My review of Qatar Airways impressive A380 business class

As I explained yesterday, I travelled down to the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah last week as the guest of Qatar Airways.

At the start of February, Qatar Airways started direct flights between Doha and Ras al-Khaimah.  Ras al-Khaimah is a popular weekend destination for people living in the Emirates, both for its beaches and for its mountains.  It is also developing as a holiday destination in its own right with resorts which are quieter and cheaper than those in Dubai.

The Doha to Ras al-Khaimah service is currently restricted to four flights per week.  These are well timed to connect with Qatar services from Europe, however, and my connection time in Doha to / from London was under 2 hours on both the outbound and return.

At other times, it is a sub-1 hour drive to Dubai International or Al Maktoum airports in Dubai.


Today I am reviewing the Business Class service on the Qatar Airways A380.  The 9am A380 flight from London connected directly with the evening flight to Ras al-Khaimah.

I have covered other Qatar aircraft and flight classes in earlier reviews:

The Qatar Airways schedule out of London seems to have ‘settled down’ in the last 12 months.  This means that you have a pretty good chance of actually flying on the aircraft type booked!


I discussed the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 in my review yesterday.  It is a short 30-second walk from the lounge down to the Qatar gate.

Qatar A380 business class review


The new Boeing 787-8 and A380 aircraft contain the very latest version of the Qatar Airways business class seating.  It is very, very good if you are a solo traveller, as the layout is 1-2-1.

This is how the Boeing 787-8 cabin looks using a professional photographer and studio lighting:

Qatar 787 business class seat

and this is what the A380 version looks like in ‘real life’:

Qatar A380 business class review


Qatar A380 business class review

I had a solo window seat.  As you can see, the seat is far closer to British Airways First Class than British Airways Club World.  You certainly have less personal space than BA First but it is light years ahead of the offering in Club World if you are travelling on your own.

The flat area by the window is big enough to hold your newspapers, books, magazines and, erm, pre-flight Drappier rose champagne:

Qatar Airways A380 business class review

The 1-2-1 layout is similar to that used by Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand and various others.

The trade-off for the additional privacy and space is that your feet disappear under the seat in front and that the seats do not face forward – you are angled in a herringbone pattern.  Neither of these were, in any way, inconvenient – especially if you are in a window seat as you will be facing the window.

The only thing I did not like is that the TV is fixed in position.  It does not fold away.  Even if you don’t plan to watch it (and I rarely do) you are forced to look directly at it for the whole flight:

Qatar Airways a380 business class review

The screen in the picture above shows the clever new safety video featuring FC Barcelona which you can see on YouTube here.


The toiletry bag was Armani-branded.  It contains a very small (10ml?) Armani EDT as well as a large 75ml aftershave balm as the usual mix of non-Armani socks etc.

Toothbrushes, razors etc are available in the toilets.

Armani amenity kit Qatar Airways A380 business class review

Food and drink

Qatar’s food and drink is generally of very high quality – I generally rank it above Emirates and Etihad in Business Class, although the Etihad onboard chef gives it the edge in First.

Despite the 9am departure time, Qatar decided to serve an early lunch instead of a late breakfast which was, in my view, the right thing to do.

The menu was:

Pea and mint soup

Classic arabic mezze


Smoked mackerel with green bean salad (see below)

Qatar A380 business class food review

Braised lamb shank with dried fruit couscous


Marinated chicken breast with puy lentils (see below)


Paneer with mussalam sauce

Qatar A380 business class food review

Cheese plate

Cherry and almond frangipan tart (see below)


Gourmet ice cream

or Seasonal fresh fruits

Qatar A380 business class food review

Lighter options (savoury pastries, steak sandwich) were also on offer.

The best was actually the dessert, as usual, but the rest of the meal was equally well cooked.  The chicken dish is a little ‘brown’ but that how lentil dishes usually end up!

I stuck to the Drappier rose throughout the flight.  The other champagne is Billecart-Salmon Brut.  Wine options included a Rully Premier Cru Gresigny chardonnay and a Babich Sauvignon Blanc amongst others.  Dessert options were an Arthur Metz Gewurzraminer and a Dow’s 10 year old port.

There is also the A380 bar towards the back of the aircraft.  This is a ‘proper’ bar unlike the small ‘table’ found on the Boeing 787 fleet.

