The Five Yen of Happiness! Qatar Airways Flight QR812 Hamad International Airport, Doha to Tokyo Haneda
- I give in – I need a break (Introduction)
- To Heathrow and The BA Galleries North Lounge
- BA902 London Heathrow to Frankfurt Airport in Club Europe
- Bumbling around Frankfurt Airport with random #AVGeek spotting
- Meeting the A350 and the Air Canada Lounge
- Qatar Airways QR068 Frankfurt to Doha
- The joy of Hamad International Airport, and The Oryx Rotana Hotel
- Qatar Airways Flight QR812 Doha to Tokyo Haneda
- The Hotel JAL City Haneda Tokyo
- Shikansen Adventures to Hiroshima!
- Time in Hiroshima (featuring the ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima)
- Hirosihima – 70 years on
- A day trip to Itsukushima
- More Shinkansen fun to Kyoto (Featuring Kyoto Tower Hotel)
- A trip up to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
- Dinner with The real_jetsetr!
- The JR Central SC Maglev and Rail Museum
- Shinkansen to Tokyo
- The Strings by InterContinental
- Cheap evening – From the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
- The JR East Railway Museum, Saitama
- Shibuya nights
- Akihabara Days
- Gotta Catch them All! A few Pokemon Centres.
- Off to Narita
- Nartia Airport, The JAL Lounge
- Qatar Airways Flight QR807 Tokyo Narita to Doha
- Four and Half Hours in Doha Airport
- Qatar Airways Flight QR067 Doha to Frankfurt
- More time in Frankfurt
- BA8735 Frankfurt to London City Airport (Club Europe)
- And about that Five Yen Coin – The Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
QR812 Hamad International Airport Doha to Tokyo Haneda International Airport
Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8, Economy Class, Seat 27K
5139Miles Flow, 2,573 Avios Earned, 35 Tier Points Earned
It was time to walk again, this time up the air-stairs and aboard the waiting Qatar Airways Boeing 787.
Up, up, up the stairs!
I was welcomed aboard, and directed down the back of the plane
Once again, there were some business class seats to pass before we got into economy class.
Heading towards the back of the plane, it was back to the maroons and charcoals of economy class seats.
The plane was starting to fill up, with the electronic blinds set to “very dim” (or as I like to call it, “turquoise”. People were adjusting the window shades to their own needs.
Onto the seat, and unsurprisingly – it feels narrower than the same seat aboard the A350.
With a 17″ seat width compared to the 18″ aboard the A350, it felt tight.
The IFE screen though was bright and welcoming.
At seat, there was an amenity kit waiting.
Boarding and loading took its time as passengers were shuttled out to the hard stand. Eventually, equipment started pulling back and the announcement that boarding was complete was made.
Again – the middle seat was free for this flight.
Eventually, the safety video played and our pushback was approved. With that, the Boeing 787 begun its taxi around Hamad International Airport.
Eventually, taxied onto the runway and the Boeing 787 spooled up its engines for the long trip to Tokyo Haneda.
With the Boeing 787 in flight, it was time to watch the morning light.
With climb-out in progress, shall we see what’s in the amenity kit? The answer… a fair bit!
Inside the kit, we have an eye-shade/blindfold, socks, toothbrush with toothpaste and earplugs. Disappointingly – no pen (it’s a long standing bug-bear of mine that airlines don’t include pens so you can fill in annoying immigration forms). The quality of the blindfold and socks fell into the “discounted” end of the market, but its a major plus they offer some good amenities in their kit.
Menus, customs and immigration forms were handed out.
I took the time to fill the paperwork out, and idly considered using the WiFi, hoping there was an all flight option. However, this was not to be.
One of the flight attendants came by and welcomed me aboard as a oneworld Emerald, and offered me a first choice of meal.
That’s quite nice – and something I’d love to see on more oneworld airlines.
I then hit the IFE system. Even though this is a new plane, the IFE felt a lot less fluid than the system installed than the one installed aboard the A350. On the other side, the content again was strong with a mix of old and new.
Although I found there were a fair few content warnings when watching some shows…
What could this mature and adult nature programme could this be?
Oh. Not surprising at all really.
With the sound of trolleys passing through the cabin, it was time for breakfast. Since I was flying to Japan, I thought I’d have the Japanese meal.
And it wasn’t bad in the least.
The main dish itself was a very good meal – it was the fried fillet of fish with rice in a ginger sauce was full of flavour (even though the batter suffered slightly due to the steam build-up). The croissant tasted fresh as did the fruit.
Not a bad meal by any stretch of the imagination.
With the meal service completed, the cabin descended into blueness as the windows were dimmed in the cabin.
As my body clock was more wildly over the place than not, I reclined my seat a bit and dozed off for a while. How long – I’m not sure.
When I woke up – I decided to go for a more classic film on the IFE system. Thankfully, the Qatar Airways system is loaded with enough content… and it was time to go Ghostbusting.
The crew was roaming around the cabin at frequent intervals offering drinks and snacks. I partook with some cola and crisps.
About two hours before arrival, the lights in the cabin came on for the dinner service – again, I was asked which meal I would like before others, and I went again for the Japanese meal.
Meanwhile, people were changing the window settings to let light back into the cabin.
Food was delivered through the main trolley service.
Again – we have a well put together meal here. Lots of different flavours and reasonably balanced. It was great to see the Japanese elements so well put together. The Udon noodles were the right consistency, the salad crunchy and the main meal had flavour in it.
I’ve been on a few flights and wondered what gloop had been put in front of me – this time, everything was pretty identifiable.
With the flight near its end, the trays were cleared down as the sun was setting.
Meanwhile, the cabin was mood lit as cabin crew began collecting blankets and headphones a good forty minutes before arrival.
Soon, the cabin was secured, and with 20 minutes to land – the crew were back in their seats with plane readying for its arrival at Haneda.
The plane begun its decent, swinging out, then back over Tokyo Bay for its arrival at Haneda for a very bouncy landing.
With the plane down, it begun its short taxi to the International Terminal.
The plane came to a stop and people begun started getting up. The crew made no effort to stop them as the bongs went off to indicate the engines had shut down and the plane had come to a stop.
With my rucksack already within grabbing reach, I gathered myself together and headed off the plane
I thanked the crew as I exited, and headed into Japan.
The plane: I’ve now tried the Boeing 787 in Economy, Premium and Business Class – and I am not a fan of it in the 3-3-3 configuration in economy. A great plane ruined by accountants it seems.
And that’s a shame. I was full of hope for this plane when I flew it with ANA (even though I still think it’s a 767-300ER on steroids), and even thought it wasn’t bad when I flew it with British Airways in premium economy.
The service: Service aboard QR812 was lot more polished out of Doha than Frankfurt. The crew was friendly and attentive. The food was a delight to have in Economy Class – which is amazing it itself. A great effort. Not five-star, but four and a bit – which in Economy class is all you can hope for.
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