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A380: Qantas Proper To SIN City  
User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1662 posts, RR: 53
Posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:




Flying on the “world’s most experienced airline” can raise a lot of expectations. However, as far as Qantas is concerned, this statement may be overkill when and if one submits to the world of today’s media. From serious safety incidents that spiked several others that I like to call media-induced, all the way to the airline’s very own Australians voting it to be the worst of the bunch. As a matter of fact, during the post-nineties era, I have rarely heard anything good about this airline. Long were the days when the world believed that Qantas is the safest airline in the world.

But they are a Oneworld member and to me, that says something. Furthermore, they are positioned out in the middle of no where, and for an airline this big that has succeeded in the non-reliance of networking passengers from one end to another via a midpoint is by far the clearest indicator of how powerful this airline is.

Today the A380 made its second home at Qantas, offering an attractive product that has caused a bit of an unattractive stir. Naturally one can only compare with the offerings of Emirates and Singapore Airlines, two of Qantas’s worst enemies, and the famed vomit-green seats just don’t seem to do it for many. I beg to differ on the other hand, and would like to give this airline a try.



Welcome to my 15th Trip Report,


This TR will cover my flight on the Qantas A380 from Sydney to Singapore in Economy Class.


This is the second portion of my trip to Sydney and Singapore. After spending several days in Sydney, I had planned to visit Singapore on my way back to Abu Dhabi. I have been to Singapore when I was five years old, so that doesn’t really count now. After constantly hearing about how perfect this place is, perfect to the point that it’s utterly weird to many people, I was very curious to see what it was all about.


In selecting the flight, I had several conventional options and several interesting unconventional ones to choose from. There was the Singapore Airlines A380 which was quite intriguing, but at the same time gave me no loyalty credit. On the other hand, there was Japan Airlines and Qantas, both of which I am entitled to Oneworld mileage accrual. JAL was possible through purchasing two separate one-way tickets, which was a hassle at that point, so Qantas along with its A380 was a no brainer this time.



Tuesday April 21st 2009


After a fantastic stay in Sydney, it was time to start my journey back home. The thought of that reminds me of a holiday’s end. However, I still had the stopover in Singapore to look forward to, so it wasn’t so bad.

As usual, I wanted to take it slow and spend a ridiculous amount of time at the airport before my flight, so I left the hotel at 11am. Grabbing a taxi after checking out, I arrived at Kingsford Smith International Airport at 11:35am. Having about five hours before my flight departed, I was in no rush.

I decided to try and check-in so as to rid myself from my suitcase. At 11:45am I stood in line for check-in and when it was my turn, I was advised that check-in for QF31 does not open until four hours before departure. So I had almost an hour to kill before returning and thought I would grab a bite to eat at the food court.


Qantas Economy Class Check-in Area




Salad: Did Not Want To Stuff Myself Before The Flight




At 12:30pm I returned back to the check-in desks, and stood in line again. Soon enough it was my turn and I approached the Qantas agent who warmly greeted me as I handed her my ticket, passport, and Marco Polo Card.


Standing In Line For Check-In



“Is the flight full this evening?”
“Yes the flight is very full… oh you are flying on the A380 tonight”
“Yes I know, that is the main reason for traveling today”
“Fantastic, is this your first time?”
“No, I flew on the Emirates A380 before”
“Oh that must have been a great experience! .. Well I hope you will enjoy your flight with us today”

Spot on Qantas! A very nice start to my experience with them.

By 12:40pm my suitcase was on its way to Singapore, and my passport, ticket, and boarding pass were handed to me. It was now time for some airport sightseeing.


My Boarding Pass




FIDS






Curbside




Dull Interior




Etihad Check-In Desks




Qantas Ticketing Desk




I found Sydney Airport to be quite dull and very basic. It was definitely no comparison to any world-class airport, but I do know that it is managed by a solid company. It reminded me of a typical American type of airport, with basic architecture and usual facilities that are all available, but in a simple and subtle way. It was boring! I did like the airport’s observation deck however, and spent some time there as well.


My Aircraft (VH-OQC) Well Before My Flight




Etihad Airways (A6-EHH) A346






Qantas B744 (VH-OEH)




At around 2:10pm I went through immigration and security and by 2:20pm I was airside. It was interesting to note that immediately after immigration and security you enter into the duty free shopping area. You do not even get a chance to walk to get to it.


Duty Free Shopping
















Arriving close to Gate 9, I found it to be barricaded off and no one was allowed to enter it until some time before the flight boards. It seemed like the gates in that area were high-security gates as taking a look inside the area revealed several security check desks lined up.


Barricaded Gate Area




At 2:40pm the aircraft pulled into the gate, and more people began to crowd the seating area close to Gate 9.


