In December final year, Qatar Airways launched direct flights from Doha (Qatar’s hub) to Gothenburg in Sweden. I was a portion of their inaugural flight, along with other bloggers, vloggers and media delegates from Asia, Middle East and United Kingdom.
I have flown Qatar a number of occasions previously, on the other hand, this was a unique practical experience. Not only was it the exclusivity of becoming on an inaugural international sector flight, but also the privilege of flying Company Class.
Onward journey: CCU-DOH-GOT
Duration: five.five hours + six.five hours
I have to admit the finest point about flying Company is the seamless verify-in. My verify-in at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Kolkata International Airport was much less than 3 minutes. Qatar’s ground employees ritualistically handed-out the lounge pass along with my boarding pass. Even although Kolkata’s Travel Club Lounge is not grand, I wouldn’t have missed a possibility to check out it.
I’ll go straight to my inflight practical experience from Hamad International Airport, Doha to Göteborg-Landvetter Airport.
The 22-seater Company Class of Boeing 787 Dreamliner boasts of regulated cabin stress with greater air circulation, 17-inch touchscreen manage unit, 80-inch flat beds, award-winning inflight entertainment program Oryx 1 (which can be previewed right here) and amenity kits created by BRIC’S and Nappa Dori. In the Economy, this aircraft has spacious 232 seats in a three-three-three configuration. As I widened my eyes to that piece of data, my flight attendant, Alexia, informed me, “This is nevertheless a child for us”, cheerfully.
The service was outstanding. (I generally recall Qatar for its outstanding service.) Due to the fact this was an inaugural flight, I suppose they had their A-listers at our service.
Breakfast was elaborate 3 courses. I skipped the juices and opted for Greek yogurt with toasted granola with nuts. My most important course was a scrumptious portion of scrambled eggs with grilled chicken skewers, accompanied with a number of helpings of karak chai and 1 hot chocolate. On my way to Gothenburg, I wasn’t as well properly. They continually checked on me, without having disturbing my snooze time.
Landing in Gothenburg was eventful. We have been welcomed with water cannons and most airport officials have been there to greet the 1st direct flight from Doha.
Al Mourjan Company Lounge at Doha International
Regrettably I had a brief 1.five-hour layover in Doha. In the early hours, I hardly located any time to discover the Al Mourjan Company Lounge at the airport. Even so, I created up for it on my way back from Gothenburg, when I had a two.five-hour layover.
Qatar’s Al Mourjan Lounge covers a sprawling 10000 square metres—the higher ceilings additional magnify space. There are quite a few reclining couches and private workstations, showers, loved ones rooms and play regions for young children and even a garden region. The restaurant in the mezzanine floor has an elaborate buffet about a bar. They also have a separate dessert counter.
On my return journey from Gothenburg, I downed a couple of G&Ts alongside rapid bites. I also got some perform performed, although the wifi wasn’t the finest.
Return Journey: GOT-DOH-CCU
Duration: six hours + five hours
Qatar Airways created departing from Sweden tolerable. We flew out off Gothenburg early in the day and as anticipated, verify-in was seamless. Once more we have been handed out our lounge passes. Even so, Gothenburg airport has immigration clearance just just before the departure gate. As a outcome, I did not get a possibility to quit by their lounge for a cup of tea.
No sooner onboard, Mushtaq, my flight attendant, introduced himself and served me a refreshing cup of lemon tea with cookies—even just before we took off! The award-winning airlines has dine-on-demand for their Company Class passengers. I slept off for two hours and requested Mushtaq to bring me my most important course (chicken curry with flavoured rice) as soon as I was awake. Needless to say, the service was impeccable and the meals was wholesome and scrumptious.
Dinner onboard from Doha to Kolkata was even far more flavourful. I chose the tabouleh and hummus platter for appetisers, followed by chicken biryani. It felt very good to fly back house to Indian flavours.
I was impressed by how the crew knew I was on the inaugural flight. Even far more surprisingly, they remembered my meals preferences and that I was unwell on my way to Sweden. That sort of focus to detail is extremely humbling.
Viewpoint: Qatar Airways’ Company Class is flawless. By definition, ‘business class’ is an exclusive practical experience and Qatar exceeds all expectations. Even so, I can vouch for Qatar’s Economy Class with the exact same self-confidence. As described, I have flown their Economy quite a few occasions and they excel in all regions there as properly.
Other parameters and data:
-Baggage allowance: 40k (no limitation on quantity of bags. 1 bag can be a maximum 23k.)
-Punctuality: On time
-The lounge in Göteborg-Landvetter Airport departure terminal is Ahead of immigration clearance.
-The Al Mourjan Company Lounge is positioned on Level three at Hamad International Airport.
-Qatar’s 787 Dreamliner Company Class has a social ledge exactly where passengers can assist themselves with champagne, crisps and fruits.
-Qatar Airways flies to Gothenburg 5 occasions a week.
-Deservingly, Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Very best Company Class by the 2018 Planet Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax, amongst quite a few other awards.
How has your practical experience been with Qatar Airways?
Note: I was invited by Qatar Airways on their inaugural flight to Gothenburg, Sweden.
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