This post is the second in a 3 part series about my experience flying Qatar First Class on the double-decker A380 from Bangkok, Thailand to Doha, Qatar.

Qatar Airways runs five daily flights between Bangkok, Thailand and Doha, Qatar.  Depending on what flight you choose, you might be on the:

  • Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner
  • Boeing 777-300ER
  • A380-800

If you read my blog regularly, you know I have a bias to the A380 and that is what I flew for this flight.

Additionally, if you ever book with Qatar in a premium class, pay attention to which plane you get, as not all of their products are created equally.  If flying business class you might want to find a flight that has the new and wildly praised Q-suites.   Or you might want an opportunity to hang out in their famed bar/lounge, in which case you will want to fly on the A380.

If you want to fly first class, make sure the plane offers a first class, as like most airlines, only a few of Qatar’s aircraft do. is a great source of information about the different planes.

Pre-flight and Boarding Qatar First Class


Qatar Airways in Bangkok has one lane dedicated to first class passengers and other passengers who qualify to check in with first class.  All check-in lanes in all classes opened exactly 3 hours before the flight, so being a little early offered nothing. This check-in missed the exclusive customer service of Cathay Pacific check-in where the agent came to me rather than the other way around.  But that was OK as the process was efficient and friendly.

Thai Royal First Lounge

In my next post, I will describe Qatar’s Al-Safwa First Class Lounge in Doha.  Believe me, I have never been to a lounge quite like it.  But you will see what I mean when I publish that post.

In Bangkok, Qatar passengers are invited to the Thai Royal Orchid lounge in Concourse E which is a fine and comfortable lounge.  Thai Airlines’ main and supposedly much larger lounge is in Concourse D, but Qatar passengers are not invited to use that lounge.  This lounge had everything I needed though:  a classy entrance way, a relaxed seating area, a reasonable selection of food and drink, and a preflight shower.

thai royal orchid lounge
Classy Entrance (though please tell me that first class passengers don’t try to bring luggage carts into the lounge)
thai royal orchid lounge seating

Thai Royal First Lounge’s comfortable and well appointed seating area
Thai royal first food

Thai Royal First Food Menu – the food was tasty
thai royal first shower

Thai Royal First Shower (and throne toilet)

And soon enough it was time for boarding.  Well not really but I was excited so I went to the gate a bit early to be one of the first on board.

Check out my post on flying Qatar’s International First Class on the A380.  And thank you for reading.