mirrodie
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A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Fri Apr 06, 2001 1:30 am

Hope you can help shed some light.

THe last time I was on a 747 I was too young to remember. But where is first class on one of these birds and what is upstairs? I always thought it was some sort of lounge. Forgive me.

Also, we just booked a few seats on Qantas to/from LAX. I asked for exit row seat + window as well but the woman said these seats were least desirable because of a "hump" in the ground in front of you. Can someone explain? Or has someone experienced this? please let me know what she means. Ideally I would like a window seat, on the exit row, that reclines a bit. Is that possible?
Right now I'm in row 53.

I appreciate any way you can educate me.
Thanks.
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airbusluver
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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Fri Apr 06, 2001 4:48 am

I believe on Qantas, the upper deck has Business Class (some airlines put their First class up there also--Lufthansa comes to mind). Try for a seat not over the wing--row 53 is a little far back. Try for something towards the front of the plane. Enjoy your VERY long flight.

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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Fri Apr 06, 2001 5:54 am

The hump is the slide on the door I sat on that seat from syd-lax once. Also it is close to the restrooms and people tend to line up infront of you. and sit on the hump. Bad angle to see the movie as well.
 
mirrodie
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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Fri Apr 06, 2001 6:57 am

Well, I made a slight mistake. we are in seats 58 J, K

I took a look at the seat maps of all the 747's that Qantas operates and it seems that these aren't near the tiolet.

Airbus, why did you suggest moving closer to the front of the plane? Just wondering. I figure exit row would allow for some minimal increased comfort.

Does that hump on the the floor in front of the window seat really cause a problem? Is it that undesirable?

Thanks again.

Also, as this is my first Qantas trip, any tips? What can I expect or look forward to?
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LexPassenger
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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Fri Apr 06, 2001 7:26 am

If there are only two of you, & upgrading is impossible so you must be in coach, my suggestion is 37 JK, 73AC or HK, then similarly 74, 75 & 76. These are the only two seat sets in coach on Qantas.

My wife & I scored them successfully two years ago & it made a big difference. If you can get 73, there's almost an entire seat's worth of space next to you -- of course looking out the window is hampered!

With these, you avoid the possibility that someone else gets seated with you. If you know the load in coach is very light, go for spread out seating. If there are three of you or more, I still think the two sets are good for crowded flights, with the third or more people across the aisle. Best wishes.
 
Southern
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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Fri Apr 06, 2001 9:16 pm

Hey,

Well i can answer your question about the row near the exit.

I flew with Malaysian Airlines and have requested one of these seats, but was only given this on one of the four sectors i took from MEL-LHR via KUL return. Malaysian (and probably others) have this policy of not allowing the exit rows to be pre booked, so on the day, these seats can be given to people on wheelchairs and fairly big people (who then can help open the door in an emergency)

The bump next to the window is the door, containing the emergency exit chute. This hump can be quite annoying as it takes up the whole area in front of you. The tray tables are also too close to you and you'll find that it is hard to eat and fill out immigration forms on them. However, i didn't get one of these and had a good night sleeps on the exit row next to the aisle and galley, convenient for drinks haha  Smile

hope this helps.
 
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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Sat Apr 07, 2001 7:22 am

Well, on the subject of what you should expect, think of the major US carriers,then think of them 100 times better. Just something i've noticed due to flying on American Airlines, and United.
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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Sat Apr 07, 2001 11:34 am

I agree with you QantasForever
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mirrodie
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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Mon Apr 09, 2001 10:45 pm

THANKS ALL. I'm looking forward to doing it as well as lots of inter Oz travel. I appreciate it all!
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TAA_Airbus
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RE: A Couple Of Qantas Queries

Mon Apr 09, 2001 11:52 pm

Regarding your comment on the upstairs being a lounge, well 30 years ago or whenever it was when QF first got there 747s, they experiemented with what was called the Captain Cook Lounge, which used the whole upper deck. Apart from the windows, you wouldnt of even known it was an airline cabin, just imagine the living room of some rich pom (apologies to the british)
and thats what the Captain Cook lounge was.

However, this was very short lived. I'll post a URL connecting to a website with a picture of it when i can locate the website.

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