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Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:22 am

Route: Sydney-Kingsford Smith Int. - Los Angeles Int.
Airline: Qantas
Flight Number: QF107
Aircraft: Boeing 747-48E
Registration: VH-OEB
Seat: 01K (First)
Distance: 7488 miles
Duration: 12hrs 20mins



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Twenty four hours before a flight is usually when most people are battling it out to make sure they have their preferred seats for the journey ahead. Alas, flying Qantas First the experience is a little different, I was calling to book my appointment at the spa in the First lounge. At 9am sharp I was on the phone with the Qantas First host ensuring that our journey to Los Angeles, and New York was as smooth and relaxing as possible. As our flight was departing at 10.20am and the spa opened at 9am I requested the hour long full body massages for both my wife and myself, these were of course abbreviated to ensure we left on time. The host also invited me to call twenty minutes ahead of our anticipated arrival at the curb so the porters would be ready for us.

The following morning we had an early start, we checked out of our hotel and headed out to the airport. We didn't have too much luggage so I didn't bother calling ahead for assistance. Unfortunately the car was unable to stop outside the First desks so we made do with a few doors down the way. The hardships I have to contend with whilst travelling  Wink

The First desks were almost hidden away amongst a bank of other check-in desks and we were invited to sit down on some comfortable, yet modern seats, amongst the enclosed check-in area whilst our luggage and documents were dealt with. The First concierge asked if there was anything he could do to assist. Looking at our paper tickets he noted we were eventually travelling to Chicago and offered to get our tickets changed to a more direct routing. Alas, we were meeting friends for dinner in New York that evening so turned down his offer. He handed us several Express entry passes for our next trip to Australia and gave us directions to the First lounge.

Immigration was very straightforward and my wife and I approached the podium together and joked with the friendly officer about having passports from different countries.

Express security saved us a few minutes and we were once again up to the superb First lounge to enjoy some breakfast. The First host escorted us from the reception to the dining area where we took a seat for breakfast near the window, enjoying a great view over the apron and the city off in the near distance.

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Early morning view of the apron

I enjoyed the buffalo yoghurt with rhubarb and also had a selection of sides that were offered on the menu. After spending fifty days on holiday I was getting rather sick of egg oriented breakfasts!

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Breakfast in the First lounge...bacon, smoked salmon, sausages and hash browns plus a bowl of buffalo yoghurt and rhubarb

After breakfast we took a seat and enjoyed the wireless internet, I mean, my wife enjoyed the wireless internet.  Wink I went to have a little more of a mosey around the lounge and found some rather swish business suites round in one corner. They were all set up with fax, copiers, PCs, and even a Playstation 3! I found some things to sort out which required me faxing documents to the US, and although the fax machines in the suites couldn't do it the front desk staff were happy to help out. Afterwards I went back to the business suite to shoot the breeze in cyberspace until the spa appointment. The First host who checked us in came round to me and asked if my wife and I wanted seats side by side as he'd noticed we were slightly apart, well 1A and 1K. I was happy to stay where we were but it was good to see them doing these little things  Smile

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The Qantas First lounge at Sydney:
1) The living wall in the entrance
2) One of the seating areas of the main walkway
3) One of the business suites; note the Playstation 3
4) The bar and restaurant kitchen
5) The reception area (Taken from another report)
6) The other end of the lounge
7) Treatment room in the Payot Spa


After a couple of hours in the lounge it was spa time and we went down into the opposite corner of the lounge to sort ourselves out. I was a little disheartened to be asked to come back in ten minutes after filling out the various forms as the masseuses weren't yet ready. These forms acted both as waivers, disclaimers and to provide some information to the masseuses as to what areas to work on. Alas, whilst necessary it ate into our already shortened appointments  Sad I quickly filled out the forms and returned within about five minutes. As our masseuses prepared themselves somebody else gave us slippers and heated headrests to relax our bodies. The masseuses introduced themselves to us and escorted us to our treatment rooms. Like the reception of both the lounge and the spa it had a live wall, very cool! As I enjoyed having the aches and pains of a month of travel being soothed away my ears were enjoying the dulcet tones of Kenny G and instrumental movie soundtracks galore.  Wink

