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Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:49 pm

INTRODUCTION

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this forum but I’m back with a brand new track. While my previous trip reports have been about Emirates flights, I now bring to you the chronicles of a university student and his trips back home during the holidays. Originally in September before starting university I thought since I’d be on a plane every few months, I might as well stay loyal to one airline to earn miles and eventually get status one day. I decided on Qatar Airways because its fares to the UK ex Dubai are very reasonable and they have a great loyalty programme, achieving Silver status isn’t too difficult in comparison to achieving Silver on Emirates which is a mission on its own for a student buying just Economy Class tickets.

I’ve flown with Qatar Airways in the past to China and I was very pleased with them, their Economy product on the B777 was far more comfortable than that of Emirates’, it’s just a shame that they’ve decided to switch to 10 abreast but let’s not dwell on that. Ever since I started flying frequently with them as well, they’ve been great.

A little backstory to this trip. I didn’t intend on writing a trip report for these set of flights to Manchester however my dad booked these flights without me knowing because there was a great promotion and he wanted to avail of it. Usually I like hand picking my flights because Qatar Airways sends a variety of aircraft from Doha to Manchester (and Dubai to Doha for that matter) so I wanted to choose the specific flights. Because I didn’t get to check the a/c operating the flights beforehand, after the ticket was booked, I decided to check. To my surprise, a Dreamliner was assigned for the Dubai to Doha flight and a B777-300ER with the new 10 abreast seating was assigned for the Doha to Manchester flight. This is what made me decide on writing a trip report, it would be my first flight on the Dreamliner (well, so I thought) and the first report on A.net featuring Qatar’s 10 abreast seating on the B777.

Moreover, this is the first report on the forum featuring Dubai’s brand new Concourse D so all the more reason to write a trip report for you guys.

So without further ado, I bring to you my experience on the World’s ‘5-Star Airline’ all the way from Dubai to Manchester.

(I must add that this is quite a lengthy trip report and photo quality isn’t the best but I hope you enjoy it!)

11th April 2016

So the time had come for me to go back to university for the final term of my 1st year. Needless to say, time had just flown this year but I hope to savour as much of what I have left as possible. My trip in Dubai was brilliant, a great 3 weeks spent with family and friends and leaving home is never fun but I do have uni-life to look forward to as well.

With a flight to Doha at the ungodly hour of 5:30AM, my dad and I set off for the airport at around 2:45AM. The airport isn’t very far from our place at all and with virtually zero traffic at this hour, we reached after a quick 15 minutes. After the usual goodbyes, I proceeded into the ever-so-familiar entrance of Terminal 1 and proceeded to the Qatar Airways check in counters. There was no line for check-in at all and within minutes of walking into the terminal, I had my boarding pass in my hand and my very heavy suitcase sent off! I was good to go. Immigration queues vary inconsistently in Dubai and I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was barely any queue. I had my passport stamped after waiting in line for just 2-3 minutes. On arrival in Dubai last month, I waited in the queue for 45 minutes and when I arrived in Dubai in December, I waited in the queue for 2 hours.

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This is where it gets a bit exciting because instead of going downstairs from security through the long walkway, which I’m sure everyone who has travelled through Terminal 1 in DXB is familiar with, I went upstairs to take the train to the brand new Concourse D. A bit of background, Concourse D is actually just meant to be a temporary structure until all airlines move to DWC. The introduction of this concourse will increase DXB’s capacity to 90 million passengers per year.

And with that out of the way, let’s explore DXB’s latest addition. It was around 3 in the morning and the excitement of visiting a new terminal was keeping me up (as well as the coffee I bought much later).

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So this is the platform at Terminal 1. If you look closely at the back of the picture, you’ll notice the amount of people waiting for the train. It was a packed train journey to Concourse D. This is just a random thought but maybe there could be a dedicated carriage for passengers on wheelchairs and for First and Business Class passengers? Then again, it’s a less than 5-minute journey so maybe it isn’t very necessary. After the quick train ride, we pulled into Concourse D.

