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Anonymous14 Nov 2013
First flight on A380 and not disappointed, late morning departure from Sydney with early evening arrival at Hong Kong.
QF lounge at Sydney (not as impressive as their lounge at Singapore) had hot breakfast offerings which I didn’t try, but opted for fresh fruit, muesli and yoghurt, which was excellent. Coffee machine not working but they had a ‘barrister’ service which produced good coffee bar type service, with croissant and pastries. Lounge was kept tidy with all plates cleared away efficiently.
Boarding was prompt with adequate staff to control priority boarding and direct pax to either upper or lower deck, boarding cards included this information.
Onboard the initial impression was that the cabin appeared slightly dark, with the hard shell Skybed seats in dark grey with similar colour carpet, and muted red seat cushions, but as the centre section of two seats (E & F) were not aligned to the side sections (A/B, J/K) it actually had a very spacious feel, much better than cabins where all seats are aligned side by side.
As well as pillow and quilted blanket QF supply lightly padded 2m long mattress covers which slip over the top of the seat and add extra comfort when sleeping, ironing out the joints in the seat cushions, an excellent addition.
Usual selection of pre-departure drinks, more drinks and nibbles after departure, and a particularly nice touch, the Cabin Services Manager introduced himself personally to every business class passenger whilst handing out Hong Kong arrival cards.
Meal offering was a choice from four small plates, followed by a choice from five main plates, all served with a salad. Main plates included two meat dishes (Venison Fillet or Chicken Schnitzel), Steamed Seafood, Chinese Noodle dish, and a vegetarian lasagna option, followed by Dessert, fruit and cheeses. Australian wines were served with Charles Heidsieck champagne or Ozzie fizz, a good selection of after meal spirits, and fresh hot coffee from a Bodum plunger/cafetiere.
Not being a film fan I settled down for a sleep after the meal, and found the 2m fully reclined flat ‘bed’ extremely comfortable with it’s added ‘mattress’, and wide enough to sleep in my preferred foetal position.
Prior to arrival at Hong Kong I toured the cabin, and used the lounge up front, this is an ‘L’ shaped layout with a five seater sofa/bench on one side, a bar/counter the other side of the stairs to lower deck with drinks/snacks, and the CSM’s ‘office’ just forward of that.
Despite slight ATC delay we touched down on schedule, prior to disembarking the CSM personally thanked all C class passengers, at their seats, for choosing Qantas, another nice touch.
Immigration was a breeze, and bags were on the carousel when we arrived, used the train to Central, and checked into our hotel just over an hour after touching down, very pleased!14 Nov 2013