My Airport Bus Story

Ah, the airport bus. What a joyful experience.

I’ll stand by the wall over here, just inside the door. I’m young and mobile. Alright, I’m not, but I can still remember when I was. Other people can have the seats, I don’t need one.

And over here I can get off fairly quickly. Cool.

There’s an elbow in my ribs now. And that’s a suitcase smacking against my knee. Wait for it…. Yep, armpit in the face. Splendid.

OK, here we are. Aaaaand it’s the doors on the other side of the bus. Perfect.

Never mind, eh. As long as we get there.

Today, though, there’ll surely be no airport buses for me.

Not today, oh no. It’s first class today.

First class, baby! Yeah!

First class all the way!

Concorde at CDG Airport

Concorde at CDG Airport
I start the day in the Hilton at Paris CDG airport, with a view of a previous generation of luxury travel that I’ll never get to experience. Onwards though. Let’s get this first class show on the first class road.
Off to the Qatar Premier Lounge at CDG.
Qatar Premier Lounge CDG
Qatar Premier Lounge CDG
Some first class grub and a first class cocktail. I don’t care if it’s early, I’m not working.

This is what the snooty Lufthansa attendant who raised her eyebrows at me when I asked for a gin and tonic yesterday doesn’t understand. I’m not on board because I’ve just taken a vow of abstinence. I don’t want to start a detox diet when I take my seat.

Just what is it that you want to do?

Well, we wanna be free, we wanna be free to do what we wanna do
And we wanna get loaded and we wanna have a good time
And that’s what we’re gonna do
We’re gonna have a good time, we’re gonna have a party

If you’re now lost, you don’t know what you’re missing. Look it up. Go on, I’ll wait.

Qatar Premier Lounge CDG dining

Qatar Premier Lounge CDG dining
Qatar Premier Lounge CDG Cocktails
Qatar Premier Lounge CDG Cocktails
Ok then. We continue.

First class seat at the pointy end of the Qatar A380. 98000 Avios for this little trip, but that’s better than the £4250 ticket price.

Qatar A380 First Class Seats 1A

Qatar A380 First Class Seats 1A
First class amenity kit. First class bathroom. First class view.

Qatar A380 First Class Amenity Kit

Qatar A380 First Class Amenity Kit
Qatar A380 First Class Bathroom
Qatar A380 First Class Bathroom
Qatar A380 First Class Bathroom Amenities
Qatar A380 First Class Bathroom Amenities
Qatar A380 First Class Alps View
Qatar A380 First Class Alps View
First class cocktail, what can I say?

Qatar A380 First Class Cocktail

Qatar A380 First Class Cocktail
First class glass of Krug while I peruse the first class menu.

Qatar A380 First Class Krug Champagne

Qatar A380 First Class Krug Champagne
Qatar A380 First Class Champagne and nuts
Qatar A380 First Class Champagne and nuts
Qatar A380 First Class Menu
Qatar A380 First Class Menu
First class caviar with a first class movie.

Qatar A380 First Class Dining Caviar

Qatar A380 First Class Dining Caviar
Third class photo of First class prawns.

Qatar A380 First Class Dining Starter

Qatar A380 First Class Dining Starter
First class, um, cress… on a big yellow…. ravioli? …. on some orange stuff?

I don’t recognise it, but this is how the other half live.

Qatar A380 First Class Dining Ravioli

Qatar A380 First Class Dining Ravioli
First class lamb, I know where I am now. Nice.

Qatar A380 First Class Dining Lamb

Qatar A380 First Class Dining Lamb
Alright then, first class lounge.

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Entrance

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Entrance
First class brown things.

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Dining

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Dining
First class dayroom.

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Day Room

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Day Room
Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Day Room Bathroom
Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Day Room Bathroom
First class TV lounge.

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha TV Lounge

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha TV Lounge
More first class dining.

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Restaurant

Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge Doha Restaurant
At last, time to board the (sort of) first class (because it’s short haul and it’s really just business dressed up as first) flight from Doha to Muscat.

But wait. What horror is this? A bus? For me? But I’m first class. Surely some mistake?

I’m the prince today, not the pauper. I demand excellence!

Guards, take them away!

Oh, wait, hold on. Oh wow, look at that!

It’s a first class bus!

Qatar First Class Airport Bus

Qatar First Class Airport Bus
What? I’ve never heard of that!

Look at it, it has leather armchairs! That’s ridiculous!

Pretty cool though.

Now then, where’s the butler!

Qatar First Class Airport Bus Armchairs

Qatar First Class Airport Bus Armchairs
Qatar A330 Arriving into Muscat
Qatar A330 Arriving into Muscat
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