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Qantas A380 Business (+PICS) & Sydney First Lounge  
User currently offlinefabianbrimfield From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 35 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 16668 times:

 


The purpose of this trip was to return to Hong Kong to study another semester at the CityU University after having previously completed a semester there during the summer last year. At the time I booked, Qantas was having a sale on flights to HKG one way which suited me perfectly because I’d be in HKG for at least 6 months. And only a few months prior, QF had switched its HKG service ex-SYD from tired unrefurbished 747’s and A330’s to a daily A380 service. Making things even better, both seats 80A and 80K were available. These are by far the best seats in Y on QF’a A380, as they are just behind an emergency exit row, but with no seat in front. Unlimited legroom, at no additional cost. These are usually snapped up by savvy flyers pretty quick so I was lucky to snag one.


Usually, Qantas’ sale fares are not upgradable using points, which meant that this was definitely going to be a Y flight for me (unless I got an op-up… chance in a million with QF). BUT 2 weeks after booking the flight, Qantas ran a promotion where usually un-upgradable fare classes became available for points upgrade. 40,000 FF points for a business upgrade, 25,000 for a premium economy upgrade. A little trick unbeknownst to most is that you can actually put in for 2 upgrades (ie. Premium economy if a business upgrade fails), but not through the website. A quick call to the QF call centre and it was all sorted.



Two days prior to the flight, I got this text message..


This was shaping up to be a perfect flight. $400 one way + 40,000 points, on a Qantas A380 in business. And they wonder why Qantas International is losing money.


Check in


Check in was a bit stressful. Well, not check in itself, just getting to the hotel. Having stayed overnight at the Ibis Sydney Airport, I had to make my way from the hotel to the airport. Each of the hotels around the airport aren’t really within walking distance to either the domestic nor international terminals (which aren’t connected in any logical or convenient way at SYD). Each hotel offers a shuttle service (which is chartered out to one bus company) that charges $6 to get from the hotel to the airport. It’s a total rort, and this bus company has a bit of a monopoly. It would probably be cheaper to take taxi if you could find a willing driver :/ To add insult to injury the bus driver was late, and then started swearing at some poor European couple when they couldn’t understand his heavy aussie accent.



Unpleasantries aside, checkin was a breeze when I finally got to the desks. Qantas have a dedicated row of business desks, distinguished by their carpet, flowers, and small sit down areas (no drinks or magazines provided… not that you really need it, but some airlines do like MAS). The checkin agent was lovely and we made light small talk about Hong Kong, and the Qantas First Lounge. I asked the checkin agent whether or not the flight was very full, and got a ‘errr its not that full’ and asked if the seat next to me could be blocked. Usually I don’t like to ask, but I was travelling alone and didn’t particularly feel like having a seatmate today. I was told that they can no longer block seats. No problem, boarding passes printed and immigration express cards given, I was off.




Immigration out of Australia can be a bit of a nightmare due to the rather militant attitudes of border security staff at Australian airports. I find the officers at Sydney to be much more pleasant than the ones in Melbourne (who I swear purposely hires racist, foreign hating impatient losers who yell and scream at those passing through who don’t look Australian – but that’s another issue). This time around, with the express passes, the customs and security process was rather quick. The passport check took a little longer cause they had to see my Hong Kong study visa, etc, but really the whole process took less than 5 minutes.


Lounge



Only travelling in business and being OneWorld Sapphire would only permit me into the rather lackluster Qantas business lounge in Sydney for this flight. Fortunately enough I had a one time pass for the Qantas Sydney First lounge. The First lounge is Qantas’ flagship lounge, seconded only by its first lounge in Melbourne, which while having a similar style isn’t held in the same regard.




The lounge is designed by Marc Newson, that rather famous Aussie architect and designer. The lounge is consistently regarded as one of the best lounges in the world, and frequent visitors will often remind you to spend as much time in the lounge as possible. With Qantas, that’s 3 hours (when international checkin opens), unless you only have carry on baggage (or have a domestic flight with through-checked bags). I didn’t fall into either of those categories, so it was going to have to be the standard three hours for me.





