Qantas First Review Part 3: Returning From Sydney on an A380

I recently had the pleasure of taking a trip on Qantas Airlines First Class A380 aircraft. I decided to take a three-part trip, flying from Sydney to Melbourne before returning to Sydney via a stopover in Brisbane. In this third and final post of the series, I’m giving you a clearly outlined overview of the experience. I’m going to focus on the ‘return from Sydney’ leg of the trip and explore topics such as cabin and seating options and on-board amenities and entertainment, as well as dining and refreshment options, as well as an overall review of the staff service, comfort levels, and more. I’ll also cover any layovers or stopovers that you may face throughout the journey. I’ll also answer questions like ‘Is flying Qantas First Class worth it?’, and provide alternative ways to get around Sydney and some useful resources. So get ready, buckle up and let’s get into it!

A Closer Look at the Cabin and Seating Options

Travelling on the A380 with Qantas was a remarkable experience, with the size and luxury of the cabin making its passengers feel right at home. To start, there are various seating options available across different classes.

In Economy, each seat has a generous amount of legroom and enough space to recline without impacting the passenger sitting behind you. This can be especially useful for those long-haul journeys.

Next, Premium Economy Class offers more legroom and even more space to the passenger to make the journey as comfortable as possible. The comfortable, leather seats help make the journey enjoyable and let you relax in style.

Business Class on the A380 is truly unparalleled and offers world-class comfort. There are separate beds available as well as unlimited entertainment options.

Finally, First Class is the top of the line with every detail catered for, from the added space in the aisles, to the luxurious seating. Every little detail is designed to make you feel at home, even in this airborne environment.

Comfort and Amenities

The comfort and amenities available on the A380 were exceptional. The seats were so generous, the passenger had plenty of room to stretch out and recline with ease. Qantas also offered complimentary amenity kits containing essentials such as toiletries and earplugs to ensure a relaxed environment during the flight. The A380 also provides additional services to make your journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. There are meal and snack services, as well as a fully stocked bar, so passengers can enjoy a drink or snack at any time during the journey.

In-flight entertainment is available on all the A380 models, with options ranging from movies and television, to music, games and more. The A380 also provides comprehensive Wi-Fi capabilities so you can stay connected even when in the air.

Enjoying Excellent Service from the Flight Crew

Throughout our journey, we had the pleasure of experiencing Qantas’ renowned service from the flight crew. From the time we stepped on board to the time we disembarked, the crew had a friendly and attentive attitude, that made us feel at ease.

The cabin crew were always aware of how the passengers were feeling and quickly responded to needs, such as offering additional pillows and blankets. There were also crew members specially assigned to specific areas to ensure smooth operations.

At the end of the journey, the crew departed with a warm embrace and encouraged us to return onboard soon.

Travelling on the A380 with Qantas was an experience that I will never forget. From unprecedented cabin space and seating options, to amenities and entertainment, Qantas certainly went above and beyond to make sure that travellers feel comfortable, safe and taken care of. On top of this, the friendly and attentive service from the flight crew made me feel at home throughout the entire journey.

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On-board Amenities and Entertainment

The Qantas A380 aircraft offers its passengers a wide variety of entertainment options to choose from during their flight. The largest screens in economy are located on the Bluetooth-enabled PTVs, providing passengers with the choice between listening to the radio, watching the in-flight movies, or playing one of the many games such as Puzzles, Nintendo, or Tetris. For those interested in streaming content, passengers have access to the Qantas Entertainment App from their own device to enjoy their favorite films, TV shows, and popular music. Streaming content can be enjoyed in full high definition for an immersive view.

Business and First Class passengers have larger-than-life sized screens hanging from their seat-backs, with a selection of films, TV shows, and music playlists. Those with first class tickets can also access their own noise-canceling headphones, while those in both business and first class can enjoy the special treats that come with the meal service.

