This trip was one that was planned and done at the last minute. Typically, I plan my vacations months in advance, however, due to an unfortunate family matter, I had to cancel my initial plan, which was to visit Stockholm, and instead go to somewhere I was more familiar with. The reasoning behind this is that I wanted to relax and not feel anxious to go around from dawn until dusk exploring. So I quickly made a shortlist, and the winner was Singapore. I quickly looked at my options and found that the best priced option was with Qatar Airways.
Check in at Kuwait Airport was quite civilised and went smoothly, though they really cannot install luggage belts in zones 2 and 3, but other than that, everything went smoothly, and it seemed everyone at the airport (check in staff, volunteer helpers, immigration staff, etc were all on their best behaviour, as I had never seen so many smiles and helpful attitudes there ever.
In the lounge, I tracked my flight and saw that our flight was to be operated by a Maha Airways aircraft. (Maha Airways was a Saudi domestic airline Qatar Airways (QR) was hoping to establish, but plans fell through well before the recent crisis in the Gulf). Although it wouldn’t feature standard QR seats, the service and everything else was typical QR. Once on board, I was given a menu (even though I had pre-booked the vegetarian option), and a small Eid gift – which was a nicely-made chocolate box. I was also offered a pre-takeoff drink, and without even thinking, I asked for sparkling water with ice and lemon.
We landed in Doha just after sunrise, and in my mind I wanted to see if there were any signs of the recent political changes, but everything was business as usual, and some rumours of Doha Airport being a “ghost town” were evidently false. I spent a quick 15 minutes in the lounge before it was time to make my way to the gate, where I was about to board my first Airbus 350 flight ever. QR were the first airline to fly the A350, and I was excited to see what the hype was about.
The aircraft feature its most up to date (at the time – a few weeks later, QR unveiled an even NEWER business class seat). The advantages of this layout is that everyone has direct access to the aisle, so no gymnastics needed to go to the bathroom. The window shades are all electronically operated, and there are two “layers”, so you can have sunlight without being blinded by intense Sun rays.
While on the ground, menus and amenity kits were distributed. To me, these are new, and MUCH better compared to the ones they used to offer.
As soon as we were in the air, breakfast was served. Today, I elected to go for the bircher muesli, and the asparagus omelette with a grilled chicken fillet. To be honest, it wasn’t extra special, but it was edible.
After breakfast, I watched a bit of TV, but then decided to catch up on some sleep, as I hadn’t had much sleep for the 3 previous nights. But when I woke up, I felt a bit hungry, and asked for the Asian stir-fried noodles with grilled prawns. Again, it tasted okay, and hit the spot.
All too soon, we began our decent into Singapore. It was night time, so there wasn’t much to see. But I thoroughly enjoyed the flight, the seat was very comfortable, as it goes fully flat, and is nicely padded. I also cannot fault the entertainment system, nor the crew – which were flawless, and were proactive in introducing themselves and proactively letting us each know face to face that if we needed anything just to let them know.