As you come into the lounge on the mezzanine floor, you walk past a living wall (basically a wall full of plants, and yes they are real and not plastic), which looks awesome before going up some escalators past the service desk, and into the lounge.




The lounge features a sit down restaurant with the menu designed by famed Aussie chef Neil Perry. A lot of the dishes on the menu are taken from his Rockpool or Spice Temple restaurant menus, each executed quickly and faithfully. The restaurant section takes up the middle section of the lounge, which is just up from the escalators and service desk. You’re approached by a waiter who will quickly find you a table, and sit you down with a menu. Since I was there in the morning, the breakfast menu was in swing, which is a shame because the lunch menu has far more interesting options.





Tables are set nicely with Alessi designed crockery, cutlery and stemware. All very lovely.



Either way. I ordered Sweet Corn fritters with Avacado, Tomato Relish, Sour cream and coriander without the bacon. Noticing that most other diners were quite happily enjoying alcohol, despite it being 9 in the morning, I had no compunction about ordering champagne to go with my meal.



The first lounge at Sydney offers FOUR (!) types of champagne by the glass, most other lounges only offering one. All are non vintage, but are great choices. Bollinger Special Cuvee, Taittinger, Vueve Cliquout and a recent addition of Delamotte. The delamotte, being a blanc de blanc was probably best suited to eating a meal with, being relatively medium bodied, low residual sugar and being all chardonnay. Did I mention I’m a wine geek as well?




The corn fritters were great, but still I felt a little peckish, I asked to see the menu again and ordered a fruit salad with a glass of Bollinger and a café latte. The coffee was great (Qantas use vittoria coffee in their lounges), and the Bollinger was as always excellent. The waitstaff were generally great, most seemed to pander a little (probably because of the attitudes of some do-you-know-who-I-am guests), but it comes with the territory I suppose.




The lounge also features a Payot spa with various massage treatments. Usually this is extremely hard to get into unless you’re travelling in First, where first guests are called the day before their flight to organize a spa appointment. However regular guests are able to try their luck at the door. No luck for me unfortunately, fully booked.




Shower rooms feature a mixture of Payot and Kevin Murphy amenities, great for a quick shower before the flight.





The lounge also features a small library area. The architecture of the whole lounge is great.

















Seemingly, the three hours seem to float past and it was time to board. A shame since I was enjoying myself so much in the lounge. After visiting I’m definitely convinced that the Qantas First Lounge’s reputation as one of the worlds best is totally deserved.



The Flight


QF32


SYD-HKG


Flight Time: 08h40m




 


Boarding


Boarding was called on time, and I made a beeline for the shared premium economy/business line. I think the gates at SYD are a little small for A380’s, they are very close to being uncomfortable as can be seen in the pictures, and the flight wasn’t even full. Boarding pass scanned, it was down the jetbridge.





The business jetbridge leads to the forward left door of the upper deck. Another brief glance at the boarding pass, a warm welcome on board, ‘on your left, down the back’. I was seated in row 25K, the last row of business, in a small mini cabin of 2 rows, just in front of premium economy. The original layout of Qantas A388’s has business separated into 3 cabins, a small cabin of 3 rows at the front separated by a large galley to the middle main cabin, and then a small 2 row cabin at the back.




The boarding seemed to take a while, but actually it wasn’t long at all. Because J load was less than 50% and economy and premium economy was 100% downstairs, it seemed to take longer than it did. The friendly attendant offered to take my jacket and store it in the closet.



Welcome drinks were served, which was a glass of excellent Billiecart-Salmon NV. Qantas use either Billiecart or Heidsieck NV on international flights. Billiecart is my favourite of the two, but because of Billiecarts quite prominent and racy acidity its better to be served as cold as possible, which wasn't really the case. But then again, i've never received a glass of welcome champagne that has been super cold so it's totally forgivable. Hot towels were distributed, doors closed and we pushed back


 Takeoff


Take off had us making the long taxi out to runway 34 left, before starting a long takeoff roll and climbing out over sydney. The views were quite pretty, and the smooth and quiet climb carried out effortlessly by the airbus.



