QR947 Singapore Changi to Hamad International – Doha (Business Class)
Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
Contents (It’s LONG and probably will change).
- Seriously – Take a holiday!
- Morning Manoeuvres in the dark, Terminal 5 and Galleries South
- BA776 London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda (Club Europe)
- Exploring Stockholm on the cheap (Travel Plus!)
- Back to Arlanda, Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
- QR168 Stockholm Arlanda to Doha (Hamad International Airport) – (Business Class)
- Six Hours in at Al Mourjan Doha’s Lounge
- QR944 Doha – Singapore Changi International (Business Class)
- Intercontinental Singapore
- Exploring Singapore by boat
- From the Top of the Marina Sands
- Back to Changi T2, SATS Lounge
- MH624 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
- Into KL, Holiday Inn Express KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
- Adventures in KL
- KL Tower (or yes, Kevin is in yet another tall building)
- Back to KLIA
- MH611 Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore Changi
- Exploring Singapore again with a tweep
- Back to Premium, dnata lounge, Singapore T3
- QR947 Singapore Changi to Doha (Business Class)
- A Dash through Doha…
- QR169 Doha – Stockholm Arlanda (Business Class)
- From Premium to Economy
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- Long way home
- I need another break…
QR947 Sinapore Changi to Hamad International Airport
Qatar Airways, Airbus A350-900, Seat 5K – Business Class
3,857 Miles flown, 4,823 Avios earned, 140 Tier Points Earned.
I boarded the plane, and was welcomed aboard the A350. At this point, there would be a seat shot – but we’re all familiar with the B/E Super Diamond by now aren’t we?
Well here we go again 😉
The cabin itself was pretty dark – readying for the evening flight to Doha.
The IFE syste – Oryx One was booted up and waiting for me when I got to the seat. No issues today with this plane.
Being on the ground, I selected tailcam. Because 1) it’s an A350 and 2) Tailcam!
Amenity kits, Pyjamas and beverages were offered
Headphones and water were waiting in-seat.
I checked out the on-screen map to see if the plane was larger than a continent.
Surprise – it is.
Soon it was time for the safety video to play. And yes – those two have returned. I swear they’re a hit-squad for those who criticise Qatar Airways
Our A350 begun its taxi as it worked its way around Changi Airport.
Air Asia A320 going for take off.
Soon it was our turn to line up and wait. QR947 powered up and headed down the runway, and up into the sky.
Climbing out, we had a perfect view of the downtown area of Singapore, with the flyer and the downtime core lit up.
As we climbed out, we climbed over the bay, and out to Malaysia as we began tracking back to Doha.
The cabin itself was in twilight during climb
The darkness of the night was closing we continued our accent.
This being Qatar Airways – the window blinds went down from the central controller and thus the world was sealed from me once again.
On a night-time flight – it’s not too much an issue compared to a daytime flight.
Bubbles came around… as did Bob’s Burgers. And hot nuts.
The Thales IFE system is one that just glides along – it’s pretty easy to use, and unlike the content on the 787, easy to find content.
Interestingly, there were slight variations in content between the 787 and A350.
I also tried to use the on-board WiFi. Tried being the operative word. Sadly, the fancy looking dome was a lie – and the time the pages loading should had been a warning to me.
A good four minutes to log on. This didn’t bode well for latest technology. I ran the first Speed test… and it died on me.
The second Speedtest was performed… and as suspected, this plane was fitted with L Band WiFi. It honestly isn’t worth the bandwidth to run the test.
I chose to dine – mainly because the food was disappointing at the lounge in Changi … but also to review for you lucky readers.
That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.
Starter – Duck.
Duck can be tough to get right – but it was pretty tasty, not that chewy, so it not a bad starter. The main followed which was a prawn curry with rice.
Again – the presentation is spot in. The flavours were reasonable, and not overpowering.
With dinner cleared down, I put my seat into a reasonable bed into a position, and woke up around an hour out of Doha, with the mood lighting waking me up.
I requested an arrivals service, and it came in the form of a fish and noodle dish. Little did I know how much I would need the energy from this when I hit Doha.
The noodles were of a nice thickness and paired well with the fish. The fish wasn’t dry (which is a challenge at 35,000ft)
The cabin was cleared down as we closed in on Doha, and the lights started coming up.
With the cabin secure, the blinds were opened so I could see the Gulf open up in-front of me.
Son, Doha was coming into view, lighting up the night sky.
With a turn, our QR947 started lining up for Hamad International Airport.
With a reasonable thump, QR947 landed at its home base of Doha, and begun its taxi to what I hoped would be a gate – bearing in mind that I had a tight connection (to put it bluntly).
Lots of Qatar Airways tails
With lots of tails – there was a good chance that we would be actually getting a gate as opposed to a bus this time – and looking at the monitor, I could see a gate in front of me.
With the engines shutting down, QR947 concluded its flight. The economy cabin was closed off during this time to allow premium passengers off first.
There was a short wait – but eventually, we were allowed off the A350.
Off we go!
This seemed to be the polished service I was expecting from Qatar Airways (as opposed to the mistakes being made on the Stockholm – Doha service. The crew were really friendly, and engaging. The bed as usual was comfortable as always and the food service was more than acceptable.
A much better service all around.
Next: 1 hour 20 connection in Doha…. Oh ****.
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