pokfur
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Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:01 pm

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Background

Hello folks!! Well, as a continuation of Qatar Widebodies Part 1: 787, A346, And A350?, I bring to you part 2 of this series covering my flight on the brand new A350! (and 787... and BA's A319....) Skip the middle if you really really don't wish to read about my flight on the baby Airbus first   

Oxford - Heathrow

The day began at 4.43am. Oh. Yes i do indeed like to set alarms at odd timings. 4.45am sounds like I've not enough time to be ready by 5.10am. Yet, 4.40am sounds wayyy too early.. So 4.43am it was!! Anyway. Up I got, changed, packed, and was ready to go by 5.05am. My pre-ordered taxi had arrived by now, so it was a sleepy kiss and goodbye to my fiancee. 3 weeks till our next meeting - I could survive that   

The taxi brought me to Gloucester Green bus station in a jiffy, and after some waiting around till 5.30am, I boarded the airline direct service to Heathrow Airport. At this early hour, there were less than 10 passengers on board.

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Mood lightning in full swing

I pretty much snoozed my way there and the lack of traffic mean we arrived at within an hour at 6.30am, very much in time for my 8.20am flight to Frankfurt.

Heathrow Terminal 5

Heathrow has got to be my second most frequented airport, after Changi Airport.    In contrast to my previous flight to FRA which happened on a Saturday (same 8.20am flight), T5 was deserted today on a Sunday morning.

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Empty

I really needed to pee, so that's what I did first. Not that you really needed to know that I suppose  

My original plan was to travel HBO. However the short queues made me change my mind and I decided to try my luck at checking my luggage through to Singapore, despite my tickets being booked separately.

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The First Class check in area at the far end of the terminal

Well, the lady at the counter wasn't the friendliest, but she was willing to give it a try. I handed her my home-printed QR boarding passes and she proceeded to tap away on the computer.

*tap tap tap*

"And what class are you flying on Qatar Airways?" she asked.

"Uh. Economy," I said, to which I swear her eyebrows went up ever so slightly and her eyes did a small roll around their sockets.

"Okay.... QR 0068... Y class... QR 0944.. Y class again..." she muttered to herself, poking at the Y button as if it was a disgusting, vile creature covered with slime.

And suddenly, the printer began to print, and viola! My luggage tag appeared!    For the first time, she offered me a smile, and I thanked her for her effort. Well, that wasn't too hard!

I headed off to South Fast Track Security, which had been slightly revamped. It was empty, though, so I'm not sure if the new design has made things better or not. I then headed straight to the Galleries lounge to get myself some breakfast!

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But first, let me take a ... picture of the concourse and the escalators leading to the shuttle train

I was welcomed into the lounge and I proceeded straight to the dining area. Here, I ordered an eggs Benedict, before getting myself a cup of latte and some orange juice. Yummz   

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A quiet, sleepy, sunday morning

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The eggs Ben soon arrived

At this early hour, I didn't quite have an appetite, so 1 egg it would be! It filled me up comfortably enough. Next, I decided to take my morning shower at the Elemis Spa. I had opted to skip showering at my fiancee's place in lieu of sleep - best decision ever. I love sleep. I love sleeping!! I'm inherently a lazy pig.

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Shot of the Wine gallery on the way out

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Some red wines available, not that I had any   

A shower wasn't yet ready, so I was told to chill out at the Elemis Spa till they called me.

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By chill out I mean sit here and do nothing

Within a few minutes, a shower stall became available.


Ah. Here again.

The showers here really need an upgrade. The sound of the water drainage system is shocking. It sounded like a dying whale trying to suck air into its lungs!!

The shower was really welcomed. I was now more awake than before, and ready to take on a long day of flying ahead!!   

I headed straight to the gate as it was 40 minutes to departure and it didn't quite make sense to go back into the lounge. Amazingly, I got lost on the way and ended up at the wrong end of the terminal    The signs for A12 just disappeared halfway!!    Oh boy I sound like a himbo...

Anyway. Boarding had yet to begin, so I found a bunch of these lazy Z chairs and took a seat.

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Looks like a nice morning out there for some flying!

A short while later though, boarding for our flight was called, and I made my way forward.

Flight 1

British Airways
BA906
LHR-FRA
Airbus A319
G-EUOA
Seat 5A

I was welcomed on board, and was extremely surprised to find myself on a refurbished A319.

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A lovely interior

Why surprised? You might ask. Initially I had chosen the exit row seat 9A. At online check in, I decided to move myself forward to 5A because I realised I didn't fancy not having an armrest. Row 9 was still the exit row, which indicated that it was the old configuration. The new one has row 10 as the exit row. So I was quite thankful to have moved away, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to recline in row 9 in the new configuration.

Anyway, the flight wasn't full at all with some rows empty, and the middle seat next to me unoccupied as well.

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The morning sky just waking up

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Tight legroom, but still acceptable for short-haul I suppose

The cabin was soon ready to go, and the doors were closed. I was feeling really tired so I was just stoning and staring out of the window. It was a nice morning today   

And out of the blue -

"Mr pokfur?"

No way! It couldn't be!!  Wow! I turned from the window to see the CSD/CSM standing at the aisle.

"On behalf of the Captain, I'd like to welcome you on board this British Airways flight to Frankfurt  " she said, smiling.

I stammered a semi-coherent response, and she took her leave.

Wowwwwwwwww. Apparently receiving a personal welcome on BA is not common, even less so on a short-haul flight! Well, not like it was useful in any way, though, but I still really appreciated it nonetheless.

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Pushed back

We soon pushed back, and were ready to go.

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Taxiing to the runway

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See you later in FRA!

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Huh? Wait what?? There's 2 of you?? Now I'm confused   

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Our turn to Buzzaw into the sky!

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Hmm ok not much of a Buzzaw on this derated, light, short flight

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Here we go!

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Terminal 5 - BA Farm

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Making a sharp U-turn

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Bye Heathrow! See you in 3 weeks' time!

For the rest of the flight, it was your typical BA short-haul. The service started once we reached cruising altitude, and it consisted of a filled croissant and a drink.

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Some much needed coffee for me

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Nom Nom Nom..

I paid a visit to the toilet, of which there was only 1 at the back. During refurbishment, the other was removed to make way for a pair of seats   


Some interesting information to keep you entertained while queueing for the toilet

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A rare, white color toilet. Was pleased to see wooden laminated flooring as well

Back at my seat, I put on some music and just snoozed the rest of the flight away. We soon began our descent into Frankfurt after just a short while of cruising.

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Banking to line up with the runway

Immediately after I took that shot, a Lufthansa A321 shot across my window right below us!! Like, it was really close, and really fast   

We ended our bank to the left and ended parallel to Lufthy.

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Oooo....

Thanks to Joey Taffy who captured this manoeuvre on flightradar24:



As you can see, we did a big S turn and ended up next to Lufthy!

And from here onwards, it was a race to see who would reach the airport first!!

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Aha! We've caught up!

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Wheels down!

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Followed by our turn

I then thought that the parallel landing was really cool so I decided to take a video of it. The Lufthansa won us in the end!!

I shouldn't have stopped my video so soon because the next thing I knew, there was a parallel takeoff right next to us!! This, I got on camera though   

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There she goes!

Phew. So much parallel action going on at FRA! We took a really long taxi to get us onto the remote stand at Terminal 2.

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Spied the morning QR A330 flight leaving

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BA's early morning 767 flight pushing back for Heathrow

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On stand!

The doors were opened soon, and all the passengers filtered down the steps into one bus.

Well, BA was its typical self today. Still probably the best intra-european short-haul carrier in my opinion, in terms of on board service and product. It was nice to be acknowledged on this flight, though I'm certainly not counting on it for future BA flights.   
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:06 pm

Transit at Frankfurt

Well we arrived very much on time, which meant that I had 4.5 hours to kill at FRA. I took a good walk around and came past the JAL lounge.


Qatar Airways is listed, even though they don't fly from this terminal

I considered entering, but decided against it as I wasn't overly impressed with it the last time around. I much preferred the Air Canada lounge in Terminal 1 that QR uses. I took a slow walk around Terminal 2 just for fun, before heading to take the Skyline over to Terminal 1.

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JAL lounge

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Emirates!

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And Cathay's lounge

Again I considered entering it, but it was full and crowded so I decided against it.

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View of check-in area while crossing the bridge to take the skyline

I boarded the skyline and made my way over to Terminal 1. Along the way, I spied the big SQ beast!

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See you back in Singapore!

It was a long walk from the skyline to the main part of terminal 1. Here, I went through security which was empty at this hour, before heading for the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge.

