I had been in Brisbane for the day and was set to return to Perth. Initially I was booked on an earlier flight which changed aircraft in Sydney to a QF744 however, I had to change this to a later flight and so QF767 was assigned to me.
Departure time was listed as 2000 which meant I would arrive in Per at 2330. I arrived at the terminal at 1830 so that I could spend some time in the Q Club going over some of the items I had addressed that day. Check in was very smooth through the Q Club assigned check in positions. Was advised there was a delay on the flight and we would now be departing at 2130. When I inquired as to the delay I was told that there had been heavy thunderstorms in Sydney and all flights originating from there were delayed. Oh well, an extra hour and a half in the Q Club!
Sat in the Q Club until 2030. We had received a revised boarding time of 2045. Thought I would go and stretch my legs prior to getting on the 5hour 35 minute straight flight to Perth. I walked up to the Virgin Blue part of the terminal and then back again. When I arrived back, our QF734 was boarding. Good timing.
Made my way to my seat (4k). I had previously flown to Brisbane via Sydney on QF580 which is a 744 and immediately noticed how "cramped" domestic business class felt. I pittied the poor economy class travellers whose seat pitch must be far worse than mine.
At 2110 we departed the Brisbane terminal and made our way to runway 1 (I think? One facing the bay). Had a long take off role I guess due to the fact that the plane was full of passengers and fuel for the long treck to Perth. Prior to take off the pilot had advised that there were heavy head winds in the jet streams across the middle of Australia and that we would be taking the "southern route" over Adelaide, the bight, Esperance and Perth. He also apologised for the late flight departure and indicated there had also been storms around Brisbane which meant that the plane we were on could not land for a while.
Dinner was served about half an hour after take off. I cannot remember the choice but I chose the lamb curry with chick peas. Prior to this I had two scotch and dries. Service was good with the stewards very friendly and constantly patrolling the aisles and refilling water/wine etc. About 20 minutes after the dinner service finished, the cabin lights were turned off.
Over flew just south of Adelaide (could see the lights in the distance) and then across the bight. By this time, the movie was well in swing (I read my book instead). The movie was followed by a number of short shows - a comedy, a short film, two documentaries and I think some music videos.
At about two hours into the flight I noticed how cramped I was feeling. The person in front had fully reclined and there was not much space at all. I didn't mind him reclining as that is his choice. I decided not to recline to far because I was the last row of business seats and the seats were more comfortable when erect although, still mighty uncomfortable. The backs and the seats were very hard.
The guy in the seat next to me was asleep and there was no easy way to get up and walk around. Even though I was in business class, with the seats in front reclined, I would have had to climb over him. I really did not want to disturb him however, by three hours into the flight, the call of nature came and I had to tackle the sleeping man in order to get to the toilet. To my surprise, he did not even wake up.
By four hours into the flight I was getting really restless and uncomfortable. Started feeling a bit clastrauphobic in fact, but kept on reading my book.
20 minutes out of Perth, the Captain advised we were about to commence our descent. Thank God I thought! We touched down at 0040.
My advice in the future would be to try and get the earlier flight if necessary. The straight flight from Bne to Per on a 734 is just too long and uncomfortable.
Service however, was excellent as was the food.