Qatar Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. Qatar Airways serves destinations in 69 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania from its hub at Doha International Airport, making it one of only a handful of airlines to fly to all six inhabited continents. Qatar Airways was named Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards and is a member of the prestigious Oneworld alliance. With over 120 nationalities among its cabin crew, Qatar Airways was voted Best Cabin Crew in the Middle East for the seventh consecutive year at the 2009 Skytrax airline awards.
How to check in
Check-in typically opens 3 hours prior to departure and closes one hour before departure for economy class passengers and 45 minutes for first and business class passengers. Counters are equipped with screens showing flight details in both Arabic and English. To ensure a smooth check-in, you are recommended to arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure if checking in at the airport. Boarding gates close 20 minutes before departure. These times may vary depending on your departure airport. Passengers can check-in online between 36 hours and 90 minutes before departure (between 24 hours and 90 minutes on flights to/from USA) and any passenger with a confirmed booking can use this service. After checking-in online, print your boarding pass. It can be sent to your mobile phone, or to your email.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
(From 1st September 2013) The checked baggage allowance is 50kg for first class, 40kg for business class, and 30kg for economy. (Different limits apply for US, Canada, Brazil, and Argentina). A single piece of checked baggage must not weigh more than 32kg. If you have more bags than the permitted allowance or your bags exceed the weight or linear restrictions, you will be charged additional fees. The hand luggage allowance is 15kg for first and business classes and 7kg for economy. Maximum dimensions are 50x37x25cm. Personal items such as one ladies handbag or one small briefcase, walking sticks, cameras, and duty-free items purchased on the day of your flight are not counted towards your hand baggage allowance, but laptops and laptop bags have to fit within your hand baggage allowance.
You can make or change a seat booking on the Qatar website during booking. You can select or change your seat assignment up to 24 hours before departure. However, this is dependent on availability and will only be confirmed upon check-in. Seats have plenty of stowage space, accessible during the flight, with fold out table and separate side table. They have a comfortable headrest, lumbar support and adjustable back. Fresh pillows, blankets, hot towels and toiletry pouches are available.
If you want the convenience of booking online but don't want to use a credit card to pay, you can book online and pay offline (only available certain routes and countries). Alternatively, credit card charges can be avoided by paying with a debit card (all major cards accepted) or paypal.
Meals, Snacks and Drinks
On medium and long-haul flights, you can expect a selection of international cuisines ranging from Europe, the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and Far-East. There is a range of complimentary beverages, including beer, vintage wines, and spirits. Business class offers an on demand à la carte service menu. A wide selection of special meals catering to different dietary requirements is offered. Let the airline know at the time of booking or let your local Qatar Airways office at least 72 hours before your departure.