Review: Qatar Airways A380 First Class Doha – Bangkok (Part 1)

Review: Qatar Airways A380 First Class Doha – Bangkok (Part 1)

  • August 2022
  • Qatar Airways 836
  • Doha (DOH) – Bangkok (BKK)
  • Departure: 0302(DOH)
  • Arrival: 1310(BKK)
  • Duration: 6:44
  • Aircraft: Airbus A380-861
  • Registration: A7-API
  • Seat: 1A (First Class)

The first class review is back again! This will be a comprehensive review hence, I have divided the review into two parts: My experiences before and after takeoff.

The journey on Qatar Airways A380 First Class started with some luckless delay from Frankfurt to Doha due to heavy rain and getting parked at the remote stand in Doha. And eventually, I did not have time to visit Qatar Airways’ Al Safwa First Class Lounge at Hamad International Airport for transit.

Thankfully, being a Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum member, I booked a complimentary Al Maha transit service before departure and upon arrival at Doha, an Al Maha representative was waiting for me at the airstair.

As I was traveling in economy class, I was supposed to wait for the next bus but as my connection was in First Class I had no time, the Al Maha staff took me along with business class passengers to the airport. We then ran from the transit area straight to concourse A.

About Qatar Airways A380

Last year, Qatar Airways decided to reactivate eight Airbus A380s to meet passenger demands and capacity due to a series of unfortunate events regarding its Airbus A350s being grounded due to paint issues and an ongoing court clash with Airbus.

Qatar Airways A380s are currently operating exclusively on four routes:

  • London Heathrow 2X daily
  • Paris CDG 1X daily
  • Bangkok 2X daily
  • Sydney 1X daily

There are two more A380s parked in Doha but eventually, Qatar Airways might reactivate them all during the 2022 Fifa World Cup that will happen in Qatar. Hopefully, we will see more sleeping A380s getting reactivated.

I last flew on Qatar Airways A380 three months before the pandemic shut the world and I am really excited that I am back again flying the largest passenger aircraft before it retires in the coming years.

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Cabin

Boarding was made through the second floor of Gate A5. As I got onboard, I walked past the galley and reached seat 1A. I was the only passenger on First Class to Bangkok so I had the freedom of ruling the whole cabin.

Qatar Airways First Class cabin is located on the forward area of the upper deck. The upper deck on A380 has all three classes: First, Business and Economy on the rear of the aircraft.

There are a total of 517 seats on A380: 8 First, 48 Business and 461 Economy classes divided into two decks. The First Class cabin has two rows of extremely spacious yet less private seats in a 1-2-1 configuration

Unfortunately, there are no separate overhead bins on the First Class, instead, passengers can store their luggage inside one of the two closets by the lavatories.

It is a rare case in First Class but remembers to always keep your valuables with you all the time. I have heard some news passengers got their stuff stolen even in Business Class.

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Seats

Qatar Airways First Class seats on A380s feature a whooping 90 inches (228cm) of pitch and 23 inches (58cm) of width. The seat is so long it has an open ottoman on the opposite side where you can have a dinner date when traveling as a couple on the seat like Cathay Pacific or Lufthansa First Classes.

With the mood light turned off in the daytime, the seat looks a little bit plain in color. But the sunlight creates the cabin bright looking.

On each seat, there is a separate personal reading lamp on the side of the headrest that turns on when raised and a reading light overhead.

The seat is wide and has finishes that were comfortable when sitting for a long period of time. There are three windows on each window seat but due to the interior design of the A380, the window feels smaller than on the lower deck.

While there is no overhead storage on First Class, there are plenty of smaller storage areas around the sear and a compartment on the side of the monitor to store your clothing if you changed to pajamas during the flight. You can also keep small handbags or backpacks in this storage.

The seat adjustment controller is located under the armrest. There are button-type controls as well as touch-screen type controllers available around the seat. But as I am more used to clicking buttons to adjust the seat, I didn’t bother using the ‘tablet’ to adjust my seat.

Qatar Airways First Class Amenity Kits

Qatar Airways offers Diptyque amenity kits to First and Business Class customers. But the design and contents do not differ from their Business Class ones. In the past when the airline offered BRICS amenity kits, First Class kits were bigger and had more content but I guess it is not the case now. On top of the amenity kits, I also received a pajama as it was a red-eye flight.

The pajama is designed by The White Company and this time, there was a new design to celebrate the 2022 World Cup. From the regular grey top and bottom, this time the pants were more of a darker burgundy color and the shirt had the number 22 on its back.

Qatar Airways DOH-BKK First Class Welcome Drinks & Snacks

Before I review my full dining experience, I will go over the pre-departure welcome drinks and snacks. As I get to my seat, the crew member brought me menu cards and asked me for a welcome drink. Of course, out of various types of drinks, I chose Krug champagne.

Qatar Airways is one of few airlines that offer Krugs on First Class and as a Krug lover, I couldn’t lose this great opportunity. I requested the champagne and after a while, she brought a glass of Krug as well as some cheese and olives.

Afterward, the cabin crew came back with an Arabic coffee and a basketful of Qinwan dates. I am a fan of both so I asked for a cup to have with my champagne.

So this was part one of my experience while on the ground. The pre-departure service was superb, crew members were bright and active and even though there was a one-hour delay, sitting in the First Class did not make me upset in fact I wanted a longer delay so I can get to enjoy First Class more.😉

My next part will cover my experience after take-off: From in-flight dining to onboard lounge, stay tuned for my review on Doha to Bangkok in Qatar Airways First Class!

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