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After going down the stairs, I ended up in the duty free area which I had to walk through to get the main area of the concourse. I went there with the intention that because it’s temporary, I shouldn’t expect anything on the same scale as Terminal 3 or Concourse A. I was pleasantly surprised! While it’s quite small, it is a nice place to wait before a flight.

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To begin, I made a quick walk to my gate, D2, to familiarise myself with the location. It was about a 5-minute walk to the gate from the main atrium area.

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Here are some pictures of the main area right in the centre of the concourse:

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I’m not going to lie but I was quite happy to see a Pret in Concourse D! I love going there in the UK but because I’m used to seeing it, I decided on sitting down elsewhere for a cup of coffee. I find it funny how there’s a Pret in Dubai Airport but not one in Sheffield, where I study.

I went upstairs exploring the dining options and just aimlessly walking around. I came across plenty of restaurants including Giraffe, Taqado Mexican Kitchen, Masale, KFC, McDonalds, CNN Traveller Café and more. The dining options are great in Concourse D. There are some nice places for quick fast food meals and there are restaurants where you can have a proper sit down meal as well.

I then walked along a corridor where all the lounges are housed. I came across lounges belonging to Qatar Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa, Skyteam and I’m sure there’s one I’m forgetting! In addition, there was the standard Marhaba Lounge and a Dubai Airport First and Business Class Lounge. I tried getting access to the Dubai Airport Lounge as Citi Bank Card Holders get free entry but I was told that my card was not accepted which was a shame because the lounge looked a whole lot nicer in comparison to its Terminal 1 counterpart.

Eventually, I settled down at CNN Traveller Café for a cup of coffee before the flight because I was absolutely knackered and wanted to stay up for my flights.

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At 4:30AM, I decided to head over to gate D2 as it had just opened up for boarding. Judging by the amount of people at the gate, this flight was looking quite empty or maybe just over half full. At this point, I was buzzing to get on-board the Dreamliner! I couldn’t see the aircraft from the window but just to make sure the Dreamliner was outside; I went on Flightradar24 to check which aircraft was operating QR1003 to Doha. To my complete surprise, the app said an A330-200 was to operate the flight and honestly, my heart sank. I was so excited about the Dreamliner but I thought there must have been a mistake so I thought I’d wait till I get a proper view. As it turned out, I noticed the winglets and that was it. I guess my first Dreamliner experience is meant to be for another time!



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On the bright side, I was excited about being on a plane. At 4:45AM, I was onboard.


Qatar Airways
QR1003
DXB-DOH
Airbus A330-200
A7-ACK
Seat 18A
Scheduled Time: 5:30AM-5:40AM
Flight time: 45 minutes

I stepped onboard the almost 10-year-old A330 excited about being back on a plane! I noticed this A330 was refurbished with new seat covers in Economy but with the same entertainment system. Settling into seat 18A, I noticed the IFE box took up SO much room. I was surprised at the size of it, that shouldn’t even be there in this day and age. However, it was just a 45-minute flight so it didn’t really bother me. I could see it being a problem on a longer flight though.

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Captain Steve welcomed us on-board this 45-minute flight to Hamad International Airport which would be flying at a cruising altitude of 20,000feet. We pushed back from the gate at 5:25AM, 5 minutes ahead of schedule and we were airborne at 5:44AM.

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Seeing your home from a plane is one of the best and worst feelings ever. It’s the best feeling because the view is just beautiful but it’s the worst feeling ever watching it become smaller and smaller as you fly away from it. I took in the view and enjoyed my last sights of Dubai till June. 2 months is a short time but home is home! See you soon Dubai!

The meal service on this flight was very quick and efficient. Just 10 minutes after take off, the cabin crew were already serving meals. On these short intra-Gulf flights, Qatar Airways normally just provides a sandwich or pastry with a drink and it was no different this time around.

