Welcome to a new series of flight reports! This series will cover my recent family trip to Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia!
I apologize for the cancellation of the previous series covering my trip to Bangladesh. The series was cancelled due to lack of sufficient amount of pictures to make complete reports. I wasn't aware of flight-report at that time which is the reason of the lack of pictures.
My father had always wanted to visit Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore ever since he lived in Bangladesh (approximately 30 years ago). He had many plans for this trip before but it never happened. This year, he told me he would make sure he'd visit these countries after more than 30 years of waiting. The trip would take place during my summer holidays (June-August). The plan was to visit Thailand first, followed by Malaysia and finally Singapore. Soon we started looking at fares and QR was by far the cheapest option. EK was the second cheapest option but the price difference was greater than USD 760. We waited a while for the fares to drop but that never happened, which meant QR would be our airline of choice. The itinerary was as follow, ARN-DOH-BKK and SIN-DOH-ARN. I made sure we booked the A380 flight on the DOH-BKK sector, which was QR836. The return flight from Singapore to Doha would be operated by an A350-900 which I was very excited about! The regional flights between these countries were booked later, and turned out to be DMK-KUL on Air Asia and KUL-SIN on Singapore Airlines.
NOTE: Some shots are taken with my phone and some are taken with my camera.
Loading up the bags in our car at 12:50 local time, we had a total of four bags. Two small-sized handbags and two medium-sized bags.
Entering the E4 motorway towards Arlanda Airport.
Closing in on Arlanda.
Taking the exit to Arlanda.
The trip from our home to Arlanda Airport takes approximately 20-25 minutes.
We parked our car at the BETA long-term parking.
There weren't many spots available at first glance but we managed to find one in a few minutes.
There are free yellow shuttle buses that take you from the car park to the various Terminals and some other places around Arlanda Airport. Here's one of the bus stations located around the car park.
On our way to Terminal 5.
We arrived at Terminal 5 in about 7 minutes.
Our check-in was made the night before online so we lined up at the bag drop line. The normal check-in line was almost empty at this time.
The Qatar Airways check-in desks.
My family made our way to security shortly after we left our bags.
SAS bag-drop desks, left our bags here when I flew with Lufthansa.
Security was efficient as usual.
Duty-free shopping after clearing security.
Time for some spotting shots from Arlanda Airport! Here's a Thai B77W getting ready for a flight to BKK.
A few more shots of this TG B77W.
Your usual SAS B736 at Arlanda.
More SAS action.
Norwegian B738 taxiing.
Novair A321 arriving at T5.
TAP Portugal A320 arriving from Lisbon.
SAS B738 taxiing to its gate at T5.
SAS B738 (Star Alliance livery).
Airbaltic Q400 arriving from Riga.
Lufthansa A321 completing flight LH2416 from Munich.
Finnair A319 coming in from Helsinki.
Icelandair B752 taxiing out for a departure to KEF.
Thai Airways B77W pushback for BKK.
Taxiing out as TG961 heavy to Bangkok.
Well, I guess that's it for the spotting! We walked towards our gate shortly after my spotting session. There is a passport control before entering the area with the gates.
Let's have a light snack before going to the gate!
Walking towards our gate.
The assigned gate for this flight was gate F66. Boarding was scheduled to begin one hour prior to departure.
Here's my ride to Doha! A Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Registered as A7-BCT, this frame was delivered in January earlier this year. This would be my third time flying on a 787.
Boarding was scheduled to begin one hour before the STD (Scheduled time of departure).
A Norwegian 787-8 taxiing out for departure.
Another Norwegian 787-8 taxiing to its gate.
Boarding began 20 minutes late for business class passengers as well as Oneworld Emerald & Sapphire members. Economy passengers got to board at approximately 15:35.
The IFE onboard this 787.
The cabin was starting to fill up, economy load was estimated at 75% while business class was almost full (only about 2 empty seats).
The seat pitch was decent, worked for me on this 6 hour flight.
Wing view from seat 11K.
The GEnx engine.
Here's a better shot of the IFE. This particular PTV offered a good amount of movies, tv-programs etc. The screen wasn't the best in terms of responsiveness but it worked if you paid attention. There was also a USB port which meant you could charge your mobile phone. There was also a power outlet behind every seat.
The adjustable headrest.
Refreshing towels were distributed after boarding was completed.
Pushback was made at 16:09, 1 minute prior to our scheduled time of departure.
TUIfly Nordic 767-300ER.
Taxiing towards runway 26.
An old DC-8.
Old MD-80 in Swedavia livery. Swedavia is the airport operator.
There's a normal spotting location at Arlanda, usually for 26 arrivals and 08 departures. I spot there quite frequently.
