Qatar Airways Business Class (Manila to Doha to Madrid)

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Since very few airlines go to Madrid from Manila direct we chose the best airline with the cheapest business class seats and that’s Qatar Airways. The entire flight including a stop over a Doha took about 23 hours that’s why business class was the only way to go.

Our journey started in the lounge at Naia terminal 1. Qatar Airways used Delta’s lounge.
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Not much food choices.
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The arroz caldo didn’t look as good as the one served in Philippine Airlines’ lounge.
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I did enjoy the mixed nuts and peas.

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That’s all the baggage I had for 3 weeks in Europe. My Nomadic shoulder bag had lots of velcro closure and zippers and it was theft-proof in my experience. There was so many hidden compartments that I couldn’t find my wallet at times. It was also big enough for my camera, water bottle, scarf and hat.

Look at my black tote bag. It’s half empty but by the time I left the airplane in Madrid it was stuffed full with pajamas, amenity kits, chocolates and cookies.
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We chose the middle set of seats since Rochelle and I both wanted aisle seats. Senator Angara and his wife sat in front of us all the way to Madrid. He was such a nice and friendly fellow.
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The bottom compartment was just perfect for my shoulder bag and tote bag.
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So many buttons for all kinds of adjustments for the seat and leg rest.
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My favorite of all the nooks and crannies of my seat was the recessed water compartment under the arm rest. It wasn’t a chiller though. I even put my eyeglasses inside while I slept.
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Beside my seat cushion was the headphone plug and usb charger.

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iPhone charging in the plane

I usually bring my own battery powered noise cancelling headphone but this trip I didn’t need to use it since these headphones were provided. It wasn’t as effective as my battery operated headphones but it was good enough. Although my ears were sore after wearing these heavy over the ear headphones. Mine were in-ear buds.
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We were given a set of pajamas on both legs of our flight. I went back to Manila with 4 sets of pajamas!

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It was amusing but the flight attendant gave me pajama set sized xl and this is how it looked like. The pants were even bigger. It turned out they only had small and xl on stock so I got the small and used the pants which fit fine albeit a bit short. I really liked the drawstring pants which had pockets. Thankfully the rest of my flights I was able to get medium sized jammies.
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Add two sets each of these amenities and you will understand how my black tote bag got so stuffed. I just couldn’t bear to leave these behind when I could give them away back home.

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Their quilt was one of the nicest I’ve ever used. One side was the usual scratchy wool while the other side was soft and silky. It was quite heavy and kept us warm throughout the flight.
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Unlike other airlines their toothbrush was of really good quality. The one I took with me I used for my entire 3 week trip. One less thing to bring in your toiletry bag.
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The lotion and cologne were Molton Brown. I took some wet wipes (on the right) and they proved handy during my trip specially when I ate messy gelato in Rome.

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We skipped snacks in lieu of sleep.
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indulgence menu

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dinner menu

For our preflight drink I had the lemon mint which was soooooo syrupy sweet I didn’t drink it. Rochelle had the laban which was a yogurt drink. It was much better but it was served lukewarm which I didn’t care for.
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lemon mint drink & laban

Overall the meals on board wasn’t very impressive. I much prefer the food on Philippine Airlines long haul business class. But the service was first class. I couldn’t ask more from the super friendly and attentive flight attendants who took care of every request I had. There were several Filipino flight attendants on both flights.
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fresh vegetable spring roll

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bread

Rochelle and I enjoyed the mezze specially the hummus.
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classic arabic mezze

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seafood cocktail (citrus marinated squid, creole salmon)

My beef tenderloin was overcooked but was still edible. The sauce was delicious though.
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grilled beef tenderloin with black pepper sauce & roasted garlic boulangerie potatoes & ratatouille

Rochelle’s Filipino style chicken dish was made with a combination of dark and white meat. I found the coconut flavor too mild but she liked it.
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pinatisang manok (chicken cooked in fish sauce and coconut milk)

The choices for dessert was quite disappointing since there was nothing chocolate but the bread pudding we both chose was quite good. They did serve Godiva chocolates and shortbread cookies with our coffee. Those went into my black tote bag too. :D
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apple & raisin pudding with vanilla cinnamon sauce

Their coffee wasn’t very good but an extra shot of espresso made it better.

