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Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:25 pm

It was about 4 years ago I had my last spotting jolly to asia, another was over due. Thankfully Mrs BA319-131 was as supportive as ever of my hobby  Smile

After looking at various options, a QF/BA combo looked best for the to/from Asia + allowed me to get on the QF A380. The intra asia flights were with Star Alliance carriers and the domestics in Japan would be split between ANA & JAL.

The reports will be in 6 parts:-

1. QF LHR-SIN
2. NH SIN-NRT
3. JL HND-KIX-HND
4. NH HND-ITM-HND
5. NH NRT-PEK & CA PEK-HKG
6. BA HKG-LHR

Welcome to part 1, hope you like my trip  Smile

04.02.09 QF32 LHR-SIN
A380-842 VH-OQB – Business Class, Seat 20A
1st Flight on this aircraft & 3rd A380 Flight
SCH DEP 11:15 SCH ARR 08:00 (+1)
ACT DEP 12:11 ACT ARR 08:57 (+1)


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Mrs BA319-131 dropped me off at Heathrow’s Terminal4:-
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I’ve not flown out of T4 for about a year, quite a bit of construction going on at the moment
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You have to enter via the arrivals area at the moment
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Check-in was smooth and efficient, though the agent was either slightly deaf of her English needed a bit of an upgrade! I had wanted a window in the front section of the Business cabin, had been wanted to get some nice engine shots in flight, however all the seats were taken.
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More upgrade works
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Through the Fast Track entrance to security, nice cheery chap checking the BP’s, makes a change!

The queue at Fast Track’s single x-ray machine was as long if not longer that for the regular line, I always seem to find that when travelling through this terminal.

Airside!
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Departures board
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Did the usual, changed money, bought a memory stick then went to see if I couple get a picture of OQB, here she is, my ride to SIN.
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Note the Business & Premium Economy entrance.
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QF32 departs from gate 6 today, handy as it is opposite the BA Gate 1 lounge, which was my next destination.
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Lounge was ok, nothing special, the food quantities seemed to be quite reduced since the majority of BA’s flights moved to T5.
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As usual all the decent window seats were taken.

I grabbed a few papers and a cup of coffee, had to wait for more bacon butties though as they had all gone.
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Time passed ok, boarding was announced at 10:32, so headed down to the gate, hoped to get on quite early to get some decent cabin shots, no such luck, quite a queue had formed at 6b for Business & Premium Economy passengers.

Despite the pretty decent signage, people still managed to get into the wrong queue’s, read the signs!
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Greeted at the door by a smiling FA who checked my boarding pass and said ‘ down on the left Mr BA319-131’

I settled in and one of the FA’s appeared, he welcomed me aboard the Qantas A380 and introduced himself as Pun.




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Pun advised he and Linda would be looking after our cabin section today, OJ, Water & Champagne was offered along with directions to the toilets.

I took champagne, not sure of the brand but seemed pretty decent.
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The cabin is quite dark compared to the EK cabin, but QF have fitted this out with dark carpets and grey/black seat shells, so it’s to be expected.
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I had hoped the seat next to me would remain empty however no such luck. Later I walked the plane, Business and Premium Economy were full, regular economy had just a few empty seats, where is the credit crunch?

After I finished my champagne, Pun appeared and took the glass, I asked for another to which he replied no problem, it never arrived...............

Amenity packs and pajamas were offered out and breakfast menus were completed.
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Not really sure what I was expecting, but given the presentation , I though it would be something special, wrong, pretty dull compared to the EK ones but on a par with BA’s offerings.
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The front office advised we would be delayed pushing back today as the IFE system had developed a fault and needed re-booting, in addition, they would de-ice the aircraft after that before pushing back.
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Due to the long wait, it would have been nice if the offered some water or something as the cabin became quite hot, alas not the case.

Push finally occurred at 12:11 and OQB headed over for a 09R departure, having to hold for some minutes for departing traffic.
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Air Canada holding whilst we cross:-
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Our turn finally came, lined up to t/o after a BA 319.
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T5 construction works:-
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After a 51 t/o roll, wheels came up at 12:47 local time, just over and hour and a half behind schedule, will be interesting to see what time we will arrive...............
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The seat belt sign was extinguished 5 minutes after t/o, not long after that hot towels came around.

Seat tray:-
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View from the window:-
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Hot towels collected and soon Pun appeared to take drinks orders, since I’d not had one since my last visit to Australia, it has to be a good old glass of VB!
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The drinks were served via a tray rather than from the trolly, nice but it takes longer to get served, my drink arrived around 12:35.

