After an unexpectedly heartfelt welcome onboard my Air Algérie A330 flight from Algiers to Doha, how did the flight go? Here are my first impressions of business class.
Air Algérie A330 Business Class – My First Impressions
After the warm welcome from Emelle and Nazim I was just ecstatic…but how would the rest of the flight be?
Good luck finding out much information on Air Algérie. The official website is very limited, reviews are few and far between, and some sources even indicate that Air Algérie is still operating older A330 aircraft with a very dated business class (and first class) seat.
The first thing I confirmed is that all the Air Algérie A330-200 aircraft in operation have the “new” business class, featuring reverse herringbone seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement. While the cabin finishes were not noteworthy (the seats were covered in blue despite the red motif of the airline), these are very comfortable seats and represent a leading business class product (far better, for example, than its neighbor Tunis Air).
Again, I had no clue what the flight would be like. I asked Emelle if there would be a meal after takeoff. She said there would be…and breakfast before landing. The captain announced a flight time of six hours and we were soon on our way.
Our flight took off with only four passengers in business class (18 seats total in the cabin). Emelle and Nazim promptly served dinner after takeoff, a single tray with a beef and rice dish, turkey and cheese sandwich, hot bread rolls with cheese, and a couple of cake slices. The main course was very good…the rest, not so much.
After dinner I got up to use the lavatory and when I returned a lovely fruit plate was waiting for me. The peach was ripe and sweet.
I slept for a few hours and awoke before landing to enjoy a light breakfast of coffee with pastries and dates.
Now I want to be clear that as much as I loved Air Algérie business class, it is not on the level of Qatar Airways:
- Only a thin economy class blanket was offered
- No pillows
- No amenity kits
- Beef or beef for dinner (no choice)
- No menus
- No wi-fi
- Limited IFE selection
- No headphones (Nazim kindly let me borrow his own)
- No alcohol or fresh-squeezed juices
- Coffee was powdered
While the kind service on this flight was simply superb and I give the flight a very high review overall, it made me glad I flew Air Algérie overnight to Doha where I did not need Wi-Fi or an extensive movie selection versus the longer daytime service to Montreal.
I will offer more details in a full review (and hopefully I will not drag out the trip report too long…). I was so happy to fly Air Algérie and find it to be one of the most intriguing airlines out there, with a great potential to compete amongst the best.