Welcome to the 6th report of this new series covering my latest trip to Sri Lanka and Maldives with Qatar Airways and Korean Air.
The whole trip plan looks like this:
01 FEB - WAW-DOH, QR 264 - A330-300 - https://flight-report.com/en/report/39526/qatar-airways-qr-264-warsaw-waw-doha-doh
01 FEB - DOH-CMB, QR 662 - A350-900 - https://flight-report.com/en/report/39728/qatar-airways-qr-662-doha-doh-colombo-cmb
10 FEB - CMB-MLE, KE 473 - A330-300 - https://flight-report.com/en/report/40077/korean-air-ke-473-colombo-cmb-male-mle
14 FEB - MLE-CMB, KE 474 - A330-300 - https://flight-report.com/en/report/40481/korean-air-ke-474-male-mle-colombo-cmb
16 FEB - CMB-DOH, QR 665 - A340-600 -https://flight-report.com/en/report/40752/qatar-airways-qr665-colombo-cmb-doha-doh
16 FEB - DOH - WAW, QR 261 - B787-800 - you are here
After a flight from Colombo onboard the four engine A340-600, for one more time we arrived to Doha. Having this time quite a lot of time between the flights, no hurry was required.
Having passed my favourite teddy one more time during this trip, we made our way to the freshly opened QR boutique where you can find all the models, caps, t-shirts and the rest of the stuff with airline logo. However the purpose of my visit was the keyring teddy that seems to be a brand new product among QR collectibles. You may also try the 1st class seat located right in the heart of the shop that is generally a very nice and well designed place with very friendly staff.
After some spotting in the food court (that has great spotting facilities as it provides good view of the tarmac), another visit to the lamp teddy and moving dinosaurs that seem to attract kids of all the age groups, also the ones 18+, we started a long walk to our gate located in concourse B.
Our Dreamliner was almost ready for boarding. It will be nice to finally fly the 787 on a longer route as my by then one and only Dreamliner experience was LOT promotion flight to and from FRA in the beginning of 2013.
Boarding was a little bit messy due to big number of transfer passengers from Vietnam, actually whole families with lots of children and hand luggage, that had some problems understanding what travel documents they should present. After a while we were already onboard, in the rear economy cabin of this 787.
The seat seemed at first a little bit less comfortable than the others I know from QR fleet, legroom was also slightly poorer and once more limited by any IFE box, at least the screen was of a good quality.
My seat 30A provided me a great view of the most impressive part of the Dreamliner - the wing.
An A330 was parked next to us
Safety card of this 787
And a different style safety video than the one I know from A320/330/340/380
We pass an A350-900 that has just arrived
and the A340-600 that has just brought us from CMB and is already departing for its next flight
Inflight map showing our current position
We are waiting for our turn to enter the runway for take off next to this fantastic 747-800 cargo. The runway is ours as soon as this 777-300 in One World livery lands
Take off into sloudy skies above Doha. As you can see on the next photos, the air seems quite clear over the sea but it is full of dust as we fly over the city.
Climbing is a little bit bumpy as the clouds are thick and dense, at least the wing looks so nice I can focus on it and forget about the turbulence.
Time to check the automatic window dimming system. It is somehow weird there are no window shades, especially when the windows are so big. It is funny to play with the different shades of blue/grey, mostly beacuse you can take some nice photos fo your instagram. The good thing is you can have your window uncovered and still enjoy the views even with a very strong sun, the bad is you can never forget you are 10 km above the ground :)
Sunset looks better with its original colours
I check the menu card and choose lamb for dinner. I don't know how it happened that I forgot to take a picture of the main dish that was realy good and the quantity was more than abundant so I didn't eat all of it - or maybe I wasn't very hungry? The rest also tasted good, especially the mango cake.
It's time for some "freshly brewed Ceylon tea" that - as usually on a plane - tastes more or less like water with some added colour :(
I take some cabin pictures during a trip to the toilet. 787 is quite wide but short. It has two Y cabins but the front one has hardly any view as it is covered by the giant wing.
A couple of words about the crew on this flight: it was almost entirely female and almost entirely of asian orgin which was quite funny as you could have an impression you fly e.g. Thai Airways. All the girls were extremely polite and hard working but I couldn't see a smile on their faces, definitely this crew wasn't in a good mood that day.
The flight passes somehow quickly and soon we are approaching cold and dark Warsaw
Cabin view after landing
and our Dreamliner's nose seen from the jetbridge
Nothing breaks like a heart when your trip is definitely over and you come back home with a vision of being grounded for at least 2,5 months unless an unexptected business trip occurs that is rather unlikely in this time of the year… Thanks for reading and see you soon in the new series! :)
The 787 in QR version is a comfortable aircraft for flights lasting as mine ca 6 hours, you could feel cramped however if flying for e.g. 10 hours. Anyway it is a big improvement on this particular flight that last year was operated by a much more uncomfortable A320. Catering on this flight was very good, the crew made its job well, however without enthusiasm.