Prologue:

Before I start the report, I have to admit, I’m a big fan of Qatar Airways despite its flaws. Back in 2006 I was still in college and yet I had to fly to meet my girlfriend in NY (why love must be so complicated?) and I needed to work (grocery store) at night and in the week-end to pay my flights. I was 20 and as I French, my first choice was AF. I quickly moved up between the tiers to end up being Platinum at 20 years old booking only coach. It was once possible to have a status as a coach flyer. I was emotionally in “love” with AF even if I was the first to criticize the airline. I was literally blinded by AF and I had no desire to sample new airlines. As I grew up, I met another girlfriend who happened to be a Flight Attendant in the Middle East. While it was easier to meet since she asked to have the CDG rotation every week, we flew a lot together in different places where I had to experience new airlines.. My First QR Flight (in 2009) even in coach was memorable. I was blown away by the experience with no idea that I could become QR addict nearly a decade after my first flight.

Back on the topic: QR4 bound to DOHA.

I went to collect my boarding pass

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Lounge entrance where I was warmly welcomed. I decided to drop my luggage and only kept my carry-on.

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The lounge is almost identical to the new one in Paris. It?۪s bright and sleek. I let the pictures do the talking.

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The lounge is not blind

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The business center where you can work.

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As for me

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On the left

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Wanna drink ?

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I quickly made my way to the restaurant to try the menu.

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The menu is great. A good value on top of the buffet.

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My boarding pass

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Fresh berries

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Soggy and soft watermelon. I felt it has been here for days.

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Salmon to start and lamb as main. Both were just beautifully presented and tasted great.

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I requested my lamb to be medium rare and it was just pink. Yummy.

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A quick shower to freshen up and it was time to leave the lounge. Too bad I did not spend more time there. It would be for next time.

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The service was top notch. I left the lounge 5 minutes before boarding.

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My bird for the next 6h20. How not to love flying with such a gorgeous plane?

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Upon boarding I was escorted to my seat by Amina

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The seat: I won?۪t go into full review since I have reviewed it countless times. One thing I can say is

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Welcome drink with cheese and Parmesan + Cold towel:

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The menu for today?۪s flight

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I'm "home"

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We are on our way.

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EY bound to AUH:

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Right after take-off

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Before the service

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The remote for your screen.

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Such a massive IFE

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Wifi is working well. Unlimited data for First Class pax

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While you don?۪t have an onboard shower

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Before the service

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Automatic blind.

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In my previous trip report ???My quest for Balik Salmon?۝ I have another sin: Caviar. May I even consider it as a sin?

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Cheers !

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I table is now set up. 3 choices for Olive Oil. One thing is weird here. The butter should be removed from its container. Quick appetizer. Good. One thing you should order while you fly with QR n their signature drink: Mint/lime drink and ask lot of ices. Simply stunning.

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My first meal arrived shortly after

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So far so good.. Now the main is the biggest default with QR catering. Unfortunately

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I stared Amina when she brought my meal with a weir look. She proposed me to change. Never mind let's try.

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My chocolate fondant. Nice and melting in the middle.

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It was time for me to take a well-deserved nap

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30 minutes before landing and since the other pax did not eat at all

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========== Heathrow (LHR) - ==========



Security/Immigration efficiency: 9/10
Access and parking: 6/10
Services and activities: 7/10
General cleanliness: 8/10

========== Qatar Airways Premium Lounge T4 ==========



Staff Service: 9/10
Entertainment: /10
Business Center: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Lounge Design: 0/10
Spa and Bathroom: 0/10
Wifi: 0/10

========== Qatar Airways - Airline ==========



Cabine comfort: 8/10
Crew: 10/10
Entertainment: 9/10
On-time performance: 9/10
Appetizer: 0/10
Starter: 0/10
Main Meal: 0/10
Main Meal-2: 0/10
Cheese: 0/10
Desserts: 0/10
Alcohols: 0/10
Mid-flight snack: 0/10
Breakfast or light meal before arrival: 0/10

========== Doha International Arpt (DOH) - ==========



Security/Immigration efficiency: 9/10
Access and parking: 9/10
Services and activities: 9/10
General cleanliness: 9/10

Summary:

Bottom line of my first leg with QR:

I had the chance to have Amina, she was truly brilliant. Her job is a calling. That’s the kind of crew you wish to have, always.

Again I was disappointed by the main, even if I ate the meal.

The lounge is great, I need to go back to have more time to build an extensive review.

Thanks for reading.

Next part: Al Safwa Lounge in Doha + QR833 to Bangkok

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