Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Written and Published March 16, 2020


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.

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

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.

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)



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.

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

Qatar Airways A330 Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Colombo (CMB)

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.