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Not what you would call a pretty airport

Well anyway, into the lounge I went, and up to the counter I proceeded.

"Good morning. Is this where Qatar Airways passengers go?" I asked the lady at the desk.

"Qatar.... Ah! Qatar! Yes!" she replied after some hesitation.

I handed over my boarding pass and mentioned that i was a emerald member.

But. I made the stupid mistake of showing her my British Airways Gold card   

"British Airways? No I'm sorry we don't let British Airways passengers in here..." she said.

      

As a Star Alliance lounge agent, she had no idea about the oneworld alliance, which I was fine with. I suspect passengers who checked in at the counter would have received a lounge invite and wouldn't have this problem.

Well ok so I tried my best to explain what an emerald status holder was. She checked her file, and said that Qatar emerald members were indeed allowed in, but not BA emeralds. Then, she said my card didn't say the word 'emerald' on it. But, no card does! It's just a green oval circle at the bottom of the oneworld sign!! In the end I resorted to pointing out that the word 'emerald' had been printed on my boarding pass.

"Hmm... Well ok they sent you here, didn't they?" she finally asked.

Uh. They?   

"Yes, they did," I replied.

"Well okay," she said, before proceeding to scan my boarding pass, typing in my BA number, and gesturing for me to enter.

  

I got in!

And the first thing I did was...

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Get myself some sparkling wine   

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View from my seat

It was a bright morning and the lounge had some direct sunlight from the sun, making it rather stuffy. However I wanted the view so I kept to my seat despite being a little uncomfortable. I get sun 24/7 in Singapore so it's not really my kind of thing    From here, I could do a little bit of spotting.

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The big beast returning home!

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And there she goes!

The A380 actually rotated fairly early down the runway. There were many other aircraft, such as the A340 - *snigger* - that barely made it above the top of the building, out of sight. I continued to spend the next hour or so using my laptop and watching planes go by. And suddenly! Out of the corner of my eye. Far far away at the runway further away-

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She's here!!!! QR67 had just landed from Doha! I was very relieved, because QR had occasionally subbed a 777 for the A350 since its introduction. As the A350 had flown the route for 5 days in a row, I was pretty worried they'd send it for some maintenance, but    !

Now, I can go get myself some lunch   

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Buffet area

There was a nice simple selection of hot and cold food, sufficient enough to put together a nice lunch.

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Chicken curry with steamed rice. Coke

Followed by..

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Apple pie and a cafe latte

The chicken curry and rice were all good, but the apple pie less so. And I must say that the latte made by the coffee machine was superb! I ended up having another cup later on   

The lounge did become fairly crowded, but not overly so, at one point before the AC flight departed. However, it became quiet again after that.

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More sitting area

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Semi-private rooms with lounge chairs and a personal TV

Seeing that it was about 1.5 hours to departure, I decided that it was time to refresh myself with yet another shower! Sitting in the sunlight in the slightly stuffy lounge had made me sticky   

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Toilet and stool. Like, a chair.


Shower stall


Sink

I must say that this shower had to be the nicest airport shower I've ever experienced. A far cry from BA's showers at LHR, and built with legit materials/tiles instead of the plasticky shower floor of the Al Mourjan Lounge. And check out the rain shower!!


  

After I was nice and clean again, I headed back into the lounge for the above-mentioned 2nd cup of latte. And soon, with 40 minutes left to departure, I headed to my gate, which was just outside the lounge, and down the escalators.

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And there she is!!

Wowwwww!!!! Looking dole eyed with her mascara and all.

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Behold the wingtip!

Boarding was in full swing with a mass of people at the gate, so I decided to chill and admire the A350 from outside till the queue got shorter. It really is a beautiful plane from this angle. From the side, I'm not so sure. I think I still prefer the 787's side profile.

Anyway, once the queue trickled down a little, I decided to head up to the counter. Then I remembered that I had better check out if my luggage had been loaded, since I had tagged it from a separate BA flight.

"Ah.. Mr pokfur, right? I was just about to page for you!" said the kind old gentleman at the counter.

He took my boarding pass, luggage stub, and jabbed a few things into his computer.

"Okay. Very good. It is in the system now, and the luggage will be loaded for you. Enjoy!" he said cheerfully, returning my documents.

I was then beeped through, and it was time to board the spanking new A350!!
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:16 pm

Flight 2

Qatar Airways
QR 68
FRA-DOH
Airbus A350-900
A7-ALA
Seat 34A

I boarded through Door 2, and was welcomed on board. There was a mini Business Class section of 12 seats here aft of Door 2.

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Passing through the mini-J

The problem with such mini-Js is the awkwardness that ensues. Check out that guy sipping his Orange Juice awkwardly while the unwashed masses, such as myself, walk by to the squishy section behind.   


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A quick snap of the J seat

I noticed that the wood on the side tables is now matt, as opposed to glossy on the 787.

Next, I entered in to the front Economy cabin. However, I was seated in the rear as I didn't want to be blocked by the wing.

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Bulkhead row

My seat mate, whom I got to know better later on, was already at the aisle seat. The middle seat was empty and I took the chance that it'd remain empty and stowed my carry on with me, instead of in the bins on top.

HMMM well now! Where do I begin!! Window shot? Legroom shot? Cabin shot? Let the photograph spamming begin!!!   


First, a picture of the seat back

The entertainment screen is a slight improvement over the 787's. The USB ports and earphone jacks are now incorporated into the bottom of the screen itself as such:

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Legroom!

No annoying IFE box on this plane at all. My feet had all the space they wanted! Furthermore, the seat leg is between the aisle and middle seat, so the window seat passenger is lucky if the middle seat is empty. Legroom was quite incredible. I could slouch and I wouldn't touch the seat in front of me! Much better than the 787, again.

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Tada!

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IFE box now integrated into the seat frame    What took them so long?!


Shot of the middle seat

The headrests on the A350 are cloth, as opposed to leather on the 787. So it had more friction and my head didn't slip around so much while trying to sleep later on   

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Cabin shot

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Looking back to the rear

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Some small details such as this Oryx branded belt buckle

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Mood lighting that runs through the centre of the bins

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Zoomed out shot of the bins and ceiling

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Overhead panel

I was a bit disappointed to see that the air vents hadn't evolved into something cooler, like the 787's turbine ones. I thought it was funny how the lights were now encased so you couldn't move it around. Probably the coolest new thing was the LCD panel that tells you about seat belt/smoking/electronic devices!

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Ooooo...

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The messages kept changing

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It also told you the time

It was quite fascinating! And now, out of the window!

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Oh look at that beautiful wing!


A380-style windows, though not quite as thick

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And the blended wingtip. Does it have a real name?

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Off-topic but I caught this whaley flying off to Dubai

Finally, I was done snapping pictures for the moment. My seat mate then turned to me and asked if I would like my own picture taken! Lol oops. I declined, though.   

At this point, it was just a bit of sitting around and waiting, until finally -

"Cabin Crew, all customers on board. Will all ground staff please leave the aircraft. Thank you," came a voice over the loud and clear PA system.

Woohoo!!! Empty middle seat next to me, yet again! The rest of the aircraft, however, was pretty full, and I would estimate a >90% load factor in Y.

Soon, the safety video was played, and I noticed that they had a new one made for the A350. I certainly didn't recognise this guy from before:

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Blow hard.... into one of these mouth pieces

Once that was done, the pilot welcomed us on board. We had a slight delay as some luggages were still being loaded on. Oops.   

The crew came about with the packeted refreshing towels and sweets, as per the usual SOP.

We soon began our push back for departure   

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Facing the butt of a TAM 777

A puff of smoke. A loud moan. The engines came to life.

They sounded a bit like a seal crying out, to be honest. The cabin soon filled with the smell of kerosene, perhaps due to the bleed-air engines? Another nod to the more traditional engineering of the A350.

And then.

Dooooooooiiiiiiiiii.......

Down came the flaps, accompanied by very loud hydraulic sounds, not dissimilar to those on the A380. Less shocking, and cuter sounding though.

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Flaps at the ready!

So far, the A350 was certainly much quieter than the 787. It didn't have any of the constant annoying electric sounds and whirrs unique to the 787, save for the deployment of flaps.

We soon started our taxi to the runway.

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Absolutely beautiful day out there

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The mood lighting was turned into something more palatable


34A had absolutely the best view of that wing tip

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About to enter the runway

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And commencing my first ever A350 flight!


Us about to take off, with the Condor waiting next to us

It's crazy, I know, but my heart was actually fluttering quite quickly at this point in time. Flying has always been something so exciting to me! And here I was, on board something new for the first time about to take off!! The anticipation, excitement, and build-up was nearly unbearable as we sat holding at the threshold.

