Review of Qatar Airways flight Doha Perth in Business

Airline Qatar Airways
Flight QR900
Class Business
Seat 12F
Aircraft Airbus A380-800
Flight time 11:10
Take-off 17 Dec 18, 02:30
Arrival at 17 Dec 18, 18:40
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bldavid
By SILVER 1610
Published on 19th January 2019
We live in Iceland and several of our family members live near Melbourne, Australia, so we decided to spend Christmas there. The two airports - Keflavík and Melbourne - are not exactly close to each other, the distance being 10,539 miles (about 17,000 kms). If there was a direct flight it would overfly Svalbard, Eastern Siberia, North-East China and Eastern Indonesia and it would take about 21 hours. But there's of course no direct flight. So how should we get there?

We knew we didn't want to fly economy and we didn't have the budget for most business class flights, so we had to look for an exceptionally good deal in business class. Connecting flights from Iceland to Africa, Asia or Australia are never good value. London, Copenhagen, Frankfurt or Germany are usually among the more expensive departure airports. Amsterdam or Paris can have better deals but none was available at that time.

We checked premium economy as well, and although Singapore Airlines' great premium economy was bookable at a reasonable price from Stockholm to Melbourne via Moscow and Singapore, we still hoped for a good price in business.

We considered for a long time, and we even held a booking for some time, to fly from Cairo. A CAI-MCT-KUL-MEL in business class was offered by Oman Air and Malaysia Airlines at a price similar to many economy class flights from Europe to Australia. But direct flights from Europe to Cairo are overpriced even in economy and connecting flights can have unfavorable schedules.

So what was the solution? Oslo is usually, maybe surprisingly for some of you, the cheapest airport for long-haul business class flights from Europe. And there came a promotional offer: Oslo to Perth with Qatar Airways and Auckland to Oslo with China Southern. Yes, we wanted to fly to Melbourne but why not to visit Western Australia for a few days? And yes, the return leg was from New Zealand but we could finally visit NZ as well - and the flight was even slightly cheaper than a return from Australia.


The final routing was:

Keflavík to Oslo, SAS, premium economy
Oslo to Doha, Qatar, business
Doha to Perth, Qatar, business
Perth to Melbourne, Qantas, economy
Melbourne to Christchurch, Qantas, economy
Christchurch to Auckland, Air New Zealand, economy
Auckland to Guangzhou, China Southern, business
Guangzhou to Amsterdam, China Southern, business
Amsterdam to Oslo, KLM, business

Our flight from Oslo landed at 00.40 and boarding for our Perth was supposed to start at 01.45 so we had about one hour to deplane, go through security, have a quick look at the lounge and get to the other gate.

The airport was quite crowded at this time as many flights arrived around midnight and many others were to leave between 1.00 and 2.00 am. The terminal is however huge, nice and well organised so we managed to get to the lounge in about 20 minutes. There are several lounges at the airport; the one you need if you travel business class is called Al Mourjan. You need to go up on an escalator and access is checked at the bottom of it.

The lounge takes a whole floor, not just a large room as at many other airports. While the main terminal area was extremely crowded and almost chaotic at this time of the day (of the night, more precisely), everything was very quite at the lounge.

There are several seating areas



Lot of space and not-always-easy-to-understand artworks

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Food is available at both ends of the lounge - on the same level on one side and one level up on the other side. You can eat from the buffet but you can order from a menu.



There are game rooms both for smaller and bigger kids

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A total of 34 flights depart between 01.40 and 01.55 - that's a lot!

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This is what you see when you leave the lounge

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Our departure was from gate C12. There were actually two gates: one for economy class and the other for business and first.

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It was quite a walk from the lounge. We could have actually taken a train within the terminal building!

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Boarding was slightly delayed. There was another security check and we boarded at about 2.15.

Qatar flies A380-800 aircrafts on the 5,789 mile long Doha and Perth route. The aircraft today was A7-APG, delivered two years ago in December 2016. The upper deck has eight first class seats in the front, one large cabin with 48 business class seats in the middle, a bar and a handful of economy seats in the back. The entire lower deck is used for economy.

I found the business class cabin on the A380 just as gorgeous as on the A350 on my previous flight from Oslo, and once again I felt it was closer to first class than to business. Configuration was 1-2-1 here as well. The only major difference was that there were overhead bins unlike on the A350.

I had seat 12F. The seat was very similar to the one I had on my previous flight - see my previous flight report.

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The seat controls are also the same

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The amenity kit, which was different from the previous flight, was already waiting next to my seat

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A comfortable pajama was also offered

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The cabin crew was very busy trying to look after all the passengers who already boarded. I was offered my favorite drink right after I took my seat: Qatar Airways's signature lemon mint and a choice of cold or hot towel.

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I believe the same headphones are offered on all Qatar Airways flights in business class.

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Push-back was at 02.50 and take-off at 03.15 for a scheduled departure time of 02.30. I followed taxi and take-off on one of the cameras:

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I went to sleep shortly after take-off - it was really time to sleep at about 3.30. I changed into my new pajamas and converted the seat into its flat bed position. The bed was long enough but not wide enough. The pillow and the blankets were very comfortable.

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I slept very well for about five hours and I woke up when we were South-East of Sri Lanka and west of Indonesia.

