I have one rule when flying: If you have to fly across the world in economy, it is best to do it on a non-American airline. Preferably on the Dreamliner. And, if possible, on the Dreamliner with Qatar Airways from Doha.
So, when we got a decent price on a one-way Qatar Air flight from Singapore to Doha, and then continuing to London, with a one week stop over in the Middle East, we jumped on it. After all, Qatar Air claims to be the world’s only “Five Start Airline.”
Our flight to Doha was on a new Boeing 777, and was very nice. The seats were comfortable, with a decent amount of leg room. The entertainment system was great. The cabin was new and clean. My only complaint, really, was that the service was just fine. Yeah, I said it, fine. It was better than most American Air or Delta flights, but for the world’s only five-star airline, it was fine.
We had a choice of continuing flights, from Doha to London. Many of them were at very reasonable times of day. And, for a flight through the Middle East, that is a luxury – many flights are in the middle of the night.
Eric wanted to take the 6 am flight, forcing me to get up around 3:30 am, just to fly the Dreamliner with Qatar. It would be our first Dreamliner flight, and he promised me I would be impressed. Really, my thoughts or feelings were of no concern to an aviation junkie who just had to fly the Dreamliner.
As the flight got closer and closer, Eric became more excited. You could not gauge his excitement, though, as we rode the shuttle bus from the terminal to the aircraft. Instead, he looked annoyed:
Once on board, I initially noted how everything seemed very red: the seats, the lighting. There was also a blue hue from the sky colored, mood-lighting on the ceiling of the airplane. Eric was thrilled to be on board. Like a kid in a candy shop:
Overall, I thought flying the Dreamliner with Qatar. I hate to say that, but it was fine. I think if our flight immediately preceding the Dreamliner with Qatar had been a United flight or an Air Asia flight, I would probably have been impressed. Instead, to a layman’s eyes, the cabin was very similar to the Qatar Air Boeing 777 we just flew a week before. The ceiling seemed higher, and the bathroom doors sort of slid in so you don’t whack the person outside when you open them. That was an improvement.
But, lest you feel cheated by my description of flying the Dreamliner with Qatar, the aviation nut himself speaks out for the first time on With Husband In Tow:
I’m an aviation geek. I love getting to the airport extra early before a flight, I read aviation blogs and have referred to certain airplanes as sexy. Like all aviation geeks, I want to fly on the latest and greatest aircraft. We are lucky to be living in a time when there are two new aircraft soaring through the sky: the Airbus A-380 Super Jumbo and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Prior to our trip to Qatar, I had only seen the A-380 fly at the Farnborough Airshow, and at other airports, and I have only seen photos and videos of the Dreamliner so when we had the opportunity to fly the Dreamliner from Doha to London with Qatar Airlines, I naturally jumped at the chance…regardless of what I had to do to make it happen.
Amber Hoffman, food and travel writer behind With Husband In Tow, is a recovering attorney and professional eater, with a passion for finding new food and drink destinations. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Together they have traveled to over 70 countries.