After a restful flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Doha and a shower and panini in the Al Mourjan Lounge, it was time to board the 14-hour longhaul to New York City.
Electronics were carefully searched at the gate, the subject of another post, but understand here that if you want to be among the first to board you should be at the gate at least 75 minutes before departure time.
The A350 was nicely lit with mood lighting. A FA welcomed me onboard and directed me to my seat in the last row of the forward business class cabin.
Qatar’s A350 is incredibly open in business class, a beautiful design with a gorgeous circular counter in the middle of the cabin and no overhead bins in the center.
We took off on time and I settled in for the long flight. For this flight, I decided to put Qatar’s a la carte dining to the test.
After takeoff I had my first meal, a chicken salad followed by ravioli. It was the perfect bedtime snack.
I slept for about seven hours then awoke, hungry once again. For my second meal, I ordered soup plus steak. The steak was well-done, but still edible. The soup…delicious as always.
I tried to sleep some more, but could not. Unfortunately, the internet was also basically nonfunctional (as it is on all OnAir flights). So I had to relax. Good thing the HD tail camera was available!
Prior to landing, I enjoyed my third meal: Greek yogurt followed by scrambled eggs with mushrooms on sourdough bread.
The on-demand dining service was flawless during the flight and I enjoyed great service from Aida and Faiz. Note, however, that the staff ran out of food by the time we neared New York. Good thing I had already eaten three meals…
You know a flight is good when 14 hours flies by and you wish the flight was even longer. Qatar is a great airline and the A350 is one of my favorite aircraft. Stay tuned for the full report.