Hello Flight-Report #Avgeeks. I've been away for awhile, mostly making changes to this RTW adventure I'll be sharing over the coming days. Planning for this trip began back in 2017 when the schedule opened for reward tickets to be used in August 2018. The destination was Australia. I was waiting for a specific flight going west to Australia to become available when the schedule hit 331 days out. At that time Qatar had just introduced their Q-Suite business class seat. It was only being flown on Paris and London routes to Doha. On a whim I searched for CDG to Sydney. Bingo, Q-Suites to Doha and A380 service in first class to Sydney. Going east now. (BTW: the westbound flight opened but this was more fun!)
Numerous changes were made, what else is new, but in the end it was an
Virgin Australia CNS-BNE B737 Business Class - to come Qantas BNE-MEL B787-9 Business Class - to come Qantas MEL-SYD A300-2 Business Class / MEL 2nd day open Business Class Lounge - to come Singapore Airlines SYD-SIN Suites Class / SYD Krisflyer First Class Lounge - to come Singapore Airlines SIN-PEK First Class / SIN Private Room - to come Lufthansa PEK-MUC First Class - to come Lufthansa MUC-FRA A321 Business Class / MUC First Class Lounge - to come Singapore Airlines FRA-JFK Suites Class - to come JetBlue JFK-ORD E190 Economy Class - no report
The Rydges hotel is directly across from Sydney’s international terminal. While a nice hotel it is often expensive. Fortunately I was able to snag a deal and booked it primarily to plane watch before my flight to Cairns.
Cairns was the original destination of this trip (although it suffered through a number of changes as well) and the original western route was to fly American’s 787-9 from LAX to SYD arriving on this very date. So there I am in seat 2A of that American 787.
How often can you get 2 A380s and 2 747s in the same photo?
Or just 2 A380s.
Soon it was off to the terminal. Only I was at the international terminal and was departing from the domestic terminal.
Qantas has a transfer gate where I could check-in in the International terminal and take a bus across the airfield to the Domestic terminal on the other side. That trip allowed for this photo, once I cropped out the heads of other bus patrons. We’ll be seeing you soon VA.
After taking a peak inside the QF business class lounge which I reviewed last year I ventured over to a Priority Pass restaurant. Their kitchen was closed at 11AM, no chef, go figure. So I passed some time then headed to the gate.
Boarding was on time and soon enough we were on our way.
It’s a short flight up to Cairns, a little under 3 hours.
And a nice day for flying.
Qantas has a nice domestic business class seat. The cabin has 12 seats, 3 rows of 2x2. Strangely they block rows 1 and 2 from pre-assignment. So it was 3A for me.
A better view. Notice the non partition between cabins. It’s the new thing I guess.
A good reason to bring your own entertainment. The 737-8 monitors are circa 1990 on the Airbus A320.
Pretty much all I can show you about the seat are these manual buttons to control the seat. This aircraft did not have any power at the seat.
The good news is on this QF flight the FA, Thomas if I remember correctly, served me lunch whereas last time they missed me.
Fish and chips, kind of, with mashy peas or something to that effect.
But the fun was in the little box.
All I can say is if you run across a Madhouse Bakehouse, go inside.
While dreaming about Madhouse Bakehouse we started our descent.
I was on the wrong side of the plane for the best photos.
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