Having now flown the A380 twice, I have to say that I prefer the bar to the Emirates and the Etihad versions, although the EK one has a classier feel.  What makes the Qatar bar preferable – to me – is the curving seat layout:

Qatar A380 business class review bar

…. which gives you more privacy.  Emirates and Etihad make you sit in a semi-circle or full circle respectively!

This is a photo I took on my previous Qatar flight:

Qatar A380 business class review bar

I was surprised how quiet the bar was during a day flight when you would have expected people to be keen to use it.

In a major blow, there was no Krug available on my flight!  It was in the bar when I flew A380 First Class before Christmas.  This may have been a one-off, however, because you had the odd situation where there was Krug in the bar but First Class passengers couldn’t get it at their seats.

I try to avoid commenting on the crew in my reviews because you can never tell if what you had is average, better or worse than the norm.  However, the Qatar crew were excellent and I never felt, as I do with Emirates at times, that I may get the wrong thing due to the lack of English skills.  The only thing I found odd is that multiple crew members insisted on putting my knife and fork the wrong way round, eg fork to the right!

In Flight Entertainment

I covered the Oryx IFE system in my Qatar 777 business class review last year.  Due to the relatively short flight time to the Middle East I rarely use the IFE systems.  I didn’t try the wi-fi either this time – I was glad of a break from my email!

The IFE did have the new Star Wars film available which impressed me.


I had heard some bad stories about transfer times at Hamad Airport because of the security screening, albeit that there is a ‘cut in’ line for premium passengers.

On my outbound flight we avoided screening.  We were let out directly into the main terminal which meant that I was in the Qatar business class lounge within 5 minutes.

I am guessing that ex-UK flights are deemed secure enough not to require additional arrival screening.  By contrast, when I flew back into Doha from Ras al-Khaimah (where they don’t bother asking for liquids or laptops to be taken out) I exited into secondary screening – but was through in a couple of minutes.

I’d missed the bear and it was good to see it again!

Qatar Airport Hamad teddy bear


I have done five long-haul flights with Qatar Airways over the last 18 months.  All have been very impressive, even the Boeing 777 ones with the older seating.  

The airline was an excellent addition to the oneworld alliance when it joined.  If you get the opportunity to try them for a cash flight or an Avios redemption (and availability is generally pretty good) then you should.  The lounges, seating, food, drink and IFE in Business Class are well ahead of anything that British Airways has to offer.

The downside, of course, is that a flight on Qatar Airways will involve a change of plane in Doha which breaks up your journey.  If you live in London that may be a concern.  If you live in the regions (Qatar flies from Manchester, Edinburgh and – from the end of March – Birmingham) flying from your local airport to the Middle East and changing is probably less painful than changing planes at Heathrow.

If you want to find out more about the Qatar A380 service, there is a special page on the Qatar website here.

In the next article I will talk about my onward trip to Ras al-Khaimah.

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  1. Nice Review,

    Do you have an article explaining redemptions options on Qatar Airlines with Avios?

    • What do you need to know about Qatar redemption options that won’t be answered by looking at a route map or making a dummy booking?

      • Another less than helpful response.

        • Blimey Callum, always helpful

          • Why haven’t you two helped them and told them what they wanted to know about Qatar redemptions then?

            • Antonio says:

              Indeed, Calton, why haven’t you.

              Carlos, the information you’re looking for can be found here:

              And there’s some historical information here:

            • (Callum and Calton are the same person by the way – for some reason my phone randomly autocorrects the name)

              Because unlike you and a bunch of self-righteous and arrogant “others” (I’d like to use a different word there but I don’t think Rob would appreciate it on his blog!), I asked what information they required and they haven’t answered. If they do answer, no-one has helped and I know the answer to the question, I will.

              While you may feel linking to articles on the website that may or may not answer the question is the only acceptable response to the question, I personally think it would be much more useful if they said which aspect they had trouble with and they can then be given information you know is actually useful. A crazy notion I know.

              If your objection is that despite being able to, they shouldn’t be expected to find basic information such as what routes Qatar flies or how much an individual flight is themselves, then I wholly disagree.

              Finally, I’ve re-read my comment half a dozen times and the only possible way it could have been read maliciously is if you decided to load non-existent vitriol onto it (not a single word used in the post is offensive or dismissive without an agenda being placed onto it first) and deliberately and knowingly ignore any other possible interpretation. But I’ve certainly learnt my lesson and won’t bother trying to offer help on here any more (which I’ve irrefutably done many times – not that I’m so arrogant as to pretend there aren’t several thousand readers who could offer the exact same or better quality of advice in my absence).