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Today, a scrambled egg sandwich with mushrooms alongside a sweet pastry. Orange juice was also given. Overall, a pretty decent snack for this very short flight. You could see the cabin crew rushing to make sure everyone was served but they pulled it off very well. I can imagine how hard it must be to serve 100+ passengers in such a short space of time.

Our descent into Doha began at 5:08AM and at 5:33AM we landed in Hamad International Airport 7 minutes ahead of schedule. It had been a pleasant flight with Qatar Airways.

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Views on landing were quite beautiful with the sunrise and its reflection on the sea. While taxiing to the gate, I saw at least 4 Dreamliners! If only it operated my flight.

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Transit at the gateway to the world, Hamad International Airport

After stepping off QR1003, I was back in Hamad International Airport for the 5th time in 6 months. I’ll be honest here and say that I prefer DOH to DXB because the design of the terminal is just a lot more practical. Because DXB is essentially just a straight line of concourses, walking from end to another takes ages whereas DOH has a main central area with different wings which makes walking from end of the terminal to the other a lot easier.

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Pictured above is the famous ‘work of art’ created by Urs Fischer valued at $6.8million. It is situated right in the centre of Hamad International Airport standing at a height of 7 metres. I find it quite aesthetically pleasing and I know for a fact a lot of people don’t so please don’t judge me  

At this point it was 6:10AM so I decided to head to my gate, C8. On the way to the gate I noticed a monorail on a separate level above us which was quite interesting! I had noticed it when I was last in Doha in March, does anyone know if it’s in use at the moment? Because I’ve always seen the carriages being empty.

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I was in the holding area at about 6:25AM for the 7AM flight and boarding hadn’t even commenced at this point so I was wondering whether or not the flight would be delayed. Eventually, boarding did begin though and by 6:45AM, I was on-board a B777-300ER bound for Manchester.

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Qatar Airways
QR45
DOH-MAN
Boeing 777-300ER
A7-BEA
Seat 25A to 33B
Scheduled Time: 7:00AM-12:55AM
Flight time: 6 hours and 40 minutes

For this flight, I was able to secure an exit row seat and I was quite excited about being able to stretch out for this flight. However, due to the new 10-abreast configuration and the fact that the PTV and tray table were built into the arm rest, the seat felt quite narrow. Moreover, I thought at first I’d be able to deal without having a window next to me but then I realised it felt so weird. So while I was loving the leg room, I wasn’t enjoying everything else.

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Within 5 minutes of settling into my seat, a member of the cabin crew approached my seatmates and I requesting for 2 of us to swap with an elderly couple, I obliged thinking the seat would be more beneficial to them than to me. I was then shifted to seat 33B and while it’s in the middle of two people, it was tolerable. Now with the new 3-4-3 configuration, Qatar has gone for slim-line seats and has done away with the the thick and padded seat it used to have on the B777. To be honest, it wasn’t that bad as people made it out to be. The seat itself was comfortable and leg room was actually quite excellent. There aren’t any IFE boxes protruding leg room so in some ways the new seat is nicer albeit narrower.

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I flew on the newly reconfigured B777 between Doha and Dubai last month and I actually loved that flight because I had a window seat and the seat next to me was empty so I was a happy camper then! I was hoping for that on today’s flight but I guess I had to make do with what I had.

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Our American captain welcomed us on-board announcing a flight duration of 6 hours and 40 minutes and a cruising altitude of 36000feet. By 7:13AM, we pushed back from the gate 13 minutes behind schedule but we were told that we would make up for the time and actually have an early arrival in Manchester. By 7:26AM, A7-BEA took to the skies on this medium-haul flight to Manchester. We flew right over downtown which gave us quite nice views!

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I began the flight by watching a bit of Modern Family and just relaxing really. I always feel comfortable and cosy on a plane and this wasn’t different. About an hour or so into the flight, I was absolutely starving but the meal service had just begun so it wasn’t too bad. We were given the option of scrambled eggs with a chicken sausage or apricot pancakes. I already had a scrambled egg sandwich in the morning so I went for the pancakes this time around.

