Advertiser Disclosure

Many of the credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card companies from which we receive financial compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). However, the credit card information that we publish has been written and evaluated by experts who know these products inside out. We only recommend products we either use ourselves or endorse. This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers that are on the market. See our advertising policy here where we list advertisers that we work with, and how we make money. You can also review our credit card rating methodology.

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR Economy Class Review [DOH to DFW]

Keri Stooksbury's image
Keri Stooksbury
Keri Stooksbury's image

Keri Stooksbury

Editor-in-Chief

Countries Visited: 44U.S. States Visited: 28

With years of experience in corporate marketing and as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar, Keri is now Editor-in-Chief at UP, overseeing daily content operations and r...
Edited by: Nick Ellis
Nick Ellis's image

Nick Ellis

Editor & Content Contributor

Countries Visited: 35U.S. States Visited: 25

Nick’s passion for points began as a hobby and became a career. He worked for over 5 years at The Points Guy and has contributed to Business Insider and CNN. He has 14 credit cards and continues to le...
& Juan Ruiz
Juan Ruiz's image

Juan Ruiz

Compliance Editor & Content Contributor

Countries Visited: 40U.S. States Visited: 27

Juan has been involved in credit cards, loyalty, travel, and personal finance for more than 10 years. He has worked for several outlets including The Points Guy and Forbes and was previously Editor-in...

We may be compensated when you click on product links, such as credit cards, from one or more of our advertising partners. Terms apply to the offers below. See our Advertising Policy for more about our partners, how we make money, and our rating methodology. Opinions and recommendations are ours alone.

Airline: Qatar Airways
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR
Flight #: QR731
Route: Doha (DOH) to Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW)
Date: May 1, 2023
Duration: 16hr 5min
Cabin and Layout: Economy class, 3-4-3
Seat: 22H
Cost: $2,665 (for round-trip airfare Doha (DOH) to Asheville (AVL) via Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW))

While I often fly Qatar Airways from my home base in Doha, Qatar, I almost always sit next to one of my small children in economy. And come to think of it, there are very few flights I’ve taken in the last 10 years when one of them hasn’t been right next to me. Well, this mama was flying solo from Doha to Asheville via DFW, and the experience without kids, particularly how comfortable the long flight was, was pretty new for me.

I’ll walk you through how I booked the flight, my time at Hamad International Airport (including Al Maha Lounge), and the experience of traveling in economy class on Qatar Airways from Doha to Dallas Fort Worth.

Booking Qatar Airways

I purchased this flight fairly last-minute, just over 4 weeks prior to departure. While there were several options to fly from Doha to Asheville that were around $1,000 cheaper, the layovers were much more significant, and faced with 21+ total hours of travel between the 2 flights, I was interested in getting to my final destination as quickly as possible. The 1:30 a.m. red-eye flight from Doha to Dallas had one of the most reasonable connections and would ultimately have me arriving in Asheville by 4 p.m. ET.

Hot Tip:

The one-way flight from DOH-DFW can typically be booked for just under $1,000 or 35,000 Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios and ~$111 in taxes and fees.

For the $2,665 ticket, I charged $1,002.75 to my Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card to finish out a minimum spend requirement for a welcome bonus offer, earning 1,253 Capital One miles at a rate of 1.25x miles for any purchase. I charged the remaining balance of $1,662.09 to my Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, earning 3,324 Ultimate Rewards points at the rate of 2x points for travel.

I chose to credit the Avios earned to British Airways Executive Club and earned 3,959 Avios and 40 Tier Points for this N-class flight.

Hamad International Airport

Check-in

I was able to confirm my seat online but was advised by the system that I could not fully check in online and would need to proceed to the U.S. check-in counters.

I entered the Departures Check-in Hall at around 10:45 p.m. through the door closest to check-in area 3 where the self-service kiosks and bag drop for Qatar Airways were. I figured I would take a gamble to see if I could check in myself, but I was swiftly denied by the kiosk and told to speak with an agent.

Hamad International Airport self service kiosk
Avoid the self-service kiosk for U.S. flights.

I then proceeded to check-in area 7 where I noticed a sign for USA Flights. I was thrilled to see that there was just 1 person ahead of me in line.

Hamad International Airport USA flights
Watch for the signage for “USA Flights” to bypass the queue.

With my economy ticket, I received a checked luggage allowance of 2 bags weighing 23 kilograms (~50 pounds) each. I only checked 1 bag and it was quickly tagged through to AVL, though I would need to recheck when transferring at DFW.