VH-OQC Pulling Into The Gate





London & Singapore Bound Passengers




At around 3:25pm, the holding area was opened and security let everyone in. I proceeded to the holding area and took a seat. By 3:45pm the crew appeared one by one with their new uniforms and cat-walked their way into the aircraft.


Gate 9 Holding Area






Crew Boarding




At 3:55pm, a pre-boarding announcement was made calling for all families with children, passengers requiring assistance, and unaccompanied minors to board the aircraft. This was followed by a boarding call for premium passengers at 4:05pm and a general boarding call according to row numbers for Economy Class at 4:15pm.

The boarding system for the Qantas A380 is different to that of Emirates for obvious reasons. There are two entrances that connect to three aerobridges. One entrance is for First and Economy passengers that connect to two aerobridges, one being for First and one for Economy. The second entrance is for Business Class and Premium Economy that connects to the upper-deck aerobridge.

I got up, gathered my belongings and stood in a short queue before arriving next to a Qantas agent who took my boarding pass, tore off the large portion for her and handed me back my stub.


“Enjoy your flight sir”


Boarding




Walking through the Economy Class entrance, I found two Qantas cabin crew standing right in front of the aerobridges, welcoming passengers, and guiding them to their respective aerobridge.

“Good evening sir, please proceed this way to board the aircraft”
“Thank You”
“Nice camera! .. Feel free to take as many pictures of the aircraft before boarding if you like”


The Big Beast




Economy Aerobridge




Walking Through The Aerobridge




Arriving At Door 2L




I arrived at Door 2L and was greeted by a very pretty Australian crew who was welcoming passengers on board.

“Welcome on board sir, your seat is 86H, please proceed this way and to the right”


By 4:20pm I was on board.


CONTINUED BELOW



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1662 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Flight Information

Airline: Qantas
Flight No.: QF31
Routing: Sydney - Singapore
Scheduled Departure Time: 04:25 PM
Actual Departure Time 04:40 PM (Pushback)
Scheduled Arrival Time: 10:30 PM
Actual Arrival Time: 10:35 PM
Equipment: Airbus A380-800
Registration: VH-OQC


My seat was located at the very last row on the lower deck of the aircraft, so I got to see all the different colored seats on my way.

Deep Red Seats




The Infamous Green Seats Which Turned Out To Be My Favorite!



My Seat




The cabin looked outstanding! The mixture of the colored fronts with the black back of the seats was an amazing contrast. The seat itself was also very comfortable, and the seat pitch was great.


Leg Space




Passengers Boarding






My favorite part of the aircraft however is the self-service bar located in the back of the cabin. I found it to be smart, secure, and very useful.

Self-Service Bar Area




Staircase




Another nice feature was the availability of the menu on the IFE screen, in addition to a journey planner, which is a simple, yet very useful guide to the in-flight service. This may all seem boring, but little touches like these can go a very long way, especially in Economy Class.


IFE Screen




Electronic Menu










Journey Planner




At 4:30pm the captain made an announcement to welcome us on board. He also advised us of our routing to Singapore and that our flight time this evening was 7 hours and 15 minutes. The seatbelt sign was then switched on, and the cabin crew made their final preparations before departure.


Cabin Shots








Pushback occurred at 4:40pm, and a departure announcement was made by our German Customer Service Manager. This was followed by the safety demonstration which included both a display on the IFE screens and also a manual one by the crew. This I found to be quite confusing.

After our taxi to the runway, we took off ever so quietly at 4:58pm, and were on our way to SIN City.

As we reached cruising altitude, the seatbelt sign was switched off and the cabin crew were released to prepare for the service.


Inflight Service Commenced With A Hot Towel Service




Followed By Menus & Water Bottles






The cabin crew seemed very cheerful and were very friendly with everyone. They were especially attentive with the elderly passengers and treated all of them were great care. This flight reminded me of the old days during the eighties when I used to fly Lufthansa across the Atlantic.

Shortly afterwards, special meals were distributed, and this was followed by the main trolley service for the rest of the passengers.


“Tonight we are offering the lamb instead of the fish that’s listed on the menu, and chicken. What would you like to have sir?”
“I’ll have the chicken please”
“Anything to drink with that?”
“Tomato juice please”
“I have Bloody Mary mix, is that alright?”
“That’s perfect. Thanks”


Meal Service








My Chicken Meal








The meal tray looked very nice however, the meal itself in its entirety was quite bland in taste. After I was done eating, my meal tray was collected, and I was beginning to feel sleepy.

About three hours into the flight, I woke up to a hot drink service that consisted of a choice between hot chocolate of peppermint tea, in which I decided to have the tea. I was quite pleased with this service, as it felt a little homey, and quite unique to my previous experiences.


