Review: Qatar Airways Business Class Boeing 787-9 (MXP-DOH)

Review: Qatar Airways Business Class Boeing 787-9 (MXP-DOH)

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FROM: MXP
TO: DOH
CABIN: Business
DATE: February 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: Qatar Airways' new Boeing 787-9 business class offers an excellent hard product, with suites that have doors and direct aisle access. The soft product is also consistently excellent. However, I still prefer Qatar Airways' Qsuites product.
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We had quite a long journey to Oman, as we flew Iberia’s A330 business class from Miami to Madrid, and then Iberia’s A320neo business class from Madrid to Milan. Next up was the flight I was most looking forward to — Qatar Airways’ new 787-9 business class from Milan to Doha.

How I booked our Qatar Airways business class tickets

Our time in Oman would be starting in Salalah, so I booked the following in business class for 42,500 AAdvantage miles plus $74.60 in taxes and fees per person:

02/16 IB3252 Madrid to Milan departing departing 11:30AM arriving 1:45PM
02/16 QR128 Milan to Doha departing 3:50PM arriving 11:35PM
02/17 QR1130 Doha to Salalah departing 12:50AM arriving 4:20AM

The reason for the indirect routing (rather than flying direct from Madrid to Doha) is because Milan to Doha was operated by Qatar Airways’ new Boeing 787-9, while Madrid to Doha wasn’t.

Qatar Airways business class boarding

Our flight from Milan to Doha was scheduled to board at 3:05PM, 45 minutes before departure. The flight was departing from gate B55, just a short walk from the Sala Montale Lounge.

Qatar Airways boarding gate Milan Malpensa Airport

Business class passengers were invited to board first, and boarding took place exclusively through the second set of doors. There I was greeted by the friendly crew, and pointed left into business class.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 Milan Malpensa Airport

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 business class cabin & seats

Qatar Airways has installed all new business class seats on its Boeing 787-9s, different than the Qsuites you’ll find on other planes, which are among my favorite business class seats in the world. Qatar Airways has a gorgeous entryway by the second set of doors, with an area that could be used as a self-serve bar, along with a bulkhead that had a cool texture and the carrier’s logo.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 entryway

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-9s have a total of 30 business class seats, spread across eight rows in a 1-2-1 configuration. Qatar Airways is the launch customer for the new Adient Ascent seat, which is a highly customizable product that we’ll soon see on other airlines as well. The cabin is incredibly sleek-looking, if you ask me. I’m not usually a fan of burgundy as a color, but Qatar Airways pulls it off.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 business class cabin
Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 business class cabin

Qatar Airways has a consistent configuration in each row on the 787-9, which is to say that seats aren’t staggered. Along the windows you’ll find reverse herringbone seats, facing the windows. Each seat has a door, so I’d say the most comparable product would be British Airways’ new Club Suites (though I think Qatar Airways’ product is better).

Qatar Airways business class seat Boeing 787-9

The attention to detail with the seat design is impressive, both in terms of style and substance.

Qatar Airways business class seat Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class seat Boeing 787-9

While the window seats are in a reverse herringbone configuration, the center seats are in a herringbone configuration, which is to say that they face the aisle, and are angled away from one another. I decided to assign us the two center seats in row five. This mixed reverse herringbone and herringbone layout reminds me of Virgin Atlantic’s new Upper Class.

Qatar Airways business class seat Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class seat Boeing 787-9

There’s a very high privacy divider, so if you’re seated in a center seat next to a stranger, the good news is that you’ll still have full privacy.

Qatar Airways business class seat Boeing 787-9

If you’re traveling with someone, the partition can be lowered the entire way, and that’s done by both passengers pushing the down button by the divider at the same time.

Qatar Airways business class partition lowering button

Each business class suite has a door, which is a nice feature. While the door was pretty easy to open and close, it didn’t quite close all the way, unlike in Qsuites.

Qatar Airways business class door Boeing 787-9

The area next to the seat was designed both beautifully and functionally. There was a small storage compartment where headphones could be stored, and it also had a small mirror.