The session wrapped up rather quickly but it was certainly good to get just over half an hour of pure relaxation in before our flight. Then it was down to gate 8 again, where we had boarded our flight to Christchurch. This time however it was a bit more chaotic, a full 747 versus a half empty 767 makes quite a difference in the boarding area! We managed to get round the crowds to the priority boarding line and were down the jetbridge and onto the aircraft in no time. The First cabin was very full already, and we were amongst the last in the cabin to board. Being in 1A and 1K means you sacrifice overhead lockers and so my rollerbag went into the forward closet and my over the shoulder bag above seat 2A.

The crew introduced themselves and offered olives or almonds plus a drink to which I took water. A sleeper suit was also offered (Medium, Large or XL) so I took one of those and went to change.

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Pre-departure olives and water

It seemed we were in the company of another famous individual on this trip; Liev Schreiber was in seat 2K, being very quiet and keeping himself to himself. I realised I'd seen him behind some dark glasses and a cap in the First lounge but not recognised it as him. Usually the famous people I come across when I travel aren't particularly interesting so I was pleasantly surprised to have one of my favourite actors on this flight  Smile

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Seat 1A; the blue striped bag is my wife's Collette Dinnigan amenity kit

Anyways...I took a look at the Akira amenity kit (Click for picture of contents) and flicked through some of the various magazines, perusing my entertainment choices for the next few hours. Pushback was delayed around forty minutes as one passenger didn't have all the necessary paperwork in order. Once this was done we taxied out to runway 16R to begin our 10,000 miles of travel for the day...

It really was a beautiful day in the Sydney area and the views off to the right side were superb. As we turned heading out over the ocean I was just about able to make out the city through the windows of seat 2A.

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Departing Sydney....
1) Carter's Island and the suburbs of Sandringham and Sylvania Waters
2) Cronulla and Burraneer
3) Heading out over the ocean


A bit of light chop interrupted drinks and canape service as we reached our cruise altitude. Menus were handed out and it was difficult decision of the day...the excellent looking tasting menu or just to pick and choose. Alas I opted for pick and choose and began things with a glass of Dom Perignon.

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The meal service begins with canapes and Dom Perignon

I chose to fire up the AVOD system and opted to watch a British documentary about fake goods. Very interesting material, which is what can be said for the variety and amount of content on the AVOD system.  thumbsup  And it didn't crash once in the entire twelve hours! Did you hear that BA?  Wink

The meal service began with a salad and bread. Once again I opted for duck and then finished it off with the tasting plate of desserts.

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1) Salad of Spanish Iberico Ham with Char Grilled Peppers
2) The balsamic vinegar suspended in the olive oil managed to almost look like Australia. Completely unintentional!
3) Roast Duck with XO Sauce
4) Assiette - a tasting plate of desserts


The meal service was excellent, possibly one of the most consistently decent set of courses in the air. The salad definitely ranks up there with any starter I've had onboard, the duck despite the appearance was very good and the assiette was a delicious way to finish. To top it off the bread was served with some really decent balsamic vinegar, it is pretty common to see vinaigrette kicking about in premium cabins but I've not come across a proper vinegar like this. Standard practice was to have the vinegar in a dish with olive oil but once I got a taste of the vinegar itself I requested a dish of it alone  bigthumbsup 

The drinks didn't let the side down either, the Dom Perignon was very good (though I do prefer Krug the Dom does have a nice aroma about it) and the dessert wine (De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2004) was right on the money. Not too sickly sweet...I also had a glass of the Pinot Noir (Bannockburn Serre Pinot Noir 2001) with the duck which worked out nicely. Plenty of top ups to keep everyone happy.  Smile