Hot Chocolate & Peppermint Tea Service




My Peppermint Tea




As the crew were by my side, the aircraft encountered some turbulence that caused some sudden shaking. As a result, some of the hot tea on the trolley spilled on me. The crew was extremely apologetic and immediately went back to the galley to bring me some towels to dry up. Also, 30 minutes later she returned to me to apologize once again and make sure that everything was alright.

I dozed off for a little more, and woke up about 1.5 hours before arrival into Singapore. I decided to pay a visit to the bar area in the back, and also to the lavatory.


Lavatory






Bar Area Offering Quick Salty & Sweet Snacks, Fruit, And Drinks






Route Map




After returning to my seat, the cabin lights were turned on and the cabin crew were preparing for the refreshment service. Special meals were distributed first before the main trolley service for the rest of the passengers.


Special Meals Distributed




Main Trolley Service






“We are just coming in to Singapore, and we are offering a refreshment service. We have penne pasta with pesto and roasted vegetables”


My Meal Tray




Another Bland Meal




After the meal service, my meal tray was collected. I then decided to give the IFE a quick try and discovered that Little Britain was available. I also noticed that the IFE selection on Qantas was not your conventional mainstream collection, but more of a style with an edge. Setting EK’s ICE aside, which we all know is the best, I think Qantas’s IFE is my second favorite; it’s just different!


The Computer Says No!




At 10:05pm Singapore local time, the captain made an announcement to inform us that we were about to start our initial descent towards Changi International Airport. He also advised us that touchdown was estimated to be at 10:35pm.

The cabin crew collected the headsets, and made their final preparations for landing. Strangely, the seatbelt sign was only switched on at 10:30pm, a mere five minutes before touchdown.

With one of the smoothest approaches that this aircraft is known for, we touched down at Changi at exactly 10:35pm local time, bringing this flight to an end.

After a quick taxi to the gate, the engines powered out and the seatbelt sign was switched off. All passengers got up, gathered their belongings and prepared to disembark.


Docked




Deplaning








Overall, I was very satisfied with the product that Qantas has offered on the A380. The service was efficient, the crew was friendly, and hardware was great, from the seats, to the cabin, and especially the IFE. I realize that things may be different on their older 744’s for example, but I was definitely impressed with the A380 product. My only minor gripe was with the tasteless and generic food that was offered.


As for my stay in SIN City, it was truly enjoyable, as I was fascinated with how clean and perfect everything is. It was then that I realized, and completely understood why your average Singaporean will face difficulty with living in other countries; I would too!

The city is absolutely beautiful, and filled with things to do and see that two days were too little time to spend there.


Many thanks go out to Ryanair!!! & Co for their wonderful hospitality and also for showing me around!


Ryanair!!! & Co




Thank you all for reading. I hope that you enjoyed my Trip Report, and your comments are always welcome.

Stay tuned for my return flight back to Abu Dhabi!


My previous Trip Reports can be found here:

Welcome To Terminal 3: Etihad Airways AUH-SYD (by Ronerone Jul 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
5th Freedom Of The Air: Kenya Airways HKG-BKK-HKG (by Ronerone Mar 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific: First Class On The Legacy Milk-Run (by Ronerone Jan 26 2009 in Trip Reports)
Inspirations On A Narrowbody: Etihad To Amman (by Ronerone Nov 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Boleh!: On The Malaysian Airline System (by Ronerone Oct 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Pearls & Diamonds: Inspired By Etihad Airways (by Ronerone Sep 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
The Future Has Arrived: EK A380 Inaugural Flights (by Ronerone Aug 4 2008 in Trip Reports)
Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui (by Ronerone May 23 2008 in Trip Reports)
This Is Royal Jordanian! (by Ronerone Apr 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
Ultra-Competitive, Ultra-Long Haul: EY Vs EK (by Ronerone Mar 21 2008 in Trip Reports)
Suvarnabhumi, The Etihad Way! (by Ronerone Jan 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Delight: A Trip To Asia's World City (by Ronerone Oct 5 2007 in Trip Reports)
Etihad: Pearl 2 AMM, Coral Right Back Pt 2 PixVidz (by Ronerone Jul 5 2007 in Trip Reports)
Etihad: Pearl 2 AMM, Coral Right Back Pt 1 PixVids (by Ronerone Jul 4 2007 in Trip Reports)
CX: JFK-HKG-DXB In Y A346/772 (Lots Of Pics/Vids) (by Ronerone Aug 28 2006 in Trip Reports)

Pictures of this TR are also available on my flickr account:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jy-rwh79/sets/72157621046025518/


Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineDeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1426 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report Roni:

One question, what camera + lenses do u use?

Each picture is great quality.

Regards
Nitin



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Roni,

What a fantastic report! If my memory serves, you are the first one who covers a Y trip report on board of QF A380!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
“Nice camera! .. Feel free to take as many pictures of the aircraft before boarding if you like”

That is a nice gesture! I wish everyone express that.