Qatar Airways business class seat storage Boeing 787-9

Next to that was a wireless phone charger. It’s smart that this is vertical and that you can secure your phone in it, so that it won’t move around. While wireless charging is a cute concept, the catch is that the charging is way slower than if you plug in, so it took several hours to get my phone charged.

Qatar Airways business class seat storage Boeing 787-9
“Dad, bring me home a doggy bag, but not that vegan stuff, I want the meats!”

The seat controls were located underneath the armrest, and were easy to use. There was also a “do not disturb” button.

Qatar Airways business class seat controls Boeing 787-9

Above that was the entertainment controller, power outlets (AC and 110v), and the headphone jack (though the 787-9 also offers bluetooth audio so that you can use your own headphones, which is awesome).

Qatar Airways business class entertainment controller & outlets Boeing 787-9

The tray table could be extended from underneath the personal television, and was sturdy and large.

Qatar Airways business class tray table Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class tray table Boeing 787-9

One major concern about these types of seats is the size of the footwell, as often they’re quite restrictive, especially if you have big feet. I found the footwell here to be a good size, better than many other popular seats.

Qatar Airways business class footwell Boeing 787-9

There was a literature pocket to the side of the entertainment screen.

Qatar Airways business class literature pocket Boeing 787-9

The one downside to this seat is the lack of storage. In addition to the small compartment to the side of the seat, there’s also a small exposed cubby underneath the seat and to the side.

Qatar Airways business class seat storage Boeing 787-9

Each seat also had an individual air nozzle, though in the center section these can be quite difficult to reach.

Qatar Airways business class amenities

Boy did I miss Qatar Airways! While most airlines have greatly cut back service during the pandemic, it was nice to be back on an airline that still offers a great product (even if it’s a bit scaled back compared to pre-coronavirus). Waiting at each seat upon boarding were two pillows and a blanket. I find Qatar Airways’ bedding to be excellent (even if the quotes on the pillows are sometimes a bit “Live, Laugh, Love” vibes).

Qatar Airways business class bedding

Also waiting at each seat were a pair of noise canceling headphones, which are reasonably good, though not industry-leading.

Qatar Airways business class headphones

The menu and wine list were also at my seat upon boarding, in the literature pocket.

Qatar Airways business class menu

A moment after settling in, the friendly flight attendant working my aisle introduced herself, familiarized me with the business class suite, and offered me a pre-departure drink. I asked for a glass of champagne (Charles Heidsieck was being served) and the signature lime-mint juice. This was served with a packaged cold towel. Yum!

Qatar Airways business class pre-departure drinks

I was also offered a BRIC’S amenity kit, with eyeshades, socks, earplugs, cream, facial spray, and lip balm.

Qatar Airways business class amenity kit

There was also a protective kit, featuring a mask, gloves, and four packets of hand sanitizer.

Qatar Airways business class protective kit

Throughout boarding I enjoyed listening to Qatar Airways’ boarding music, which is incredibly elegant and calming.

Qatar Airways departure from Milan

By 3:35PM boarding was complete, with 20 of the 30 business class seats occupied. At that point the captain made his welcome aboard announcement, informing us of our flight time of 5hr10min, and our cruising altitude of 39,000 feet.

It’s always amazing when you put into perspective the product that Qatar Airways offers compared to what you’ll find on flights of similar length in the United States.

At 3:45PM the main cabin door closed, and five minutes later we began our pushback. At that point the safety video was screened. We had a roughly 15 minute taxi to our departure runway — at 4:05PM we were airborne from runway 35R. The Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 has a nose camera, and I loved being able to watch the takeoff view (though it doesn’t quite compare to the A380 tail camera found on some airlines).

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 nose camera

Qatar Airways business class entertainment & Wi-Fi

After takeoff I browsed Qatar Airways’ Oryx One entertainment selection, which is exceptional.

Qatar Airways Oryx One entertainment system

The system is well organized, and has a massive selection of movies and TV shows.

