Flying business class is always a luxury up in the air. When you fly with the World’s Best Business Class, as recognized by 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards and 2018 Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards, you get the most immersive experience to indulge in pure luxury, even in the long duration flight. I flew to Doha from Delhi this time and the experience of flying with Qatar Airways was overwhelming.
About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is the national airline of the State of Qatar and one of the biggest success stories of the aviation industry. The immense growth of the airlines since it’s re-launch in 1997 under the dynamic leadership of Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, the airlines has received a wide recognition worldwide and earned the reputation of an award-winning carrier and the best in the world. In spite of being one of the youngest global airlines in the aviation industry, the Qatar Airlines has been voted Airline of the Year by Skytrax in 2011, 2012, 2015 and most recently in 2017 for its excellence in the service. Not just that, the airlines also bagged some other awards, including Best First Class Airline Lounge, Best Airline in the Middle East and World’s Best Business Class by Skytrax World Airline Awards. The airline has developed a global network of more than 150 destinations, covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific, North America and South America with a modern fleet of more than 206 passengers and cargo aircraft. The fast growing Qatar Airways accelerated its global expansion with the launch of flights to new destinations in 2018 and it includes Da Nang (Vietnam), Gothenburg (Sweden ), Mombasa (Kenya), Antalya, Hatay, & Bodrum (Turkey) , Málaga (Spain), London Gatwick (United Kingdom), Mykonos, Thessaloniki (Greece), Cardiff (Wales), Canberra (Australia), Penang (Malaysia), Las Vegas& San Francisco (USA), Medan (Indonesia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),Santiago (Chile), Libreville (Gabon),Lusaka (Zambia), & Douala (Cameroon).
What I liked about the Business Class of Qatar Airways
The moment I arrived at the Qatar Airways counter at Delhi International Airport, I was taken care of quite well. I was accompanied by the airline staff towards the gate to making sure that I had a smooth transition and immigration check in. The airlines went an extra mile to give me an elite treatment. The act of courteousness and customer service certainly made a lasting impression on my mind as I was flying with Qatar Airlines for the very first time.
Luxury at its best
Flying business class with Qatar Airways is a treat. The excellent in-flight catering, top notch amenities, wide range of entertainment options, gourmet food & beverage selections and the warm hospitality has earned it the World’s Best Business Class reputation. The ambiance of the business class is quite elegant and classy. When all your needs are taken care of by the airways, it surely makes your trip a memorable one. The Qatar Airways know how to pamper the business class passengers. What absolutely floored me was the “Dine On-Demand-Menu”, which not only allows you the choice of food from the menu, but you can even decide the time of your meal. It simply gives time to indulge in your own things like writing, watching a movie, reading or sleeping. Everything is at your own convenience. The personal care of the passengers is another highlight of Qatar Airways. The crew members go extra miles to make sure of your comfort and convenience at the same time.
The business class of Qatar Airways gives you an unparalleled comfort when you experience the well-crafted personal space to suit your needs. Whether you want an extended tray table for laptop or you want a bed to relax during your flight, the business class of Qatar Airways has it all for you. The expandable seat, 16 inch LCD screen, up to 4,000 in-flight entertainment options, delicious dine-on-demand cuisine, charging point, overhead space, dedicated corner to keep your handbag and other amenities like real pillow, blanket, socks, eye mask to lip balm, the Qatar Airways certainly makes you indulge in pure luxury up in the air.
The noise cancelled headphones are a bliss when you indulge in watching your favorite show or a movie. What impressed me the most is their on air WiFi facilities. Being a Travel Blogger, I am always on the move and active on my Social Media platforms. The WiFi feature simply brings the world at my fingertips even at thousands of feet high in the sky. I find it quite an advanced and cool facility that gives you a hassle free user experience.
The hospitality of the crew members is commendable. As soon as I entered the aircraft, I was greeted with a smile by the crew member, who escorted me towards my seat and introduced herself. Making sure that I had a comfortable seat and if I required any more assistance, the dedicated crew member served me fresh lime water and a hot towel at the beginning. As the flight took off and the seat belt alert was put off, I was handed over the food & drink menu to choose a meal of my choice. Keeping a track of my meal, checking continuously my needs and making sure of my comfort level during the flight was laudable. From recommending the best food and wine to complement it from the menu, to serving food & drinks on demand, I was pretty impressed by their legendary hospitality. Qatar Airways take endless care to anticipate the needs of their passengers.
