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Champagne and Wine Service Review on Qatar Airways Business Class 777-300ER - Doha to Johannesburg

It had been more than a year since I had flown with Qatar Airways because of the blockade imposed on it by a few GCC countries. It meant that as I was a resident in the UAE, I could not fly them without going through Oman, but I discovered that they started flying from Sohar, just an hour into Oman. After a hop across the border and a short flight to Doha, I had a chance to see what the blockade had done to the fabulous new airport in Doha, easily the best in the region. 

What I find is an airport full of life and airport lounges buzzing. It is more than the World Cup. Qatar Airways and airport staff do their tasks as well as I have ever seen them done. Walking around the airport, I feel none of what the blockade had set out to achieve. Resilience.
I decide to use some miles to upgrade my flight to Business Class for the next sector. Thankfully there is availability. Based on my fare, I am upgraded for a very generous 20 000 miles. Note that it is always worth checking about an hour and…

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