Hamad International Airport check in desks
Check-in had 1 staff member working USA flights.

I was also allotted 7 kilograms (~15 pounds) of carry-on luggage. While you can bring a standard carry-on and a personal item, the weight allowance is for both pieces combined. My carry-on was weighed and was within guidelines, so I was given my printed ticket and passport and proceeded to passport control.

Al Maha Lounge

After passport control and the first security screening, I descended down the escalators into the Duty Free South Plaza.

Al Maha Lounge participates in Priority Pass, and the escalators for entry are located to the left of Urs Fischer’s “Untitled Lamp Bear” sculpture.

DOH airport Untitled Lamp Bear Al Maha Lounge
The iconic cast bronze yellow teddy bear statue is a popular spot for pictures.

The escalator to the lounge is marked with a sign, and there is usually an employee staged at the bottom of the escalator to visually verify your access.

Al Maha Lounge Doha escalator entrance
Take the escalator up 1 floor to reach the lounge.

The lounge is open 24 hours a day, and access is granted through several lounge programs. Or, you can pay a day rate of around $63 for 6 hours. I gained entrance with the Priority Pass membership I receive as a benefit of my Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card.

Al Maha Lounge Doha line
After checking in, guests can go left to the main lounge or right to the secondary lounge.

Al Maha Lounge is divided into 2 main spaces: a main lounge to the left of the check-in desk and a secondary lounge to the right of check-in. I spent most of my visit in the secondary lounge and will tour you through that space.

Upon entering the lounge, there are several clusters of low leather seats with side tables and lamps. These seats have clear views of the terminal area below.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary entry seating
These seats are ideal for those traveling in pairs.

Walking further into the lounge, the first food and drink options are a juice, coffee, and muffin station. The chair clusters in this section had multi-adapter outlets with USB ports next to them.

This lounge is shaped like an upside-down “L,” so once you reach the end of this portion of the lounge, turn left to see additional seating along with a small buffet of hot and cold options.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary seating near drinks
Once you hit this wall, turn left to see the remaining food options.

It’s worth noting that food options were the exact same across both sides of the lounge.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary seating near buffet
The buffet options are tucked away at the very back of the lounge seating.

There were additional muffins to start the buffet, as well as rolls, pita, and focaccia.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary breads
The buffet began with bread options.

Hot options included tom kha kai soup, tomato soup, and a creamy mushroom pasta dish.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary pasta
Pasta was plentiful on this side of the lounge, though the serving dish of pasta was empty in the main lounge.

A chilled case held prepackaged sandwiches and wraps, including a cream cheese, cucumber, and tomato sandwich; a coronation chicken sandwich; a beef and roast bell pepper wrap; and a tuna tartare with tomato sandwich. If you don’t have time to sit and eat (or if there are space constraints), these sandwiches are your best grab-and-go options.

There was also a small selection of mezze and cold salads, including hummus, quinoa tabbouleh, peppered chicken salad, and potato dill salad, as well as deconstructed black forest cake and espresso coffee mousse for dessert.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary dips and desserts
Prepackaged sandwiches and preportioned mezze, salads, and desserts were available.

For my late-night visit, I sampled the hummus, coronation chicken sandwich, and black forest cake, which was the star of the show.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary meal
Just a quick bite before my flight.

Coca-Cola and Schweppes products and bottled still and sparkling waters were available, as well as Budweiser and 2021 Santa Julia Shiraz-Malbec. There is no bar at this lounge, so alcohol options are very limited.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary sodas
Both sides of the lounge have self-serve beverage coolers.

Amenity-wise, Al Maha Lounge features complimentary Wi-Fi (the speed clocked in at around 13.5 Mbps), family areas, quiet rooms, smoking rooms, restroom and shower facilities, and luggage lockers.

The showers are accessible on a first-come, first-served basis and were stocked with clean towels.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary shower interior
The showers were easily accessed.

The bathrooms were kept clean and tidy, but my frustration with this space is that there were no hand dryers or hand towels provided — only tissues.

Al Maha Lounge Doha secondary bathroom interior
This women’s bathroom was missing the simple tools to dry your hands.
Bottom Line:

Priority Pass members have limited choices at Hamad International Airport, and Al Maha Lounge is the only option with food and beverages. Qatar Airways and Oneworld elites or those flying in a premium class would be better off entering the Qatar Airways lounges afforded to them by their tickets. If you only have Priority Pass access, consider my full review of Al Maha Lounge detailing both sides of the lounge and its amenities.

Boarding

The DOH-DFW flight was boarding from gate C4 which was just a short distance from the lounge.

