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Airline: Qatar Airways
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Route: Stockholm Arlanda – Doha Hamad
Flight number: QR170
Seat number: 4K
Flight date: April 2016
Check In / Security
Check in was a little slow – it would appear I’d arrived at rush hour. Plus both of the premium lanes seemed to have people having a few issues with the process. I was handed a couple of boarding passes, my bag sent on its way and I made my way to the Fast Track, which worked reasonably well.
The lounge that QR uses here is a third party one (The Arlanda Lounge), and therefore a little on the busy side and food offerings somewhat basic.
Boarding / Onboard
Upon arrival at the gate, there was a fast track available, however it wasn’t a separate lane – just a partitioned area that let you jump the queue. Not a fan of those personally as you get a few evil eyes as you pass through. No real priority boarding was given – economy was announced followed by “plus business and status holders”
The service began shortly after boarding, with a cold towel and Qatar’s signature lime and mint drink, menus and a Giorgio Armani amenity kit.
Once airborne, the drinks service began, followed by lunch. I started with the Salmon.
Followed by the beef
And finished with the Panna Cotta, Baileys and finally chocolates. That was pretty much it for the service.
Descent was pretty slow due to having to take the scenic route. But once we were down, it was on to a jet bridge and then a case of following signs for transfer. There was a fast track available.
A good enough flight with Qatar Airways. Their latest Business seat is a great product, and the presentation of the food couldn’t be faulted. Although I do have to admit, the quality of food itself wasn’t too much different to what I’d had on other carriers. I’d also seen online that the airline only distributes WiFi vouchers some of the time – and on this occasion they didn’t. On the subject of the crew (I know this raises a lot of discussion online) they were a little on the cold side. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t bad by a long shot – it was more a case that they got the job done and not much more.
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