Recently I was fortunate enough to be upgraded on a recent flight from Sydney to Melbourne. As it was on an A330-200, this meant I had Qantas’ new Business Suite.
Flight Number: QF417
Aircraft: VH-EBM - A330-200
Departure/Arrival: Melbourne (MEL/YMML) to Sydney (SYD/YSSY)
Sydney Airport T3/Qantas Domestic Business Lounge
Sydney’s Terminal 3 is Qantas’ main domestic hub, with Qantas being the only airline that flies out of it. The check-in hall is very modern and uncrowded, thanks to the use of Self-Serve Check-in and Bag Drop kiosks. The time of my flight (weekday morning) would normally be peak hour for business travellers travelling between the capital cities, however, the terminal did not appear busy or crowded.
Qantas has recently increased their carry-on baggage allowance to 10kg, so I didn’t check any bags in, allowing me to head straight through the empty security line.
Sydney’s Terminal 3 Departures Hall (I didn’t manage to get an image of the terminal, so here’s one I found off the internet. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sydney_Airport_T3.JPG)
The Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge in Sydney is not Qantas’ best, in my opinion, however, it is very spacious and provides plenty of seating areas and tasty food options, not to mention a great view of the gates. The breakfast food was also very good, with a variety of buffet-style options, a pancake machine, and barista-made coffee.
The Qantas Domestic Business Lounge in Sydney. (Again I didn’t take a picture, so here’s a flashy Qantas one. Source: https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-business-class-lounge-review-sydney-syd-airport-domestic-terminal)
We soon got called for boarding, and after heading through the dedicated Business Class jetway, we boarded the aircraft.
Qantas lays out its A330 business class across two cabins. One larger cabin at the front of the aircraft, and a smaller mini-cabin behind it. The seats are laid out in a 1-2-1 layout, meaning every seat has direct aisle access. The seats alternate, meaning every second row has the seat closer to the window, and the console on the aisle side. If you are in one of these seats, it is extremely private (as seen in the image of my seat later). You almost feel as if you are in your own suite.
The cabin from my seat (2A) (Image taken by me)
There is plenty of space for laptops/tablets, especially with the L-shaped shelf on your side. Another handy feature is that the space beside you is large enough to fit a laptop, meaning you can continue to work on a laptop/tablet while dining. There are also many other handy storage features, such as a small shelf for shoes, and a hook to hang headphones.
The seat specifically is very comfortable. It is able to be partially reclined during takeoff and landing. One downside to this is the requirement for a 3-point seatbelt to be worn, much like a car seatbelt. Although this is only required for takeoff and landing.
The seat can recline to form a fully-flat bed.
The view from the seat, showing the large entertainment screen. To the right, there is also a pouch for the magazine, safety card etc. (My image)
The side shelf. There is lots of space and books or laptops can fit in that L-shaped shelf above. (My image)
The Seat adjustment panel. Note the takeoff recline button, as well as do not disturb button. (My image)
The conveniently placed USB, headphone and power plug sockets. Qantas provides you with noise-cancelling headphones. (My image)
The seat as a flatbed, it is very private (My image)
My seat, 2A. As it is an even row, the console is on the aisle side, meaning that you have a very private suite. Notice the 3-point seatbelt, as well as the headphones on the hook. (My image)
Upon boarding, we were greeted with a welcome drink, a choice of apple juice or water. I’m guessing alcoholic options would be available on an afternoon/evening flight. I did notice though that they took away your drink quite quickly before departure!
My Breakfast, which was delicious! (my image)
My hot chocolate, which was the best that I had ever had on a flight! (my image)
Melbourne Airport (Arriving)
Airport: 8/10 - Very modern, but lacking some amenities.
Check-in/Security: 10/10 - Probably the fastest car to lounge time ever!
Lounge: 7/10 - One of Qantas’ older lounges, a bit crowded, but the food was very good.
Boarding: 8/10 - Easy Priority lane and jetbridge.
Seat: 9/10 - One of the best business class seats out there, in my opinion.
Cabin: 8/10 - the cabin was quite big, but there is a smaller cabin further back with only 2 rows.
Crew: 8/10 - Qantas crew were very friendly, as usual.
Service/Meals: 8/10 - A very nice, well-presented meal for such a short flight.
Arrival: 10/10 - Without hand luggage, leaving the airport is very quick.
Thaks for reading my first ever flight review!
Let me know how I went!