Thank you for sharing!

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineInterpaul From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 409 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Interesting TR. I flew the same route on the QF A380 5 weeks ago and your report brings back a lot of memories. You even had the exact same meals as I had.  Smile

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 3):
! If my memory serves, you are the first one who covers a Y trip report on board of QF A380!

Not quite.  old   Silly


User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

What a beautiful TR & such beautiful FAs you had the pleasure of seeing!

Many thanks for the abundance of great pics  Wink



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks ago) and read 32767 times:

Great follow up....

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
But they are a Oneworld member and to me, that says something.

Darling, AA is also in the same alliance.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
Furthermore, they are positioned out in the middle of no where, and for an airline this big that has succeeded in the non-reliance of networking passengers from one end to another via a midpoint is by far the clearest indicator of how powerful this airline is.

Australia is positioned in a way where they have some of the world's biggest O&D passenger numbers so it is by no accident QF is the way they are. My rant for SYD will follow...

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
Salad: Did Not Want To Stuff Myself Before The Flight

Lovely, did you pay through your hairy nostrils for this salad and bottle of soda? How much did it set you back? A gold bar?

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
It was interesting to note that immediately after immigration and security you enter into the duty free shopping area. You do not even get a chance to walk to get to it.

As much as I HATE to see this, Australian airports seem to suffer from the same problem. Old infrastructure struggling to cope with the upheaval of air travel. Perhaps it is a sign of the lack of foreward vision? But there is only so much "enhancements" SYD can endure. Ever since Olympics 2000, this poor building has seen God-only-knows how many cosmetic surgeries and it isn't done as a whole, rather, sections of it a few months at a time which leads to this rather patchy looking airport with a dull interior landside, and an attempt of a vibrant splash airside. Extend a bit here, do up a bit there... Talk about a mutated Lego block! It doesn't boade well for a consistent feel and makes the whole airport feel very knee-jerk. Suffice to say as much as I love Australia, their airports aren't on my list of fav places to visit.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
Another nice feature was the availability of the menu on the IFE screen, in addition to a journey planner, which is a simple, yet very useful guide to the in-flight service. This may all seem boring, but little touches like these can go a very long way, especially in Economy Class.

Very clever way of saving paper. But for crazies like us, no more menus to pocket.. One less airline memorabilia.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
This was followed by the safety demonstration which included both a display on the IFE screens and also a manual one by the crew. This I found to be quite confusing.

I am sure another QF crew member is more than willing to chime in on why they are doing this. I remember vaguely it is a safety related issue.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
“Tonight we are offering the lamb instead of the fish that’s listed on the menu, and chicken. What would you like to have sir?”
“I’ll have the chicken please”
“Anything to drink with that?”
“Tomato juice please”
“I have Bloody Mary mix, is that alright?”
“That’s perfect. Thanks”

I just had a warm rush through my nether regions when I read this and I can so picture how the Aussie stewardess is saying it, with that perpetual smile and always ending her sentence on that extremely high pitch.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
“We are just coming in to Singapore, and we are offering a refreshment service. We have penne pasta with pesto and roasted vegetables”

Emirates... Oh Emirates... Why oh WHY can't you get your second meal right? Look, as tasteless as your meals were on QF, at least it was presented with style.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
Many thanks go out to Ryanair!!! & Co for their wonderful hospitality and also for showing me around!

Oh... Oh... *blush*..... You showed the world how gorgeous we really are. Now I have to hide under a giant Princess Diana Sunday hat and a pair of Nicole Richie shades.Oh you shouldn't have... I am glad you enjoyed Spore (and part of Malaysia). We'll be glad to do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Cheers
Ryan

[Edited 2009-07-06 19:18:36]


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User currently offlineMk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great follow up TR on your way back to AUH.

QF seems alright, the food, though presented alright for eceonomy, somehow, wasn't appealing to me.

The snack bar looks good, did you get anything for yourself from there?

I love SIngapore, i have been there 2 times and i love the fact that its so clean and pretty. I would move to that place in a heartbeat, if i ever get the opportunity.

Seems like Ryanair and co. made you feel at home in Singapore...that is so awesome since they probably know singapore inside out.

Glad you had fun.

MK



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report again. Lots of good clear photos. Like the idea the menu is on the screen, great idea. Love the snack station also.

QF certainly looks like a great product.

Philip


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1683 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR-you have the ability, and the dedication to write up amazing TRs. Chapeau, m'sieur....

The photos are amazing. The clarity and sharpness is just breathtaking. What do you use? On second thoughts...let that be your trade secret !

Great that QF cabin crew are so nice, there have been reports of them being a bit snappy. Their A380s are indeed a wonder, and they're so spick and span and shiny.

Again, amazing report. Amazing job Roni, and I look forward to your TR SIN-AUH.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Roni my man, great TR!

