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Around the World in 100 Hours: Qatar Airways Business Class Colombo to Doha

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Qatar 305
Colombo (CMB) to Doha (DOH)
Monday, May 27th, 2013
Depart: 4:30am
Arrive: 6:50am
Duration: 4h 50m
Aircraft: A321
Seat: 1A

In the lounge, we saw the screen say final boarding for our flight, so we headed to the gate. At Colombo, you have to reclear security at the gate, and since there were two flights departing at roughly the same time using the same security checkpoint, there was quite a long line to just get to the gate.

Luckily, all of the people in front of us seemed to be going to the other flight, and the people working the security checkpoint asked for all passengers boarding our flight to go to the front of the line. But once we cleared security, we found that the flight wasn’t boarding at all, and it would be a good 20 minutes before boarding even started. I guess “final boarding” doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing in Colombo as it does in the US.

Business class on this flight was very similar to domestic business class on a red eye. Recliner-style seats, and breakfast was served either after departure or prior to arrival.

My seat, 1A
My seat, 1A
Look at the bulkhead row
View of the bulkhead row

Since I hadn’t eaten anything in Colombo, I decided to have breakfast right after departure (and since I didn’t want to spoil my appetite before getting to the First Class Lounge in Doha).

Breakfast menu
Breakfast menu
Champagnes on offer
Wood apple smoothie
Wood apple smoothie

I don’t think I’d ever had wood apple before. The wood apple smoothie smelled disgusting to me, but I thought it tasted pretty good. The rest of the breakfast was perfectly acceptable.

What distinguished this flight from a domestic business class flight was the service. The lead flight attendant did a good job personalizing the service, introducing herself to everyone in the cabin and generally being friendly, even if things weren’t 100% polished. So while the hard product left a little to be desired if you’re trying sleep, I thought that the soft product was pretty great. That being said, I had an easy time getting a couple hours of sleep, and before I knew it, we were descending into Doha.


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