Last month, Mike and I traveled to Bangkok where we spent four nights exploring the city. Our original flight on Qatar Airways was in economy class but luckily, we ended up being upgraded on 3 of the 4 flights. Thanks, Qatar Airways! As for our lounge access, we had to rely on my Air Berlin Gold card as operational upgrades do not grant lounge access, aside from the fact that our upgrades were given at the gate. The weather in Bangkok was not perfect as there was a bit of showers almost everyday but still, we were able to make the most of it. As I have Hilton Diamond status, we chose the Conrad Bangkok and Millennium Hilton Bangkok as our "home in Bangkok", both of which I highly recommend to everyone as they are two of the best hotels we have stayed at. It was a very short but memorable trip and I really hope to be back soon to one of the most amazing cities in the world, Bangkok!
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Review: Qatar Airways Dreamliner Business Class, Doha-Stockholm
Flight: QR 172
Departure time in Stockholm: 22:40 (actual 22:35)
Arrival time in Doha: 5:40 (actual 5:16)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Duration: 5h 41m
Date of flight: June 25, 2016
*Upgraded from Economy to Business Class, Business Class flight #107
Check-in at Arlanda Airport
We arrived at Stockholm Arlanda Airport about 3 hours before departure time, with a long line for economy class passengers checking in and almost none for those flying in business class as well as those with One World status. As I had Air Berlin gold status, Mike and I used the special check in desk and were helped by a friendly agent who after a few minutes was already handing us our boarding passes to Doha as well as to Bangkok. She also informed us of the Stockholm Arlanda Lounge which we had access to.
we ended up flying on their Airbus A330. I guess there's always the right time for everything!
Unfortunately, the space for you feet when lying is quite small and could be a problem for taller people.
Moments later, the captain came on the PA to welcome us and to advise us of our flight time of 5 hours and 30 minutes. At 22:30, doors were closed and the safety video started playing. We were also informed by the flight attendant that in case we find the noise from the children seating behind us to be bothersome, we could transfer to seats 1A and 1K although we declined since we thought it was better to seat together.
Take off went smoothly and around 11pm, the flight attendants started taking meal orders.
Toasted Sweet Corn Soup
Classic Arabic Mezze
Cured Salmon with Horseradish and chive potato salad
Arabic spiced chicken breast with rice
Marinated lamb loin with rosemary jus
Vegetable Thai green curry
Cheese plate, Fruit plate
Glazed Lemon Tart
Gourmet Ice Cream
All Day Breakfast
Strawberry compote, Greek yoghurt and toasted granola with nuts
Grilled Chicken sausage with cheese omelette
Waffles with caramelized banana and strawberry coulis
Rose Champagne Drappier
Dr. Loosen Riesling
Smith Haut Lafitte
Shiraz Kangarilla Road
I did not have any difficulty choosing my appetizer since I love salmon. For my main course, I had decided to order the lamb but I was informed that all the lamb had been ordered so I ended up choosing the chicken instead. As for my post departure beverage, I chose the Apple Cooler which was later served together with some warm nuts.
Lufthansa First class butter where the words "First Class" are seen on the butter, although it was facing down when it was served. Sorry, Lufthansa.
Everything from the appetizer to the main course was excellent. I actually ended up eating the lamb since Mike wanted to have chicken in the end. I was also offered some cheese and dessert but I declined since the food was really too much. Michelle also asked me if she should wake me up for breakfast and I said yes although I believe none of the passengers had breakfast since most were sleeping after the meal service so she did not bother to wake me up.
Toilet and Lavatory
We landed at Hamad International Airport around 5:10am and were the first ones to disembark and as usual, the bar offered some Valrhona chocolates which you can take home with you. The staff greeted us one last time and thanked us for flying Qatar Airways.
Arrival at Hamad International Airport
There it was, our first time flying on Qatar Airways Dreamliner in Business Class! It was actually a first time for Mike on a Dreamliner altho it was not new for me as I had flown on Japan Airlines Dreamliner from Bangkok to Osaka and on LAN's Dreamliner between Frankfurt and Madrid a few years ago. Indeed, the cabin was very spacious with a very nice design and really quiet. I loved the fact that all seats have aisle access which is probably one of the most important things for business travelers nowadays. Emirates' business class cabin on their Boeing planes flying between Stockholm and Dubai has a 2-3-2 configuration so between the two carriers, Qatar Airways definitely has a better business class seat, not to mention that it turns into a fully flat bed. Speaking of fully flat bed, one problem Mike encountered as he is taller than me, was that the space for your feet was too small. I did not have much problem with it but I could imagine taller people having the same problem as Mike did. As for the food, everything was exceptional. The crew were very friendly and really did a good job on this flight. I also loved the fact that there is a window inside the lavatory and that they have automatic flush sensor. I guess the only minor thing that was not good was the small space for your feet when lying (as I've mentioned above) but if you are not a tall person like me, then it won't be a problem. Overall, we really enjoyed our first time flying on Qatar Airways Dreamliner in Business Class and could not be more thankful for the upgrade! To all the crew on this flight specially to Michelle, Shukran!
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