Route: Sydney to Dallas
Fare: A$4,726 one way
Flight time: 15 hours, 35 minutes
The A380 business class cabin seats 64 passengers in a two x two x two formation. Designed to provide maximum space and comfort to the business traveller, the seats in hubs of two are separated by a panel which you can lower if you wish to converse with the passenger alongside you, or raise for a sense of privacy.
There’s adequate leg room in front of each seat along with a small recess for bags at the base of the seat in front of you. Also on the back of each seat is a pop-down wallet storage facility – ideal for laptops, ipads or magazines. Passengers on the window seats have slightly more storage options with further cabinets for bags etc, although there is plenty of overhead locker space. Seats fully recline and also have a massage function with adjustable pressure. Guests are provided with a padded mattress to fit to their seats once it’s lying flat for extra comfort, blankets, socks, pyjamas and a Kate Spade travel amenity kit with Malin + Goetz apocathery and lab products.
The service onboard was of a high standard. Guests are greeted on arrival by name and served a drink before take-off. The crew are accommodating of special requests and regularly peruse the cabin. The cabin crew button for service is responded to promptly. Staff introduce themselves by name and also fit the mattress to your seat.
The menu is designed by Neil Perry of Rockpool Bar & Grill. Meals, can be pre-booked online through Select on Q-Eat up to seven days before your departure. They feature fresh Australian produce and there’s a good selection to cater to all tastes, including vegetarians. Those meals which can be ordered at any time throughout the flight are indicated on the menu.
Individual pop-up, touch screens showcase 155 movies, 400 television shows, 400 audio selections, 80 PC style games and 20 radio channels. There’s a handy slot for your headset when not in use.
In business class, passengers are allowed up to three pieces up to 32 kg each; and Frequent Flyer platinum members can take four up to 32kg each.
Qantas’ frequent flyer program is part of the Oneworld alliance, along with airlines such as British Airways, Japan Airlines, LAN and Cathay Pacific.
Would you fly with them again?
Yes, the crew were friendly and offered quality service and the flight was quiet.