We all had a tough 2020 and with much energy and hope Michael and I always said when Covid is over (and we hoped by the end of 2021 everybody had received their vaccine) we could finally travel again. The question was where, the answer a simple one: Phuket.
After our trip to Thailand in 2018 we always wanted to go back so it was a no-brainer. We concluded that we wanted to fly with QSuite on Qatar Airways as for this "Return to Flight" (as NASA would say) we didn't care how much it cost.
A simple plan but over the months Qatar Airways made their obligatory aircraft changes and with originally 3/4 flight onboard their Airbus A350 we ended up with two 777-300ER and two 787-9 flights.
Arriving at the airport about three hours prior departure we made our way to check in where we had a flawless baggage drop and a few minutes later (after filming several shots of the entry and check in area for our trip reports) we passed through a average crowded security check.
We passed several duty free shops and finally (after passing the closed Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge) entered Lufthansas Senator First Class Lounge in Terminal 1B.
Oh boy... what to say. It was way to crowded as many passengers who normally would stay in other lounges had to use this one because there are still many lounges closed due to Covid.
The soft-drink dispenser was inop, the beer half warm and there were served only two mediocre tasting meals. At least we got two window seats with a great view over the apron and simply waited for our boarding time to arrive.
With boarding just a few minutes away we walked to the nearby gate where we saw our aircraft for the first time. A Boeing 777-300ER, Reg. A7-BER which was delivered to Qatar Airways on May 17th 2018.
I was the first passenger to board this magnificent aircraft and was greeted kindly at door 1L. Then I walked through this multi award winning business class. I had soft knees as I reached my seat...or suite 10A. So much space, such a large screen and seat. I was simply overwhelmed.
I took several pictures and videos before I made myself comfortable and was greeted by Ling, my flight attendent for the trip. She showed me the functions of the seat and after she brought me some Rosé Champagne I ordered my meal. As a starter the "Signature Arabic Mezze", for main the "Duck confit with jus" and as dessert I ordered "Tiramisu".
In no time we completed boarding and as I visited Michael at his suite to clink glasses and celebrate with another glass of Champagne we pushed back from the gate. I had the feeling of beeing in a nice hotel rather than flying. We took off on runway 18 to fly over Egelsbach and continue south-east heading Austria where the sun already began to set.
I studied the enormous amount of amenities you get in QSuite. First a pillow and a massive blanket, two menus (one being the wine menu), a "travel with confidence" kit containing a surgical mask, gloves and some hand sanitizer and finally amenity kit by Brics which held a sleep mask, socks, ear plugs, hydrating facial spray, lip balm as well as some cream. I was handed some pyjamas and slippers before they started the main service.
My Arabic Mezze arrived with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. It was so delicious and in no time gone. Then I was served the duck along with a
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