As soon as the boarding announcement is called for Business Class customers to board I run to the entrance to make it ‘1st on board’. And so fast I am that when I reach the aircraft door there is no one waiting to welcome me, so I gingerly enter, turn left, and make my way to my seat – 2E, on this stunning Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner!
The flight attendants are surprised to see me in my seat and profusely apologize for not being at the door to greet me.
Of course I don’t mind but they offer me a number of welcome drinks from Brut or Rose Champagne, their signature non-alcoholic drink, or water.
I have the ‘Drappier Brut Rose’ and it is delicious.
Prior to take off the amenity kit is brought out and a set of pajamas! Giorgio Armani products overflow including a regular sized after shave balm. It will literally last months. The pajamas, although too big for me, are very comfortable and seem to be made of a cotton/flannel mix.
As it is such an early flight (2.40am), I don’t even bother with the AV system, but instead request to be woken up an hour before landing for my pre-ordered breakfast. I choose the ‘Carrot and healthy cucumber healthy energizer’, ‘Smoked salmon with horseradish potato salad’, and ‘Asparagus omelette with grilled chicken sausage’. This is all washed down with 2 Macchiatos.
The Business class cabin is set out in a 1-2-1 configuration with ultra modern and spacious amenities and nifty compartments built into areas you don’t even know exist. My seat 2E adjoins 2F where my partner is sitting so it becomes our little ‘cabin in the sky’. The controls alone allow for every possible combination from ‘take-off’ position to ‘fully-flat’ bed, which I utilize for just over 5 hours of the flight. It is quite comfortable, albeit a little narrow, but does the job.
Well, they say Singapore Airlines is the best but I’ve found a new winner – Qatar! Honest, genuine, and engaging. The flight attendants are keen to have a conversation with you which makes you feel like you are the only one in the cabin. Wonderful smiles and can-do attitude. No fuss, real service.
Have enjoyed this flight, but looking forward to the next leg – DOH-ROM which is slightly longer – more time to drink, eat, and really utilize the Business Class experience!