My wife had opted for the tasting menu and so was a few courses behind me by the time I was done but had equally pleasant experiences with her selections.  thumbsup 

Once the meal service proper was over we got to enjoy a selection from the chocolate box...just when you think you're too full for anything else you feel obliged to pick a plateful  Wink

With around nine hours to go most of the cabin were enjoying a bit of a nap, I had to get something from the overhead locker but annoyingly the arrangement of seats in fuselage meant that when seat 2E was occupied (which it was) retrieving your bag without disturbing the inhabitant was nigh on impossible. Both Qantas and BA have 14 seats in the nose of the 747 but BA only have two pairs of seats in the centre and five window pairs. This is managed by adopting the herringbone pattern which Qantas don't. So on BA you manage to have more room in the window seats, easier access to the overheads, more window seats, and in my opinion a less congested feeling cabin. Alas I did manage to get my bag from the overhead and to save future disturbances I kept the bag near my seat.

I put the seat back into a flat position, my bed was made and I closed off the window shades trying to get a few hours sleep. Alas at about 2pm local time it did feel rather awkward so I lay back and thought of sheep jumping fences, quantum theory, cuddling up next to Carla Bruni ( Wink), anything that might help me fall asleep...Alas none of it really worked and I thought I'd just stick it out, keeping my bed in a flat position just in case I came over all tired! If I was to make it to New York and go to dinner without sleeping it would have been close to thirty hours awake.

All that really happened over the next few hours was the blood slowly ran to my head...I was reminded why I occasionally, but not often enough, sleep with my head at the feet end of the bed in premium cabins.

Around 1hr 30mins from Los Angeles the crew offered me some breakfast but I decided to decline. Breakfasts onboard in premium cabins are rarely up to snuff and I wasn't hungry enough to warrant partaking anyways. I felt my bottle of water was plenty of company on the nutrition front until I really was hungry!

Just under an hour from arrival seemed a good time to go and freshen up before the other passengers finished their breakfasts and kept the bathrooms occupied. I felt a lot better for a brush of the teeth and spray of smelly aromas around me. Although I hadn't gone to sleep yet my very gullible body clock was ready to accept that for the second time it was Saturday morning  Smile Breakfast was offered by the other members of the cabin crew who thought I was overlooked on the first round.  Smile

The crew passed round the cabin a couple more times, thanking us for flying with them and wishing us a pleasant onward journey. Hot towels were handed around as I watched the beautiful sunrise through my now open window shades. Fortunately by now everyone was wide awake so I wasn't bringing anyone prematurely out of a delicate slumber.


San Clemente Island

Our descent felt quite rapid and we enjoyed a hazy view of San Clemente Island off to the right hand side before turning and making landfall in the Long Beach area. It was a very clear day in the Los Angeles area and one could see for miles in all directions, not something you get to enjoy on every LAX arrival.


On approach into LAX - using the black and white function

We landed on 24R and rolled out for some time before experiencing a very sharp deceleration which caused me to lean heavily forward on the seatblet and anything unsecured to head forwards up the cabin floor.

We taxied round the back of TBIT and into Gate 41, the usual arrival for this flight. Due to the proximity of other aircraft the engines were spooled down and we were towed onto the gate. This was when the most horrible part of the flight began..no not an arrival into LAX but the god awful disembarkation music. I don't know who the artist was but I was thankful Australian authorities banned metal knives as I was ready to slit my own wrists listening to it!  Wink

We departed from door 2L so the majority of the Business passengers got a headstart to immigration, but they seemed to be quite a bunch of slouches so by the time I got to the checkpoint I was within six places of the front of the line...and right behind Mr Schreiber. I was quite surprised to see he had no escort or special arrangements from the airline. Fairly often on my travels I've seen the more well known passengers handled differently, whether on the ground or in the air. However, it is credit to Qantas that Mr Schreiber was treated no different to us mortals on his passage from Sydney either.

