Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seat herringbone configuration

Qatar 787 – 8 Dreamliner business class review

 

An evening take off with a flight time of just under 7 hours.  Read our review about the Qatar 787-8 Dreamliner business class product Qatar from London to Doha. We are eager to compare the Middle Eastern airline to the likes of Emirates and Etihad. We have flown Qatar in economy and it isn’t great. Let’s hope the business class product is much better.

After a disappointing experience in the Aspire Lounge Gatwick North Terminal, we try to get on board the Qatar 787 – 8 business class as soon as possible. Also, we like to try and not get other passengers in our shots. We’ll blur you out for anonymity!

We are also looking forward to the stop in Doha because the Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge is supposed to be their best lounge in the world. 

Quick Index of Qatar 787 – 8 dreamliner Business Class 

                                        

Qatar 787 – 8 dreamliner business class cabin

The business class cabin is relatively small, compared to the likes of the non refurbished Qantas A380 business class cabin. There are only 22 seats. It is arranged in the reverse herringbone configuration. Thank goodness it isn’t like the British Airways ‘honeymoon’ configuration!

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seat herringbone configuration
The herringbone configuration of the 787-8 Dreamliner is good for everyone’s privacy. The seats are in a 1-2-1 arrangement, which means everyone has aisle access.

The configuration is 1-2-1 which is great for solo travellers and couples. Everyone has aisle access, yay!

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seats near the toilet avoid
You probably want to avoid these two seats because they’re close to the toilet. They do however, offer maximum privacy, since they are ‘separated’ from the main cabin by the “bar”.

There are two seats that you probably don’t want. These are located just behind this ‘bar’ ledge area, that seems to us, very strange. These two seats 6E and 6F  are also closest to the toilet, so avoid them. A curtain separates you from the economy class cabin.

The service galley is at the front of the 22 seats so if your’e noise sensitive, you may want to choose a seat towards the back. There are 2 toilets at the back of the cabin.

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seat closest to the front is near the service galley
If you don’t want to hear the clinking of cutlery and clattering of plates, don’t choose a seat near the front! This will be your view.

Qatar uses mood lighting throughout the flight. The changing colours are said to aid relaxation. But they don’t help for taking good food shots!

                                    

The seat and its surrounds on the Qatar 787 – 8 dreamliner business class cabin

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seat herringbone configuration
The seat on the 787-8 Dreamliner plane from London Gatwick to Doha.

The seats themselves look very comfortable. After take off you get to ‘make your bed’ with the mattress, but, you have to ask for it. On Emirates and Qantas flights we have experienced, the mattress is already on the seat when you board. The curved back however, doesn’t give maximum privacy, but adds a touch of elegance. The window seats ‘lean’ towards the windows so you’re facing away from the aisle and the centre seat passengers. Even if you’re travelling alone and you get a centre seat, you can raise the privacy shield.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat and surrounds
The herringbone configuration means if you want to interact with your neighbour, you can! If not, the privacy screen will provide plenty of non- face time!

The seat controls move you into various positions. They are very well ‘drawn’ and easy to understand.

Underneath the seat control panel, there is an additional storage bin, which contains the noise cancelling headphones.

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha additional storage bin
As you’re looking around your seat lift up the padded storage locker. In here, you’ll find your headphones and enough room for a small bag.

You get an extra bit of elbow room, whichever seat you’re in. Everyone gets a mini storage draw which contains a bottle of water and the noise cancelling headphones.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat and surrounds
Every seat has this extra shelf space. We think Qatar could have used this space more effectively, perhaps a mini bar like Emirates do?

The foot well is somewhat narrow and very tall passengers, may find this a problem.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat and surrounds
For very tall passengers you may find the narrow footwell slightly annoying.

When you pull the table out for eating, if you move your legs to cross or uncross them, you may hit the table with your knees.

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha review table in business class LGW to Doha
The fold out table is spacious, around double the size of an economy class table.

There is an international charging socket underneath the shelf

                                

In flight entertainment

The Oryx entertaiment system is quite comprehensive. The Qatar in flight entertainment system has all the usual options. The latest films and classic films in various languages. You can watch the flight cameras or listen to music. The TV screen doesn’t move which is great or not?