Qatar Airways Oryx One entertainment system
Qatar Airways Oryx One entertainment system

There’s also a moving map feature, which I enjoyed keeping an eye on throughout the flight…

Qatar Airways Oryx One map feature

…especially as routings in this region can often have some interesting turns.

Qatar Airways Oryx One map feature
Qatar Airways Oryx One map feature

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-9s also feature “Super Wi-Fi,” as the airline calls it, which is probably the best value in the industry.

Qatar Airways Wi-Fi Boeing 787-9

While all Qatar Airways Privilege Club members can enjoy one hour of free Wi-Fi, you can otherwise buy a full flight pass for $10, which has no data caps.

Qatar Airways Wi-Fi pricing Boeing 787-9

Not only is the pricing phenomenal, but the speeds are excellent. I was able to legitimately be as productive as on the ground, and didn’t find myself waiting for pages to load, etc.

Qatar Airways Wi-Fi speed Boeing 787-9

Qatar Airways business class meal service

Qatar Airways offers a dine on demand menu in business class. The menu read as follows:

There’s also a very extensive selection of beverages. The wine list read as follows:

Meanwhile the rest of the drink list read as follows:

Before takeoff we were already asked if we wanted to place an order, and when we wanted to eat. It’s great to have that kind of flexibility.

Qatar Airways has a cocktail menu, so for after takeoff I decided to order an aperol spritz, while Ford had an old fashioned. It’s nice to be able to order cocktails, and it’s something I wish we’d see more airlines offer. The cocktails were reasonably good for being on a plane, though could’ve been better (or probably should have had ice).

Qatar Airways business class drinks

We decided to have dinner about an hour into the flight. I found the menu to be significantly scaled back compared to the last time I flew Qatar Airways on a flight like this, as there were fewer snack and appetizer options. While I do think this represents a scaling back, context is important here — Qatar Airways is still more or less in a league of its own when it comes to catering on a flight like this.

To start I decided to order the Arabic mezze, which included hummus, tabouleh, and baba ghanoush, served with Arabic bread. This was served with a tasty bread selection, as well as butter plus a choice of olive oil.

Qatar Airways business class starter — Arabic mezze

Ford had the seared beef fillet as his starter, which came with a waldorf salad and horseradish dressing.

Qatar Airways business class starter — seared beef fillet

There were three main course choices, and they included lamb belly, duck confit, or a vegan option. I appreciate that Qatar Airways now consistently has a vegan option in business class, so I decided to order that. The vegan menu item was a pesto glazed celeriac steak with Mediterranean risotto and steamed seasonal vegetables. The dish was pretty tasty, and I had a glass of sauvignon blanc to go along with it.

Qatar Airways business class main course — pesto glazed celeriac steak

After the main course I ordered a cheese plate, which was beautifully presented.

Qatar Airways business class meal — cheese plate

Lastly I ordered the classic tiramisu, which was great.

Qatar Airways business class dessert — classic tiramisu

To be honest, I’ve had better meals in Qatar Airways business class, but this was still very good. The menu is definitely more limited than in the past, but then again, it’s not like most other airlines have bigger menus.

As we approached Doha I decided to order an iced cappuccino, and I was offered a box of Godiva chocolates to go along with it. I love Qatar Airways’ coffee selection.

Qatar Airways business class drink — iced cappuccino
Qatar Airways business class Godiva chocolates

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 business class bed

While I didn’t get any sleep on this (fairly) short daytime flight, I did check out the bed, both in a window seat, and in a center seat. In bed mode the seat is comfortable and well designed — it’s spacious, cozy, and I felt like there was enough space even though I’m a side sleeper who tends to bend my knees a bit. Meanwhile I’ve been in plenty of reverse herringbone seats where I felt my knees were pushed up against the side of the seat.

Qatar Airways business class flat bed Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class flat bed Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class flat bed Boeing 787-9

If you’re traveling with someone, the center seats are cool in that you can fully lower the partition and have your heads next to one another. The catch is that your bodies are angled away from one another, so this isn’t the same double bed you’d find in Qsuites. Nonetheless it’s nice to be close to a companion, at least.