Really good read and lovely pictures, just excellent Roni stuff as always!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
for an airline this big that has succeeded in the non-reliance of networking passengers from one end to another via a midpoint is by far the clearest indicator of how powerful this airline is.

- Very good point.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
I did like the airport%u2019s observation deck however

- Yes, is a great spot to view & get pix.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
It was interesting to note that immediately after immigration and security you enter into the duty free shopping area

- Sounds like T3 @ LHR!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
I then decided to give the IFE a quick try and discovered that Little Britain was available

- Yikes, hate that show!!

Good to see you enjoyed the QF 380, whilst not ground breaking compared to say SQ or EK's models, it is a fine passenger plane. The J class is ok but not as good as EK's.

Looking forward to the home trip.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1662 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Dear All,

Once again, many thanks for your support and for your comments.

Quoting Deaphen (Reply 2):
Great report Roni:

One question, what camera + lenses do u use?

Each picture is great quality.

Regards
Nitin

Thanks Nitin,

I used a Canon 400D and 15mm fisheye.

I am however unhappy with the quality of the pictures, as it seems that the quality has reduced a little when using Photobucket. Anyone know why?

I can see a slight difference between their appearance here, and on my PC.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 3):
What a fantastic report! If my memory serves, you are the first one who covers a Y trip report on board of QF A380!

Hi Akhmad,

If you haven't done so, please see Airpearl's TR on QF's inaugural A380 flight from MEL-LAX. It was in Y, and one of the first ones, if not the very first  Smile

Quoting Interpaul (Reply 4):
Interesting TR. I flew the same route on the QF A380 5 weeks ago and your report brings back a lot of memories. You even had the exact same meals as I had.

Hi Interpaul,

It's really a great flight! The crew also seemed so happy! Maybe they love the Singapore and London layovers.

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 5):
What a beautiful TR & such beautiful FAs you had the pleasure of seeing!

Many thanks for the abundance of great pics

Thanks TUNisia! Glad you enjoyed  Smile

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
AA is also in the same alliance.

Mr. Ryainair!!!,

But AA is one of the world's largest airlines  Smile Crappy service yes, but they have experience!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
Very clever way of saving paper. But for crazies like us, no more menus to pocket.. One less airline memorabilia.

Menus were still handed out. My menu is pictured in the TR, i just did not take a picture of the inside as it is exactly the same as the digital version.

Naturally of course, my menu joined me back to AUH  Smile

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
I just had a warm rush through my nether regions when I read this and I can so picture how the Aussie stewardess is saying it, with that perpetual smile and always ending her sentence on that extremely high pitch.

LOL .. you are the master of accents!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
Emirates... Oh Emirates... Why oh WHY can't you get your second meal right? Look, as tasteless as your meals were on QF, at least it was presented with style.

I have to admit, the presentation was nice yes.

Quoting Mk777 (Reply 7):
The snack bar looks good, did you get anything for yourself from there?

Hi Mk777,

They had small packs that contained really thick single chocolate chip cookies. The other option i THINK if memory serves right, was a mini pizza. The cookie was absolutely mouth watering, and i think i must have had 7 or 8  Smile

Quoting Mk777 (Reply 7):
I love SIngapore, i have been there 2 times and i love the fact that its so clean and pretty. I would move to that place in a heartbeat, if i ever get the opportunity.

Oh i totally know what you mean.

I only wish i had the chance to stay longer!

Quoting Mk777 (Reply 7):
Seems like Ryanair and co. made you feel at home in Singapore...that is so awesome since they probably know singapore inside out.

Absolutely! They were fantastic tour guides  Smile hehe

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Great report again. Lots of good clear photos. Like the idea the menu is on the screen, great idea. Love the snack station also.

QF certainly looks like a great product.

Philip

Thanks again Phil! Glad you enjoyed  Smile

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 9):
Great TR-you have the ability, and the dedication to write up amazing TRs. Chapeau, m'sieur....

Mitshakker awi Directorguy!  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
Really good read and lovely pictures, just excellent Roni stuff as always!

Thanks Mark  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
Sounds like T3 @ LHR!

Which i will be experiencing on Friday! Minus the immigration part maybe  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
Yikes, hate that show!!

How could you! ... Its absolutely hilarious  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
Good to see you enjoyed the QF 380, whilst not ground breaking compared to say SQ or EK's models, it is a fine passenger plane. The J class is ok but not as good as EK's.

Speaking of Emirates, someone has taken some of our photos from our EK A380 TR's and dumped them in an email and circulated it around to show what the EK A380 looks like from inside.

This email has reached everyone and their mothers, and my picture is in it, so i am still getting people from all over the world emailing me to confirm if that was me!

