Qatar Airways operates in a hub-and-spoke manner linking over 125 international destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania from its base in Doha, using a fleet of more than 100 aircraft. Despite flying a mere 20 years, Qatar Airways has tremendously improved and expanded its services making it a member of Oneworld Alliance, various divisions and subsidiaries and also FC Barcelona's primary shirt sponsor. To have as far a reach as possible, Qatar Airways has various codeshare agreements with almost 20 different international airlines - so don’t be alarmed to find yourself boarding a plane with a different livery even though you’ve bought tickets for Qatar Airways!
If you are flying from Doha International Airport, do check out the 10,000sqm Premium Terminal that cost US$90million to build! A dedicated terminal for First and Business Class passengers, facilities include check-in, duty-free shopping, conference rooms, nursery and play area, spa treatment rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and restaurants.
How to Check in?
Check-in counter opens 2 hours before the flight schedule and closes 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of flight. At the time of check-in, Passport, visa, a printout of the itinerary confirming the flight details must be produced along with a valid photo ID proof. Qatar Airways offers the facility of web check-in, which opens 36 hours prior to the scheduled flight time and is available up to 90 minutes before flight. For flights to US, web check-in opens 24 hours before the scheduled flight time. Web check-in is only applicable for 9 passengers or less booked under the same PNR. Qatar Airways also offers mobile boarding pass facility to its passengers.
Baggage Fees and Allowances
Baggage allowance varies as per destination country and special conditions of passengers as well. Qatar Airways has per piece baggage calculation for countries like Brazil, Argentina and USA. Standard baggage allowance of 50 kg to First class passengers, 40 kg to Business class travelers and 30 kg for Economy class is offered for all other flights. Hand baggage weight allowance is that of 7kg for economy class and 15 kg for First class and Business class. Excess baggage fees vary from 22 USD to 70 USD depending upon destinations nature of check-in (web or counter). Prohibited items include radioactive material, corrosives, aerosols, explosives, inflammable liquids or solids, sharp instruments, poisons or bio-hazard substances.
Qatar Airways offers three different seat classes on board their planes, namely First Class, Business Class and Economy Class. First Class passengers have over 6.5 feet of legroom and seats that fold into flat beds with feather duvets, together with massage functions and an entertainment system. Business Class seats also have a recline of up to 172 degrees, with massage functions. Economy Class passengers can enjoy their 34-inch pitch seats that were named best in the world in the 2009 and 2010 Skytrax Awards, without losing out on the entertainment and in-flight services.
If looking at screens are not your thing, flip through the various magazines in the back pocket, or find something nice to buy on the duty-free shopping catalogue! Also, don’t forget to “Fly Healthy, Fly Fit” by doing some of the relaxation techniques that are promoted by Qatar Airways to release any tension and stress that the body and mind may face during the flight.
Qatar Airways charges nominal convenience fees for online booking and booking changes. Flights with Qatar Airways can be booked both from Qatar Airways website and online portals. Booking flights from the airline counter doesn’t entail any additional cost.