around. And not as busy.

I waited here for a while, until I spotted a blue tail out of the window. I recognised it as Aerolineas Argentinas, and immediately set off to investigate, as I'd not seen the new livery in the flesh before.



I also took the opportunity to see what else was around.


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Once I'd seen what I wanted, I took a wander down the B pier before heading in the direction of the C pier where my flight would be departing from. There was an AB 737 on stand, and I figured that would be my ride up to Berlin.



In the mean time, I found a quiet area with a view and waited for boarding to begin.



Boarding was announced at 17:20, and I was the third on board behind a pair of AB golds.


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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:44 am


AB8793
BCN-TXL
April 2014
Boeing 737-800 / D-ABBG
Seat: 5F / Economy
Scheduled: 17:55/20:25
Off Stand: 17:47
On Stand: 20:15


As I boarded, the crew were handing out boiled sweets but I didn't indulge as I'm not a fan of them.



The flight seemed full, but boarding was completed quickly. So quickly in fact, that we pushed back a good ten minutes or so ahead of schedule.



A flying time of 2h25 was announced. Normally I'm all up for longer flights, but this was the one occasion I wanted something a little shorter. I was starting to feel a little tired by now. We sped down to the runway and lifted off without hesitation.



We made a couple of turns over the sea and then made our way through the thin cloud layer.




Shortly after departure one of the crew members came through the cabin asking if anybody wanted the enhanced catering - basically a hot meal for around €10. And after this, the regular snack service. A choice of cheese or salami roll. But rather than the prepackaged option you get on LH, this was fresh in a paper bag.


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Impressive! AB have a pretty decent model here - snacks for all and the option of paying for more if you want it.



There's not an awful lot more that can be said about this sector - there weren't even any views to be had really.



Descent started, and we landed into TXL.


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Annoyingly, we were given a remote stand. Normally, I wouldn't mind this but I just wanted to get to bed now.



Unlike my previous flights, the crew weren't giving out chocolate hearts on disembarkation. Shame, as I would have taken them up on that offer! It was then on to a bus for the very short ride over to the terminal – that was more like a warehouse.


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There was a bit of a wait at baggage claim, but my bag was still the forth out. It was then on to a bus to the city.



I arrived at my hotel, the Park Inn, and was told there was a problem... Due to the hotel being sold out, they would have to upgrade my room to a suite therefore it doesn't have a window... Whatever, as long as it's got a bed I don't care!


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40 hours or so after leaving my hotel in Singapore, it was finally bed time. I surprisingly woke up pretty early though and made my way downstairs for breakfast.



Following this, it was out to see the city.


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My hotel with the Fernsehturm next door




Berlin Cathedral


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The Amplemann


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And his very own shop.


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Brandenburg Gate



In the city



Checking out the Ritter Sport shop


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Luckily, the sun finally put in an appearance. Something of a rarity on this trip!


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I decided to take a look at the pretty interesting (and packed) DDR museum.


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Much like my outbound flights, the service onboard Qatar couldn’t be faulted. The only complaint is that going from their latest J product to arguably their weakest was a bit of a shock. Although the A330’s are designated to mid haul routes so I guess it doesn’t make much sense for them to fit them out with full flat seats.

Air Berlin were fine too – a decent and tasty snack option and a cheerful enough crew. Just a shame about the terminal they use at TXL.

Look out for the final part of this series that will finish off this journey with a flight on Turkish Airlines over to Istanbul, before flying on BA’s 767 in Club Europe back to London.