Cuisine Selection

Passengers of the Qantas A380 will experience a world of culinary delights. The wide variety of options is sure to allure all 11 classes, with dishes ranging from classic cuisine to avant-garde creations. Those in economy will be presented with the signature Qantas meal, a main meal like beef in red wine sauce, fish with mashed potatoes and tomato relish, or a vegetarian option, like eggplant parmigiana. Premium economy can enjoy something a bit more lavish, like crispy fish fillets accompanied by eggplant puree and roasted tomatoes.

Those traveling in business class have a larger selection to choose from, including featuring dishes like duck casserole, beef stroganoff, or grilled seafood with roasted vegetables. First Class passengers have the ability to customize their meals from the airline’s Chef-Inspired Menu, crafted by superstars Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi. Exquisitely prepared dishes can be expected, and the selections are ever-changing, ensuring passengers remain intrigued by each and every flight.


Each cabin of the Qantas A380 aircraft has a range of amenities to make the journey more enjoyable. Those in economy will be provided with pillows, blankets and headphones for an additional fee. Business passengers are given slippers, pajamas, and amenities kits, consisting of an .eye mask, tooth brush, toothpaste, and facial cream. First class passengers have access to all of the amenities from business as well as luxury amenity kits filled with handcream, disposable hairbrush, and products from the airline’s partner, Aesop.

Flight Attendants

The helpfulness and friendliness of the Qantas flight attendants on board the A380 is what sets it apart from other airlines. From the first cup of tea or coffee, the flight attendants will be on hand to attend to any needs and make the journey even more memorable. From the Business Class Lobby where all business class passengers can gather and help themselves to a gourmet snack, to verbal reassurances and help with anything that’s needed, the flight attendants are on hand with a willing smile and can-do attitude.

Wine List

Qantas A380’s beverage selection is comprehensive and caters to everyone’s tastes. From sparkling, red and white, to champagne, ice wines and port, flights are accompanied by lively libations. The interesting thing about this selection is that it is constantly evolving with each flight, to ensure the wines offered give more than just a sense of enjoyment, but a chance to explore and experience Australian wine nation. Some of the most popular selections for those on board include the Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz, the Valley Chardonnay, or the Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Dining and Refreshment Options During Flight

As a passenger on board Qantas’ A380 aircraft, you’ll have the opportunity to experience some of the most luxurious meals and refreshment options available in the air. Delight your palette with a selection of international dishes and beverages that are tailored to the time and route of your journey.

Meal Service

The meal service offered on Qantas A380 varies from breakfast to dinner, depending on the timing and route of your journey. Start the day off with a hearty breakfast featuring freshly squeezed orange juice and a selection of cereals and other pastries. Qantas also offers a selection of hot and cold breakfast items, such as bacon and egg sandwiches, omelettes and oatmeal. For lunch and dinner, you’ll be able to enjoy a selection of entrees, salads and hot entrees, followed by a dessert and cheese platter.

Refreshment Options

A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of your ticket and are available on board the A380 flight. Choose from a selection of popular beers, wines and spirits, as well as a full range of non-alcoholic drinks including juices and soft drinks. Refreshments are served throughout the flight and the selection changes depending on the time and route.

Influence of International Cuisine

Qantas is renowned for its commitment to excellent culinary standards, and has become a leader in the industry in promoting international fare. The A380 routes take passengers over a variety of continents, and the menu offerings are designed to showcase the best flavours and ingredients of different countries. Dishes such as falafel, curries, paella and other international favourites are just some of the culinary highlights offered on board Qantas’ A380 flights.

Specialty In-Flight Experiences

On select flights, Qantas offers enhanced dining experiences such as “Plated Dining”. This is a unique dining experience that allows customers to enjoy elevated cuisine in the comfort of their own seat. You can choose from a selection of seasonal dishes that are carefully curated by Qantas’ team of chefs, or enjoy a classic take on the classic brunch, lunch and dinner options.

Supplementary Snack Options

If you’re searching for a quick snack in between meals, Qantas has you covered. Throughout the flight, you’ll be able to access fresh fruit, sandwiches and other savoury items. You can also find an assortment of chips, lollies and other snacks available on board. To top it off, you can indulge in a range of delicious treats such as pastries, cakes, muffins and other sweet items.

