After my rough check-in and passport control experience at Algiers, I was admittedly anxious to board my Air Algérie flight to Doha. Would the onboard experience be bad too? Even my driver had warned me earlier that Air Algérie is the “worst airline in the world.” But instead, I was met with a great surprise onboard.
A Surprise Onboard Air Algérie
There’s really so little about Air Algérie on the internet. The carrier has several Airbus A330 jets and I was not even sure what business class would like onboard. More importantly, I wondered if I would be scolded (or worse) at the outset for taking pictures. There’s little value in a flight review without pictures…
But I am very happy to report that was not the case on this flight. Quite the contrary, actually. I was not the first passenger to board, but among the first and was welcomed onboard curtly in French. Turning left, I entered the business class cabin.
There, I received a warm greeting from Emelle and Nazim. Their English was perfect and their smiles were delightful.
I asked if it was okay to take pictures, noting I was excited to fly Air Algérie for the first time. Not only did they bless my photography, Nazim told me to turn on my video and then offered me this warm welcome:
What a night and day experience. To go from a check-in agent yelling at me with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth to border guards having fun at my expense to this.
I’ll shortly share my first impressions of the flight and I’ve got to tell you, it was lovely.
I mused over the weekend that people make or break an airline in terms of how I review it and this flight on Air Algérie was absolutely the surprise of the year when it came to the onboard experience.