Previous trip reports

Oz 2014 7: A Failed Attempt At CX First, HKG-SIN (by jwhite9185 Aug 29 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 6: Back To Asia: VS A346 Upper Class SYD-HKG (by jwhite9185 Aug 1 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 5: A Qantas Widebody To SYD. 763 BNE-SYD (by jwhite9185 Jul 22 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 4: Oz Domestic, VA MEL-SYD-BNE 738/E190 (by jwhite9185 Jul 7 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 3: Heading Down Under With MH 737/A333 (by jwhite9185 Jun 26 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 2: Qatar Business BCN-DOH-SIN A333/77W (by jwhite9185 Jun 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet (by jwhite9185 May 26 2014 in Trip Reports)
Salzburg With BA In Club On The 737-400.March 2014 (by jwhite9185 May 11 2014 in Trip Reports)
The Red Nosed Way To Faro. LGW-OSL-FAO-LGW DY/BA (by jwhite9185 Apr 28 2014 in Trip Reports)
New Year, New AA: LHR-ORD-BOS-JFK-LHR 772/738/77W (by jwhite9185 Apr 1 2014 in Trip Reports)
To Fly, To Serve: BA LGW-VCE-LCY 737/E170 Dec.13 (by jwhite9185 Mar 22 2014 in Trip Reports)
Alicante With BA In J: LHR-ALC-LGW A319/734 Nov.13 (by jwhite9185 Mar 16 2014 in Trip Reports)
The EZY Way To Catch A LAN 787 LGW-MAD-FRA-ARN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Feb 21 2014 in Trip Reports)
Trains, Planes And… Boats? ZRH A.net Meet (by jwhite9185 Feb 5 2014 in Trip Reports)
Asia 4: Heading Home On An A380 KUL-LHR (by jwhite9185 Jan 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
Asia 3: JAL 767 To Kuala Lumpur NRT-KUL (by jwhite9185 Jan 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
Asia 2:Catching A Cathay Pacific 747 To Tokyo In F (by jwhite9185 Dec 22 2013 in Trip Reports)
Asia 1: A Journey Of Epic Proportions LHR-KUL-HKG (by jwhite9185 Dec 8 2013 in Trip Reports)
Comparing The Competition Again: VS/BA LHR-ABZ-LHR (by jwhite9185 Nov 24 2013 in Trip Reports)
Across The UK With Flybe SOU-EDI-MAN-SOU E195/Q400 (by jwhite9185 Nov 5 2013 in Trip Reports)
An Impulse Buy To Catch BA's 787 In C LHR-ARN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 18 2013 in Trip Reports)
BA,The DB, AB And A Bit Of DAT LHR-STR-NUE-DUS-STR (by jwhite9185 Oct 6 2013 in Trip Reports)
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Arabia & Thailand 2013 5: Catching A Whale To LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 3 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 4:Back To DXB With Oman Air (by jwhite9185 Aug 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 3: BKK-DXB-MCT With EK/WY (by jwhite9185 Aug 6 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 2: Two TG Classic's To HKT (by jwhite9185 Jul 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W (by jwhite9185 Jul 9 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 5: AA & BA's New WTP MCO-MIA-ATL-LHR (by jwhite9185 Jun 25 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 4: Heading South On A Mad Dog ORD-MCO (by jwhite9185 Jun 13 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 3: Almost A Disaster With AA DCA-ORD (by jwhite9185 May 29 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 2: BA A320/744 WTP CDG-LHR-IAD (by jwhite9185 May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 1: The Beginning BA LHR-ORY (by jwhite9185 Apr 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Comparing The Competition: BA/VS Inaugural MAN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Mar 31 2013 in Trip Reports)
Taking TAP To Portugal: LGW-OPO-LIS-LHR Feb. 2013 (by jwhite9185 Mar 10 2013 in Trip Reports)
Poland On The Dream)liner - LOT LHR-WAW-LHR In C/Y (by jwhite9185 Jan 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
A Speedbird & Titan 767 – LHR-LCA-LHR In C…ish (by jwhite9185 Feb 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
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Part 2: 5 Flights 3 Airlines MXP-ZRH-DUS-LHR LX/LH (by jwhite9185 Nov 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 1: 5 Flights 3 Airlines LHR-BRU-MXP In Theory (by jwhite9185 Oct 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cancellations, Widebodies And Iberia LHR-MAD-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic's New A330 LHR-JFK-LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Night In Amsterdam - KLM F70/738 LHR-AMS-LHR (by jwhite9185 Aug 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:44 pm

Nice TR!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
It was then a tour of DOH, first stopping at the Doha arrivals terminal, and then the premium terminal.

Any idea what happened to the PREMIUM TERMINAL after the new airport opened?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
It was then a case of following the signs to baggage reclaim.

Didn't you tried to check the luggage through? Both airlines are members of oneworld...
 
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:56 pm

Another brilliant installment to this series, coming to an end unfortunately. Looking forward to the final installments.
 
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:57 am

Hola James! Tnx for another enjoyable read. As you said, it must’ve felt like a step back in time, going from the 787 to the 330. But hey, still better than exo, right? I wouldn’t fancy such long layovers, especially not if you don’t have lounge access, therefore, good to see you had! Nice to see some pics of DOH in daylight, usually nighttime is most busy there.

