Last month, Mike and I traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal for the first time to meet our travel partner Helena, owner of Helena India Travels. We are sending our first group to Nepal in autumn and it was a great opportunity to meet her as well as the owners of the hotels where our group would be staying at. We were offered complimentary five nights stay by Mingma, the Nepalese owner of Chhahari Retreat and needless to say, we enjoyed every single day of our stay not only because of the nice room and excellent food in the restaurant but moreso because each one of them treated us like their own family. As for our flight, Mike and I used our remaining American Airlines Advantage miles to fly in first class from Europe to the Indian Sub continent, just before the devaluation in March, which is 80K miles return per person. Here's the full trip report of our trip to Nepal and I hope that thru this, more people would consider traveling to this wonderful country in the future!
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Flight: QR 651
Departure time in Kathmandu: 21:15 (actual 21:14)
Arrival time in Doha: 23:50 (actual 23:36)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Duration: 5h 7m
Date of flight: May 31, 2016
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #104
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Executive Lounge which is located before the Security Check offers good food, free wifi and a good place to stay at while waiting for your departure, thanks to it being managed by the Radisson Hotel.
About an hour and a half before our departure, we decided to head to the security check when the power went off for the second time (the first one occuring when we were in the lounge). Fortunately, it was back in no time at all. There was a separate queue for men and women and obviously, the men's queue was much, much longer than the women's. I also noticed that they were very particular with metals while on the other hand, taking liquids was not an issue.
Boarding was not the nicest experience here as there was no priority boarding for premium passengers and that the pre-boarding area at gate 5 was very small (just like the other pre-boarding areas) that it was really very crowded.
This is the same aircraft we flew on a few days ago from Doha to Kathmandu so I was sort of familiar with the seats, etc.
As soon as we were airborne and the seatbelt sign was turned off, Tery came to take our meal orders and asked which time we wanted to have our dinner, as well as our preference of water. She also informed us that there is a cheese platter although it was not written on the menu. The menu read as follows:
Classic Arabic Mezze
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mushroom and Cheese
Lamb Shank Korma
Cherry chocolate gateaux
Seasonal Fresh Fruits
Mocktails, softdrinks, juices, water, etc.
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate
To end the dinner service, hot towels and chocolates were offered. I was tired and sleepy so I decided to take a nap, like most of the passengers did.
About 40 minutes before landing, the captain came on the PA with updated arrival info. Terry came to our seats once again to ask if we wanted something to drink but we declined. Finally, the cabin supervisor came to thank us for flying with them. We landed at Doha Airport around 11:30pm.
There it was, another great experience flying business class on Qatar Airways. I really loved the fact that Tery, the flight attendant was very friendly and made this flight really enjoyable for us. The food was also very good specially the Tandoori Prawns. And of course, the seats were very comfortable and I was able to sleep for awhile even if it was not a fully flat bed. The boarding process was a bit chaotic though and something I hope they will try to improve on in the future. Overall, this is a very nice flight and we were glad we chose to fly on Qatar Airways. To all the crew on this flight, Shukran!
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