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MEALS FROM DOHA TO MADRID
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indulgence menu

This leg of the trip we tried their snacks. I wasn’t really hungry so I just chose the cheese platter which had a good selection of cheese. Specially good was the fig jam and the savory herb crispy ‘vessel’ it was in.
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cheese plate of matured cheddar, fourme d’ambert & brie le maubert

How can I not have cookies with my Japanese roast green tea?
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chocolate chip cookies

Of all our meals on Qatar Airways the most memorable was Rochelle’s lamb barley soup. It was unbelievably delicious with bits of lamb too. If only I had room in my tummy I would have ordered one too. I kept hoping they would serve it again on our return flight but luck wasn’t on my side. To this day Rochelle and I think of this soup.
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herb scented barley in lamb broth

Can you believe skinny Rochelle’s appetite? She had this chicken sandwich after her soup. The chicken was dry and disappointing but she still ate it.
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oregano chicken breast in toasted herb focaccia

It seemed like we were eating every two hours!!!
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breakfast menu

I tell you Rochelle has a bottomless pit. I don’t know how she was able to drink this thick smoothie.
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strawberry, honey & yoghurt smoothie

Their bread selection wasn’t very good. Only the non flaky croissant was passable.
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breakfast bakery basket

The fruits were sweet but the panna cotta was hard and tasted terrible.
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fresh fruits with vanilla panna cotta

My cheese omelette was soft and quite good. The veal patty was very lean and dry but the flavor was good.
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cheddar cheese omelette with wilted spinach & veal patty

Rochelle’s french toast wasn’t very good. The bread was dry and wasn’t soaked in egg long enough.
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vanilla french toast with orange coulis

She also chose veal patties for her side dish.
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veal with onion patties

Qatar Airways shortbread cookies

For those who are interested you can see the extensive wine list on both flight here.

You can see the pictures of the Qatar Airways’ amazing business class lounge in Doha here.

Our experience in Qatar Airways business class was simply amazing despite the average food. I loved our seats, the entertainment system (although there wasn’t too many new movies) and specially the excellent service by the capable flight crew. I will definitely take Qatar again on my next trip to Europe.

European Vacation 2012 series start here

Comments

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  • Riel Christy Yap

    I love your blog! You’re so inspiring. I wish I could post photos as beautiful as those. I love food and travel too! Unfortunately, I don’t have much resources. I can’t travel to Europe, etc. Well, I’ll just do it in the Philippines then! Hehe. Inspire more people! God bless!

    kitzleir.blogspot.com

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    Thanks so much Christy! You’ve made my day :D More power to your blog!!!

  • Lizzie

    I just got back from Sweden and flew with Qatar. I absolutely loved business class. The seat and entertainment was amazing. Ditto on the pajamas..soft and comfy I got XXL! The food was mediocre though.
    But that business class lounge ( not even a lounge it was half a building,) was amazing…the duty free sucked though. I had a layover for9 hours by the third hour I was already staring at the plants and drinking vodka. Got bored. But it was still a comfortable place to get bored at :)

  • Lizzie

    By the way where did you your nomadic bag?

  • Yaj

    have been waiting and looking forward to your posts re europe…finally the wait is over!

  • Elodie Amora

    hi! i flew with Qatar for my Cebu-Paris trip last October and my dad Manila-Paris a month ago. We both flew economic and while I had amazing meals all throughout the flight, my dad said his meals were mediocre. But we both agreed that the service is amazing! I’ll try to fly in Business class the next class, hopefully it’ll be with the airbus 380 :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HIRIW4OWEIHTILXO4IPYMKLOHE eric

    pls tell us how muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    Lizzie I bough it in HK. Store is called Log-On.

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    Yeah the lounge was great and the food was better too. We didn’t have enough time in the lounge so skipped the sparse duty free totally. Wow 9 hours is too long!

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    It depends on the timing. We paid almost $3k.

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    I want to ride the airbus 380 too!!!!

  • http://80breakfasts.blogspot.com/ joey

    A European holiday! Siiiigh…that’s sounds wonderful and what a pampered journey! :)

  • frannywanny

    now THIS is what I call flying in style!! :) idol ka talaga namin Leslie! super niceeeeeeeeeee

  • Lisa

    Hi Les, who’s your travel agent?

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    Funtours Travel Corp.
    telephone: 623-4141, 654-7649
    80 Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills
    Look for Sandra or Mylyn

    Tell them Leslie recommended you.

  • rftreyes

    You gotta admit, though, those Middle Eastern Airlines do push what is possible for comfort when travelling.
    Emirates seems to be one of the best, if not the best as of 2013 (Especially that I.C.E. System of theirs). Wonder how Etihad is like?

    • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com Shoot First, Eat Later

      I do hope to ride Emirates one of these days!