Qantas is an award wining, full service airline and Qantas A380 premium economy product is the perfect mix between the hard economy seat and a lie flat shell style throne for your next 16 hour flight.
As the inbound leg to the world’s current longest A380 flight, a premium economy seat on the Sydney-Dallas flight is worth the double cost from coach but won’t set you back the $8,000 in business class. If you’re looking for a solid product on a long haul flight without breaking the bank, try out Qantas Premium Economy – Here’s my review!
Qantas A380 Premium Economy Check In
Dedicated Premium Economy check in line at Sydney’s International Terminal. Short lines and easy access.
Qantas Premium Economy Lounge access
Although Qantas Premium Economy Passengers do not have lounge access, the Qantas business class lounge (and OneWorld Sapphire) is a nice alternative to waiting at the gate. With hot food buffet, premium alcohol, showers, and gelatos. If you do not have status you sadly will not get access to the lounge :
Qantas Premium Economy Boarding
Qantas A380 Premium Economy is location on the top deck of the A380, premium economy boards through the same door as business class. Business class has priority, but due to the few people on the top floor makes it a more itimate experience.
Upon boarding, flight attendants came by introducing themselves and offering champagne, water, or juice. The attentive service from the crew was very noticeable. Waiting for me at the seat was a basic amenities kit, pillow, blanket, and noise cancelling headphones. Qantas Premium Economy and business class receive the same headsets.
Qantas gives you the option to reserve your meal online prior to the flight. Meal reservations should be made 24 hours in advance to secure your selection, otherwise order once on board.
The onboard menu
The wine and plunger (french press) coffee served to economy class is the same as business class. The flight attendants come by and present you the bottle prior to serving it. My glass was never more than half way full, and the other half was delicious.
Two hours into the flight, lunch was served. I had the chicken. Meal service started with nuts and a drink served in glassware, not plastic. Everything is served at once.
Available throughout the flight at your convenience is a variety of hot and cold snacks. And self served booze.
Cold snacks are available at the rear galley past the economy cabin on the top deck. I also had a steak sandwich midflight from the snack menu.
Even though you are arriving in Dallas at 1pm, you are served breakfast prior to landing. This is also served all at once with your choice of tea or coffee.
Qantas A380 Premium Economy Inflight Entertainment
Foldable-storage tv’s are built into every seat. Qantas offers everything from new releases to Oscar classics, maps, cameras and my personal favorite, guided meditation and stretching exercises.
Due to the angle of the seat recline in front of you, the TVs have an awkward angle and tend to be very bright, even at the lowest setting. The TVs are small and built into the armrest instead of being attached to the back of the seat in front of you.
Overall Impression of Qantas A380 Premium Economy
A little perk of flying Qantas premium economy you receive the little extras, you utilize the business class boarding bridge, you have dedicated boarding and check in, upgraded booze and food, and you have access to the bathroom between the cabins, which provides the premium soap and lotions!
The seat is the same as Qantas’ domestic first class seat and it offers plenty of leg room with a leg rest. The storage compartments next to the windows are great to store your blankets and pillows and anything else you want within reach for your 16 hours journey. The gap between your seat and the storage bin though is a down fall and it swallows everything from napkins to passports. Premium Economy is definitely a great value for flights to/from the land down under.
Written by guest blogger Hugo Pomarico