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In-flight: Flight-testing Qatar Airways’ Business Class

One has high expectations travelling on Qatar Airways’ multiple award winning ‘World’s Best Business Class’. With a focus on putting the passenger’s travel experience first, Qatar has certainly set the benchmark high, with its unparalleled level of service, spacious suites, and the ‘dine on demand’ approach which lets you order anything from the extensive menu at any time during your flight.

More recently, Qatar Airways have teamed up with our very own celebrity chef George Calombaris to carefully design a menu that successfully overcomes the effects that high altitude has on taste buds, with the delivery of perfectly plated, flavoursome meals that showcase seasonal produce in George’s signature Greek style. Dishes might include a Fraser Island crab with lemon marmalade and tabbouleh or Bastourma beef short rib with onions and potato à la greque. This unparalleled quality in dining already features in the airline’s First and Busindess Class cabins from Australia, marking a positive new step towards culinary excellence.

Sanctuary Lounge on board Qatar Airways’ A380 aircraft

Sanctuary Lounge on board Qatar Airways’ A380 aircraft

The spacious Sanctuary Lounge on board Qatar Airways’ A380 aircraft takes First and Business Class flying to the next level with a centrally designed bar flanked by leather sofas. It allows travellers to socialise while enjoying canapés and drinks including a carefully curated list of vintage wines and a cocktail menu designed to impress with cleverly fresh aromatic choices and other more robust selections.

Bastourma beef short rib with onions and potato à la greque from George Calombaris's menu

Bastourma beef short rib with onions and potato à la greque from George Calombaris’s menu

Qatar Airways’ on-board Business Class affords the traveller premium space and a host of refinements which promote a truly peaceful and uninterrupted sleep. Personalising your journey is Qatar Airway’s key point of difference. Even before take-off, cabin crew gracefully introduce themselves, offering the airline’s signature lemon and mint refresher or Champagne, while inquiring at what time you would prefer to dine, have your seat converted into your lie-flat bed, or if you’d just prefer to settle into a movie from the Oryx One Inflight Entertainment’s extensive list. Let’s face it – who doesn’t love complimentary airline pyjamas? Qatar Airways’ 100 per cent cotton sleeper suits and slippers by The White Company are complemented by a thoughtful array of luxe cosmetics from Italian skincare brand Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio to keep you hydrated and looking fresh upon arrival.

If you’re lucky enough to fly a leg on the new A350, the cabin altitude (pressurisation) is lower, resulting in less exhaustion after a long flight; also the humidity is higher and the air is refreshed every 2-3 minutes. The quietness on board is also a significant improvement with 10 decibels of noise reduction from previous generation aircraft. All of these aspects culminate in a supremely comforting flight.

Qatar flies twice-daily from Sydney, and daily from Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Canberra to over 160 destinations via Hamad International Airport in Doha. By combining a masterpiece of aeronautic engineering with refined on-board hospitality, Qatar Airways offers a flight experience like no other. Its recent awards from Skytrax 2018 include: Best Business Class for the fifth time, Best Business Class Seat, and Best First Class Airline Lounge: all honours that complement its 2017 World’s Best Airline award. Whether you’re seeking a superior experience for business or leisure travel, Qatar Airways can connect you to the world’s leading cities in superior comfort. qatarairways.com