    • Andrew H says:


      I don’t believe Raffles has done an up to date article on this, but you may find this item from December 2013 useful. The award values may have changed (correct me if I’m wrong, anyone) but there is useful info there.

      • Raffles says:

        Yup. Only advice is:

        Starting in Germany or anywhere South East of there makes the Avios cost lower.

        Search leg by leg as struggles with connections sometimes.

    • There are plenty of articles regarding booking redemption flights on Qatar.
      I had booked an A380 flight, pre devaluation, from LHR which, unbeknown to me, got switched to a 777 and I only realised when I cancelled to take advantage of a Qatar sale ex eu.
      I also like breaking up the flights with a stay at the airport hotel as the OH prefers not to travel overnight.

  2. Agree fully with this assessment. We have done both A380 and Dreamliner in J ex EU to Asia, have mentioned it before, and recommended it as an equivalent to BA F. Even if you have a smidgen less personal space, the cabin has an airy larger feel to it. Just feels more spacious in every way, and brighter! The Doha break can be managed really well too, ESP if you can use the hotel option for a longer layover. V g flying experience, but only worth it from ex EU, or using miles from UK.
    Look out for the QR sales too!

  3. I flew the A380 last week from BKK to DOH and loved it!
    The business class seating is so much better than their old style although I’m sad they have got rid of the massage chair function as that was surprisingly nice.
    Inalsonnoticed the A380 on board wifi is different and gives people 15 minutes free but it also has a loop hole in that you can keep getting 15 minutes free by signing up again and again. I was told that first passengers get a free wifi code for the duration of the flight. I think that was my only criticism, as in my opinion business should get the free wifi too.
    Bring on the next Qatar sub £1000 sale!

    • I also noticed *

    • I was upgraded from Business to First on Qatar’s A380 and this included a free WiFi voucher indeed, albeit with the flight attendants additional remark that it would not be of much use above the Indian ocean, which was the biggest part of the flight.

  4. Dannyrado says:

    I’m guessing that since you have a minor tie in with Qatar, someone from the airline might read the blog??

    Let me take this opportunity to say, put a decent aircraft on the Manchester route please.

    • They are now flying the 787 into MAN, i flew it twice in the last couple of weeks – great for J, but for Y passengers not as good as the old aircraft.

      Note as i have put in the flyertalk thread, the lounge is closed until April for Manchester – they just give you a £12.50 voucher which will not get you much…

      • Mark1980 says:

        Danny / Mark, I am looking at booking a one-way Avios redemption in J for DOH-MAN in OCtober and hadnt really thought about the type of plane. Looking at the flight history it seems to be a A332 but then obviously Mark mentions a 787. Should I be wary of the plane type? Whats the worst case scenario? Are they all flat beds? Thanks.

        • Qatar don’t really know what aircraft will be flying the route in May, let alone October. – they’ve just shifted us from an A333 to a 787.

          Shamelessly copied from Flyertalk (probably the same thread Mark’s posted in) – – “QR still juggling equipment on our flights. For the month of April the early morning flights are all 788s, the lunchtime flights are 77Ws and the evening flights a mix of A332/A333.”

          AIUI, almost all their A330s now have flat beds in business (and the rest are due to be gone any month now). So less of a concern anyway.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:


      It would be my preferred carrier when travelling east with a decent plane. I’d much rather transfer DOH than any LHR offering. You have six a380s. Go on, give us one!

  5. Flew ex CPH-BKK via Doha in Business in October for £750 after an article here. (Let’s hope they do another similar sale this year)
    Personally, I preferred the Dreamliner to the A380.
    The toilets were surprisingly larger and more ergonomic on the Dreamliner -useful for changing into the PJs (superior to BAs First PJs)
    The lack of the proper bar was not a major issue, we visited it on the A380 but they were night flights so really preferred to sleep.
    The A380 Business cabin was so large that it didn’t feel exclusive. Yes the seat, the food and drink and amenities were all the same, but it felt less special, a bit like BA Club World experience feeling better upstairs on a 747

    • I agree with that. Overall preferred the 787 to the a380. As I’m travelling with o\h am hoping for a 777 HKT to DOH next week….neither of the other 2 are that great if travelling as a couple. Preferred the AA 777 seat to either of the QR seats though.