Spool up, now!!

And finally, with immense slowness as if trying to tease, we began inching forward as those RRs moaned again uncharacteristically, spooling up slightly.... and after some hesitation, all the way to full power!

Woooosh!!

I was pushed back into my seat as we began our speedy run down the runway. Phew this A350 had power!

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Here we go!

As we gained speed, I could see the wings starting to strain upwards.

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Still looking rather flaccid

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Becoming a bit more.. uh. stiff, I would say.

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And now really straining upwards.

The wings bounced up and down. The cabin jiggled and rocked. We were getting faster.. and faster... and faster... and faster!!!!

Oh! It was going to come!!

Our liftoff, that is.   

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Here we go!!!

We climbed with ferocious power, akin to an E90 flying out of London City airport, and rocketed out of Frankfurt. Wheee!!

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Climbing strongly

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Soaring high into the sky

Wow that was exhausting.

Very quickly, though -

Dooooooooiiiiiiiiii.......

The flaps retracted, as we carried on climbing into the sky.

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Is that Frankfurt?



I decided to start trying out the IFE.

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A short 5h 15 min to Doha

Instantly, I didn't like the new maps at all. I appreciate that it gives us the freedom to choose what we want to see, but sometimes I just wanted to be lazy and let it all cycle by itself! And the views available were all a little odd in my opinion. However, this system was superior to the 787's in all other areas. There was an even wider selection of movies and TV shows, and the system was much more responsive, touch-sensitive and more smartphone/tablet-like. I didn't need to jab my screen to get it to work.

Soon, we reached cruising altitude and the cabin mood lighting was cycled to something more natural. I also reclined my seat, and found that it went very far back! I didn't capture a picture though, but I actually pulled it up a bit because it went too far down for my liking.

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Some snowy scenery down there

It soon became apparent that this aircraft was really a lot about economic efficiency and all that. No funky chevrons on the engines, or extra paddings in the sidewalls. Sadly, this meant that it was no where near as quiet as the A380, and in fact was probably on par with today's 77Ws in terms of ambient noise level.

Soon, the crew came about to distribute a small snack prior to the late lunch service.

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Mm not bad quite tasty

Unfortunately, this was served by the most sour faced flight attendant I've ever seen. She literally gave me that half-dead, why-am-i-here, look, before saying,

"Drink?"

I literally went "What??"

"Drink??"

"Water please."

She pursed her lips and handed me a cup.   

I prayed hard that I wouldn't see her again after that.   

I began watching some TV shows on the IFE, but was soon rudely interrupted by a video message

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It was the menu for the day

It was annoying as it looped twice for both English and Arabic, so that means it looped four times, showing us the starters (not like there was a choice), main course, and desserts (again, not like there was a choice). On the A346, I think the menu was either listed at the bottom of the screen or superimposed onto the video being played. On my SIN-DOH flight, I even had a printed menu! How inconsistent, I must say.

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I took this opportunity picture the beautiful sunset



I then carried on with my show once the menus looped finished. About midway through the flight, I noticed an FA next to our row talking to my seat mate. She was also gesturing to me so I took my headphones off.

"... and Mr pokfur, as Privileged Club members, what would you like to eat for your meal today?"

My seat mate shot me a curious look, before telling her his choice. I wonder why he did that. Did the FA say something odd?

"And you, Mr pokfur?" she said to me, smiling.

"I'll have the beef, please," I replied.

While we were able to make our food choices known, the food was only delivered to us when the cart reached our row. Thankfully, Ms Sour face was no where to be seen.   

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Meal tray

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Starter and dessert. Some rice thing and a cranberry crumble

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Main Course

I was a bit surprised to find a LCC-style poke-through-the-plastic meal dish. I guess it all depends on the origin of catering, as it was just a normal aluminium foil cover on my outbound flights.

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Revealing the contents, which all tasted good.

Soon, the sun had set and it was all dark outside except for the lights of the cities down below.

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No idea where that is..

Our meal trays were cleared about 45 minutes later, and coffee/tea was served.

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I opted for tea with milk.

I can't remember what movie was watching by this time, but my seat mate had got up to go the toilet, so I followed suit. At the rear of the aircraft, we struck up a conversation.   

A fellow enthusiast, he had flown via FRA just to catch the A350 as well!! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he was a Silver Privilege Club member, i.e oneworld ruby, which meant that QR really do give privileges to customers of their programme with the personal greeting and first choice of meal, even at the first tier. We paused our conversation when the toilets became available.

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A nice, classy-looking toilet, though with no auto taps


Toilet bowl

Airbus decided to shrink the size of the bowl on the A350. Look at that! The hole itself was so much smaller, though the sill was much wider.    Also, no fancy doors like those on the 787 here.

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More refreshing towels for me!

Back at our seat, my seat mate and I continued to chat for a good half an hour or so about Qatar Airways, planes, and everything in between. He gave me his name card, and I was surprised to find that his name was a shortened version of mine!

Something like, pokfu instead of pokfur, for example. When I pointed it out to him, a look of comprehension came over him.

"No wonder the FA was like, 'Welcome on board Mr pokfu and Mr pokfur'!" he said. Ah! That explained the curious look earlier! This was such a nice coincidence  

By this time, we had a little more than just an hour to go, so we both returned to our movies.

Soon, though, the pilot came on the PA to announce that we had begun our descent into Doha.

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One of the more interesting views of the map

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Descending into Doha. My seatmate told me the white ring is a camel race track  Wow!

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Beautiful!

Soon, Hamad International Airport drifted into view, and it was evident that we would be making a big loop around it to land.

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HIA visible on the right just below the wing

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The best zoom up picture I could get

Somewhere down there... is a yellow bear...

Clearly, I didn't win any prizes for literature.

True enough, we begin a series of banks to the left, far out into the ocean to make a big loop. Out in the ocean, there was nothing to picture.

We drifted lower and lower, and finally, the ground appeared!

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Flaring..

And as I kind of expected, we touched down noisily and with lots of shuddering, not dissimilar to how a 767 touches down. It's a shame Airbus designed the main wheels to point with the front pair downwards, like the 767s. Apparently this set up is the hardest to 'grease'. No more tip-toe touchdown a la A330/340s!  

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Braking!

And then.

Dooooooooiiiiiiiiii....... as the flaps were retracted.

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Taxiing to the terminal

We soon reached our gate, and the seat belt signs were turned off.

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Goodbye A350!

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A final parting shot of her unique wingtip

I bid my seat mate goodbye, as Doha was his final destination, and he left ahead as I gathered up my belongings.

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Forward Economy cabin while disembarking

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First row of mini J. I believe there's no galley between the front and rear J cabins.

And then, I was off the aircraft, into Hamad International Airport.
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:21 pm

Transit at HIA

Exactly 5 days after my outbound flight, I was back at HIA. Security was swift and questionable, and I was into the Al Mourjan lounge in no time. Today's stopover was a shorter 2 hours, so I quickly grabbed a shower and some food.

I wanted to highlight a strange aspect of the shower stall.


Shower stall.

Ok so that's the shower stall. See that square metal thing that looks like a holder for your shower gels, shampoos and stuff?

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This

Well. It's hollow.

What is it for?! My third time in here and I still haven't got it figured out. I had to put my shower gel and shampoo on the floor while showering as there was no shelf to put it. I imagine less agile people would be annoyed with the constant bending down.

Catering in the lounge today was slightly better. And of course, I simply couldn't pass on a glass of Krug   

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Dessert land!

There wasn't much time left, and after some facebooking and A350 bragging (heeheehee    ), I headed off to my gate, B10. On the way out, i inquired at the lounge counter if I had a seat mate. Unfortunately, the flight was almost full and I would be squashed with somebody this time.

Boarding was mostly completed when I reached the gate and I was one of the last few on board.


Flight 3

Qatar Airways
QR 944
DOH-SIN
Boeing 787-8
A7-BCF
Seat 23A

I was pleasantly surprised to find A7-BCF sitting at the gate. This was the first ever 787 I'd been on, and the same plane that took me home from DOH-SIN when I completed my exchange program in Dublin. She held a special meaning for me  

I was surprised to find the middle seat vacant when I arrived at my seat, but as I had confirmation from the lounge agent, my hopes weren't high that it would remain that way.

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My displaced feet due to the cumbersome IFE box

Interestingly, I didn't feel that much more cramped up on the 787 width wise. I felt it more in my feet and legroom, due to the shorter pitch and IFE box.

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Cabin shot

I also found that while the A350 windows were large, those on the 787 were still even larger!

