Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Lana Bo­gunovich


ROUTE: Doha to Can­berra (Syd­ney to Can­berra)

AIR­CRAFT: Boe­ing 777

CLASS: ‘QSuite’ Busi­ness Class

SEAT: 5K DU­RA­TION: 1 hour

When Qatar Air­ways launched their highly an­tic­i­pated Doha to Can­berra route, Va­ca­tions & Travel was in­vited to join them in cel­e­brat­ing the new route, and I was hon­oured to ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of the in­au­gu­ral flight on its way to Can­berra dur­ing a stopover in Syd­ney.

For this spe­cial oc­ca­sion, we are trav­el­ling on a Boe­ing 777, which fea­tures Qatar Air­ways’ award-win­ning new Busi­ness Class ‘QSuite’, and from June 2018, the route will be ser­viced by this same of­fer­ing. We are warmly wel­comed on­board and it’s easy to see that this state-of-the-art, wide-body jet has all the mod cons and crea­ture com­forts for a su­pe­rior flight ex­pe­ri­ence. QSuite ac­com­mo­dates 42 seats in a 1-2-1 con­fig­u­ra­tion, with fully cus­tomis­able pri­vate suites and lie-flat beds, in­clud­ing the first-ever fully lie-flat dou­ble bed.

There are front-fac­ing and rear-fac­ing seats, so the four seats fac­ing each other in the mid­dle can be cus­tomised into a fully adapt­able, pri­vate quad sim­ply by mov­ing around the TV mon­i­tors and pri­vacy screens. My seat is fully re­clin­able into a lie-flat bed with a de­cent-sized footwell at the end. Plush vel­vet bed­ding, cush­ions and pil­lows are also avail­able, as is a hard­cover Bric’s case con­tain­ing Castello Monte Vib­iano ameni­ties, and I feel a pang of sad­ness that this is a short flight!

Thought­ful tech­nol­ogy fea­tures are es­pe­cially im­pres­sive, with an in­tu­itive con­trol and power cen­tre con­ve­niently po­si­tioned within easy reach. You can also plug in your phone/iPad/lap­top and watch your own movies on the high-res­o­lu­tion mon­i­tor, but with

4000 en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, in­clud­ing a vast va­ri­ety of new-re­lease films, on Oryx One, I doubt you’ll feel the need.

I don’t get the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence Qatar’s much raved about in­flight cui­sine due to the short flight time, but I sneak a peek at the menu and that pang hits me. Guess I’ll just have to book a long-haul flight to Doha next time!

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