Qatar Airways | Airbus A350 | DOH-SIN | Business

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Airline: Qatar Airways
Aircraft: Airbus A350-900
Route: Stockholm Doha Hamad – Singapore Changi
Flight number: QR944
Seat number: 4K
Cabin: Business
Flight date: April 2016

Check In / Security
As I was transferring, I didn’t use the check in facilities in Doha. Although I did use the fast track security – and it was a pretty rushed affair, with everything and everyone being shoved through at lightening speed. I know I normally complain when so called fast tracks aren’t fast, but this was a little too fast – how can they possibly screen everything sufficiently in such a short space? Either way, I was back into the departure lounge in a minute or two.
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As I had a 13 hour layover, I made my way up to the Business lounge for some dinner. I was pretty much the only person in this very large and spacious lounge.
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I found the food options to be of a decent quality, but lacking in quantity somewhat. There was a main restaurant at one end of the lounge, with a sandwich bar at the other.
I also returned for breakfast the following morning. Much the same as the previous evening but a little busier on this occasion.
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Boarding / Onboard
Boarding was a little stressful. My boarding pass showed boarding at 06:30, yet at 06:35 the FID’s in the lounge were showing no information. I asked one of the lounge agents and they said 06:45. I made my way to the gate anyway as I preferred to be early, and it was quite a long walk – around fifteen minutes or so, and I’m a fast walker. By the time I made it to the gate, it was showing final call. Although the business bus was yet to show up, so I still had to wait a couple of minutes.
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Once at the aircraft, I made my way up the stairs and was welcomed on board. One thing that struck me almost immediately was the crew seemed a lot warmer on this flight compared to yesterdays.
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Much like on my previous flights with Qatar, the service started almost immediately with hot towels, welcome drinks, amenity kits and menus handed out.
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Once we had lifted off, the main meal service started. I opted for the yogurt, followed by the eggs.
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The crew on this flight were far more pro active on this flight, constantly coming through the cabin and seeing if anybody needed anything.
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Arrival was delayed a bit, due to the fact we had to hold due to the weather.
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When we did land, it was straight through a security check – the first time I’ve had to do this at Changi, and then on to the shuttle to the main terminal. Everything was pretty quick and I made it from the plane to my hotel room at the Crowne Plaza in around 25 minutes.
My first flight on the A350 and I thought it was a great plane. Considering its competing with the Dreamliner, its a major step ahead – wider, quieter and better mood lighting. The one thing I did notice though was that Qatar seemed to have crammed a few more seats into it, as it just didn’t seem quite as spacious as the 787 – despite the wider cabin.
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