Review: Qatar Airways Business Class B777-2, Los Angeles – Doha

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Our Qatar Airways flight on the World’ Five Star Airline lived up to it’s expectations. We had a comfortable business class seat, great amenities in the form of a fabulous wine list, mattress pad and pyjamas made available for business class travellers. We also had terrific food and beverage on this flight, making it easy to choose Qatar Airways as a carrier of choice to and from the middle east.


This post is one chapter on our trip to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. This trip was redeemed through American Airlines AAdvantage & Alaska Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Qatar Airways Business Class B777-2, Los Angeles International Airport – Doha Hamad International Airport


“Qatar Airways lived up to its expectations as the world’s five star airline with terrific food and beverage, pyjamas, mattress pads and a wine list that rivals casual dining restaurants “

Qatar Airways
Business Class
LAX-DOH (Los Angeles Airport Terminal 2 – Doha Hamad International Airport)
QR 740
Flown:
Departure: 4:05 PM
Arrival: 6:10 PM + 1
April 14, 2016
Booked: Boeing 777-200
Flown: Boeing 777-200

The booking experience for this flight was super easy. Qatar Airways was releasing up to 4 reward business class seats per flight on this route when we booked and it was easy to find dates that worked with our connection to South Africa. We were able to transit the middle east region thanks to the QR exemption on American Airlines AAdvantage reward rules that allows flights on Qatar to pass through Doha (provided that you are flying on QR in and out of Doha).

Qatar Airlines Parked at Los Angeles Terminal Two

At about T-50, boarding was announced in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Los Angeles by a Qatar airways ground representative who made the rounds. After that lounge experience, we were looking forward to getting onto the 7th longest flight in the world on “The World’s Five Star Airline”.

We headed down to the terminal where there was a proper business class boarding lane, that was maintained throughout the boarding process. We were able to walk up about 10 minutes after the initial lounge boarding announcement and get on without getting stuck.

On Board Qatar Business Class:

It was single jet bridge boarding today with boarding through 1L. On board, we turned right into the business class seat configuration of 2-2-2. As there was single jet bridge boarding, all the passengers streamed through the business class cabin as we settled in.

Qatar Airways Business Class B777-2 Cabin
Qatar Airways Business Class Aisle Seats
Qatar Airways Business Class
Qatar Airways Business Class Pod

The seats are quite dated, but they are exceptionally comfortable for traveling as a couple. There is quite a bit of space between the seats, with only 4 rows of business in the front cabin, and 3 rows of business in the second cabin. There was so much space, I couldn’t even reach the foot rest with my feet!

Lots of Leg Room in these Suites

The seat had a multi adjustment to almost every angle. The chair is more comfortable for lounging. As a side sleeper, without the mattress pad, the seat material can be quite firm. It was not impossibly comfortable, but it was no hotel mattress by any means.

The Multi Function Seat Controls

There was a mattress pad and blanket available on the seat, in addition to wrapped pillows.

As we settled into our seat, Felix came to personally introduce himself to us as our server for the day. The lead purser also came around to introduce himself, inviting us to call on them at any time.

There was a bottle of water at each seat in the compartment.

The Seat was Equipped with a Bottle of Water
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Pre – Departure Beverages:

There was a prompt pre-departure beverage of water, lemon mint or champagne was offered. Of course, with any international flight, we went with champagne today in a proper elongated flute along with a towel service.

Pre Departure Beverage with Refreshing Towel

It’s a great way to start with champagne in proper stemware like this.

The Amenity Kits: Giorgio Armani & Pyjamas

Keeping with the great start, amenity kits and pyjamas were also presented.

Qatar Airways Business Class Pyjamas
Qatar Airways Oryx Business Class Branding

There were separate men and women’s Giorgio Armani kits in sleek black pouches. The contents were not super useful, (as in, there were not a lot of items inside), but it was better than nothing. The kits were also classy looking.

Giorgio Armani Amenity Kits
Contents of the Giorgio Armani Amenity Kits

Departing Los Angeles:

As we headed out on taxi, I caught my first glimpse of the British Airways A380 that would eventually seasonally serve Vancouver. We’d later get the opportunity to fly on British Airways First Class London – Vancouver in the Airbus 380.

British Airways Airbus 380 on the Apron at Los Angeles International Airport

We took off to altitude from Los Angeles. I played around with the entertainment system Oryx One and located the flight take off screen, which simulated a cockpit view.

Wired Remote Control for the Entertainment System
Oryx One Entertainment System

As per usual, there were always great views taking off out of Los Angeles.

Coastal Views taking off out of LAX

I also toyed around with the flight map, which showed our track from North America to the Middle East.

Cockpit Views
Flight Track from North America to Doha
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The Meal: A Full A La Carte Dinner Service

The menus were presented shortly after boarding. The menus were in a nicely bound paper with subtle textures to the cover.

Qatar Airways Business Class Menu
Textured Paper on the Menus
Dinner Menu
A Long Drinks List

There was also an outstanding business class wine list, featuring two types of champagne (regular and rose), Premier Cru Burgundies, Grand Cru Classe’ French Bordeaux, sweet chenin’s and port.

Qatar Airways Business Class Wine and Beverage List

Needless to say, the wine list was super impressive and much better than expected from other business class carriers.

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The meal service was offered immediately after take off, or almost 40 minutes into the flight. The dining was a la carte – literally I asked for the beef and got the beef served right away. I should have ordered the appetizers as well, in that order. Instead, I had the entire meal in reverse sequence.

