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In this trip report I review my Qatar Airways flight on Boeing B787 Dreamliner in Business Class Brussels to Doha. I have already reviewed Qatar Airways Business Class on Boeing 777-300ER, along with a previous trip from Brussels to Doha which was also flown in Business Class on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways does not have its own lounge at Brussels Airport. Its Business Class passengers have access to the Brussels lounge Oneworld which I have reviewed.

Qatar Airways Business Class Cabin On B787 Dreamliner

The QA B787 Dreamliner features 22 fully flat-bed seats in Business Class located in a single cabin, which has to be one of the most beautifully designed airplane cabins of our time. A combination of white, pink and red tones give the cabin an ultra-chic look. Entering the plane is quite remarkable as QA choose an open design (contrary to the galleys that are the entryways in planes of most other airline companies). The moment you step into the Dreamliner via the Business Class cabin door, you are struck by a feeling of space, comfort and luxury. There’s a bar with a shiny table and lunar shaped light on one side of the entryway, and an equally shiny library on the other side. Most seats (20 in total) are located in front of the bar, spread over 5 rows. Behind the library, there are two extra middle seats, located in their own private cocoon, which are a perfect choice for couples or friends travelling together (although they don’t come with any view). A vaulted ceiling stretches the length of the Business Class cabin and recessed overhead bins provide a feeling of spaciousness

The Business Class cabin seats feature a herringbone 1–2–1 configuration, similar like the one you find on American Airlines and Cathay Pacific to name a few. This is my favourite Business Class layout as each seats faces forward and each passenger is assured of direct aisle access. There’s also a significant amount of privacy: the Business Class seats on the sides are angled toward the large windows while the seats in the middle are angled towards each other – with middle seats placed a little more upfront than the side seats – so your fellow passengers don’t directly look into your seat.

Business Class Seat Review

For this particular flight, I was seated in 4K, a window seat. See seat plan of Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787.

QA’s Business Class on the Dreamliner is a very comfortable one an among the best in the skies. The seat has a pitch of 50 inches (127 cm) and a width of 22 inches (56 cm). The seat is angled towards the windows (for window seats) or the plane’s center line (for middle seats). In front of each seat is a 17-inch (43 cm) Android TV (more on that below), with a footrest hidden in the compartment below the entertainment screen. Larger items such as your carry-on bags can be stored under the footrest. The large, wood-trimmed and shiny tray table is located below the TV screen and is released by pulling it towards you, after which you can fold it out.

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Besides the seat is a large shelf, which provides space for magazines, the safety card, and menu, and which can be used as an extra table to put your laptop or other belongings on when the dining service starts. On that side of the seat, you also find a large storage compartment, a reading light, the remote control for the inflight entertainment system, an electronic touchpad control (to dim or brighten the windows), and the controls to adjust the seat configuration, ranging from the upright takeoff position to a flat-bed. The other side of the seat features a rather robust armrest which holds a storage cabinet with a bottle of water and the noise-cancelling headphones.

At the touch of a button, the seat converts into a generous 80-inch (203 cm) long, 30-inch (76 cm) wide flat-bed. The bed is also wider than the seat itself (30 inches or 76 cm) as the armrest disappears in the flat-bed position. One disadvantage of the flat-bed is that your legs and feet rest on the ottoman below the fixed table and entertainment screen, so they may hit the table as you move position during your sleep.

What are the best Business Class seats on QA’s B787-8?

The window seats in row 1 to 4 are the best for solo travelers. Those traveling with a companion will prefer the middle seats, especially those in row 6, since these two seats are located in their own little private space between the two lavatories. The worst Business Class seats on QA’s B787-9 are probably the ‘window’ seats in row 5, since they do not have a window.

Amenities On Qatar Airways

A light blanket and thick pillow was placed on the seat upon boarding. Before takeoff, the crew also handed out Giorgio Armany amenity kits, which were packed with goodies for the flight and bathroom back at home. QA lady’s amenity kit contains Armani Si fragrance and a perfumed body lotion, while male Business Class passengers get Acqua di Gio fragrance and after shave balm. Not forgotten are the basics such as eyeshades, socks, earplugs, lip balm, and a hairbrush.

Food On Qatar Airways

Upon boarding, I was offered a choice of hot or cold towel, and a glass of Champagne, orange juice, water, or QA’s signature drank, lemon mint.

One of the areas where QA excels with its Business Class product is the quality and presentation of the food. This was short flight of only 6 hours, and only one meal service – breakfast – was offered. You could also order some light snacks later in the flight if you got hungry again. I choose the following items from the menu:

Coconut and banana smoothie, with oat crunch.
Cured salmon with caper berries and egg, cream cheese with chives.
French toast with mixed berry and coulis, vanilla mascarpone cheese and honey.
Before landing, I ordered some more food from the menu:
Smoked chicken, sun blushed tomato, and crouton salad, with parmesan cheese and mustard dressing.
Fresh fruit.

Inflight Entertainment

Every seat features a touch screen Android technology control unit, which allows you to navigate through an interactive system, offering more than 1,000 movie, TV programs, music and gaming entertainment options in a sophisticated and user-friendly way, just like the latest smart phones. The touch-screen control unit has a unique dual screen interface allowing you to play games on their handheld device while enjoying a movie on their personal screen.

Inflight Bar

During the flight, the crew sets up the ultra-stylish bar at the back of the cabin. On one side of the shiny table, they put a bottle of Champagne with luxurious glasses, while a large fruit basket and some chocolates were put on the other side of the table.

WiFi was available for purchase once on board the aircraft. There were 2 variant WiFi passes that could be booked and used as often as you wanted: 3MB is 2 USD and 10 MB 5 USD and you had to pay by credit card.

If you enjoyed this review you may be interested in my other airline reviews and airport lounge reviews including my review of Emirates vs Etihad vs Qatar Airways: Best Airline In The Middle East.

Review by my friends at Luxury Travel Expert

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