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I checked out the business centre to see if I could print my boarding passes, and therefore keep my QR ones, but it was a bit of a fail.

Printing out of a phone seems like a difficult task to me 

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The ground crew did a great job at sorting it all out though.

It’s Changi after all!

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Magazine rack at the rear of the cabin

Nice!

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A bit of Jack Dee later on

Live @ the Apollo?

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We turned over the city to some pretty decent views.

BCN never disappoints in that aspect methinks.

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I recognised it as Aerolineas Argentinas, and immediately set off to investigate, as I'd not seen the new livery in the flesh before.

Looks very nice under the blue Barcelona skies.

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that was more like a warehouse.

Yeah - their TXL hub is a real shack...

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Just a shame about the terminal they use at TXL.

And for who knows how long still as the new airport isn’t opening anytime soon...

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Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:11 am

Thanks for posting this very nice report!
I'm considering a trip to Berlin (just for fun, not business) next month. What are your thoughts? Was it relatively easy to find your way around? How much English did you encounter there? I ask, because German is the weakest of my foreign languages... but I did great in Vienna, where (surprise, surprise) everyone speaks a lot of Inglisch!
 
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:54 am

James!

Thanks for an enjoyable read.

Sometimes when you read TR´s you can´t help but feel amazed at how you can resume a more or less 25 hr journey into a few pictures... here I am in SIN... here I am in DOH... and now I am in Europe... just like that, it evens happens to me when I arrive back and I am like ¨... a few hours ago I was in the other side of the planet, and now I am here¨ crazy.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
before heading off to Changi.

Ah... Tanah Merah MRT station... bittersweet memories...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Instead of heading straight up to the lounge, I took a look at some of Changi's other attractions.

Changi should be the blueprint on which ALL airports should be built.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
So I decided to do something I'd never done in an airport before - take a shower!

LOL! done it twice, it feels good afterwards.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
a lime and mint.

Told you it was good.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I only awoke when the seatbelt sign came on for landing, so that goes to show how comfortable the seat was!

Wow, comfy indeed, together with the cozyness of the cabin it sure helps.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
nice 8 hour layover.

You mean a not so nice 8 hr layover.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
A bit of Jack Dee later on.

He´s funny, but I am more of a Lee Evans fan 
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Breakfast continued.

Had a similar fruit plate on my DOH-SIN flight... tasty!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
We turned over the city to some pretty decent views.

As I always say... right hand seat!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I arrived at my hotel, the Park Inn, and was told there was a problem... Due to the hotel being sold out, they would have to upgrade my room to a suite therefore it doesn't have a window...

Not a problem for me!

Now after such a flight I now know why you were knackered and not in the mood for beers in Berlin LOL!

Looking forward now to the next chapter.

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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:22 am

Another cracking instalment, I was in Berlin through the summer and found it absolutely brilliant, but as you say it's just a shame that TXL is an absolute dump, however Air Berlin look good, they're an airline that Ive been trying to slot into a trip for a while now.

Looking forward to the next part,

Adam

(Oh, and P.S those Mint & Limes look rather delicious. )

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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:07 pm

debonair,

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Nice TR!

Thanks,

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Any idea what happened to the PREMIUM TERMINAL after the new airport opened?

Guess it'll be demolished?

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Didn't you tried to check the luggage through? Both airlines are members of oneworld...

No, it was on separate tickets so wanted to avoid any confusion. No big deal though as I had a 4 hour layover at BCN.

JoeyTaffy93

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 4):
Another brilliant installment to this series

Thanks,

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 4):
coming to an end unfortunately.

True, but i have plenty more up my sleeve!

Mr Nils,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Hola James! Tnx for another enjoyable read.

No problem

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
As you said, it must’ve felt like a step back in time, going from the 787 to the 330.

Slightly... especially with a seat mate.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
But hey, still better than exo, right?

True

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
I wouldn’t fancy such long layovers, especially not if you don’t have lounge access, therefore, good to see you had!

It wasn't ideal. Even with lounge access. I did look at getting a hotel, however with a midnight arrival, an 8AM departure and transport time factored into it I figured the £100 for a hotel plus visa cost wouldn't have really been worth it for just a couple of hours sleep.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Printing out of a phone seems like a difficult task to me

I did struggle.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Live @ the Apollo?