Passing a CX A333 bound for HKG as well.





How great is a tail cam?



The Seat


The seat is Qantas second generation Skybed lie flat seat, contained in all its A380's and refurbished B747's. It's a definite improvement over the Skybed Mk.1 which i've used a few times. Unlike the Mk.1 it's actually lie flat instead of being at a garish angle, and the IFE comes out of the centre console rather than being on the back of the forward seat. The Mk.2 has other improvements like a bigger divider between you and the seat next , as well as a few more clever storage pockets. All the Skybed Mk.2's make advantage of the side bins on the upper deck of the A380 too.



Taken from the back of the main cabin






In regular upright mode the seat is quite comfortable, and has a comfortable width. The seat adjustment is easily carried out by straight forward controls, though I found the relax seat preset to be a little uncomfortable. The whole seat is adorned in a grey/silver carbon fibre-like mesh material, and the seat cushions are in a muted red. The seat was originally designed by Marc Newson and gives the whole cabin a very modern and sleek feel




The massage feature was a bit useless, you can hardly real feel anything and it makes the whole seat a little more uncomfortable when its on. Maybe some people like it, but it wasn't for me.



 In seat power provided by a universal plug, with 2 USB ports that both charge and provide external media to the excellent IFE system (it just doesn't support iDevices!). Who knows what the ethernet port is for.



Magazine slot on the side of the seat.



Buttons to raise IFE monitor and privacy screen.


In Flight Entertainment


Qantas' Q IFE system is relatively responsive and top notch. Definitely on par with the likes of CX Studio. Only having a brief flicker through the TV and Movie selections, it all looked fairly current and appeared to be wide in selection. The only complaint I had was the viewing angle on the monitor somewhat gave rise to having to periodically adjust the position of the monitor.




Amenity Kit


Amenity Kits were distributed, which used to be Peter Morrissey designed kits. Now, the kits feature Florence Broadhurst designs, an Australian artist famous for her prints. Also, she's dead. She died in mysterious circumstances in the 1970's. Can't decide if its a nice-paying-homage kind of thing or just a little bit strange? Anyway, inside the kit are nice Malin+Goetz ameneties





Food


The meal service was started a few hours after taking off. Lunch first, followed by a snack service before landing. Menus were distributed along with another drink order. I stuck with the Billiecart.




Cool little wine guide in the literature pocket, has tasting notes on all of the wines Qantas serves. Great for winesnobs like me! 



Starter
Roasted Carrot & Thyme Soup with Creme Fraiche (may have got this wrong in the video, sorry!)


The soup itself was really great. Not too big to fill you up, but nice and hearty and served with a fresh bit of sourdough. Great start!




Leafy salad served with a merlot vinaigrette. 


Main Course


Sichuan Pork w/ Snake Beans & Fragrant Rice


The main was pretty delicious too. It was a very classic Neil Perry inspired dish, seemingly straight out of the Spice Temple menu (Neil Perry's Chinese restaurant). The dish certainly wasn't as spicy as I would have wanted it to be, but not everyone is used to the Sichuan pepper taste and effect so I suppose they keep it to a bit of a minimum in the kitchens. The pork itself was a little rough in places with a fair bit of fat, but that's a minor complaint.



Dessert


Vanilla & Preserved Apricot Cake with Cinnamon Full Cream


The cake was great! It went well with a perfect 2007 Noble One, one of Australia's more famous botrytised semillon sweet wines. It's a well balanced high sugar semillon with a punchy acidity and a very long and supple finish.





Valrhona French Chocolates served after the service.



 Snack Service


Mushroom Hokkein Noodle


An hour before our descent into Hong Kong the snack service was started which today was a bowl of Mushroom Hokkein Noodles. These were really fantastic and tasted fresh, with lots of tasty shitake with a nice cold hokkein thick noodle. So good that I asked for another bowl, which the crew kindly obliged.



