We went to the airport rather early as there was not much to do in the city, all of us were quite tired as well. Our driver was Pakistani, my dad had a good chat with him in Urdu on the way to the airport.
Inside the terminal.
Immigration and security was rather smooth and we were airside in no-time.
I immediately went to the food court to try and get some decent spotting shots, even though this was not the busy time of the day and I already knew the movements would be limited. I didn't catch many birds as a result. However, I could at least get some decent shots unlike last time when the reflections made it nearly impossible.
My family headed towards our gate shortly after my uneventful spotting session.
Our assigned gate was B7 according to this FIDS.
The walk to our gate took approximately 6-7 minutes.
We were allowed to enter the seating area prior to departure 1h 15 minutes before our scheduled time of departure.
There was one thing I noticed while waiting for the boarding to announce. There were a good amount of Bengali families in the seating area and that number increased and increased by time! There were at least 10 Bengali families (excluding us) with 4-6 people in each family. The estimated number of Bengalis on this flight was over 50, it almost felt like we were traveling to Dhaka. Not just that, apparently one of them knew my mother and she greeted us. She asked us were we had been and we told her we had arrived from Singapore, she told us she had been in Dhaka, Bangladesh. So many Bengali families with children onboard wasn't a positive thing, Bengali children cry a lot! That's the part I dislike about flying to DAC, that isn't any airline's fault though.
Airline: Qatar Airways (QR)
Flight number: QR171
STD (Scheduled time of departure): 14:00
ATD (Actual time of departure): 14:09
STA (Scheduled time of arrival): 19:10
ATA (Actual time of arrival): 19:00
Scheduled flight time: 6h 10 minutes
Actual flight time: 5h 51 minutes
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Boarding was announced 40 minutes prior to our STD (scheduled time of departure), 20 minutes late in other words. All priorities were respected.
Wing view from seat 20K.
The seat pitch was decent, it was enough for me on this 6 hour flight. I was approximately 5'10/178 cm tall at this time.
The IFE, an A/V port and a USB port can be found behind the seat in front of you.
Headphones located on every seatpocket upon boarding.
Saudia A320 getting ready for a flight to Jeddah (JED).
This particular IFE onboard this 787 offered a good amount of movies, programs etc. It also had an updated version of the software, similar to the software found on the QR 350 & 380 IFE. There were still a few differences between this and the 350/380 IFE though.
Blankets found on every seat upon boarding.
Your standard QR labeled headphones.
The flight was completely packed in economy. More than 50 of the passengers were Bengalis, probably from DAC as there was a QR flight (QR635) from DAC that landed a few hours before this flight to Stockholm would depart.
Refreshing towels were distributed to all passengers once boarding was completed.
Pushback was done at 13:57 (1:57 PM), 13 minutes before our scheduled time of departure.
Oman Air B738 just came in from Muscat (MCT).
Taxiing to runway 16L.
QR A321 departing from rwy 16L.
Takeoff from runway 16L at 14:09 (2:09 PM).
The button from where you could set your preferred window tone.
My friend from Germany managed to track my flight again! Danke! All screenshots used in this FR were provided by my friend.
Shopping Extravaganza magazine.
You could control the IFE, watch the moving map, play games and do some other things on this device as I mentioned on previous reports.
The tray table.
The first drink service began 45 minutes after departure, I went with OJ and water.
The first meal service began 1h 40 minutes after takeoff. There were two options for this meal service, chicken or braised beef. Unfortunately I was left with the beef option as the chicken option was no longer available when the FA serving our aisle came to our row. The flight attendants on this flight were friendly but nothing extraordinary, they did their job efficiently with a decent amount of smiles.
This beef option was pretty similar to the meal I had on flight QR836 from DOH to BKK, which didn't get my hopes up. The main tasted identical to the other beef course I had on my flight to Bangkok. The beef was tasteless and full of fat. The rice was extremely dry and there was no taste in the vegetables. The dessert was decent and the bean salad had no taste as well, the bread bun was rather cold. Metal cutlery was a plus but doesn't compensate for all the other negative parts about this meal.
I was supposed to watch a film but later thought the wing view was more interesting in the end.
I soon dozed off while this film was playing, I had a good sleep of 3 hours.
I woke up three hours later, we were quite close to Stockholm by then.
Frost had accumulated on the window.
Soon we began our descent into Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, getting closer to home.
Qatar Airways flight QR171 landing on runway 19L at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.
Vacating runway 19L.
The official spotting pavilion at Arlanda.
We disembarked at 19:24 (7:24 PM) local time.
Well, I guess that concludes my 12th QR flight.
It took a while for all the 245+ passengers to get their luggage but at last we were off to the shuttle bus station.
We took the free shuttle bus to the BETA parking area and drove off to our home after that. I guess that's it for this series. Thank you for taking your time to read this FR/series!
Doha - DOH
Stockholm - ARN
Summary is as follow:
Cabin comfort - Decent seats offering a decent amount of legroom, cabin slightly tight in a 9-abreast layout. The flight was full in Y as well which didn't help.
Crew - Normal crew doing their job efficiently and offering a good amount of smiles along the way. They were quite friendly.
Meal and catering - Disappointing meal, hardly any taste at all.
Entertainment - Great IFE with lots of content, the responsiveness wasn't on top though.
On-time performance - Departed 9 minutes late and landed 10 minutes early, but we had a long taxi to our gate as we landed on rwy 19L.
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