Qatar Airways Privilege Club - Doha to Scotland
Feb 20, 12, 1:41 am
Realise this has been discussed recently - but does anyone have any insight on the liklihood of this happening in the near future?
Feb 20, 12, 4:00 pm
You will generally find out around 6 months before, I would have expected BHX rather than GLA (or EDI), but you never know!
So within 6 months... I doubt it..
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Feb 21, 12, 7:21 am
thanks for the reply - will keep eyes open
I just heard a 4 x weekly service to EDI will be announced shortly along with changes to some other UK destinations.
I'm interested as I currently use EK ex GLA. I've had a brief look around here for info and a browse about the QR website. Any comments on how they compare with EK - hard product, soft product, FF scheme, IRROPS, in fact any aspect of what is on offer?
Jul 23, 12, 4:07 pm
Have flown both Emirates and Qatar 3-4 times each in J over the last 2 years from GLA/MAN/LHR to India/SE Asia/Australia.
EK A380 beats anything QR can currently offer....but QR777 (spacious, proper flat beds) beats all else. QR A330/340 and EK 777/330/340 about the same but beware of sometimes old EK config - reclining armchairs; previously from GLA but think they have updated the aircraft since the start of the summer season.
Food and Drink - I find QR to be better. Nice selection of wines and the Arabic meze is very good.
Amenities - was a tie when QR had Molton Brown v EK Bvlgari but now QR have gone with Ferragamo - containing lip balm, hand cream and fancy water, then EK.
EK better at MAN, QR uses a really poor contract lounge. Same at LHR (both good). EK at GLA poor, contract lounge again.
EK at DXB good but large.
QR premium terminal at DOH. When good, better than EK. When not good, worse. So hit and miss.
EK earning rates poor and not many partners, but Gold status rewarded well - upgrades etc. QR can earn miles with more partners - I credit to BMI/BA - so don't have status with QR and so can't give comparison to EK in terms of upgrades etc.
Only other difference is that EK give chauffeur drive, whereas QR don't, at either end. Having said that, it would be great to see QR at EDI
Jul 25, 12, 12:20 pm
Thanks for the info.
I have a couple of trips between now and the end of the year booked with EK, but will hold off making a booking for early next year until the EDI flights come out to see if there are introductory bargains.
I'd be hoping for a status match - I'm Silver just now but will be Gold by the end of the year. I've read mixed reports on the success of this so is there any preferred method to boost the chances of success eg request locally or via Doha. Make a booking first or wait until after a first flight before requesting?
Lounges won't make much difference for me as both alternatives are contract lounges, although with going double daily recently I suppose there's more chance of EK opening a lounge of their own than QR.
EDI is closer to home for me so loss of chauffeur drive wouldn't be such a big thing, although it's a great perk.
I usually use miles for upgrading but have seen mixed reports on this. How available are they ex UK, and also from DOH to any of HKG, BKK or KUL?
Oct 8, 12, 7:16 am
Just revisting this thread - anyone have anymore news on the liklihood of the Doha to Edinburgh service and if so when it may start - if at all?
787 deliveries are delayed so probably no announcement until these are firmed up.
Here it is:
Nov 20, 13, 6:03 pm
Some additional info:
2 class 787 with 22 in Business and 232 in the back.
Flies Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Flight QR 027 will depart Doha at 0800 and arrive in Edinburgh at 1315 local time. Return service QR 028 will leave Edinburgh at 1445 and land in Doha at 2340
Nov 20, 13, 11:29 pm
Amazing, and it will only be a short transfer time from/to Perth, perfect !!!