- August 2022
- Qatar Airways 858
- Doha (DOH) – Seoul/Incheon(ICN)
- Departure: 0232(DOH)
- Arrival: 1700(ICN)
- Duration: 8:41
- Aircraft: Boeing B777-3DZ(ER)
- Registration: A7-BEC
- Seat: 18D (Economy Class)
My week-long mileage burn will conclude on this final flight back to Seoul, Korea. It has been one exciting week flying Qatar Airways in all three cabins. Prior to my departure back to Seoul, I spent some time at Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park instead of the lounge since I was traveling back in economy class.
Since there was only one daily flight from Doha to Seoul, the business class was full and no award seats were available. In the end, I had to spend 57,000 Avios just to get seated in economy class. For context, a one-way business class trip from Doha to Europe costs 44,000 Avios. So I was kind of unhappy with the amount Avios spent on 9 hours of economy class.
I have reviewed the inbound flight from Seoul to Doha in my previous review so except for the onboard service, you will find others pretty much the same.
Qatar Airways DOH-ICN Boarding
The boarding started around 1 Am in the morning but I arrived at the airport from the city at 1 AM, so I rushed in through the airport and head straight to gate C14. Luckily, the boarding was just starting when I reached the gate and I was one of the first to enter the cabin to get some photographs of the cabin.
Qatar Airways B77W Economy Class Cabin
Qatar Airways deploys a mixed version of Boeing B777-300Ers to the South Korean capital and this time it was a premium heavy A7-BEC aircraft. This aircraft has a total of 354 seats: 42 Qsuite business class and 312 economy class seats.
Except for the first two rows of every bulkhead seat and the last four rows in economy class the cabin is configured in high density 3-4-3 layout.
Qatar Airways B77W Economy Class Seat
Similar to the inbound flight I took from Incheon, the seats were an older version. Each seat offers 31~32 inches (78~81cm) of pitch and 16.9~17.4 inches (43~44cm) of width. I was assigned to seat 17D which was one of the two front-row seats and only had 9 abreast per row.
This seat feels a little wider as there are only three seats in the center. Especially, there is a large space created from seat 18D. The only disadvantage of this seat was when the passenger behind stretches his/her feet, their feet will be right beside you.
The older version seats have a thicker backrest and this reduces the leg space when reclined as well as the space for the foldable tray tabled during dining. I so I recommend making the seat back to an upright position during meal service.
As the FIFA World Cup in Qatar was upcoming, the airline updated its amenity kits to the World Cup-themed design.
Qatar Airways DOH-ICN Economy Class Dining
On board my flight to Seoul, there were two meal services offered: Brunch and Lunch/Dinner. Each service had three different menus offered and the menus are accessible from the Oryx One Wi-Fi homepage.
For Privilege Club elite members, the crew members will come by and take down the request prior to departure so they will have their preference reserved.
Since it was a very late night, I didn’t bother to eat brunch which was served around one hour after taking off and I slept the whole flight, realizing it was descending to Incheon International Airport by the time I woke up.
I will be reviewing the meals on my next flights in and out of Incheon soon.
Qatar Airways B77W Economy Class In-Flight Entertainments
Every economy class seat is equipped with a 10.6-inch touch-screen monitor and a separate remote controller attached under the monitor.
An individual USB port and universal power sockets are provided on each seat. The USB port is located beside the monitor along with the headset port while the power socket is located under the seat.
One of the biggest changes on this flight was definitely the headsets. Qatar Airways has finally introduced headsets with rubber earbuds. Up until my flight to Doha from Incheon, the airlines offered regular headsets with a cloth cover that was awful.
Qatar’s competitor, Emirates has been offering better headsets with a little bit of noise canceling function for a long time but I am glad Qatar Airways has finally changed the product.
With the newer headsets, it was much better to watch movies or listen to music since they offered not the best but some noise-canceling features.
Qatar Airways Oryx Super Wi-Fi
Of course, the Wi-FI on board Qatar Airways, and the Oryx One Super Wi-Fi are not to be forgotten. Privileged Club members are eligible to use a complimentary one hour of free internet connection while you are able to pre-purchase it for US$8 before departure or pay US$10 on board to use it for the whole duration of the flight.
The one-week mileage run has finally come to an end. I have spent nearly 440,000 Qatar Airways Avios for this week-long trip that spans all three classes: From first to business to economy class.
It was rather an intense journey as I had to adapt few different time zones every single day but it was worth the Avios spent. I was lucky to redeem premium class award seats at a non-peak rate while the only disappointing thing was spending over 100,000 Avios on economy class.
I have more reviews with different fleets of Qatar Airways upcoming so stay tuned!