Overall, Qantas’ A380 flights offer an exceptional dining and refreshment experience, with an array of international dishes and top-notch beverages to enjoy during your journey. Whether you’re looking for a hot breakfast, a classic lunch, or sweet snacks in between, Qantas has something for everyone.

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First Class Staff Service and Comfort Levels

I recently returned from a blissful flight onboard the majestic A380 as part of my vacation. My flight was aboard a Qantas first-class cabin which was an incredibly luxurious experience.

During my flight experience, the staff contributed enormously to my satisfaction. The air stewards were professional yet approachable, and gave attentive service to individual passengers. It was obvious that they had all undergone comprehensive training, as their attention to detail was superb. There were all kinds of wonderful surprises that the crew provided, including complimentary champagne, chocolates, and other special treats, which gave the flight an extra sparkle and made the experience even more enjoyable.

Personal Story

On the return journey from Sydney, Australia my experience was made especially remarkable due to the presence of one particular steward. When I boarded, I had a slight issue with my seat – it seemed stuck in recline mode despite my initial request for upright. After quickly consulting with one of his colleagues, this particular gentleman came over, introducing himself with a respectful bow and began to try and solve my issue. He then carefully and methodically tried different options, such as changing the settings on the seat back, until eventually he got the seat to work.

His attention to detail and accommodating nature left me feeling extremely grateful, and I was appreciative of his understanding and willingness to help. He was so polite and gentle, yet stern and professional in his approach to problem-solving, it was a pleasure to interact with him. To show my appreciation, and as a sign of gratitude, I personally thanked him at the end of the flight.

Comfort and Luxury Aboard an A380

As for the comfort levels, the luxurious interior of the A380 was an amazing sight. Everything from the plush leather seating, to the champagne flutes made from genuine glass added to the opulence of the experience. In addition, there was plenty of space to move around, and the entertainment units were exceptional.

The food and drink options were also outstanding – each dish was carefully crafted and superbly presented. The complimentary champagne was served in beautiful flutes and I was informed of the various beverages and snacks that were available. Additionally, there was plenty of light and air throughout the aircraft to make the journey more comfortable and enjoyable.


Making my journey on board the A380 even more special, first-class passengers also received exclusive access to the lounge, with meals and beverages available to enjoy before and during the journey. Additionally, passengers had access to priority check-in, priority boarding, and a priority baggage service which made the journey hassle-free and highly efficient.


Being part of the Qantas first-class experience was truly superb and unique. The attention to detail and special incentives made my journey exceptionally comfortable and enjoyable. Above all, the friendly and accommodating staff contributed probably the most to making my experience that much better. The positive attitude of the crew, attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond in resolving issues, has made my experience with Qantas unforgettable.

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Layovers and Stopovers Along the Route

Layovers and stopovers along the route offer flexibility to customize the traveler’s experience and can be a great way to break up a long flight with a short-term vacation. Some travelers opt for a layover for nothing more than a brief respite; others may opt for a stopover lasting up to two days in order to explore a new city before the final destination.

When it comes to the A380 from Qantas, there are a variety of options that travelers can take advantage of. For those looking to break up a long-haul flight, Qantas offers connecting flights in Los Angeles (LAX) and London, with multi-day trips that can even include stopovers in Dubai and Hong Kong.

Qantas is a particularly family-friendly airline in terms of making transitions between flights easier and less stressful. This includes providing easily accessible lounges and partnering with Australian Mom, which provides day care services during layovers. Families traveling with Qantas know they’ll get the extra help they need so they can focus on their travels.

Another factor that contributes to an easier layover or stopover experience is the fact that Sydney Airport is incredibly convenient in terms of location, and also offers top-notch facilities. From shopping and dining to services for children, Sydney Airport is an ideal place for travelers itching for that quick break from the monotony of air travel.

Qantas even offers its passengers a transit hotel which provides lodging for passengers taking long layovers or extended stays. This way, travelers don’t have to worry about where to stay for the duration of their break, and can simply focus on enjoying their time in the great city of Sydney.

Speaking of Sydney, one of the greatest advantages of flying to international destinations via Sydney is the infinitely convenient experience provided. The great service, excellent restaurants, and full schedule of shows and events make it a great place to start or end any international journey.

While Sydney’s offerings are enticing, it’s important to be aware of potential delays or schedule changes. However, the experienced customer service team at Qantas is available to assist should these events affect your trip plans.

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Pros and Cons of Flying Qantas in First Class

As a frequent traveler, I have experienced the joys and frustrations of flying in First Class on Qantas A380. After having the opportunity to try out the airline’s top-tier service, I wanted to share the pros and cons of flying with Qantas in First Class.

Premium Services

One of the major perks of flying with Qantas in First Class is the premium services offered. Passengers can look forward to complimentary chauffeur service to and from the airport, access to exclusive lounge offices, private sleeping areas, a range of special meals, complimentary drinks, and a personal limousine service. Other advantages include shorter security lines and priority boarding.


With Qantas, you can always trust that your flight will take off and land on time. The airline is renowned for its punctuality, with very few delays and cancellations. Furthermore, the airline offers convenient flight times and industry-leading customer service.

Higher Costs

Unfortunately, these first-class amenities also come at a price. First Class tickets on Qantas are significantly more expensive than their Economy Class counterpart. This can be a turn-off for some travelers, as the higher costs hardly outweigh the privilege of using luxury services.

Limited Flight Choices

Another disadvantage is that Qantas only offers the A380 on select routes, and not on all. This means that while some travelers may find the luxury of this vintage aircraft irresistible, they may not be able to plan their entire vacation using the A380.

An Example Of A Successful Flight Experience

My experience flying with Qantas in First Class was as good as I could have ever hoped for. While I had read many reviews about the A380 and its amazing amenities, I still couldn’t believe it until I tried it for myself.

I was allowed to check in earlier than I ever had before—a luxury I couldn’t have imagined before. At the airport, I was immediately greeted by top-notch customer service and ushered to the luxurious First Class lounge area and checked into my private sleeping area.

The amenities I enjoyed on the flight included generous amounts of legroom, quality meals, a wide range of complimentary drinks and snacks, and a private limousine service from the airport terminal to the airfield lounge. The flight itself was exceptionally smooth and the staff were more than accommodating.


Flying with Qantas in first-class comes with its own set of pros and cons. The high-cost of tickets can be a major obstacle, but there is no denying that the experience and services it offers can be worth it for many travellers. From the earliest check-in options to the generous amounts of legroom, to the private limousine service to the lounge, the experience of flying in First Class with Qantas on the A380 will leave you feeling refreshed and pampered.

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Alternative Ways to Get Around Sydney Easily

Getting around Sydney is easy and efficient. Whether you choose to take a taxi, bus, train, ferry, bike share, ride share, or walk, there are plenty of options to help you get to where you want to go. Here is a review of some of these transportation options:

Sydney’s Bike Share System

Sydney’s bike share system is a convenient and affordable way to explore the city. You can easily find bike share locations near popular attractions, or you can even request a bike to be delivered to your location. The system also offers bike locks, helmets, lights, and baskets, giving you peace of mind when using the bicycles.

The Train System

The train system is a reliable and affordable way to get around Sydney. With its frequent services and reliable routes, you can explore the city in no time! Plus, fares are affordable and you can even purchase discounted day passes.

Ride Share Platforms

Getting a ride with a taxi, Uber, Ola, or Didi is simple, fast, and convenient. All you need to do is open the app and enter your destination. You will then be directed to the nearest driver, who will take you right to your destination.

Walking in Sydney

Exploring Sydney on foot is also a great way to discover the city. There are plenty of pedestrian-friendly pathways, and you can enjoy amazing views of the harbor along the way. In addition, you will have easy access to some of the city’s best attractions.

Benefits of Taking a Ferry

Riding a ferry in Sydney is a great way to get where you need to go. You can enjoy stunning views of the skyline from the water, and you will always be dropped off directly at your destination. Plus, tickets are also very affordable!

Whether you choose to take a taxi, bus, train, ferry, bike share, ride share, or walk, there are plenty of alternatives to get around Sydney easily. Take advantage of the city’s vast variety of transportation options and explore Sydney at your own pace!

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Conclusion – Is Flying Qantas First Class Worth It?

As a frequent traveler flying between Sydney and Doha, I can personally attest that Qantas First Class truly lives up to its reputation. The comfort of the armchair-style seats, the variety of delicious artfully-presented dishes, the superb service offered by the flight attendants, and the luxury amenities all combine to make a truly enjoyable experience.

The upfront cost of flying Qantas First Class can be expensive, but is often discounted and thus might be worth the investment for time-sensitive or frequent flyers. High-net worth individuals will also find this flight very much worth the investment since it is seen as a sign of status and wealth.

It should be noted, however, that Qantas First Class does suffer from some drawbacks. On occasion, there may not be a lounge available and some destinations may not offer quality meal options. That said, the level of service, comfort, and luxury that Qantas is known for more than outweighs these hiccups, making the experience far more enjoyable than with other carriers.

In conclusion, flying with Qantas First Class is well worth the money for those individuals who are looking for a comfortable, luxurious, and truly unforgettable experience. With discounts often available, this is an investment that will pay dividends in terms of stress-free travel that will leave you feeling pampered and well-rested after each flight. Whether you’re an individual or a business, flying Qantas First Class is an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Flying With Qantas

Qantas offers many unique amenities for its passengers, but there are still some questions travelers may have about their experience flying first class on an A380 from Sydney. In this article, we’re answering some of the most frequently asked questions to help make your flying experience better.

What Are the Seating Options on A380 Flights?

Qantas offers several different seating options on its A380 flights, including economy, premium economy, business and first class. Economy seating is the most affordable option, offering standard features such as adjustable seat recline, adjustable headrests and personal headphone jacks. Premium economy seating offers a slightly more spacious seating area as well as additional legroom. Business class seating provides a fully flat bed and a personal dining table. Finally, first class offers the best in-flight experience, with privacy dividers, on-demand massage chairs and fully adjustable mood lighting.

What is Included in the Meal Service?

Qantas provides passengers with high-quality, freshly prepared meals and beverages on board A380 flights. Passengers can choose from a variety of menu options, including both Western and Asian dishes as well as a range of snacks and appetizers. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also included in the meal service.

Does Qantas Provide Food or Snacks On Its Long-Haul Flights?

Yes, Qantas offers an extensive in-flight catering menu with a selection of hot and cold meals, snacks and beverages. Passengers can pre-order their meals before the flight or select from the on-board menu. Snacks and alcoholic beverages are also available on board select flights.

What Extras Can Be Added To an A380 Flight?

Qantas offers a range of extras that can be added to A380 flights, including lounge access, priority boarding and additional baggage allowance. Other extras include on-board entertainment packages and Wi-Fi, which can be purchased to enhance your in-flight experience.

What is The Baggage Allowance for A380 Flights?

For A380 flights, Qantas typically allows two pieces of checked-in baggage for all fare classes and two pieces of hand-luggage for first class and business class passengers. Excess baggage fees apply for checked-in baggage over the allowance and can be purchased on board the flight.

Is There Wi-Fi Available On-Board During the Flight?

Yes, Qantas provides Wi-Fi on its A380 flights, allowing passengers to stay connected in the air. Wi-Fi packages are available for purchase on board, with pricing and speeds varying depending on the length of the flight and the type of package purchased.

Are There Any In-Flight Entertainment Options Available?

Yes, the in-flight entertainment system offers a selection of movies, TV shows and games to keep passengers entertained during the flight. Additionally, passengers have the ability to connect their own devices to the system, allowing them to watch their own content in-flight.

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In conclusion, flying Qantas First class is definitely a worthwhile experience. The comfortable seats and cabin, the in-flight entertainment, the impeccable service and excellent dining options, make this flight a memorable one. The convenience of being able to get around Sydney easily with the various stopovers and layovers within the flight route make it even more worth it.

Overall, I came away feeling that I had experienced the best that Qantas could offer in terms of luxury, comfort and service, and would highly recommend taking a journey with Qantas if you’re looking for an unforgettable flight experience.

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