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The meal itself was quite tasty. The pancakes were nice and fluffy and the fruit was refreshingly cold. I continued watching Modern Family and napped for a few hours as well waking up about 2.5 hours before landing. At this time, a second meal service was served and it was just a sandwich and juice, similar to what I was served on the flight from Dubai to Doha earlier on.

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I chose the vegetarian sandwich which (you guessed right!) consisted of a vegetarian sandwich with a sweet pastry like desert.

At this point, the thought of the workload awaiting me at uni prompted me to finish some small tasks off. This was the first time I was productive on a plane, I’m quite proud of myself for that   but to be honest I was just making up for the fact that I was missing 2 lectures on the day of my flights.

I must add that service on this flight was very impressive. The cabin crew were courteous, friendly and delivering their service from the heart. I had one such encounter in particular with a member of the cabin crew when I was waiting to use the lavatory. She approached me and asked if I wanted a glass of water and I said yes please. She then jokes around with me telling me that it'll cost GBP10. I laughed it off and said I can get tap water for free instead and she says "but we serve from the heart". Just little things like that!

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Writing a speech somewhere over Budapest.

After quite a relaxing flight, descent began at 11:27AM and at 12:02PM, we touched down in ‘not so sunny’ Manchester (Terminal 2) a whole 53 minutes ahead of schedule! We were docked right next door to a Cathay Pacific B777 which had flown in from Hong Kong.

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One last look at my ride from Doha to Manchester:

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With a fast moving immigration queue, I was out in baggage claim quite fast and my bag was already on the carousel. At this point, it was 12:40PM and there was a train to Sheffield departing in 15 minutes. After a mad dash to the train station, I made it on the train with just minutes to spare. Before I knew it, I was back on the good ol’ First Transpennine Express heading back for my final term of university this year.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, I had a pleasant experience with Qatar Airways. While I was disappointed about not being able to fly the Dreamliner, I still enjoyed the flight from Dubai to Doha. The 10 abreast B777 wasn’t as bad as I thought either! I’m sorry I didn’t get pictures of the cabin for you guys though. Concourse D in Dubai, while quite small, was a nice structure for something temporary. I look forward to arriving in Concourse D again in June!

Thank you guys for taking the time to read this. This was a long trip report and I only realised after I finished typing it up so I appreciate you all taking the time to read about my student travels. Stay tuned for future trip reports! Maybe I’ll review my flight back home in June as I’ll be flying the QR A380 from LHR! Until then,

Rishi.

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[Edited 2016-04-14 08:51:23]
The journey is just as enjoyable as the destination
 
directorguy
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:23 pm

Great trip report thanks for sharing. Well written and some lovely pics.
You should be old enough to sign up for an Egate card in the UAE. WIll save you a lot of time and space in your passport. They wait times at Terminal 1 are absolutely ridiculous and for the past few years 45 minutes is the absolute minimum.
Did you go through security in DOH? Whenever I get off a DXB flight in DOH Aand use a contact gate they let us into the airside area straight away.
Concourse D seems from the pics smaller because they don't rly emphasises sense of space like they did in Concourse C. But the new eateries are a definite improvement.
Not a huge fan of the train-I imagine at certain times with all the evening arrivals it will get very busy. At least they have staff on hand to direct the crowds.
Was under the impression QR was going 10 across for regional routes and not the entire 777 fleet.
 
debonair
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:59 pm

Nice TR!

Quoting rparwani (Thread starter):
To my complete surprise, the app said an A330-200 was to operate the flight and honestly, my heart sank.

I have booked QR for my next holidays and I am quite worried... A/C changes seems to be the norm for QR!

Quoting rparwani (Thread starter):
Within 5 minutes of settling into my seat, a member of the cabin crew approached my seatmates and I requesting for 2 of us to swap with an elderly couple, I obliged thinking the seat would be more beneficial to them than to me. I was then shifted to seat 33B and while it’s in the middle of two people, it was tolerable.

