Review of Qantas flight Melbourne Tokyo in Economy

Airline Qantas
Flight Qf79
Class Economy
Seat 31A
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 10:00
Take-off 04 Jan 24, 10:30
Arrival at 04 Jan 24, 18:30
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gg_06atv
By 2077
Published on 13th January 2024

Introduction


Back in January this year, I flew on a Qantas Airways A330-300 from Melbourne to Tokyo Narita. There was a slight delay, however, the flight overall was a great experience.


Qantas flies there A330-300 from Melbourne and Brisbane to Tokyo Narita, and a mix of A330-300 and B787-9 from Sydney to Tokyo Haneda.


At the airport


Melbourne Tullamarine Airport was rather quiet with not many queues at the counters. Check-in ended quick and the security went rather fast as there were not as many queues. The airside of Melbourne Airport was good, having large duty free, restaurants and shops. There were plenty of seats, however there was a lack of toilets in the area.


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Qantas Check-In Counter at Melbourne Airport.


There was a 55 minute delay, so I was pretty bored inside the airport since I had checked in too early. Eventually it was time to board, starting from business class passengers and then economy class.


Boarding


With a 55 minute delay, I was guessing everyone was excited to get on the plane, so boarding went descently fast. My seat was 31A, a window seat in the middle economy class cabin. Upon arriving at my seat, there was a pillow, blanket and a pair of headphones waiting at my seat.


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The seat


Qantas A330-300 aircraft comes in a 2-4-2 seat configuration for economy and a 1-2-1 configuration for business class. I prefer this layer over the 3-3-3 configuration, as it can feel a little cramped
The seats come with a large touchscreen IFE screen, with a storage pocket for belongings such as phones and passports. Under that there's a foldable tray table which can be extended towards you. Below that there is a storage net, which contained a safety card, inflight magazine and a sickness bag. There was also a netted footrest.


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My seat, 31A. (Don't mind the mess at the seat, I took this photo after landing!)


Food and drinks


The first service was a service of drinks. Qantas serves a wide range of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages on their flights. I opted for a lemonade and it came with a nut and pretzel pack.


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The second service was the first meal service. On this flight there were 3 options, yakisoba, wagyu beef or a pasta. I chose the yakisoba and it came with a focaccia and a drink. It was rather tasty.


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Around half an hour after the first meal service, there was a tea, coffee and hot chocolate service. The crew also provided Tim Tams, which I thought was a nice touch!


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Around 2 hours before landing, the crew started the second meal service. This time there were 2 options, fried rice or a ratatouille. I chose the fried rice, which came with a focaccia, a drink and a chocolate brownie. All were delicious.


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Between the first and second meal service, the crew went around serving drinks and snacks, such as chips around the cabin. There was also a self serve bar at the rear of the cabin which had drinks and snacks.


Inflight entertainment


The IFE screen had a wide range of movies and tv shows, and there were plenty of my favorites. Unfortunately there is no wi-fi on Qantas international routes (only on domestic flights)


Service


The cabin crew on this flight nailed it. They were really attentive, helpful and friendly. They went around checking the cabin to check if everyone was ok.

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Verdict

Qantas

8.6/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering8.0

Melbourne - MEL

6.9/10
Efficiency6.5
Access7.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness6.5

Tokyo - NRT

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Eventually we landed in Tokyo Narita Airport terminal 2 at around 6pm.
I really enjoyed my flight on Qantas A330-300. Despite the slight delay, the comfortable seat along with the delicious food made up for it. I would definitely fly with Qantas again.

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2 Comments

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  • Comment 642746 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 6921 Comments
    Nice first report! Looks like a very good experience with Qantas on this long-haul flight. The A330 cabin looks very comfortable, especially with the spacious 2-4-2 configuration, versus the tighter 3-3-3 on the 787s that are doing even longer flights. I like the different way QF do meal services. Visually it makes it seem more premium than most other carriers.

    Thanks for sharing and welcome to Flight-Report!
    • Comment 642977 by
      gg_06atv AUTHOR 10 Comments
      Glad you enjoyed my first flight review! Yes, the 3-3-3 configuration on aircrafts like the B787-9 can be tight if it's a full flight. And yes, I did like the meal service, it is a bit different from many other carriers.

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