Hello Flight-Report #Avgeeks. I've been away for awhile, mostly making changes to this RTW adventure I'll be sharing over the coming days. Planning for this trip began back in 2017 when the schedule opened for reward tickets to be used in August 2018. The destination was Australia. I was waiting for a specific flight going west to Australia to become available when the schedule hit 331 days out. At that time Qatar had just introduced their Q-Suite business class seat. It was only being flown on Paris and London routes to Doha. On a whim I searched for CDG to Sydney. Bingo, Q-Suites to Doha and A380 service in first class to Sydney. Going east now. (BTW: the westbound flight opened but this was more fun!)
Numerous changes were made, what else is new, but in the end it was an
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The whole purpose of being in Paris on this day was to catch a Qatar airways flight to experience Q-suites. Such are the perils of making reservations a year in advance.
At the time it was a great find. There were only 2 Q-suite routes, LHR and CDG to Doha. Add in a first class trip to the destination on an A380 and it was worth the extra points.
I was actually hoping for a aircraft change to the A350-1K. So I set an alert on Expert Flyer. Sure enough, about a month before departure this email arrived.
At first is was YES! Then as I scanned the email to see the New Aircraft it was an instant realization that I was going from the best business class seat Qatar offers to the worst.
Arriving at the airport early enough to check out the lounge was a priority. The Qatar lounge in Paris has recently been renovated. It is a beautiful lounge with plenty of different types of seating along with an outdoor terrace.
Breakfast was on the agenda so I headed to the back of the lounge where food is served.
A very creative display of food and beverage items were presented. Even some fake food.
The rest was real.
You could also order from a limited a la carte menu.
Soon it was off to the gate and inside the 777 that didn't have Q-Suites. I had pre-assigned 3K which was a window rear facing seat. After the aircraft swap I saw no reason to change. To Qatar's credit (and this is an assumption), I noticed on the seat map that the seat next to me was blocked. I don't know if this was because of the aircraft change or not. On the other hand the cabin wasn’t very full so it didn't really matter.
The cabin was dark, partially because the lights were dimmed and partially because of the Qatar colors.
The armrests slide open where a bottle of Evian water is given. Below that is a storage area for tablets and small laptops (if you break the rules) as well as reading material.
An amenity kit was distributed. I left it.
The IFE screen is small and placed in the seat back in front of you.
Finally the seat control on the outside armrest.
I may complain about the aircraft swap, but I slept pretty much the whole flight. Still adjusting to time change.
Being a 9AM departure alcohol wasn't on my mind. Just a coffee please. But we can take a look.
After breakfast in the lounge I wasn't famished for sure. But I ordered anyway.
I don't remember the candle on my prior Qatar flight.
And I am not sure why I ordered this. I should have ordered a glass of champagne and been done with it.
Do the French has bearnaise sauce with everything?
During breakfast the Alps offered some scenic views with the clouds appearing to be mountain snow caps.
Soon we were arriving in Doha which would allow me to forget about getting Q'd.
Taking a flight to fly a specific aircraft is risky, especially when the reservation is made a year in advance. Overall I've been lucky so I shouldn't complain. Nevertheless the flight was just average. Limited amenities, a lackluster menu and a tired traveler. How much different would Q-suites have been?
So it was disappointing. But, the rest of this expensive ticket would make up for the disappointment.
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