In May I wrote about the challenges Qatar Airways was having with their new Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Even though the airport was operational, their lounges were still weeks from being open, which isn’t exactly a nice way to introduce your new airport to your most premium and frequent guests.
Qatar Airways has now opened their Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge, which they’re using for just about all premium oneworld passengers at the moment, given that the first class lounge isn’t open yet. SFO777 has some pictures of the new Qatar Airways Lounge, which looks pretty great.
But here’s the kicker, based on what I’ve been hearing — apparently Qatar Airways is serving Krug in the bar area of this lounge.
Typically airlines serve better champagne onboard than in their lounges, and there’s not an airline in the world that serves Krug in business class in the air, let alone for any class of service on the ground.
Aside from Qatar Airways, I’d say the best airline in the world for champagne is British Airways, which serves Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle in their Concorde Rooms (in both London and New York) — that’s the same champagne they serve aboard.
Now, I’m not sure if Qatar Airways plans on keeping Krug in the business class lounge, or if it’s just there for now since the first class lounge isn’t open yet.
When I flew Qatar Airways first class back in 2011, they served Veuve La Grande Dame in their first class lounge, which was already a very good lounge champagne, in my opinion.
If I lived in Doha I’d certainly be spending my Saturday nights booking first class Avios tickets for shorthal flights within the Middle East. 13,500 Avios for a one-way first class ticket to Dubai at 1AM on a Sunday morning after a nice day “lounging” sounds good to me! 😉
Regardless, I’m heading to the Middle East this week, so you can guess which airline I’ll be flying there. 😀
I’m undecided as to whether I should be more excited about the Krug or the 35,000 pound, 23 foot, 6.8 million dollar teddy bear on display at the airport.
If you’ve been to the new Qatar Airways Lounge at Hamad International Airport, what did you think?