Let's relax a little:-
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The meal cards came out at 13:45 ish, the 1st offering being the chicken salad starter, was ok, nothing special, the chicken was pretty tasteless to be honest.
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The knives were plastic, mine was dirty,had to clean it on my napkin, I guess they re- use these:-
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Drinks were topped up and orders taken for the main. Despite not liking horseradish sauce I took the beef, which was pretty good, nice dish. It was served individually by tray not via a cart.
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My tray table did not lie flat so I had to place a newspaper under the table cloth to try and help keep the tray flat.
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Desert was served via the trolly, I took the tart which was quite nice, though I’m sure the cream was single rather than double.
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Starting to get dark as we head east:-
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I had planned to change into the PJ top, however the light turbulence got a bit rougher, service was suspended and everybody was asked to be seated.

Typical, as soon as everyone was seated, the turbulence stopped however the seatbelt sign remained illuminated for a good 5 minutes to ensure we had passed the rough air.

Seat belt sign got extinguished and I went to get changed, upon my return tea and coffee was wing served, bottles of water were also dished out at this time.
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Toilets are nothing special,
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not even a window:-
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Existing empty glassware was removed & I asked Pun for a glass of champagne, the red was good but too heavy to continue with whilst I did A.NET work, with a bit of reading to follow.
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Have I enough windows?
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Night came, window blind were closed and most settled in for the night, I did to, perhaps got 2 hours or so but not too much on this flight, not sure why, normally sleep really well on planes, just ask Mrs BA319-131!
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A few glasses of champagne, a trip to the lounge, chat with the crew and a jolly downstairs brought me back to my seat and a spot of music.
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The Business Class lounge:-
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Qantas logo at the top of the stairs, these lead down to First class
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Crew office area:-

Economy at night:-
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Business @ night:-
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Business Class 'snack' area:-
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Economy:-
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What's on the IFE?

Love this show!
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And this one, a real classic!
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Wow, Human League, they are brill!
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There is plenty of decent films and various other shows to keep you occupied for hours, as usual, I didn't use it, just perused to see what it was like.

Where are we now?
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With just over 2 hours to arrival,breakfast was served, you could smell it before it arrived, funny how hungry you can get sitting around doing very little!
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After breakfast I had a freshen up and got changed back into normal clothes, funny to see so may people around in Qantas pj’s!
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Daylight breaks:-
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Seat controls in the dark:-
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The remainder of the flight was uneventful, just listened to music, looked out the window and got another coffee.
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Descent:-
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Approach into SIN brought us over the harbour area, still find it amazing to see all the ships anchored in the harbour.
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OQB touched down at 08:57, 57 minutes behind schedule, quite a few passengers were transferring to the Perth flight, Qantas was holding the plane for these passengers.


Windows steamed up, pretty humid outside today - that's the Perth flight.
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Once at the gate, the usual scrum as everyone tries to get all their stuff out of the lockers whilst those from the rear of the plane are trying to barge past to get off first.

Once off I headed to immigration, got in the very small queue only to remember I needed to fill out an immigration form, I wish Qantas had reminded passengers they needed to do this or passed out forms on the plane – by the time I filled one out and got back in the queue, it had grown much larger!

Overall QF were pretty good, nothing special but there is nothing to complain about, quite happily use them again, may very well use them again if we visit Australia at the end of the year.

Hope you enjoyed the trip & pictures,sorry some were a little shaky, feel free to drop comments or ask any questions.

Hope to have the next installment up in a day or two.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:58 pm

Smashing report, great to see anything involving Business Class, Heathrow and the A380. Qantas seems to offer a decent enough service in J.
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:05 pm

Hi Mark,

Great report, really enjoyed it! I saw your aircraft as it climbed over west London that lunch time, I pointed it out to my friends but they weren't exactly as enthusiastic as I was about seeing a QF A380!

Sounds like Qantas got the job done but sometimes you'd want just a little bit more from them than that, something to "wow" you, especially when flying in business on their flagship aircraft.

Looking forward to the next installment!

Kevin
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:07 pm

You've finally been on every operater of the 380, sounds like emirates was the best to date?

Was the seat comfrotable? Is that perhaps why you could not sleep?

Great report, looking forward for the NH installments.
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:16 pm

Hi, Mark,

great. I know from your planned trip to Asia and now it´s online.
For sure a nice sunday afternoon read.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Thankfully Mrs BA319-131 was as supportive as ever of my hobby

Well, you´ve done a good decision!.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Welcome to part 1, hope you like my trip

Hey, what a question, this part and hopefully the next parts soon.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Toilets are nothing special,

You know, parts of the restrooms are manufactured by a client, let me tell them you´re opinion!.