      • Leo, either plane you will have a very enjoyable flight. We did that route in oct, from CPH, really comfy. Do report back tho….we are going again this oct al well. Great way to nearly obtain silver and or retain it, with the extra couple of BA sectors. That was the best part! Don’t understand why the scandi folk don’t cough up for J, the cabins are only ever half full. Whilst Y is packed…

        • RIccati says:

          That’s Scandi folk! J travel is for business, and holiday time can be spend in the crowded Y.

          Same for travelling to/out of AMS for the Far East destinations.

  6. Harry K says:

    Why is your EDT bottle so small? The London route should have the larger bottle (around 15-20ml) whereas all the ‘less premium’ routes seem to have the small bottle. I got the larger bottle LHR-DOH and the smaller bottle DOH-BKK both ways.

  7. Nice review brings back good memories of our AMS-BKK bargain flights late last year which were B787 and A380.

    I really didn’t understand the security screening in transit at Doha. Ex AMS we were subjected to this but Ex BKK we were not. Surprised they think flights from Europe need more screening than inbound from Bangkok! Was painless with the fast track line but still better not to have to go through at all!

  8. I can’t believe the sweet spot of FRA to DOH of 25k avios is now 37.5k. I only used it last year on the A350 and your right rob it is superb and light years ahead of any other biz class I’ve flown in. Is there any other sweet redemptions left rob to ME?

  9. Brussels Sprout says:

    Haha, you have shattered my illusions! They did the knife and fork the wrong way round thing with me on my last QR flight, but I assumed it was because they noticed I eat as if I am left handed (despite being very right handed – if that makes sense)

    • It might also be because being an airline from an Islamic country you are meant to eat with your right hand, hence the fork on the right. However, having said that I’ve never seem table placements in any Islamic country with the fork on the right.

  10. “The new Boeing 787-8 and A380 aircraft contain the very latest version of the Qatar Airways business class seating”

    The 350 has them too and was actually the last to have them fitted given it’s the newest aircraft type in the fleet.

    ” The only thing I found odd is that multiple crew members insisted on putting my knife and fork the wrong way round, eg fork to the right!”

    This is because QR is a middle eastern carrier and Muslims tend to eat with their right hand.

    “I am guessing that ex-UK flights are deemed secure enough not to require additional arrival screening”

    Not always so. Their seems to be no logic to it whatsoever (incidentally, that should be Hamad’s tagline). I’ve had to go through it and also been able to avoid it. Make of that what you will.

  11. Nice review. Does QR still offer dine on demand in business class on the 380?

  12. Jovanna says:

    Hasn’t QR cut back on the champagne? Krug has gone from the Al Mourjan lounge and is no longer served at the onboard bar? It’s appears to be served only at your seat in first class. Also, Billecart-Salmon was the champagne QR used to serve in economy. Cutbacks! Is it the price of oil or the price of all those super cheap sale fares driving these enhancements?

  13. You can turn off the screen so it doesn’t bother me, and you can use it during boarding and takeoff unlike BA.

    • Depends which class you’re in. Or, if you’re in Club World, how far forward you’re willing to lean and crane your neck to get a glimpse of it.

  14. Completely agree with Rob’s review. I’m a relative novice to HFP and have learnt an incredible amount from Rob and all of you in a short space of time – thanks to Rob and his eminently knowledgeable readership for such excellent advice. I flew on both the Dreamliner and the A380 from Scandinavia to DEL and back from BKK and have to say I was thoroughly impressed with the experience. The seats felt light, spacious and airy, the food and drink selection were excellent, and the service was friendly yet professional. A big thumbs up for me – I enjoyed the experience so much that I’m raring to go back again on Qatar.

  15. I’m currently downunder having started my trip BRU-DOH-KUL on a QR business sale fare.

    On the BRU-DOH leg I couldn’t decide between chicken and lamb, asked for chicken but got lamb. Very nice though.
    The food on the DOH-KUL was very over cooked but I did quite like the aircraft, a recently refitted A340 with 2-2-2 flat beds.
    On this leg I found the crew to be a little bit over attentive but maybe that’s what the gulf/malaysia market demands.

  16. Aviation Consultant says:

    What was the reference to the sub one hour drive to Dubai? Do you mean this is the alternative when there are no Qatar flights out of RAK?