He was live and at the Apollo, but it wasn't live at the Apollo

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Yeah - their TXL hub is a real shack...

Guess it goes back to their low cost days.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
And for who knows how long still as the new airport isn’t opening anytime soon...

Guess that leaves them in a difficult position.

AA737-823,

(Been on quite a few of those in the last week)

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 6):
Thanks for posting this very nice report!

No problem,

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 6):
I'm considering a trip to Berlin (just for fun, not business) next month. What are your thoughts?

Do it, great city.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 6):
Was it relatively easy to find your way around?

Yeah - its a bit of a way from TXL but its easy enough on the bus. Theres also a subway system.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 6):
How much English did you encounter there? I ask, because German is the weakest of my foreign languages...

I had no language issues at all - and I speak very little German - just the odd word in fact.

Christian,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
Thanks for an enjoyable read.

No problem,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
Sometimes when you read TR´s you can´t help but feel amazed at how you can resume a more or less 25 hr journey into a few pictures... here I am in SIN... here I am in DOH... and now I am in Europe...

I could have made it into a 25 hour read, but I think most people would end up skimming over it.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
LOL! done it twice, it feels good afterwards.

Did in this case!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
Told you it was good.

I did believe you - and better still the supermarket across the road from me sells something very similar!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
Wow, comfy indeed, together with the cozyness of the cabin it sure helps.

I could have gone on for another 5 hours or so!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
You mean a not so nice 8 hr layover.

That too.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
He´s funny, but I am more of a Lee Evans fan 

I have all of his DVD's too...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
Not a problem for me!

No, although a bed in reception would have worked for me after being awake for that long.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
Now after such a flight I now know why you were knackered and not in the mood for beers in Berlin LOL!

2 x 7 hour flights, 1 x 2.5 hour flight, 1 x 8 hour layover and 1 x 4 hour layover. Plus 5 hours or so walking around Singapore plus 4 hours or so at SIN. Long day. Or two.

Shuttle12T,

Quoting Shuttle12T (Reply 8):
Another cracking instalment

Thanks,

Quoting Shuttle12T (Reply 8):
I was in Berlin through the summer and found it absolutely brilliant

As did I. I wouldn't mind going back.

Quoting Shuttle12T (Reply 8):
but as you say it's just a shame that TXL is an absolute dump

It's definitely showing its age.

Quoting Shuttle12T (Reply 8):
however Air Berlin look good, they're an airline that Ive been trying to slot into a trip for a while now.

I'd recommend them. Had a few flights with them now and no reason to complain.

Quoting Shuttle12T (Reply 8):
Oh, and P.S those Mint & Limes look rather delicious.

They were!
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:43 pm

Ah, Berlin, I just flew there meself FR GRO - CGN AB CGN - TXL a few weeks ago. Came back to BCN on VY from TXL though. TXL really is crap isn't it? I was hoping for something better after SXF last year. Now I see why they need a new airport stat. The viewing terrace was cool though. And I believe your hotel at Alexanderplatz was an ex DDR government building....very interesting, I'd love to stay there! I stayed in the DDR Ostel...very interesting if you're ever back in Berlin.  

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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:55 am

Hi James !

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
For some reason, I thought that the QR Dreamliner seat was almost identical to the CX one I'd experienced previously, although I was more than pleasantly surprised to see it was much better.

That looks comfortable!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
One of the crew took my drink order – a lime and mint.

I'll keep that drink in mind; sounds like it's to my taste.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I skipped the starter and went for the duck for the main.

I love duck! That looks very appetizing!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
I then missed most of the film due to falling asleep.

More important to get sleep than eat in my opinion. Not so great with such a long layover in the middle of the night at DOH.

Nice pictures from Berlin.

Looking forward to the next part!

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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:44 am

Good afternoon from Phuket, Thailand. Mr.JWhite.
Amazing trip report. I absolutely enjoy every part of it. Very thorough throughout.

QR 787 seat is, in MHO, the best business class seat on the 787.
Love the food presentation, the small bar area and the separated Ferragamo products pouch.
Lots of freebies to giveaway, surely pax feel happy!  

Please keep the trip reports coming. Will follow every one of them.
Thank you very much.
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:01 pm

aerdingus,

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
TXL really is crap isn't it?

Oh I don't know, it has a certain character.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
The viewing terrace was cool though.