Immigration was hassle free and then it was to the two luggage belts, one clearly labelled for First, Business and Priority whilst the other was Economy. I understand that longhaul flights can be a drain on the body but after about ten minutes at baggage claim there were probably close to 200 people crowding the premium belt. I was beginning to think SYD-LAX really was a route chock full of Qantas Platinums but alas no, people just couldn't read the large signs on the baggage carousel!

Once the belt spluttered into life our bags were amongst the first gaggle of bags through on the premium side, so it was off to pass through customs and then to re-check our bags on to JFK. I've never had to enter the US and then check bags onto a domestic flight but didn't see why we needed to see another agent, I thought it was just a case of tossing them on a transit belt. At Sydney they'd tagged our bags to JFK...anyways, for some ridiculous reason when we booked the flights in March there were no flights to JFK with two seats 'A' class (discount paid First Class) until 4pm (This was also why we couldn't fly Qantas all the way to JFK from Sydney). Knowing the LAX-JFK route quite well and AA's almost hourly departures I knew we'd have no problems getting moved over and the agent had suggested and found earlier flights before I'd even had the opportunity to ask! We'd been put on AA2 which left at 9.30am, just five minutes after QF107 continued across the country ahead of us. I did enquire as to whether we were able to reoccupy seats 1A and 1K on that flight but were told it was not possible. I knew you couldn't purchase seats just for LAX-JFK or v.v. on Qantas but since we'd flown in from Australia I couldn't see a reason why we couldn't be accommodated. I was just happy to be getting into JFK in time for our dinner.  Smile

With new boarding passes in hand we left the secured area and went to catch our flight to New York....

Verdict: Overall, excellent  thumbsup  On the ground Qantas really have it sewn up, the First host and concierge concept are really superb and the First lounge at Sydney is truly excellent in every respect. I look forward to my next passage through SYD on oneworld  Smile Although not as smooth a transition from check-in to lounge (compared to say BA's Terminal 5, or Cathay's HKG) it is still decent.

As for the seat and cabin, well I'm not so impressed. The seat at the heart is the same as BA's, although in much better condition. Give or take an inch it is the same width, same length and has the same reclining options. However, for reasons explained in the report I didn't like the fact it was flush up against the fuselage (less room for stuff, although 4A and 4K looked good from this perspective). The one big problem in my eyes was with the overhead lockers and their accessibility, something I've never experienced flying in the nose of the 747 on a multitude of configurations. The cabin did also feel rather congested with a full load of passengers, so hopefully when the cabin gets a proper makeover a couple of seats will go by the wayside.

The service onboard was much better though. The crew were excellent, always on the proactive look out for drinks top ups, making sure everything was in order, making or clearing away beds etc...and always seemed cheerful too! Top marks. The food and drink were certainly able to match those serving them, definitely nothing to complain about from the meal selection. However, my wife did have breakfast and didn't really like it saying the eggs weren't good.

Would I fly Qantas again on this route? Oh yes, and having compared to United's offerings (though not sampled on this route) you'd be foolish to go with anyone else if in First!
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:08 am

Your trip reports are beautiful.

Seriously.

I'm jealous.

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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:57 am

Great report, have been looking forward to it, to see how it compared with mine  Smile

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
The service onboard was much better though. The crew were excellent, always on the proactive look out for drinks top ups, making sure everything was in order, making or clearing away beds etc...and always seemed cheerful too

Glad you had good crew, on the whole QF crew are very good.

Shame you couldn't continue on 107 through to JFK.

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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:19 am

Glad you Enjoyed Qantas!! On the whole a great airline, just some small slip ups at times.
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:50 am

I do like reading your trip reports.

Just want to make a couple of small points:
Qantas and BA have exactly the same IFE system so you were very lucky that it worked!
They also have exactly the same First seat (apart from the layout of the cabin).
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:11 pm

Another excellent installment! Great stuff!

