Qatar Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Windhoek, Namibia (WDH) 787 and another visit to the Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge
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Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Review
At Doha Airport, I had a great lounge experience at Al Mourjan, with lots of sleep in one of the dedicated quiet rooms. I’ve reviewed this lounge before and found it to be almost perfect. It’s huge and luxurious, with plenty of features like a fully-equipped business center, games room and showers.
In this lounge, there’s multiple dining options including a brasserie, deli and patisserie. I found the food in the 100-seat restaurant to be not as good as last time.
Qatar Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Windhoek, Namibia (WDH) 787
For my flight from Doha to Namibia’s capital Windhoek, I flew Qatar in business class. Qatar’s best business class cabin is on this 787 Dreamliner service; even the crew agreed with it. Boarding was easy, though this being a bus gate meant everyone boarded business class at the same time.
This aircraft has a great 1-2-1 configuration, with mini suites that lack a bit in privacy but are spacious and feature fully-flat seats.
Most business class passengers on this flight were German tourists headed for Namibia. Y Class was just about 40% full, so this flight might not stay in the QR network much longer.
The IFE has a crisp, big screen, but a fiddly remote that makes it unnecessary difficult to use. There were lots of movies available, but not as many TV shows as I’d hoped.
There is WiFi but the connection is slow and limited to free for just 15 minutes and 15 MB. That’s the WiFi service from several years ago – useful for only checking emails.
I like that Qatar provides dental products in the bathrooms and amenity kits. As commenter ‘robdubluu’ points out there is a compartment where you can find a water bottle at every seat – I managed to not find it during my flight – twice!
Most passengers went to sleep right after take-off; I wasn’t as sleepy, as I’d slept in the airport lounge, so had the quiet cabin all to myself.
There was an abbreviated dinner service which featured an awesome salad with tofu that was so good I had it twice.
Surprisingly, our flight path was east of Yemen but all the way over Somalia including a direct overflight of Mogadishu. I did not see that coming!
Most of the route was rather choppy, especially just north and south of the equator. We flew much higher than usual, topping out at 43,000 ft.
Breakfast was the bigger meal for this flight, but my choices were all gone by the time I was ready to eat, so no muesli or Greek yogurt left for me. The Arabic breakfast was pretty good, though, and one of the best such breakfasts I’ve had on a plane.
Service was friendly but rushed and not as thorough as it could be, but those were minor details on an otherwise great flight.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]
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