And another glass of Billiecart before landing of course...



On Board Bar


The Qantas A380's have a small bar/lounge area at the front of the upper deck cabin which connects with the staircase leading into First Class, so both first and business passengers can mingle and so business class passengers can pretend they're not jealous. The bar has a 23" AVOD screen, a magazine rack and a self-serve bar area (which wasn't really stocked when I went to visit). I went up to the lounge area twice and both times it had been "appropriated" by a couple who wanted to watch a movie together, so apologise for the lack of photos of the sofa area.





Service


You usually here mixed reviews when it comes to service on Qantas. Sometimes people can't sing enough praise for the helpful Qantas crew they had on their last flight, and sometimes you'll here whinging about the 'surly grandmas' operating routes like the golden triangle in Australia. I'm quite happy to say that the crew on my flight up to HKG were nothing short of fantastic. They all seemed to be enjoying their job (which they said was partly due to the light load today), despite most of the crew admitting they had never worked with one another. The crew were always friendly, and were very keen to just have a chat. The crew made the whole flight one of the most enjoyable travelling experiences i've had in a very long time.


What made it even better was the bottle shaped 'present' the crew had left in my bag when I went to the lavatory before landing. I only discovered it when I got into HKG. A very nice gesture indeed.



Conclusion


After a flight like this, it upsets me that Qantas are losing so much money internationally. Of course I have pride in my countries national carrier and for that fact alone I want to see Qantas operate profitably well into to the future, but Qantas' high cost base means that big changes are afoot. Qantas' announced deal with Emirates the other week and reevaluation of hubs like Singapore mean that truly fantastic A380 product may not be available on routes to Singapore or Hong Kong as Qantas reshuffles its A380 cache to Dubai. Qantas is operating a truly great product here, from the fantastic First lounge in Sydney to a solid onboard hard product for business class passengers in the comfortable A380.


I hope for the worlds sake that Qantas soldiers on.





Qantas Domestic Business Class - B737 MEL-HBA


Malaysian New Longhaul Business - A330 KUL-MEL


Virgin Australia New Domestic Business - B737 MEL-HBA



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User currently offlinepugsley From Australia, joined Jan 2010, 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 15425 times:

Brilliant Detail, and your coverage of the entire process was really appreciated. One of the most captivating reports I've read for a while. I normally just glance over the pictures, but I read every word of yours.

I recently flew the same sector, (with a very last min downgrade to a B747 but I was happy with that) and I had the exact same meal choices as you, the only difference was during dessert, my wife and I shared both the cheese plate and the cake. But from what I can see, we even indulged in the same drink choices as well as the food, right down to enjoying the valhrona chocolates mid flight.

Thanks for taking the time to share!



A319, A320, A321, A332, A333, A343, A388, BAe146, B717, B733, B734, B735, B73G, B73H, B743, B744, B762, B763, B772, B773
User currently offlinegroomyjl From Singapore, joined Sep 2012, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 15292 times:

Fantastic report and very artistic photos by the way. Thanks for sharing

Cheers
Jim


User currently offlinefabianbrimfield From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 15164 times:

Quoting pugsley (Reply 1):

My pleasure! I'm glad you enjoyed it.


User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4840 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14732 times:

Great TR. Loved the detail. Glad you enjoyed your flight.


56 types. 38 countries. 24 airlines.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 14495 times:

Hi Fabian,

very nice report about this outstanding J Class product. I really like the seats in general, just not the back side. The food looks fine - except for that main course you chose.

It's indeed bad to lose numerous QF routes due to the cooperation with EK, but I'm optimistic about the airline's future.

Quoting fabianbrimfield (Thread starter):
How great is a tail cam?

My favorite feature on the A380. It's a shame that you don't find that on SQ's whalejets.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13946 times:

Stunning tripreport, thanks for sharing it with us. I absolutely love the quality and style of your pictures. Very posh and truly reflects the beauty and elegance of Qantas' product. I see your field of work is graphics and design, so that would explain a lot   Keep up the good work!

