G'day! Welcome to the next report in this series of flights down under! After LAN's AKL-SYD 5th freedom flight on the previous leg, we connect to another 5th freedom flight–this time British Airways' Sydney to Singapore route.
We originally had over 7 hours in Sydney and were planning on going into the city for lunch, but with the 1.5 hour delay on the AKL-SYD flight, we decided to stay at the airport. Plus we had some friends that would be flying through SYD the same day, so we planned to meet up for a bit.
Coming off the LAN flight from Auckland, we headed towards the Qantas First Class lounge.
And here we are again, 10 days later, going past the cool living wall at the entrance to the QF F lounge.
Great views of the tarmac from the lounge.
It's an A380-palooza
I enjoyed a glass of Mumm Rosé as we were waiting for our friends' flight to arrive. That carpet is very trippy.
When our friends' flight got in, we went to meet them at the gate and on the way spotted our LAN 787-9 leaving the gate to head back to Auckland. A beautiful bird, especially in that livery. Speaking of liveries, also love the Fiji Airways livery in the background.
After hanging out for a bit, we headed back to the QF F lounge. I had reserved a facial with head and shoulder massage at the SPA. Free 30 minute spa treatments are a great perk of the Qantas First lounge, but be sure to reserve as soon as you check-in as open slots are hard to come by.
Feeling refreshed and revitalized, I then had a shower.
Having not eaten since the bland breakfast on board the LAN flight, it was time for a late lunch. We had a seat in one of the restaurant sections.
Nice view of a oneworld lineup from the table
AA 77W pushing back
More Mumm Brut Rosé to start
SQ A380 taxiing and the Domestic Terminal in the background.
Delicious Salmon Tartare and Salt & Pepper Squid appetizers
For the mains, we had the Thai spicy beef that we had enjoyed 10 days earlier and the Mirrool Creek lamb that was not available during our last visit.
The lamb was absolutely delicious and perfectly cooked. Glad they had it this time!
Cheese plate for dessert
Some shots around the Qantas First lounge. There are lots of seating areas, aside from the several restaurant sections. It wasn't crowded that day, which made for a very relaxing atmosphere.
A library area with a small children's play area.
Nice views of the tarmac from anywhere you sit.
MH A330 in oneworld livery.
We ran into the very nice Nepalese host we had met on our last visit and ended up sitting in his section to chat for a bit and had some sashimi.
It was then time to say goodbye to the wonderful Qantas F lounge and head to the gate.
It was a long walk to the gate and boarding had already begun when we arrived.
When our boarding passes were scanned, they beeped and we were asked to step to the side–Oooh, I like that sound!
In stringing together this complicated mileage-maxing itinerary, I had booked the BA flights in Premium Economy as a roundtrip from Singapore. Judging by how crowded it was in the gate area, I suspected that lovely beep was an operational upgrade. And sure enough, it was! Score! One of the nice perks of oneworld Emerald status.
I had already gotten a great deal on the flights in Premium Economy, so getting to fly the return in Business was awesome!
The Business cabin ended up being 100% full–I imagine some lucky people booked in J maybe have gotten op-ups to F.
The Club World seats, like the World Traveller Plus seats reviewed on the SIN-SYD flight, are a newer generation on the 77W.
My seat by the window towards the back of the Club World cabin. Note that all window seats in Club World are backwards facing.
The window seats are very private, although it can be difficult to access the aisle as you have to climb over someone else's legs if their footstool is down. This is why I normally try to select a window in the last row of Business when flying these seats, as they have direct aisle access: OpenSkies (by British Airways) Paris - New York in Business class
Legroom is great. I'm 5'10" and can't reach the seat in front of me when sitting up.
The IFE screen is on the side wall. Notice when the partition is up, you are completely isolated–The BA J seat definitely offers a high level of privacy. With the partition down it is perfect for those travelling together as you face each other. If you are facing a stranger, however, it can be awkward.
View ouside the window.
A friendly flight attendant offers pre-departure drinks. Choice of water, orange juice, or Taittinger champagne
AirCalin A330 pulling in at the gate next door.
The seat doesn't have much storage except for this little drawer, which I find ideal for shoes.
We pushed back right on time and got a nice view of the AirCalin's nice livery.
Taxi time was short and we took off quickly
Blue skies above the clouds
Menus are distributed shortly after takeoff.
Very good selection of champagnes for Business class.
Nice wine list
Shortly after, Amenity kits containing Elemis products, as the bag announces, are distributed.
For the Apéritif, I enjoyed a glass of Castelnau Brut Rosé
Flying over the outback
Flight Attendants made a second pass to refill pre-dinner drinks, which was appreciated.
Starter course: Italian-style prosciutto with grilled artichokes and Kalamata olives. Roasted beetroot and Persian feta salad
Main course: Pan-fried barramundi filet in tomato caper sauce with fresh herb risotto
Cheese plate for dessert with some port
Coffee for afterwards
And a Cognac to finish.
Overall, it was a very satisfying meal and I was nice and full.
I got up to stretch a little after dinner. Flight attendants were making another round for after-dinner drinks. I have to say, service was very attentive for having such a full cabin.
Already missing New Zealand, I decide to dive into the world of Middle Earth and watch Hobbit movies.
I fell asleep during one of the movies and slept until I was awoken to prepare for landing.
PTV put away and footrest up for landing.
We landed in Singapore early, getting to the gate about 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
Our 77W on arrival.
After some duty-free shopping we headed to the recently renovated Terminal 1 Transit Hotel for a few hours of rest before taking the next series of flights in the morning that would take us home to DC.
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Qantas First Class Lounge International
Sydney - SYD
Singapore - SIN
A very good flight with British Airways in Club World. Admittedly, BA's Business class seats are not in the same league as newer generations of full-flat seats offering full-aisle-access from every seat, such as the Zodiac Cirrus or B/E Aerospace Super Diamond. However, they are comfortable seats that offer a good amount of space and recline to a fully-flat 180 degrees. The window seats are very private, but can be difficult to climb in and out of when the person behind on the aisle has the seat in bed mode. The crew was lovely and very attentive. The Club World seats are awkward for service as FAs have to reach over partitions, so kudos to them for the great service on board.
The Qantas First Class lounge in Sydney was once again a wonderful experience. It was nice to be able to take advantage of the spa treatments this time. The long layover was perfect for getting the full lounge experience.
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