Qatar Airways operates several long-haul flights between Doha and the US, with some journeying a whopping 16 hours.
One of the planes used is a Boeing 777-200LR equipped with luxurious QSuites and a comfortable economy cabin.
While most passengers don’t have access to a lie-flat bed, flight attendants have bunks reserved just for them.
Post-pandemic travel is booming and people are more eager than ever to get out of the house and explore the world once again.
With surging demand, airlines have brought back dozens of long-haul routes, with some flying further than ever before.
The 10 longest routes in the world flown by airlines, ranked by distance
Air New Zealand, for example, added a new nonstop route from New York to Auckland in September, becoming the world’s new fourth-longest flight at nearly 18 hours.
I flew on the world’s new 4th longest flight from New York to Auckland and Air New Zealand’s business class made the over 17-hour journey easily bearable
Meanwhile, United Airlines is launching a new 13-and-a-half-hour flight from New Jersey to Dubai in March…
United just announced a landmark nonstop route to Dubai in new partnership with Emirates
…while Delta Air Lines has added a 15-hour flight from Atlanta to Cape Town coming in December.
Delta is adding 3 all-new international routes to its network, 2 of which have never been flown before by the carrier — see the list
These ultra-long-haul journeys can be treacherous for passengers, but how do flight attendants sleep or kill time onboard?
It’s no secret that flight attendant rest is crucial to the safety of aircraft and passengers as they need to remain alert in the case of emergency situations.
In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration recently just upped the required rest period for flight attendants in the US from nine hours to 10 in an effort to minimize fatigue.
The FAA’s new rule mandating flight attendants get more rest between flights could mean less flexibility and additional costs for airlines
Because of the importance of crew rest, many widebody aircraft have a secret room reserved for crew members so they can sleep between shifts.
Unbeknownst to many travelers, the space — known as the crew rest area — is hidden in the back of the plane above the economy cabin.
The room is only accessible to flight attendants and is where they can relax, sleep, or just escape the cabin during their breaks.
See inside the tiny hidden bedrooms above economy where flight attendants sleep on an Airbus A350-900XWB jet
The pilots also have their own room at the front of the cabin, which typically has bunks and loungers with TVs.
See inside the secret Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabin where pilots sleep during long-haul flights
Having toured multiple crew rest areas, they come in all shapes and sizes, with some being smaller than others.
See inside the secret aircraft cabin where flight attendants sleep on long-haul journeys on an Airbus A350
Moreover, some aircraft instead have reserved rows of seats in economy or business that flight attendants can use to sleep, like on United’s Boeing 767 and JetBlue’s Airbus A321neoLR.
I flew on United’s aging Boeing 767-300ER from Boston to London in economy and the updated cabin made the plane feel like new
However, I recently came across the largest crew rest area I’d ever seen on Qatar’s Boeing 777-200LR, which journeys upwards of 16 hours between Doha and the US — take a look inside.
Like many widebody planes, the crew rest area is located in the back by the aft galley, so we had to trek past the luxurious QSuites and economy sections to get to the room.
I toured the ‘world’s best’ business class on Qatar’s Boeing 777-200LR and I see why people fork out thousands of dollars to experience it
To enter, a staff member had to enter a code to unlock the door, and then we had to climb a set of stairs.
While the stairwell was cramped and narrow, the inside of the room was actually quite large.
There was an open space in the front with places to charge electronic devices and hang out.
Beyond that was a line of 10 single beds — five on each side of the fuselage.
Each bunk cam with a privacy curtain…
…plush bed linens…
…and a reading light.
The beds were long and easily comfortable enough to sleep on long flights…
…and had a seatbelt for safety.
Also inside the hidden cabin is a phone to communicate with working crew members and a flashlight…
…as well as an AC unit, closets, and mirrors.
I was thoroughly impressed with the size of the room, which gives flight attendants plenty of space to spread out and get some alone time during their much-needed breaks.
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