Airlines, Travel

Qatar Airways A380 Upper Deck Economy

July 13, 2015

Okay, I don’t usually review airplanes, because well it’s an airplane! But this was a special treat for me. Since I moved to Qatar, I fly almost exclusively with Qatar Airways for several reasons. One is that they are in the One World Alliance and all my miles before moving here were with American Airlines. Second is that they have a direct flight to my hometown of Dallas. Third, my work uses them and I get to keep my miles that I earn flying for work. Last is the exceptional service and quality of a Qatar Airways. It didn’t take that long before I reached Gold Status with them, which equals Sapphire on One World.

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What does this all have to do with a plane? The flight to Paris was on the fairly new A380, which is a double-decker plane. I have never flown on a plane so large! Not only that, but QA Privilege Club members are given priority to the upper deck. That meant me! I flew upstairs both going to Paris and on the return.  Overall the experience was amazing. There are a few cons, but first I will tell you the pros. I boarded and not to long after, they made the announcement informing the cabin crew that all passengers were on board. There couldn’t have been more than 8 people in the Upperdeck Economy section. This was true on the flight back as well. This meant I had four seats all to myself. This is especially great on an early morning flight with little sleep. I knew I was going to be able to lay down. Usually, it is an issue on Qatar Airways flights because the seat design on the other Qatar Airways planes do not allow for the armrests to go back fully and you have to shove yourself underneath it. Not on this plane, all the armrests went up and I laid down with all four pillows placed around me for extra comfort.

The onboard entertainment is always great on Qatar Airways. I loved that on the A380, the USB plug was located there and easy to find. You can use the remote or touch the screen. Since I had the row to myself, I turned all the others off so I could sleep.

The view into the Premium Class lounge. I don’t think it got much use on either flight, which is a shame because I would have used it if I had been allowed! Look at all the room. I did sneak a peek after take off and it looks lovely and there were cupcakes!

Yes, I posted pictures of the bathroom! It was the nicest Economy Class bathrooms I have seen on a plane. The lighting was actually flattering and there were faux hardwood floors. The best thing is that you are sharing two bathrooms with a lot fewer people than downstairs.

On to the cons. First was the fact that the in-flight entertainment system box is still under some of the seats. The have eliminated this on some of their planes, so I am not sure why it is still on this new plane. It was under my seat, 26G and 26E and F, which E and F had an advantage as there is no middle seat bar under the seats there. Not a big deal on either flight since I had the whole row. However, I changed my seat on the way back just in case to 26D that did not have it.

The other con was boarding and disembarking from the upper deck. For boarding, you have to enter through the lower-deck and then climb the stairs. This might be an issue if you have a heavy carry-on. You are also the last passengers to disembark. You have to wait for the First and Business Class passengers to leave and you can’t go downstairs to disembark. This was the case in both Paris and Doha.

The plane overall is great and I would love to fly it again. It’s too bad it isn’t used on many routes. Right now it only flies to Paris, London and Bangkok. Come on Qatar Airways, make Dallas one of the routes.

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  • Reply Gypsy July 13, 2015 at 8:08 am

    OOOOOhhhhhh! You lucky girl. I’ve dreamt of flying on an upper deck for the past 38 years, ever since boarding my first plane (you know, way back in the 70’s when there was 1 movie, 1 movie screen, and smoking onboard wasn’t even given a second thought!).
    The seats actually look plusher up there…
    Thanks for sharing the pics and the review 🙂

    • Reply Tiffany July 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

      I think the headrests are nicer than the ones downstairs. You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed!

  • Reply VITOR VICENTIM September 30, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Very cool your comment, I never thought anything like that, but I’m loyalty program in Qatar as well, but still no status, I wonder how you did to mark the seat in the upper deck. He scored at the time of chekin? to me does not appear to mark !!!

    Thank you !

    • Reply Tiffany October 3, 2016 at 8:39 am

      As far as I know you have to have status with Qatar Airways to get a seat up there. Thanks for visiting!

  • Reply Taz January 11, 2023 at 10:35 am

    I booked economy seats on the upper cabin for our flights this year. Just had to pay extra. No status but could still book.

    • Reply Tiffany January 11, 2023 at 10:40 am

      That’s great. I wonder if things have changed since I did this. I did this many years ago so it’s good to get a more recent update. Thanks!!

  • Reply Caz January 26, 2023 at 7:27 am

    Same! After reading this and other reviews I just went on and selected seats on the upper deck – cost about $235AUD (I am an Aussie) each. I chose 26C & D. If we’re lucky and upper deck economy isn’t very full maybe we can also get a row each to ourselves! My hubby would love that 😆

    • Reply Tiffany January 26, 2023 at 7:38 am

      Fingers crossed it’s not full! Have a safe flight!!

  • Reply Ann June 25, 2023 at 10:24 am

    We booked seats on upper deck ,then few weeks later they changed aircraft to 777 an kept seat numbers but of course no upper deck 🤔 didn’t inform us was noticed on checking

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