User currently offlinefabianbrimfield From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13393 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
very nice report about this outstanding J Class product. I really like the seats in general, just not the back side. The food looks fine - except for that main course you chose.

It's indeed bad to lose numerous QF routes due to the cooperation with EK, but I'm optimistic about the airline's future.

I know what you mean about the back design, the whole 'pod' look wasn't my favorite either but when when I actually first travelled on a skybed cabin about 3 years ago seeing it in the flesh its much more interesting and intuitive. I reckon the Skybed mk2 is about the best 2-2-2 style configuration you can get, but I still don't think its a real match for staggered business seats (EK, Etihad, even BA) or other direct aisle access like new and old Cathay J, AirNZ and Virgin Atlantic.

Quoting ardian (Reply 6):
Stunning tripreport, thanks for sharing it with us. I absolutely love the quality and style of your pictures. Very posh and truly reflects the beauty and elegance of Qantas' product. I see your field of work is graphics and design, so that would explain a lot   Keep up the good work!

Thanks Ardian!


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2892 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13341 times:

Hi Fabian,

Really enjoyed going through your report on QF especially since it was on a mroute that wont necessary get 380s in the future

I liked the photos that complimented your report well

Karan


User currently offlinesmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 13191 times:

Great report, very detailed and nicely written. Really enjoyed your writing style, the report was critical but not fastidiously so. Many reports on this website I often find lack balance, ridiculously biased one way or the other. Yours was perfectly balanced viewed as most business class travellers would view their experience.

Quoting groomyjl (Reply 2):

Fantastic report and very artistic photos by the way.
Quoting ardian (Reply 6):

Stunning tripreport, thanks for sharing it with us. I absolutely love the quality and style of your pictures. Very posh and truly reflects the beauty and elegance of Qantas' product. I see your field of work is graphics and design, so that would explain a lot   Keep up the good work!

Couldn't agree more! Exceptionally presented report, it was a pleasure to read! And the artistic manner of photography brought the QF product to light in the stylish manner of QF.

Quoting fabianbrimfield (Thread starter):

The seat is Qantas second generation Skybed lie flat seat, contained in all its A380's and refurbished B747's

I must confess after flying QF to LAX and SIN a few times, I still don't feel the seats are truly flat. At first I thought it was as I was seating in a bulkhead seat, next flight I thought it was malfunctioning seats, next flight I just accepted it.

I find the QF product very very stylish and hopefully a nice representation of modern contemporary Australian culture. I think the F-Lounge is perfectly styled for a 'western' lounge in a country that doesn't have much tradition or history to incorporate into it's lounge. Is it wrong I wouldn't mind a house styled in a similar manner?

In saying that I think the presentation of the meals in J could be improved. Far too industrial, whilst the crockery is nice, cutlery is okay (bit oddly shaped but I like the weight), the glassware is bland and I think the non-slip trays are ugly. However it is food, and so long as it tastes good that is key.

A bit of colour in the J cabin wouldn't go astray either, maybe something on the bulkheads or different seat covers? Its a bit cold and industrial, especially with the crew uniforms too! Still comfort is king and it is by no means ugly or cluttered!

I am simply being picky, as I so harshly chided other reports for being!

All in all I thoroughly enjoy the understated luxury and modern style of QF. I hope we don't see that change at all with the new EK agreement. In fact I think EK could learn a number of lessons in this regards from QF.

Once again thank you for a most pleasurable report to read and discuss!


User currently offlinefabianbrimfield From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 13017 times:

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 9):
I must confess after flying QF to LAX and SIN a few times, I still don't feel the seats are truly flat. At first I thought it was as I was seating in a bulkhead seat, next flight I thought it was malfunctioning seats, next flight I just accepted it.

Oh yeah the seats are definately suffering from sagging down the bottom. You can see it in the pictures pretty clearly, but the difference between the Mk.1 Skybed (which I cannot sleep in at all) and the Mk.2 Skybed (which I can get a decent sleep on) is huge I think.

