The airline with the best average rating is Emirates with 8.4/10.
The average flight time is 7 hours and 50 minutes.More information
This QF1 flight was very interesting as I had the opportunity to fly in two different class, premium economy and economy back to back. Luckily I flew the longer sector in premium eco. The premium economy seat was comfortable enough for me to sleep about 7 hours which made the long flight go very quickly
The cabin of the Qantas A380 is pleasant and comfortable, whether it is in premium eco or in eco. Crew on both class were friendly.
The plane which is relatively new was in good condition. The IFE system is getting a little old. Unfortunately it is located in the armrest in premium eco, which means you have to stow it at take off and landing. Given the fierce competition amongst carriers, the QF IFE is due for a revamp in my opinion. All seats have a USB power outlet which is very useful.
The premium eco cabin was full yet it still felt spacious and private enough. The eco cabin was not full, and having no one next to me made a huge difference as I could stretch and take a more comfortable position.
All in all a very enjoyable experience (well I always enjoy flying to Europe so perhaps I am less critical....). Qantas product is solid in both class. Must admit I was very surprised by the premium eco product which is worth considering for long haul flight ex Australia to Europe. A great and cheaper alternative to Business Class.
Lots of time was wasted in holding patterns, in DXB and LHR. Seems that DXB is becoming a very congested airport and air space. I could feel the pilot frustration through his announcement, saying the given estimated time of arrival would probably be blown away 30 min, and that this was his very own estimate (which proved to be accurate).
Again a one stop journey through the Middle East or Asia is still a much preferred option to travel from Australia to Europe, versus a second stop over via LHR, CDG or FRA to reach a European secondary city such as Madrid.