Takeoff from runway 26.
Climbing out of runway 26 with destination set as Doha.
My good friend from Germany managed to track my flight! We departed at 16:32 as you can see on the screenshot. Thank you for tracking my flight (he'll probably read my FR).
The headphones, already located in the seat pocket when we boarded the plane.
I usually don't watch any movies or anything on planes. I like to listen to music and look out the window. One interesting thing I noticed is that they had a few more albums last year when I flew with them to DAC via DOH. However, they had a lot of fixed playlists with 'the best' songs of a particular year which wasn't available on last year's flight.
Another legroom shot, I was around 5'10/178cm tall during this flight.
The IFE box and my camera bag.
I really like the 787 wingtip.
Charging my phone in the air.
Screenshots from my friend, he was tracking the flight as I mentioned earlier.
The first drink service began 30 minutes after departure, I went with water and OJ.
Wi-Fi was available on this flight.
You could control the PTV, play games, watch the map and a few more things on this controller.
The Oryx in-flight magazine.
QR is currently the world's best airline according to Skytrax.
The windows on the 787 are dimmable as many of you probably already know. There are 5 different tones which can be set with a button below the window.
Here's the button.
You may have noticed that the arrival time is set to 20:07, which is wrong as our scheduled time of arrival is 23:10. I think they might have forgot to change the time zone to UTC +3, as it was set to GMT (+0) on this flight.
My sister didn't want her pineapple juice and offered to hand it to me so I had three drinks at my disposal.
I wanted to watch this Top Gear episode but decided to listen to music instead.
It's pretty handy to watch the moving map on this controller while doing something else on the PTV.
Really nice to have Stockholm on the list!
And here comes the meal! The dinner service began 90 minutes after takeoff.
There were two options for this dinner service, chicken or beef. I went with the chicken option. The meal consisted of chicken picadillo with pasta and beans in bbq sauce, a dessert, a salad and a bread bun. They had metal cutlery with this meal which is really nice! The main was great! The chicken pieces were really tasty and juicy, the pasta was also very testy. The beans were also very juicy with a lot of taste. Everything was perfectly cooked. Catering out of ARN is usually very good and this was no exception. It was probably one of the best airline meals I've ever had! The dessert was decent, a bit too sweet for my taste. The salad was very sour. Overall, a really well-rounded meal. I wish the portion of the main was larger, it was so good!
Butter, cream cheese and a piece of Daim chocolate.
The sour salad (had the same one last year on QR170 ARN-DOH).
Provided by my friend in Germany.
Sun is starting to go down.
Haven't talked about the crew yet, which is a very important part of the flight experience. The flight attendants on this flight were friendly and did their job in an efficient way. A great crew overall.
Some coffee after the meal.
Made sure to visit the lavatory, here are some shots of it.
It started to get dark three hours after departure.
Almost forgot to take a picture of the blanket, which was already located on our seats when we boarded.
Shopping Extravaganza and Oryx in-flight magazine.
The Qatar Airways fleet.
It got completely dark 3,5h after takeoff. I could only see the wing whenever the anti-collision beacon lights were flashing.
Qatar Airways destination map.
The crew came with a snack basket 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to arrival. I just grabbed a bag of chips/crisps.
This was followed by a drink service, I chose water.
Information of our arrival into Doha.
Soon we started our descent into Doha-Hamad International Airport and landed on runway 34R.
Picture by my friend.
Vacating runway 34R.
Picture by my friend.
Qatar Qargo A330-200F.
The flight deck of the 787! I was allowed to enter the cockpit upon request. I'm a very shy person and never ask things like this so it felt very special to me!
Disembarking by stairs.
We were taken by buses to the terminal.
Security was very efficient.
My next flight would be QR836 to Bangkok onboard an A380, I guess that's it for this FR :).
Hope you enjoyed this FR!
Can't comment on access and parking at DOH, just left a 7,5.
Stockholm - ARN
Doha - DOH
Overall, this was a great flight with Qatar Airways! The summary is down below.
Cabin comfort - Legroom was enough for me on this flight, the seat width might be an issue for many people. The seats are quite close to each other. I was seated next to my mom so it wasn't a huge issue for me. A decent but slightly cramped cabin overall.
Crew - A great crew that did their job efficiently with many smiles.
Meal and catering - Amazing food with a lot of taste and perfectly cooked.
Entertainment - Modern PTVs behind every seat with USB ports. They offered a good amount of movies, programs etc. The responsiveness of the screen could be better though.
On-time performance - Departed 22 minutes late and landed 2 minutes late. We lost even more time as we were taken by buses to the terminal. We had plenty of time for our next flight so this wasn't an issue for me, it might have been an issue for some other passengers.
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