Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, here is everything you need to know before you book your business class seats on a Qantas A380.
If you’ve a booked a flight in business class on the A380, you can avoid the crowded public waiting areas with complimentary passes to one of Qantas’ Business Lounges. The perks will vary depending on the lounge, but you can usually look forward to seasonal menus, as well as complimentary snacks and drinks. You can also while away the time before your flight with fully-equipped workstations and Wi-Fi access, LCD televisions, plus a selection of magazines and newspapers. You can sometimes even freshen up before your flight if shower facilities are available. You can also save time and board the plane smoothly with priority check-in and priority boarding. Speaking of checking in, business class flyers are also allocated bigger baggage allowances. Exactly how much luggage you can take will depend on whether you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer
and the status you've achieved. You can compare your potential options below in order of left to right: Adult, Qantas Club members and Silver Qantas Frequent Flyers, Platinum and Platinum One Qantas Frequent Flyers.
Chauffeur Drive: Arrive at the airport in style
When you fly business class, the perks start well before you board the flight. If you’ve secured tickets on an international A380 business class flight, you could be eligible to take advantage of the “Chauffeur Drive” service that’s complimentary to customers in first and business class. If you book a Chauffeur Drive service, you’ll be collected in a luxury vehicle and driven to the airport to meet your flight.
Frequent flyer perks
If you’re flying business class, you can usually also earn more Qantas Points and Status Credits than if you were flying in Premium Economy or Economy. Exactly how many extra points you can earn will depend on where you’re travelling, but it’s definitely a perk to keep in mind when deciding whether you want to splurge for business class or not.
There are 11 rows of business class seats on the A380. The first three rows are a “mini cabin” at the front of the cabin, which is usually restricted to elite frequent flyers. This is followed by a galley and some toilets and then the remaining eight rows. The seats are arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration. So, although you have plenty of space, you’re still in relatively close quarters to another passenger. As you’d expect from business class, the seats are spacious. They’re 21 inches (53.34cm) wide and offer offer around 78 (198.12cm) inches of legroom. If you’d like a break from your seat, you can also head to the front of the cabin to a small breakout area where you can serve yourself wine and snacks and relax in the lounge throughout the flight.
You can truly fly flat in A380 business class as you can fully recline the seats in your private shell. When you recline your seat, the headrest is placed inside the shell of the seat, which offers some extra privacy while you’re sleeping. Speaking of sleeping, you’re also provided with a quilted mattress cover to give your seat extra padding, a pillow and a cotton blanket. You can also request additional pillows for extra comfort/to build a pillow fort. There is plenty of room in front of you and you can pull a screen across if you want privacy from the passenger beside you. The seats are built for comfort and with simple controls, they even offer massage and lumbar support options. There are also compartments for your shoes, glasses and a thin storage pocket for books or iPads. But the storage pockets in the front of the seat can only be accessed if you unbuckle your seat and get up (or if you have unusually long arms).
The A380 business class is about to get a makeover
In August 2017, Qantas announced that it would be revamping its A380 fleet with new business class seats. The current Skybed II seats will be replaced by the Business Suite that’s already included in the Qantas Airbus A330s. It will offer a 1-2-1 layout, bigger screens, a bump-free flatbed and more storage space.
As well as the comfortable seating, another reason to fork out for business class flights is the freebies. When you board the A380, you’ll be provided with amenity kits from Jack Spade (for men) and Kate Spade (for women) including a dental kit, eye mask, moisturiser, lip balm, body cream and of course, the iconic grey kangaroo-printed business class pyjamas.
Depending on the length of your flight, you’re usually offered a complimentary dinner, breakfast and a selection of snacks such as chips, fresh fruit and chocolate bars throughout the flight. You’ll receive complimentary drinks including champagne, Australian beer and wine, spirits, hot drinks, juice, soft drink and water. There’s also a self-serve station at the front of the cabin where you can get your own drinks and snacks.
You can choose from a vast selection of films, TV shows, radio channels, albums and games throughout the flight. You can watch these on a moveable screen located in front of your seat. You can expect both recent releases and old classics, with some of the genres including new releases to Oscar classics, Australian, family, arthouse and world. If you’d prefer to choose from your own selection, you can also make use of the PC power and two USB ports in each seat.
Like the sound of the Qantas A380 Business Class? Find out where you can fly in style with this overview of the available routes on the A380.
|Sydney <> Dubai <> London||QF1/QF2||All flights|
|Melbourne <> Dubai <> London||QF9/QF10||All flights|
|Sydney <> Los Angeles||QF11/QF12||All flights|
|Melbourne <> Los Angeles||QF93/QF94||All flights|
|Sydney <> Dallas/Fort Worth||QF7/QF8||All flights|
|Sydney <> Hong Kong||QF127/QF128||On selected flights, during peak seasons|
Qantas’ A380 business class doesn’t skimp on the perks. If you’re travelling on a long-haul flight, the extra leg room, reclinable seats and premium menu could be worth the extra cash or points to get there.
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