Monday, August 2, 2010

FLIGHT REPORT: Qatar Airways Business Class

Qatar Airways is now flying 7 days a week from Stockholm Arlanda to Doha in Qatar using the airbus A330 aircraft. Qatar offers onward connections to the Middle East, Asia and exotic holiday destination like the Maldives, Sri Lanka and the Seychelles.

We decided to try their Business Class out on the Stockholm Doha afternoon departure.

Qatar Airways has a generous on demand video system at every seat on the plane (Economy Class as well). The screens in Business Class are really big at 15 inches.

The seat itself is lie flat at an angle but really comfortable and spacious.

Qatar Airways has an impressive wine list in Business Class. The Lanson Gold Champagne from 1998 is refined and fresh and an unusal and much welcome choice.

On this 6 hour flight Qatar Airways serves a full lunch and then beofre arrival a warm snack and dessert.

Classic Arabic Meze as a starter. (The other option was lobster and gravad lax plate)

Main course with Tiger Prawns in saffron sauce.

Tea and chocolates after the dessert. We loved the fact that Qatar AIrways has fresh mint onboard the planes. A nice touch in the tea.

A hot Calzone served just before arrival in Doha.

All Business Class passengers are collected in a separate bus upon arrival and taken directly to a separate terminal (Premium Terminal). Here the passengers can relax in comfort. Showers, food and beverages are available. When it is time for your onward journey your flight will be called and one just walks downstairs to board a bus that takes you directly to the plane.

Qatar Airways offers a consistently high and friendly service from an international crew. The Business Class is a competitive product with great food, good wine selection, excellent service and a comfortable seat. The only improvement we could wish for is a fully flat bed seat. And it is coming... but will take a few years before available on all planes.

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