WTF?! First, it is an EMERGENCY EXIT SEAT - so elderly people are not allowed to sit there, ONLY "Fully able-bodied and capable -passengers able- of opening the exit doors and moving quickly / In good health".
To re-seat the original passengers assigned to these seats in a middle seat is a no-go! What a poor service and absolutely dangerous and not in line with International safety standards!
 
coyoteguy
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:54 am

Nice report and excellent food. Especially on the 45 minute hop, quite impressive!

Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
Quoting rparwani (Thread starter):
Within 5 minutes of settling into my seat, a member of the cabin crew approached my seatmates and I requesting for 2 of us to swap with an elderly couple, I obliged thinking the seat would be more beneficial to them than to me. I was then shifted to seat 33B and while it’s in the middle of two people, it was tolerable.

WTF?! First, it is an EMERGENCY EXIT SEAT - so elderly people are not allowed to sit there, ONLY "Fully able-bodied and capable -passengers able- of opening the exit doors and moving quickly / In good health".
To re-seat the original passengers assigned to these seats in a middle seat is a no-go! What a poor service and absolutely dangerous and not in line with International safety standards!

Indeed... sounds like a major violation of safety rules to me!
 
WearyDrover
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:15 am

Hi Rishi!

I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip despite the disappointment of an aircraft swap. The cabin configuration of the A330 at 2-4-2 is decent enough but the huge IFE box does get in the way.

Concource D is typically Dubai, though in my transfers I've tended to go down stairs to the train connecting between B and A, rather than upstairs. I can imagine that once DWC is fully operational, the transfer distances will be even greater.

I'm not surprised that you felt uncomfortable in a "window seat" without a window and it was kind of you to offer up your seat to the other passengers. But how old were they? If they were elderly to the point of being infirm, I'm not sure it's a good idea of cabin crew to move them so that they are more comfortable. Safety ought still remain a priority, so I guess that's an evaluation crew would have made.

Thanks for sharing.
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:26 am

Quoting directorguy (Reply 1):
Great trip report thanks for sharing. Well written and some lovely pics.
You should be old enough to sign up for an Egate card in the UAE. WIll save you a lot of time and space in your passport. They wait times at Terminal 1 are absolutely ridiculous and for the past few years 45 minutes is the absolute minimum.
Did you go through security in DOH? Whenever I get off a DXB flight in DOH Aand use a contact gate they let us into the airside area straight away.
Concourse D seems from the pics smaller because they don't rly emphasises sense of space like they did in Concourse C. But the new eateries are a definite improvement.
Not a huge fan of the train-I imagine at certain times with all the evening arrivals it will get very busy. At least they have staff on hand to direct the crowds.
Was under the impression QR was going 10 across for regional routes and not the entire 777 fleet.

Hi directorguy,

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Yeah definitely, when I go back in June I'll arrange for the E-Gate. My dad has one and it makes such a huge difference so I'll definitely sort that out for my next trip. The wait times there are definitely an issue, I was actually impressed with 45 minutes and that shouldn't be the case for one of the most prominent airports in the world.

I didn't have to go through security in DOH but when I was going to London in September, I had to go through security. I think it depends on the airport's requirements. Some airports have agreements to skip transit security provided that the security at the origin airport is up to mark.

Yeah, the new eateries are miles ahead! There really is a great variety. The train was very busy when I got back in March, it was so packed to the extent that I had no personal space haha so it really just depends on the time of day you're travelling.

QR are going for 10 abreast on all their B777-300ERs but they're keeping the 9 abreast configuration on the B777-200LRs.

Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
I have booked QR for my next holidays and I am quite worried... A/C changes seems to be the norm for QR!

Hi Debonair!

Thank you for your kind comments.

A/C changes are the norm for the GCC flights it seems but it shouldn't be an issue for international flights! Some A/C changes can be amazing though. I flew QR1018 from DOH to DXB in March and I just found out that a one-off A350 operated that flight last week!

Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
WTF?! First, it is an EMERGENCY EXIT SEAT - so elderly people are not allowed to sit there, ONLY "Fully able-bodied and capable -passengers able- of opening the exit doors and moving quickly / In good health".
To re-seat the original passengers assigned to these seats in a middle seat is a no-go! What a poor service and absolutely dangerous and not in line with International safety standards!

I'm sure the crew evaluated the request before having made it, at least I hope. One of them recently had a leg surgery but yeah, they should be able bodied I agree!

Quoting coyoteguy (Reply 3):
Nice report and excellent food. Especially on the 45 minute hop, quite impressive!

Hi Coyoteguy,

Thank you for your kind comments!

Yeah the meal service was impressive. EK has a tray service for its regional flights so that's even more impressive!

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 4):

Hi Rishi!

I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip despite the disappointment of an aircraft swap. The cabin configuration of the A330 at 2-4-2 is decent enough but the huge IFE box does get in the way.

Concource D is typically Dubai, though in my transfers I've tended to go down stairs to the train connecting between B and A, rather than upstairs. I can imagine that once DWC is fully operational, the transfer distances will be even greater.

I'm not surprised that you felt uncomfortable in a "window seat" without a window and it was kind of you to offer up your seat to the other passengers. But how old were they? If they were elderly to the point of being infirm, I'm not sure it's a good idea of cabin crew to move them so that they are more comfortable. Safety ought still remain a priority, so I guess that's an evaluation crew would have made.

Thanks for sharing.
Regards, Weary

Hi Weary Drover,

Thank you for your kind comments!

The A/C swap was definitely a disappointment but it's alright, another opportunity will come!

Yeah the train between B and A is underground whereas the Concourse D train is overground, you get a nice view of the tarmac from it actually! There is currently a project in the pipeline for an airport express between DWC and DXB which should hopefully ease the transfer but it will be a long journey!

I didn't take a glance at them but I believe it was a son with his mother who recently had surgery or some sort if I'm not mistaken. I'm sure the crew must have thought it through before obliging with their request!

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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:18 am

thanks for your report! more interesting than the direct route!

by the sounds of it, another airline to avoid flying the 777 sadly
 
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:02 am

Nice TR report, thanks for sharing! Concourse D looks great. In February I took a QR flight from DXB and the airline was still operating from Terminal 1 but it was due to be shifted within few days.

Quoting rparwani (Thread starter):
because the lounge looked a whole lot nicer in comparison to its Terminal 1 counterpart.

I agree that the lounges in Terminal 1 (at least the ones that were used by QR) now look completely worn out, are tiny and would need a refurbishment.

Quoting rparwani (Thread starter):
I couldn’t see the aircraft from the window but just to make sure the Dreamliner was outside; I went on Flightradar24 to check which aircraft was operating QR1003 to Doha. To my complete surprise, the app said an A330-200 was to operate the flight and honestly, my heart sank.

I had the same feeling back in October 2013, I had to fly DOH-FRA, and the Dreamliner were completely new at that time in QR's fleets, being FRA one of the first destinations of the 787. Well, in the end there was a last-minute change to an A330-200, but still I enjoyed the flight.

Quoting rparwani (Thread starter):
I took in the view and enjoyed my last sights of Dubai till June.

Whenever I take a flight from Dubai, I try to get a window seat on the left side of the plane, just to enjoy a good view of the city after take off. I just do the same when departing from Doha, it also allows a great view of the skyline of Qatar's capital, as shown in your pictures.

Quoting rparwani (Thread starter):
However, due to the new 10-abreast configuration and the fact that the PTV and tray table were built into the arm rest, the seat felt quite narrow. Moreover, I thought at first I’d be able to deal without having a window next to me but then I realised it felt so weird. So while I was loving the leg room, I wasn’t enjoying everything else.