Waiting for the next part and
Best wishes,

Markus (FLIEGER67)
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:20 pm

Thanks for the reads and comments,

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 1):
Smashing report, great to see anything involving Business Class, Heathrow and the A380. Qantas seems to offer a decent enough service in J.

- Glad you liked, Qantas are just fine, they give you a solid service.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2):
Hi Mark,

Great report, really enjoyed it!

- Thanks Kevin, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2):
Sounds like Qantas got the job done but sometimes you'd want just a little bit more from them than that, something to "wow" you, especially when flying in business on their flagship aircraft.

- Exactly, they do the job just fine, but you feel something is missing, shame.

Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 3):
You've finally been on every operater of the 380, sounds like emirates was the best to date?

- Yep, got there  Smile & yes, EK are are the best to date from my experience.

Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 3):
Was the seat comfrotable? Is that perhaps why you could not sleep?

- Seat was just fine, I was perhaps too excited about the whole trip, by contrast I slept really well on the return flight on BA.

Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 3):
Great report, looking forward for the NH installments.

- Next one due in a day or so.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:23 pm



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Hi, Mark,

great. I know from your planned trip to Asia and now it´s online.
For sure a nice sunday afternoon read.

- Hi Markus, thanks for reading, yes, is good for a sundat afternoon  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Thankfully Mrs BA319-131 was as supportive as ever of my hobby

Well, you´ve done a good decision!.

- Don't I know  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
You know, parts of the restrooms are manufactured by a client, let me tell them you´re opinion!.

- Ha, the toilets were fine but they could have put a window in them, that was a trend at one stage!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Waiting for the next part and
Best wishes,

- Thanks  Smile

Regards

Mark
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:36 pm

Hola Mark!

Thanks for this super TR of the many to come on the Asia connection.

I think you have been the first a.nettter to actually fly/publish TR on the 3 companies operating A380s; congratulations on that!

From our pictures I can see that QF looks the cheapest, if is this word is allowed on J class. The interior looks dark, using plastic knives and the fact of the misangled table, although not major issues in themselves, are not what one may expect from the flagship carrier of a major airline.

Looking forward to reading the next ones.

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Great TR
Interesting how the safety card is already on issue two only after less then 5 months in service
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:40 pm

Very nice trip report.Excellent pictures.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip in Asia.
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:23 pm

Mark

Another well written report, amenity kit looked a little poor compared to the likes of EK as you say, can't wait for the next installments.

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Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
Hola Mark!

Thanks for this super TR of the many to come on the Asia connection.

- Hi Roger, thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
I think you have been the first a.nettter to actually fly/publish TR on the 3 companies operating A380s; congratulations on that!

- I think you may well be right, thanks  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
From our pictures I can see that QF looks the cheapest, if is this word is allowed on J class. The interior looks dark, using plastic knives and the fact of the misangled table, although not major issues in themselves, are not what one may expect from the flagship carrier of a major airline

- Certainly true, nothing special at all, nice but could be any plane, will be interesting how AF kit out their 380's.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
Looking forward to reading the next ones.

- New few days my friend.

Quoting N104UA (Reply 8):
Interesting how the safety card is already on issue two only after less then 5 months in service

- Well noted, had not picked up on that!

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 9):
Very nice trip report.Excellent pictures

- Thanks

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 9):
Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip in Asia.

- It was excellet, if tiring, tried to do too much in a short space of time.

Quoting BreWOX (Reply 10):
Mark

Another well written report, amenity kit looked a little poor compared to the likes of EK as you say, can't wait for the next installments.

- Hi Andrew, thanks for reading & yes, pretty poor compared to the EK one, that is really good!

Regards

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:55 pm

Hi Mark,

Another fantastic report, as usual! Great pics. It's amazing to see how different the view is from the upper deck compared with the lower deck. You can cover the wing much better from above but the bottom deck gives you that "close" feeling and it'd be hard to see the wingtip with the wings fully laden with fuel and waiting at the gate.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
3. JL HND-KIX-HND
4. NH HND-ITM-HND

Very intriguing! I must say one that will be very good to be comparing!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
3rd A380 Flight

Jealous.. I'll have my EK A380 one up as quickly as I can after posting this reply!


That table sure looks flimsy..

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Toilets are nothing special,

Looks just like the EK economy toilets. Disappointing. Considering the EK J has that wooden design stuff around it.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
perhaps got 2 hours or so but not too much on this flight, not sure why, normally sleep really well on planes

Who sleeps on an A380 anyway?  Silly


The J cabin looks pitch black! Is there any mood lighting? I can't see the "stars"..


