After flying Qatar Airways’ 777-300ER first-class from Male to Doha, and spending a few nights on the Park Hyatt Doha, it was time to return to the USA. Particularly, we flew Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-200LR Qsuites enterprise class from Doha (DOH) to Dallas (DFW).
I’ve flown Qatar Airways’ Qsuites earlier than, on each the Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER, and was trying ahead to trying out the 777-200LR, together with seeing how the product is holding up basically.
Qatar Airways continues to excel with its enterprise class product, and this flight was no exception. From superb seats, to infinite facilities, to fairly priced Wi-Fi, to dine on demand, Qatar Airways actually provides a tremendous passenger expertise.
How I booked our Qatar Airways enterprise class tickets
Qatar Airways enterprise class is one in all my favourite makes use of of American AAdvantage miles, in order that’s how I ticketed our flights. Particularly, I paid 70,000 AAdvantage miles plus $54.82 per individual in taxes & charges to ticket the next flight:
05/04 QR731 Doha to Dallas departing departing 1:40AM arriving 10:05AM
Not dangerous for 16hr25min in one of many world’s greatest enterprise class merchandise, eh?
Qatar Airways enterprise class boarding
We spent a big period of time in Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Enterprise Lounge, which I reviewed intimately within the earlier installment. Our flight was departing from gate C2, and was purported to board at 12:55AM, 45 minutes earlier than the scheduled departure time.
The entire gate state of affairs for US-bound flights is kind of chaotic. There are extra safety checks for these flights, so first you must line up so an agent can overview your paperwork and see for those who have been chosen for secondary screening (when you could have an “SSSS” in your boarding cross). There are separate queues right here for enterprise class passengers.
After that, all passengers need to undergo a safety checkpoint, the place baggage are put by way of an x-ray and passengers need to stroll by way of metallic detectors.
After you undergo safety your boarding cross is scanned, so that you’re thought of boarded when you’re within the sterile gate space.
As anticipated, boarding began at precisely 12:55AM, with enterprise class passengers being invited to board first.
Qatar Airways 777 Qsuites enterprise class cabin & seats
Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-200LRs have 42 Qsuites enterprise class seats, distributed over two cabins. Between the primary and second set of doorways are 24 enterprise class seats, with six rows of seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
Then behind the second set of doorways are one other 18 enterprise class seats, unfold throughout 5 rows in a 1-2-1 configuration. I usually desire to sit down at the back of enterprise class, in order that’s what we chosen.
Qatar Airways’ Qsuites enterprise class configuration is staggered, so seats various between being ahead and rear going through, and alternate between being nearer and farther from the aisle. If you choose a window seat, I’d advocate selecting one of many rear going through seats (these are the “A” and “J” seats), since these are nearer to the home windows, and subsequently the seats are additionally a bit farther from the aisle.
I had initially assigned us seats 8K and 10K, in order that we’d each have “true” window seats. Even years after the product has been launched, Qsuites continues to impress me for a way snug and beautiful the suite is. I additionally need to say that the suite is growing older effectively, and I’m shocked by how few scratches and scuffs there are.
For what it’s price, the ahead going through window seats (the “B” and “J” seats) are a bit nearer to the aisle. Whereas they’re nonetheless nice, the draw back is that it’s a bit more durable to look out the window, and your head can be nearer to the door, so some would possibly discover these seats to be a bit extra claustrophobic. They’re nonetheless nice, although.
Qatar Airways’ Qsuites structure can be modern within the heart part. The rear going through seats (“E” and “F”) are nearer to at least one one other, so are sometimes called honeymoon seats.
In the meantime the ahead going through seats (“D” and “G”) are nearer to the aisle, so could be my least most well-liked seats. That’s as a result of they’re farther from each other but in addition don’t have home windows. One cool factor is that for those who’re touring with a celebration of 4, you’ll be able to create a seat “quad,” as 4 units of heart seats will flip into one large suite. Sadly this flight was too full to attempt that.
For this 16+ hour flight we determined it was greatest to only get two window seats. I’m not sleeper on planes, so I desire to sit down individually and never be blamed for waking Ford up after I can’t sleep. 😉
Anyway, Qatar Airways Qsuites actually is a spectacularly good product. It’s not simply that the seats supply a lot privateness because of the doorways, but in addition the eye to element with the complete design. I really like the massive private tv at every seat, plus the big counter to the facet of the seat, the place you’ll be able to place issues throughout the flight with out utilizing your tray desk.
