Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Qantas Airbus 380 First Class (DXB-LHR)

Exploring the Emirates First Class lounge in Dubai and my first time on Qantas!

Qantas a few years ago entered into a partnership with Emirates shifting all their intermediary flight stops between Europe and Australia from Singapore or Bangkok to Dubai. This also allowed code-sharing flights between the two airlines. A benefit for passengers on Qantas flying out of Dubai is that they have access to the Emirates First Class lounge in Dubai (DXB)

Check In was a breeze with just a small carry-on, I was invited to try the Emirates lounge and Qantas First Class passengers are entitled to a free massage treatment.

A view of the entire floor dedicated to First Class at DXB.

pre-Flight snack time!

Lamb chops as my main dish

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First Class - Airbus 380

I've got some mixed feelings regarding this flight, with many online bloggers raving about Qantas in their premium cabins and the combination of strong hard/soft product. But having flown Emirates on this same flight, I felt that Qantas really dropped the ball with the poor food options on this flight.

Yes, the departure is 2 AM but people might have different internal clocks due to connections, and might want more flexibility in their menu options.

Pre-departure snacks!

Snack service was a poor little sandwich with a rocket salad.

But the worst part was the breakfast service, with crew turning lights on almost 2.5 hours out of London, something unheard of in coach on such a short flight but really bad in First Class, where competitors offer Dine on Demand!

Sweet French toast 

Best part of the flight is truly the seat and perhaps on a longer flight such as Australia to Dubai the service will be better, but I was not impressed with this segment.

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