The Game Changer IN Business Class

December 2, 2014 frvtravel

Farnborough Air Show

What is the latest trend up in the air? Ve Handojo found all the answers in a trendsetting flight with Qatar Airways.

A long transit is never good news, especially in the middle of the night. Flying Qatar Airways from Jakarta to Zürich means no less than six hours of transit in Hamad International Aiport, Doha, yet, the lure of the Dreamliner’s business cabin from Doha to Zürich balanced the doubt. A plan for a nap in the transit lounge seemed perfect.

Alas, the plan had to face a big challenge: finding the right spot for a nap. Should it be in Al Maha VIP Lounge with private rooms aplenty and elite services that include a BMW 7 series ride to the aircraft? Or, what about the new Al Mourjan Business Lounge designed by Antonio Citterio that includes some very quiet areas?

Then, how long should I take the nap? I needed enough time to have that mighty, luxurious shower that would not only refresh, but even make me several years younger.

Farnborough Air Show

Upon thinking and recharging my business tools, e.g. mobile phones and tablets, the alluring cocktail cart passed by, and those bottles waved their hands at me. We know that a glass of Hendricks and tonic would help making a wise decision. Another one would make even a wiser one.

Later on I made a firm decision to take the much needed nap in one of the spacious and quaint cubicles in the quiet area. Of course, I had to pass the dining area where the chefs were preparing the fresh antipasti and warm soup. The dining area that more colourful bottles make friends with sashimi, cheese, tiramisu, and all other delicacies.


Right, now that my tummy was happy, the nap was a must as I had wasted two hours with no productive sleep. But first, let’s recollect some long lost childhood memories on that pinball machine and foosball table in the games room. Another hour well spent.
The nap and the luxurious shower that followed were not enough to prepare me for the Dreamliner Business Class experience. So, this is how it feels to fly with the Best Business Class Airline of 2013 and 2014.


A tantalizing welcome drink, a pouch of Salvatore Ferragamo amenities, a super flat bed facing a private cinema with noise-cancelling headphones, and that inflight menu book! The buns were warm, the Argentinian malbec was sweet, the salad was fresh, and the meals almost made me think that I was in a five-star restaurant in Zürich already.

The spacious seat was designed smartly to become a flying dining area slash bedroom, slash living space, slash working desk. Add to that a flawless and friendly service, Qatar Airways’ Business Class is officially a game changer. Book this unbeatable extravagance in the sky on


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