Did you recieve it by any chance? LOL


Regards,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Roni,

great report with fantastic pictures, I hadn't expected to find anything else.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
“Nice camera! .. Feel free to take as many pictures of the aircraft before boarding if you like”

Good guys!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
The cabin looked outstanding! The mixture of the colored fronts with the black back of the seats was an amazing contrast. The seat itself was also very comfortable, and the seat pitch was great.

I can't help, but I don't find the QF cabin very attractive. It's not just the cushion colors, but also the dark seatbacks which I don't like. I definitely prefer EK's A380 cabin.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
The meal tray looked very nice however, the meal itself in its entirety was quite bland in taste. After I was done eating, my meal tray was collected, and I was beginning to feel sleepy.

That's bad to hear. The tray looks quite tiny, too.


PH



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User currently offlineAirbusA322 From Australia, joined Apr 2009, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

For a moment I thought I was flying to Singapore then! Amazing TR, great insight.

In the self serve bar, is it all just Qantas branded snacks, or is there other things like Pringles, Cheese and Crackers etc...?

Did many people seem to utilize the Self Service Bar area?


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I am on QF94 on July 22 LAX-MEL, my first time on the A380...needless to say I am excited! Great report, it got me pumped for my trip.

User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 38
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Another stunning trip report Mr Hawi. It was nice to see what QF offers on the A380, espacially after reading so many reports on the other two.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
But they are a Oneworld member and to me, that says something.

Any alliance which has AA in it can't be all that great!  duck 
Sorry couldn't resist myself. You know I am a Skyteam flier who is on the way to the dark side, aka Star.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
On the other hand, there was Japan Airlines and Qantas, both of which I am entitled to Oneworld mileage accrual. JAL was possible through purchasing two separate one-way tickets, which was a hassle at that point, so Qantas along with its A380 was a no brainer this time.

I probably would have tried a bit harder for JAL, but that's just me. Though the QANTAS experience seems to have turned out to be pretty good.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
My favorite part of the aircraft however is the self-service bar located in the back of the cabin. I found it to be smart, secure, and very useful.

I have often wondered what they stored in the snack bars. Wish more airlines would adopt a feature like this, especially for economy.

I was pleasantly surprised by your positive experience with QANTAS. My one and only experience with QF was back in 2001 on a SIN-BOM leg in J. I really don't have anything positive to say about them sadly. Then again having just crossed the Pacific on CX from SFO may have skewed my views just a little.  Wink

I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment of this trip!

SR 103


User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6219 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very enjoyable trip report, and excellent pictures. Makes we want to jump on a QF plane and head to OZ this very minute. Never flown on QF metal, but they look like the put most AAmerican carriers to shame. I too agree with you, the seats look different and I seem to like them- very edgy.
Thank you for sharing, your Etihad TR was wonderful as well.

Reagrds,

Chepos



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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2391 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Nice report... For a moment I felt on-board A380 again as I was on it march 2009.

Incredible feeling.



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 11):
please see Airpearl's TR on QF's inaugural A380 flight from MEL-LAX

Yikes, you are right!

Airpearl, I am sorry not acknowledging that.

Suryo



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User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2975 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Yet another brilliant TR, as expected. The pictures were superb!

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
My favorite part of the aircraft however is the self-service bar located in the back of the cabin. I found it to be smart, secure, and very useful.

Liked it , its a nice feature.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
Another nice feature was the availability of the menu on the IFE screen, in addition to a journey planner, which is a simple, yet very useful guide to the in-flight service. This may all seem boring, but little touches like these can go a very long way, especially in Economy Class.

Very true.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
As for my stay in SIN City, it was truly enjoyable, as I was fascinated with how clean and perfect everything is.

I just love Singapore! just feel like going there at every possible chance.



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User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 951 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey Roni, what more can I say: another masterpiece! Particularly love the pics here – sharp, crisp, clean, and unusually-angled; damn, even SYD airport looks good. Thanks for the great insight.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
Flying on the “world’s most experienced airline” can raise a lot of expectations.

Good to also see that you’ve chosen and enjoyed QF: it’s become almost fashionable to QF-bash these days: granted some criticism is well deserved, but I also see many critics happily bashing the carrier but not having set foot aboard its planes. Unbiased reports are few and far between. Well done.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
and Marco Polo Card.

We’re moving up in the world rankings I see… hehe

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
“Nice camera! .. Feel free to take as many pictures of the aircraft before boarding if you like”

Nice! How I wished that’d be the case for every flight we take.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
The cabin looked outstanding! The mixture of the colored fronts with the black back of the seats was an amazing contrast. The seat itself was also very comfortable, and the seat pitch was great.

I’m a great fan of the QF A380 cabins too. And the seats appear to be more comfortable than on SQ’s A380 (sorry SQ fans).