  17. Qatar business product is fairly nice, but has two faults. 1. Restrictive foot bay which makes it hard to turn over and 2. They keep the planes way too hot on overnight flights.

    I wonder if many people on this blog think about flying as a normal passenger, versus flying as a photo exhibitionist as I rarely see these issues raised.

    • I do fly as a normal passenger! That’s why I don’t turn on the IFE (see other criticism). I do absolutely nothing differently to what I would do if I was taking this flight for my own benefit, apart from taking the pictures.

      This is not ‘Michelin Guide’ reviewing – I don’t purposely ask for my food to be cooked differently to see if the crew can do it, or ask to be served at odd times, or purposely make drink requests which I know would require a trip to the bar to fulfil, or demand extra bedding for no other reason than to see how they react etc.

      I just do my normal stuff.

      • That’s a fair point. But surely the point of the review is to allow your readers to know what the Qatar experience is like? And since a lot of readers do use IFE, they might find it useful to know what you think of it.

        • It’s got 3,000 channels. How do you review that?!

          • Nick Burch says:

            With a lot of free flights…. 😉

            More helpfully though – I’d suggest taking 10 minutes to call up the moving map, then try finding a specific film, then try watching 1 minute of it, pause and fast forward a bit, then go to the audio. Even if you don’t want to watch, they’ve probably got some good music you can listen to while you work/read

    • Hmm – too hot on overnight flights I’m really not a fan of, I find it very difficult to sleep. Had that issue previously on SQ JFK-FRA and most recently QF MEL-DXB (yet weirdly the second half DXB-LHR was fine). Given the ready availability of blankets, etc. I’d prefer they kept the temperature at the lower end, for those that find it too hot there’s not much you can do apart from not use the blanket!

  18. I don’t mean to sound negative, but in quite a few of your reviews, you tend not to use the IFE. If you know you’re going to be writing a review on the product later, is it really that hard to turn it on and have a quick play around?

    • +1 Good point – I’ve often wondered the same!

      • Obviously I could. But I don’t.

        That is the downside of Qatar not paying me for the review and you guys not paying to read the site :-)

        It is also the upside of farming out more of the review work to Anika – I’m paying her so she’ll do it properly!

        • Hmmm…that sounds like dodgy reasoning. But it’s your site, so you can obviously do exactly what you want (or not!). I would have thought that the fact that nobody is paying for your reviews has nothing to do with whether you would want your review to be as thorough as possible. Surely you don’t miss out bits of the analysis of sale fares or Avios changes simply for that reason?? Surely you want your site to be as good as possible in order to attract and retain as large a readership as possible and thus drive more income via advertising, click-throughs etc??

          • Sussex Bantam says:

            The new Star Wars movie was on the IFE on my BA flight to Boston last week. Jolly good it is too !

          • Here you go:

            “Innovative airline delights passengers with full set of seven Star Wars movies on its award-winning inflight entertainment platform, Oryx One

            07 Mar 2016

            Qatar Airways is offering a staggering choice of up to 3,000 inflight entertainment options on board its flights, providing its passengers with one of the world’s largest and best inflight entertainment libraries.

            The Doha-based airline, which previously offered up to 2,000 entertainment options, has increased its on board entertainment options from March to up to 3,000 entertainment options, offering a wide selection of up to 550 movies, 1,400 episodes of TV shows, 1,000 audio selections, and 50 games.

            Passengers travelling with Qatar Airways in March will also be delighted to discover the full collection of seven Star Wars movies on board, including the latest instalment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

            Other premieres on board for the month of March include: the final part of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part Two; Creed; The 33; Trumbo; and Macbeth. The latest family movies on board include: Alvin the Chipmunks Road Chip; The Good Dinosaur; The Peanuts Movie; and Pan.

            Qatar Airways has one of the most extensive selections of entertainment available in the skies on its award-winning Oryx One inflight entertainment platform. As well as the full Star Wars collection, passengers can enjoy the full box set of Marvel movies, all the Harry Potter movies and 10 of the best James Bond movies, including the most recent instalment in the franchise – Spectre.”

            The issue with reviewing IFE, apart from factual statements such as the size of the TV, is that it is a personal thing. I watched a series of Veep on my 777 flight last year but I doubt it would inspire anyone on its own to travel on Qatar.

            A friend of mine was recently raving about BA’s IFE (which, in terms of quantity, is pitiful compared to Qatar) because it has a large selection of upmarket European foreign language films. It doesn’t do it for me – lets see if my wife is keener come Good Friday – but it is horses for courses.

