Our first trip with JQ
Starclass and I was really interested in seeing how the cabin would measure up against Qantas domestic BC
. Considering the price to HKT
was only $300 more than my usual BNE
-ISA return I thought that per km the price was excellent. At check-in BNE
there was a huge line for YC
and noone at the Starclass check-in, however there was no access to it without going around a line rope. At first i thought they didn't have a separate check-in, I even asked a directing agent, she initially said no, but then I saw the sign and she moved the rope and we walked straight up, much to the chagrin of the huge line I guess.
We received the seats I had requested on booking (which are actually printed on your itinerary page) and settled into the cabin of the 330-200. Short flight to SYD
only coffee and a chocolate served. I am Platinum QF
member so wife and I left kids in Club lounge and went up to new First lounge. Sat there having silver service 3 course meal and glass after glass of Veuve Clicquot and decided that Qantas wouldn't be making a fortune on our tickets today. LOL. One small problem with new lounge tho the better half managed to lock herself in the space age toilets and set off security alarms before staff came to let her out. Pretty weird.
Access to Qantas club lounges for people who are not members is one of the major benefits of flying Starclass over say BA
+ and other premium economy cabins. Also another major benefit is point and status earning rates at the same amount as BC
on Qantas. The very cheapest fare on Jetstar with taxes added isn't that huge a difference when you add up the benefits.
Anyway back on board. BTW we had 1AB 2AB to SYD
3AB 4AB to HKT
. Obviously row 1 is better as no seat back laying in your face. Best seat in the cabin is probably 2C as it is in row of three seats behind row of two. The seats are quite noisy when you move in them but they are pretty much the equivalent of domestic QF
. They lay back quite well although naturally they are not anywhere near flat. When the person in front reclines it is difficult to get out of your seat. We were given portable TV
screens which were OK
but you have to sit them on your tray table.
We were served lunch which while it was quite tasty the actual presentation and tray quality were less then QF YC
. Indi vidual icecreams were served as dessert and then they came around with Baileys etc. so one wasn't left feeling hungry. Prior to landing in HKT
we were served another small snack which also was quite satisfying. Just a side note to that they actually turned on the cabin lights 21/2 hours out of HKT
fed us the snack then turned off the lights again which I thought was quite weird. We arrived a few minutes late due to strong headwinds.
I must say that even though the flight attendants were OK
they didn't really show any polish and did look quite scruffy. Considering most were Asian I thought that quite surprising. Most experience with Asian FA
's thru the years is of really high presentation levels. Baggage didn't have any priority tags so did't come out early.
Return trip had check-in done in 2 minutes in Starclass line, no lounge here of course but quite comfortable airport seating. Our seats had been changed from 4JK 5JK to 1AB 2AB so that was nice. We left on time and after a forgettable dinner had a little shut eye, albeit typical uncomfortable aircraft seat napping. We arrived after brekky in to SYD
around 45 mins early. One of the interesting things about this ticket is we get to go on Qantas aircraft to connect if JQ
doesn't have an international aircraft on the sector. So on a 738 back to BNE
it was interesting to note the lift in personal presentation in the crew.
I am sorry PEH that I don't have any photos as I left our camera at home and bought one in SYD
but didn't get it out of the box until we arrived. I hope you can glean a little bit of assistance out of this info. Overall I would rate it (taking into consideration the price, remember it is not a real international BC