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The menu was already distributed while we were still on the ground. As already mentioned there are no set meal times and set menus at Qatar: you eat when you want et what you want.



The drink menu



My table was very nicely set for breakfast

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Greek yoghurt, raspberry compote and toasted granola with nuts

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A selection of breakfast bakery

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Emmental cheese omelette with chicken medallion

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Platter of seasonal cut fruits

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Fresh berries with mint syrup - my absolute favourite, I just can't describe how delicious they were

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The yoghurt, the omelette, the fruits were all quite good. I could however feel that the croissant was already loaded on the plane a couple of hours earlier.

After this nice breakfast I watched two movies. As mentioned earlier Qatar Airways has a huge choice of movies and music. For more details on the in-flight entertainment please check my previous flight report about the flight from Oslo to Doha.

Some time later it was time for lunch.

Soup of the day

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Fresh garden salad

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Chicken kabsa skewers

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And of course I ordered once again fresh berries with mint syrup to finish lunch :)

The soup and the salad were good; the chicken was average.

I went to see the bar between the economy and the business cabins. It looked stunning but I couldn't take good photos because of the very strange lights

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There were just a couple of people. Maybe would it have been better to add 24 economy or 8 business class seats?

I ordered some finger food at the bar

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I listened to some music and watched the air show as we approached Australia

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A funny video was shown about how seriously Australia takes the laws about food import.

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We're almost there!



The cabin crew came to me before landing to thank me for flying Qatar Airways and to check if every thing was OK.

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Flight information about 9 minutes before landing

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We landed at 19.17 for a scheduled arrival of 18.40.

Emirates' A380 arrived only a few minutes earlier.

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Arrival at Perth Airport was a very pleasant experience: border control, luggage delivery and customs were quite fast.

Thank you for reading my flight report.
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Verdict

Qatar Airways

9.8/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Meal/catering9.0

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge

10.0/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Services10.0

Doha - DOH

8.5/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Perth - PER

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

As this flight took off at 3.15, in the middle of the night, I spent about half of the time sleeping. The seat converted into a flat bed was long enough albeit a bit narrow; the pillow and the blanket were comfortable. Most of the food was good, service was quick, helpful, friendly and paid attention to details. Traveling from Northern Europe to Australia is not a short distance and we have always preferred to make a stopover but this was a very comfortable way to get Down Under.

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6 Comments

  • Comment 484619 by
    Rewardflying SILVER 466 Comments

    Nice Report BLDavid. Qatar business class proves again. Too bad you didn't get Quites on any of your flights. While the Super Diamond are great seats, Q's are a bit better but I'd take these on the A380 any day. Food looks awesome as well. Great photos! Thanks for a great report.

  • Comment 484708 by
    hometoyyz SILVER 498 Comments

    Hello, BLDavid!

    I see you’re quite the fan of Qatar’s berries. After two servings last flight, they even make the cover shot for this one!

    While short transfers are obviously preferable, it’s too bad you didn’t get longer to hang out at the awesome lounge in DOH. But what you saw of it looks fantastic, as always.

    “A total of 34 flights depart between 01.40 and 01.55 - that's a lot!”
    - Roughly 10x the number of departures between midnight and 2:00 from Toronto Pearson, if memory serves. The ME3 really have done an amazing job of optimizing the connecting experience.

    Is Qatar just about the only airline to feature the reverse herringbone product on the A380? They’re the only one I can think of. Good choice, QR! Although, again, would have been nice to be rocking the Q-suite…

    Catering looks great, as usual with QR. And…

    “And of course I ordered once again fresh berries with mint syrup to finish lunch :)”
    - But of course!

    The bar looks stunning in QR purple, and the available snacks look good too.

    Good food, good sleep, and solid IFE in between. Looks like a great experience. Thanks for sharing this, and happy flying!

    • Comment 484742 by
      bldavid SILVER AUTHOR 118 Comments

      Hell hometoyyz, thank you for your comment. Yes, I would have preferred a longer connection to have more time for the lounge. On the other hand it was a very quick and comfortable way to get from Europe to Australia. Altogether it was a really good experience for such a long flight.

  • Comment 484941 by
    atco SILVER 122 Comments

    Hello Bldavid,

    Thank you again for another great report on Qatar Airways.

    I'm eager to try not old QR in flight but also their Doha lounge.

    I'm not sure how QR or anyone expects to get 34 flights airborne in 15 minutes, that would be more than one every 30 seconds which is absolutely impossible. As Air Traffic Controllers we always do our best but miracles are still beyond us!

    Everything about QR looks so good. You've really got me itching to see it for myself, although I think I'll try and focus on Q Suites. That said this is a mighty fine seat and cabin on the A380. Its probably difficult to go wrong with QR unless you choose an A330 leg or one of the older 777s with the 2-2-2 seats. BTW am I the only one still stunned the EK has a middle seat in Business in 2019?

    Thanks again for a great insight into flying up front with QR

    Hope you had a great trip and look forward to seeing the rest of this series!

  • Comment 484983 by
    bldavid SILVER AUTHOR 118 Comments

    Hi Atco, thank you for your comment. Yes Qatar offers very good connecting times although delays are quite common at DOH. I'm sure the Qsuites are even better although I was fully happy with what I got on the A350 and A380.

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