[Review] Brussels to Doha in Business Class with Qatar Airways

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have my first experience of travelling in Business Class. And not just with any airline either – I was onboard with the opulent, award-winning Middle-Eastern airline, Qatar Airways.Unless you’re a celebrity or high-powered business-person, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Here, I’ve broken down some of the highlights of my Qatar Airways Business Class experience.

Once onboard

katie-harrington-qatar-airways-giorgio-armaniThe first thing you notice onboard is the level of individual attention you get. With just a dozen or so passengers in Business Class, the Purser greets each individual warmly and personally. The cabin crew greet you by name, and treat you like a superstar. Once seated, you’re served a beverage, and your first little surprise is that the flight kit your eye mask and flight socks come in is branded Giorgio Armani, and comes with an intoxicating travel-sized perfume and body lotion from their Si collection. Already, my expectations are exceeded.

The rich middle-aged people sitting near me smiled indulgently as I took photos of everything from the perfume to the bowl of warm mixed nuts I was served before take-off – they knew I wasn’t a regular around these parts.

The safety announcement

katie-harrington-qatar-airways-safety-videoThis isn’t a specifically Business Class thing, it’s across the board, but I wanted to give a mention to Qatar Airways’ safety video. The airline sponsors Barcelona FC, and rather than create a standard, boring safety video that nobody pays any attention to, they’ve put quite a lot of effort and imagination into creating a different kind of video starring the Barcelona players and their own cabin crew.

The players demonstrate the safety features from the football pitch, the subs bench, the crowds and other settings, while a commentator highlights important instructions. I was really impressed with this and thought it was a great way to engage people in an important topic that many people ignore.

The food

katie-harrington-qatar-airways-business-classRather than doling out food to everyone in one go as happens in Economy, the crew ask you before take-off what time you would like to have your meal at. It’s a small touch but it’s a great touch that once again makes you feel that little bit special! I really enjoyed the Arabic mezze I had for starter, although the hummus may have lost a little of it’s flavour at altitude (did you know that flying impacts the flavour of food?). The main course of chicken and veg was simple but tasty, and the dessert of ice cream and berries was delicious. Although I don’t drink alcohol, I felt the occasion called for some bubbles, so I ordered what turned out to be a very enjoyable glass of Qatar Airways’ sparkling grape juice, So Jennie.

 

Sinking in to the comfort

imageI was delighted to be seated in the very first row in a window seat. Most of the solo travellers seemed to have been given this option, while the middle seats were given to couples who might have wanted to sit together. The seat reclines fully without encroaching on the person sitting behind you. I sat up straight while I was reading, reclined a little for maximum relaxation while I watched the latest Hunger Games movie, and lay down flat for a nap mid-way through the flight. The level of comfort was incredible, and I didn’t even realise until after the flight that those chairs have a massage button too! I’ll know for next time.I don’t know if Qatar Airways have totally caught up with Emirates yet in terms of in-flight entertainment, but it’s very close. The bathrooms were much more luxurious, with shaving kits and toothbrushes left out for passengers.

 

 

Destination reached

I was almost sad that my flight was only six hours long, but I was totally reinvigorated by the time we landed in Doha. Since my least favourite part of any flight is waiting for all the slow coaches to get their hand luggage and get off when the plane touches down, I loved strolling off the plane without any queueing. I was directed straight to the Business Class Lounge, where they have an immigration counter with no queues, so there was zero stress upon landing.

Overall, it was an incredible travel experience, and one that I hope I get to do again in the future.

Have you ever travelled in Business? Or even First Class? What was the highlight of the experience for you?

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Comment (37)

  • The AS Philosophy by Argell Sednaoui| April 20, 2016

    I’ve heard that some people prefer to fly with Qatar Airways because they have the best service. Glad to see yours was incredible. Flying should be a nice experience whether it’s in First class, Business of Coach.

  • Celeste Sundragonlady Choi| April 20, 2016

    That seemed like an awesome experience. I am sold as well with the gift bag, oh my. Thanks a ton for sharing 😉

  • maryam| April 20, 2016

    You’re so lucky ! I’m a huge Barcelona fan so for the first time I’ll pay attention to that haha and also I think I’ll make them regret asking me what I want to eat lol

  • Johna| April 20, 2016

    Awesome! I’ve never travelled in first class or business class but maybe one day!! For sure I will also be taking photos of EVERYTHING! Haha.

  • KatR| April 20, 2016

    What an experience! I know that I would have felt like royalty being treated with such 5-star service! I would have been taking pictures of everything, too! I have only had the opportunity to fly once. It was a short 90-minute flight on a commuter plane. We were served packaged nuts and your choice of bottled water or choice of a few soft drinks. lol

  • Ratisha Goyal| April 20, 2016

    Amazing! I have heard a lot about the Qatar Airlines service, haven’t been on one. You have tempted me even more to opt it next time I air travel.

  • Adina M| April 20, 2016

    Wow! They give you a little perfume and everything! That’s amazing, they make flights feel so comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Amy Scott| April 20, 2016

    Oh my god, what an unreal experience. I’m jealous. I’d make an idiot of myself with the excitement haha!