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Boeing Sky Interior

I also found the Sky interior slightly more pleasing to the eye, having just stepped off the A350's in-yo-face purple and pink mood lighting. Though, I wonder if it's just down to the crew's settings. With reference to the above picture, I still haven't found out till this day how the top parts of the bins are lit up with the white light. Where does the white light come from??

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Wing view

Suddenly, a young teenager appeared from the rear of the aircraft and plopped himself down next to me.

  

Hm well. This doesn't feel so bad at all. I think.

The 3 of us sat awkwardly for about 5 minutes. Me staring out of the window, him staring at the blank screen, and the lady at the aisle also doing nothing.

  

And suddenly, he got up, and left!   

Hm strange.

"Cabin crew, all passengers on board. Will the ground staff please leave the aircraft, thank you."

No woohoo for me today, though.

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I preferred the seat map on the 787

The safety video was screened, and soon we began pushback. But my seat mate remained no where to be seen....

The usual symphony of electric noises on the 787 began their song. Must be a modern composition; all those clashes in pitch and dissonance...

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Taxiing to the runway

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Past a huge hanger and a Qatar A380 just beyond the wing tip

We soon turned onto the runway, and began our takeoff roll towards Singapore.

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Here we go!

I find it cute that halfway through the takeoff run, more electric noises go off!

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Speeding down the runway

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Up we go!

By this time, i was rather tired. I knew I had to exercise discipline and try to sleep, as I had to head straight to work after landing. And so, I took off my shoes, put on my eye shades, reclined my seat, and tried to get myself some sleep, ignoring the snack service.

I also took the liberty to encroach into the legroom of the now empty middle seat   

For the next few hours, I drifted in and out of sleep, bothered by the cumbersome IFE box, having kicked it accidentally several times. Thankfully I had two bottles of water with me so I could hydrate myself as well. I discovered that I had a tendency to sleep towards the left, so the extra legroom on the right wasn't of much use. I must remember to book the K seats next time.

2 hours before arrival, the main meal was served. The FA woke me up, but I decided that sleep was more important  Wow!

So I rejected it.

I did, however, flip out my camera to take a shot of the outside world, through some tinted window shades.

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... before putting my eyeshades back on and returning to hibernation mode.

All of a sudden.

It was 30 minutes to arrival and I had no choice but to get up!

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Already beginning to descend

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Almost home!

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Speedbrakes on

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Flaps extended

I suspect I might have accidentally darkened the windows somehow, leaving these darkish photographs.

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Crossing above the East-Coast Expressway

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The precise moment when we touched down; see that spoiler about to come up?

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Braking!

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2 SQ planes, and the Changi Control tower - Home Sweet Home

Once on stand, the doors were opened and I was out into Terminal 3. I sped walked to the arrivals, went through automated immigration, and was extremely pleased to spot my bag already out on the carousel!! Imagine that! I love Changi. Seriously.

2pm we touched down - through immigration - luggage claim - taxi ride home - shower - lunch - I was at work by 3.30pm.


Conclusion

And that brings this über long trip report to an end!! I hope you enjoyed it! Overall, this trip had been excellent. From the competitive fares, to the variety of aircraft, to the generally great service on board, and most importantly, to the time spent with my fiancee, I arrived home very satisfied and happy.

The A350 certainly is a nice new aircraft, but I kind of walked off feeling like it was a glorified 77W. There didn't seem to be anything that defined its character. The A380 has it bulk, silence, and interesting bits like the main deck's outward curving walls and side shelves in the top deck, while the 787 has its gimmicky toilet doors and window dimmers. I would even go as far to say that I've started to have a liking for all those electric noises! Sure, the A350 had better seats and IFE, but those could be installed on other aircraft too. Put them on a brand new 77W and I think many passengers might not see the difference.

So that conclusion left me with a very odd feeling.

The very odd feeling that - if all things were equal, I would choose to be on the 787, or even the A380.    Somehow, these two aircraft have a certain charm about them.

For now though, those annoying IFE boxes are still a deal breaker.   

And the A350 wins.


Cheers!!

pokfur
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:27 pm

Hi,

Nice report as usual! (but probably my first comment on one haha even though i've read most) You've done quite a lot of flying recently (and reports too - but my backlog is much worse than yours :p )  .Great to see that you've managed to fly on the A350. Always a pleasure to read a fellow Singaporean's report  
Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
I was pleasantly surprised to find A7-BCF sitting at the gate. This was the first ever 787 I'd been on, and the same plane that took me home from DOH-SIN when I completed my exchange program in Dublin. She held a special meaning for me  

I'll have a completely opposite reaction as compared to you haha, there are few things that are more frustrating (in aviation terms- besides getting an undesired aircraft swap) than getting the same registration again to me.   

Looking forward to more (and happy travels),

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:04 pm

Hello Yapple

For some reason, your username sounds very very familiar but I can't place it. Do I know you from somewhere?   

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
Nice report as usual! (but probably my first comment on one haha even though i've read most)

Thanks!! And double thanks for finally commenting!! It's nice to hear from more Singaporeans!   

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
You've done quite a lot of flying recently (and reports too - but my backlog is much worse than yours :p ) 

Lol! Get down to it then!   

The flying really only started in the past 2 years, when my fiancee went over to Oxford haha. And also, I figured it's my last chance to travel before work starts and all the usual baggage that comes with it   Sadly, I foresee my traveling dipping down to zilch come August, unless, of course, I find myself a fancy zip-here-zip-there job!   

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
Great to see that you've managed to fly on the A350. Always a pleasure to read a fellow Singaporean's report

And as mentioned, nice to hear from fellow Singaporeans too!

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
I'll have a completely opposite reaction as compared to you haha, there are few things that are more frustrating (in aviation terms- besides getting an undesired aircraft swap) than getting the same registration again to me.

Haha! Aircraft registrations don't really bother me. I get more upset if the aircraft is an old vs a new one. Like, I'd be sadder to get 9V-SWA for the first time, than 9V-SWT for the 10th time. Unless, of course, it's some sort of classic like a 25 year-old Lufthansa A320 or a 26 year-old BA 747. Now that's cool!

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
Looking forward to more (and happy travels),

Thanks! I might be taking a break for a while though. Upcoming travels involve more BA Y class that I've written enough about. Although it'll be the A380 this time (first time on BA's), I can't see myself squeezing more creative juices to make it interesting   

We'll see!!

Happy V day! Orchard road is CRAY CRAY.

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:02 pm

pokfur!

Another good TR, glad that you managed to get on the A350. I still think the 787 wings in the looks department how ever..  

Would you go out of your way to fly it again?
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:19 pm

Joey!

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 6):
Another good TR

Thanks mate! And for the screenshots too!

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 6):
glad that you managed to get on the A350.

Me too! I just found out an acquaintance of mine was due to fly it yesterday but it went tech and he got the 77L instead   

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 6):
I still think the 787 wings in the looks department how ever..

I have to agree that the 787 is overall more elegant looking than the A350. I never said I liked the A350 that much, btw. I was always going on about the A330/340s..   

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 6):
Would you go out of your way to fly it again?

Unlikely, but not because of what it is, but because I've tried it once already. Besides if I ever fly QR to LHR again, I'd want to take the A380 this time which I haven't done so yet  

Also, it's going to be the backbone of SQ's fleet in the future with 70 on order so.... I think I'll have many more chances   

Thanks for dropping a comment!

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:34 pm

Happy you caught the A350.
Will send you my address via private message for wedding invitation   
Three weeks will pass fast, so we will expect another trip report.

As usual a great and detailed trip report, i enjoyed reading all of them.
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:22 pm

Hello SOBHI51!

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 8):
Happy you caught the A350.

Me too   

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 8):
Will send you my address via private message for wedding invitation   

Urgh.. Here comes another self-inviter...   

  

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 8):
Three weeks will pass fast,

It's already down to less than 2 weeks!   

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 8):
so we will expect another trip report.

Unlikely, unless you want to hear of yet another SIN-LHR in BA Y story...?    Admittedly in the A380 though.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 8):
As usual a great and detailed trip report, i enjoyed reading all of them.

Thanks! Happy to know that!   

Thanks for dropping by

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:25 pm

Quoting pokfur (Reply 9):
Urgh.. Here comes another self-inviter...   

Never been to one in Singapore.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 9):
Unlikely, unless you want to hear of yet another SIN-LHR in BA Y story...?    Admittedly in the A380 though.

Will enjoy a trip report by you even if it's from LHR to LCA
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:01 pm

Very impressive airline. It's nice to know that on a few airlines a flight in economy class, unlike alll US airlines and many European airlines, can still be pleasant.
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:17 pm

Hello again SOBHI51!

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 10):
Never been to one in Singapore.