Especially in good weather.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
And I believe your hotel at Alexanderplatz was an ex DDR government building....very interesting, I'd love to stay there!

It wasn't too expensive...

Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

No problem,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
That looks comfortable!

I well and truly proved the fact it was - despite it being on a 787!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Not so great with such a long layover in the middle of the night at DOH.

Not the best experiences. It wasn't exactly a huge area to explore much either.

nethkt,

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
Good afternoon from Phuket, Thailand.

Lovely area!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
Amazing trip report. I absolutely enjoy every part of it. Very thorough throughout.

Thanks,

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
QR 787 seat is, in MHO, the best business class seat on the 787.

One of the better ones I've sampled.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
Lots of freebies to giveaway, surely pax feel happy!

Very much so - had a bag full by the end of the trip.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
Please keep the trip reports coming. Will follow every one of them.

Plenty more to come...
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:52 pm

Hey James  

Nice final parts of the trip. QR look like they are performing ok. Not really much more to add to that.

Always nice to see some pics of Berlin. The DDR museum looks interesting.

Look forward to the IST-LHR BA CE final report.

Regards

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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:04 pm

Nice report James. Looks like you had some ok flights on QR and AB.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Around 2AM, I was approached by one of the staff saying the buffet was about to close so if I wanted anything to eat, I should grab something now. Not fancying anything from the buffet, I made my way to the deli instead, but I was informed that was now closed. Luckily, I wasn't too hungry. I was now totally reliant on my iPad for entertainment…

I think the premium terminal is way overhyded, especially at night. As a 24 hour airline, they should provide something more substatinal in the lounge in the small hours. They don't even have a dark resting area  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Much like my outbound flights, the service onboard Qatar couldn’t be faulted. The only complaint is that going from their latest J product to arguably their weakest was a bit of a shock. Although the A330’s are designated to mid haul routes so I guess it doesn’t make much sense for them to fit them out with full flat seats.

I can't believe that in this day and age, an airline blowing as much hot air around like QR haven't retrofitted all their longhual aircraft to offer full falt seats in J. Very poor form, especially as "4 star" airlines like BA have been full flat for a good 15 (?) years or so.
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:44 pm

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Nice final parts of the trip.

Thanks,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
QR look like they are performing ok.

They were probably the best performers in J on this trip. Very professional staff.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
The DDR museum looks interesting.

Just a shame about the crowds!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Look forward to the IST-LHR BA CE final report.

Should be online soon.

Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
Nice report James.

Thanks,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
Looks like you had some ok flights on QR and AB.

Hmmm. I guess the AB one was ok, but at that point I was more interested in reaching my destination!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
I think the premium terminal is way overhyded, especially at night.

Least its a thing of the past now...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
As a 24 hour airline, they should provide something more substatinal in the lounge in the small hours.

I thought the same. My plan was to eat in the middle of the night so I wouldn't feel so sleepy and it was spaced nicely between the two onboard meals. That plan didn't quite work out.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
They don't even have a dark resting area

No, just a few loungers in a corner. Which were all taken. So I was left to aimlessly wander around and drink bottles of water for the evening - as the coffee wasn't available.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
I can't believe that in this day and age, an airline blowing as much hot air around like QR haven't retrofitted all their longhual aircraft to offer full falt seats in J. Very poor form, especially as "4 star" airlines like BA have been full flat for a good 15 (?) years or so.

Cant say I disagree.
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:46 am

Hello James!!

A report on QR and Singapore Changi Airport!!    Exactly what I will be experiencing in 5 days' time    Reading your report got me quite excited about my upcoming flight until I reached this part...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
and then the premium terminal.

premium terminal?!? Mr White, your report is way overdue, and has been rendered irrelevant!   . Anyhow...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Around 45 minutes later, I was at T3 but as I was so early, check in wasn't open.

T3?? I thought they were at T1... Better not turn up at the wrong place this Thursday!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Instead of heading straight up to the lounge, I took a look at some of Changi's other attractions.

Nice! Maybe i'll go early this time as well, to walk around T3 which I haven't had the pleasure of doing so. Is the butterfly gardens indoors? I won't have trouble visiting it at midnight, will I?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
There wasn't a priority line for security, which was surprising as there were 4 metal detectors/X-ray machines.

