For a long time now Qatar Airways first class has been a product I’ve wanted to try, and I was finally able to try it. Qatar operates their A380 to Paris, London, Guangzhou, Sydney and soon Melbourne, so really this is their only long-haul service at the moment.

As Qatar are in Oneworld, they use the brilliant Qantas first class lounge in Sydney. I visited for about three hours before boarding. The inbound flight was two hours late which meant the outbound would also be late. Normally the flight would depart at 10:10 and our boarding started at 10:00. We managed to depart Sydney at 10:30, very impressive considering the cleaning, catering, and passengers were all boarded.

Qatar A380 First Class

For this flight, there was only one other passenger in first, so it was a very quiet flight. I selected 1A.

Qatar A380 First Class Seat 1A

Qatar’s first seats are wide and very comfortable, I often prefer the fabric over leather, especially in hotter weather.

Qatar A380 First Class Seat 1A

Each seat in first is equipped with a 26-inch screen, the screen itself isn’t touchscreen but comes with a remote that is.

Qatar A380 First Class Seat 1A

On the left side of the seat is where you’ll find the IFE controller, light and seat controls and reading materials.

Qatar A380 First Class Seat

You’ll also be given a bottle of water.

Qatar A380 Business Class

On the right side, you’ll find more seat functions.

Qatar A380 Business Class

Qatar’s A380 first cabin consists of 8 open suites configured in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats themselves were designed by B/E Aerospace.

Qatar A380 First Class

Each seat has a divider which can either raised or lowered for takeoff and landing.

Qatar A380 First Class

 

Qatar A380 First Class

 

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As I sat down, I was greeted by one of the crew who would be looking after me. She also handed me my amenity kit and pyjamas. These are the new BRICS amenity kits and pyjamas I wrote about not too long ago.

Qatar Firs Class Amenity Kit

She also asked if I wanted a drink, she offered Krug, but due to age, I couldn’t have it, so I went with the So Jennie non-alcoholic champagne which is really really nice.

So Jennie

Each side has a little self-service area for snacks, drinks (non-alcohol) and reading materials.

Self Serve Drinks And Snacks

I was happy to see the water onboard is Acqua Panna and flavoured & sparkling water by San Pellegrino.

Self Serve Drinks And Snacks

Qatar has two bathrooms for first guests however unlike their opposition (Etihad and Emirates) they don’t feature onboard showers.

Qatar Airways Bathroom

They feature lovely Rituals amenities in the bathrooms.

Qatar Airways Bathroom

The bathrooms are large and easy to move around in, the mood lighting is also awesome.

Qatar Airways Bathroom

 

Qatar Airways Bathroom

 

Qatar Airways Bathroom

 

Bathroom

One of my favourite parts of the bathroom is the tap head. It’s water comes out like a waterfall, and it’s cool to look at.

Bathroom

Qatar also provides the basic amenities for use.

Bathroom

 

Self Serve Drinks And Snacks

Shortly after we took off the meal service started. I was asked if I wanted to dine now or later on and I elected to dine after takeoff.

Acqua Panna Water

The service started with a small snack of salted caramel popcorn.

Acqua Panna And Popcorn

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I was served crab cakes as the amuse bouche

Amuse Bouche Crabcakes

For the appetiser, I choose the caviar which was a little salty for my liking.

Oscietra Caviar

 

Oscietra Caviar

For the main I had the cod which was cooked beautifully, the whole dish fit well and tasted brilliant.

Pan Fried Cod Sayadiah With Rice

And for dessert, I choose the fruit plate as I was quite full.

Fruit Plate

After dinner, I went and had a look at the bar, safe to say it’s the best in the air.

Inflight Bar and Lounge

It can seat four on each side and has a lot of room for standing.

Inflight Bar and Lounge

 

Inflight Bar and Lounge

 

Full Inflight Bar and Lounge

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Qatar used to offer Krug at the bar even to business guests, but it became too popular, and I’d say cost cutting had an influence in the decision for it to be kept just for first passengers.

Inflight Bar and Lounge

The bar offers a variety of snacks and drinks.

Inflight Bar and Lounge

 

Inflight Bar and Lounge

 

Inflight Bar and Lounge

The bar is located right behind the business class cabin, to my surprise just behind the bar is a small economy section, not more business seats.

Qatar A380 Business Class

Qatar’s A380 business class seats are B/E Super Diamonds are my favourite type of business seat.

Qatar A380 Business Class

There are only 48 business class seats on the A380 in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Qatar A380 Business Class

I made my way back to my seat and found the seat behind me made into a bed. Pretty impressive service considering I didn’t ask for it to be made. I managed to have around 8 hours of sleep and woke up feeling refreshed but also very dry. One thing that is quite annoying is the cabin was hot for the whole flight, I’ve experienced this is a few times on middle eastern carriers.

Qatar A380 First Class Bed

I got up and decided to have a light breakfast, eggs, chicken sausages and hashbrowns. I also tried to use the wifi, but it probably worked for 5 minutes then shut off, the speed was terrible, so I wasn’t really worried about it.

Qatar A380 Business Class Breakfast

I also had a cappuccino and a date and cinnamon smoothie; both were brilliant.

Coffee and Date & Cinnamon Smoothie

To finish off, I had another fruit plate, as you can see I’m trying to reduce my calorie intake while flying 😉

Fruit Plate

Despite our pretty late departure we actually landed in Doha a few minutes early, kudos to the flight crew for that!

Bottom Line

I really enjoyed my flight on Qatar. First, the food was great, the seat was comfortable, and the service was done well. Is it the best product on the market? No, but for what it is it’s pretty damn great and would recommend it.