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First time experience on Qatar Airways - an A320 with new lie flat seats from Pisa to Doha in Business Class

Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:10 pm

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Whenever I checked prices for Qatar Airways Business Class, they were always out of my reach. Sums like €4,500 return are just not within my reach to pay for a flight. Due to this, I never considered them at all when booking travel.

In May 2016, I read an article on an online blog that mentioned Qatar were having a 3 day flash sale. Apparently you could fly to Auckland in business class for only €1,373 return. The only thing was you had to leave from Pisa in Italy and return to Berlin in Germany. Living in Ireland meant this was probably not going to be much of a problem.

I found the money and booked for travel in April 2017, which is now. A few days ago, I finally took my flight from Pisa to Doha and decided to write about it. It really is a really astonishing business class product so I am not at all surprised it is now considered the world's best. Fantastic crew, great meals, a really lovely hard product and a thoughtful process make for something great.

QR134 – Pisa to Doha (PSA-DOH)
12 April 2017
Airbus A320-200 – A7-AHW
Seat: Business Class 1A
Departure: 18:05 Arrival: 01:00+1


The seats are grey or silver on the A320 and are really soft and comfortable.Immediately in front of you are the two PTVs for your seat and the one next to you.

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Business class seats on the Qatar Airways A320 are slightly offset which means those against the window can’t really see the person sitting beside them without actually looking in that direction. The strip along the overhead compartments features lighting which I really like.

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The menus are printed on a really high quality paper with embossed front covers on heavy card stock. They feel weighty and really high quality in your hands.

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Meals are served on demand and on this flight I had the Arabic Mezze as my starter. It was very filling.

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Oryx One is the Qatar Airways entertainment system on board and it really is one of the most extensive I have ever seen. I watched Rogue One and then Driving Miss Daisy. The selection of current movies is extremely good as is the catalogue of classics. Selecting the entertainment with the controller is very intuitive.

Cocktails are offered and I found the Cuba Libre to be delicious. In a bold move (for me!) I decided to switch to non-alcoholic drinks to give those a try. The So Jennie luxury non-alcoholic bubbly which reminded me of Shloer which is very similar. The Mocktail is also really tasty too!

Towards the end of the flight, some Godiva chocolates are presented and they look and taste just great. Soon enough it was time to land in Doha, where I would be connecting to the longest flight in the world.

Is this the world’s best business class? I have flown several airlines in business class and Qatar Airways is easily the best I have ever experienced. The seat is extremely comfortable and well laid out and the inflight entertainment is excellent.

The soft product is where Qatar Airways really excel. The crew are trained to deliver such a wonderful service that the mind boggles. Everything is done in a consistent manner and in the same order. The service has been thoughtfully devised to provide the passenger with a really excellent experience.

I have nothing but praise for the hard working crew who remember everyone’s requests, work non-stop and do it all with a smile. Nothing was too difficult and they never forget a thing. I would recommend anyone to fly Qatar business class as it is a real experience that I challenge you to fault.

As I said before, please click here to see the full report and all the pictures that go with it.

Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below. :)

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I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
 
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Re: First time experience on Qatar Airways - an A320 with new lie flat seats from Pisa to Doha in Business Class

Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:21 pm

I didn't even know they fly to Pisa as well. Seems rather unusual.
 
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Re: First time experience on Qatar Airways - an A320 with new lie flat seats from Pisa to Doha in Business Class

Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:51 pm

Nice trip report! Their food options!!! Yum!!
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Re: First time experience on Qatar Airways - an A320 with new lie flat seats from Pisa to Doha in Business Class

Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:24 am

Yeah QR seem to be getting into smaller airports now which is great as far as I am concerned. The food is pretty epic if you ask me! It really is a total feast on board - it's hell connecting though because there is only so much a guy can eat!
I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!

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