Yes, there never is a priority security line at Changi, though there is one for the boarding process afterwards. I find that quite silly, so I always just turn up at the gate 25 minutes before departure when the line is gone and everyone else has boarded.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
For some reason, I thought that the QR Dreamliner seat was almost identical to the CX one I'd experienced previously, although I was more than pleasantly surprised to see it was much better.

Having sat the CX one recently, I have to agree with you that I prefer QR's one as well   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I was impressed that the crew seemed to sense my liking for the lime and mint – and therefore kept bringing me refills!

Very nice! Maybe I'll try that, if I decide to stave off the alcohol lol   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I decided to watch an episode of Top Gear on the IFE.

My favourite too!   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Once the lounge did start waking up again, I ordered some breakfast.

Wow. You had quite a long stopover didn't you?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
During which I was offered some fresh baked, straight from the oven cookies - well, I won't say no!

Looks yummy!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Once they did, mine was in the first batch off. It was then through customs and upstairs to start all over again!

Was there no way to check your bags through? Or was this flight taken pre-oneworld?

Very nice photos of your flights and Berlin. I would love to go there again to explore it more (only had 1 or 2 short days the last time). Thanks for posting this up! I enjoyed reading it very much   


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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:07 pm

I really enjoyed reading your Trip Report; the 787s are always a pleasure to fly!

I do miss the old airport though. A bus ride to the Premium Terminal, without walking the long distances at today's Hamad. But, if Im in economy I wouldn't even think about the old airport.
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:45 pm

pokfur,

Quoting pokfur (Reply 17):
A report on QR and Singapore Changi Airport!!    Exactly what I will be experiencing in 5 days' time    Reading your report got me quite excited about my upcoming flight

Hope you enjoy!

Quoting pokfur (Reply 17):
premium terminal?!? Mr White, your report is way overdue, and has been rendered irrelevant!

Ha, its only 5 months late...

Quoting pokfur (Reply 17):
T3?? I thought they were at T1...

Pretty sure it was T3.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 17):
Is the butterfly gardens indoors?

Not entirely indoors - or outdoors. I guess you'll see if you pay a visit.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 17):
Very nice! Maybe I'll try that, if I decide to stave off the alcohol lol

I'd recommend it.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 17):
You had quite a long stopover didn't you?

Eight hours.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 17):
Was there no way to check your bags through?

Possibly. The flights were booked on separate tickets though so wanted avoid confusion.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 17):
Thanks for posting this up! I enjoyed reading it very much

No problem,

QatarA340,

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 18):
I really enjoyed reading your Trip Report

Thanks,

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 18):
I do miss the old airport though. A bus ride to the Premium Terminal, without walking the long distances at today's Hamad.

Maybe I'll get to try out the new airport sometime?
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:14 pm

Hi James,

great second last part of your series! QR's J Class on the 787 looks very impressive. Interesting to see that they even hand out pyjamas. The premium terminal doesn't look overwhelming, though.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
But rather than the prepackaged option you get on LH, this was fresh in a paper bag.

There's a wide variety of snacks on LH. And you definitely get more than a sandwich on a 2+ hour flight on LH.


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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:35 pm

PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
great second last part of your series!

Thanks,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
QR's J Class on the 787 looks very impressive.

The fact I slept through most of it proves the fact!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Interesting to see that they even hand out pyjamas.

They also did that on my DOH-SIN sector. Guess its standard on night flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
The premium terminal doesn't look overwhelming, though.

It was a little disappointing. More a lounge in a separate building.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
There's a wide variety of snacks on LH. And you definitely get more than a sandwich on a 2+ hour flight on LH.

Must admit, its been around a year since I last flew them - and even then I've not done a sector longer than an hour or so with them.
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:22 pm

Excellent report as always, James! Seems like a pretty good service on QR - and that 787 for sure looks good. Did you transfer still at the old Doha airport? An okay right on AB afterwards, and great pictures of Berlin - love that city!
 
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RE: Oz 2014 8: TXL Via BCN. QR J/AB Y SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:04 pm

Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 22):
Excellent report as always, James!

Thanks,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 22):
Seems like a pretty good service on QR - and that 787 for sure looks good.

They were pretty consistent across all four flights I did with them.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 22):
Did you transfer still at the old Doha airport?

Yeah, just a few weeks before the new one opened.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 22):
great pictures of Berlin - love that city!

Agreed, I must return!
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