Flying Business Class with Qatar Airways

One of the experiences everyone should try when visiting the Middle East is by flying Business Class with Qatar Airways, as the world's first five star airline never fails to deliver. During a recent trip to Doha, I had the opportunity to try the business class for this seven and a half hour flight from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and the experience alone has changed my perception of long haul flights. 

Usually, I fly around Southeast Asia on short haul flights and this is the first time in years since I have taken a long haul flight, and on business class with Qatar Airways where I almost forgot how wonderful the experience is. Not forgetting that the flat bed feature here made my experience complete after the long flight to Doha to attend the Qatar International Food Festival 2016 which is a yearly event here. 

The Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in KLIA
As my flight to Doha from Kuala Lumpur was early in the morning, the check in process was a breeze at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport chick in counter at Row K. The Qatar Airways check in staff that attended to me was professional and very helpful when I was asking a number of questions about the flight and due to the limited time I had, I missed the opportunity to try out the premium lounge here at KLIA. 

The flight was on board a Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner plane as this was also my inaugural flight on this type of aircraft, though I have seen them before, but never flew in one. Looking at the aircraft from the waiting lounge, I already had a good feeling about the flight to Doha.

The Qatar Airways Business Class Seats
As I boarded the aircraft, the friendly Qatar Airways flight attendant led me to my seat which was 1A and as she was a local Malaysian, communication was smooth and easy for the both of us. Introducing herself as Salina, she explained to me about the meals on board and also about the flight, indicating that if I needed anything, just look her up or any of her colleagues in business class.

Just so you know, this flight with the Dreamliner only offered economy and business class seating. There was no first class on the flight and one of the specialities here is the honeymoon seats for those newly married couples that want some privacy.

The honeymoon couple seat in business class
Privacy for couples at the honeymoon seats 
Qatar Airways Business Class Dining

The desserts served at business class
A very localized fine dining meal in business class 
From the welcome drink to the main course and desserts, everything was perfect and the level of service was exceptional, only knowing that Qatar Airways was the first airline to be branded as a five star airline. For me, the service part always comes first before anything and I think Qatar Airways staff did a fantastic job in this department.

The desserts were very impressive as it has been a long time since I tasted such fine quality for this, and I enjoyed them so much, I wanted to ask for seconds, but knowing I was attending a food festival in Doha, I decided to pass on it.

In Flight Entertainment

Noise Cancellation Headset in business class
One of the things I loved about flying business class with Qatar airways is the entertainment system and equipment provided. for starters, the selection of movies and television shows are amazing, but to top it off, it is the noise cancellation headphones that made it complete.

This was that one toy which I kept testing to see how well it worked and let me just say, it was pitch perfect. Watching my movie was such a peaceful experience compared to my normal in flight experiences as I could hear every little detail in the movie with all outside noise cut off. Now, this is what I call watching a movie in peace.

Full Flat Bed Adventures
Full flat bed on the Qatar Airways Business Class

And for a long haul flight, I usually take a nap and with the all new flat bed in the Qatar Airways business class, I just had to try this function. The command console had a number of seating or sleeping functions and pressing the full flat bed button, the entire  seat slowly went into a total flat bed position in about eight seconds.

When a flight attendant saw me preparing for my nap, she immediately came over to assist me by helping me with the blanket and other minor things. Laying down flat at 30,000 feet felt as if I was at the comfort of my own bed. The extra pillow that the flight attendant gave me also made it even more comfortable for me and within minutes, I was in dreamland. 

The bathroom in business class, spacious and fully equipped with amenities 
The super sized large dreamy windows with dimming effect
Dreamy Windows

One of the things I would like to highlight about the Qatar Airways Dreamliner plane is the magical windows with dimming effect that are absolutely amazing. Each of the windows is 19 inches tall and 65% larger than the standard air plane windows, which of course, enhances your plane views by letting you see more outside. 

The fading or dimming effect is something that most passengers will be thrilled by, just like me, who could not resist testing this function out. How the dimming effect works is amazing - A special electrified gel is sandwiched between two thin pieces of glass and as the electric current increases, the gel darkens and as it drops, the gel lightens. How amazing is this technology? 

View of the Business Class on board Qatar Airways
Business class view of The Pearl Doha, as the flight was about to land
After about seven hours, I woke up to find that the flight was about to land at the Hamad International Airport in Doha and looking out the large windows, I could clearly see part of The Pearl Doha, a massive man-made island catering to luxury living and also as an entertainment hub for Doha. 

My flight to Qatar was provided by Qatar Airways and the experience at the Qatar International Food Festival 2016 was arranged by Qatar Tourism who also allowed me to see beyond the city of Doha as I explored the Qatari Desert and beach too. 

For those planning to visit anywhere in Europe, I would easily recommend flying business class with Qatar Airways as for connecting flights, you will transit at Doha where you will be spoilt with choices for some amazing duty free shopping here. Who knows, you could even be a winner of one of the many luxury cars from the famous Qatar duty free shopping contests. 



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