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Overview: Qatar Airways Enterprise Class Boeing 787-9

We had fairly an extended journey to Oman, as we flew Iberia’s A330 enterprise class from Miami to Madrid, after which Iberia’s A320neo enterprise class from Madrid to Milan. Subsequent up was the flight I used to be most trying ahead to — Qatar Airways’ new 787-9 enterprise class from Milan to Doha.

How I booked our Qatar Airways enterprise class tickets

Our time in Oman could be beginning in Salalah, so I booked the next in enterprise class for 42,500 AAdvantage miles plus $74.60 in taxes and charges per particular person:

02/16 IB3252 Madrid to Milan departing departing 11:30AM arriving 1:45PM
02/16 QR128 Milan to Doha departing 3:50PM arriving 11:35PM
02/17 QR1130 Doha to Salalah departing 12:50AM arriving 4:20AM

The rationale for the oblique routing (slightly than flying direct from Madrid to Doha) is as a result of Milan to Doha was operated by Qatar Airways’ new Boeing 787-9, whereas Madrid to Doha wasn’t.

Qatar Airways enterprise class boarding

Our flight from Milan to Doha was scheduled to board at 3:05PM, 45 minutes earlier than departure. The flight was departing from gate B55, only a quick stroll from the Sala Montale Lounge.

Qatar Airways boarding gate Milan Malpensa Airport

Enterprise class passengers had been invited to board first, and boarding happened completely by way of the second set of doorways. There I used to be greeted by the pleasant crew, and pointed left into enterprise class.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 Milan Malpensa Airport

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 enterprise class cabin & seats

Qatar Airways has put in all new enterprise class seats on its Boeing 787-9s, totally different than the Qsuites you’ll discover on different planes, that are amongst my favourite enterprise class seats on this planet. Qatar Airways has a stunning entryway by the second set of doorways, with an space that could possibly be used as a self-serve bar, together with a bulkhead that had a cool texture and the provider’s emblem.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 entryway

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-9s have a complete of 30 enterprise class seats, unfold throughout eight rows in a 1-2-1 configuration. Qatar Airways is the launch buyer for the brand new Adient Ascent seat, which is a extremely customizable product that we’ll quickly see on different airways as effectively. The cabin is extremely sleek-looking, when you ask me. I’m not often a fan of burgundy as a colour, however Qatar Airways pulls it off.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 enterprise class cabin
Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 enterprise class cabin

Qatar Airways has a constant configuration in every row on the 787-9, which is to say that seats aren’t staggered. Alongside the home windows you’ll discover reverse herringbone seats, going through the home windows. Every seat has a door, so I’d say essentially the most comparable product could be British Airways’ new Membership Suites (although I feel Qatar Airways’ product is healthier).

Qatar Airways enterprise class seat Boeing 787-9

The eye to element with the seat design is spectacular, each when it comes to type and substance.

Qatar Airways enterprise class seat Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class seat Boeing 787-9

Whereas the window seats are in a reverse herringbone configuration, the middle seats are in a herringbone configuration, which is to say that they face the aisle, and are angled away from each other. I made a decision to assign us the 2 heart seats in row 5. This blended reverse herringbone and herringbone format jogs my memory of Virgin Atlantic’s new Higher Class.

Qatar Airways enterprise class seat Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class seat Boeing 787-9

There’s a really excessive privateness divider, so when you’re seated in a middle seat subsequent to a stranger, the excellent news is that you simply’ll nonetheless have full privateness.

Qatar Airways enterprise class seat Boeing 787-9

Should you’re touring with somebody, the partition might be lowered all the manner, and that’s completed by each passengers pushing the down button by the divider on the identical time.

Qatar Airways enterprise class partition decreasing button

Every enterprise class suite has a door, which is a pleasant characteristic. Whereas the door was fairly straightforward to open and shut, it didn’t fairly shut all the way in which, in contrast to in Qsuites.

Qatar Airways enterprise class door Boeing 787-9

The world subsequent to the seat was designed each superbly and functionally. There was a small storage compartment the place headphones could possibly be saved, and it additionally had a small mirror.

Qatar Airways enterprise class seat storage Boeing 787-9

Subsequent to that was a wi-fi telephone charger. It’s good that that is vertical and which you can safe your telephone in it, in order that it received’t transfer round. Whereas wi-fi charging is a cute idea, the catch is that the charging is manner slower than when you plug in, so it took a number of hours to get my telephone charged.

Qatar Airways enterprise class seat storage Boeing 787-9
“Dad, carry me house a doggy bag, however not that vegan stuff, I would like the meats!”

The seat controls had been positioned beneath the armrest, and had been straightforward to make use of. There was additionally a “don’t disturb” button.

Qatar Airways enterprise class seat controls Boeing 787-9

Above that was the leisure controller, energy retailers (AC and 110v), and the headphone jack (although the 787-9 additionally provides bluetooth audio with the intention to use your individual headphones, which is superior).

Qatar Airways enterprise class leisure controller & retailers Boeing 787-9

The tray desk could possibly be prolonged from beneath the private tv, and was sturdy and huge.

