Air New Zealand may have just taken delivery of the latest
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the original 787-8 still has us
excited when we find ourselves on one.
Qatar Airways has 9 Dreamliners operating a number of routes
out of its brand-spanking new Hamad International Airport in
Doha, and an additional 51 on order from Boeing. We recently
did a business class return between Stockholm and Doha, which
gave us enough time to explore its swanky interiors.
This Dreamliner comes in a two class configuration Business
and Economy seating a total of 254 passengers. Business class
is an extremely spacious across for a total of 22 seats of 4
and the one middle pair. All seats have Aisle Access and
recline to fullyflat beds. We avoid the pair in row 6 because
of the proximity to the curtains and the bassinet row in
Economy right behind it on our Doha to Stockholm flight there
were several babies and infants who screamed for the majority
of the flight. Sitting much further forward and wearing the
Bose noise-cancelling headphones will eliminate the ruckus,
but we can not imagine the Passengers in row 6 enjoyed
Economy has 232 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration The seat reclines to meet a little footstool visible just
underneath the screen in the above shot and there is a drawer
to store shoes. The table slides forward and folds out during
meal time. The 17 screen provides access to the in flight
entertainment, but is actually operated through a
Touchscreen, Smartphone like control. We struggled with it on
the outbound flight it alternated between being hyper
responsive and not responding at all no matter what we tried.
On the way back, and in a different seat, the control worked
much better so we probably just had a faulty unit.
All seats have Aisle Access and recline to fully-flat beds.
We would avoid the pair in row 6 because of the proximity to the
curtains and the bassinet row in Economy right behind it on
our Doha to Stockholm flight there were several babies and
infants who screamed for the majority of the flight. Sitting
much further forward and wearing the Bose noise-cancelling
headphones will eliminate the ruckus, but we can’t imagine
the passengers in row 6 enjoyed complete peace.
Economy has 232 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food
onboard. On the way from Stockholm to Doha, we had a salmon
starter which was tasty, but only a small and pleasant hint
of what was to come as a main course.
light QR168 left Stockholm Arlanda Airport at 4.05pm arriving
at Doha Hamad International Airport at 10.55pm. The return
QR167 left Doha at 08.25am and arrived at 1.45pm in Sweden.
We flew the two sectors on the Dreamliner as part of a ticket
to Bangkok with Doha to Thailand on a Boeing 777, which we
will talk about soon.
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