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
also noticed that the IFE selection on Qantas was not your conventional mainstream collection, but more of a style with an edge. Setting EK’s ICE aside, which we all know is the best, I think Qantas’s IFE is my second favorite; it’s just different!

It’s all down to personal taste of course, but I have to agree: QF’s IFE is the best out there, in my opinion. Of course, I haven’t used ICE yet – though that could well be on the cards…

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
I am glad you enjoyed Spore (and part of Malaysia).

Ryan, suddenly that quote: “Best in Singapore and JB, and some say Batam…” cheekily comes to mind hahaha

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 11):
If you haven't done so, please see Airpearl's TR on QF's inaugural A380 flight from MEL-LAX. It was in Y, and one of the first ones, if not the very first



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 18):
Airpearl, I am sorry not acknowledging that.

Suryo

Thanks Roni for the advert hahaha… and honestly Suryo, no worries at all! Anyway, Roni I’m now so glad I flew the QF A380 before you, because really, how can anyone better this?


Thanks again for sharing my friend.


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1662 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
great report with fantastic pictures, I hadn't expected to find anything else.

Thanks again PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
That's bad to hear. The tray looks quite tiny, too.

Yes it is very tiny, stylish and nice looking, but nothing much more.

Quoting AirbusA322 (Reply 13):
In the self serve bar, is it all just Qantas branded snacks, or is there other things like Pringles, Cheese and Crackers etc...?

Hi A322,

The snacks are produced by what i assumed to be a local Australian manufacturer, but packed exclusively for Qantas.

Quoting AirbusA322 (Reply 13):
Did many people seem to utilize the Self Service Bar area?

Absolutely. It was the main social area throughout the entire flight, from seatbelt sign off, to on.

Quoting SW733 (Reply 14):
I am on QF94 on July 22 LAX-MEL, my first time on the A380...needless to say I am excited! Great report, it got me pumped for my trip.

Hi SW733,

Hope you enjoy your QF flight!

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 15):
Sorry couldn't resist myself. You know I am a Skyteam flier who is on the way to the dark side, aka Star.

Tsk tsk tsk Mr. Tamboowala  Smile

In my opinion, Star is desperate, Sky is trailer-trash, and Oneworld is selective .. of course, im talking about the alliances only and not necessarily their human members lol  Smile

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 15):
I probably would have tried a bit harder for JAL, but that's just me. Though the QANTAS experience seems to have turned out to be pretty good.

JAL is on my must-fly list .. and theyre one of those airlines that i already like  Smile

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 15):
I was pleasantly surprised by your positive experience with QANTAS. My one and only experience with QF was back in 2001 on a SIN-BOM leg in J. I really don't have anything positive to say about them sadly.

Well from the reports ive seen here, their J product doesnt look too great. But i too, always hear that their standard non-A380 product is just that, standard.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 15):
Then again having just crossed the Pacific on CX from SFO may have skewed my views just a little.

Naturally  Smile ... My CX is always good!

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 15):
I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment of this trip!

Same here! But having recently learned the latest a.net trip reporting trends, i choose to wait just a little longer till i post it  Smile

Quoting Chepos (Reply 16):
Very enjoyable trip report, and excellent pictures. Makes we want to jump on a QF plane and head to OZ this very minute. Never flown on QF metal, but they look like the put most AAmerican carriers to shame. I too agree with you, the seats look different and I seem to like them- very edgy.
Thank you for sharing, your Etihad TR was wonderful as well.

Reagrds,

Chepos

Hi Chepos,

Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed them both.  Smile

Quoting Flying Belgian (Reply 17):
Nice report... For a moment I felt on-board A380 again as I was on it march 2009.

Incredible feeling.

Haha .. Nice one, Flying Belgian!

Quoting Ojas (Reply 19):
Yet another brilliant TR, as expected. The pictures were superb!

Thanks again Ojas!  Smile

Quoting Ojas (Reply 19):
I just love Singapore! just feel like going there at every possible chance.

Can't wait to go back there! Wanna do it again this year.

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 20):
Good to also see that you’ve chosen and enjoyed QF

Yes, thanks to you (and at first, to Oneworld too)!

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 20):
We’re moving up in the world rankings I see… hehe

I wish! .. It was so unfortunate and totally annoying that i was not credited a single mile for this flight. Why? because MPC has a ridiculously strict policy that the name on your account must exactly match the name on your ticket.

I have stupidly included my middle name on my MPC account, and also including it on my QF ticket was impossible!

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 20):
QF’s IFE is the best out there, in my opinion. Of course, I haven’t used ICE yet – though that could well be on the cards…

Well ICE has every single show, movie, game, and song that is known to man. It is however more on the commercial side but nevertheless, absolutely flawless.

But yes, QF's IFE is not only unique, but its also very user-friendly too.

Who knows, you just might get to do a comparison ... one day  Wink

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report as usual, Roni!