Thanks for sharing!

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:20 pm

Hello Mark,

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Thankfully Mrs BA319-131 was as supportive as ever of my hobby

How sweet of her.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
allowed me to get on the QF A380.

Beauty! The first TR ever in C on QF A380!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Check-in was smooth and efficient, though the agent was either slightly deaf of her English needed a bit of an upgrade! I had wanted a window in the front section of the Business cabin, had been wanted to get some nice engine shots in flight, however all the seats were taken.

Did BA not allow you to check in online on your QF flight?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
since I’d not had one since my last visit to Australia, it has to be a good old glass of VB!

Wise decision.  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
My tray table did not lie flat so I had to place a newspaper under the table cloth to try and help keep the tray flat.

And the plane is brand new! How come?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class lounge:-

It looks very private. But I do not think I can hang out there for a long time.

Great TR, Mark! Thank you for sharing.

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I think Qantas has missed a trick with the A380 business class. They really should have moved to a next-gen seat rather than a go with a tweaked version of the crowded and clumsy, plastic-clad 744 J class seats!
 
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:56 pm

Another great report Mark!

I noticed the coffee cups are the same design as Qantas use in the F SYD lounge, I like the contemporary design a lot  thumbsup 

Also at T4 the gate has a Business & Premium Economy sign, do F have their own jetbridge and the same for Y too?

The T4 changes over the last 18 months have been pretty remarkable. I don't even recognise the location Fast Track security photo!

Looking forward to seeing the rest of your reports!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
The interior looks dark, using plastic knives and the fact of the misangled table

The reason Qantas use the plastic knives an Australian regulation. I had the same in QF First from SYD-LAX and on BA's SIN-SYD flight in F. I'll have to dig out a menu but it might have even mentioned in one of them about the regulation only permitting plastic cutlery.
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:04 pm

Hi there Mark.

This is a great start to what looks to be an excellent trip report series! Six parts!!! I cannot wait for more!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
though the agent was either slightly deaf of her English needed a bit of an upgrade!

From past experience, I am tempted to say the latter. I guess this is what airlines get when they keep cutting costs.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
quite a queue had formed at 6b for Business & Premium Economy passengers.

Hmmmm... This sort of eliminates the point of the Premium Class priority boarding. I am not sure Premium Economy passengers should be boarding together with the Business Class passengers, because there is still a vast difference between the two products. I think Y and Y+ are still more similar. I guess only First Class passengers will enjoy not having to queue up if this system stays in place.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The cabin is quite dark compared to the EK cabin, but QF have fitted this out with dark carpets and grey/black seat shells, so it’s to be expected.

I really like the pictures of the cabin, because they show how horribly imposing the Business Class seats really are.

Quoting Sankaps (Reply 14):
They really should have moved to a next-gen seat rather than a go with a tweaked version of the crowded and clumsy, plastic-clad 744 J class seats!

I completely agree with this. The cabin ambience is far worse than on the SQ or EK A380s. So much dull plastic!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
just over and hour and a half behind schedule

Ouch... And you did not even get some additional drinks? Very poor.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The knives were plastic, mine was dirty,had to clean it on my napkin,

This is disgusting and inexcusable. I think the least a passenger can ask for is clean cutlery.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
With just over 2 hours to arrival,breakfast was served, you could smell it before it arrived, funny how hungry you can get sitting around doing very little!

How did the breakfast taste? It actually looks quite appetising, but as we all know, looks can be very deceiving.

Thank you for all your efforts Mark. I look forward to the next part of this series with great enthusiasm.

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:05 pm

Hi Mark,

wow, didn't realize that you already left for Asia! You scored now another A380, well done! AF would be next for you??

About your flight; let's say for C on QF, I am not fully impressed to be honest. Seats look good to me, although that table should be of better quality, at least on such a brandnew aircraft. Service wise I don't like the non-delivery of your second glass of champagne pre departure. That's actually pretty bad, but it happened to me also several times (on other carriers of course).
For the rest I think they offer a good product. How was the noise level in the cabin? Since you were seated overwing, I wonder about this...

Have a good time and flights in Asia, will follow your journey the upcoming weeks. As well I hope finally to bring another report online myself (but spare time is hard to find lately)  Silly

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Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:51 am

Hi Mark,

As usual another great report with fantastic photos. OQB is now the only QF A380 I haven't been on.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Toilets are nothing special

.
Very similar to First. I understand that Airbus gave no choices for toilet fitout, and QF weren't all that happy about it.

