Review: Qantas First Class A380 Sydney to London
Last year I flew Qantas First Class A380 from Sydney to London, with a (relatively) short fuel-stop in Dubai. Before getting on flight QF1, I spent some time in the excellent Qantas First Class lounge in Sydney.
I was one of the first passengers to board the aircraft giving me ample time to take some pictures of the interior & seat without having to blur people out (or them awkardly looking at me why I would be taking pictures of a seat control panel).
Qantas First Class A380 cabin & seat
The First class cabin on Qantas’ A380 has 14 seats, 5 seats on both sides (rows A & K) and 4 in the center (F). Because row K & J share the same aisle, I would suggest selecting row A for more privacy and tranquility. The galley is behind the first class cabin, while the three toilets where in the front, thus I had selected seat 2A.
As you can see in the picture below the seat can swivel to the left so that it can recline and ultimately turn into a bed, however for take-off & landing the seats needs to be facing the front, so you’re not able to watch TV. Qantas Inflight Entertainment system on the A380 has over 1.500 entertainment options so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve raved about it before…
There were lots of storage options: my large backpack went under the footrest, my laptop under the small tray table in front, camera next to me, shopping bags in the overhead bin and glasses & cellphone in one of the drawers.
Also pleasant during the long flight: the 3 airvents made it possible to adjust the flow of fresh air around my seat.
Although the seats aren’t fully enclosed with sliding doors, like Etihad Airways First Class on the A380, they still offer plenty of privacy. Note that the dividers between the seats go up after take off.
I think the seat & massage controls speak for themselves: excellent.
Qantas First Class catering
Flight QF1 departs Sydney at 3.50PM, lands in Dubai at 12:25AM and departs again at 2:10 AM so that you arrive in London at 6:55AM so you’re travelling for +24H.
Here’s the problem: I ate in the lounge, there were two menus (one for each segment), I wanted to have waffles in the lounge in Dubai, I ate a ‘midnight snack’, … I ended up having to skip a few meals because I was stuffed.
Thanks to the partnership between Emirates & Qantas, Qantas First Class passengers can also use the Emirates First Class lounge in Dubai (few pictures below). Meaning a nice hot shower and delicious waffles.
Tuna tataki with Moroccan eggplant & cumin mayonnaise
Quail empanada with lemon yoghurt
Slow roasted Blackmore’s Wagyu with fresh ricotta, pickled cauliflower and carta di musica
Short soup with chicken and chive wontons, ginger, shallots & sesame oil
Roast Murraylands lamb rack with chickpeas, Dutch carrots and zhoug
Somewhere during the flight I had a little craving…
For the second part of the flight, you could choose to have Supper and then again breakfast before landing, but I decided to only have one dish 😉
Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai
Few pictures from the (huuuuuge) lounge
Qantas First Class A380 Sydney to London
The 24h journey went by rather quickly, I wined & dined during the first segment of the flight and slept extremely well afterwards. After the refreshing shower in Dubai I watched some movies and relaxed, but I can imagine that the lack of Wi-Fi can be rather bothersome for business travellers and I also would have preferred to catch up on some emails before landing at London Heathrow.
I’ve read a few reports mentioning that Qantas First Class doesn’t do “fine dining” and while it’s true that they don’t serve caviar (e.g. Thai Airways serves my favourite), I did enjoy the meals and wines served were excellent as well.
The crew only flies to Dubai and then their (London-based) colleagues take over for the remainder of the flight, both teams were really friendly and attentive, I’ve never met an unhappy Qantas cabin crew member.
I used miles for this trip and when I called to piece my itinerary together I first asked for “Sydney to Dubai & Dubai to London” but the agent was unable to find an award seat. When I suggested that she would look for Sydney to London, she did see the seat and was able to book my ticket.
Bottom line: Qantas First Class was excellent & I would really recommend it.