If you have kids, one of the play sculptures from Tom Otterness in the “Other Worlds” series is located between the lounge and gate. With slides and a dedicated play area, this is a great space to get the wiggles out ahead of your flight.

Hamad International Airport playground
Part of “Other Worlds” by sculptor Tom Otterness.

Adjacent to the play area are high-top tables and stools with plenty of outlets for last-minute charging.

Hamad International Airport charging bar
Charging stations are plentiful near the gate.

Upon approaching the gate, I needed to check my ticket again with the agent and then proceeded to a secondary security bag scan. If you had stuffed a few drinks in your carry-on at the lounge, they would have likely been confiscated here.

Hamad International Airport gate C4
U.S. flight gates require that you check in with an agent and scan your bags again.

As there is not much common area seating in the terminal, if you want to grab a seat while waiting for the flight to board, it’s best to proceed through security into this secondary seating area at the gate. Note that there are no bathrooms in this holding area, so if you need to exit you’ll have to go through the secondary security again to re-enter.

Hamad International Airport secondary gate
There is plenty of seating in the secondary area.

On Board Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-200LR

The 777-200LR has 42 Qsuites in a 1-2-1 configuration in business class across 2 sections and 230 economy class seats in a 3-4-3 configuration across 2 sections.

Qatar Airways Boeing 777 200LR Qsuite
Image Credit: SeatGuru

Qsuites have a pitch of 103 inches, a bed length of 79 inches, and a width of 21 inches. Economy seats have a pitch of 31 to 32 inches and a width of 16.9 to 17.4 inches.

Qsuites Cabin

Though business class passengers enter into the first half of the Qsuites cabin, economy passengers enter into the second half of Qsuites, so I was able to take a peek at how the seats were staged for this flight.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW Qsuite
Walking through the QSuite cabin is tough!

Economy Class Cabin

The economy cabin is divided into 2 sections, and my seat, 22H, was in the forward section.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy cabin
Row 22 is located in the forward economy cabin.

This forward economy cabin is the smaller of the 2 with just 10 rows compared to 14 in the rear cabin. Row 22 was just a few rows ahead of the lavatories and galley.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy row 22
Seat 22H on the aisle would be my home for the next 16 hours.

Each seat was set with a small pillow, a wrapped blanket, an amenity kit, and wrapped headphones.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy pillow blanket amenity headphones
Seats in economy were set with a blanket, pillow, headphones, and amenity kit.

The headrest of each seat could move up or down for height, and the sides of the headrest could also adjust to support your sleep preference. I prefer this type of adjustable headrest to using the provided pillow (particularly on an aisle seat) or a neck pillow.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy headrest
The seats had adjustable headrests.

There was ample space in the overhead compartment for luggage.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy luggage storage
There was plenty of room to accommodate bags.

Above each seat was an adjustable air vent and a light that was controlled by a button near the IFE screen.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy lights vents
Adjustable lights and air vents were above the row of seats.

Each seatback had a pocket and a tray table. One of my favorite features of this tray table is that it folds down in “half” mode, which is perfect when you just have a drink or want a little more distance between you and the tray table.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy half tray table
The table tray could be used in a reduced-size mode.

The table also folds out fully, but a meal tray can be supported no matter which mode you choose.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy opened tray table
The table tray could be fully opened.

My knees are always comfortable on Qatar Airways economy flights, even when the person in front of me reclines. I find that I’m also able to extend my legs quite fully, as well.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy legroom
Plenty of legroom.

Food and Beverage

The flight was scheduled to depart at 1:30 a.m. Doha time and arrive in Dallas 16 hours later at 9:35 a.m. CT.

The first meal service was a dinner, followed by movie treats, then a light snack, and finally a breakfast meal. For consistency, any service times listed below will be in Doha time.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy menu
The menu for the flight was available online without having to access Wi-Fi (click to enlarge). Image Credit: Qatar Airways

After a 1:50 a.m. takeoff (about 20 minutes delayed), a drink trolley first came by at 2:31 a.m., followed by dinner service at 2:55 a.m.

The meal was served all on 1 tray with metal cutlery, a thick disposable napkin, and a bottle of water.

I chose the minced beef cutlet which was served with potato mash and sautéed broccoli, green beans, and carrots atop a yellow-orange buttery sauce. This was a little like a hamburger steak, and I found the meat quite moist.

An appetizer of hummus, chickpeas, and eggplant was served on the side. The hummus was a bit of a head-scratcher as the brown bread did not pair with it very well (mini pitas might have been more appropriate) and the serving was a bit too big for not having anything proper to dip in it.

