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Earlier in the week, I flew from Los Angeles to Melbourne in Qantas First Class ( 70k Alaska Miles +$45). While a full review is coming, I wanted to take a moment to express how incredible the experience was onboard. Perhaps Qantas doesn’t get the recognition because of ground services in the States. No, you don’t get a Porsche to your gate, but the Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX offers sit down, a la carte dining, with fantastic food. Their lounge is nothing to shrug at, and until AA debuted Flagship dining, it was unchallenged as the best in America. And no, you don’t get escorted to the gate in a golf cart, once on the plane the magic never ceased. I was incredibly impressed with the experience.
The cabin crew was incredibly friendly, taking Miles all over the plane, assisting in every way possible, and making it feel like they were enjoying being of service. This is a rare. While other airlines may provide professional service, the Qantas crew made us feel like guests in their home.
In terms of the seat and cabin. Qantas’ First Class consists of just 3 seats per row in a 1-1-1 configuration on the first floor of the A380. It provides an immense amount of space within the “suite.” No their aren’t doors, but if you have a window seat, they are incredible private.
I ate quite a bit in the lounge prior to take off because I wasn’t quite sure how the food on board would be. It was arguably the best food I’ve had on a plane. If not the best, then in the discussion. No formal caviar presentation, but it was offered as a canape. I always think breakfast is difficult to nail on a plane. These eggs and smoked salmon were excellent.
The bed was uber comfortable with a large, soft mattress pad with comfy sheets, comforter, and spare blanket. The cabin was also kept very cool. So cool, in fact, that I doubled up on blankets. Exactly how I prefer to sleep…chilly, but snuggled up. The only problem was I slept over 7 hours 🙂