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 9):
In saying that I think the presentation of the meals in J could be improved. Far too industrial, whilst the crockery is nice, cutlery is okay (bit oddly shaped but I like the weight), the glassware is bland and I think the non-slip trays are ugly. However it is food, and so long as it tastes good that is key.

I'm definitely not a huge fan of the Alessi cutlery, it looks strange. The wine glasses area bit stubby and ugly too, but I do like the crockery. The tea cups are very cool and I want some for home.

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 9):

Great report, very detailed and nicely written. Really enjoyed your writing style, the report was critical but not fastidiously so. Many reports on this website I often find lack balance, ridiculously biased one way or the other. Yours was perfectly balanced viewed as most business class travellers would view their experience.

Thanks again! I've got a few more reports coming up in the future, including CX F and QF F so I look forward do publishing those!  


User currently offlinesmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 12896 times:

Quoting fabianbrimfield (Reply 10):
The tea cups are very cool and I want some for home.

Me too! If you ever find out where they can be purchased from I'd love to know!

Quoting fabianbrimfield (Reply 10):
Thanks again! I've got a few more reports coming up in the future, including CX F and QF F so I look forward do publishing those!

Looking forward to the comparison between the two!


User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4840 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12804 times:

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 9):

In saying that I think the presentation of the meals in J could be improved. Far too industrial, whilst the crockery is nice, cutlery is okay (bit oddly shaped but I like the weight), the glassware is bland and I think the non-slip trays are ugly. However it is food, and so long as it tastes good that is key.

Have heard that the trays are going and that the crockery is to be changed also very soon.



56 types. 38 countries. 24 airlines.
User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2987 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 12484 times:

Awesome report! Great detail, really succinct and engaging   .

Quoting fabianbrimfield (Thread starter):
As you come into the lounge on the mezzanine floor, you walk past a living wall (basically a wall full of plants, and yes they are real and not plastic), which looks awesome before going up some escalators past the service desk, and into the lounge.

I love your pics from the lounge (and actually throughout!) -- very different from the usual stuff we see on here.

Quoting fabianbrimfield (Reply 10):
The tea cups are very cool and I want some for home
Quoting smi0006 (Reply 11):
Me too! If you ever find out where they can be purchased from I'd love to know!

I wanted to buy some as well! But then I saw the price  Wow! .

http://www.tableking.com.au/products...e-Tea-cup-and-saucer-Set-of-4.html

You can also get them in QF's Online Store (I think they might also be slightly cheaper there, but only marginally).


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12026 times:

Hello Fabian

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us!
QFs J class looks very nice, I think the A380 cabin haves a cozy feeling.
Meal and lounge pics are good as well

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinefabianbrimfield From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11853 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):
Great report, thanks for sharing it with us!
QFs J class looks very nice, I think the A380 cabin haves a cozy feeling.
Meal and lounge pics are good as well

Thanks Marc!  


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4639 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10973 times:

Quoting pugsley (Reply 1):
Brilliant Detail, and your coverage of the entire process was really appreciated. One of the most captivating reports I've read for a while. I normally just glance over the pictures, but I read every word of yours.

I have to echo the above poster - it was a wonderful report!

I see the grey trays are still there in Business Class   I haven't had the pleasure of Qantas for several years now, so it was great to read this report and update my knowledge!



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlinefabianbrimfield From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10210 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 16):
I have to echo the above poster - it was a wonderful report!

Thanks  


User currently onlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9738 times:

Great report Fabian with some lovely photos and videos!

QF Business Class on the A380 looks like a superb product - both in terms of hardware and service.

Your report of the QF First lounge at SYD was an added bonus.

Thanks for sharing!
Vivek


User currently offlinefabianbrimfield From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 8802 times:

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 18):
QF Business Class on the A380 looks like a superb product - both in terms of hardware and service.

Yep I really believe it is. Qantas hard product is looking a little less exciting now with some excellent A380 products from Thai, Singapore, China Southern and EK's staggered layouts, but it still holds a candle to Korean, Malaysian and Lufthansa's products. Qantas soft product (at least on this trip) more than made up for it  


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