Qantas Airways QF009 Singapore (SIN) – London Heathrow
Aircraft: Airbus A380 Miles: 6,748 Duration: 13hrs35mins
G’day all. We’ve just arrived at London Heathrow following a superb experience on board Qantas’ A380 aircraft from Singapore. Our total flight time was just over thirteen hours, and we have crossed seven time zones to GMT+1.
The A380 was impressive. Our seats were on the upper deck, in Qantas’ new business class cabin with skybed seats! This vast aircraft accommodates 450 guests, including 14 in First Class, 72 in Business Class, 32 in Premium Economy and 332 Economy Class. The upper deck is dedicated to Business Class and Premium Economy customers, with a tiny economy cabin at the back. First and Economy are on the main deck. The flight was full, not a spare seat to be seen!
Way back in 1979, Qantas lead the industry by introducing business class. They are continuing this trend once again with their new Skybed product on board the Airbus A380. The seat reclines to a lie-flat bed that is 80-inches (nearly 2 metres) long. The seat is cleverly designed with lots of storage that is easily accessible in-flight, including a place for shoes, laptops, and the much needed water bottle. We were given pyjamas to wear (and take home) to make us more comfortable and relaxed on this lengthy flight, and nice to have a souvenir from the flight. The meal service on board is a la carte, but few ate given the late hour of departure from Singapore. The room-service style breakfast seemed to have been enjoyed by all (even by those of us who had a sneaky signature sandwich halfway through the flight). At the front of the upper deck, Qantas have installed a Business Class lounge, replete with a self-serve bar and sofa, ideal for a chat, a meeting or just a place to unwind away from a traditional cabin environment. This is a terrific product on a very comfortable aircraft. The crew were splendid – an ideal combination of attentive service in a relaxed manner.
In honour of QF painting one of their 747s in the oneworld livery, we’ve added a photo for you below.