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Trip to Bangkok flying in Qatar Airways Dreamliner & A380 Business Class

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

Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner bound for Stockholm

Flight: QR 167
Departure time in Doha: 6:45 (actual 7:00)
Arrival time in Stockholm: 12:00 (actual 12:01)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Seat: 5E
Duration: 6h 01m
Date of flight: July 1, 2016
*Upgraded from Economy to Business Class, Business Class flight #109

Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge, Hamad International Airport

Qatar Airways First & Business Class Lounge reception

With about two and a half hours before our flight to Stockholm, Mike and decided we'd wait at the Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge which is for economy class passengers with One World status. About an hour before departure, we made our way to gate D20 which was a bit of a walk from the lounge.

Boarding

Gate D20, Hamad International Airport

Boarding was delayed as it started at 6:17am with only about 30 minutes before departure. As the agent scanned my boarding pass, something "magical" happened again and voila, I was once again upgraded to business class. Thanks so much, Qatar Airways!

Boarding by remote stand

Boarding

Cabin

As I boarded, I was greeted by Nikolaj, the Cabin Supervisor who escorted me to my seat, 5F. Unfortunately, Ann the Filipina flight attendant working on the right side of the business class cabin had mistakenly sat Mike on my seat. I immediately told her that it was okay as we are traveling together and that I would take Mike's seat instead. As we were the first ones to board, I had enough time to take pictures of the cabin.

Qatar Airways Dreamliner business class cabin

The cabin has a total of 22 seats, only 2 of which were empty on that morning flight to Stockholm.

Seat

My seat 5E!

Already waiting at my seat was the business class amenity kit consisting of Giorgio Armani products among others. Moments later, Ann came to my seat to welcome me onboard and took my predeparture beverage order as well as my choice of towel. Nikolaj also came to my seat to welcome us again and apologize for the delay which according to him was due to late air clearance.

Seat controls and headphone socket

Moments later, Ann was back with my glass of apple juice and a cold towel.

As usual, the headphones and a bottle of mineral water were inside the storage under the left armrest.

Universal power outlet

Qatar Airways Business Class blanket

Business class headphones and entertainment controls

Premieres & Recent Releases, movies

Inflight magazine, safety card and waste bag

From my seat, I took a picture of seat 5A and noticed that it actually did not have a window (at least not exactly opposite the seat) which could be bothersome to others specially to those who love watching views outside.

Around 6:58am, boarding was completed. Newspapers were also offered although I declined. Moments later, pushback started. The captain came on the PA and apologized for the delay and informed us that due to the shorter flight time, we were expecting to arrive on time at Stockholm Arlanda.

Airshow

Moments later, the safety video began to play with the usual FC Barcelona football team as the stars.

Airshow enroute to Stockholm

Ann once again came to my seat to apologize for not having the time to take the meal order and promised to do that after take off. Moments later, we were airborne.

View of the cabin at cruising speed.

Onboard Bar

As soon as the seatbelt sign was turned off, the bar was set up with the usual cookies, fruits, chocolates, mints and a vase of fresh roses.

Qatar Airways Dreamliner magazines

Dining

Business class menu and wine list


A la Carte

Breakfast

Freshly squeezed orange juice
Guava and Mango smoothie
Celery, Apple and pear healthy energizer

Appetizers

Seasonal fresh fruits
Choice of breakfast cereals
Greek yogurt with toasted granola and nuts, blueberry compote
Bircher Muesli
Smoked turkey and beef pastrami with emmental cheese


Mains

Traditional Arabic breakfast
Creamy scrambled eggs with seared fillet beef
Paneer bhurji with aloo mutter poha

Light snacks

Selection of biscuits, chocolates or mixed nuts

Light Options

Chicken, mushroom and chicory salad
Ricotta cheese filled pasta with sundried tomato, kalamata olive and basil sauce
Selection of indulgent individual desserts
Cheese selection served with crackers

Bread

A selection of artisan breads


The beverage menu read as follows:


Luxury non-alcoholic bubbly

So Jennie

Mocktails

Pineapple Margarita
Orangeade
Pineapple punch
Spiced Tomato Juice
Apple Cooler


Cold beverages

Apple, cranberry, mango, orange, pineapple and tomato juice
Coca Cola, Diet Coca Cola, Sprite, Diet Sprite and Fanta
Ginger Ale, Soda and tonic water
Still and sparkling watet
Teas by Dilmah
Karak Chai
Coffee
Hot chocolate

Moments later, Rizky, the Indonesian flight attendant taking care of my side of the cabin came to take my meal order.

After a while, she was back with my "Guava and Mango Smoothie" which was excellent.

For my drinks, I settled for a cup of sencha tea.

Then, it was time to do the table set up consisting of a bread basket, butter, glass of still water and my green tea.

Mike ordered some seasonal fresh fruits ...

... while I had the Greek Yoghurt with toasted granola and nuts, blueberry compote.

Mike also had the Smoked Turkey and beef Pastrami with Emmental Cheese which according to him was very good.

As for our main course, both Mike and I ordered the Creamy scrambled eggs with seared fillet beef.

To finish my meal, I had some desserts which were perfect. Moments later, mints were also offered.

 To finish the service, hot towels were offered.

Then, it was time for me to watch some movies and I ended up watching Black Mass starring Johnny Depp.

Toilet and Lavatory

Business class lavatory

The usual amenities (toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream) were also offered.

Business class toilet

Business class lavatory

Pre-arrival Snack

About an hour before landing, Rizky offered me something to eat and drink and I ordered a cup of green tea which was served with some cookies.

Mike on the other hand had a glass of bubbly and a cheeseplate.

To end the meal service, hot towels were offered as usual. About 30 minutes before landing, the captain came on the PA with updated flight information. Rizky and Nikolaj came to my seat once again to thank me for flying with them.

Landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

We landed at Arlanda Airport at 11:54am ahead of schedule and parked at gate 17 beside a Turkish Airlines aircraft.

CONCLUSION

Yet another great flight in Qatar Airways business class! The crew was once again fantastic, and the food tasted very good as always. The fact that we were delayed from Doha did not affect our flight as we actually landed on time. Great seat that turns into a fully flat bed and all with direct aisle access, lovely amenity kits from Giorgio Armani and extensive movie selection to choose from ... it couldn't be better and I really wish more and more airlines could offer the same great product and service Qatar Airways is offering to its business class passengers. To all the crew on this flight and to Qatar Airways for yet another upgrade, Shukran!


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