In economy, I usually try to get the aisle seat of the exit row in QR's 777-300, although it is good to know that now with the new 10-abreat configuration and as you mention with the fact that the PTV and tray table were built into the arm rest, I would not really go for an exit row seat next time.


I really enjoyed reading your trip report!
 
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:53 am

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 6):
thanks for your report! more interesting than the direct route!

by the sounds of it, another airline to avoid flying the 777 sadly

Hey jrsfpa320,

Thanks for your kind comments!

It definitely was an interesting routing but I'd love to try the direct flight from DXB-MAN as well seeing that EK utilise the new 2-class A380 on that route and you can book upper deck seating!

To be honest, 10 abreast wasn't that bad. It's noticeable but not the worst thing in the world! Not many airlines are keeping 9 abreast now sadly.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 7):
Nice TR report, thanks for sharing! Concourse D looks great. In February I took a QR flight from DXB and the airline was still operating from Terminal 1 but it was due to be shifted within few days.

Hey IberiaA319,

Thank you so much!

Ah my dad had missed Concourse D by days as well but he arrived in it on his way back to DXB!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 7):
I agree that the lounges in Terminal 1 (at least the ones that were used by QR) now look completely worn out, are tiny and would need a refurbishment.

From what I know, the EK lounges in Terminal 1 have been refurbished though as EK is now taking over. Apart from those lounges, the rest are quite worn and are in need of a refurbishment.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 7):
I had the same feeling back in October 2013, I had to fly DOH-FRA, and the Dreamliner were completely new at that time in QR's fleets, being FRA one of the first destinations of the 787. Well, in the end there was a last-minute change to an A330-200, but still I enjoyed the flight.

That's such a shame I can imagine how excited you were! Did you get a chance to fly on it later though? Next time you go to Frankfurt you'll be able to fly the A350 
Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 7):
Whenever I take a flight from Dubai, I try to get a window seat on the left side of the plane, just to enjoy a good view of the city after take off. I just do the same when departing from Doha, it also allows a great view of the skyline of Qatar's capital, as shown in your pictures.

Yes that's my method as well! Always A seats on departure from Dubai and K seats on arrival in Dubai. It's so annoying because I always try booking K seats on the flight from Doha to Dubai but on the two occasions there have been operational changes so my seat was changed to an A seat. Hopefully in June that won't be the case!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 7):
In economy, I usually try to get the aisle seat of the exit row in QR's 777-300, although it is good to know that now with the new 10-abreat configuration and as you mention with the fact that the PTV and tray table were built into the arm rest, I would not really go for an exit row seat next time.

If there aren't any infants, row 10 (bulkhead) is a great option as well plus you get a nice ahead of the wing view  

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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:29 pm

I once booked a ticket to DOH with QR to try the A350, to my bad, it was substituted with an A332  
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:53 pm

Quoting rparwani (Thread starter):
I find it funny how there’s a Pret in Dubai Airport but not one in Sheffield, where I study.

This made me laugh, haha! Sheffield is certainly in need of a Pret.

Great report. I've done the Qatar flight to Manchester before but reading your report really makes me want to try out the new BHX service in the Dreamliner!

All the best with your studies.  
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RE: Concourse D And The 5-Star Airline From DXB-MAN

Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:38 pm

Quoting dubaiamman243 (Reply 9):
I once booked a ticket to DOH with QR to try the A350, to my bad, it was substituted with an A332  

I feel your pain, dubaiamman243. QR is notorious for these last minute aircraft substitutions for the Middle Eastern flights.

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 10):
This made me laugh, haha! Sheffield is certainly in need of a Pret.

Great report. I've done the Qatar flight to Manchester before but reading your report really makes me want to try out the new BHX service in the Dreamliner!

All the best with your studies.  

Hey T8KE0FF,

Thanks so much for your kind words!

You should definitely give it a shot, they have a great bonus miles promotion for the BHX flight as well since it's a new route so it's a win win!

And as for Sheffield, the Greggs here does the job I guess  

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