Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)
I had been on the exact same type of Qatar Airways plane before and had been on several types of A330s to Colombo (including Sri Lankan's variant twice).
At 2 AM local time the departure would be from a terminal jet bridge - no bus gate - that's always a welcome (and rare) sight.
The Qatar Airways A330s now have the oldest Business Class in the airline after the 777s have been refurbished and the A340s are retired.
It is a lie-flat seat but the angled 2-2-2 configuration has decidedly less width as other seats. The hight of the space available is not a problem though (something that Swiss Business Class has a problem with). I also felt the length was ok and was just about able to stretch out.
Although tired from the earlier flight I was happy to stay up and try the dishes on offer. I chose two Sri Lankan dishes one planned for ‘late dinner' and ‘breakfast'. They seemed almost identical to me and were a bit bland. Certainly edible but I'd better avoid it if I wasn't hungry much.
These shorter flights feature no mattress pads and no pajamas. However, since it was now 3 AM I had no trouble falling asleep at that late hour.
I only woke up just outside Colombo airport.
In sum - this was a rather routine flight and Qatar did not have the chance to shine as much. I'm glad the A330s are on their way into retirement. It was still a great flight but it did not have the opportunity to be exceptional.