Beneath that counter are many of the seat’s options, together with the leisure controller, AC and USB energy outlet, all of the seat controls, and so on. This needs to be some of the effectively designed and arranged airplane seat panels on the market.
Then there’s a reasonably large storage compartment to the facet of the seat, the place you’ll be able to retailer all the things from a laptop computer to bottled water.
The tray desk extends out from in entrance of the seat (over the footwell), and is giant.
So far as the footwell goes, it’s dimension, a lot greater than you’ll discover in lots of staggered configurations. The one factor I’d notice is that it may be straightforward to hit your knee on the tray desk for those who’re not cautious, although that’s extra of a problem when sitting up than when reclined, in my expertise.
Then in fact you could have the door, which is a key function of Qsuites. Amongst airways which have doorways on enterprise class seats, I discover Qatar Airways’ to be the simplest to make use of. The doorways simply slide open and closed, not like a few of the doorways on different seats.
For many who haven’t flown Qsuites, I ought to point out that these doorways gained’t offer you full privateness. Anybody may simply look over them in the event that they needed to. Nevertheless, the doorways do make the seat cozier, for my part, and provides it a cocoon-like really feel.
The very last thing to notice in regards to the seats is that Qatar Airways has particular person air nozzles on the Boeing 777-200LR, which is a function I admire, because it helps with controlling airflow to the seat.
Qatar Airways 777 enterprise class bathrooms
Qatar Airways has 4 bathrooms in enterprise class on the Boeing 777-200LR, with two being on the entrance of the cabin, and two being between the 2 enterprise class cabins. One very good factor about this plane is that the 2 bathrooms between the cabins are large. Given how bathrooms are getting smaller on many planes these days, that’s a pleasant contact.
There have been facilities within the bathrooms, starting from Diptyque toiletries, to dental and shaving kits.
The crew did a tremendous job retaining the rest room spotless throughout the flight. It’s superb how even a brand new cowl is placed on the bathroom seat after nearly each use. Qatar Airways crews work more durable than simply about another crews on the market.
Qatar Airways enterprise class facilities
Qatar Airways has infinite facilities in enterprise class, beginning with wonderful bedding. Ready at every seat upon boarding have been two pillows and a blanket. That is solely a part of the bedding — when it’s time to sleep there’s additionally a mattress pad, and the big pillow additionally will get wrapped in a white cowl.
Then there was Qatar Airways’ new Diptyque amenity package, that includes socks, eyeshades, lip balm, physique lotion, face cream, perfume, and extra.
There was additionally a hygiene package, with a face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
Shortly after settling in I used to be provided pajamas from The White Firm, together with slippers. There aren’t many airways providing pajamas in enterprise class, in order that positive is a deal with.
There have been additionally noise canceling headphones ready at our seats.
After settling in, one of many flight attendants got here by to introduce herself and supply pre-departure drinks, plus the selection of a sizzling or chilly towel. I ordered the signature lemon-mint juice and a chilly towel.
By the way in which, I really like Qatar Airways’ boarding music, from an area Qatari composer.
Qatar Airways departure from Doha & seat swap
Boarding wrapped up round 1:25AM, half-hour after it began. Economic system was nearly completely full, whereas there have been round 10 empty seats in enterprise class. Round this time the captain got here on the PA to announce our ridiculously lengthy flight time of 16hr (in actuality we ended up being within the air for 16hr18min — yowzers, this was an extended one).
We didn’t push again for 15 extra minutes, and through this time we each determined to ask to alter seats. As talked about above, Ford and I have been in seats 8K and 10K, and the man seated in 9J didn’t look like somebody we needed to be caught subsequent to for the subsequent 17 hours.
For one, I’m fairly positive the man was drunk. Which, truthful sufficient, so long as he’s not being disruptive. However he was being disruptive. He whistled to Qatar Airways’ boarding music for the complete boarding course of, all whereas watching movies on his telephone with out headphones.
I’m not an incredible sleeper on planes, so I didn’t need to find yourself sitting a foot from this man after which be woken up hours later by him whistling, or one thing. Happily the crew was accommodating, they usually moved us to seats on the opposite facet of the cabin. I ended up in a ahead going through window seat that was nearer to the aisle, however that was price it for peace and quiet.