Qatar Airways enterprise class tray desk Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class tray desk Boeing 787-9

One main concern about all these seats is the dimensions of the footwell, as usually they’re fairly restrictive, particularly you probably have massive ft. I discovered the footwell right here to be a superb measurement, higher than many different widespread seats.

Qatar Airways enterprise class footwell Boeing 787-9

There was a literature pocket to the aspect of the leisure display screen.

Qatar Airways enterprise class literature pocket Boeing 787-9

The one draw back to this seat is the dearth of storage. Along with the small compartment to the aspect of the seat, there’s additionally a small uncovered cubby beneath the seat and to the aspect.

Qatar Airways enterprise class seat storage Boeing 787-9

Every seat additionally had a person air nozzle, although within the heart part these might be fairly tough to achieve.

Qatar Airways enterprise class facilities

Boy did I miss Qatar Airways! Whereas most airways have enormously in the reduction of service throughout the pandemic, it was good to be again on an airline that also provides a terrific product (even when it’s a bit scaled again in comparison with pre-coronavirus). Ready at every seat upon boarding had been two pillows and a blanket. I discover Qatar Airways’ bedding to be glorious (even when the quotes on the pillows are generally a bit “Dwell, Snort, Love” vibes).

Qatar Airways enterprise class bedding

Additionally ready at every seat had been a pair of noise canceling headphones, that are moderately good, although not industry-leading.

Qatar Airways enterprise class headphones

The menu and wine record had been additionally at my seat upon boarding, within the literature pocket.

Qatar Airways enterprise class menu

A second after settling in, the pleasant flight attendant working my aisle launched herself, familiarized me with the enterprise class suite, and provided me a pre-departure drink. I requested for a glass of champagne (Charles Heidsieck was being served) and the signature lime-mint juice. This was served with a packaged chilly towel. Yum!

Qatar Airways enterprise class pre-departure drinks

I used to be additionally provided a BRIC’S amenity package, with eyeshades, socks, earplugs, cream, facial spray, and lip balm.

Qatar Airways enterprise class amenity package

There was additionally a protecting package, that includes a masks, gloves, and 4 packets of hand sanitizer.

Qatar Airways enterprise class protecting package

All through boarding I loved listening to Qatar Airways’ boarding music, which is extremely elegant and calming.

Qatar Airways departure from Milan

By 3:35PM boarding was full, with 20 of the 30 enterprise class seats occupied. At that time the captain made his welcome aboard announcement, informing us of our flight time of 5hr10min, and our cruising altitude of 39,000 ft.

It’s at all times wonderful if you put into perspective the product that Qatar Airways provides in comparison with what you’ll discover on flights of comparable size in the US.

At 3:45PM the primary cabin door closed, and 5 minutes later we started our pushback. At that time the protection video was screened. We had a roughly 15 minute taxi to our departure runway — at 4:05PM we had been airborne from runway 35R. The Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 has a nostril digicam, and I liked with the ability to watch the takeoff view (although it doesn’t fairly examine to the A380 tail digicam discovered on some airways).

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 nostril digicam

Qatar Airways enterprise class leisure & Wi-Fi

After takeoff I browsed Qatar Airways’ Oryx One leisure choice, which is outstanding.

Qatar Airways Oryx One leisure system

The system is effectively organized, and has a large choice of films and TV reveals.

Qatar Airways Oryx One leisure system
Qatar Airways Oryx One leisure system

There’s additionally a shifting map characteristic, which I loved keeping track of all through the flight…

Qatar Airways Oryx One map characteristic

…particularly as routings on this area can usually have some fascinating turns.

Qatar Airways Oryx One map characteristic
Qatar Airways Oryx One map characteristic

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-9s additionally characteristic “Tremendous Wi-Fi,” because the airline calls it, which might be one of the best worth within the {industry}.

Qatar Airways Wi-Fi Boeing 787-9

Whereas all Qatar Airways Privilege Membership members can take pleasure in one hour of free Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to in any other case purchase a full flight cross for $10, which has no information caps.

Qatar Airways Wi-Fi pricing Boeing 787-9

Not solely is the pricing phenomenal, however the speeds are glorious. I used to be capable of legitimately be as productive as on the bottom, and didn’t discover myself ready for pages to load, and so forth.

Qatar Airways Wi-Fi pace Boeing 787-9

Qatar Airways enterprise class meal service

Qatar Airways provides a dine on demand menu in enterprise class. The menu learn as follows:

There’s additionally a really intensive choice of drinks. The wine record learn as follows:

In the meantime the remainder of the drink record learn as follows:

Earlier than takeoff we had been already requested if we wished to position an order, and once we wished to eat. It’s nice to have that form of flexibility.

Qatar Airways has a cocktail menu, so for after takeoff I made a decision to order an aperol spritz, whereas Ford had an quaint. It’s good to have the ability to order cocktails, and it’s one thing I want we’d see extra airways provide. The cocktails had been moderately good for being on a airplane, although may’ve been higher (or most likely ought to have had ice).