Being a frequent flyer, I generally don’t indulge too much in food that is offered in the flights. But I was surprised to have an array of food choices while flying business class of Qatar Airways. The separate menu for food and drink is quite commendable where you are given a wide variety of choices to select your preferred food from the menu.
I was quite impressed by the menu as it caters to Indian taste buds. The food was absolutely delicious, unlike other airlines food. I sampled three course meals and I can vouch for the taste.
The wide selections of beverages from different parts of the world also give you enough choice to choose from. In case if you get confused with the numerous options, you can ask the crew member to recommend you the best drink to compliment your lunch/dinner. Apart from that, I would recommend you to try the Kadak Chai (saffron/cardamom flavor).
It was absolutely delicious. Mouth-watering flavors, artful presentation, luxurious table linen and deluxe cutlery make dining with them an unforgettable experience.
Hamad International Airport
The very first impression of Hamad International Airport was impeccable. Designed aesthetically, keeping in mind the world class standard, Hamad International Airport was rated five-star by Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2017, one of the only five in the world to be given this recognition. The Airport’s state-of-the-art facilities, welcoming atmosphere and friendly personnel, seamless hassle-free experience from check-in to passport control, transfers and boarding has redefined Hamad International Airport in the Middle East.
With 138 check-in counters, 14 seated check-in areas for Qatar Airways First Class passengers and 16 check-in counters for Qatar Airways Business Class, 108 counters for Qatar Airways Economy and all other airlines, the airport offers a smooth check in facilities to its passengers.
More than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, high street fashion, electronics, and 30 cafes and restaurants give you enough reason to spend your layover in the airport only. There are 12 lounges spread across the terminal to cater to the passengers before or after their flights. Apart from that, with the capacity to handle 8,700 passengers per hour, the passengers experience hassle-free transfers under one roof which provides a great peace of mind. The airport also has moving sidewalks, buggies, and even a train inside for smooth and speedy transfer of passengers between the terminal and the gates.
Qatar Airways Lounges
It is not just about the in-flight services that make Qatar Airways World’s Best Airline of the Year for the fourth time in 2017, but the excellent ground services and the world class facilities which set them apart from other airlines. I was overwhelmed when a dedicated bus was provided to take us from the terminus to the airport at Hamad International Airport in Doha as soon as I landed. The Al Maha Services hostess was ready to welcome us and escorted me towards the lounge before I completed my immigration check in. After spending around half an hour, sampling some refreshment, I was accompanied towards the expedited immigration clearance at the Al Maha Arrival Lounge, which I find quite a privileged facility for passengers, especially when you are given immigration clearance exclusively. Not only this, the porter provides assistance for your luggage until you arrive at the hall.
Al Mourjan Lounge
If you are flying to Doha with Qatar Airways, you must experience the Al Mourjan Lounge at Doha Airport. Each corner of the lounge has been designed to create the most luxurious lounge experience ever imagined. The Al Mourjan Lounge celebrates the seamless blend of both traditional and modern architectural elements. With exclusive marbles, designer furniture, intricate embellishments and hand-crafted accents evoke a timeless appeal. The exceptional use of space with the classy yet minimal décor of the lounge is eye-arresting.
It offers a range of business services, from conference rooms to well-appointed business centers. If the passenger is looking for a quieter working space, he/she can use one of the private workstations, which come equipped with personal display screens and complimentary Wi-Fi. They also has private family areas with widescreen TVs and leather couches, to a games room that includes a Formula 1 simulator and a children’s nursery. It is located on Level 3 at Hamad International Airport. The Al Mourjan Lounge is not just an exclusive, luxurious treat to the elite passengers, but an experience in itself.
After flying Business Class with Qatar Airways, I can vouch for the fact that it gives the world’s best business class experience. The luxury up in the air is unsurpassed. You need to experience it to believe it. I am sure that I am going places together with Qatar Airways in coming days.
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