Why I’m a fan of Qatar Airways


Many who know me, know that I’m a big fan of Qatar Airways. In fact, nearly half of my American Airlines Executive Platinum status is going to be earned on Qatar Airways this year.

  • So why am I big fan:
    • Layflat seats: I haven’t flown a single flight without layflat seats. I hear Qatar flies planes with angled layflats or worse, but I’ve been lucky.
    • Exhaustive food options. I’m flying Doha to Washington-Dulles as I write this,  and I’ve just had the best gnocchi that I think I’ve ever had.
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      • a corollary to that: other than the 5 course meals, their tea in excellent.
    • Lounge: I *really* enjoyed the old premium terminal. In fact I prefer it compared to the new terminal and lounge. Of course this might be because I liked the chicken Sandwiches more than the Krug I can get now.
      Chicken Sandwich at Qatar's old Premier Terminal

      Chicken Sandwich at Qatar’s old Premier Terminal

      • That said, the batenders at the current lounge had only a third of a bottle of Krug left (not sure why) and held it for me. To the point where one of the bartenders asked my permission to pour a glass of Krug for a new friend.
    • New mattress pads, even on old 777-300ERs! That said, they are hard to do yourself. I asked the crew to set mine up, which was wonderful.  For reasons I can’t fathom and won’t speculate on, my wife didn’t ask. So, you can imagine who was helping.
      Qatar Bed

      Qatar Bed

    • They give you pajamas in business class! I mean who else does that (other than Qantas and Eva Air)?


  • Some of the things I think Qatar could still improve on:
    • Remote gates: we flew from Cairo to Doha on 777-300ER, with 250 or more passengers yet we were bused from a remote gate. I thought the whole point of the new airport was to have enough gates – what is this? Another Heathrow or Frankfurt?
    • Boarding practices: if there is one thing that I hate, it is Qatar‘s boarding practices.  I’ve left far too many lounges just to sit on a bus or stand in line when they post “last call” 40 minutes before departure.
    • Pajamas: ok, this is a total first world problem, but when I put the Qatar PJ’s on I at once feel like Captain Kirk. The tapered leg of the bottoms and the tunic (yeah, thats what I’m going to call it), feel so Star Trekish.
    • Qatar‘s Onyx entertainment is awesome on the 787, and I hear on the A380 and A350, but the selection kind’ve sucks on the 777. Unlike some, I seldom load movies on my iPad so my most recent trip, I slept and read. Two wonderful activities nonetheless.

To wrap up, flyer Qatar Airways in my humble opinion is good to great.  It’s business class, so I think you need to set your expectations.

5 thoughts on “Why I’m a fan of Qatar Airways

  1. Wow. i like this information about OW. Where do you find the code share flights on Qatar to earn in AA ? were you able to UG to those biz seats?
    PS I love the capt Kirk reference for those Jammie’s!

  2. I never load my own entertainment either. Partly, I have enough to do before a trip, but I also like the surprise of watching a movie that I choose on the plane. I don’t get out much (kids!) so, the chances that I’ve seen the onboard selections already are slim.

    • @Jamie – I hear that (as far as having enough to do before a trip!) I don’t get out to the movies much myself, but I go through stints where I’m flying enough to exhaust the options. But alas, that is why they created books, right? When there are no good movies to watch?

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