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Flying The Kangaroo Route – QF A380 First Class (w/pics)

Flying The Kangaroo Route – QF A380 First Class (w/pics)

Old Sep 18, 10, 6:21 pm
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Flying The Kangaroo Route – Qantas A380 First Class LHR-SIN-SYD (w/pics)

Australia had always been a country on my wish list to visit, but until recently I had not given serious thought to planning a holiday there. With the advent of the BA sale and some very attractive upgrade prices to First on both BA and QF, our annual summer holiday was secured. We would be flying out with QF on the A380 in First via Singapore, before spending some time in Sydney, moving up to Cairns, then down to Melbourne for a week, before finally flying home from Sydney with BA in Club World via Bangkok. The three domestic flights would be on QF to take advantage of my oneworld Emerald benefits, but the crazy prices for Business led these three sectors being booked into Economy. In both SYD and MEL we would be staying at the InterContinental hotels with Club access, and in CNS at the Shangri-La, again with Club access.

As is usual, we travelled up to London the night before our flight, and thanks to an (almost) on-time First Great Western train (on which we passed the Reading Festival, which could be heard quite clearly through the train) we made the connection to the Heathrow Express with a comfortable few minutes to spare. Although our flight to Sydney would be departing from T3, we had chosen the Sofitel at T5 as our base for the night thanks to its ease of connection to T3 via the HEx, and the quality that the Sofitel provides when set against most of the other LHR hotels. After negotiating the crowded lifts at T5, where people continue to be stumped by the lack of call buttons, we arrived at the Sofitel. There was a short wait whilst I fumbled for my phone and tried to find my A-Club number, which enabled the receptionist to upgrade our room from a Classic to a Superior, also giving us a complimentary drink voucher, which unfortunately went unused due to lack of time. After settling in to our comfortable, well decorated and spotlessly clean room, we headed back over to the terminal for a bite to eat. We also spent some time at the Dennis Stone exhibition in the Expo gallery at the Southern end of the check-in area. For those unfamiliar with Dennis Stone, he is the longest resident photographer at Heathrow, with a career spanning almost 65 years. The exhibition made very interesting viewing, and we happily took a complimentary copy of his book as a memento of our visit.

The next morning we were up early, and in T3 by 08:30, thanks to a wholly unintentionally well-timed HEx departure from T5.

Terminal 3 forecourt on this sunny late August morning

We dragged our suitcases over to Zone G, where the BA and QF First check-in area is located, tucked away in the far left hand corner of the zone. I think the designers of this area have done a great job in creating a relatively exclusive area in what can be an absolutely heaving terminal in terms of passenger numbers. There are 6 or so desks divided equally between BA and QF, and two separate comfortable seating areas behind screens. It is rather like the old First check-in area in T4, only smaller. The single QF check-in agent checked us in efficiently (there was no queue), giving us directions to Fast Track security and to the lounge (not that directions were needed, but it was a nice touch). A couple of lovely yellow First tags were attached to our checked bags, and I hoped that they would yield the desired result 22 hours or so down the line at Sydney baggage claim. Incidentally, I had attempted online check-in with QF the day before, but the computer said no, not unsurprisingly considering this was booked as a BA codeshare.

BA/QF First check-in area

BA/QF First check-in area

With check-in completed, we made our way upstairs and through the Fast Track security channel, which had quite a little queue. A proactive BAA security chap noticed the growing Fast Track queue (for the single Fast Track scanner) and directed us and several other fellow passengers to an almost empty ‘normal’ scanner, where a typically officious female guard dealt with us. Much unnecessary shouting later, and we were through into the duty free maze that comprises 99% of T3 (that’s what it feels like, at least).

Our first stop was the BA Galleries First lounge. Modelled on its T5 equivalent, the T3 lounge manages to pack most features into a smaller space fairly successfully, but just doesn’t have the same airy feeling as the T5 lounge thanks to the low ceilings and small windows of T3. We initially made our way over to the First Dining Room, which is included in the T3 lounge in the absence of a Concorde Room, and has a great view of some of the T3 gates and across the Southern runway to the Cargo Terminal. The First Dining Room provides restaurant-style dining after 8pm for First passengers only, but before that time anybody within the lounge can use the area. On this occasion it was all but empty, and I politely accosted a waiter and ordered from the general lounge menu a full English breakfast, which whilst not the best quality, was perfectly acceptable and unhealthily tasty.

Entrance to BA Galleries First, seen from within the lounge

Entrance to the First Dining Room within the BA Galleries First lounge

First Dining Room interior

First Dining Room interior

View from the First Dining Room

View from the First Dining Room

Breakfast in the BA Galleries First lounge

After breakfast, we left the lounge and headed along the corridor a little to the relatively new AA Flagship lounge. The entrance to this lounge is behind a rather secretive sliding door to the right of the Admirals Club main reception. There seemed to be a lot of faffing about with security questions for AA passengers, which I didn’t quite get the point of considering the lounge is after security screening. Regardless, we were approached and directed over to the main desk to be checked into the lounge, and then the Flagship entrance guardian swiped her magic card and let us into the palace. At least, that’s what the entrance felt like. In reality, the AA Flagship lounge is a rather dismal place - I had fully been expecting this, but just wanted to briefly visit in order to see whether the rumours were true. I can confirm that they are. The lounge décor was typically American, and looked rather old-fashioned, even though the lounge has only been open in its refurbished state for a few months. The food and beverage selection was truly dismal for an international first class lounge, with nothing more than cereal, a few cold items and pastries for breakfast. The lounge’s only redeeming feature was the great close-up view of an American triple-seven parked right outside the window. Apologies for the lack of pictures from the AA lounge, but I was rather put off by the security at the entrance and there were CCTV cameras prominently evident throughout the lounge – a lone picture from the dreary washroom will have to suffice as proof of my visit!

AA Flagship lounge male washrooms

Our next stop was the brand new CX First Class lounge, now located down the corridor to the A380 gates, rather than in the pokey upstairs area next to the shopping mall where it used to be located. Up in the lift, and we emerged into a bright marble-clad reception area, with the washrooms, showers and Business Class lounge to the right, and the First Class lounge around the corner to the left. We were greeted by the receptionist and directed over to the F lounge. I was really quite impressed by the physical space of the lounge, the great view and the décor, but the food selection (mid-morning) was really no better than the AA lounge. I also found it strange that pax in the F lounge had to wander out to reception in order to visit the washrooms or to have a shower. Overall, however, it is certainly a vastly superior lounge to AA’s, however, and I have no doubt that during ‘proper’ meal times, or perhaps closer to CX departure times, the offerings would be much improved.

CX First Class lounge entrance, seen from within the lounge

CX First Class lounge

CX First Class lounge

CX First Class lounge view

SQ A380 seen from within the CX lounge

BA 747

IB A321

IB A321 close-up

IB A321 even closer close-up!

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Once I had finished watching with great interest the close-up arrival of an Iberia A321 at the gate right in front of my seat, we headed along to the A380 wing of T3 to see if our aircraft had arrived. There was no Qantas A380 in sight, but instead a QF 747 sitting basking in the morning sun, with a growing complement of cabin crew waiting in the gate area. My heart skipped a bit, thinking that this was our aircraft, and continued beating a little faster than usual all the way back to the BA lounge (incidentally passing Sharon Osbourne on the way, who had just been shopping in Chanel). I immediately asked at the reception desk to see if there had been an aircraft change, but the BA lady was unable to assist, and instead directed me to the office next door to Guest Services in the F lounge. I knocked on the door and the charming Qantas First Host welcomed me by name upon seeing my BP and assured me that QF31 was still being operated by the A380, and that the 747 I had seen was operating the service to MEL via HKG. Phew! The First Host was really fantastic, and made sure we were comfortable in the lounge and checked that we didn’t need anything else. Really superb, I have to say, and I have emailed Qantas to complement her.

Refectory area at the rear of the BA Galleries First lounge, adjacent to the First Dining Room

BA Galleries First

BA Galleries First

BA Galleries First

Looking towards the Coffee House area opposite the Kids Zone

BA Galleries First, adjacent to the Gold Bar

Gold Bar

Champagne Bar

Champagne Bar with Galleries First directions

Champagne Bar detail

We left the BA lounge in good time, and got to Gate 1 just as general boarding was getting under way. The miserable, and I mean really miserable, gate agent did not utter a single word to us or even look away from talking to her colleague as she scanned our BPs and handed them back to us. Unfortunately, this is the kind of (no) service that I have come to expect not just at LHR, but across the UK. Once inside the gate lounge, we made our way over to the left hand door (with the airbridge connected to Door M2L), where there was a huge queue for Economy pax. Business and Premium Economy were boarding from the right hand door, with the airbridge connected to Door U1L, and had a similarly sized queue to the Economy line. As we bypassed the queue and headed towards the desk rather uncertainly, the First Host spotted us and motioned for us to come around the desk. She then personally escorted us along the airbridge to the door of the aircraft, and, turning left, escorted us to our seats – 2A and 3A.

Date: August 2010
Route: London Heathrow [LHR] (T3) – Singapore Changi [SIN] (T1)
Flight: QF32
Type: A380-842
Registration: VH-OQF
First Flight/Delivery: 2009/2010
Seats: 2A, 3A
Class: First

I was soon welcomed by name by one of the two male flight attendants in First, who offered me a pre-departure beverage, almonds and/or olives, a sleep suit and Georg Jensen washbag. The differences from Business immediately began to show, with the wrapper removed from the sleep suit and handed to me the correct way up – it’s the little things like this that count and separate an adequate from a good set of cabin crew. I placed the sleep suit and washbag on the ottoman in front of me, joining the blanket and full-size pillow already placed there. As I settled in, I looked around the slowly filling up cabin (with all 14 seats eventually being occupied) and started to familiarise myself with my suite.

The entrance to paradise (photo taken in-flight)

Looking towards the cockpit (photo taken in-flight)

Ottoman and IFE screen

Magazine pocket and cocktail tray

View across to the K side of the First cabin

View across to the K side of the cabin (privacy screens rise after takeoff in the middle seats)

Pre-departure orange juice and almonds

Washbag and PJs

Washbag and PJs

Slippers (rather rubbish, to be honest)
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Excellent washbag contents

The Qantas A380 First Suite features a detachable touch-screen ‘suite controller’ conveniently located adjacent to the seat, which operates practically all of the suite’s functions, including the 15” IFE touch-screen (with automatic opening/closing), automatic window blinds (which can also be controlled by the touch pads below each window), lighting (of which there are numerous choices) and of course the various seat positions. For takeoff and landing, the seat faces forwards (with a shoulder seatbelt, in addition to the more usual lapbelt), but during cruise, the seat turns 45 degrees and can then extend into a fully flat 6’6” bed, which is almost 30” wide at the shoulders. My flight attendant came by to top up my drink and then gave me a guided tour of the suite, making sure I was happy with everything and assuring me that if I had any problems, just to press the call button. He advised that for operating the IFE, it was probably simpler to use the older-style hand-held controller hidden in the armrest (the same as Business) rather than the touch-screen suite controller, and indeed it was much simpler. I was also advised by a friendly well-travelled Australian gentleman a couple of seats behind that it was fine to keep my carry-on suitcase under the ottoman, and indeed this was fine also! As our A380 neared boarding completion, I was aware of a gentleman arriving to Seat 1K, who was evidently a member of one of the sports teams sponsored by Qantas. I have no idea who he actually was, other than he was wearing his team colours of green and yellow (I think) and seemed to have got an upgrade, judging by the late arrival and some mention of previously being in Business. Unfortunately, 1K’s seat motor decided to completely pack up early into the flight, resulting in another passenger volunteering to swap seats with the sports chap (presumably after some hefty compensation had been agreed).

Suite controller

Seat adjustment options

Lighting options

Flight path showing on the suite controller – handy when watching the IFE

Stowed alternative IFE controller

Alternative IFE controls/phone

Stowed large meal table

Two handy storage lockers

At Gate 1, LHR T3

With an estimated flight time of 12h20 to SIN given by the captain, my empty glass was quickly collected as the cabin was secured and the FAs demonstrated the shoulder belt to those unfamiliar with it. This belt was really rather restrictive, and I was glad to release it once we had lifted off. Pushback was at 12:10, followed by a lengthy but powerful takeoff roll from Runway 27L. Takeoff was made much more interesting than usual by being able to watch the aircraft’s progress from the tail camera feed. Qantas doesn’t require the IFE screen to be closed for takeoff or landing in First, but they do in Business – I presume this is something to do with the escape options from the seats in the event of an evacuation.

With the seatbelt sign extinguished, canapés were offered (delicious) along with another drink, and not long after a flight attendant was bringing around the leftover canapés – needless to say that I didn’t refuse a second helping! Shortly the Cabin Services Manager (CSM) for the LHR-SIN leg came around the F cabin, introducing herself to every passenger and having a chat with each person. She was really personable, and made everybody feel welcome – another compliment email sent to QF! As the cabin settled down, I fired up the IFE to check out the movie options, settling for Green Zone, which turned out to be a pretty good film. Throughout the flight the IFE system didn’t crash or even think about crashing once – take note BA!

Second orange juice and canapés

Automatic window blinds, at half-level

Privacy screens raised in-flight

Menus were shortly handed out, with the FA apologising for the photocopied sheet handed out in place of the proper menu – apparently they hadn’t received the proper menus yet, but the photocopy looked like it had been copied directly from the proper menu (ie. same font and layout), so I was unsure what the exact problem was. The lunch menu on today’s LHR-SIN sector was as follows;


Seared Hand Dived Scallop with Fresh Herb Dressing
Foie Gras on Crostini with Gewurztraminer Jelly

Salads and Other Things
Italian Tomato Soup with Pesto
Prawn and Watercress Salad with Lemon Dressing
Salad of San Daniele Prosciutto and Bocconcini with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Light, Vegetarian and Sandwich
Seared Halibut with Lemon and Olive Oil Dressing and Green Vegetables
Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Braised Silverbeet and Lentil Cream
Big bowl of Mushroom, Porcini and Pearl Barley Soup
Asian Style Beef Pot Pie with XO Sauce
Our signature Steak Sandwich with Tomato and Chilli Relish

Seared Halibut
Broad Beans, Asparagus and Black Olive Sauce
Potato Puree, Ratatouille and Parsley Butter

Pomegranate Glazed Corn Fed Chicken
Pilaf and Sautéed Zucchini
Parsley Butter, Potato Puree and Zucchini

Roast Rack of English Organic Lamb
Potato Puree, Ratatouille and Cumin Mayonnaise
Parsley Butter, Potato Puree and Asparagus

Side Salad
Salad of Rocket, Radicchio, Mizuna and Baby Gem with your choice of dressing
Aged Balsamic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Lemon Juice and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Palm Sugar Vinaigrette

Hand selected blue, soft and hard cheese served with accompaniments

Summer Berry Pudding with Clotted Cream
Assiette of Desserts
Whole or Sliced Seasonal Fruit
Roskilly Organic Ice Cream Tubs

Petits Fours
A selection of Amedei dark chocolates
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Icing
Almond Shortbread


Large table laid for lunch

The menu, as you can see, was pretty comprehensive, and I liked the idea of offering a couple of different styles for each main course. I opted for the tomato soup to start, followed by the lamb (with ratatouille), salad (with balsamic dressing) and the assiette of desserts to conclude. All three courses were as close to perfection as you will find in the air. My only complaint was with the cutlery, which was not 100% spotless, which it should have been. There is also, of course, the silly plastic knife that airlines still have to use flying into Australia, and this was all but useless for my lamb.



Side salad


The flight attendant was a little forgetful, serving the salad a little late after the lamb, and having to take the assiette back to the galley to add the cream that had slipped his mind. Also, there was no milk in the jug that arrived with my tea. The teapot, cup etc. all arrived on a metal tray – I’m not sure, but perhaps the FA was meant to remove each item and put them individually on my table? These very minor grumbles aside, the meal service was as near perfect as I’ve ever experienced on a flight.

Tea tray

This time with milk!
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View from the ottoman after lunch

I finished Green Zone with a tub of delicious vanilla ice cream.

Ice cream

After a quick visit to the spotless and surprisingly spacious washroom (complete with window, leather toilet seat and Payot amenities) to change into my comfy PJs, my flight attendant made my seat into a bed and I settled in for the night. The bed was really very comfortable, with a separate sheepskin mattress laid onto the seat and a bottle of water placed by my bed for the night. During the night I felt a little peckish and asked for the sliced fruit, which was just so refreshing. I was not overly tired at this point and watched a couple of episodes each of Family Guy, Mr Bean, My Family and The Simpsons on the faultless IFE. I made substantial use of the excellent quality Georg Jensen washbag, although I did think that having to ask for a razor was a little mean.

Leather toilet seat!

Handy automatic tap

Towels and handwash

Payot amenities in the First washroom

Bed made, complete with turndown service

Bed made

Night water bottle

Tucked in – but not by the FAs as on Japan Airlines!

Fresh fruit plate

Personal mood lighting in the footwell during the night

Door M1L detail during a night wandering

With a 2h30 flight time left to Singapore, it was time to freshen up in time for the breakfast service. It was at this point that I became aware of the suite controller not responding, and before long an error message was displayed. Luckily, after much poking and prodding of secret buttons and the pressing of different button combinations by the three First FAs, the suite controller reset successfully and I was able to have full control over my suite once again. This particular A380 is QF’s newest, and I do find it strange that such problems should occur – I’m just glad it wasn’t a full un-rectifiable meltdown, as had happened with 1K.

Broken controller

The breakfast menu on today’s LHR-SIN sector was as follows;


Orange Juice
Apple Juice
Tomato Juice
Sunraysia Pear Liquid Fruit
Sunraysia Mango Liquid Fruit
Strawberry Energiser Drink

Fresh Fruit Salad
Bircher Muesli
Toasted Muesli
Cereal Selection
Yogurt and Honey

Feta and Roast Vegetable Muffin
Strawberry Jam, Orange Marmalade, Honey, Vegemite

Free Range Scrambled Eggs
Holdshott Farm Organic Sausages
Organic Dry Cured Bacon
Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon
Sweet Onion Relish
Sautéed Mushrooms
Potato Cakes
Braised Beans

Warm Corn Bread with Slow Roast Organic Tomatoes and Grilled Bacon



View out of the window

Flight info nearing the end of the Singapore leg


Hot breakfast

View from the ottoman after breakfast before descent
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I opted for the yogurt and honey (delicious), sausages, bacon, scrambled egg and beans, accompanied by some pineapple juice. With breakfast service drawing to a close as our descent began at 07:25 Singapore time, the cabin crew started securing the cabin for landing. An announcement was made for those passengers continuing on QF32 to Sydney that we would have about 1h30 in Singapore before departure, and that all passengers would have to disembark for the aircraft to be cleaned and security checked. Our CSM made another visit around the F cabin, thanking passengers for their custom and ensuring that everything had been well during the long flight.

Front staircase up to Business, seen in the morning light

Almost there…

A quick reminder before landing

At the gate at Singapore Terminal 1

We landed over the water with Singapore Harbour to our left, and after a gentle bump on the runway, taxied to Gate C23. We disembarked via Door M1L (with SIN A380 gates having three airbridges), negating any embarrassing clash with the Economy passengers (does that sound snobbish?!). Our cabin crew thanked us by name as we departed, and we thanked them for their great service. We were met at the top of the airbridge by some QF staff directing pax to the BA/QF First lounge, quite some walk away in the main concourse.

We made the dash to the lounge along with half of the rest of the First cabin, and I whizzed into the showers to the left of the First reception to freshen up. These shower rooms (with shower, toilet and washbasin) featured lovely Molton Brown amenities, so much better than the Elemis stuff that BA has moved to over the last few years in the UK.

