It’s really funny how little we are willing to accept in a business class product after flying Qatar Airways, especially onboard a longhaul A350-1000 flight in business class.
Qatar Airways A350-1000 Business Class – My First Impressions
I recently flew from Dallas to Doha onboard Qatar’s flagship A350-1000 aircraft. This aircraft is at the heart of the battle between Qatar Airways and Airbus, but I am happy to the report the exterior paint problems did not diminish from the remarkably positive onboard experience.
The Qsuite is an industry-leading business class seat; I’d give it an edge over even ANA’s The Room or JAL Apex Suite. Not only is comfortable in virtually any position you fancy, but it is remarkably private once the doors are shut. I discount the value of doors in business class in general, but the Qsuite doors do (theoretically) provide more privacy (though my door failed to latch shut despite my best efforts and that of the flight attendants). It was a bumpy flight and the door constantly slid open, creating more of an annoyance than benefit. That said, had I been able to actually “lock” the door I do concede that the privacy this seat provides remains cutting-edge in business class.
Service on this flight was well-intentioned, though I felt like my expectations were perhaps too high. While service was not proactive, reactive service is understandable when a 46-seat business class cabin is served a la carte style over a 15-hour flight. In other words, beyond the initial meal service order prior to takeoff, I was not approached by a FA unless I rang my call button (which was encouraged). While that may be common in so much of the world, I still feel bad pressing the button…I’ve received too many glares from United flight attendants over the years (not recently) to feel comfortable pressing it. But that’s my issue…
Oh what a feast for dinner after takeoff.
Warmed mixed nuts and a glass of rosé Champagne to start.
Next, a lovely mezze (not the traditional Arabic mezze).
Followed by salad.
Succulent herb-encrusted rack of lamb for the main course.
Followed by cheese.
And finally strawberry ice cream, fresh berries, and cappuccino.
I love the flickering “candle” (electronic) served with dinner and while courses are now served on a tray with a paper liner (this was not always the case), I felt the quality and the presentation was tremendous.
And then I changed into my pajamas and slept…at least I tried. For the next 1o hours I earnestly tried, though for whatever reason this was an extremely rough flight.
I woke up and enjoyed a breakfast of sliced fruit with a hot croissant, fresh-squeezed orange juice, cappuccino, yogurt with granola, cheese omelet, and a latte for good measure.
And then there was still time to go back to sleep, though I could not fall asleep, pulled out my laptop, and began working (internet onboard was speedy). I could have also enjoyed a library of over 100 movies.
Still peckish, I enjoyed afternoon tea just before landing, including finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream.
What a culinary feast in business class that really sets the standard when it comes to business class dining (even outshining fellow Gulf carriers Emirates and Etihad).
I landed in Doha to a beautiful sunset.
Qatar Airways demonstrated once again that it offers a leading business class and is no longer using the pandemic to justify cutbacks to service. To experience Qatar Airways is to experience the superlative business class product.
I will share many more details about my fight, including amenities, menus, IFE, and more in my full review.