Qatar Airways QR147 – Doha to Madrid – A350 Business Class Review

For our trip to Madrid – we went with Qatar Airways which meant that I got to travel on a 787 (Cathay doesn’t have a 787) and a short stop at the Al Mourjan Business Lounge in Doha – both were impressive!

So after a short break at the lounge, it was time to head to the gate for the next leg of our journey – the airport itself is like any other airport in that there are shops everywhere.

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Gold gold gold!!

One thing about the QR147 flight though is that whilst the pilot and the crew are Qatar Airways – the equipment itself is borrowed from LATAM airlines – so the livery is LATAM’s – the good thing is that the plane is an A350 – raccoon face.

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LATAM A350 lease

We weren’t too concerned about queues as we were heading to the gate because Business Class normally includes priority boarding – but that kind of went out the window when we arrived and boarding started – the “queue” was pretty much a crowd – and whilst they turned people away at the priority lane – it took a bit of pushing to get through the crowd.

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The “queue”

Once on the flight though – the environment was quite nice – the LATAM Business Class is a 2-2-2 configuration – and actually offered a lot of space, especially when I’m just 5’7.

Once on the flight – we were quickly handed with Menus – once again, you can decide when you want breakfast – given that we’ll be arriving into Madrid at about 8am – I asked for breakfast at about 6am (2 hrs before landing) – Ms. Buddha did the same.

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Once comfortably on the flight – and also after the flight is in the air (take-off was smooth) – it was about 2:30am Doha time which meant that I could grab about 3.5 hours rest before breakfast – the flight was quite smooth so by the time I woke up – it was starting to get bright.

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Amazing view

Similar to the HKG to DOH flight, flight crew came around and started setting the table along with a tempting bread basket – all the breads were delicious!

To kick-start the breakfast – I went for a dates and cinnamon smoothie (highly recommended) along with some fruit. The fruit were really sweet (but not in that soaked in sugar water way) – nice start to the meal.

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Fruit platter + date and cinnamon smoothie

Ms. Buddha on the other hand went for a Cucumber, Apple and Mint Energiser (the green drink) plus a serving of the Greek Yoghurt – she was very impressed with the quality!

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Cucumber, apple and mint energiser + Greek Yoghurt

For the mains, I went for the lighter option with Lentil Pancakes with Paneer Masala – I was very pleasantly surprised and it re-enforces the notion that you should also have more traditional foods because the sourcing and the quality assurance is normally higher. The highlight is the fact that the masala had a nice strong spiciness to it.

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Lentil Pancakes with paneer masala

Ms. Buddha on the other hand? I don’t actually know what came over her or why she was THAT hungry – but she went for scrambled eggs with a fillet of beef. It must’ve tasted great because she looked very happy polishing off everything while she watched TV…

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Tomato&Chive scrambled egg with grilled fillet of beef

After the meal it was pretty bright out already and it wasn’t long until we were approaching into Madrid already – the great thing about flying the window seat is the ability to have an aerial view of the city – especially when the weather is perfect!

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Full of anticipation!

Landing was super smooth and immigration and luggage actually came quite quickly (thanks to priority luggage) – and we were packing things into our car in next to no time!

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Cannot get enough of Audi’s!

 

 

 

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