This time reporting my newest adventure across to Bangkok with the 5* Experience of Qatar Airways unique First Class.
My day started in Cairo flying the almost First Class cabin of the Boeing 787's Business which will come in a separate report. For the first time I had the chance to visit the new lounge addition ''Al Safwa'' First in Doha Hamad Airport.
After being directed to the lounge I was welcomed by a very charming egyptian gentleman that happened to speak italian and we exchanged a vast conversation about aviation in perfect italian which was a very nice and genuine touch of him and gave me the perfect insight of what it was to come in my visit.
Lounge was first of all big, very well lighted and had everything you needed. Overstaffed maybe? I don't know but there sure was a lot of staff ready to be at your service for any request.
As I was already stuffed from the food and wine from my Cairo flight I just had a plate of fruits with a glass of Krug before heading to my gate.
Fruits beautifully presented
Tonight gate assigned was B35 which was a short walk from the lounge.
After a quick security screening I entered the fantastic A-380 and was welcomed by a team of beautiful and generous flight attendants and directed me to seat 1K, first impressions of the cabin were just WOW.
The seat itself was amazing, reminds me a bit of the new seat of AF La Premiere, this cabin was very tasteful,elegantly discreet and full of space and light (unlinke the bling bling of others F class cabins)
IFE Screen was huge, high resolution and probably 32 inches… I am not completely sure but I suspect it is…
Welcome drink…Again Krug :)
We took off just in time, everything was perfect…Welcome drink was of course Krug and PJ's of very good quality together with a pair of slippers for a very quick 6:20mins flight to BKK.
Dinner service started, I decided to try:
-Caviar service served with chilled Grey Goose Vodka -Roasted breast of duck with new potatoes and grilled vegetables -Cheese plate -La Duree Plaisir Sucree
Time to relax…
My beautiful and unique flight attendant Sejin took excellent care of me during the whole service, wines of course were amazing as it is the case with Qatar Airways Business/First cabins (very far from AA/UA/DL offer) and all wines matched perfectly the course being served.
I have to make a remark of the excellent quality of the dessert,my compliments to QR for selecting LaDuree for their catering of sweets.
After dinner I headed back to the bar as I didn't want to sleep during the flight and happened to make a very good chat with the amazing cabin crew. As happens in many forums some frequent flyers claim that Middle Eastern crews are not genuine, that they are robotic minded and follow a script. I have to say that I have flown 5 times this year with QR and I had the feeling that everyone was genuine, very natural and enjoyed very much their job.
I met a fantastic group of crew from India,Korea,Bangladesh among others and in their honour (and with their permission) I publish their picture so if you happen to see them in one of your QR's flights rest assured you will have an amazing experience!
After taking a lot of time of my new friends I went to the toilet for a quick refresh before descent. Now I have to tell you guys, it may not have the shower of EK but it is huge! Very elegant and had all the perks you needed for such a short flight…
After that I took my seat and sun was coming out…sadly the flight was coming to an end.
We landed quickly in Bangkok and with the light of the day the last picture of the fantastic seat 1K :)
Immigration was quick and bag was already in the belt when I arrived to the baggage claim area.
Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge
Doha - DOH
Bangkok - BKK
I cannot say how much I loved flying Qatar's new First Class. Their product is beyong top notch. I have tried many First and Business Class offers but none compare to Qatar. Qatar offers a very strong product in Business and First and their crew have always been amazing to me. Their wines and catering are strong but overall their wines are of an excellent quality and you can tell there was a big effort to carefully select them, we are talking about wines that are over 65USD per bottle and Krug which is in the range of Dom,LP Grand Siecle etc.
I am aware that some comments and lobbies are out there from our friends in some legacy carriers against the Middle Eastern airlines but when I have to choose to pay my money flying Qatar over other legacy airlines that are taking everything away even to frequent flyers and I get a fantastic seat, wine, catering , points and amazing young fresh cabin crew service I wonder if some companies can't just take real competition and fight for my business?
Apparently some airlines just want things to go under the status quo and at least for me, as I'm sure other fellow frequent travelers agree that the product of Qatar is beyond any offer out there in the market nowadays and are part of a very select group of airlines that still offer a true First Class experience.
My compliments to Qatar and to all the amazing flight crew of QR835 (specially the ladies encharged of F class Sejin,Nok and Mikyung) of 05/11/2015.
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