They're essentially just glamorised dinners. Not very interesting, in my opinion. Not worth your time and effort at all!   

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 10):
Will enjoy a trip report by you even if it's from LHR to LCA

Aww. Thanks for the compliment man. I'll see what I can do  




Hello lychemsa

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 11):

Very impressive airline. It's nice to know that on a few airlines a flight in economy class, unlike alll US airlines and many European airlines, can still be pleasant.

Lol! That's true. Let's hope that they continue to remain this way  

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:51 pm

Oh yes the A350 (won't be seeing that in person for a long while methinks.)

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Skip the middle if you really really don't wish to read about my flight on the baby Airbus first

Yawn. Wake me up when you catch the A318.   

I kid, I kid. I do want to fly A318 once though (virtually impossible in North America now), consider I enjoy the Boeing equivalent 737-600.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 1):
And check out the rain shower!!

I'm no fan of rain shower, possibly because here in RAINcouver, having water dumped straight on top of my head reminds me of being outside. Ha.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 1):
Wowwwww!!!! Looking dole eyed with her mascara and all.

...now I can't look at it without seeing the makeup.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
And now really straining upwards.
Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):


The wings bounced up and down. The cabin jiggled and rocked. We were getting faster.. and faster... and faster... and faster!!!!

Oh! It was going to come!!

Yo...what sort of report are you writing here?

(Come to think of it, trip reports are really aviation porn aren't they?)

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
Airbus decided to shrink the size of the bowl on the A350. Look at that! The hole itself was so much smaller, though the sill was much wider.

Aim. Pokfur. Aim.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
Clearly, I didn't win any prizes for literature.

You may win some for writing smut...

Quoting pokfur (Reply 3):
And suddenly, he got up, and left!

Perhaps he was testing things out and you didn't smell right?   

Once again, a great read from King Pokfur (with status). My flying has been tragic compared to yours...I mean just how many more 737s can I take? Sigh.

...there's that CRJ200 & Dash 8 300, both of which I'd rather forget. Oh well, at least something different.   
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:45 am

Hello Mr Cactus!

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
Oh yes the A350 (won't be seeing that in person for a long while methinks.)

Hmm...   

Ok i've got no come back to that  

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
Yawn. Wake me up when you catch the A318.   

I have! Last December! I just didn't write a report on it   

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
consider I enjoy the Boeing equivalent 737-600.

Hmmm. I don't think I've ever been on that. Does the 737-500 count?

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
I'm no fan of rain shower, possibly because here in RAINcouver, having water dumped straight on top of my head reminds me of being outside. Ha.

LOL. So.. Does that mean you don't shower at all?   

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
...now I can't look at it without seeing the makeup.

It does make her look a bit more docile, don't you think?

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
Yo...what sort of report are you writing here?

(Come to think of it, trip reports are really aviation porn aren't they?)

Sorry. I was reading reviews about the new 50 shades of grey movie, and... you know.. got carried away   

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
Aim. Pokfur. Aim.

WAHAHAA. I was more thinking like. If, say, a male needs to sit down and do some big business. There's not going to be space for everything to fit!

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
You may win some for writing smut...

Oo. I did try writing fan fiction, once.

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
Perhaps he was testing things out and you didn't smell right?   

   Hm well it was my third flight of the day after all.. The lady at the aisle told me she later saw him at the very last row of the plane. Perhaps a non-reclinable seat was better than a middle seat?

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
Once again, a great read from King Pokfur (with status). My flying has been tragic compared to yours...I mean just how many more 737s can I take? Sigh.

Lol!! Thanks mate. Not sure how long that status is going to last though.

Funny that you would think that way. Before the introduction of the A380s and A330s, SQ flew 777s practically to everywhere and I would be like 'urgh not again' before every flight. Hm well. Try out some creative routing! I wish I had the chance to fly more 757s and 767s that are so rampant in North America.

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 13):
...there's that CRJ200 & Dash 8 300, both of which I'd rather forget. Oh well, at least something different.   

Oooo. I'll be on a CRJ 1000 in early March. My first time on that! What's it like?

Cheer up CdnCactus! Otherwise I'll feel guilty writing these reports and stop   

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:00 am

Hi Pokfur,
A great follow up to your previous report. Good to see that you were able to log your first A350 and the excitement certainly comes through.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
the lady at the counter wasn't the friendliest,
Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
her eyebrows went up ever so slightly and her eyes did a small roll around their sockets.
Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
she muttered to herself, poking at the Y button

Bad hair day, or was it the aftershave? You have to wonder why some staff make their life harder.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 1):
A quick snap of the J seat

The cabin layout appeals, especially with the window seats angled toward the windows, unlike those that force you to crick your neck if you want to look out.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
I was a bit surprised to find a LCC-style poke-through-the-plastic meal dish.

From trip reports on A.net, I have always thought the presentation of Economy meals a bit unattractive compared to some other airlines.
Shame that you met another "sour face". I guess we can all have times when we aren't feeling at our best and a permanent smile can get tiring, but unfortunately the crew are the "face" of the airline and an indifferent or unfriendly face diesn't project a good image.

I am glad that overall your trip was enjoyable and thank you for sharing.
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:12 am

Quoting pokfur (Reply 14):
Hmmm. I don't think I've ever been on that. Does the 737-500 count?

They are about the same I suppose? Honestly, I think 600 is a rougher ride than any other 737 next gen, probably due to its proportions. I just like it for how stupidly cute it looks.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 14):
Sorry. I was reading reviews about the new 50 shades of grey movie, and... you know.. got carried away

Not paying attention to that at all but here's my wife's review of the book: "it's f*****g crap." So...

As long as you don't mistakenly yell out "OH A350!!" at the most inopportune time, keep writing them aviation porn.  
Quoting pokfur (Reply 14):
Oooo. I'll be on a CRJ 1000 in early March. My first time on that! What's it like?

Don't know about 1000, but here's what's seriously wrong with the 200 - EVERYTHING. I'm not even the tallest guy in the room and I feel claustrophobic the moment I step into one. Uncomfortable seats, ceiling that feels like it'd drop on your head at any given moment, and bizarrely low windows. It's as if everything's designed just slightly OFF, but put it all together it becomes nauseating. I should hope 1000 would be much improved from 200.

Are you writing a report for that then? I'd read it.
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:26 am

Hi Pokfur,

This was, as you can expect, a difficult read for me. But I made it, and seeing the onboard product in Y, felt a little less frustrated about the swap. But it would have been nice to be in the new J on the way there.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Next, I decided to take my morning shower at the Elemis Spa. I had opted to skip showering at my fiancee's place in lieu of sleep - best decision ever. I love sleep. I love sleeping!! I'm inherently a lazy pig.

You left quite early to make that flight. Are there treatments available? Did you not partake?

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Thanks to Joey Taffy who captured this manoeuvre on flightradar24:

Goodness, your mates are keen!

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
Wowwwww!!!! Looking dole eyed with her mascara and all.

Yes, I always think they look like aviator goggles, or motorbike goggles. At least there is something distinctive to it though, as it took me years to identify differences between A330s and 777s.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
The problem with such mini-Js is the awkwardness that ensues. Check out that guy sipping his Orange Juice awkwardly while the unwashed masses, such as myself, walk by to the squishy section behind.

Haha. That is because Germans don't like to be extravagent. If it has been me I would have been necking down the (Krug?) and making the Queen's wave...

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
Soon, the crew came about to distribute a small snack prior to the late lunch service.

Yes, I really like that. They sometimes distribute them on later drinks requests though this seems to only be if they think you need sobering up.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
It was annoying as it looped twice for both English and Arabic, so that means it looped four times, showing us the starters (not like there was a choice), main course, and desserts (again, not like there was a choice). On the A346, I think the menu was either listed at the bottom of the screen or superimposed onto the video being played. On my SIN-DOH flight, I even had a printed menu! How inconsistent, I must say.

Yes, it is a poor system. Only seems to be their 'pioneering environmental way' on Europe runs. The meal is dreadful. They have been serving the same slop in Y Ex-Europe for months now. Mine was exactly the same, and presentation has gone to the dogs too.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 5):
Ok so that's the shower stall. See that square metal thing that looks like a holder for your shower gels, shampoos and stuff?

Haha... I slam dunk my toiletries through that hole each time. It is so annoying. Poor ventilation in the showers too means that I often leave sweatier than when I entered...

Thanks for an entertaining report,

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:41 am

Hi, great TR...

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
However the short queues made me change my mind and I decided to try my luck at checking my luggage through to Singapore, despite my tickets being booked separately.