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Quoting QFFlyer (Reply 18):
Very similar to First. I understand that Airbus gave no choices for toilet fitout, and QF weren't all that happy about it.

How odd. So how come the F and J ones on the EK A380 have such nice bathrooms?
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Quoting QFFlyer (Reply 18):
Very similar to First. I understand that Airbus gave no choices for toilet fitout, and QF weren't all that happy about it.

Cheers

Highly unlikely. Galleys, lavs, cabins etc are buyer-specified. Hard to imagine QF had no choices, when EK is installing showers in their A380s!
 
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Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:48 am

Hi all, thanks for your reads and comments, have dropped a few replies.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Hi Mark,

Another fantastic report, as usual! Great pics.

- Thanks Nicholas  Smile

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
3. JL HND-KIX-HND
4. NH HND-ITM-HND

Very intriguing! I must say one that will be very good to be comparing!

- I thought so too  Smile

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
3rd A380 Flight

Jealous.. I'll have my EK A380 one up as quickly as I can after posting this reply!

- Cool, looking forward to it.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Who sleeps on an A380 anyway?

- Good point!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
The J cabin looks pitch black! Is there any mood lighting? I can't see the "stars"..

- There is mood lighting but I think they turned it off - though never saw any stars.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 13):
Beauty! The first TR ever in C on QF A380!

- Thanks Suryo, never even thought of that!

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 13):
Did BA not allow you to check in online on your QF flight?

- Well yes, you get the usual e-mail to say you can check it but it did not work, I assume it is because this was a QF flight.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 13):
And the plane is brand new! How come?

- I guess that part was just not put together that well, tray tables tend to be one of the first things to go wrongg!

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 13):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class lounge:-

It looks very private. But I do not think I can hang out there for a long time.

- Agreed, the EK one is far better than this.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 15):
Another great report Mark!

- Thanks indeed  Smile

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 15):
I noticed the coffee cups are the same design as Qantas use in the F SYD lounge, I like the contemporary design a lot

- Yes, though the design was pretty nice.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 15):
Also at T4 the gate has a Business & Premium Economy sign, do F have their own jetbridge and the same for Y too?

- From what I recall, F & Y use the same gate, not sure if the jetways split to F & Y ones though - an intersting one.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
Hi there Mark.

This is a great start to what looks to be an excellent trip report series! Six parts!!! I cannot wait for more!

- Thanks GT  Smile

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
I really like the pictures of the cabin, because they show how horribly imposing the Business Class seats really are

- Yes, came as a bit of a shock once aboard, very somber in the cabin, quite a contrast to the bright and airy SQ & EK cabins.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
just over and hour and a half behind schedule

Ouch... And you did not even get some additional drinks? Very poor.

- It was really, especailly as the cabin was pretty warm.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The knives were plastic, mine was dirty,had to clean it on my napkin,

This is disgusting and inexcusable. I think the least a passenger can ask for is clean cutlery.

- Yes, something went wrong in the cleaning dept!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
How did the breakfast taste? It actually looks quite appetising, but as we all know, looks can be very deceiving.

- Breakfast was actually really good thanks  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 17):
Hi Mark,

wow, didn't realize that you already left for Asia! You scored now another A380, well done! AF would be next for you??

- Hi Eric, yep, left and back  Sad I may well have a pop at the AF machine, will have to see about MRS BA319-131......

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 17):
About your flight; let's say for C on QF, I am not fully impressed to be honest

- I know what you mean, of interest, I had better service on shorter flights with NH & CA.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 17):
How was the noise level in the cabin? Since you were seated overwing, I wonder about this...

- Noise is very minimal as per my last A380 flights  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 17):
I hope finally to bring another report online myself (but spare time is hard to find lately)

- Looking forward to reading it Eric, take care.

Quoting QFFlyer (Reply 18):
Hi Mark,

As usual another great report with fantastic photos

- Thanks - I'm sure you will snag OQB soon.

Regards

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Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:20 am

Mark !!! In as nice a way as possible ......I hate you lol !! You lucky guy. I am soooo envious. I really want to do that trip. Looks great. Fantastic pics and read.

The pic of Mrs A319-131 made me laugh. Can just imagine '' Honey can you please pose for a pic before I jet off in J class on the A380'' lol...

Also your pic with the Kangaroo QF T shirt is funny.

Great read

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Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:32 pm

Great trip report! 3 different A380 experiences! You are one lucky guy!

You should send the pictures of the dirty cutlery to QF and demand an explanation. Imagine the cutlery had been cleaned like days ago and the food bits stuck were left to fester in some storage room. Yucks. All the bacteria.
 
