Qatar Airways [Airbus 350] Economy, Zurich to Doha

Qatar Airways A350 wing

Qatar Airways links Zurich  to Doha twice a day five days a week.  The Qatar Airways flight is a portion of my booked  interline airfare on Travelocity.ca. The first leg was a Swiss Economy Montreal-Zurich which I reviewed as well.

Check-in 

I landed in Zurich at 6am. It was still very dark outside and many other Swiss intercontinental flights were coming in. Terminal E was cold and gradually waking-up. Dont forget that Zurich airport is forced to close and can only open at 6am. As soon as I located my Qatar Airways gate I went to the agent who had just settled in at the gate desk.

I told him I had to check-in and showed him my electronic interline ticket and passport. A few moments later, I got my boarding pass, he was very kind: he gave me a window seat with no neighbors. An hour and a half to kill before the flight.

Boarding

Boarding is still and will always be a mess. People create line-ups and expect to get through before others by some magic way. So I used the same technic I used in Montreal with Swiss. I waited far from the quagmire. As soon as the families, Elite status people made their way in, my seat section was called-upon and I headed straight to the gate passage. The people lining-up were not even close embarking anytime soon and were clogging the passage-way.

Gate E46 - Zurich Airport (ZRH)
Gate E46 - Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Captain making her A350 plane check in Zurich
Captain making her A350 plane check

Ground handler loading luggage in Zurich Airport
Ground handler loading luggage in Zurich Airport

QR94 Taxi in ZRH past Cathay Pacific 777
QR94 Taxi in ZRH past Cathay Pacific 777

QR94 above the Swiss Alps
QR94 above the Swiss Alps


Inflight

Qatar Airways A350 Economy seat & IFE
Qatar Airways A350 Economy seat & IFE

Qatar Airways A350 Economy seat pitch
Qatar Airways A350 Economy seat pitch

Qatar Airways A350 Economy IFE touchpad
Qatar Airways A350 Economy IFE touchpad

Qatar Airways A350 Economy IFE touchpad
Qatar Airways A350 Economy IFE touchpad


The food


Breakfast

The breakfast menu looked great. Three choices, two of which were protein-based. Unfortunately I was left with the third choice: the sugar bombe one. Don't get me wrong the breakfast was tasty, but it was way too much sugar in the morning.

I fell asleep, so I missed lunch 🙁

Qatar Airways flight 94 breakfast menu
Qatar Airways flight 94 breakfast menu

Qatar Airways flight 94 breakfast
Qatar Airways flight 94 breakfast

QR94 parking at airside gate at Doha-Airport
QR94 parking at airside gate at Doha-Airport

A350 airside at DOH
A350 airside at DOH


Verdict

Qatar Airways' A350 Economy product is solid gold. I would fly Economy with the A350 Economy on a longer flight (10-12h). Reasonable legroom, great IFE set-up and quality food. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that we did not park at a gate in Doha (DOH). The aircraft stopped at an apron gate, far from the terminal. Which I don't get. The airport's huge and brand new, a lot of the gate were available. Why use so many apron gates like the old airport?

That was my overall experience with QR94 in Economy. Please share your own thoughts and experience with me Amin On Miles Facebook Page.

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