The dinner service started with a mixed nuts accompaniment, paired with Drappier Rose Champagne. Table set up was done with a proper napkin presentation at each opportunity.

Drappier Rosé Champagne with Mixed Nuts

So, in reverse order, Grilled Fillet of Beef with horseradish jus, parsley mashed potatoes. Maple glazed carrots and baby onions, paired with Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classe.

Qatar Airways Business Class Table Setting
Grilled Fillet of Beef with horseradish jus, parsley mashed potatoes.

This was followed with Roast Butternut Squash Soup with lemon and herb crème fraiche with a cheese twist

Roast Butternut Squash Soup with lemon and herb crème fraiche

Lastly, the Smoked salmon with pea and potato salad, paired with Rully Premier Cru Gresigny Burgundy.

Smoked salmon with pea and potato salad

MrsWT73, usually a harsh food critic, particularly enjoyed the menu items on Qatar, and the general availability of items that appealed to her. She really liked the Dine on Demand option, although found the seats a little firm for her liking as well.

I started into the James Bond movie Spectre but didn’t get too far. I crashed out pretty quickly, and didn’t even bother to change into pyjamas or set up the mattress pad. The plane offered noise-canceling headphones. The cabin was dark (shades drawn) for most of the flight. I must have been exhausted from that 3:30 AM early wake up, as I woke up about 6 hours later, a full 11 hours into the flight, as we were over Turkey.

Waking Up Over Turkey

Good thing I am not flying this thing, thanks to the Arabic map, I can’t even read where we are.

There were some beautiful mountains over what appeared to be Iraq as I got ready for the second service. The second service, as with other dining, is on demand. There was a polite explanation that the food takes a bit of time to cook or heat, as they placed the plate setting.

Views of Mountains Near Iraq
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The Second Service: Breakfast

As I woke up, it was time for the second service. There was a variety of items for breakfast, with enough to chose from to keep anyone happy.

The Breakfast Menu LAX-DOH

I went with the banana and coconut smoothie, two café lattes, and the cheddar cheese omelette with grilled chicken sausage. Qatar seemed to run out of smoothies as MrsWT73 asked for one after a taste test of mine and she was not able to get one at all as they had run out.

Cheddar cheese omelette with grilled chicken sausage.

The cabin got prepared for landing as we headed towards the end of our fifteen hour flight.

Qatar Airways Business Class Cabin over the Persian Gulf
Winding Down a Fifteen Hour Flight

There was not a lot in the way of cabin ambience. There were the typical soft blue lights in the roof of the plane, but nothing state of the art, or that contained a wow factor that you see on some of the other Middle Eastern “3” carriers.

Landing in Doha Hamad International Airport:

As the flight drew to a close, the cabin got ready for landing. At this time, a funny thing happened. As I was stowing my laptop in the overhead, I took a look around the cabin and happened to notice that about 50% of the cabin had changed into traditional Middle East attire (abbeyas and dishada’s). Throughout the flight, all the passengers were in flip flops and jogging pants so it was a little different to be almost completely surrounded by black robes, some with full niqab’s. It was a unique and fun experience that I had not had the opportunity to experience despite over 700,000 lifetime miles flown.

We had a nice approach into Doha at sunset, arriving to Doha Hamad International Airport next to an Emirates Boeing 777. I managed to spot the Qatar A380 which I hadn’t seen before.

On short final at Hamad International Airport
The End of Our Flight Track
Qatar Airways A380 at Hamad International Airport
Parking next to Emirates B777 airframe

We got off the plane and entered the fantastic Doha Hamad International Airport. Between the three Middle East Airports, I think this one is heads and tails above Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We happened to see the million dollar stuffed bear on our way through to customs.

Arriving at Hamad International Airport
Arriving at Hamad International Airport
The Doha Stuffed Teddy Bear

Qatar Airways Business Class Arrival Lounge:

As we headed for the exit, we took advantage of the arrival lounge. Qatar offers its first and business class passengers a separate arrival processing facility. It contains couches, espresso machines and other small beverages. The immigration facilities are in this area and it’s a quiet and peaceful way to clear customs away from the long line ups of everywhere else. No one appeared to actually sit in the lounge, but I sure appreciated the non existent lines as we got our visa’s on arrival and we were stamped into the country for our 13 hour stay.

Qatar Airways Business Class Arrivals Facility
Qatar Airways Business Class Arrivals Lounge

Given that our bags appeared to have been checked through to DOH per our claim stubs, we played it safe and waited for them at the baggage belt. They never turned up so we visited another baggage claim office in the hall. We had assurances that they were being checked through to “your final destination” – it wasn’t clear whether that was Johannesburg or Cape Town. Thankfully, we carried enough in our carry on to survive the night and then some. We headed off for a brief stay at the Westin Doha Hotel and Spa for a short stopver.

My Thoughts on Qatar Airways Business Class Long Haul:

All in all, the “World’s Five Star Airline” lived up to its promise and execution. It was a great flight despite being the 7th longest in the world at the time of writing. The wines were great, the seats were mostly comfortable and the food was more than enough to keep us satisfied for the 16+ hours we were on board. If they changed the departure terminal to the Tom Bradley International Terminal, you’d almost have a near perfect flight experience.


If you’ve flown Qatar Airways Business Class, did it live up to being “The World’s Five Star Airline ?

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