            • I will look forward to watching some bond movies at Easter :)
              Hopefully my son will do the same and sit still for 6 hrs :) spectre was the first one headaches properly and enjoyed 😉

          • Is IFE really that important that Rob has to wrote about it. Everyone is different so what does it matter what is on the IFE in J or F as it’ll have something for everyone wether is music or films.

            • I wouldn’t want a list of what’s on in the IFE – that changes, after all. A review of the IFE would contain a brief appraisal of the sort of choice available, how user-friendly the system is, what the screen quality is like, how good the headphones are, etc. You could find this out in 5 minutes before getting back to your paper or whatever else you want to do on your 6 hour flight. But it’s obviously the writer’s prerogative to leave out what he chooses – doesn’t bother me, since I wouldn’t choose an airline based on IFE.

            • All fair points, I agree.

            • That’s what I thought until I tried to find some classical music on AirBerlin.
              There was none at all!

    • IFE is irrelevant these days unless you don’t have tablet

      • Can’t say I’ve used it for 10 years so IFE is for losers maybe

      • Obviously that’s your own opinion, but I still can’t be bothered to load stuff onto my tablet and have to hold it in front of me. Like Brian said, I’m not really that worried about the content of the IFE as most modern systems have enough stuff to fill a flight. I’m more interested in the quality of the screen (not the size) and how the interface works.

  19. Worth pointing out that the food service can be whenever you want (like BA first), and whatever you want at any time. Great if you have an agenda for adapting to time zone changes.

    I find QR biz food excellent. Closer if not equal to BA F and undoubtedly better than BA J.

    Totally weird amenity kit. 75ml !! of apres shaving balm and not much else. Pointless until you consider the healthy beards the natives can grow. Probably only one application for them. No mouth wash. Bring your own.

    The footwells are actually comparatively spacious. Better I think than CX/AA. RJ is much worse, and you should try the AA transcontinental A320 if you want a footwarmer experience in J. Amazing they can do 2 2 in such a narrow cabin.

    The QR 787 biz cabin is smaller and better than 350.

    Can’t wait for new QR biz product with sliding doors… When I fly CX I get a spare duvet to make a little cabin for myself. I like my privacy. Haven’t figured out how to do it with QR.

  20. Have my doubts about how much luxury travel will be available from that part of the world in future.

    As for Qatar, how will it compete with Ryanair’s new venture?

  21. RIccati says:

    On the point of airline loyalty and rewards for it these days, from Alaska Airlines website,

    “Million Mile Flyer Status
    Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ members who achieve 1,000,000 actual flown miles on Alaska Airlines are granted lifetime MVP® Gold Status, and receive a complimentary meal or picnic pack when flying in the main cabin.”

    • RIccati says:

      It’s like, if you slavishly pay our consistently more expensive prices (then competition) for 10 years, we will give you a t-shirt!

  22. Krug was back on the menu at the Al Mourjan (has it ever actually been taken away?) although a week ago, the bar tenders point blank denied all knowledge of it…..bizarre?

  23. Never been on QR but from everything I’ve seen and read it has to be better than BA. My prediction is the next QR sale will start on the 14th March! (please).

    • It is much better than BA as an in-flight experience. If you are flying to the Far East, however, I would still choose the direct flights that BA offers, rather than having to stop off in the Middle East. Yes, the lounge in Doha is big and has good facilities, but you very often land there at about midnight, when you really just want to be sleeping, but can’t because your next flight leaves in a couple of hours.

      If you can get daytime flights, that’s a different matter, I guess.

      • Rodger McSalty says:

        I have taken a few different timings for my journeys via DOH now (UK to Far East). I agree that the flights connecting in the middle of the night are the ones to avoid as you do get knackered, even if you do manage to sleep on subsequent legs.

        The morning flight from Heathrow is my preferred one – wake up very early, travel to LHR, and snooze on the first leg. Wake up in DOH, 55 minute connection (potentially skipping the lounge) and stay awake on the second leg. Arrive tired at your destination but in the evening – works fairly well I find.

        Only downside is never needing to use the lounge or the onboard bar until it’s no longer available. The lounge is much quieter at this time of day though.

  24. Interesting attitude to ‘Just Culture’ and flight safety…



    Qatar Airways A380 business class reviewed