  • Ana De- Jesus| April 20, 2016

    Oh how I would love to travel first class and Quatar is such a fantastic place to visit at the moment!

  • tp keane| April 21, 2016

    I went business class only once and boy was I spoiled for the rest of my life. Never again will I be satisfied with the cramped box of an economy seat. But alas, I fear me and my beloved business class shall never be together again.

  • Mary| April 21, 2016

    Haven’t tried business class! hopefully this year!

  • Bernard Tan| April 21, 2016

    That is awesome, especially the safety video! I have never tried business class before.

  • Liz Mays| April 21, 2016

    The fact the seat reclines is the total win for me. I can’t sleep unless I’m tipped flat!

  • Christina| April 21, 2016

    I have never flown Business class but I can certainly see the appeal. That gift bag is divine! And to be able to time your food to when you actually want to eat is very civilized.

  • Joanna| April 21, 2016

    Wow, what a great experience! My only “special treatment” in flight happened when I flew with the Emirate’s Airbus A380. Even if I was in economy, I was treated like a VIP. I think it’s because the plane is so special. There was no champagne but there was a menu to chose dinner from with about 3 different options and when the clock hit 5 PM, I was given an afternoon cream tea (cause we were flying from Dubai to London). I found that to be such a nice touch.

  • Jenn M| April 21, 2016

    Great post! I never flew with Qatar Airways, but you never know, I may one day! Thank you so much for this post.

  • Denisa| April 21, 2016

    Oh woow, they advertise here a lot, so I did expect to be something more luxurious but this is flying on luxury level 🙂 very pampering

  • Anna| April 21, 2016

    None of my flights in the US look like this. I need to be traveling with you 🙂 We’re lucky to get a small bag of peanuts. I love the food and the comfort level is key! Great review! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  • Charlotte| April 21, 2016

    Sounds like a great experience, I’ve only ever travelled in economy!

  • Kerry| April 21, 2016

    Wow, you look like you were treated like a star! I actually have that perfume so I would have loved that. Never flown with this airline but I think I may need to!

  • Florence| April 21, 2016

    Wow! You’re very lucky! I’ve only flew with Emirates and I have always wanted to go on business class! Nice flight and so nice to share your experience 😀 (You made me jealous now) ahah

  • Bella B (xoxoBella)| April 22, 2016

    I would love to go business class on a long flight one day. What a great experience!

  • Alison| April 22, 2016

    I want to travel that way! I love that the seat reclines and that they give you an eye mask and socks. That personal attention would be great!

  • Mollie| April 22, 2016

    I’m happy you had great service! I think this is super important for longer flights because you get super tired so bad service seems to add to a bad mood (which you don’t want when you get to your destination).

  • Lala| April 22, 2016

    Last year I travelled first class for the first time with Emirates. I LOVED everything about it, but the highlight had to be having a shower on board! I’m glad you enjoyed the experience, I’ve never flown with Qatar but it looked quite luxurious.

  • Darlene| April 22, 2016

    Awesome experience! Would love to experience to travel in business and first class too someday. Too bad for that massage button!

  • RashmiChalukya| April 22, 2016

    We have travelled through Qatar Airways a couple of times but never in business class. Your post has intrigued me and am surely gonna try business class once. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cassandra| April 22, 2016

    I usually travel business class on longer flights for comfort reasons. I haven’t used Qatar though!

  • Laura H| April 22, 2016

    I’ve never travelled business but it looks like a lovely experience! Can’t believe they even give you a little bottle of Sí !

  • Sandra| April 23, 2016

    Sounds like a great experience. It reminds me of one of the scenes from the Sex in the City movie when they flew to Dubai. 🙂

  • Dreammerin| April 23, 2016

    Wow! You’re very lucky! It looks like an awesome experience.

  • Eugenia| April 23, 2016

    Glad to hear you had such a great experience! This travel kit branded by Giorgio Armani is simply incredible! Si is one of my favorite perfumes! As for me, I’ve never travelled in first or business class, maybe one day! I am a huge fan of FC Barcelona, so this airlines would be perfect for me!

  • Allan Liwanag @ The Practical Saver| April 23, 2016

    You are so lucky. I bet you had a great time. My wife and I would love to travel on either first or business class. But part of our being just tells us that we don’t wanna to pay for it. Hopefully, one day, we get to shell out money to experience what it feels like to be in that airline seat class.

    • Katie| April 24, 2016

      Believe me – I don’t think I’ll ever travel business class if I have to pay the full fare for it. Life pro tip: Befriend people who work for airlines!

  • Ming| April 24, 2016

    Wow, what an experience you have been! I have read that Qatar Airways is one of the finest business class airlines. Everything is exquisite…

  • Fatima| April 24, 2016

    Oh I love travelling in Business Class. It is so convenient for the traveller and so comfortable.

  • Marge Gavan| April 27, 2016

    Ooh lucky you! I still haven’t experienced it, well actually, I haven’t experienced riding a big plane yet. I’d love to ride on business class and most especially first class. I think it’d be such an amazing thing to experience.

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