First pictures of Qatar’s new A380

Qatar’s new A380 has been delayed for quite a bit. In fact, Akbar Al Baker went as far as to blame Airbus three times in one interview about the Qatar A380 and their delays, and we were disappointed that Qatar weren’t adding private villas to the plane given how long they were delayed for.

Well, airliners.net contributor QatarA340 just shared some pictures of the newly arrived at Hamad International Airport A380.

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One thing I noticed were the slightly unpleasant pink seats in economy and business. I thought Qatar’s 787 red-black colour scheme was awesome, as coming together it seemed spicy while not too flashy. While Qatar’s A380 pink-black colour scheme is even less flashy, it’s less spicy as well, so I’m not a fan. Both classes still look really comfortable, so I’m not that sad about it.

Otherwise, I think this is a wonderfully configured A380 (though First does look a little less private than hoped), and I really hope to see it in service soon (and possibly fly it if they start making fifth freedom routes DOH – BKK – HKG like Emirates and all others). However given the amount of time used to make it it is a little disappointing…

Review: Kyushu Karnival – Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Introduction
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
KA 380 HKG – FUK 333 J
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Seikai Beppu
Dining at Seikai Beppu
Exploring Beppu
Hoteiya Yufu City
Dining at Hoteiya Yufu City
Exploring Yufuin
Lounge Fukuoka Fukuoka
KA 381 FUK – HKG 333 J

Ranking: Location 5/5 Service 5/5 Modernity 4/5 Little things 4/5 Meals 3/5 Overall 4/5

Our family decided to stay in Fukuoka for a night so our parents could go shopping. We decided to stay in a more western hotel before heading off to truly Japanese territory (if you know what I mean), and there were a lot of options.

We decided on the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka in the area, given that the local Japanese hotels in the area all seemed like budget hotels. Yes, I did overlook many hotels, I later realised (such as Royal Park THE Fukuoka, Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, Il Palazzo Fukuoka and With The Style Fukuoka),

This was the first hotel I had ever booked alone, and I immediately made a mistake by pulling out a non-refundable breakfast-less fare. We had to upgrade ourselves to a club room so we could have breakfast in the hotel (as we had access to a club lounge) – it just wasn’t worth it paying separately for the hotel buffet.

The hotel cost us about HK$3350. While that’s much more than what I’d like to pay for the Hyatt, it wasn’t astronomical. Also, they were out of standard twin/club twin rooms, so we went for the club king.

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Grand Hyatt Fukuoka Club King Rate

The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is a Category 3 property, which means it’d cost us 17,000 points for the same room. That’s a great value, and I’d use points in a heartbeat given I had enough (I don’t own Hyatt Gold Passport points or even an account, for those wondering).

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Grand Hyatt Fukuoka Club King Points Rate

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Review: Kyushu Karnival – KA 380 Hong Kong to Fukuoka A330-300 Business Class

Introduction
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
KA 380 HKG – FUK 333 J
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Seikai Beppu
Dining at Seikai Beppu
Exploring Beppu
Hoteiya Yufu City
Dining at Hoteiya Yufu City
Exploring Yufuin
Lounge Fukuoka Fukuoka
KA 381 FUK – HKG 333 J

Comfort 4/5 Service 5/5 Amenities 4/5 Little things 5/5 Meals 5/5 Overall 5/5

Boarding began finally at 11:30.

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Dragonair Airbus A330-300 (our flight to Fukuoka)

This was the longest jetbridge I had ever been on. Seriously, the gate C62 at London Heathrow Terminal 5 has competition.

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Jetbridge to Dragonair Airbus A330-300

We boarded right before they closed the business class doors, and were greeted with a smile as we went in the aircraft. Phew, we didn’t have to board via the Economy doors. 😆

Dragonair Pacific Flight 380
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Origin: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 50 Dep: 11:20 (12:30)
Destination: Fukuoka (FUK) Gate: 54 Arr: 15:35
 (16:30)
Duration: 3 hr 15 min (3 hr)
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A330-300
Seat: 11C (Business Class)

Dragonair does not have seatmaps on SeatGuru, but the Cathay Pacific version is similar. Ignore the row numbers and the two seats in front, and you get what Dragonair operates on this route. Business Class is all in one cabin.

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Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Business Class Seat Map

I’ve seen the cabin before, but this was my first time in it. Usually there are either recliners or angled flat seats, but rarely are there “combos” of these seats (i.e. angled seats). ANA and La Compagnie are examples of where these seats can be found, but they angle quite a bit more than Dragonair’s version (that said, ANA runs their angled seats on ten hour flights, La Compagnie for nine, and Dragonair’s longest flight on these is six, so it’s fair).

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Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Business Class

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