As both airlines are member of oneworld, luggage through check-in is always possible! But the agent was not quite right, their computer system is not asking for class of travel - but for the class of booking (e.g. K, L, M etc.).

Quoting pokfur (Reply 2):
"... and Mr pokfur, as Privileged Club members, what would you like to eat for your meal today?"

Seems quite inconsistent. On the flights to London it seems you were greeted/recognized before the service, to DOH only during meal time and to SIN never...

Quoting pokfur (Reply 3):
The A350 certainly is a nice new aircraft ... while the 787 has its gimmicky toilet doors and window dimmers.

I think it's special configuration ordered by QATAR, so not the fault of Airbus. AFAIK, ETIHAD's A350 are equipped with window dimmers. Also, the lay-out of the toilets and their doors are different on the B787 - to the individual customers decision.
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:46 am

Hello EN!

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 15):
Bad hair day, or was it the aftershave? You have to wonder why some staff make their life harder.

Who? Me? Lol! I don't know.. Maybe she just felt that a young fella like me didn't deserve to be a gold card holder, checking in at the First desks   But I try not to be affected by these, as long as they still do what they're supposed to.

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 15):
The cabin layout appeals, especially with the window seats angled toward the windows, unlike those that force you to crick your neck if you want to look out.

Ah. You're talking about the traditional herringbone layout! Yes I don't quite like those either, although some might argue that you get much more privacy when sleeping, since your head is away from the aisle. Can't please everyone I suppose!

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 15):
Shame that you met another "sour face". I guess we can all have times when we aren't feeling at our best and a permanent smile can get tiring, but unfortunately the crew are the "face" of the airline and an indifferent or unfriendly face diesn't project a good image.

Hmm it takes effort to scowl as well    I would have preferred it if she kept her face neutral haha!! Anyway, thankfully I never saw her again after that.   

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 15):
I am glad that overall your trip was enjoyable and thank you for sharing.

It sure was. Thanks for commenting!




Hey Cactus!

One day I'm going to call you a prick.   

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 16):
They are about the same I suppose? Honestly, I think 600 is a rougher ride than any other 737 next gen, probably due to its proportions. I just like it for how stupidly cute it looks.

HAHAHA STUPIDLY CUTE    I think the A318 is stupidly cute.    But that's a hilarious description.   

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 16):
Not paying attention to that at all but here's my wife's review of the book: "it's f*****g crap." So...

I read all three so...   

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 16):
As long as you don't mistakenly yell out "OH A350!!" at the most inopportune time, keep writing them aviation porn.  

No, unfortunately the A350 doesn't quite turn me on at all so I'm sure I won't be screaming that.

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 16):
Don't know about 1000, but here's what's seriously wrong with the 200 - EVERYTHING. I'm not even the tallest guy in the room and I feel claustrophobic the moment I step into one. Uncomfortable seats, ceiling that feels like it'd drop on your head at any given moment, and bizarrely low windows. It's as if everything's designed just slightly OFF, but put it all together it becomes nauseating. I should hope 1000 would be much improved from 200.

   Oh dear! I think the CRJ 1000 is merely a derivative of the 200 so I wouldn't expect the interior proportions to have changed much. Well the flight's probably just over an hour so I think it'll be fine!

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 16):
Are you writing a report for that then? I'd read it.

I'll be bold and ask: Will you not read any report that I write?      

Just kidding. Ok. I'll write it just because you want me to  




Hello Luke!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
This was, as you can expect, a difficult read for me.

  I could empathise with you as I was really nervous about my flight too. On the plus side, it's a new aircraft and there'll be many more chances to take them in the future. Imagine if it was, say, an MD 11 flight that you had missed. That'll probably be much worse!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
But I made it, and seeing the onboard product in Y, felt a little less frustrated about the swap. But it would have been nice to be in the new J on the way there.

You were in J? Now I think that'd have been quite a big difference, especially from the 77L! At least it was still lie-flats and big legroom, unlike the A330/340s.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Are there treatments available? Did you not partake?

There are, though I'm not sure if they're free of charge.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Goodness, your mates are keen!

Joe's a great chap whom I had the pleasure of meeting up with in Oxford!   

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
At least there is something distinctive to it though, as it took me years to identify differences between A330s and 777s.

Excuse me. What did you just say??? Uh. Winglets. Number of main wheels. Size of engines. Shape of tail. I could go on and on and on....

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
If it has been me I would have been necking down the (Krug?) and making the Queen's wave...

Haha! I'm sorry, Krug's only available in First class    I believe it might be a Taittenger Rose or Lanson. If I ever see some guy doing that, I'll know it's you for sure!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Yes, I really like that. They sometimes distribute them on later drinks requests though this seems to only be if they think you need sobering up.

This was the only flight out of my 4 that had this though.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Only seems to be their 'pioneering environmental way' on Europe runs.

Ohhh so that explains why paper menus were still available on the SIN-DOH leg.   

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
The meal is dreadful. They have been serving the same slop in Y Ex-Europe for months now. Mine was exactly the same, and presentation has gone to the dogs too.

Really? I actually thought it tasted quite good! Have you tried out BA long-haul Y?   

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Haha... I slam dunk my toiletries through that hole each time. It is so annoying.

Omg!! So have you figured out what it's for?? I thought perhaps it could be a handle for, say, disabled people to hold on to while showering or something.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Poor ventilation in the showers too means that I often leave sweatier than when I entered...

I find the showers at the main male toilets warmer than those hidden behind the sandwich bar at the other end of the lounge. But either way, they need some stronger air conditioning in there!!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Thanks for an entertaining report,

You're most welcome and thanks for stopping by!!




Hello debonair!

Quoting debonair (Reply 18):
Hi, great TR...

Thank you!

Quoting debonair (Reply 18):
As both airlines are member of oneworld, luggage through check-in is always possible! But the agent was not quite right, their computer system is not asking for class of travel - but for the class of booking (e.g. K, L, M etc.).

I've heard that Qatar Airways doesn't do that for you... Hm well she entered Y into the computer, so I'm not too sure. But does it really matter? I suppose Y is still Economy. For priority baggage handling purposes, perhaps?

Quoting debonair (Reply 18):
Seems quite inconsistent. On the flights to London it seems you were greeted/recognized before the service, to DOH only during meal time and to SIN never...

My seat mate on the A350 did comment that it was unusual that the FA didn't come to greet us before or right after takeoff. But at least she did come by in the end I suppose! Better than nothing!! For my flight to SIN, I put my eyeshades on right after takeoff so perhaps the crew came by but decided not to wake me up.

Quoting debonair (Reply 18):
AFAIK, ETIHAD's A350 are equipped with window dimmers.

I didn't know dimmers were an option on the A350!

Quoting debonair (Reply 18):
Also, the lay-out of the toilets and their doors are different on the B787 - to the individual customers decision.

Fair enough.    The Economy toilets on the QR 787s have standard doors so I shouldn't have made a comparison there.

Cheers everyone!!

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:35 am

Well, that sounded like an orgasmic experience; the plane rides I mean.   Time to join the milehigh club.  

Great to read your trip reports.
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:26 am

Pokfur!!!

Glad to read the continuation of your trip. Congrats on scoring the newest, baddest, raccoonest, and sexiest plane in the skies.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Skip the middle if you really really don't wish to read about my flight on the baby Airbus first

Why would I do that...

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
The day began at 4.43am. Oh. Yes i do indeed like to set alarms at odd timings.

HA! next month I will have to get up at 3 am in order to catch a 6:20am flight to AMS... but I think I can adjust the timings and get some extra sleep.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
I really needed to pee, so that's what I did first. Not that you really needed to know that I suppose

No...

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
poking at the Y button as if it was a disgusting, vile creature covered with slime.

It probably is.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
The morning sky just waking up

I love mornings, a fresh new day, specially if you are flying somewhere  
Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
"On behalf of the Captain, I'd like to welcome you on board this British Airways flight to Frankfurt  " she said, smiling.

Like a boss.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
See you later in FRA!

...

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Huh? Wait what?? There's 2 of you?? Now I'm confused

Haven´t you seen the Pam Ann sketch about LH? she says all the planes circling above LHR are Lufthansa planes that arrived early, they land at 7:00am but they arrive at 6:50 and circle until it´s 7:00 and then BUFF land... and your luggaes is already on the belt.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
The service started once we reached cruising altitude, and it consisted of a filled croissant and a drink.

Looks nice, and MUCH better than the stale plain croissant I got on LX... sure it isn´t costly to add some fruit jams or cheese to it.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Immediately after I took that shot, a Lufthansa A321 shot across my window right below us!! Like, it was really close, and really fast

Cool, seen that a few times too.

