As a prelude to our Bali trip, this is a blog post dedicated to our flight to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, otherwise known as Denpasar International Airport. Usually, I wouldn’t devote an entire blog post on a flight, but this IS different. We are flying in business class after all, a first for us!
As a perk of travelling in business class, we get to check in using a priority queue, not that there was even a queue in the first place for Qatar Airways. With nothing much to do, we headed to the complimentary lounge to chill out as we waited for our turn to board the aircraft.
The SATS Premier Lounge in Changi Airport Terminal 3 was well-stocked with drinks, not so much with (appetizing) food though. Coffee, soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are all available. We each grabbed a Coke and a couple of chicken mid-wings.
Having mostly been flying in economy on SQ, Qatar Airways was a refreshing change. As newbies to business class, we boarded early to enjoy the experience! Before we had even warmed our seat, the stewardess came to us and offered us a drink.
Ah. Nothing like a glass of champagne to kick off a vacation!
The first thing that struck me was how spacious our seats are – totally luxurious! The Missus would definitely agree with me as both of us enjoyed the comfortable flight tremendously.
Huge touch-screens for entertainment! The touchscreen aspect was kind of an impractical thing to have, considering that the screen was too far from the seat. It was much easier to navigate the Oryx entertainment system using the handheld remote concealed in the arm-rest.
The business class is set up in a 2-2-2 configuration, granting every single passenger easy access to the aisle. Check out more details of Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 at Seat Guru.
Large compartments in front of the seats and at the sides to stash away all our miscellaneous items.
Headphone jack and USB ports are conveniently concealed at the side of the arm-rest. I would like to add that the noise-cancelling headphones was excellent – I was able to enjoy MI4 : Ghost Protocol thoroughly!
Reading lights with adjustable directions on one side.
On the other side lies the seat controls! The four buttons surrounded in purple are the pre-defined settings. And if you’re not satisfied, feel free to adjust the inclinations for both the back-rest and leg-rest, the amount of back support, and finally the massage functions. Pretty cool if you ask me!
The QR638 (departing at 4:30pm) and QR639 are pretty short flights of about two and a half hours. Thus, they serve only a “light meal” on board.
Now, I know there are entire blogs that are focused on airline meals, so this might interest you a little. I chose the black pepper beef, while my wife took the pasta.
The massive table tray is, once again, concealed in the arm-rest and can easily be unfolded. Food was presented in simple and elegant format, complete with stainless steel cutlery.
The sushi was surprisingly delicious, and the soy sauce came packaged in a mildly amusing form of a little fish.
Black pepper beef was in fact very tender, and I managed to finish everything!
Lastly, some fresh fruits for dessert. I requested for orange juice, which turned out to be real (not-so-sweet) juice with a slice of orange in it.
The vegetarian pasta option, instead of beef.
Before long, the sanctuary was broken as we descended upon the madness of Bali’s Denpasar International Airport.
A sneak preview of the tranquility that awaits us in Uluwatu, Bali.
Qatar Airways : World’s 5-star Airline