Anyway, we pushed again at round 1:40AM, at which level the protection video was screened. We began our taxi round 10 minutes after that, and have been airborne quarter-hour after that, a bit after 2AM. We had a really lengthy takeoff roll and a gradual climb out.
Qatar Airways 777 enterprise class leisure & Wi-Fi
As we climbed out I browsed the exceptionally good Oryx One leisure system. Regardless of how lengthy a Qatar Airways flight is, it is best to by no means run out of issues to observe.
There have been infinite motion pictures and TV exhibits throughout every kind of genres.
I’m not normally a lot of a TV-watcher on planes, however I used to be excited in regards to the alternative to observe Season 11 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. In some way I hadn’t seen it but, and the complete season was accessible by way of Oryx One. I oh-so-appreciate how Qatar Airways usually has the entire season of a present, as a result of it’s fairly annoying to discover a present you need after which see that there’s just one episode accessible.
Sometimes my favourite function of the inflight leisure is the map function. And whereas this airplane did have that, Qatar Airways’ 777s don’t have probably the most fashionable interface. For one, there’s no potential to customise the map view, however moderately it simply cycles by way of a bunch of various views. Moreover, the map function overwhelmingly simply had advertisements and different notices, moderately than primarily displaying the map.
I believe this “concern” is 777-specific, because the A350s have a significantly better map function.
Qatar Airways additionally has “Tremendous Wi-Fi” on its 777s. The airline costs simply $10 for Wi-Fi for the complete flight with no information caps, which is unbeatable pricing.
I’ve usually discovered Qatar Airways’ Wi-Fi speeds to be among the many greatest within the trade, although on this explicit flight it wasn’t very excessive velocity. I’m undecided if it was simply the routing we took, if there was one thing unsuitable with the antenna on this airplane, or if the system simply wanted to be restarted. Whereas the Wi-Fi was usable, I’ve had a lot quicker Wi-Fi on Qatar Airways prior to now.
Qatar Airways enterprise class meals & drinks
Qatar Airways provides a dine on demand idea in enterprise class, so you’ll be able to order no matter you’d like everytime you’d like. That is particularly helpful on a flight like this that departs in the midst of the evening, the place some individuals might want to sleep after takeoff, whereas others might need to have breakfast, whereas others might need to have dinner.
In the event you don’t plan on consuming instantly, it may make sense to order a few issues for later within the flight in order that they don’t run out. Whereas Qatar Airways doesn’t persistently run out of meals, lots of people simply eat a lot of the flight out of boredom, so by the top of the flight your first alternative may not be accessible.
Yow will discover the Qatar Airways enterprise class meals menu under.
Then under you’ll find the beverage choices. Qatar Airways’ beverage choice actually impresses me, from the variety of wine choices, to the cappuccinos, to the iced lattes.
By the point we leveled off it was after 2:30AM. My plan was initially to fall asleep proper after takeoff, although go determine I then received a second (or third?) wind. So I made a decision to order a light-weight(ish) dinner. To begin I ordered a glass of the Laurent-Perrier champagne, which was served with heat blended nuts.
I then ordered the Arabic mezze with hummus, baba ghanoush, and tabouleh, served with Arabic bread. It was wonderful as all the time. Apparently Qatar Airways hasn’t absolutely restored its pre-pandemic eating expertise, which is to say that the meal was nonetheless served on a tray, moderately than straight on the tray desk. Personally I don’t thoughts this one bit, as a result of Qatar Airways crews keep busy, and this appears probably the most environment friendly.
I really like Qatar Airways’ presentation, from the water glasses to the pretend candles.
For my principal course I ordered a vegan dish (the airline persistently has vegan choices in enterprise class), and particularly had the teardrop croquettes with vegan barbecue sauce. The dish was tasty, and simply the proper portion.
I took a nap after dinner, and in a while the flight, whereas over Europe, I made a decision to order a cappuccino, which was served with some cookies.
A few hours after that I made a decision to order breakfast. I ordered the Arabic breakfast with feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, and olives, served with foul medames and Arabic bread. I additionally ordered the greek yogurt with passionfruit and mango coulis, toasted granola, and nuts. The breakfast was wonderful.
