QR944 Hamad International Airport, Doha to Singapore Changi in Business Class with Qatar Airways – part of Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
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- 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 featuring the Aurora Lounge
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- To have flown, To Wait…
- I need another break…
After the bus departed, it was a matter of it taking us to the waiting Airbus A350, with it weaving its way through the traffic.
Very soon, an Airbus A350 appeared in the distance…
The doors were opened, and we were let off the bus to board the waiting plane.
I was welcomed aboard, and turned left.
So, onto the seat… and once again – it was a B/E Super Diamond – the same seat that is used aboard the Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
The legroom was more than sufficient.
However, the plane was having a small problem with the IFE system – to the point a Thales engineer with a network cable and a laptop was remotely fixing devices on the plane.
Eventually the IFE system booted into life and the Thales engineer look suitably satisfied that things were working.
With the IFE system up and running, the plane was ready for dispatch.
And thus, the Qatar Airways safety video played. And I made a look of terror as I saw it. Why?
Allow me to explain. There’s something I can’t pin on these two flight attendants in this video. Is their distant smile, the perfect hair or that creepy look that seems like “I’m going to steal your soul, no matter what class you’re sitting in…”
I’ll come up with a better back-story for these two on the return flight.
With the safety video done, it was time for our A350 to depart Doha.
Of course, this being an Airbus A350 – it had TailCam.
With the A330 town, it was time for our A350 to turn and take off.
Soon it was our A350s turn to line up and wait, before the Rolls Royce XWB’s powered up, to barrel QR944 down the runway and into the air.
One thing to note, that this cabin rattled loudly aboard this plane. I’m not sure if it was that the pilot was using excessive power, or if the fittings of the cabin were loose, or that the cabin was lightly loaded – but the plane rattled loudly. Not encouraging at all…
Oh yes, I found the tailcam footage too…
Now I was planning to get a lot of lovely pictures of the desert during climb. Except the cabin crew decided they wanted everyone on board to sleep.
About 15 minutes after take-off, the crew arbitrarily pulled down the blinds automatically on a daytime flight. And good luck in raising them. Didn’t happen.
I’m sorry. On a night-time flight, no issues. But on a daytime flight? Give the heck over. Some of us book windows seats to look out of the window. EVEN IN PREMIUM CLASSES
I booted up the IFE system out of map mode, and stuck on stuff that didn’t annoy me – including The Big Bang Theory (I’ve notice I tend to head to comedies when travelling – it takes my mind off the world).
To be honest, I didn’t let it bother me much as there were others in the cabin who fell asleep straight away – but I’d expected some real light in the cabin for part of the flight.
For entertainment purposes, I powered up my iPhone and connected it up to the Wi-Fi aboard this A350. Would it be better on QR944 – or worse than the previous flight?
Again – a few tweets, and my data was gone faster that you could say “I can’t open the window blinds”.
I settled back for the joy of the breakfast service.
I decided on the salmon starter – a good sized portion was offered.
This was followed by a main – which was an omelette with steak. Again, well cooked and nice on the palette in the air.
Pretty much after breakfast was cleared down, I settled down to some more Big Bang Theory, and not waking up until an hour before arrival.
The perfect time to freshen up in the bathroom.
There were multiple amenities in the small room.
Returning to the seat, the cabin was glowing orange – indicating people should wake up.
I was offered a drink – I went for cola as I wanted to be awake for the next part of the trip.
Paperwork was also distributed for landing at Singapore. Thankfully, pens were offered when asked (unlike a lot of airlines I can mention).
One thing I prefer about the A350s in Business Class is the placement of the connectivity options. I wasn’t touching the remote control by accident a lot of the time compared to the 787.
Soon enough, 40 minutes came into view, and the cabin was prepared for landing.
The blinds we lifted as the night sky was peppered with the lights of Malaysia below.
Soon the overhead panels went to landing mode, indicating we were 20 minutes out.
Meanwhile the world below was bathed in little lights.
Soon enough, the A350 was lining up to bring QR944 down on the tarmac at Singapore.
With a kiss of the tarmac, QR944 landed at Singapore Changi International safely and successfully.
The A350 made the gate at Singapore Changi, bringing an end to the first part of this adventure. With the cabin in light, and the seatbelt signs released, I gathered stuff, and headed to the exit
I headed to the grand entrance where the rest of the travellers gathered, awaiting the door to be opened.
With the doors opened, I said my thank-you’s to the crew of QR944, and headed into the wonder that is Singapore Changi.
Overall: The hard product is great on Qatar Airways – I find it so easy to fall asleep to. The catering is smashing. But the overeagerness to darken the cabin down so people can sleep was more than a little annoying, especially on a daytime flight where natural light should be welcomed for at least part of the flight.
And part of the flight is not just 15 minutes of it at the beginning and 40 at the end.
Next: Time to get my luggage and head to the Intercontinental Singapore.
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