QR169 Hamad International Doha – Stockholm Arlanda (Business Class)
Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
- 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 featuring the Aurora Lounge
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- To have flown, To Wait…
- I need another break…
With me running down the jetway, I made it on the plane. I was welcomed aboard and directed to my seat of 2A.
I arrived at my seat, and dumping my bags in the overhead bin the announcement was made that, boarding was complete.
Yep – I held up a plane. Go me.
Looking at the seat – once again, I was flying aboard a B/E Super Diamond seat. Pretty much the same seat business class seat as I’ve been sitting in for the past three segments with Qatar Airways.
That is no bad thing – as it’s the same comfortable seat I’ve been sitting on Qatar Airways.
Whilst I was the back of the queue for anything, the plane looked reasonably loaded for its flight onto Stockholm that evening.
Eventually, an amenity kit and more pyjamas arrived – as well as a cold towel – because I needed. By jingo, I needed after that run through Doha.
Although it didn’t help that the IFE system had crashed when I touched it.
A quick reboot, and it was up and running again.
Some bubbles mixed with orange juice were also delivered – because that helps a lot. Especially when running through Doha airport.
I requested a visit to the cockpit on landing – subject to the captains approvals (not that I stood a chance, but y’know… worth a chance).
Push-back began soon enough, and the non-scary Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Safety Video played.
At least these two flight attendants seem to be happy to have you aboard. Unlike those two in the A350 video…
Yes – this is a thing, and we’re going to live with it.
I check the safety card – and indeed – I was aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
With a short taxi, QR169 lined up for its departure from the heat of Doha and the State of Qatar.
Qatar Airways Airbus A330 loading
With the power of the engines, QR169 took off and headed into the night sky.
With the plane climbing into the night sky, I looked to my left with Doha passing by to the left of me.
With the plane airborne and climbing, the crew were around taking requests for service.
Some people wanted to sleep straight away. Some of us who had adrenaline running liked food and drink. Orders were taken for both departures and arrivals service.
Hot nuts and bubbles arrived quickly.
My table was set for departures service. Now, I could had pre-ordered it but I chose to be surprised.
I went for the fish.
Again, another tasty dish with the crew happily filling up my champagne glass. The table was cleared quickly, and I put the seat into a bed position.
After refusing a top-up of bubbles (which the crew were quite happy feeding me on), I bedded down for the short flight to Stockholm (the segment being under 7 hours or so).
I did well on the sleep front, getting a reasonable doze in for a good few hours – and waking up about an hour and a half before landing.
Pretty much a good time to grab breakfast and to refresh myself. I headed to the small room to do what I had to do.
Outside – the world was dimmed in that classic Dreamliner blue/turquoise.
The table was laid – this time with breakfast pastries
A cooked breakfast featuring an omelette, potato hashes and salmon arrived.
Another filling meal, with the omelette reasonably well done. The hashes were full of flavour, and a reasonable pre-arrival service.
As well as that – I had coffee. Because I needed to wake up.
Although if there was an experience Qatar Airways could do with improving, is it’s coffee. No creama on the coffee… very much akin to basic coffee.
The rest of the cabin was waking up as we were tracking towards Stockholm, with meals and snacks served to those who needed them.
For whatever reason possessed me, I decided to run a Speed Test on the on-board Wi-Fi. Again – this plane is fitted with OnAir’s L Band solution, which you should all know is pants by now.
HAHAHAHAHA. Oh. You’re serious.
But just to prove it…
And once again – a pants Speed Test. Pretty useless for well… anything.
The cabin was turning orange – an indication the mood lighting was wanting everyone to wake up and prepare for landing.
Do as the nice flight attendant says. Or she’ll dispatch those two from the A350 video.
You can see the difference the electronic window blinds make.
With the sunlight disappearing into grey, QR169 descended through the cloud layer, with the plane lining up to land at Arlanda.
With a bit of buffering, QR169 lined up and headed for a runway, and planting wheels on the ground.
Landing at Stockholm, the cabin windows fogged up. Ho hum.
The taxi to the gate was a slow run into Arlanda Terminal 5, where the plane was directed to a gate
With the plane coming to the gate, my premium adventure was coming to a close.
Oh, the cockpit visit I requested? Denied. One day I’ll get into the cockpit of a 787 for a picture.
I thanked the crew, and headed off the Boeing 787 and back into the perma-air-con of Europe, and Stockholm.
Overall: Much better than the outbound service from Stockholm. The crew was reactive and proactive, and the service just felt more polished overall. The food was of a high quality and the Super Diamond is not a bad seat at all.
Next: Going back from Business to Economy Class via the Aurora Lounge
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