From Bangkok to Kathmandu I was thrilled to fly Nepal Airlines for the first time on its flagship Airbus A330 jet in business class. I walked away with a very positive impression of the onboard product.
Nepal Airlines A330 Business Class – First Impressions
We will start with the ground product, though, where Nepal Airlines left much to be desired. It uses one of the Miracle Lounges in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, which I find to be a depressing and crowded network of lounges not worth stopping it. My top choice in Bangkok is the Oman Air Lounge, which is a Priority Pass Lounge and where we spent much of our layover (we visited the Turkish Airlines Lounge too).
We also encountered a delay of about one hour due to a late-arriving aircraft. It seems that it is rarer to have an on-time flight than a delayed flight when it comes to Nepal Airlines.
But all that was soon forgotten once I stepped onboard.
First, the cabin is very fresh, with lie-flat seating in a 2-2-2 configuration (seats are similar to what you find on Turkish Airlines on its longhaul A330s).
The cabin was very clean…just spotless.
We were warmly greeted and shown to our seats. Shortly after, we were welcomed again and offered a pre-departure beverage.
Nepal Airlines is a dry airline…there was no bubbles pre-departure and no alcohol in the air. One of the flight attendants told us that this was to control passenger behavior, which makes sense considering all the onboard alcohol-related incidents we report on Live And Let’s Fly.
Dinner was served and it was quite delicious. The first course included a fennel salad with salmon and dill. On the side: crackers and cheese, a bread roll, and a tart topped in sliced fruit.
There were no menus so I really cannot tell you what I ate for the main course beyond the fact that it was white fish, very spicy, and quite delicious.
We deplaned via stairs at Tribhuvan International Airport…it is always exciting to step foot in a new country for the first time!
I will have more to say about this flight in my full review, with more info on the amenities, IFE, and other aspects of the service onboard. My first flight on Nepal Airlines was a good one: I would not hesitate to fly Nepal Airlines again, especially on the A330.