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class review sreen size LGW to Doha
The business class screen is 17 inches and crystal clear. Qatar claim it is the first in the world to operate a dual screen interface which allows you to play a game, whilst watching a film.

You can either touch the screen itself or use a hand held device to select your entertainment.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha hand held IFE controller
The hand held IFE controller is a little small in our opinion.

In our opinion it is a bit too small, the hand held device. We much prefer the tablet you get on the Emirates A380 – 800.

comparing the IFE touch screen tablet you get on an Emirates A380 business class to Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class procuct only1invillage
Sorry Qatar, but we prefer Emirates’ tablet control system for the entertainment options. Emirates provides this in addition to the hand held controller.

The noise cancelling headphones are a nice touch. They are superior to the ones you get in economy class. If it weren’t for the three prong jack, the headphones wouldn’t be given back!

noise cancelling headphones Qatar Airways 787-8 dreamliner business class review LGW to Doha only1invillage
We like the noise cancelling headphones. They make a big difference when you compare them to economy class headphones!

            

The electronics around the seat

The TV controller hides in a compartment to the left  or right of your seat.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat electronicsTHe
The IFE controller is neatly stored near your elbow.

The seat positions allow for a fully flat angled bed. Not all Qatar’s business class seats do. Similar to Emirates, some business class seats are still the old fashioned angled style. Shock, horror, gasp!

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat electronics
Easy to use seat controls. Even if you don’t understand them, it’s just fun pressing every button!

There is a massage facility which is really good, if you like massages.

The charging socket is located underneath the shelf area where the seat controls are. The USB slot is next to the headphones slot.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat
Your universal charger point is located underneath the seat control buttons.

                        

The amenity kits on the Qatar 787- 8 dreamliner business class

We do love a good amenity kit with a toiletries bag you can reuse! The one provided for ladies is orange and filled with Monte Vibiano goodies, an eye mask, some rather fetching matching socks and ear plugs. The bag is from a family owned Italian luxury goods company, called Bric’s.

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha ladies amenity kit
Definitely a keeper! The bright orange bag is sturdy and will be a good reminder of the Qatar Airways 787-8 dreamliner business class flight from London to Doha.

The amenity kit for men is blue. It contains exactly the same toiletries as the amenity kit for ladies. The only difference is the socks and eye mask are a different colour.

As it’s an overnight flight, we are provided with pyjamas and slippers. The pyjamas are not 100 per cent cotton, unfortunately. The black slippers are also a nasty nylon, which will make your feet sweat. Still, the pyjamas and slippers are better than creasing and sleeping in your own clothes. You’re also more inclined to fall asleep after the dinner service.

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha pyjamas only1invillage review
On overnight flights, Qatar add pyjamas to the amenities on board.

                      

The food and beverages on the Qatar 787-8 Dreamliner business class

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha pre flight cocktail and warm nuts
Before take off you are offered some warm nuts and a cocktail. After a disastrous experience in the London Gatwick lounge, we are eager to sit back and sip!

If you have special dietary requirements, like vegetarian or gluten free, this can be ordered on the app beforehand. You can even get a ‘bland’ meal. What would that taste like?!!!

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat table setting lantern salt and pepper
What we do love about the Qatar meal service in business class is the little extra touches. The electric lantern and the ever so cute mini salt and pepper grinders, make you feel at home in the skies!

Did we ‘relish sumptuous cuisine designed by the best chefs in the world and savour expertly served exclusive vintages?’ Those are the words from Qatar’s website. In terms of presentation, the food is very good. In terms of taste, we’re sorry to report that there is room for improvement.

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha appetiser beef bresaola and melon
The beef bresaola and melon appetiser is very well presented. However, the beef was turning brown at the bottom. It should be bright red.

The bevarages are not as expensive as Emirates offer either. Notably the wines are of a poorer quality. However, the signature mint and lemon drink is refreshingly delicious and you must order at least two throughout the flight!

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha signature mint and lemon seriously addictive drink
We don’t know what goes into the Qatar signature mint and lemon drink, but, it’s seriously addictive.

The menu selection always reflects the place you’re flying to and from. So, on the flight from England there are traditional English and Arabic options.

The dinner service begins an hour into the flight. After a disappointing selection of food in Qatar’s London Gatwick North Lounge, we are hungry!

