Having commenced operations little more than twenty years ago, Qatar Airways has grown to become one of the largest international airlines in the world. From a customer stand point, the airline's top notch fleet and stellar reputation for service have made the airline a welcome inclusion to the New Zealand market, and with a direct flight to Doha, it makes the airline a great choice.
Qatar Airways is based in Doha where it operates international services to more than 150 destinations around the world. New Zealanders benefit from Qatar's direct services to Doha from Auckland, with connecting services available to cities throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and much of Europe. Qatar continues to expand in North America too with recent new routes linking Doha with Chicago and Los Angeles.
In 2013, Qatar joined the Oneworld Alliance. The airline tie-up provides frequent flyer members with other Oneworld members such as Qantas to earn and redeem points when travelling on Qatar. The airline's own frequent flyer program is known as Privilege Club, and Burgundy, Silver, Gold and Platinum members receive benefits commensurate with each status level.
Qatar operates a fleet of over 150 aircraft. It was the launch customer for the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 and has on order 60 of Boeing's updated 777-8X and 9X aircraft. The Boeing 777-200LR/300ER is used on the Auckland - Doha route.
- Airbus A319/A320/A321
- Airbus A330-200/300
- Airbus A340-600
- Airbus A350-900
- Airbus A380
- Boeing 777-200LR/300ER
- Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
With the exception of a handful of Middle East destinations, online check-in is available for all Qatar operated flights. Web check-in is open 36 hours to 90 minutes before departure. For flights to or from the U.S., online check-in opens 24 hours before departure. When checking in at the airport, Qatar recommends that guests arrive 3 hours before scheduled departure. The flight itinerary, passport and any required visas should be presented.
Qatar Business Class cabins have spacious seats complete with foot rests, personal storage and ample work and dining space. Sit back and unwind with the in-seat massage functions, or convert the seat into a lie-flat bed. Guests are made comfortable with blankets, pillows and amenity kits with a selection of Giorgio Armani toiletries.
The onboard menu for Qatar Airways is impressive with dine-on-demand or à la carte options available. Fill up on 3-course meals including entrées, mains, desserts and cheeses, and choose from a range of beverages including premium wines.
Qatar's Oryx Entertainment system is one of the most advanced in the sky. Guests can choose from hundreds of entertainment options on the touch screen video monitor, and on A380, A350 and 787 Dreamliner flights, the screen even allows for multi-tasking with dual screen viewing capability - a world first in inflight entertainment.
The free checked baggage allowance for Business Class guests is 40kg. Multiple bags are permitted however no single bag may weigh more than 32kg. The allowance will vary for flights to North and South America. Two small carry-on items are permitted in the cabin with a total combined weight of 15kg.
Found on Qatar's Airbus A380 fleet, First Class offers the ultimate in service, style, comfort and technology. The super jumbo is used primarily on routes between Doha and London and Paris where guests are treated to extra wide seats within a privacy suite style shell. Fresh linens and a duvet are provided for the lie flat bed along with luxury toiletry items and designer sleep wear.
Qatar collaborates with two top chefs to bring the freshest gourmet dishes to the inflight dining experience. The on-demand meal service is accompanied with a number of courses to tempt the pallet and satisfy the appetite. A wide range of beverages including cappuccinos and premium wines are also available. An onboard bar and lounge area is also available on the A380.
Not only does Qatar offer its advanced Oryx Entertainment System with hundreds of on-demand movie, TV show and music selections, but it gives guests the ability to send and receive text messages and browse the internet on smart phones and personal laptops. To maintain power, each seat is equipped with a power point and USB port.
The First Class baggage allowance is 50kg, however no single bag is allowed to weigh more than 32kg. Two small carry-on items are permitted in the cabin with a total combined weight of 15kg or less.
Club Lounges & Alliances
Lounges and Alliances
Qatar Airways has a Premium Terminal in Doha which is home to both First and Business Class lounges. An exclusive concierge service, duty free shopping and spa are available to First Class passengers. Within the lounges, First Class passengers, Business Class passengers and various Privilege Club members are welcome to enjoy restaurant-style dining, business facilities and wireless internet access.
Because Qatar Airways is a member of the Oneworld Alliance, top tier Privilege Club members (Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire tiers), and passengers flying on a First or Business Class ticket, also have access to the nearly 700 global lounges operated by Oneworld member airlines.
In addition to Qatar Airways, other Oneworld members include:
- Air Berlin
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines