Best 1st class suite on 380?

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Old Feb 8, 19, 11:12 pm
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Best 1st class suite on 380?

Got lucky with a miles booking Mel Lax. All 14 suites available, any recommendations?
1st world problem, I know
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Old Feb 8, 19, 11:16 pm
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2A or 3A
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2A or 3A
Agree, with a slight preference for 3A.
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There isn't any until they do they cabin refresh The F suites were great in 2009, in many ways better than EK or SQ, but have not aged well. Not really much difference but 3A is the best Now QF can't quite crack top-10 F in the world, how the mighty have fallen. Hopefully now that the A380 order is officially cancelled they will refurb the existing fleet pronto and have decided on keeping F.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 4:26 pm
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There isn't any until they do they cabin refresh The F suites were great in 2009, in many ways better than EK or SQ, but have not aged well. Not really much difference but 3A is the best Now QF can't quite crack top-10 F in the world, how the mighty have fallen. Hopefully now that the A380 order is officially cancelled they will refurb the existing fleet pronto and have decided on keeping F.
Food and service is still great. And they have already committed to the refurb.

OP, we flew 2A/3A recently - and definitely recommend those.
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There isn't any until they do they cabin refresh .
From what's been reported the cabin refresh is little more than a bigger TV, and I suspect a new slimline seat controller and new materials.
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Food and service is still great. ....
If you compare to service level when A380 was first introduced, and QF was keen to compete with SQ and EK on F quality, then today's can hardly be called great. I'd guess the catering cost is less than half of what it was then, and it shows in the food quality. Service was dodgy back a decade ago as QF prohibited their experienced F cabin crew from serving on the A380, forming a low-cost cabin crew corporation which hired new staff (along with a few transfers from the mainfline QF plan) and took a few years for these staff to gain service experience and expertise ... so service level is better now in F due to that. If you don't fly the 10 airflines that are better than QF for F service, then you can call it great .
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If you compare to service level when A380 was first introduced, and QF was keen to compete with SQ and EK on F quality, then today's can hardly be called great. I'd guess the catering cost is less than half of what it was then, and it shows in the food quality. Service was dodgy back a decade ago as QF prohibited their experienced F cabin crew from serving on the A380, forming a low-cost cabin crew corporation which hired new staff (along with a few transfers from the mainfline QF plan) and took a few years for these staff to gain service experience and expertise ... so service level is better now in F due to that. If you don't fly the 10 airflines that are better than QF for F service, then you can call it great .
I've flown Etihad and Singapore F in the last year (including new suites).

While obviously the Qantas cabin is dated, the soft product - food and service - was better than both SQ and EY.

Partially that's due to EY going backwards, and inconsistent crews.
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I've flown Etihad and Singapore F in the last year (including new suites).
While obviously the Qantas cabin is dated, the soft product - food and service - was better than both SQ and EY.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

No objective person believes that QF First is better than SQ or EY even after their cutbacks. IMO, QF is not even in the top 15 international F products.
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QF is not even in the top 15 international F products.
Are there even 15 International carriers offering F class (not counting the USAís version of domestic F - which isnít).
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Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

No objective person believes that QF First is better than SQ or EY even after their cutbacks. IMO, QF is not even in the top 15 international F products.
Never did I say that, did I?

I said their service and food was better. Not their hard product and overall experience.
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Are there even 15 International carriers offering F class (not counting the USAís version of domestic F - which isnít).
There are actually well over 20 of them. FWIW, my personal ranking which takes into account inflight hard and soft products, service, amenities (like wifi) as well as ground services such as lounges and personalized services.

1. Air France
2. Garuda Indonesia
3. Emirates
4. Qatar
5. Lufthansa
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Singapore
8. Swiss
9. Etihad
10. ANA
11. JAL
12. Korean
13. Malaysia
14. Thai
15. Asiana
16. Qantas
17. American
18. British
19. Air China
20. United (recently mercifully discontinued)
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Never did I say that, did I?
I said their service and food was better. Not their hard product and overall experience.
You did say service and food. Still, I'd be hard pressed to think they are in the top 15 of service and food. Even AA has better food.
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On my last 4 EK F flights the food was absolutely terrible. Never had that issue on EY.
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