I additionally ordered an iced chai latte — yum!
Then round two hours earlier than touchdown I ordered a pre-landing meal, from the “gentle choices” menu. Particularly, I had the fish curry with tadka rice and papad, which was in all probability one of the best factor I had on this flight.
For dessert I ordered the contemporary berries with rose water syrup.
I additionally ordered yet another cappuccino earlier than touchdown, which was served with a heat towel and a field of candies.
You definitely gained’t go hungry in Qatar Airways enterprise class!
Qatar Airways Qsuites enterprise class mattress
Qatar Airways provides turndown service in enterprise class. When it’s time to sleep there’s a mattress pad that’s positioned in your seat. It’s basically a canopy that goes across the seat, so it might probably keep on no matter whether or not or not you need your seat reclined. The crew additionally locations a white sheet on the bigger pillow, which is a pleasant contact.
Personally I discover the Qsuites beds to be snug for sleeping. It’s tremendous cozy to have a door, and it actually makes the seat really feel like a cocoon. Even with this unbelievable quantity of consolation, I’m nonetheless an terrible airplane sleeper, and I believe I received possibly two hours of stable sleep. After that, I used to be up for the remainder of the flight, regardless of a number of makes an attempt to fall again asleep (admittedly ordering caffeine drinks in all probability didn’t assist with that). 😉
In my expertise Qatar Airways persistently retains cabins darkish on lengthy haul flights, given that everybody is on a special schedule and there’s dine on demand. So on this flight the cabin was darkish for 16+ hours, though it was gentle outdoors for many of the flight.
Although I’ve finished greater than my fair proportion of flying over time, taking flights like this and continually trying on the map by no means will get outdated. Aviation is fairly darn superb!
Additionally, am I the one one who loves Googling the random issues listed on the map function? How else am I purported to study in regards to the Porcupine Financial institution?!
Qatar Airways enterprise class service
Qatar Airways flight attendants are the toughest working within the trade, for my part. The extent of service that Qatar Airways supplies in enterprise class is solely incomparable, and even on a 16 hour flight, it looks like they’re hustling nonstop.
That’s as a result of passengers are continually consuming (given dine on demand), and Qatar Airways has so many service options different airways don’t have, from pre-departure drinks of alternative, to turndown service, to cappuccinos, to continually refreshing the bathrooms, all of which take time.
The crew working this flight was environment friendly and pleasant. Had been they probably the most personable crew I’ve ever had? No. However I additionally really feel like that’s partly a perform of them simply being so busy that they don’t actually have time to decelerate and develop connections with passengers.
I’ve to provide a giant shout out to Her (that was his identify), the cabin supervisor, who was extraordinarily skilled. He greeted passengers after boarding, got here round later within the flight to see how everybody was having fun with the expertise, and in addition dealt with a troublesome state of affairs with ease.
Qatar Airways arrival in Dallas
After being on the airplane for what felt like every week, the captain got here on the PA at 9:35AM Dallas time to tell us that we’d be descending shortly, and will land in round 40 minutes. It was good to open the window shades and at last see some daylight!
There was some drama throughout the descent, as a passenger tried to aggressively self-upgrade (he additionally did this throughout boarding, however not as assertively). I wrote about that in a earlier submit, so gained’t write extra about it right here. Kudos to the crew for a way they dealt with the state of affairs, and for calling the cops on this man.
We touched down at DFW at 10:20AM, and from there had a roughly 15 minute taxi to our arrival gate.
We pulled in at Terminal D, subsequent to a Korean Air 787, Emirates 777, and Japan Airways 787. We arrived round half-hour late as a result of sturdy headwinds.
We cleared immigration very quickly, after which headed again by way of safety to fly again to Florida, rounding out a tremendous journey.
Qatar Airways continues to set the usual for enterprise class with Qsuites, each in the case of the laborious and comfortable product. From the comfortably designed suites with doorways, to dine on demand, to infinite leisure and Wi-Fi, to prime notch facilities, Qatar Airways has probably the most effectively rounded enterprise class product on this planet.
This was my first time flying Qsuites for the reason that begin of the pandemic, and I’m completely satisfied that the product is each bit pretty much as good as I remembered.
In the event you’ve flown Qatar Airways Qsuites, what was your expertise like?