Qatar Airways business class “double” bed Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class “double” bed Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class cabin Boeing 787-9

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 business class bathrooms

On the Boeing 787-9, both of Qatar Airways’ business class lavatories are located behind the cabin, near door two. There’s one on each side, and they each have a window, which sure is cool.

Qatar Airways business class lavatory Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class lavatory view Boeing 787-9
Qatar Airways business class lavatory view Boeing 787-9

The bathrooms were well maintained, and had a variety of amenities, including dental kits, shaving kits, and Diptyque toiletries. This is totally random, but I’m curious — do any OMAAT readers shave on planes? I could see myself doing it in the Emirates A380 shower suite, but that’s about it…

Qatar Airways business class lavatory amenities

Qatar Airways business class service

The crew on this flight was great — they were friendly, attentive, and always happy to fulfill any requests. End of story.

Qatar Airways arrival in Doha

At around 10:45PM Doha time the captain announced we would soon be commencing our descent, and should be landing in about 30 minutes. While we initially made good progress on our descent, we ended up having a rather circuitous approach.

Map approaching Doha

We landed in Doha at 11:35PM. Just like during takeoff, I enjoyed watching the nose camera during this phase of flight.

Nose camera approaching Doha

We arrived at our gate at 11:40PM, five minutes behind schedule.

Taxiing to arrival stand Doha

Bottom line

I’m thrilled I had the chance to fly Qatar Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 business class, as the Adient Ascent seat is one we’ll likely see on several more airlines. The new 787-9 business class suite is great, though I think Qsuites still has the edge.

In terms of soft product, Qatar Airways continues to hit it out of the park, with a dine on demand concept, an excellent drink selection, and great bedding and amenities. As someone who likes to stay connected while traveling, I also love Qatar Airways’ “Super Wi-Fi,” where you can get unlimited high speed Wi-Fi with no data caps for just $10.

In fairness, the experience is definitely scaled back a bit compared to what it used to be. There were no nuts with the first drink service, and the menu was smaller than in the past. Still, two years into the pandemic, it was so nice to take a business class flight that actually felt “normal” again. Qatar Airways is in a league of its own when it comes to business class, in my opinion.

What do you make of Qatar Airways’ 787-9 business class?

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  1. Chris Sandner Guest

    Great and accurate review … my only contrary opinion is that I find the QR entertainment system not to be as extensive at EK’s ICE system… and most infuriatingly NOT well organized. Bit of a dog’s breakfast is how I’d sum it up. Otherwise I find QR TOPS!!’

  2. KATA Member

    Bollinger 2006 in Business Class is seriously impressive. I’m glad QR has finally brought their Champagne game back to par after a few stints offering the incredibly acidic Pommery…

  3. Lukas Guest

    @Creditcrunch and @Aaron

    I just flew this config and I can confirm that the privacy divider is not high enough if you're tall (or seated next to someone tall). I'm roughly 6,5" and my eyeline was slightly above the divider when raised. If you're seated next to a stranger in the middle seats, it has a very real possibility to get awkward.

    That said, I liked the finishes and comfort, but I honestly prefer a standard reverse herringbone seat.

  4. JohnHam Member

    I shave in hotel rooms and not the plane. I don't like leaving a messy lavatory and clean up after myself. Plus I carry better shaving gel

  5. Dan Guest

    I have shaved exactly twice on a flight, and both times were because I was going straight to a meeting.

    First time was on QR after a DOH-IAD leg back in 2008, and the other was a LH DXB-FRA in 2010.

  6. Rob Guest

    I agree with Mark. I flew with QR many times - service, food and seats are usually very good - but I don't use QR any longer. If everything works fine - it is great but if something goes wrong - it is a disaster - they are very unfriendly and very unhelpful, impossible to get any kind of compensation. Also many times in the past I flew very old 777-200 with horrible seats -...

