Last time I flew with Qatar Airways it was about 8 years ago and in economy. My key memory was how dreadful Doha airport was – it was a giant tacky duty free shop plus endless smoking rooms. Well things have changed!!! I was beyond delighted with my Qatar Airways Business Class experience and Doha airport is now giving Changi a run for its money!
Business Class Lounge at Heathrow
So let’s start where so many of my journeys do – Heathrow. Terminal 4 in this case. The Qatar Airways business class lounge is located near Gate 6. Make sure you use the Qatar lounge and not one of the shared ones. The lounge is beautifully laid out with extremely comfortable seats. There is a proper restaurant with a proper menu and proper ordering!
Most importantly there was also proper champagne – Laurent. This is the kind of lounge that makes you want to get to the airport early.
In flight London to Doha
The plane itself was lovely – very new and stylish. The seating however is not as private as Singapore or Etihad Airlines. The bedding had a fabulous plump pillow but the blanket was quite thin – not the nice mock duvet you often get in business in other airlines.
The toiletries were good – a slightly old fashioned case but a very nice face spray from Castello Monte Vibiano Vechhio – an Italian brand of which I had never heard. The service was absolutely fantastic and so friendly – as good as my favourite airline for service Qantas. An unexpected bonus was pyjamas! Again I have only ever had this in virgin business before. And very comfortable pyjamas they were!
The inflight entertainment system is fantastic! A great big screen and the most up to date movie options that I have ever seen. I didn’t eat as it was a late flight and I had eaten in the lounge but a full menu was available on demand.
Doha Airport and the Lounge
What an airport!!! It looks like a giant Apple shop. This could be because there appear to be Apple screens everywhere – this is a country that is cashed up! There are some slightly nihilistic kid’s playground areas but they are good for photos. And let’s not forget the giant teddy bear – who wouldn’t have one??
What a lounge!!!! Wow wow! It is HUGE! My favourite feature was the giant pond in it. You could swim laps in the pond it was so big. There are multiple restaurants. The seating is incredibly modern and comfortable and very well thought through. There are clear dining areas, some really nice areas if there are 3 or 4 of you together to have some privacy and lots of very comfortable sort of work stations plus. The food selection is fantastic.
Flight from Doha to Kathmandu
We kicked this off with something I very much enjoyed – Qatar Airways Business class had its own bus to go from the terminal to the plane! And what a plush and spacious bus it was! No standing and being jostled for us – these middle eastern airlines sure know how to make you feel special.
As expected this flight involved an older plane. It was classic old school business class – no beds of course but a comfortable seat. The entertainment system available was virtually the same as the first leg but screen was smaller and less modern.
Jathamdnbu Lounge at Kathmandu Airport
My expectations were very low for this lounge. The worst business class lounge I have ever been to was at Manila airport and this is where I had my expectations. I was delighted to be proven wrong!
It is a shared sort of generic lounge but it is part of the Radisson Hotel at the airport. There was alot of food available. To be honest it didn’t look that tasty but it was only about 11am when I was there so maybe it improved. The wifi was excellent importantly.
Kathmandu back to London via Doha
The Kathmandu to Doha leg was pretty much the same in reverse – except I had some nice champagne on the flight (so appreciated after 3 weeks in nepal!!) and some delicious lamb shanks.
The only difference on the Doha to London leg was how the entertainment system operated. It was a fantastic screen and the same great entertainment system on the way out. However the screen wasn’t touch and you needed to use this kind of ipod device that was quite difficult to use. It also meant you couldn’t check out movies on the big screen which is how I like to make my inflight film decisions. Apart from that everything was terrific.
Qatar Airways Business Class is definitely a high thread count airline equivalent and I will be flying with them again!
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