In my earlier post, “Why Everyone Should Fly Business Class at Least Once (Part I),” I wrote about my experience flying on the Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 from Cape Town to Doha. That flight was actually the first of two flights on the way to my final destination of Bangkok. I had a layover of several hours in Doha, but this time was easy to manage with the opulent business class lounge. To fly from Doha to Bangkok, I flew on the Airbus A380, a double-decker with four engines that is 40% bigger than the next biggest airliner!
In this post, I will spare many of the details that I wrote earlier, as the seat and experience were largely identical. Qatar Airways is excellent. Throughout this experience, I actually skipped several pictures simply because I ate the plate before I realized.
I disclose that I paid $1615.50 for this Qatar Airways business class flight from Cape Town to Doha. While that amount may sound steep, the itinerary covered 7911 miles and 15.1 hours. To pay $100 per hour is as low a rate as one will find for an international business class product. The economy rate was $400.
The bar on Qatar Airways A380 is the largest in the sky. There may be a couple other token offerings by other airlines, but this bar is for real. I booked this aircraft in business class, largely to experience this feature. Since the plane and bar are so new, it is immaculate. The room is larger than I had anticipated from previewing the media images. There was one female bartender working the area. Everything is complimentary. There is plenty of seating, but I saw no one else there, aside from two travel bloggers who were taking photographs. I drank the most expensive champagne available. My flight left after midnight, which diminished the potential number of patrons at the bar. I was getting fatigued so I did not drink as much as I might have in different circumstances. Out of the 15 hours in the air, I slept less than two, mostly because I was too busy constantly eating, drinking, and watching films on my personal 15″ monitor.