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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:56 pm

Excellent, really enjoyed this sector.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
Departing Sydney....
1) Carter's Island and the suburbs of Sandringham and Sylvania Waters
2) Cronulla and Burraneer
3) Heading out over the ocean

- Great pictures.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
Breakfast was offered by the other members of the cabin crew who thought I was overlooked on the first round.

- Nice, shows they are keeping a look out.

Regards

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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:20 pm

Fabulous ... the First Class lounge looks terrific - thanks for giving us a glimpse through your photos.

I really enjoyed reading the report, thanks for typing it up ... I look forward to reading reports of your future travels and at the same time wonder whether you have ever flown any class other than First (your reports suggest perhaps not) Big grin
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:51 pm

Brilliant report - I am so pleased you enjoyed yourself!

The detail you went into as well was much appreciated  Smile

Now, I wonder if the new BA First (which is being described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary - which is precisely what QF said) will be similar to the new QF A380 First...
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:27 pm

As always, a terrific TR! Congrats on your celeb sighting! I've yet to manage that in my travels!

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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:33 pm



Quoting Charliecossie (Reply 4):
Qantas and BA have exactly the same IFE system so you were very lucky that it worked!

You know, even if they have the same IFE system it dont mean that if BAs dont work, then QF wont work.
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:15 pm

Great TR!

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
The First concierge asked if there was anything he could do to assist. Looking at our paper tickets he noted we were eventually travelling to Chicago and offered to get our tickets changed to a more direct routing. Alas, we were meeting friends for dinner in New York that evening so turned down his offer. He handed us several Express entry passes for our next trip to Australia and gave us directions to the First lounge.

Oh such a hard and busy life you lead! Lol!
 
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Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:19 am



Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
You know, even if they have the same IFE system it dont mean that if BAs dont work, then QF wont work.

Actually, I do know. The system is rubbish and it's a rare day that a long flight goes by without failure (on either airline).
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:19 am



Quoting Charliecossie (Reply 12):
The system is rubbish and it's a rare day that a long flight goes by without failure (on either airline).

Have flown with BA twice to LAX from ARN, and on both flights I havent experienced any problems. Maybe I have been lucky??
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Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:36 am



Quoting Charliecossie (Reply 12):
The system is rubbish

Agreed, and this is from someone that has to deal with the system on a weekly basis.
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:05 pm

Very nice report as always.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
The hardships I have to contend with whilst travelling

Yeah, cry me a river!

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
I enjoyed the buffalo yoghurt with rhubarb

That sounds very good.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
enjoying a great view over the apron and the city off in the near distance

That is quite a view from the lounge!

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
and opted to watch a British documentary about fake goods

Which, I trust, nobody flying first class would know anything about. "There are fake Gucci bags out there? No!"

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
the arrangement of seats in fuselage meant that when seat 2E was occupied (which it was) retrieving your bag without disturbing the inhabitant was nigh on impossible.

Very odd that they would be like that.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
On approach into LAX - using the black and white function

Nice shot!
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:35 am

Awesome. I love these great trip reports that give you a sensation almost as though you are there in a premium cabin.. When in fact going in it myself is a long way off! Excellent pictures too! Thanks!
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:01 am

Another excellent report Fbgdavidson. Thanks. It is great to get your perspective on QF 1st. Up till now I think I am the only one to have done trip reports on QF 1st, at least for the Pacific sector. You certainly made the most of the ground services in SYD. I wonder if they were serving Veuve Cliquot in the morning in the 1st lounge?

I agree with the overhead lockers problem. My favourite seat is 2K for this reason. If you are travelling as a duo, 2K and 2F (across the aisle) are the best because they are aligned and within reaching distance, although my partner tends to sit in 3K because we both like window seats. Also, the closet between 1A and 1K can be bothersome if pax and FA's keep opening and shutting it.

Isn't the food and wine great! I have been travelling SQ 1st lately and I can say the food on SQ and wine is nowhere near as good as QF. SQ don't even serve a 'sticky' with dessert! But SQ have better cabin layouts - at least on the 77W's, although QF look like they will have a superior A380 layout.