It’s appetiser time! The amuse bouche is very well presented. Top marks! It tastes good too.

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha food amuse bouche
A very tasty salmon and grapefruit amuse bouche to start the dinner service on the evening flight from London Gatwick to Doha.

For main course the most exciting sounding dish is the beef fillet. Let’s see if Qatar can pull off a medium-rare steak in the air!

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha food main course dinner only1invillage
The beef fillet presents well. Unfortunately it was overcooked and dry. The peas, as you can see are also not green. Too much time in the oven.

Unfortunately the beef was really overcooked. It had a nice flavour, but, it was not gourmet standard. We were offered a chicken alternative, but, we didn’t want white meat. Thumbs down for Qatar’s main course. The flight attendants were eager to hear our feedback, but, will anything be done about it for future customers?

So far two strikes for the appetiser and main course. Can Qatar win back some points with the dessert?

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha dessert
The fresh berries served with almond syrup. The strawberries could have been sweeter. The almond syrup was good.

We choose the healthy option, because how wrong can you go with mixed berries? Even here, attention to detail is lacking. There are still some green parts of the top of the strawberries in the bowl. Overall, a disappointing dinner. It certainly didn’t meet our expectations of the “finest dining in the skies” with “extraordinary cuisine” as the Qatar website suggests.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha breakfast
The pastries, juice and coffee at breakfast time served just before landing in Doha.

One hour and 20 minutes before landing in Doha, you are offered breakfast. We choose the cooked option, knowing that there will be middle eastern breakfast choices in the Al Mourjan Lounge, when we land. The next flight we take to Singapore on the Qatar Qsuite will also start with breakfast.

                    

The service of the Qatar staff

The staff greet you by name which is a good touch. On this flight the staff are very friendly, but not over friendly. They ask for feedback and are more than happy to take pictures for you.

                    

The Qatar 787 business class toilets

Why didn’t you go to the toilet before?!!! The bathroom, the restroom, the wash closet. Whatever you want to call it, it’s where you do your ‘business’ in the plane. We are sorry to report, the toilets are a bit disappointing as business class toilets go. It is the same size as an economy class toilet. 

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha toilet shot
Qatar Airways 787-8 business class toilet. It’s the same size as in economy class.
Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha toilet amenities
There’s Colgate toothpaste and brushes in the toilets. There’s a bottle of something missing in the toiletries section. Poor show Qatar.

                  

The Qatar 787 -8 dreamliner business class bar

There isn’t one!

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha bar ledges
These two ‘ledges’ are essentially the ‘bar’ area on board the Qatar Airways 787-8 business class flight from London to Doha.

Ok there isn’t one as in bar service with a flight attendant mixing you cocktails. You can place some drinks here on this ‘bar ledge’ and congregate if you need to stretch your legs. But, how awkward for the passengers sitting in 6E and 6F! 

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha champagne glasses
After take off the social area is set up. A few bottles of champagne and wine are placed on the bar ledges.
Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha snacks in the common area
Some packaged snacks are arranged in the common area at the back of the business class cabin, next to the exit doors.

Not that we crave alcohol, you understand, we just like comparing on board bars on different airlines! There is only a bar on the A380 Qatar business class product. After take off, some fresh fruit, nuts and a few bottles of alcohol are placed on the “bar” ledges.

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha fresh fruit
A fresh fruit bowl sits next to the champagne glasses to help yourself after take off on the Qatar Airways 787-8 business class flight from London to Doha.                  

                  

Summary of the Qatar 787 -8 dreamliner business class cabin 

Firstly, we like the layout of the cabin. It works really well for everyone, offering privacy to all passengers.

Secondly, the seats are very comfortable and the fully flat position is always welcome.

We love the amenity kits. Good quality and a great souvenir of the flight. 

However, the Qatar 787-8 Dreamliner business class does have some down sides. There’s no real bar on the Dreamliner. Oh well, next time we must fly the Qatar A380. It seems to be an A380 thing! 

The biggest let down is the food quality and taste. Qatar need to up their game on this aspect of the soft product on this particular flight.

Have you flown out of London Gatwick on the Qatar 787-8 dreamliner in business class? Do you agree with our review? Let us know, by submitting a comment.

 

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