Airline Review: Qantas Australian Domestic. Melbourne to Sydney
The Domestic flight from Melbourne to Sydney is one of the most flown routes in the world, and the busiest in Australia.
This time I was flying Economy on Qantas QF414 departing Melbourne at 8am and sitting in an Aisle seat. I forget which row number, because I had already sampled a lovely glass of Pinio grigio at the airport bar with a friend…. as you do…
Qantas have started a new check in system for frequent flier members, an “intelligent Q” chip which is integrated in the new fancy bag tag. I don’t have one, but I could see how practical they are, just swipe and go pretty much! I had to use extra energy typing my name in the computer and selecting my seats to print out a boarding pass. First world problems?
Qantas have nailed self check in! Loved it!
The first thing I noticed on boarding the aircraft, were the spacious seats. I might as well have been sitting in premium economy for the amount of leg room I was blessed with. It was very noticeable after the last cramped Tiger Airlines flight! I’m 5’9, and hardly a midget, often my knees scrape the back of the seat in front of me, this time? I had at least 2 inches clear!
The air hostesses were (I don’t know how to tactfully put this) slightly, uh, older… They were all over 40, which is fine- it’s just a noticeable point! In all honesty, I see this as a positive point (I’m sure there are a lot of guys out there who prefer the eye candy of the younger Virgin Airlines crew) but the older crew are experienced and know their job inside out and they don’t spend the entire flight gossiping with other crew. They seemed to be friendly with the passengers who fly their route regularly. The 8am run was 90% business men in suits many of whom fly the route weekly or more.
Meals are included on Qantas flights. The food service was prompt and easy to eat. The breakfast service included muesli, Skim Milk and juice, along with a chocolate muffin and tea and coffee. You can eat brekky while catching up on the latest travel gossip with the inflight magazine, a glossy number that gets restocked monthly. I also noticed for sale in the Airport at the book shop- it was actually worthy of buying, the articles were fantastic and varied. It was also thick enough that it kept me occupied for a decent chunk of the flight.
Have you flown Qantas recently? How was the experience?