I think it is dissapointing to learn that QF still let J pax off before F pax. That never happens on SQ. Maybe it has something to do with gate issues at LAX? It is also dissapointing that you were not able to continue on to JFK on the same flight. Overall, you have probably been more generous with your praise.

Your report has whetted my apetite for QF. I am looking forward to my next 1st flight with them in August when I go MEL-LHR on QF29. It will be a chance for me to checkout the new 1st lounge in MEL - and maybe even a pre-flight massage  Wink
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:19 am



Quoting Crdaus (Reply 17):
Up till now I think I am the only one to have done trip reports on QF 1st, at least for the Pacific sector

Ummm, I wrote one a few months ago..  Smile

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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:23 am



Quoting QFFlyer (Reply 18):
Ummm, I wrote one a few months ago

Apologies. I don't visit this site as much as I used to. I have read your report and commented separately.
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:59 pm

Forgot to answer your questions/commments!

Quoting QFFlyer (Reply 2):
Shame you couldn't continue on 107 through to JFK.

Disappointing but at least the domestic flight we continued on was about as good as it gets stateside, plus it was nice to sit beside my wife  Wink

Quoting Charliecossie (Reply 4):
Qantas and BA have exactly the same IFE system so you were very lucky that it worked!

The Qantas system didn't show one instance of going kaput. On the otherhand the BA system always seems to crash, I think I've had one flight since Jan '07 where it didn't crash at least once! Hopefully the bugs will be ironed out before it gets put on the 777.

Quoting Charliecossie (Reply 4):
They also have exactly the same First seat (apart from the layout of the cabin).

The layout of which is far superior on BA IMO.

Quoting CityofAthens (Reply 7):
Fabulous ... the First Class lounge looks terrific

Of the star in the crown oneworld lounges I've been to (BA @ LHR, CX @ HKG, AA @ ORD/LAX/JFK, JL @ NRT, QF @ SYD) it is the best. I could quite easily spend an afternoon there out of choice  Wink

Quoting CityofAthens (Reply 7):
I look forward to reading reports of your future travels and at the same time wonder whether you have ever flown any class other than First (your reports suggest perhaps not) 

I do occasionally write non-F class reports, there are several Club World/United Business Class reports out there I've written.

A couple of weeks ago I flew IAD-LHR/LGW-JER-LGR/LHR-IAD in Club World but I've written several reports on these routes before and feel I'm just going over old ground...

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 8):
Now, I wonder if the new BA First (which is being described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary - which is precisely what QF said) will be similar to the new QF A380 First...

I don't think we can expect something mindblowing from BA, maybe a new CX F like product at the very best (which would be excellent by the sounds of it). BA do sell the F cabin out on many routes so there is little incentive for them to have eight or nine incredible mini-cabins or the like without MAJOR price hikes...Maybe if there was some way to use the space more efficiently.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 15):
"There are fake Gucci bags out there? No!"

Gucci? Ew...  Wink

Quoting Crdaus (Reply 17):
You certainly made the most of the ground services in SYD. I wonder if they were serving Veuve Cliquot in the morning in the 1st lounge?

I think it was Moet & Chandon (White Star for our American friends)

Quoting Crdaus (Reply 17):
SQ don't even serve a 'sticky' with dessert!

I'm surprised SQ don't have a dessert wine. The Noble One was one of the best dessert wines I've had in a long time...not that I'm a huge dessert wine drinker or anything, it was that great compromise without being too sickly sweet as some are.  thumbsup 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:29 am



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
However, it is credit to Qantas that Mr Schreiber was treated no different to us mortals on his passage from Sydney either.

Hi & g'day, fbgdavidson.

Nice TR, particularly the shots of the "Marc-Mahal" at SYD. Anyway, to your post:

1) Pardon my ignorance, but who is Liev Schreiber? Stage or screen?