    I agree with Mark. I flew with QR many times - service, food and seats are usually very good - but I don't use QR any longer. If everything works fine - it is great but if something goes wrong - it is a disaster - they are very unfriendly and very unhelpful, impossible to get any kind of compensation. Also many times in the past I flew very old 777-200 with horrible seats - instead of promised Q suites ( 3 out of
    4 flights ) - zero compensation, no apology either ( not nice despite of the well known policy they might change aircraft for "operational reasons"). Sorry - QR might be the best airline/business class - but it is not for me. Prefer SQ and others.

  7. Azamaraal Diamond

    Nice to know about the Q suites mask (not strictly enforced) possibility. We have a SEA-DOH 14 hour coming in two weeks.

    With HEPA filters, air nozzles and huge social distances in J it is hard to justify a mask requirement. Hope that officially the requirement will end soon. It's not like being in the massive lineups at immigration and customs where you are in close proximity no matter what you do with people you...

    Nice to know about the Q suites mask (not strictly enforced) possibility. We have a SEA-DOH 14 hour coming in two weeks.

    With HEPA filters, air nozzles and huge social distances in J it is hard to justify a mask requirement. Hope that officially the requirement will end soon. It's not like being in the massive lineups at immigration and customs where you are in close proximity no matter what you do with people you don't know and who may not be masked.

    Amusing they give one (1) mask for the 14 hour flight. Guess they don't expect you to change it every 3 hours as required ;-)

  8. Mark Guest

    I realize this blog’s intent is to review travel experiences, but I am conflicted when I see the praise about ME3 carriers where there are many, many documented instances of inhumane treatment of their staff, particularly towards those who get sponsored citizenship to work for pennies.

    Yes, I have experienced the EK A380 shower and the QR DOH lounges, and they are fun, but after more exposure over the past few years about how employees...

    I realize this blog’s intent is to review travel experiences, but I am conflicted when I see the praise about ME3 carriers where there are many, many documented instances of inhumane treatment of their staff, particularly towards those who get sponsored citizenship to work for pennies.

    Yes, I have experienced the EK A380 shower and the QR DOH lounges, and they are fun, but after more exposure over the past few years about how employees are treated at these companies, I won’t fly these carriers (using points or cash). Just like I go out of my way to patronize Mom-n-Pop shops over big box stores, or donate to organizations that minimize administrative costs and not pay their leadership 7-digit+ salaries.

    I’m sure many people will react and say, “good, more seats for me,” but I’m hopeful the LGBT writer of this blog is aware of how horrible these countries and airlines treat their own kind.

    1. John Guest

      Your virtue signalling is nauseating. The correct (i.e. dignified and non-showy) course of action is simply for you not fly these airlines, instead of making a song-and-dance about these "...horrible countries...and airlines". It is Ben's right to write as he wishes. It is our right to fly whatever airline we wish according to our desire, need and conscience, not your opinions.

      And if we were to take this loopy logic to its inevitable conclusion, the...

      Your virtue signalling is nauseating. The correct (i.e. dignified and non-showy) course of action is simply for you not fly these airlines, instead of making a song-and-dance about these "...horrible countries...and airlines". It is Ben's right to write as he wishes. It is our right to fly whatever airline we wish according to our desire, need and conscience, not your opinions.

      And if we were to take this loopy logic to its inevitable conclusion, the consequences would be quite....awkward. Do I stop flying BA because Britain was the world's largest colonial power? Do I stop flying KLM because the Dutch brutalized Indonesia for hundreds of years? Do I stop flying Iberia because Cortez conquered the Incas? Do I stop flying QANTAS because Australian aborigines were marginalized? Do I stop flying Air New Zealand because of the Maori Wars? Do I stop flying Lufthansa because of 'that guy' with the funny moustache? Do I stop flying TAP because of Salazar? Do I stop flying Air China because of Mao and the Cultural Revolution? Do I stop flying Cathy because Carrie Lam is a communist lickspittle? Do I stop flying EgyptAir because the democracy revolution is lost and dictatorship is back? Do I stop flying American Airlines because of the Iraq Wars (I and II)?

