Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Airline
Qatar Airways
Flight
QR146
Aircraft
Boeing 787-8
Registration
A7-BCI
Class
Economy
Seat
21K
Date
21/04/2024
Flight time
05:30

  Vietnam - Spring 2024

Qatar Airways Barcelona (BCN)  →  Doha (DOH) 787-8 Economy Class 21/04/2024 Current review

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  Vietnam - Spring 2024

Qatar Airways Barcelona (BCN)  →  Doha (DOH) 787-8 Economy Class 21/04/2024 Current review

Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to this new Flight review !

This marks the first episode of my trip to Vietnam. This will comprise 4 long-haul flights with Qatar Airways, including a stopover in Doha, and two domestic flights with Vietnam Airlines.


Departure airport

I arrive at the airport about 3 hours before my flight, to take advantage of the lounge, which I'd never had the chance to visit before.

The security checks went quickly, as did customs!

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The duty-free area is large, with plenty of places to eat and sit.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Lounge “Sala VIP Canudas”

I'm immediately heading to the lounge “Sala VIP Canudas”.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

It's very busy at this time of day, but seats are still available.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

However, the big drawback of this lounge was the unpacking. There were literally piles of dishes on every table! I'd never seen anything like it.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Here's the food offer.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

As well as the beverage offer.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The lounge is divided into two parts: the part to the right of the entrance is much quieter because it is away from the main dining area.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Boarding

Finally, it's off to the gate area, where I can see this Emirates 777 being flown over by an Air Europa 737.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The day bird appears through the large windows, making the airport very bright.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Boarding is fast and meticulous, which is very much appreciated.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The fuselage shot, always a must despite the jetbridge, which doesn't make the task easy!

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

A warm welcome aboard. The cabin is spacious and bright, in the colors of Qatar. The first impression is rather good !

Each seat comes with a cushion, blanket, headphones and socks, and an amenity kit will be distributed later.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The screen is modern and large!

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The window offers a superb view of the flaps.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The seat is comfortable and legroom is good.

Then the safety demonstration video begins. It highlights Qatar's heritage, as well as various destinations in the Qatar Airways network.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Taxi and take-off

The taxi starts.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The mood lighting is on.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

We line up on the runway, engines running at full throttle, yet very quiet. The aircraft is extremely comfortable.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Entertainment offer

Now it's time to talk about the entertainment on offer.

On the one hand, the screen features various menus such as the flight map, games, music, movies (with a wide variety of options), as well as tabs advertising Qatar for tourists.

On the other hand, there is also a Wi-Fi option on board. Several choices are available to suit individual needs, with one hour free for members of the Privilege Club (the Qatar Airways frequent flyer program).

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

In-flight service

Then it's time for an aperitif with drinks and crackers.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Cheers to Flightreviews.net's members !

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Then came the meal. On the menu was wasabi beef, with a quinoa salad as a starter. It was pretty good.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Cruising

The seat provides access to only one window with the classic 787 dimming feature.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

After lunch, the sun sets, providing a beautiful spectacle!

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Cabin brightness is reduced to allow passengers to rest.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Shortly before the finish, sandwiches are served as a snack.


Approach and arrival

Then the descent begins and the city of Doha appears in the half-light.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

The landing is smooth, then passengers are invited to disembark.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

We'll be joining the terminal with a 15-minute bus ride.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Once the bus ride is over, I find myself in this beautiful Doha airport, which we'll detail in a future review.

Flight review: Qatar Airways from Barcelona to Doha in Economy

Conclusion

Barcelona Airport : About Barcelona Airport, I might mention the efficiency of their security procedures and the large variety of services offered. However, issues like language barriers of the staff or unclear signage could also be areas for improvement.

Qatar Airways : It was a great experience: the entertainment on offer, the comfort of the seat and the aircraft in general, and the food on board were the highlights of this trip. There's a rumor going around that Qatar Airways crews aren't friendly, but I found the crew very pleasant and available to passengers!

Doha Airport : The transfer was almost instantaneous, as we immediately found ourselves in the duty-free zone.


Ratings

3.8/5
Cleanliness
3/5
Accessibility and orientation
3.5/5
Efficiency
4.5/5
Services
4/5
Cabin and comfort
4.3/5
Entertainment
3.9/5
Food and beverages
4.4/5
Crew
4/5
Cleanliness
5/5
Accessibility and orientation
5/5
Efficiency
N/A
Services
N/A

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