Qatar Airways enterprise class drinks

We determined to have dinner about an hour into the flight. I discovered the menu to be considerably scaled again in comparison with the final time I flew Qatar Airways on a flight like this, as there have been fewer snack and appetizer choices. Whereas I do suppose this represents a scaling again, context is vital right here — Qatar Airways continues to be roughly in a league of its personal on the subject of catering on a flight like this.

To start out I made a decision to order the Arabic mezze, which included hummus, tabouleh, and baba ghanoush, served with Arabic bread. This was served with a tasty bread choice, in addition to butter plus a selection of olive oil.

Qatar Airways enterprise class starter — Arabic mezze

Ford had the seared beef fillet as his starter, which got here with a waldorf salad and horseradish dressing.

Qatar Airways enterprise class starter — seared beef fillet

There have been three fundamental course decisions, and so they included lamb stomach, duck confit, or a vegan choice. I respect that Qatar Airways now constantly has a vegan choice in enterprise class, so I made a decision to order that. The vegan menu merchandise was a pesto glazed celeriac steak with Mediterranean risotto and steamed seasonal greens. The dish was fairly tasty, and I had a glass of sauvignon blanc to associate with it.

Qatar Airways enterprise class fundamental course — pesto glazed celeriac steak

After the primary course I ordered a cheese plate, which was superbly offered.

Qatar Airways enterprise class meal — cheese plate

Lastly I ordered the basic tiramisu, which was nice.

Qatar Airways enterprise class dessert — basic tiramisu

To be trustworthy, I’ve had higher meals in Qatar Airways enterprise class, however this was nonetheless excellent. The menu is unquestionably extra restricted than up to now, however then once more, it’s not like most different airways have larger menus.

As we approached Doha I made a decision to order an iced cappuccino, and I used to be provided a field of Godiva sweets to associate with it. I like Qatar Airways’ espresso choice.

Qatar Airways enterprise class drink — iced cappuccino
Qatar Airways enterprise class Godiva sweets

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 enterprise class mattress

Whereas I didn’t get any sleep on this (pretty) quick daytime flight, I did take a look at the mattress, each in a window seat, and in a middle seat. In mattress mode the seat is snug and effectively designed — it’s spacious, cozy, and I felt like there was sufficient area though I’m a aspect sleeper who tends to bend my knees a bit. In the meantime I’ve been in loads of reverse herringbone seats the place I felt my knees had been pushed up towards the aspect of the seat.

Qatar Airways enterprise class flat mattress Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class flat mattress Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class flat mattress Boeing 787-9

Should you’re touring with somebody, the middle seats are cool in which you can totally decrease the partition and have your heads subsequent to 1 one other. The catch is that your our bodies are angled away from each other, so this isn’t the identical double mattress you’d discover in Qsuites. Nonetheless it’s good to be near a companion, at the least.

Qatar Airways enterprise class “double” mattress Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class “double” mattress Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class cabin Boeing 787-9

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 enterprise class loos

On the Boeing 787-9, each of Qatar Airways’ enterprise class bathrooms are positioned behind the cabin, close to door two. There’s one on either side, and so they every have a window, which certain is cool.

Qatar Airways enterprise class toilet Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class toilet view Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways enterprise class toilet view Boeing 787-9

The loos had been effectively maintained, and had quite a lot of facilities, together with dental kits, shaving kits, and Diptyque toiletries. That is completely random, however I’m curious — do any OMAAT readers shave on planes? I may see myself doing it within the Emirates A380 bathe suite, however that’s about it…

Qatar Airways enterprise class toilet facilities

Qatar Airways enterprise class service

The crew on this flight was nice — they had been pleasant, attentive, and at all times blissful to meet any requests. Finish of story.

Qatar Airways arrival in Doha

At round 10:45PM Doha time the captain introduced we might quickly be commencing our descent, and ought to be touchdown in about half-hour. Whereas we initially made good progress on our descent, we ended up having a slightly circuitous strategy.

Map approaching Doha

We landed in Doha at 11:35PM. Identical to throughout takeoff, I loved watching the nostril digicam throughout this part of flight.

Nostril digicam approaching Doha

We arrived at our gate at 11:40PM, 5 minutes delayed.

Taxiing to arrival stand Doha

Backside line

I’m thrilled I had the possibility to fly Qatar Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 enterprise class, because the Adient Ascent seat is one we’ll probably see on a number of extra airways. The brand new 787-9 enterprise class suite is nice, although I feel Qsuites nonetheless has the sting.

By way of mushy product, Qatar Airways continues to hit it out of the park, with a dine on demand idea, a superb drink choice, and nice bedding and facilities. As somebody who likes to remain linked whereas touring, I additionally love Qatar Airways’ “Tremendous Wi-Fi,” the place you may get limitless excessive pace Wi-Fi with no information caps for simply $10.

In equity, the expertise is unquestionably scaled again a bit in comparison with what it was once. There have been no nuts with the primary drink service, and the menu was smaller than up to now. Nonetheless, two years into the pandemic, it was so good to take a enterprise class flight that really felt “regular” once more. Qatar Airways is in a league of its personal on the subject of enterprise class, for my part.

What do you make of Qatar Airways’ 787-9 enterprise class?

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