Qatar’s new onboard service in photos
In this article, I was talking about the changes in Qatar’s onboard service. This involves full PPE with hazmat suits and changes to the meals. I wrote about the future of business and first class travel on Monday in this article. A lot of people were a bit depressed by it, so I thought that seeing someone’s first-hand recent experience would be useful.
TLFL reader Doc just got back from SYD on Sunday with Qatar after being rebooked on them from BA First. Below are Doc’s photos of the trip. The crew did offer to make up their beds as a double bed, travelling as a gay couple. I thought this was worth mentioning as some people worry about discrimination due to Qatar’s (the country) reputation for lack of tolerance.
Doc said ” The Hazmat suits were a shocker, to be honest, but necessary. The service was good and the food excellent. As it was the A350, no First of course but the QSuite was incredible. I slept for 9 hours straight and another 2 on the Doha to Heathrow. On this flight, the crew were on the flight back again after a 2-hour turn around with a rest period on board. ”
The menus which look pretty standard to me:
The food starter tray – notice that the only real change is that the tray has dessert on it as well plus the lid on the butter dish. Well done Qatar.
Combined with the safety measures being taken by Doha Airport which I talked about yesterday, I have to say I am starting to feel quite positive about travel again. I don’t particularly want to spend a long haul flight with a mask on but you are allowed to take it off to eat and drink. Bringing your own mask at least means you can try them out beforehand and find one that is comfortable.
Flying with Qatar means flying East and most of South East Asia pretty much has coronavirus under control. I already have flights booked to Singapore in November with Qatar (although I may tweak the destination under their 5000 mile change offer). Previously I was pessimistic about whether it would happen and if I would want to fly anyway. Have seen all these measures plus a relatively normal service, I am pretty sure that I will be going assuming I can get into Singapore or somewhere else in Asia by then.
How does seeing these photos make you feel about flying again? Would you fly long-haul even if it meant wearing a mask the whole flight?