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Mark !!! In as nice a way as possible ......I hate you lol !! You lucky guy. I am soooo envious. I really want to do that trip. Looks great. Fantastic pics and read.

- Ha, thanks Philip, that's really funny!  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
The pic of Mrs A319-131 made me laugh. Can just imagine '' Honey can you please pose for a pic before I jet off in J class on the A380'' lol...

- Too right!  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Also your pic with the Kangaroo QF T shirt is funny.

- Thanks, half the cabin wore them was pretty funny watching everybody queue up to change.

Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 23):
Great trip report!

- Cool, thanks.

Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 23):
3 different A380 experiences! You are one lucky guy!

- I guess so, not really thought about it until now.

Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 23):
You should send the pictures of the dirty cutlery to QF and demand an explanation

- I should have taken a picture before I cleaned it off.

Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 23):
Imagine the cutlery had been cleaned like days ago and the food bits stuck were left to fester in some storage room. Yucks. All the bacteria

- Yuck! - don't remind me  Sad

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Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:37 am

Hi Mark,

Brilliant TR as usual!

I never knew QF started deploying the A380 on the SYD-SIN-LHR routes. good to see LHR getting 3 A380s.

The inflight product looks pretty good and so was the food.


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Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:58 am



Quoting Ojas (Reply 25):
Brilliant TR as usual!

- Thanks Ojas.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 25):
I never knew QF started deploying the A380 on the SYD-SIN-LHR routes. good to see LHR getting 3 A380s

- Yes, started on Jan 17th (I think) and arrives into LHR on Wed, Sat & Sun.

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Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:09 pm

Mr. Mark! .. Excellent report as always!

You got on another A380!!! haha.

The past several QF TR's, including yours show that QF is quite a consistent airline. It offers you good and reliable service, but nothing too out there; which is still good.

Who cares however when you are on the A380! .. I still think our EK A380 madness was the best haha

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The knives were plastic, mine was dirty,had to clean it on my napkin, I guess they re- use these:-

Ick! ..

And why are they using plastic knives? is it a SIN regulation?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
My tray table did not lie flat so I had to place a newspaper under the table cloth to try and help keep the tray flat.

Too early for this! Its a new aircraft!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class lounge:-

What did you think of it? .. I think it looks nice, but in a strange way.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Economy:-

I like this snack area. Quite decent for EYCL. Many i know have associated it with 7-eleven but i think it's nice.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
With just over 2 hours to arrival,breakfast was served, you could smell it before it arrived, funny how hungry you can get sitting around doing very little!

Hehe. Totally agree. Especially with me not being able to smoke for long hours on the flight; i can eat non-stop.


Thanks a lot for sharing! .. Will be reading part 2 soon.

Hope all is well!

Regards,
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Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:20 pm

Hi Roni,

Thanks for reading, good to hear from you - still awaiting that KQ(?) TR.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 27):
Mr. Mark! .. Excellent report as always!

- Thank you Sir  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 27):
You got on another A380!!! haha.

- I know, and I'm very happy about it too  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 27):
The past several QF TR's, including yours show that QF is quite a consistent airline. It offers you good and reliable service, but nothing too out there; which is still good.

- I would agree, kind of safe, which is just fine.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 27):
I still think our EK A380 madness was the best haha

- That was fun, a really good trip indeed.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 27):
And why are they using plastic knives? is it a SIN regulation?

- I think so.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 27):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class lounge:-

What did you think of it? .. I think it looks nice, but in a strange way.

- Can't compare it to the EK area, is pretty useless, only saw 1 person use it and he was just reading!

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 27):
Hope all is well!

- All is thanks, I hope this is the case is with you too.

Best Wishes

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Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 28):
still awaiting that KQ(?) TR.

haha yes. Im still working on it. Been so hectic at work so ive had to just write it up in very small bits and pieces whenever i get the chance. In fact, i have time now, and am doing some of it.

Stay tuned!

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Quoting Ronerone (Reply 29):
haha yes. Im still working on it. Been so hectic at work so ive had to just write it up in very small bits and pieces whenever i get the chance. In fact, i have time now, and am doing some of it.

Stay tuned!

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Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:14 am

Hi Mark,

Wow, I am so jealous of you. You have been on A380s from all 3 airlines. I wish I could say that, though I dont think A380s will come to PER for a while, and I dont have the time to travel on one due to school for most of the year.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The knives were plastic, mine was dirty,had to clean it on my napkin

I think it's one of the worst things to have dirty cutlery. I found it annoying when I was in QF J PER-SYD-AKL-MEL-PER that only the PER-SYD flight had completely clean cutlery.