To me it seemed a bit different to see a Y class report from you this time, though I can't remember the last one, hmmm...

The groundstaff in SYD, and the crew on board seemed very nice and polite. Those Aussies sure live up to their reputation of politeness.

Given the fact that it was a 7hr flight, the quantity of food provided looked very generous. It seems like QF must have done that improvement pretty recently, since I remember reading reports on the same route where the 2nd meal is only a sandwich, or a croissant.

The food did by the way look tasty to me... Or maybe it was just the "camera's fault"

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
Ryanair!!! & Co

The best guides in Singapore, I presume?

Thanks for sharing, and keep 'em coming!

//Jonas



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Airpearl (Reply 20):
Ryan, suddenly that quote: “Best in Singapore and JB, and some say Batam…” cheekily comes to mind hahaha

LOL!!! I mentioned Malaysia because I brought our dear friend across the Causeway for a seafood feast. Somehow I always do that with visitors and they get a thrill out of "going to another country for dinner". For the uninitiated, it sounds very decadent and galmourous but what they do not realise is that Singapore is such a small island so JB is like another suburb. Plus, they soon realise after the toe-curling-quiver-in-the-groin of getting another chop on their passport is over, JB isn't exactly THAT glamourous. I am a cheapo, the seafood looks damn expensive but because of the exchange rate it turns out to be very affordable. so I get to please all parties including myself. Hahahahaha...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
Ryanair!!! & Co

The best guides in Singapore, I presume?

I welcome ALL members of airliners.net. I have hosted more than my fair share of a.nutters in my humble home and a lot of them have become very close friends as a consequence. So whenever whoever's in Singapore, do drop me a line. However, I do ask that none of you bring along psychopath tendencies or funny habits like donning the outfit of Wonder Woman to go to bed. Just as long as you are a peaceful loving plane fanatic who loves nothing more but to yak nonstop about planes, cabins, inflight products and thumbing down US carriers.

so IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOINK?! CALL MEEE!  Smile 1800-747-400



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User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 21):
Star is desperate

So that's why CO is joining! I was wondering.  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 21):
Sky is trailer-trash

Haha, well I do have a soft spot for KLM and Korean Air, but yes Alitalia, AeroMexico or Delta are not winning any awards anytime soon.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 21):
Oneworld is selective

I wouldn't necessarily call it selective, more like hard to get along with. *cough*British Airways*cough*

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 21):
But having recently learned the latest a.net trip reporting trends, i choose to wait just a little longer till i post it

Oh??? Do tell? You have fill in clueless old me.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 23):
and thumbing down US carriers.

Ummmm... I guess I am not welcome then!  cry 


25 MHTripple7 : WOW!! What a great TR, Ronerone. The QF A380 product does indeed look fantastic and I hope to try it some day. May I ask why you chose to be in the la
26 NZ107 : Hi Roni, Another great TR. Thanks for sharing! The quality of the pics is still great, whatever you think. I think it's due to the compression when th
27 Airpearl : Yes, they can be sticklers for such stuff. Also the relationship between QF and CX is not the best - unless you're flying the most expensive economy
28 SQ772 : Thanks for taking the time to upload this report. Beautiful pictures yet again. Having read a number of QF A380 reports here and elsewhere, it does lo
29 Ronerone : Greetings from Dubai International Airport, Hi Jonas! Haha .. why does everyone say this? LOL I need to get back to flying Y more often! Its gotta be
30 A1ring23 : Hi Roni, Another great TR, congratulations!! One question - are the seat backs made of carbon? Or just a carbon looking substance? Haha Yes I definate
31 Ronerone : Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed! I am not sure what the seatbacks are made of actually. While i have not tried EK's Y product on their A380's bu
32 BA319-131 : - Not seen this Roni, though would be interested in seeing what they have 'nicked'. Cheers Mark
33 Airbuseric : Hi Roni, just came along this report and it's great. Well written again and outstanding picture quality! I must admit, flying Y class is fun again on
34 Ronerone : Hi Airbuseric, Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed. It was indeed a lot of fun. The crew were happy, and so were the passengers. Maybe the des
35 Post contains links Allrite : Great trip report as usual! I've just posted my own report of the QF A380 to SIN so it was good to compare experiences. Solid? Evil money-grubbing cor
36 Karan69 : Great report as usual roni, its nice to see a different perspective on QF, Great pictures as always seems you enjoyed your flight Karan
37 LHR380 : A very enjoyable read, thank you for posting.
38 EC001 : Hi there Roni, Fantastic glimpse at QF's A380 product.... I really like the design of their seats as well as the self service bar (really reminds me o
39 Ronerone : Hi Allrite, Thanks! .. Will definitely read your TR! Thanks a lot Karan! Hope that all is well with you! Thanks LHR380! Glad you enjoyed. Hi OpenSkie
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