The dessert was a cup of white chocolate mousse with strawberry compote and it was a nice light finish.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy dinner unwrapped
The minced beef cutlet was served with hummus, bread, and mousse.

Trays were removed at 3:40 a.m., a full 45 minutes after being served. If I had wanted to get right to sleep, this is quite a long time for the trash to linger.

As trays were being picked up, I was offered another beverage and a Biscoff cookie.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy Biscoff
A Biscoff cookie and an additional drink were served after the dinner service.

About 3 hours later, around 6:37 a.m., a flight attendant came through with a movie snack basket with popcorn and chips, as well as cups of juice.

At 9:45 a.m., a light snack of a cheese pizza was served, along with another drink. It was a bit awkward to eat, but tasty nonetheless. This trash was cleared a touch quicker, just 38 minutes later.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy pizza open
The tomato and basil pizza was the perfect mid-flight snack.

The final meal, breakfast service, was served at 2:37 p.m.

I had the cheddar cheese omelet with chicken sausage, grilled zucchini, and roasted garden tomatoes. It was accompanied by fruit salad, strawberry yogurt with strawberry coulis, and a roll with jam. From experience, I find that Qatar Airways does quite well with its breakfast options, and I had no complaints about this hearty meal.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy breakfast service
The breakfast included fruit, yogurt, and an omelet with sausage and vegetables.

Because I find the tray table a little tight space-wise, you’ll see that I was able to fit my meal tray on the half-size tray table to utilize more of the forward space so that the tray did not crowd me.

Amenities

Lavatory

The lavatory closest to my seat was ridiculously small and tight, with just enough room to get in and get out.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy bathroom
The toilet area also had a changing table.

I did like that the sink offered hot or cold water.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy sink
Just enough room to wash and dry your hands.

Another bonus was the little bottle of perfume mist on the shelf as a quick spritz in the air gave the lavatory a fresher scent.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy soap parfum
The bathroom had fully-stocked soap and perfume mist.

At-seat Amenities

Economy seats were preset with an amenity kit, headphones, a pillow, and a blanket.

The amenity kit was a disposable package that you tear into to open.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy amenity kit headphones
The amenity kit was made with disposable packaging.

Inside the kit was a toothbrush with single-use toothpaste, foam earplugs, an eyemask, and soft gray socks.

The headphones are the same design as from the 2022 World Cup time period, only in black, and are just downright uncomfortable. They don’t seem to adjust well and the ear cushions are made of plastic. As I wear glasses, I find that these pinch above my ear after a short time.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy amenity kit items
The amenity kit had an eye mask, socks, ear plugs, and a dental kit.

The pillow had a cover on it, but I put both this and the wrapped blanket straight into the overhead bin to have more space.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy pillow
A small pillow and blanket were provided.

Inflight Entertainment

There appears to be a mild filter on each IFE screen so that you have some privacy with what you’re watching as the display is slightly obscured from side angles.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy IFE seatbacks
The economy cabin was set prior to takeoff with IFEs displaying each seat number.

While the IFE should work via touch or remote, I found my touchscreen not very responsive with scrolling and ended up using the up/down functionality to navigate the movie selections.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy IFE screen
The IFE worked via touch or remote.

Below the IFE screen were a headphone jack, USB outlet, and Ethernet outlet (?!).

An old-school remote could also pop out to make navigation or playing games easier.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy remote
The IFE remote extended with a cord.

The inflight safety video has been updated for 2023 and is now featuring “Postcards from Qatar to the World.” I never thought I would miss the soccer-themed video with Neymar Jr., Lewandowski, and Cafu, whose emergency exit song I knew by heart, but anything is an improvement over the La’eeb mascot video from the 2022 World Cup era.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW safety video
The latest safety video showcases various destinations in Qatar Airways’ network.

I had previously flown on a Qatar Airways Airbus A350 in economy just 2 days prior to this flight and was surprised by the significant differences in selection on the ORYX ONE IFE system.

Even though April had turned to May, I found the selection was not really refreshed, and what was most noticeable was the decrease in movie options. ORYX ONE typically touts over a thousand movies, but that was definitely not the case with the more limited selection on my DOH-DFW flight.

One feature I did like about these 777 screens, however, was that you can pull the bottom up to angle the screen to your preference.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy IFE screen adjustment
Pull at the bottom of the IFE screen to adjust its direction.

This is a great feature to have when the person in front of you reclines and you can no longer see your screen properly.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy IFE screen tilt
The IFE screen adjusts for perfect viewing at any angle.