2) To get special treatment on QF, forget Gold, Platinum or Charman's Club status. You need (perceived...) ANT Status! That's Australian National Treasure status, as witness the ENTIRE upper deck of a B743 being set aside for H.M. Cate Blanchett and her 2 or 3 accompanying "courtiers" on my PER/SYD flight which happened to be on the afternoon following Heath Ledger's funeral, back in Feb. Seems She was too distraught & in delicate a state, to share Her space with those of us seated in the forward nose section "downstarirs" (as in the old, genteel meaning of that word).  Wink

Anyway, as I said, nice TR.
Cheers, Airbear
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:20 am

I prefer your AA reports, but this one is better than most I read on here. Forget us scrubs that work out of suitcase and use company planes to get to SYD. My last was on a MD11, no first class service; hell, there was no service at all.  Sad  rotfl 
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:51 am

Thank you so much for that TR, it made me feel as if I was on the ac (I wish!!). The pics were great. I suspect you travel a lot, awaiting your next TR with anticipation. Aint QF great  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:41 pm

You have quite the life. I would be jealous if I was not going on almost the exact same trip (apparently) starting this December. Your reports are full of usefull tips (like calling ahead for the spa!) and I enjoy reading them. Anticipation is half the pleasure and this helps.

I am still not convinced that First is worth the extra $$ when buying a regular ticket, but for a RTW it's a steal.

Keep them coming!  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:12 pm

Shit, I gotta rob a bank and try this class of travel, it looked great.  Big grin
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:38 am

That was an excellent report, I felt like I was there, sitting in 1A! Hopefully i'll be able to experience First across the Pacific, to any destination, and hopefully it'll be as good, or dare I say better, than your experience!
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:17 am



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Thread starter):
After spending fifty days on holiday

I hate you so much right now!  Wink

Love the posh TR mate! Keep up the High-Life!  Silly

-HSII
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:16 pm

excellent report of an excellent airline with excellent ground products (and of course onboard)
thanks for sharing!
 
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RE: Qantas First: Sydney-Los Angeles (w/pics)

Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:10 pm

Sorry, haven't spent much time in the TR forum. I try to respond to questions and comments in general...

Thanks for reading it is appreciated. I haven't written any TRs for a while, was contemplating finishing off the oneworld Explorer ticket that this any many other reports I wrote up recently were part of but didn't bother...if enough people are interested I can write them up. JFK-ORD-DFW-ANC-DFW-RIC on AA in First.

Other than that I'll probably write another BA First report from my trip back to the UK for Xmas...unless I get booed off for writing another BA F report!

Anyways, to the question/comments

Quoting Airbear (Reply 21):
particularly the shots of the "Marc-Mahal"

The what?  Confused

Quoting Airbear (Reply 21):
1) Pardon my ignorance, but who is Liev Schreiber? Stage or screen?

He's done quite a bit of both. has won a Tony award but has been in quite a lof of films; 'Scream', 'The Omen', 'The Sum Of All Fears', 'The Manchurian Candidate' and 'The Painted Veil'. He's also married to Naomi Watts.

Quoting Airbear (Reply 21):
To get special treatment on QF, forget Gold, Platinum or Charman's Club status. You need (perceived...) ANT Status! That's Australian National Treasure status

 rotfl 

Quoting FXramper (Reply 22):
I prefer your AA reports

You don't like any of my reports unless they're on AA  biggrin 

Quoting Uluru (Reply 26):
That was an excellent report, I felt like I was there, sitting in 1A!

Well hopefully not as my wife was in 1A  Wink Maybe if I mirrored the pictures in Photoshop!

Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 24):
Your reports are full of usefull tips (like calling ahead for the spa!) and I enjoy reading them. Anticipation is half the pleasure and this helps.

Thanks  Smile I like to think these reports don't act only as something to help pass a dull day at work but also act as a resource for those taking similar trips  Smile
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