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.