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Airline: Qatar Airways (QR)
Flight Number: QR740
Class: Business Class (QSUITE)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR
Delivered: February 2009
Flight Duration: 15 Hours 33 Minutes
Distance: 8,306 Miles
Hello everyone and welcome to another trip report!
Qatar Airways’ (QR) second longest route is their flight Doha to Los Angeles (and return) which clocks in at 13,367 kilometers (8,306 miles). Qatar has been flying their Boeing 777-200LR exclusively to LAX until June 1st 2020, which it will be replaced by the Airbus A350-1000 XWB. Like their some of their Airbus A350-900, QR also retrofitted their older Boeing 777s with the QSuite Business Class seats. There are 42 enclosed “suites” on this aircraft which are laid out in a 1-2-1 staggered configuration. Some seats face forward, while others are rear facing. The partitions of the “Quad” center seats can also be lowered allowing 4 passengers to “sit together”. Come fly and join me in my journey on this 15-hour plus flight on Qatar’s spectacular QSuite product.
What I liked:
The Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX – Our Oneworld Emerald status gained us access to the Qantas First Class lounge at LAX. It’s always a treat to visit this lounge, as it is regarded as one of the best (if not THE best) lounges at LAX. Though the space isn’t as expansive as other lounges, this lounge offers plenty of comfortable seating and a full bar. More importantly, it never got crowded during our stay. The best part of the lounge for me is the full-service dining area where one can order freshly made meals from their a la carte menu.
The seats – I really like Qatar’s QSuite product and I think it’s the best business class product available to date. The seat is private, yet spacious and intuitively laid out. It was comfortable for sitting and dining upright. The seat also reclines and converts into a fully flat bed. And yes, there are also personal air nozzles on this aircraft! –Score!
The food – I’ve always had very good things to say about QR’s food and in-flight catering, and this flight was no different. Catering was done by DO & CO, which is one of the best in-flight caterers in the industry. QR offers a full dining-on-demand service for the entire flight, which is great! I loved having to dine at my leisure and pace.
The onboard service – I know the onboard service depends entirely on the crew, but the service this flight was just flawless. The flight attendant working my aisle was amazing. She was proactive and anticipated all my needs before I even asked for them, it felt like I was flying first class! She was prompt in delivering the pre-departure beverage, setting up my table for meals, and turndown services. The other flight attendants were also very quick to respond to my requests during the flight. This was definitely one of the best QR flights I’ve taken.
The IFE – QR’s Oryx One Entertainment system is one of the best IFE systems in my opinion. It offers a wide-array of new and classic movies, TV programs, music, games, and a functioning moving map. The interface is snappy and it was easy to navigate and browse through the media content.
The amenities – QR offers excellent business class amenities. All passengers are offered a Bric’s amenity kit, and pajamas and slippers by The White Company London. A bottled water, and noise canceling headphones are available at each seat. Two pillows, a thick and comfortable duvet, and mattress pad are fitted on the seat during turndown service. The lavatories are also very clean and fully stocked with toothbrushes, razors, and toiletries.
What I didn’t like:
Check-in at LAX – The Check-in process at LAX was a bit slow during check-in. There was a dedicated business class lane at check-in, but we still waited for about 10 minutes before someone called us over. Oddly enough, the security at LAX was empty and we were through in about 5 minutes thanks to TSA Precheck. The boarding process was a lot better and was more efficient.
It was OK…I guess:
The airplane – I don’t often get to fly on the Boeing 777-200LR, so it was a treat to fly this aircraft again. QR’s B777-200LR was retrofitted with new fixtures, but I think still prefer the newer Airbus A350-1000 as the cabin overall is quieter, more airy and less claustrophobic. Not to mention better cabin pressure and humidity.
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