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Review: the Qatar Airways First Class …. bus!

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This is my review of the Qatar Airways First Class …… bus!

On Christmas Eve I reviewed my First Class flight on Qatar Airways from Abu Dhabi to Doha.  It was, clearly, a ‘splurge’ in terms of an Avios redemption – it cost 18,000 points vs 4,500 for economy.

However, there was one thing that happened right at the end which almost made it worthwhile.

Despite being a brand new airport, Hamad International appears to be short of stands.  My Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight in February went from a remote stand, which was a pretty sweaty bus ride to be honest.

This time, I was again dropped on the tarmac.

An interesting thing then happened.  As the plane stopped, the crew closed the curtains again that divided First Class from Economy.  Two buses pulled up outside the plane.

The 4-5 of us in First Class disembarked on our own and entered the first bus.  This was a special First Class bus.

Yes, there is no need to slum it with other passengers for that two minute ride to the terminal building.  You can have your own little throne:

Qatar Airways First Class bus review

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Qatar Airways First Class bus review

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Qatar Airways First Class bus review

It is silly things like this which mean that I still find the whole flying experience fun after all these years.

Then it was off to find the bear, which sits outside the entrance to the Airport Hotel ….

Hamad Airport Doha Qatar teddy bear

PS. Emirates also has a special First Class bus which I wrote about in this article


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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Comments (16)

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  • Bob says:

    Bangkok Airways has the same separation between business and economy passengers on their few flights with mixed classes at destinations that have remote stands, such as Ko Samui. It’s a bit smaller type of transportation than for economy and it leaves to the aircraft or terminal before the economy transport does.

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