BOARD­ING

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED AND TESTED -

Five Star all the way. While the air­line’s ser­vice out of DFW had be­gun only two weeks be­fore, ev­ery­thing was in place to eas­ily find this new-to-Dal­las check-in. Business Class check-in be­gan with bur­gundy car­pet ser­vice and friendly greet­ing. Bags were checked all the way to my fi­nal des­ti­na­tion in Bali, even though I had an ex­tended lay­over of eight hours in Doha.

After gath­er­ing my ticket, and with very short lines at both check-in and se­cu­rity, I made my way to the ex­ec­u­tive lounge where I was led to com­fort­able seat­ing with a view of the run­way and a glass of Cham­pagne. While wait­ing I got to en­joy views of the sun set­ting in the dis­tance with a few rays gleam­ing on a nearby air­craft at its gate. The lounge lo­ca­tion made for a peace­ful respite from the hurry and flurry of econ­omy class travel. Com­pared to other pre­mium lounges, this one may not have had as many niceties, but the smaller size and in­ti­mate set­ting pro­vided more pri­vacy for Qatar Air­ways pas­sen­gers.

After the quiet of the ex­ec­u­tive lounge, the board­ing area ap­peared a bit chaotic. Clear­ing past the lengthy econ­omy queues, Business Class pas­sen­gers and OneWorld part­ners were called prior to gen­eral board­ing. Other than be­ing quite crowded (es­pe­cially in com­par­i­son with the tran­quil­ity of the lounge), it was what one would ex­pect get­ting on board an air­craft with 335 seats.

The business cabin on the 777-300ER comes in two con­fig­u­ra­tions. On this flight, Qatar of­fers a two class ser­vice – Business and Econ­omy. My air­craft was

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