On my last flight, as the captain was doing his arrival announcement, the ¨TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC¨ TCAS call could be heard lol.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
See you back in Singapore!

Nope, probably going to JFK.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
"Hmm... Well ok they sent you here, didn't they?" she finally asked.

Uh. They?   

"Yes, they did," I replied.

"Well okay," she said, before proceeding to scan my boarding pass, typing in my BA number, and gesturing for me to enter.

I got in!

  

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
She's here!!!!

YAY! I would be pissing my pants with excitement.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Wowwwww!!!! Looking dole eyed with her mascara and all.

She is one sexy thang.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
I boarded through Door 2, and was welcomed on board.

Yikes, they could use a different colour setting for boarding, looks like a cheap club, some blue and purple would do nicely.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
HMMM well now! Where do I begin!! Window shot? Legroom shot? Cabin shot? Let the photograph spamming begin!!!

Photograph all the things!

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Probably the coolest new thing was the LCD panel that tells you about seat belt/smoking/electronic devices!

Pretty cool!

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
And the blended wingtip. Does it have a real name?

Yes, it´s called a ¨Blended winglet¨

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
"Cabin Crew, all customers on board. Will all ground staff please leave the aircraft. Thank you," came a voice over the loud and clear PA system.

Do they still say ¨Flight Qatar XXX bound for our new home Hamad Airport in the State of Qatar¨ ?

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Down came the flaps, accompanied by very loud hydraulic sounds, not dissimilar to those on the A380. Less shocking, and cuter sounding though.

I watched a video, the noise is not as loud as on the A380, but still different than on the A330.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
I was a bit surprised to find a LCC-style poke-through-the-plastic meal dish. I guess it all depends on the origin of catering, as it was just a normal aluminium foil cover on my outbound flights.

It was the same presentation on my flight out of BCN.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Descending into Doha. My seatmate told me the white ring is a camel race track

Yup, I remember doing a holding pattern there on my first QR flight.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Somewhere down there... is a yellow bear..

A pokfur bear...

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
I also found the Sky interior slightly more pleasing to the eye, having just stepped off the A350's in-yo-face purple and pink mood lighting. Though, I wonder if it's just down to the crew's settings

Yeah, have you seen the rainbow fantasy world cycle on the 787? I am a sucker for mood lighting but I agree the setting on the A350 was a bit too much.

Again, nice read bro, so off to London again in 2 weeks... more Y in QR?

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:26 am

Hello beowulf!

Quoting beowulf (Reply 20):
Well, that sounded like an orgasmic experience; the plane rides I mean.

I thought it'd go well with the hype about the 50 shades of grey movie release   

Quoting beowulf (Reply 20):
Time to join the milehigh club.

It's not me that you'd have to convince...   

Quoting beowulf (Reply 20):
Great to read your trip reports.

Thanks! Glad you enjoy them, and thanks for stopping by too  




Hello MIAspotter!!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Congrats on scoring the newest, baddest, raccoonest, and sexiest plane in the skies.

Sexiest, I'm not so sure.. I think I need to look at it more to decide.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Why would I do that...

Awww    You're too kind my friend   

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
HA! next month I will have to get up at 3 am in order to catch a 6:20am flight to AMS... but I think I can adjust the timings and get some extra sleep.

 Wow! And what flight are you taking?

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
It probably is.

Lol!! Sigh.. Yes, unwashed masses and all.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Like a boss.

 

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Haven´t you seen the Pam Ann sketch about LH? she says all the planes circling above LHR are Lufthansa planes that arrived early, they land at 7:00am but they arrive at 6:50 and circle until it´s 7:00 and then BUFF land... and your luggaes is already on the belt.

Uh. No. Please send a link.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Looks nice, and MUCH better than the stale plain croissant I got on LX... sure it isn´t costly to add some fruit jams or cheese to it.

I think BA provide the best European short-haul product around!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
On my last flight, as the captain was doing his arrival announcement, the ¨TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC¨ TCAS call could be heard lol.

HAHA! That sounds extremely dangerous! Talking to the passengers, doing a steep bank, and watching out for oncoming traffic.   

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
YAY! I would be pissing my pants with excitement.

I think I was more relieved than excited haha.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Yikes, they could use a different colour setting for boarding, looks like a cheap club, some blue and purple would do nicely.

Yes, the mood lighting on the A350 is a bit over the top, but I'm not sure if it's the lights installed, or the settings that QR use. Their 787s have softer mood lighting.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Photograph all the things!

I did!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Do they still say ¨Flight Qatar XXX bound for our new home Hamad Airport in the State of Qatar¨ ?

Yes, I'm sure I've heard them say it over my last few flights. But I didn't take note of it particularly.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
It was the same presentation on my flight out of BCN.

A European thing? Maybe it ensures that the food is sealed properly and better complies with some european standards. Just a wild guess.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
A pokfur bear...

  

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Yeah, have you seen the rainbow fantasy world cycle on the 787? I am a sucker for mood lighting but I agree the setting on the A350 was a bit too much.

I've only seen it on photographs!! I think it would ruin the image of QR to do that, though. I think some photos of Scoot's new 787 show that they do it too. Urgh.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Again, nice read bro, so off to London again in 2 weeks... more Y in QR?

No, Y on BA. But my first time on their A380. Not sure if I should write a report or not; it'd be my third of that sector... Suggestions?

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:54 am

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
Sexiest, I'm not so sure.. I think I need to look at it more to decide.

Well, I am an Airbus man through and through, so I ¨could¨ be a bit biased.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
Awww    You're too kind my friend

Too kind 
Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
And what flight are you taking?

KLM 737-900 (or -800) to AMS

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
Uh. No. Please send a link.

I´ts all over Youtube.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
I think BA provide the best European short-haul product around!

And KLM too, they serve some lovely sandwiches, Lufty ain´t so bad either.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
That sounds extremely dangerous! Talking to the passengers, doing a steep bank, and watching out for oncoming traffic

Well, the autopilot is taking care of most of the stuff.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
Yes, the mood lighting on the A350 is a bit over the top, but I'm not sure if it's the lights installed, or the settings that QR use. Their 787s have softer mood lighting.

It´s all down to the settings, they are just strips of LED´s controlled from the panel.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
A European thing? Maybe it ensures that the food is sealed properly and better complies with some european standards. Just a wild guess.

It could be.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
I've only seen it on photographs!! I think it would ruin the image of QR to do that, though. I think some photos of Scoot's new 787 show that they do it too. Urgh.

I saw that photo hehehe, it´s actually preatty neat to see it  
Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
No, Y on BA. But my first time on their A380. Not sure if I should write a report or not; it'd be my third of that sector... Suggestions?

I don´t see Y not... (see what I did there)...

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beowulf
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:57 am

Quoting pokfur (Reply 22):
Quoting beowulf (Reply 20):
Time to join the milehigh club.

It's not me that you'd have to convince...

Tell your gf that a lot of creepy, lonely men would like to read about that experience. That should convince her.
 
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sultanils
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:02 pm

Hey pokfur,

I’m back once more - sorry you can’t get rid of me - for the moment  
Needless to say who’s the star in this story. I love the looks from the front, the black lining around the windows contribute to giving her a character. This would be the 1st Airbus imho that has any (character). A few tech gimmicks are quite cool, but for the rest it seems to be ‘just another plane’ - let that be a good thing    Some comments...

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
I'm inherently a lazy pig.

Why on earth then do you post a report every single day lol! You are lazy but productive - a bizarre combo 

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
By chill out I mean sit here and do nothing

You didn’t get get eyebrows plucked or nails done?

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
and was extremely surprised to find myself on a refurbished A319.

BA seems to go fast with their refurbishments it seems?

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
On behalf of the Captain, I'd like to welcome you on board this British Airways flight to Frankfurt

Lol, that sounds just like the captain told that FA a few minutes ago to go and do just that - hilarious! But nice of course to be recognised  

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
it was a race to see who would reach the airport first

Cool!

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
And there she is!!

Looks nice although I don’t find the QR livery particularly well suited for her. Or is it me?

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
No annoying IFE box on this plane at all. My feet had all the space they wanted! Furthermore, the seat leg is between the aisle and middle seat, so the window seat passenger is lucky if the middle seat is empty. Legroom was quite incredible.

Well done, finally some sense!

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Probably the coolest new thing was the LCD panel that tells you about seat belt/smoking/electronic devices!

That is fancy for sure. Ah, the marvels of technology...

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
34A had absolutely the best view of that wing tip

Nicely framed pic!

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Is that Frankfurt?

   my friend, it is indeed.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
I actually pulled it up a bit because it went too far down for my liking.

Huh? How can you not have enough recline  Wow!