I was also very intrigued by the “share” feature within each movie. Apparently, I could enter a seat number and share my movie with that passenger. I couldn’t quite figure out what was supposed to happen here, but I’ll give this another try when I’m not traveling solo.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy IFE share
Sure, I could share my movie with anyone on the plane, but then what?

Wi-Fi

Qatar Airways’ Super Wi-Fi was available to purchase ahead of my flight for QAR 30 (~$8) for unlimited connectivity. If I had waited to purchase it onboard, the cost would have been $10. If you plan to work or need access, save the 20% and purchase a voucher ahead of time.

Privilege Club members also have access to 1 hour of free Wi-Fi.

I purchased the full flight pass and found the speeds quite low at 6.63 Mbps, with spotty coverage throughout the flight.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy Wi Fi
Wi-Fi speeds were adequate.

Service

With a handful of meal and drink services, I saw the flight attendants servicing the cabin quite frequently across the 16-hour flight. They were polite and efficient, and the bathrooms were frequently serviced and stocked.

A little over halfway into the flight, a flight attendant named Edmer handed me a card and mentioned that I could get on the free hour of Wi-Fi to provide feedback on the flight. The URL listed, qatarairways.com/tellus, just redirected to Qatar Airways’ help page, so I’m not really sure if she was after positive feedback (there’s not really a place on the help page for this) or what the motivation for the cards was. She later picked the cards she had distributed back up, which was even more confusing.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW economy service card
Edmer handed me this card for feedback.

Arrival

We touched down in Dallas at 6:05 p.m. Doha time (10:05 a.m. CT), about 30 minutes past our scheduled 9:35 a.m. CT arrival.

Qatar Airways 777 DOH DFW plane on arrival
I bid farewell to the 777-200LR on arrival at DFW.

Thanks to my Global Entry, also a benefit of my Capital One Venture X card, I was able to quickly pass through Terminal D’s Immigration, claim my bag, and recheck it with American Airlines onward to Asheville.

I did have to exit Customs and go back through the TSA checkpoint to re-enter the terminal. There was no TSA PreCheck at the entrance closest to where I departed baggage claim, but there was also no line, so I zipped right through.

Final Thoughts

Comfort-wise, I found the Qatar Airways 777 economy class seat width very narrow and cramped. Granted, I am used to having one of my kids next to me, affording a little bit more space, but with a full-size adult next to me on this flight, I definitely felt the need to make myself as small as possible for their comfort and mine. Fortunately, the aisle seat gave me the ability to easily get up and walk around the cabin frequently to stretch my legs.

I found the meal service to be adequately paced and more than filling, with plenty of options to choose from. If anything, I would have just preferred that the trash service after the first meal be scheduled a little sooner.

The inflight entertainment options were lacking, so I spent most of the flight working on my iPad. The Wi-Fi connection was intermittent, but I was able to work for a significant portion of the flight.

When living in Doha, Qatar Airways will almost always be my airline of choice for its network options, professional service, and inflight experience. While I may not have had the most comfortable experience in economy, there is certainly more to a 16-hour flight than just the seat.

The information regarding the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which terminal is Qatar Airways in DFW?

Qatar Airways arrives and departs from Terminal D at DFW.

How long is the flight from Dallas to Qatar?

The flight from Doha to Dallas is 16 hours and 5 minutes. The flight from Dallas to Doha is 14 hours and 55 minutes.

What time is Qatar landing at Dallas?

Qatar generally has 2 flights daily from DOH to DFW:

  • QR731 is scheduled to depart at 1:30 a.m. Doha time and arrive at 9:35 a.m. CT
  • QR729 is scheduled to depart at 7:50 a.m. and arrive at 4:15 p.m. CT

Is Qatar an American partner?

Yes, Qatar Airways and American Airlines are partners and both members of the Oneworld alliance. You can earn and redeem Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios or American Airlines AAdvantage miles on either airline.

Keri Stooksbury's image

About Keri Stooksbury

With years of experience in corporate marketing and with a nonprofit, Keri is now Editor-in-Chief at UP, overseeing daily content operations and reviewing thousands of UP articles in the process.

INSIDERS ONLY: UP PULSE

Deluxe Travel Provided by UP Pulse

Get the latest travel tips, crucial news, flight & hotel deal alerts...

Plus — expert strategies to maximize your points & miles by joining our (free) newsletter.

We respect your privacy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA. Google's privacy policy and terms of service apply.

Deluxe Travel Provided by UP Pulse
DMCA.com Protection Status