Review: Qatar Airways Airbus A380 First Class, Bangkok – Doha
- flying All 3 Big Gulf Airbus carrier A380 first class on a unique journey
- Check-in and Houston Airport Executive club
- Air France and KLM Lounges
- Emirates First Class, Houston – Dubai
- Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai – B Concourse
- Emirates A380 First Class, Dubai – Bangkok
- St. Regis Bangkok
- Street Food, Fine Dining and tailored suits in Bangkok
- Thai Airways First Class Lounge Concourse E
I was super excited for Qatar Airways because it is an aircraft and a first class I had never flown before. This would be the second of three Airbus A380 Gulf carriers I get to sample this trip, which was exciting in itself for me. He was not only an airline, it was all three carriers and sampling Gulf literally the best of what each had to offer in about a week.
This would be the shortest flights, costing 45,000 miles and $ 22.35 each in taxes. Bangkok – Doha is less than seven hours. Qatar Airways offers only first class on its A380 and only regular plan on medium-haul routes like London and Paris in the past. (There is a Qatar Airways A380 scheduled to Sydney from mid-September, but Melbourne and Auckland remain on Boeing 777 and US highways are 777 or Airbus A350.)
We have left the Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge on the competition and I made our way to the door E4 for our Qatar Airways first start of the class.
down the ramp from level there was a sea of people, but no line to speak of in the business / first boarding queue class so that we move forward and made our way on board.
entry to the airplane a flight attendant was checking boarding passes. Seeing that we were sitting in the first class, she escorted us to our seats.
We have been informed that we would be alone in first class for the flight today.
I was struck by the beautiful cabin. The seats in 1-2-1 configuration. There are two rows of seats. The cabin is spacious. The only negative is that they are not really private. . Of course, you are flying relatively short distances on the plane (except for the flight Sydney to be with the new plane) to suites are not really necessary
Menus were distributed (Click to enlarge)
I gladly accepted some Taittinger.
And I had a look around the seat.
I decided to get up and take a look around the cabin. From my seat I could see a configuration of drinks and reading material between the first class and the toilet.
At the front of the cabin between the two sinks staircase leads down from the upper to the lower floor.
I have to say that Qatar has no onboard showers as their counterparts two major Gulf Emirates and Etihad on their A380, and while I think Emirates first class has an incredibly beautiful bathroom / shower spa, I think that Qatar has the most beautiful first classroom of any airline in the world (including better than the Lufthansa A380) .
I returned to my seat and Arabic coffee and dates were distributed. Instead of fresh dates in a box, we were given shrink wrapped dates. This did not impress. On the other hand Internet free flight as a first class passenger has.
meal service started soon after departure. Qatar did an awesome job with high quality food (even in business class and even short) so I was delighted with the meal on a six-hour flight.
I opened my pleasure kit to have a look at the content. A generous Armani kit on a medium-haul flight is an impressive bounty.
Then my full meal and a good bead on the initial product, I decided to go through the business class to check the bar. There were no passengers around, just a bartender.
Qatar has the largest, most impressive bar in the sky. It is beautiful and it is spacious. You can easily drag the bar itself or sitting on the side.
And they were serving Krug . At the bar. Open to business class. I decided to follow my previous Taittinger first class with Krug.
The bartender turned out to be a geek really cool aviation so we talked for a while about how different airlines configure their A380. There was a little turbulence, and no other passengers around, so I took a seat to wait.
With some good champagne and a meal behind me, I decided I had to take a nap for a couple of hours before arriving in Doha. The first class flight attendants were quick to make my bed
I got up maybe 40 minutes before landing and enjoyed the atmosphere of the spacious cabin and caught a few minutes email. We held just before landing but rolled quickly to our door, once on the ground. And there was a surprise on arrival – I did not know that Qatar offered escorts to the floor for passengers to long-haul first class. A woman waiting on the bridge holding a sign with my name. She guided us through the airport.
There is a business and first immigration lounge with refreshments and plenty of seating. Qatar does not require visa requirements for holders of US passports, which are available on arrival at Doha airport. Our escort took our passports at the reception of immigration and has established that while we waited. Then she made us go to the cabin of immigration where I paid for our visas, and she guided us to the baggage claim where she earned a porter for our bags. We then say goodbye
I enjoyed the first Qatar Airways class product lot . – But because the seat lacked the intimacy of true suites, it does not compare in my opinion, the first class Etihad or Emirates even on their other aircraft . Still, I prefer on Lufthansa, Swiss and British Airways between Europe and the Gulf, and I prefer on the airlines of the United States, of course.