Washbasin in the shower room – BA/QF First lounge, SIN


Once suitably refreshed, we relaxed in the main lounge area and people-watched for a while, declining the offer of some finger food from one of the waiters. Since my last visit to this lounge last summer, some of the furniture has been reupholstered in an attractive olive green fabric, but apart from that nothing much has changed. I know some complain that this lounge is a little like an 80s hotel lobby, but I quite like the atmosphere, and certainly on the two occasions I’ve visited (morning and evening) it has never been overly crowded and the staff have always been helpful in typical Singapore fashion. I felt a little pang of sorrow that I wasn’t stopping over in Singapore, a city-state I really enjoyed last summer, but boarding was in progress and my thoughts wandered back to Sydney and what would await me there.

SIN BA/QF First lounge

SIN BA/QF First lounge

SIN BA/QF First lounge

Quiet area at the end of the lounge

Bar area at the end of the lounge – with ice cream!

Busier seating area towards the front of the lounge

Newly upholstered chairs

Refreshment area at the front of the lounge

Singapore carries out security checks at the gate, and with a short wait in the Fast Track lane, we were through into the packed gate area. A great view of our waiting A380 was to be had from the window, and a nice couple pointed out a better vantage point from which to take photographs when they saw my camera.


There was no clear priority boarding announcement, but there was a separate lane at the exit from the gate lounge, and we were amongst the first through the doors to be met by a First Host and guided to the door of the aircraft along the dedicated First airbridge. We were greeted at the door by name by our new cabin crew and directed (but not shown) to our seats.

Date: August 2010
Route: Singapore Changi [SIN] (T1) – Sydney Kingsford Smith [SYD] (T1)
Flight: QF32
Type: A380-842
Registration: VH-OQF
First Flight/Delivery: 2009/2010
Seats: 2A, 3A
Class: First

A familiar scene!

A pre-departure beverage, warm nuts, PJs and washbag were again offered and shortly after takeoff menus (real, not photocopied) were handed out, and our new CSM introduced himself.

Nuts and OJ

Another set of PJs and a washbag

FedEx DC-10, seen whilst we were pushing back

FedEx DC-10 detail
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One of our FAs asked whether we would like to eat together, but I declined saying that we would probably be comfier in our own seats – I had tried dual dining in BA First on the 747 a couple of years back, and found the ottoman to be fairly uncomfortable, so didn’t fancy giving it a try this time, even in a different cabin.

‘Proper’ menu

The lunch menu on today’s SIN-SYD sector was as follows;


Mango Energiser Drink
Fresh Tropical Fruit with Lime Wedges
Croissant with Selection of Condiments
Buttermilk Hotcakes with Berry Compote, Maple Syrup and Yogurt
Asparagus and Gruyere Crepes with Baby Rocket Salad

Salads and Other Things
Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Gremolata
Grilled Chicken Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing
Salad of Smoked Salmon and Sugar Snaps with Palm Sugar Vinaigrette

Light, Vegetarian and Sandwich
Big bowl of Mushroom, Porcini and Pearl Barley Soup
Asian Style Beef Pot Pie with XO Sauce
Our signature Steak Sandwich with Tomato and Chilli Relish

Seared Sea Bass
Herb Crusted with Braised Fennel and Sautéed Spinach
Fresh Lemon and Olive Oil Dressing with Green Vegetables
Salsa Verde with Slow Cooked Fennel and Beans

Honey Braised Duck with Pistachios
Couscous and Green Beans
Couscous and Spinach

Beef Rendang
Fragrant Rice and Malay Style Vegetables

Side Salad
Salad of Baby Leaves with your choice of dressing
Aged Balsamic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Lemon Juice and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Wine Vinaigrette

Hand selected blue, soft and hard cheese served with accompaniments

Chocolate Date Cake with Crème Anglaise
Pear Tart Tatin with Nutmeg Ice Cream
Roskilly Ice Cream Tubs
Sliced Fresh Seasonal Fruit

Petits Fours
A selection of Amedei dark chocolates
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Icing
Almond Shortbread


Table set for lunch

For this sector, I chose the pumpkin soup, followed by the beef rendang and the pear tart to finish. The soup wasn’t particularly to my taste, and so I had to send it back – there wasn’t anything actually wrong with it (which I stressed to the concerned FA), I just didn’t find the flavour very palatable. The beef rendang was really great, and although the ice cream with the dessert was frozen completely solid (for which the FA apologised, and said they had been trying to get it defrosted for several minutes in the oven), the tart itself was lovely.


