|Triple Window Envy|
Yes, This Is Real Life- Preview
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 1- Location, Location, Location
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 2- Brits In Beantown
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 3 - Shades On, Wheels Up
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 4 - Welcome to Ghost Port
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 5 - When You Layover During Ramadan
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 6 - Birds In Doha
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 7 - Dealing With Dragons
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 8 - A Place Most Exceedingly Rare
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 9- I Still Can't Believe This Is Real Life
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 10- Royally Jordanian
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 11- Up All Night To Get Miles
And now, the conclusion...
Well friends, here we are. It's the last beautiful flight of the weekend and, though it's not destined to be my magical '100,000th mile' for the year, it's the last mileage run I'm likely to need since it drops me within 10,000 miles of my goal.
This Qatar air 777-200LR is the longest range aircraft currently taking to the skies. It's the same configuration they send on the 18 hour flight from Doha to Auckland, NZ, so there's no question it can handle this 'short' 15+ hr hop to Houston.
Though it's not their newest aircraft, it has become one of my favorite. The layout is 2-2-2 in business class, so technically not the 'all aisle access' selling point that's currently en-vogue, but most seats are on the aisles, and the window ones that aren't can easily step over even the fully reclined seat. Yes, soon these will be Q-Suites, but at this point let's enjoy what we have going for us.
|Big screen, plenty of storage... room for a pony.|
As with all mid and long range Qatar Air flights, the meal service is as good as the hard product. It's so good that I've finally gotten to the point on these runs where I actually want the flight crew to watch me taking pictures of the service. My hope now is that one of them divines that I'm trying out a few options because I'm some kind of well respected travel blogger, and not just a crazy person who can't stop ordering food. Though, this argument might hold more weight if I didn't eat it all...
|Cheese and a movie.|
|I give you.... more of the world.|
More than half of this trip was also solitary. Surrounded by people (except in the ghost town that was Doha) but still, I was probably left to my own thoughts entirely too much. This flight is no exception. There's no one in the seat next to me, or the two next to that.
|15 hrs, done and done.|
On the lighter side, Ramadan is a great time for hotel deals, if not for airport amenities. Oh, and that sign blocking the buffet in CMB means it's closed, please wait 5 minutes, you heathen.
It doesn't need to be said really that I enjoyed pretty well every jetlagged-insane hour of this thing. I arrived back to the US on schedule, and ready (kinda) to get back to real life. Maybe also a little ready to start planning the next one....which I did...
Next up, I think... the final weekend of the Scandi Run, plus a little detour back to Doha. You know, the usual.
Travel well, and may three windows be in your near future.