Qatar Business Class DPS-SIN
Seats 2A & 2B
When we got through passport control–after security and just before the gates, we were still not in the gate area. The gate area was not open to the rest of the airport as in many other places, but was actually semi-gated, and being staffed by a member of Qatar staff who was “highlighting-off” passengers as they came through which seemed a bit archaic (though we saw it again in Singapore).
We were pretty late given the horrible traffic en route to DPS, so a huge line had already formed to the gate. I asked the check in agent about a business class line and she just said to make our way to the front and business class would be called soon.
So we fought our way through to the front. More specifically, I fought my way through the line and Cara walked around.
Pre-boarding for those needing assistance and boarding for business class passengers was called simultaneously and we head down the jetway and followed the split to business class.
We were welcomed aboard and walked to our seats in the second row where the FA asked if he could get us anything to drink. Both of us ordered champagne, though he said he wasn’t sure if it was quite cold yet, so it may be a minute.
About 5 minutes later he poured our champagne at the seat and told us to let him know if it wasn’t cold enough. Though it was probably a tiny bit warm, it was still good, and we kept them (and the next 2 glasses he poured).
Qatar’s 777 was 2-2-2 in business class with full 180 degree recline and a huge amount of leg room in the seating/lounged position.
Shortly before takeoff we were offered a menu:
I ordered the spaghetti with spicy prawns and the whole meal was served on a tray with all 3 courses plated together.
The sushi was pretty good, the pasta dish was excellent (for what it was) and the fruit tasted fresh and juicy, so overall the meal was very good.
After dinner I asked for a blanked and decided to relax and watch a movie. Qatar’s “Oryx” entertainment system is absolutely fantastic. It has the largest selection of movies I’ve ever seen on an AVOD system, and it had a lot of classic movies that I watch every time they’re on TV… like this gem:
The seat on Qatar was extremely comfortable for lounging and we both agreed that it’s a configuration and product we’d be happy to fly in a long haul situation … so that’s a goal on the horizon for when Qatar joins Oneworld.
Shortly after the movie ended, and I fast forwarded a bit to make sure I finished it, the captain came on and without any accent at all announced in perfect English that we would be landing in Singapore shortly. The FAs then came on the PA and announced the procedure for those continuing on to Singapore.
Landing cards for Singapore were not provided, though they were readily available at a counter before immigration–which had no line whatsoever.
Singapore’s Changi airport is phenomenally efficient and event at midnight there were folks there just to help. We hopped in a cab and around ~$25 SGD later, we arrived at the Fairmont.