Beef Rendang

Dessert – complete with ice cream frozen solid

Time to destination

As the meal service wound to a close, more Family Guy was watched before I changed into PJs, my bed was made and I slept like a log for a couple of hours.

Night water bottle

The cabin crew on this flight were much more proactive with walking through the cabin during the night, but I have to stress that I thought both sets of cabin crew were really very good.

Approaching Sydney

Lights of Sydney viewed on the tail camera

Legroom shot in takeoff/landing position

Stored for landing

We landed on time into Sydney and disembarked through Door M1L. After a lengthy walk to immigration, I was pleased to note that there was no queue, and we were through baggage reclaim and quarantine (where we didn’t have to stop) within 10 minutes. Our bags were not particularly quick to arrive, so those lovely yellow First tags didn’t have much effect (with the tag on my bag having been ripped off completely!). We joined the short queue for taxis after getting slightly confused with directions in the arrivals hall, eventually arriving at the InterContinental Sydney around 1h15 or so after landing – not bad by any means.

At the gate at Sydney


Qantas have done a fantastic job with the A380 First Suite. There is really nothing that needs to be significantly improved in the hard product, which surely has to be one of the better international F hard products on the market. I was impressed by the meal choices and quality of the in-flight dining, and the service on both flights was well above average. The BA lounges in T3 at LHR are great, and the SIN lounge has a certain charm about it which I have come to like based on my couple of experiences. I would have little hesitation in booking Qantas First again, and look forward to the opportunity to fly in their premier cabin hopefully in the not-so-distant future.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to any comments or questions that may have arisen during your read! Look out for my next report to be posted shortly – Testing Qantas Domestic Economy SYD-CNS-MEL-SYD with QF Business lounges (w/pics).
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What a BRILLIANT trip report - Thanks much!^

I have found the crew on Qantas in F to be a bit stand-offish in the past. They seem to be a tad remiss when it comes to the details in serving the meals as well.

Your pictures were fantastic.
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Great TR! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. QF F looks positively delectable!
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Thanks for a great TR, with good use of pics (which I always forget to take)!
I'm being tempted by the BA F sale from Australia, but unfortunately the QF codeshare flights are still at a premium price compared to BA, travelling from our end...

Look forward to hearing of the return trip in comparison.
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Old Sep 18, 10, 8:12 pm
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Great TR yet again Genius1.^ I'm very envious,I wish I had the time to do a long trip rather than just TATL for extended weekends.
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Old Sep 18, 10, 8:21 pm
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Great report so far Genius1!

QF F staff have done well by me, as you've exemplified in this report. I think the UK-based crews are particularly good, as from evidenced from some other reports.

Some will tell you that QF F doesn't measure up. After all, it doesn't have the privacy of SQ and EK A380s, the caviar in SQ and EK, the opulence of EK, the showers of EK, the onboard bar of EK and, perhaps, the price on QF is a bit over the top. But when it's all said and done, I think QF offers a great F product, although this comes from someone who is more used to travelling Y than regularly travelling with a lot of other F products.

I take it you're enjoying A380 F on the way back to the UK. You'll have a chance to enjoy the degustation, then.
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Old Sep 18, 10, 9:18 pm
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Another fantastic TR Genius1! QF F on the A380 looks positively delectable. I'm glad to hear that you had a good crew and I'm glad that you enjoyed the personal welcome from the CSM.

For me, I find that QF F on the A380 is a pretty big step up from J, what do you think? Sadly I've not had the oppotunity to sample QF F but have done J a few times.

How was the quality of the food?
Did you get to sample any of the wine or champagne on-board?

Very impressed that you took a tour of the Oneworld First Lounges at T3, although not sure why you bothered with AA .

Looking forward to the next segment.
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Old Sep 18, 10, 10:11 pm
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Thanks for all of the photos. Fun to read.
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Old Sep 18, 10, 10:19 pm
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nice TR

Great job. Saw it on airliners.net also.
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Old Sep 18, 10, 10:50 pm
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good job
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