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Qatar Airways Business Class

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TESTED BY Shannon Hurst DalPozzal

PLANE TYPE 777-300ER

SEAT CONFIGURATION 2-2-2

SEAT PITCH 78 inches/198.12cm

SEAT WIDTH 22 inches/55.88cm

SEAT RECLINE Fully lie-flat

PRICE Internet rates for a round trip business class ticket between Dallas and Doha in September started at $10,754

CONTACT qatarairways.com

VERDICT Qatar Airways’ route from DFW to DOH adds another gateway from the US to Qatar, the second one out of Texas. The Five Star service and hospitality for which Qatar Airways is renowned shines once again on this route.  

CHECK-IN Five Star all the way. While the airline’s service out of DFW had begun only two weeks before, everything was in place to easily find this new-to-Dallas check-in. Business Class check-in began with burgundy carpet service and friendly greeting. Bags were checked all the way to my final destination in Bali, even though I had an extended layover of eight hours in Doha.

After gathering my ticket, and with very short lines at both check-in and security, I made my way to the executive lounge where I was led to comfortable seating with a view of the runway and a glass of Champagne. While waiting I got to enjoy views of the sun setting in the distance with a few rays gleaming on a nearby aircraft at its gate. The lounge location made for a peaceful respite from the hurry and flurry of economy class travel. Compared to other premium lounges, this one may not have had as many niceties, but the smaller size and intimate setting provided more privacy for Qatar Airways passengers.

BOARDING After the quiet of the executive lounge, the boarding area appeared a bit chaotic. Clearing past the lengthy economy queues, Business Class passengers and OneWorld partners were called prior to general boarding. Other than being quite crowded (especially in comparison with the tranquility of the lounge), it was what one would expect getting on board an aircraft with 335 seats.

THE SEAT The business cabin on the 777-300ER comes in two configurations. On this flight, Qatar offers a two class service – Business and Economy. My aircraft was arranged 2-2-2 in Business Class. The seat had a 78-inch pitch that is 22 inches wide and reclines fully. Each is equipped with personal in-flight Oryx Entertainment offering more than 700 television programs, movies, video games and music options.

Charging your tech gadgets is not a problem. Seats are equipped with 110V outlets as well as USB ports. Business Class on the Triple Sevens in Qatar Airways long-haul fleet is outfitted with 180-degree fully-flat beds. They extend to 6 feet and have a built-in massage function. The configuration allows all Business Class passengers aisle access.  

THE FLIGHT My in-flight experience there and back was the epitome of luxury travel, almost like my dream air travel experience. The Chief Purser made sure that everything was comfortable and memorable for me and all the other passengers in Business Class – from the glass of pink Champagne and hot towel almost the instant we were seated to the classic Qatar Airways inflight pajamas and the Salvador Ferragamo amenities. 

Once airborne, the crew offered us our choice from the Business Class menu. The Qatar Airways Culinary Menu in the Sky is just as memorable as it was the last time I flew the airline. Selections included options from world class chefs such as Tom Aikens and Nobu, and dessert was a treat from Laduree in Paris. 

Following the meal, I was ready to relax and enjoy my luxurious space between the heavens and earth. I grabbed the amenity kit and pajamas to freshen up before getting comfy in my turned-down bed. 

The 14 hour flight could’ve seemed endless, but with the hospitality and luxury aboard this Business Class cabin, I was treated like royalty and had every comfort attended to. My body was well rested upon landing, my palate was pleased, and my mind was at peace. 

ARRIVAL Upon deplaning, a luxury bus awaited to whisk Business Class travelers away to our transfer point. With the burgundy Business Class ticket folder, we skipped the long transfer lines and headed directly to spend a long layover at the new Hamad International Airport. Unfortunately, the Business Class lounge wasn’t quite complete, but the Airport Hotel provided a comfortable and private space before catching our next flight. 

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COMMENTS » 

MrMichael - 02/09/2014 19:48

Great review, but surely you flew the wrong way round the world?

AusTraveller - 03/09/2014 01:23

"The lounge location made for a peaceful respite from the hurry and flurry of economy class travel". Please define "hurry and flurry". I've travelled Economy on many occasions and never felt or acted "hurried and flurried". This review is more an advertorial for Qatar than anything practical for potential travellers.

Switzerlanding - 03/09/2014 14:35

This review does sound like someone from the Qatar marketing department got creative...

'My in-flight experience there and back was the epitome of luxury travel, almost like my dream air travel experience.'

AusTraveller - 04/09/2014 05:26

I wonder who actually paid for the ticket ......

Charles-P - 16/09/2014 11:33

This would seem to be one of a number of travel articles written by this individual which all gush about a different element of Qatar (flights, hotels, holiday destination etc)

Not quite the editorial independence we are used to from BT

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