Link Qatar Airways Airbus A319LR 110pax
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Qatar Airways Flight QR 986
Utapao is only 30 Minutes from Pattaya, quick easy and painless.
Private taxi only 700 Baht
Small and quiet Airport (it was at 7.30 am anyway) Qatar Airways changed the Aircraft for this flight after I booked, from a Dreamliner to an Airbus A319LR Much Smaller aircraft in comparison.
You can only enter to departure area 90 minutes before the flight.
Immigration was very slow with only 1 office in the booth, and he was not the fastest guy in the world !!!
Very small departure area with only a couple of outlets selling very little.
Utapao also has no Business Class Lounge, instead they gave us a $25 voucher to use in Doha Duty Free.
I wanted to buy some cigarettes to take home, but nowhere to buy !!!
Looking around the small area there was a Thailand Duty Free Collection Point, so I assume you can buy this stuff in a different part of the Airport BEFORE you pass Immigration .... Hmmmm this info is not displayed anywhere.
There is no direct boarding facility, so you are bused to the Aircraft (bet that is fun when it is howling down)
Aircraft as I suspected is very basic compared to their Dreamliner with only 8 Business Class Seats
In hindsight I can see why they downgraded the aircraft, it was maybe at 20% capacity, and that is on the A319LR, a Dreamliner would have been empty !!!!!
To be fair both the Aircraft ,service and seats were much better than i anticipated, nice little pods, very close to lie flat seats, Food and Entertainment very good, all in all i was very happy with this flight :)
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