Qatar Airways Business Class Airbus A340-600 Doha to Colombo

  • Flight: QR654
  • Route: DOH-CMB
  • Equipment: Airbus A340-600
  • Cabin: Business Class
  • Seat: 2J/2K

[Please see video above, if you prefer to watch a video review.]

Qatar Airways recently retrofitted their Airbus A340-600s from a 3 cabin to a 2 cabin aircraft. These birds used to fly to London and Paris and offered a First Class product. Those routes have now been replaced by QR’s A380, A350, 787, and 777s depending on the day and schedule.

img_7940
Qatar Airways A340-600

All 4 A340-600s have been retrofitted with only 24 flat bed business class seats, and a whopping 348 economy seats. These planes are now deployed to lower yield routes like Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Cairo, and Algiers just to name a few, as well as short haul “shuttle” flights within the Middle East.

qr_1340_routes
Qatar Airways’ A340-600 routes

We started off at Hamad International Airport where we spent most of our time at the Al Mourjan Business Lounge. We walked around for a bit, and had a sandwich at their casual “deli” restaurant on the main level.

img_6716
Chicken Sandwich from the Al Mourjan Lounge

Then we went to their shower area for a hot shower, but there was quite a line. We waited for about an hour, and eventually 2 rooms opened up. The attendant walked us to our respective shower rooms and asked if he could get us any amenities. I asked for a toothbrush, which he quickly brought. The shower room was a good size with a toilet, sink, and various toiletries.

img_6806
Shower Room at the Al Mourjan Lounge

After a refreshing shower, we headed upstairs to the main restaurant. We sat down and ordered some champagne and water. The restaurant used to offer made to order entrées in addition to the buffet spread but sadly those days are gone. We took a few hot items from the buffet to tie us over before our next on-board meal.

img_7938
The view from the Dining Area at the Al Mourjan Lounge

After our meal, we made our way to the gate area. Upon arrival, we waited about 10 minutes before boarding started. Passengers with disabilities and young children boarded first, followed by business class passengers.

img_6803
View upon boarding

Upon arrival at the plane door, we were greeted by Puneet, the in-flight service manager. He asked one of the flight attendants to walk us over to our seats. We were seated in 2J and 2K on the starboard side of the airplane.

img_7961
The Business Class Cabin of Qatar Airways A340-600

As I mentioned above, there are 24 business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration on this aircraft. The seats are ideal if you are traveling with a companion, but not so much for solo travelers since not everyone gets direct aisle access. I have to note that because of the curvature of the plane, the overhead bins above our seats were not large enough to fit our carry ons. We had a hard time stowing our luggage, and had to move back to row 4/5 to stow them.

img_7950
Qatar Airways A340-600 Business Class Seats
img_7949
Our view from seats 2J and 2K

After settling in, a flight attendant offered us a pre-departure beverage and hot or cold towel. We ordered some champagne and cold towels to cool us down.

img_6804
Pre-departure beverage service

We were also offered the wine list and a printed sheet of paper which was the menu for today’s flight. The flight attendant was apologetic, and explained that they had issues printing the in-flight dining menu for the flight.

img_6805
Menu and Wine List

We were also offered mini-amenity kits.

img_6787
Qatar Airways Mini Amenity Kit

Soon boarding was complete and the Captain made his pre-departure announcement, and mentioned that our flight time to Colombo would be 4 hours and 20 minutes. We pushed back from the gate shortly as the Safety Video played.

img_6778
QR’s Soccer themed Safety Video

During taxi, Puneet, came by to formally welcome us to the flight, followed by another flight attendant who took our beverage and meal orders.

img_7968
Pushback

It was a quick taxi to the end of the runway, after which the engines revved up and we were off to Colombo. As this was an A340, the takeoff roll was slightly longer, and the ascent was gradual.

img_6807
Taxiing past a Philippine Airlines A330-300.

It was a rather choppy start of the flight as we made our way up.  It was a good 20 minutes, before the captain turned off the seatbelt sign, after which the flight attendants started the on-board service.

I ordered a strawberry and fig smoothie to start.

img_6779
Strawberry and fig Smoothie

Then my table was set, complete with a bread basket, butter, and jam

img_6780
Table is set

Next up, I ordered the seasonal fresh fruits.

img_7975
Seasonal Fresh Fruits

For the main entrée, I ordered the omelet with chicken and potato rosti. It was very filling and delicious!

img_7979
Omelet with chicken and potato rosti

Soon after we were done with our meal, our table was cleared and we were offered hot towels.

img_6781
Hot Towels after the meal

After the meal service, I visited the lavatory to freshen up a bit. The lavatory was a good size and it even had a window! As usual, it was well stocked with QR’s amenities and toiletries.

After going back to my seat, I felt a bit tired so I just made my bed and took a quick nap.

img_6808
My bed in the sky

I slept for about an hour and decided to flip through the IFE content. Ultimately, I just decided to watch the moving map.

img_6788
Moving Map

About 45 minutes after, the captain announced our initial descent into Colombo. The view was nice on the way down, though it got bumpy at times.

img_8002
Cloud Surfing

Puneet came by again and thanked us for flying Qatar Airways, as the crew started their landing preparations.

img_6810
Landing in Colombo

Landing was gradual and uneventful. We taxied for a few minutes before parking on a remote stand next to a SriLankan A330. We soon bid farewell to the crew, took the stairs down and got on the bus to the terminal. The bus ride was quick, and before we knew it we were at the Terminal transit counters to get our boarding passes for our next flight.

img_6809
Parked next to a SriLankan A330

Overall, I thought this was a nice flight. The service from the crew was attentive and the food was excellent. I thought the seat was comfortable enough, but this may not be the case if I was traveling alone and had to climb over someone when I need to access the aisle. Also, if you’re the claustrophobic type, you may want to choose an aisle seat as the window seats may feel a little cramped. The overhead bin was probably the biggest issue for me since, for the life of me couldn’t fit my luggage above my seat. The missing dining menu was a little tacky, but understandable. I would give this flight a good 7 out of 10.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s