Qatar Airways: Step aboard the Dreamliner


As part of Qatar Airways’ European expansion, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner started operating out of Belgium for the first time on 1 December on the Brussels-Doha route, a six-hour flight.

The Dreamliner features adjustable headrests, 27-centimeter television screens, power outlets and massive overhead compartments. And that’s just the economy class — you’ll have to see the business class. The seats are shockingly comfortable and the plane is more spacious than the usual college-dormitory-sized cabin you expect on a commercial airplane.

The airline has increased the number of its flights between Brussels and Doha to provide a daily service with a flight in the morning and another in the afternoon, giving access to 17 new destinations from the Belgian capital. Qatar Airways is entirely state-owned, a government initiative to draw more tourists and business people to the country.

For the eighth year in a row, it won the ‘Best Middle Eastern Airline’ award at the TTG Asia Travel Awards. Made of composite materials, the 787 is lighter and more economical than any aircraft of the same size and with the same range. Unique features include larger windows, reduced cabin noise and a cabin air filter. The Dreamliner is the environmental leader in its sector, with 20% less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than any equivalent craft. It is also important to note that the aircraft is quieter than its competitors, an additional asset to the communities located around the airport of Brussels.

The Dreamliner has a capacity of 254 seats including 22 Business Class and 232 in Economy.