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Flight: QR 39
Departure time in Doha (DOH): 7:55 (actual 7:54)
Arrival time in Paris (CDG): 13:10 (actual 12:31)
Equipment: Airbus A380-800
Duration: 7h 15m (actual 6h 37m)
Date of flight: December 6, 2015
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #33
Qatar Airways flight from Dubai, I went directly to the Al Safwa First Lounge. The lounge had actually been closed the week before my visit due to the heavy flooding that hit Doha causing some sort of "problems" to the lounge. Fortunately, it reopened three days before my visit.
The cabin has a total of 8 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration just like on Emirates Boeing 777 and A380. On that morning flight to Paris, only 2 of the 8 seats were occupied.
Upon boarding, I was greeted by Akil, the Cabin Service Director from India who then handed me over to Rashpreet, a very nice lady also from India who then escorted me to my seat.
Unfortunately, there were no pyjamas given even if Qatar Airways advertises on their website about the sleeper suits for first class passengers. I was told by Akim that they only give them on overnight flights. I find it strange because on this day flight that is about 7 hours long, me and the other first class passenger were offered turn down service and yet it seemed they expect us to sleep or rest without changing into pajamas. Moreso, if they have decided to offer pyjamas only on overnight flights, then they should state it clearly on their website since a lot of people (including myself) thought that pyjamas were always offered on long haul first class flights. On one note, they used to offer pyjamas on day flights until last year so this is obviously a sign of cost-cutting.
Freshly squeezed orange juice
Fig and almond smoothie
Cucumber and pear healthy energizer
Smoked salmon with asparagus and quail egg
Seasonal fresh fruits with honey creme fraiche
Greek yogurt with mixed berry compote and toasted granola
Choice of breakfast cereals
Traditional Arabic Breakfast
Mushroom parantha with egg bhurji
Create your own breakfast
Pancakes with caramelised pineapple and ginger
Hot Arabic mezze
Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad
Parmesan crusted chicken bread with rigatoni pasta
Mozzarella and grilled vegetable panini sandwich
Cheese selection served with crackers, grapes and chutney
LADUREE Selection of indulgent individual desserts
Smoked salmon with asparagus and quail egg
Herb Omelette with portobello mushrooms and baked beans
Having taken an almost exact morning flight in Etihad First Apartment from Abu Dhabi to London a few months ago, I thought that the dining experince on Qatar Airways was really subpar. The choices were just underwhelming for a first class flight. On the other hand, I liked the way my appetizer tasted.
Etihad pajamas which I got a few days earlier on the London to Abu Dhabi flight.
The pasta was superb!
There are two lavatories on Qatar Airways Airbus A380, one on the left and the other on the right side of the cabin.
Before landing, Akil came to my seat once again to thank me for flying with them and to apologize for not being able to offer the pajamas on this flight.
Arrival in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Having flown in Emirates First Class and Etihad First Apartment in the past, I thought it was about time to try what Qatar Airways had to offer on their Airbus A380. While both Emirates and Etihad installed shower spas for their first class passenger, Qatar Airways opted to keep their cabin simple without it. The Lounge on the other hand was really beautiful and could easily be on par with what Emirates and Etihad offer, if not better. I thought the seats were okay and comfortable although the lack of privacy was something I would have preferred. Regarding the food, I really thought the choices were subpar. The issue with the pyjamas was also something I was disappointed specially when they are advertising it on their website. The staff were very friendly and did their job well, as usual. Overall, this is a nice flight and could be better if they improve on some aspects.
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