Spa at Hamad International Airport in Doha
Illustrating an article about the flight experience with an image of a spa is not usual. However, if we talk about business class service offered by Qatar Airways, recently named the best company of the year, so things change. Nor would it be an exaggeration to illustrate the article with an indoor pool, seats reclined at 360 degrees or even with a pair of athletic bodies and sweaty playing on a squash court.
Six hours of flight can be made eternal or, in the most literal sense, they can fly by. I recently made a direct flight to Doha from Barcelona with Qatar Airways mounted in their business class seats. Both on the way and on the return I could enjoy its services both before getting on the plane, during the journey and when arriving at the destination airport.
In general, I thought that the difference between a tourist class ticket and a business class ticket was the experience on board the plane. It was not so clear to me that the services and differences between one type of ticket and another began a few hours before and could end hours after the end of the journey.
Advantages of the business class before the trip
Arriving at Doha airport to take the return flight we went to the corridor of check-in dedicated exclusively to the business class. There were hardly any other clients and we carried out the pertinent procedures in a few seconds.
Check-in area for business class at Doha airport
In both airports - both on the outbound and on the way back - you can settle in the VIP lounges to make the wait more enjoyable. In Barcelona they have the Miró Room with food, drinks, a meeting room, sockets everywhere and comfortable sofas. Much more discreet than the room you will find in Qatar. At the Doha airport it surprises the Al Mourjan VIP lounge with its huge two floors, with food of all kinds 24 hours a day, unlimited internet connection, machines to play the PlayStation and all kinds of facilities that end up being an ally to your worst enemy: losing the plane.
Miró room at Barcelona airport