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Somewhere down there... is a yellow bear...

Lol - humorous   

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
It's a shame Airbus designed the main wheels to point with the front pair downwards, like the 767s. Apparently this set up is the hardest to 'grease'. No more tip-toe touchdown a la A330/340s!

You’re so knowledgeable  

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
Where does the white light come from??

Call it magic?

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:07 pm

Hello MIAspotter!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
Well, I am an Airbus man through and through, so I ¨could¨ be a bit biased.

Haha. I think I like each aircraft for their individual qualities, rather than a blanket A v B. Like, I think the A380 is über ugly, but I love its quietness and stableness from a passenger point of view. I think the 737 always looks a bit small and flimsy, but I love it when it's BSI-equipped. And so on...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
KLM 737-900 (or -800) to AMS

Meh. You'll probably get something like a windmill cookie on board.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
Well, the autopilot is taking care of most of the stuff.

That's true. I know almost nothing about piloting a plane though; never been quite interested it in at all.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
It´s all down to the settings, they are just strips of LED´s controlled from the panel.

Yes that's true, but I'm sure a 'pink' LED could have many different shades, and I think Airbus made all of their shades just a bit too strong!!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
I don´t see Y not... (see what I did there)...

Yes I did C what you did there...    Well ok maybe I will then.




beowulf,

Quoting beowulf (Reply 24):
Tell your gf that a lot of creepy, lonely men would like to read about that experience. That should convince her.

LOL. I wonder if anyone here on a.net has actually posted a TR of their experience in a mile high club. Would be an interesting read...   




Nils!!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
I’m back once more - sorry you can’t get rid of me - for the moment

No worries! Speeding through your backlog I see?   

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
Needless to say who’s the star in this story. I love the looks from the front, the black lining around the windows contribute to giving her a character. This would be the 1st Airbus imho that has any (character). A few tech gimmicks are quite cool, but for the rest it seems to be ‘just another plane’ - let that be a good thing

   Just another plane?? The 767 is just another plane! Have you met the lovely A340 and the ugly A380? But I do agree the A350 is something else altogether.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
Why on earth then do you post a report every single day lol! You are lazy but productive - a bizarre combo 

Because posting a report allows me to sit on my ass and type away all day long, instead of, say, running errands, or studying, or doing homework, or teaching, etc etc...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
You didn’t get get eyebrows plucked or nails done?

What're you talking about? Mine are already perfect!   

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
BA seems to go fast with their refurbishments it seems?

When it's a refurbishment to reduce seat pitch and squeeze in more seats into 1 plane, then yes, they're fast.    On the other hand, they still fly around with 747s equipped with the Old First class product! Not to mention the 772s don't seem to be getting the new WT or WTP.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
Lol, that sounds just like the captain told that FA a few minutes ago to go and do just that - hilarious! But nice of course to be recognised  

No to be honest, I did wonder if the captain really did that or not. I don't think the captain cares who's on board, do they??

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
Looks nice although I don’t find the QR livery particularly well suited for her. Or is it me?

50 shades of grey and they had to pick this grey...   

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
Huh? How can you not have enough recline  

Lol! It reclined so far that it made watching the PTV feel a bit odd! And I felt guilty for intruding so far into the space of the passenger behind me.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
You’re so knowledgeable  

Not really, I just spend a lot of time on a.net haha and reading rubbish. I need to get a job.....   

Quoting sultanils (Reply 25):
Call it magic?

One day I'm going to climb up there and take a look   

Thanks for stopping by yet again!!

pokfur
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:37 pm

Hi pokfur!

Again, nice report, great to see one of my homebases FRA in a report!
Your fights all have been nice I suppose.
BA looks ok, and the service on QR again looks nice as well.
Also great that you could catch the A350! Actually, are there many differences compared to "normal" airliners?


Nice you got the personal service also on the BA flight!
BTW on my last flight on LH, the crew addressed me by name as well, even though it was a short domestic ride, and my gold status is not of LH!

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):

"Mr pokfur?"

No way! It couldn't be!! I turned from the window to see the CSD/CSM standing at the aisle.

"On behalf of the Captain, I'd like to welcome you on board this British Airways flight to Frankfurt " she said, smiling.

I stammered a semi-coherent response, and she took her leave.

Wowwwwwwwww. Apparently receiving a personal welcome on BA is not common, even less so on a short-haul flight! Well, not like it was useful in any way, though, but I still really appreciated it nonetheless.

thanks for this report
greetings

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CaptainRed
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:13 pm

Hi pokfur,

wow, what a great report with beautiful pictures. So nice to read something about the A350, definitely a sleek looking airplane (though to be honest I am not sure about that rounded winglet, I think the wing of the 787 looks way better).

Nice routing you have found here to get to SIN, combining the two newest plane types around.

Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
IFE box now integrated into the seat frame What took them so long?!

Now that's definitely a great thing, well done here  
Quoting pokfur (Thread starter):
34A had absolutely the best view of that wing tip

   ... hmm, from that angle it looks great indeed.

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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:05 am

Hello Elias!

Quoting emek96 (Reply 27):
Also great that you could catch the A350! Actually, are there many differences compared to "normal" airliners?

I would say that the A350 felt much more 'normal' than other new-ish aircraft like the A380 and 787. The interior design is quite traditional. Same pivot bins as 777s, rather normal-looking toilets etc.. I felt that the noise level in cruise was on par with a 77W, so that's no improvement  

Comparatively, the 787 is very different with its dimmer windows, unique electric noises, and I would even say it's quieter in cruise than the A350. The A380 is special because of its huge bulk, big, spacious cabin, quiet ambience, and stability.

In that sense, I think the A350 is a bit like the 77W - a big fuel efficient twin that does its job well, minus the moo-ing GE engines.

Quoting emek96 (Reply 27):
Nice you got the personal service also on the BA flight!

It was just a greeting, but hardly any personalised service after that!!

Quoting emek96 (Reply 27):
BTW on my last flight on LH, the crew addressed me by name as well, even though it was a short domestic ride, and my gold status is not of LH!

Wow that's nice! I've travelled on LH as a Star Gold as well but received nothing, not that I expected it at all. I think Star carriers generally don't recognise Star Golds as they don't seem to be that uncommon. I prefer the 3-tier oneworld system because emeralds are probably more rare, so airlines are willing to make an effort to recognise them.




Hello CaptainRed!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):
wow, what a great report with beautiful pictures.

Thank you!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):
So nice to read something about the A350, definitely a sleek looking airplane (though to be honest I am not sure about that rounded winglet, I think the wing of the 787 looks way better).

Hmmm I think the 787 wing itself is still more elegant but I do prefer the blended winglet of the A350! It's so nasty looking from certain angles (in a good way)

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):
Nice routing you have found here to get to SIN, combining the two newest plane types around.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):
Now that's definitely a great thing, well done here  

   QR has announced Singapore as its next A350 destination! I'll be sure to fly them even more in the future as this means not having to deal with the large IFE boxes on the 787!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):
   ... hmm, from that angle it looks great indeed.

Ah! You see? Some angles it looks gorgeous!

pokfur
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:10 pm

The A350 looks pretty good  
 
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:17 pm

Well ya made it  

A350 is growing on me I think. I thiiink. I will have to wait and see until EI gets theirs. I think the A330 is sexier though...

You & yer random personalised welcomes on different airlines   

But oh lawd THAT sex pun on the A350 take off..... no wonder people think airplane nerds are weirdos   

So thanks  
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:53 am

Hello starrymarkb

Quoting starrymarkb (Reply 30):
The A350 looks pretty good  

Sure does! Can't wait for more to fill our skies.




Hey aerdingus!

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 31):
Well ya made it  

   I did!

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 31):
A350 is growing on me I think. I thiiink. I will have to wait and see until EI gets theirs. I think the A330 is sexier though...

Haha. Yes I would say that the A350 isn't your conventional-looking twin-engined aircraft. Funny nose and mascara eyes... Between the A330 and A340, I think I still have a softer spot for the A340!   

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 31):
You & yer random personalised welcomes on different airlines   

Haha! Let's see if BA does it again next Friday   

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 31):
But oh lawd THAT sex pun on the A350 take off..... no wonder people think airplane nerds are weirdos   

WAHA! Well.. I did post this TR on Valentine's day after all, and you know the whole 50 shades of grey thing..   

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 31):
So thanks  

You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

pokfur
 
Santhosh
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:45 am

Excellent trip report  

Santhosh
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RE: Qatar Widebodies Part 2: The A350!

Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:46 am

Quoting Santhosh (Reply 33):

Excellent trip report  

Santhosh

Thanks Santhosh! Appreciate it   

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