      Oh, my God! If we were to stop flying airlines based on the malicious behaviours (real or imagined) of their governments, there would literally be ZERO airlines flying. Welcome to the real world. It's messy and complicated and full of mostly decent people with other things on their mind instead of virtue signalling.

    2. Ralph4878 Guest

      Many of your examples do not follow Mark's logic - they have largely been recognized by the countries of origin as horrific and/or problematic, and some of these countries have even made reparations for their past injustices and crimes. No one is talking about flying Lufthansa while the Nazis were in charge of Germany here. Furthermore, several of these airlines are privately owned, whilst Emirates and Qatar are state owned by states known for their...

      Many of your examples do not follow Mark's logic - they have largely been recognized by the countries of origin as horrific and/or problematic, and some of these countries have even made reparations for their past injustices and crimes. No one is talking about flying Lufthansa while the Nazis were in charge of Germany here. Furthermore, several of these airlines are privately owned, whilst Emirates and Qatar are state owned by states known for their abuses. So...false equivalences all around here. Also, why is it that every time someone calls out a social justice issue on this site, someone has to get their panties in a bunch about it being "virtue signaling?" How bloody cynical and, frankly, uncaring do you have to be to see someone taking issue with modern day discrimination and exploitation as nothing more than "virtue signaling?" If "virtual signaling" is more upsetting to you than the actual issue being addressed, then perhaps you are part of the problem. So sure, fly who you want to fly, but don't get upset when you are judged for it, and don't try and gaslight folks with false equivalences.

    3. Ver Guest

      Ok so only US and Russian Airlines for now... Both are inhumanely invading other countries. Both should be avoided.

    4. Ralph4878 Guest

      Again, another false equivalence...the US airlines are not state run.

    5. Fred Guest

      LGBT is a reference to movements of activists who fight for more justice and equality and that is deeply laudable. However, one can be gay and not feeling a voice for a LGBT movement at any instant of ones life. And thanks god! So please let the writer fly any airlines he wishes without making him feel bad about the fantastic job he has been doing for years. This is certainly the best blog of...

      LGBT is a reference to movements of activists who fight for more justice and equality and that is deeply laudable. However, one can be gay and not feeling a voice for a LGBT movement at any instant of ones life. And thanks god! So please let the writer fly any airlines he wishes without making him feel bad about the fantastic job he has been doing for years. This is certainly the best blog of its kind and and I find it inappropriate to make its talented author feel bad about his excellent work.

  9. Paul Guest

    Ha, I once shaved on a Qatar flight, I think to Sydney to kill some time. Those disposable razors were less sharp than the butter knives. Do not recommend

    1. SQ51 Guest

      My neck remembers the pain from this

  10. Rajkumar Bhagwanani Guest

    Looks great, I wish to travel Sydney in Business Class,

  11. Aaron Guest

    "This was served with a packaged cold towel. Yum!"

    You know those towels aren't meant for eating, Lucky...

    1. Santos Guest

      Years ago, I went to a fancy-schmancy molecular gastronomy place in Tokyo for a tasting dinner with colleagues. Waiting at each seat were a glass of champagne and a crystal dish on which sat a small white cylinder. Looked just like a marshmallow. I figured this was some sort of zany amuse bouche and popped it into my mouth, only to be repulsed by its hard, coarse, flavorless texture.

      A few seconds later, a...

      Years ago, I went to a fancy-schmancy molecular gastronomy place in Tokyo for a tasting dinner with colleagues. Waiting at each seat were a glass of champagne and a crystal dish on which sat a small white cylinder. Looked just like a marshmallow. I figured this was some sort of zany amuse bouche and popped it into my mouth, only to be repulsed by its hard, coarse, flavorless texture.

      A few seconds later, a waiter came by and I saw him pouring hot water on the other diners' small white cylinders. They immediately blossomed into small scented towels. Oops. I spat mine into my napkin discreetly although the waiter looked horrified when he realized what I'd done. Thankfully it's Japan so absolutely no attention was called to it!

