IN FLIGHT: Qatar Airways SYD-DOH

Qatar Airways — SYD-DOH

The plane

Airbus A380, Business Class

The seat

Qatar Airways’ Business Class was named the world’s best in the 2016 Skytrax ratings, and the sweeping design of its lie-flat seat shows this is a well-conceived, contemporary product. Arranged in 1-2-1 configuration, each seat has aisle access and can be partitioned from neighbours with a sliding screen. The electronically controlled seat adjusts in multiple directions, including the armrests. Storage compartments are within easy reach, while a panel of sockets provides for USB, Apple iport and headphone connections. By night, the beds are fitted with an underlay quilt and top-quilt, and guests are provided with pyjamas. The seats offer 56cm between arm rests and extend to 2m when reclined. Guests can also relax in an on-board lounge, an intimate space fitted with leather lounges and a central bar.


A 43cm flat screen provides Qatar’s Oryx One in-flight entertainment with up to 4,000 choices of movies, TV programs, music and games. It can be controlled as a touchscreen or with a hand-held screen that clips into the armrest. Our flight coincides with Oscar season, and the movie menu includes top nominees. Inflight wi-fi is available and noise-cancelling headphones are provided.

Service and food

Crew were friendly and attentive, introducing themselves personally after boarding and explaining the services ahead of a pre-flight champagne. Qatar offers a full a-la-carte meal service — available on request any time. Dishes are elegantly presented and include a series of light options, while the wine list includes a good range of champagne and wines from France, California, Australia and South America.