I look forward to reading the other segments of your journey  Smile

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Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:31 pm

Hi EK425,

Thanks for reading and dropping a line  Smile

Quoting EK425 (Reply 31):
Wow, I am so jealous of you. You have been on A380s from all 3 airlines. I wish I could say that

- Don't be jealous, your time will come  Smile

Quoting EK425 (Reply 31):
think it's one of the worst things to have dirty cutlery

- Tell me about it!

Quoting EK425 (Reply 31):
I look forward to reading the other segments of your journey

- Cool, thanks  Smile

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:03 pm

Hi Mark !

Thank you for this very complet trip report !

I also must try the A380 !!! It's look great !!
 
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:18 pm



Quoting LXfan (Reply 33):
Thank you for this very complet trip report !

I also must try the A380 !!! It's look great !!

- Thanks for reading & yes, the A380 is a great plane to fly on, very quiet and smooth.

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:27 pm

Great report and excellent pictures to go with it.

I guess you are probably getting yourself ready to fly AF when their A380s start operations!

I've noticed that some FAs on QF wear a fully buttoned up dark uniform. Are they chefs specially hired to prepare food onboard, or do all FAs in F and J wear a slightly different uniform from the rest of the crew?
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:26 pm



Quoting SQ772 (Reply 35):
I've noticed that some FAs on QF wear a fully buttoned up dark uniform. Are they chefs specially hired to prepare food onboard, or do all FAs in F and J wear a slightly different uniform from the rest of the crew?

No it's simply the uniform for First and Buisness class FAs the serving jackets are worn after takeoff and taken off before landing, the girls don't have to wear one if they are wearing the dress but it's compulsory for for everyone else.
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:57 pm



Quoting SQ772 (Reply 35):
Great report and excellent pictures to go with it.

- Thanks & thanks for dropping a line  Smile

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 35):
I guess you are probably getting yourself ready to fly AF when their A380s start operations!

- It might be on the cards.............

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:34 pm

What a great read. Some really good pics in there also. I know you normally travel BA so how did you find the Skybed compared to BA's product?, although I know being on that monstrous A380 does give a bit of an advantage (in my eyes anyway)

How much of the flight was in darkness? The reason I ask is Im thinking about going to SIN and dont know whether to take this flight or an late night departure with BA

Cheers

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:44 pm

Very cool TR - I am doinng this flight in reverse in November this year...cannot wait. Current;ly I am boked into seat 12a in the upper deck....although it might be a strain to see the wing, I couldn't miss the upper deck experience....dunno why, but the prospect of being on the upper deck just appeals  Smile

What is with the little wriggle in the flightplan over Iraq? Is it because it is still a no fly zone, or was it to avoid bad weather?

Thanks for posting, really good read.
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Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:59 pm



Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 38):
What a great read

- Thanks Lee  Smile

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 38):
I know you normally travel BA so how did you find the Skybed compared to BA's product?, although I know being on that monstrous A380 does give a bit of an advantage (in my eyes anyway)

- Difficult to say, I slept better in the way back on a BA CW seat, but this might be because I was knackered from this trip. The BA CW seats, depending on whhich you have, also feel more private, so it helps sleep, at least from my experience.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 38):
How much of the flight was in darkness? The reason I ask is Im thinking about going to SIN and dont know whether to take this flight or an late night departure with BA

- The flight got dark quite quickly as you headed east, so most of the flight was dark or at least thats how it seemed with the blinds down.

Quoting Pumaknight (Reply 39):
Very cool TR - I am doinng this flight in reverse in November this year...cannot wait. Current;ly I am boked into seat 12a in the upper deck....although it might be a strain to see the wing, I couldn't miss the upper deck experience....dunno why, but the prospect of being on the upper deck just appeals

- It's funny, all my A380 flights have been on the upper deck, no idea what it's like down stairs!

I wanted seat 13A, hoping to give a decent view of the engines/wing - hopefully 12A is not that far ahead and will offer some views........

Quoting Pumaknight (Reply 39):
What is with the little wriggle in the flightplan over Iraq? Is it because it is still a no fly zone, or was it to avoid bad weather?

- Pass, sorry  Sad

Quoting Pumaknight (Reply 39):
Thanks for posting, really good read.

- Thanks, glad you have enjoyed, thats why we put these together  Smile

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:47 pm

Hi Mark,

excellent report with many great pictures, I had been waiting for this one. However, I'm a bit disappointed by QF's product and their layout.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The cabin is quite dark compared to the EK cabin, but QF have fitted this out with dark carpets and grey/black seat shells, so it’s to be expected.