  12. Creditcrunch Gold

    I don’t like how close one’s head is to each other on the centre seats, just like Virgin even with a privacy screen it’s awkwardly close for comfort.

    1. Aaron Guest

      Nonsense, with that privacy screen your heads won't be touching at all, and being pointed away from each other won't make it that awkward.

  13. JDS Guest

    If you’re in a centre seat next to a stranger, and that partition fails, sleeping is going to be very awkward.

  14. Phillip Member

    Interesting comment about the nuts… on my two flights with QR two weeks ago, they were serving warm nuts with drinks pre-departure.

    1. Devarsh Guest

      Hahaha sounds like you are the perfect fit for the next CEO of Korean airways :P

  15. Alec Guest

    Wish more airlines had more non-alcoholic beverages like this! Even in economy Qatar has mango juice. Nice to have options other than soda and drip coffee

  16. SR Guest

    Thank you for another great detailed review. Looks like a great product, but I wish Qatar could have somehow managed to get a true double bed. If I am not wrong, they are the only one who offer a true double bed in J (except for few bulk head seats in SQ). This was one of the biggest reasons for me to fly QR. But this is still better than the reverse herringbone they have...

    Thank you for another great detailed review. Looks like a great product, but I wish Qatar could have somehow managed to get a true double bed. If I am not wrong, they are the only one who offer a true double bed in J (except for few bulk head seats in SQ). This was one of the biggest reasons for me to fly QR. But this is still better than the reverse herringbone they have on some of their 787s.
    Thank you for trying their vegan option. Really appreciate your review on it.

  17. JasonB Member

    Very nice review, as usual. I have never even considered shaving on a flight.

    Is that a manual window shade in the bathroom? I thought 787 windows were all fancy electric tint.

  18. Morgan Gold

    In terms of shaving, I always ensure I have shaved before any flight/set of flights I take, there is just not enough room in an airplane bathroom additionally, if you hit some turbulence you could cut yourself.

  19. Fredje Guest

    Great review, as always. What's mask policy like on board? And do they wear it? I'm sincerely hoping we are stepping away from this quite soon.

    1. Kyle Guest

      In qsuites with doors closed, you can keep it off and they won't say anything.

  20. Walter Guest

    I do often shave on a flight if I am on an overnight flight arriving in the morning and it is more than 15-18 hours since my last shave, which is fairly common when flying to and from Australia.

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John Guest

Your virtue signalling is nauseating. The correct (i.e. dignified and non-showy) course of action is simply for you not fly these airlines, instead of making a song-and-dance about these "...horrible countries...and airlines". It is Ben's right to write as he wishes. It is our right to fly whatever airline we wish according to our desire, need and conscience, not your opinions. And if we were to take this loopy logic to its inevitable conclusion, the consequences would be quite....awkward. Do I stop flying BA because Britain was the world's largest colonial power? Do I stop flying KLM because the Dutch brutalized Indonesia for hundreds of years? Do I stop flying Iberia because Cortez conquered the Incas? Do I stop flying QANTAS because Australian aborigines were marginalized? Do I stop flying Air New Zealand because of the Maori Wars? Do I stop flying Lufthansa because of 'that guy' with the funny moustache? Do I stop flying TAP because of Salazar? Do I stop flying Air China because of Mao and the Cultural Revolution? Do I stop flying Cathy because Carrie Lam is a communist lickspittle? Do I stop flying EgyptAir because the democracy revolution is lost and dictatorship is back? Do I stop flying American Airlines because of the Iraq Wars (I and II)? Oh, my God! If we were to stop flying airlines based on the malicious behaviours (real or imagined) of their governments, there would literally be ZERO airlines flying. Welcome to the real world. It's messy and complicated and full of mostly decent people with other things on their mind instead of virtue signalling.

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Alec Guest

Wish more airlines had more non-alcoholic beverages like this! Even in economy Qatar has mango juice. Nice to have options other than soda and drip coffee

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Bollinger 2006 in Business Class is seriously impressive. I’m glad QR has finally brought their Champagne game back to par after a few stints offering the incredibly acidic Pommery…

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