Review of Qatar Airways flight Singapore Doha in Economy

Airline Qatar Airways
Flight QR943
Class Economy
Seat 37A
Aircraft Airbus A350-900
Flight time 7:30
Take-off 09 May 16, 10:45
Arrival at 09 May 16, 13:15
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marathon
By 2172
Published on 28th May 2016
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Verdict

Qatar Airways

8.9/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment8.0
meal/catering7.5

Singapore - SIN

9.9/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.5
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Doha - DOH

8.5/10
Efficiency10.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

With three daily flights, competing with three daily EK flights on the Gulf transit routes, the market is not enough to fill QR’s brand new A350s on the Singapore line. This translates into exceptional travel conditions for the passengers in these empty aircraft.

QR’s FAs are also among the best on that line, based on my statistically irrelevant sample of two flights only.
I kept finding the IFE navigation unnatural and confusing, and the audio –video offering somewhat disappointing. On the other hand the air map makes maximum use of the good screen, with crisp pictures, a lot of flexibility and excellent touch screen response times.
The catering was also slightly below expectations.

All in all, it was nevertheless an excellent flight, much better than my expectations before starting this trip,thanks to the comfort of this grand new aircraft and cabin, magnified by it being empty, and the excellence of the crew.

Changi was up to its reputation for excellence when departing too. That the flight as empty and that plane spotting was possible from the boarding room made the dedicated safety check arrangement tolerable – I usually dislike that. The only tiny reproach was that it is a long (but reliable and comfortable) subway ride to the airport.

The grades of DOH will be explained in the FR of the connecting DOH-CDG flight : the transit was efficient, but the comfort was less than what could be expected in a brand new airport of a rich country.

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12 Comments

  • Comment 350375 by
    eminere™ 247 Comments

    Just an observation: in a number of your reports there are photos showing your bread roll placed directly on the tray table. Do you wipe the table down with disinfectant before using or is hygiene not a concern?

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  • Comment 350391 by
    flyguysg 15 Comments

    I noticed the bread roll on the tray table too. The table is one of the many places on a plane that has the most bacteria and is not usually disinfected after every flight. I will never place anything that I would put in my mouth on the table (unless it is wrapped). But I guess Marathon has a strong stomach :)

    Thanks also for the wonderful introduction of Singapore. I'm Singaporean and lived here all my life, but do not know as much facts about the various locations you mentioned. You certainly did plenty of research and put in a lot of effort in this FR! I enjoyed it alot!!

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    • Comment 350423 by
      eminere™ 247 Comments

      Marathon indeed has a very strong stomach! Mine turned a little queasy just looking at the picture LOL

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    • Comment 350440 by
      marathon AUTHOR 7680 Comments

      I checked the FR of the one and only time airplane food ever made me sick (TPE - SGN on China Airlines): the bread was on a dedicated plate. With considerable bad faith and warped logic, I claim that protecting the bread from the germs on a tray table is what makes me sick. :):)

      Thanks for your appreciative comment on this report and bonus, especially coming from a native and resident ! Stay tuned for the upcoming report of the connecting DOH-CDG flight : there will be another bonus on Singapore, seen from a completely different angle.

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  • Comment 350842 by
    jetsetpanda 2173 Comments

    "The subway ride from door to door took exactly the same time as in Paris when there is no incident (but we had incidents each way in Paris), more or less the same distance, but it cost 1.84 SGD, i.e. eight times less than the 10 EUR fare in Paris."
    - Thanks for the info. I will take the RER B from CDG to Denfert-Rochereau in Nov. and was wondering about the fare. SIN is not known as a cheap place, but compared to Western Europe it can be a bargain in some areas.

    "We had been nearly first to board, in a nearly empty plane "
    - Unfortunately empty flights are very rare these days.

    "They do not hesitate to help place luggage in the overhead bins."
    - A helpful crew is usually a prelude of a good flight. How I dread flying domestically in the U.S.

    Great aerials views with informative details as usual.

    "The label confirms that I chose the lamb tajine, which was good."
    - Lamb served in Y is a treat, at least in my neck of the woods.

    " I apologize for the lack of decency of this food porn."
    - I will never look at a wrap the same way again. :P

    Interesting architectural bonus of SIN. Thank you Marathon for sharing this segment of your series.

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    • Comment 350974 by
      marathon AUTHOR 7680 Comments

      "SIN is not known as a cheap place, but compared to Western Europe it can be a bargain in some areas. "
      - The cost of transportation in Singapore is obviously massively subsidized. It is a political choice which is coherent with the whopping taxes on car ownership. Food can be very cheap too in Singapore – there are no food courts in Paris.

      "Unfortunately empty flights are very rare these days."
      - Full planes generally translate into cheaper air fares, not higher profits for the airlines.

      "A helpful crew is usually a prelude of a good flight. How I dread flying domestically in the U.S."
      - Flight Reports on US flights do little to promote them

      "Great aerials views with informative details as usual."
      - It was much easier than usual to comment upon the features seen during this flight

      "Lamb served in Y is a treat, at least in my neck of the woods."
      - Any change from the chicken-rice / beef-noodles dilemma is welcome for me ;)

      "I will never look at a wrap the same way again. :P"
      - Should this FR be rated PG13 (or worse) ?

      Interesting architectural bonus of SIN. Thank you Marathon for sharing this segment of your series.
      - I find urban panoramas much more interesting when I can identify the places and buildings in sight

      Thanks for detailed comment !

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  • Comment 351441 by
    Rl 777 705 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this FR with us!

    Nice spotting shots at SIN! I may be in the minority but I'm a big fan of the A350 windshield.

    "We had been nearly first to board, in a nearly empty plane"
    - QR has been very aggressive with their expansion in SIN since Summer15, they added too much capacity in a matter of months (2 daily B788 to 3 daily A359 in Summer 15)

    The cabin looks good and the seat has a good seat pitch (IMO, flown QR945).

    Fantastic shots of SIN shortly after liftoff!

    "A paper menu was distributed on this flight, whereas the choice of hot meals was simply announced by the FAs during the service on the CDG<>DOH flights."
    - Never received a paper menu on the ARN-DOH route but received one on the flights to/from BKK and SIN.

    I'm glad your you were satisfied with your meal, interesting to have lamb as an option in Y. The portion size of QR's meals is always on the smaller side.

    Thanks for giving us a closer look at that wrap haha.

    Absolutely fantastic tourism bonus!

    Have a good one, see you!

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  • Comment 351526 by
    MrMax 141 Comments

    Thank you for this interesting FR!

    About the dismal load factor: They could consolidate their 3 A350 depatures (with 30% ea) to just one (with 90%), this would be probably the best solution if they don't want to keep their frequency but use a single-aisle plane

    The unidentified beverege your wife ordered was a Coca-Cola with arabic branding.

    Looking forward to the continuation!
    -MrMax

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    • Comment 351600 by
      marathon AUTHOR 7680 Comments

      The DOH-SIN line only makes sense for connecting with another flight, since the demand for DOH is minimal. Reducing the number of flights would probably reduce the demand even further.

      You did not catch the humor behind my remark on my wife (who knows no Arabic) drinking an obvious Coca-Cola. I actually find them really good at drawing a recognizable logo in completely different writing systems.

      Thanks for your comment !

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