I don't like these dark colors, either.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The knives were plastic, mine was dirty,had to clean it on my napkin, I guess they re- use these:-

Dirty plastic knife in Business Class, how disgusting!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
My tray table did not lie flat so I had to place a newspaper under the table cloth to try and help keep the tray flat.

Unbelievable...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Toilets are nothing special,

Not special at all - and it looks rather small.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class lounge:-

Come on, that reminds me of the furnishing of a fast food restaurant in the 70s...


Anyway, I wouldn't hestitate to fly on QF's A380.  Wink


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Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:14 pm

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 41):
Hi Mark,

excellent report with many great pictures, I had been waiting for this one. However, I'm a bit disappointed by QF's product and their layout.

- Thanks for reading - and yes, the QF J product is not special at all, bit of a shame really.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 41):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class lounge:-

Come on, that reminds me of the furnishing of a fast food restaurant in the 70s...

- Yes, it's pretty poor, not sure why they bothered with this - they must have seen the EK lounge!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 41):
Anyway, I wouldn't hestitate to fly on QF's A380.

- Me neither, looking at our next flight to OZ at the end of the year.

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:07 pm

Great TR Mark.

The pics are really good

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
After I finished my champagne, Pun appeared and took the glass, I asked for another to which he replied no problem, it never arrived...............

That is really poor. Shouldnt be like that.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Daylight breaks:-

Stunning!



Thank you for sharing

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Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:32 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 43):
Great TR Mark.

The pics are really good

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed the story so far  Smile

Quoting B747forever (Reply 43):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
After I finished my champagne, Pun appeared and took the glass, I asked for another to which he replied no problem, it never arrived...............

That is really poor. Shouldnt be like that.

- I know, these little things are quite annoying!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 43):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Daylight breaks:-

Stunning!

- Thanks, I though so too  Smile

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:04 am

G'day Mark,

That's an awesome report! =)
In case you aren't aware, someone actually caught your plane on rotation out of Heathrow.


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Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:09 pm



Quoting Andrewtang (Reply 45):
That's an awesome report! =)
In case you aren't aware, someone actually caught your plane on rotation out of Heathrow

- Glad you liked & thanks for the note about the picture, pretty cool  Smile

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:16 pm

Great report Mark, though I agree with you that QF is good, but nothing special.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 15):
I noticed the coffee cups are the same design as Qantas use in the F SYD lounge, I like the contemporary design a lot   

Yes, this stood out to me as well. Love the coffee cups.. now, where's the home delivery service?

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
I really like the pictures of the cabin, because they show how horribly imposing the Business Class seats really are.



Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
Quoting Sankaps (Reply 14):
They really should have moved to a next-gen seat rather than a go with a tweaked version of the crowded and clumsy, plastic-clad 744 J class seats!

I completely agree with this. The cabin ambience is far worse than on the SQ or EK A380s. So much dull plastic!

Completely agree with these comments. I'm actually not a great fan of the sort of 'industrial design' in QF cabins, designed by Marc Newson - you can see it in the seats and in the amenity kits - it feels a bit claustrophobic and not very relaxing.

Along with the so-so service, this i why I'd pick SQ or BA ahead of QF on this route any day of the week.

Once again, thanks for the report, Mark. Will now check out the next installment of your Asian spotting escapade!  Smile
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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:10 am



Quoting CXtra (Reply 47):
Great report Mark, though I agree with you that QF is good, but nothing special.

- Thanks for reading & yes, QF are good but as we see, nothing to shout about.

Quoting CXtra (Reply 47):
Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
I really like the pictures of the cabin, because they show how horribly imposing the Business Class seats really are.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 16):
Quoting Sankaps (Reply 14):
They really should have moved to a next-gen seat rather than a go with a tweaked version of the crowded and clumsy, plastic-clad 744 J class seats!

I completely agree with this. The cabin ambience is far worse than on the SQ or EK A380s. So much dull plastic!

Completely agree with these comments. I'm actually not a great fan of the sort of 'industrial design' in QF cabins, designed by Marc Newson - you can see it in the seats and in the amenity kits - it feels a bit claustrophobic and not very relaxing.

- Very true, whilst I would use QF again for another 380 flight, the whole layout/abin style is
very dark and imposting, the EK finish is much brighter and easy on the eye, at least for me.

Regards

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RE: Asia 2009 - Part 1 - QF LHR-SIN

Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:35 am

That steak looked absolutely gorgeous and worth the J class fare just for that.

That's the trouble with the A380. It's so excting to travel in such a new plane that it's a shame to have to sleep.

Was there any more to the J class lounge onboard or just red sofas?
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.

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