Qatar Airways | Airbus A350 | DOH-SIN | Business

This Trip

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The Airport Hotel, Doha
Qatar Airways | Airbus A350 | DOH-SIN | Business
Crowne Plaza, Singapore Changi
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Cathay Pacific | Boeing 747-400 | HKG-HND | First Class
Hilton, Tokyo Odaiba
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Courtyard by Marriott, Osaka
Asiana | Airbus A330 | KIX-ICN | Business
Four Points by Sheraton, Seoul
EVA Air | Airbus A330 | ICN-TPE | Business
Novotel, Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air | Boeing 777-300ER | TPE-SIN | Business
Conrad Centennial, Singapore
Qatar Airways | Airbus A330 | SIN-DOH | Business
Doubletree by Hilton, Doha Old Town
Qatar Airways | Boeing 787 | DOH-ARN | Business
Radisson Blu, SkyCity, Stockholm Arlanda
SAS | Boeing 737-600 | ARN-GOT | SAS Plus
Sun Air | Dornier 328 Jet | GOT-MAN | Euro Traveller
Hilton, Manchester Airport
British Airways | Airbus A319 | MAN-LHR | UK Domestic

Airline: Qatar Airways
Aircraft: Airbus A350-900
Route: Stockholm Doha Hamad – Singapore Changi
Flight number: QR944
Seat number: 4K
Cabin: Business
Flight date: April 2016

Check In / Security

As I was transferring, I didn’t use the check in facilities in Doha. Although I did use the fast track security – and it was a pretty rushed affair, with everything and everyone being shoved through at lightening speed. I know I normally complain when so called fast tracks aren’t fast, but this was a little too fast – how can they possibly screen everything sufficiently in such a short space? Either way, I was back into the departure lounge in a minute or two.

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Lounge

As I had a 13 hour layover, I made my way up to the Business lounge for some dinner. I was pretty much the only person in this very large and spacious lounge.

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I found the food options to be of a decent quality, but lacking in quantity somewhat. There was a main restaurant at one end of the lounge, with a sandwich bar at the other.
I also returned for breakfast the following morning. Much the same as the previous evening but a little busier on this occasion.

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Boarding / Onboard

Boarding was a little stressful. My boarding pass showed boarding at 06:30, yet at 06:35 the FID’s in the lounge were showing no information. I asked one of the lounge agents and they said 06:45. I made my way to the gate anyway as I preferred to be early, and it was quite a long walk – around fifteen minutes or so, and I’m a fast walker. By the time I made it to the gate, it was showing final call. Although the business bus was yet to show up, so I still had to wait a couple of minutes.

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Once at the aircraft, I made my way up the stairs and was welcomed on board. One thing that struck me almost immediately was the crew seemed a lot warmer on this flight compared to yesterdays.

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Service

Much like on my previous flights with Qatar, the service started almost immediately with hot towels, welcome drinks, amenity kits and menus handed out.

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Once we had lifted off, the main meal service started. I opted for the yogurt, followed by the eggs.

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The crew on this flight were far more pro active on this flight, constantly coming through the cabin and seeing if anybody needed anything.

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Arrival

Arrival was delayed a bit, due to the fact we had to hold due to the weather.

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When we did land, it was straight through a security check – the first time I’ve had to do this at Changi, and then on to the shuttle to the main terminal. Everything was pretty quick and I made it from the plane to my hotel room at the Crowne Plaza in around 25 minutes.

Conclusions

My first flight on the A350 and I thought it was a great plane. Considering its competing with the Dreamliner, its a major step ahead – wider, quieter and better mood lighting. The one thing I did notice though was that Qatar seemed to have crammed a few more seats into it, as it just didn’t seem quite as spacious as the 787 – despite the wider cabin.

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