As Australia’s flagship airline, Qantas has business travel down to a luxurious science. Accordingly, the Qantas A380 (aka Airbus 380) Business Class duly upholds the carrier’s premium standards of service, taking travellers from Australia to a range of locations, including Los Angeles, London and Dubai. For some business fliers, the top-shelf experience starts before you’ve even left home, thanks to a complimentary Chauffeur Drive service offered by the airline. Available in select locations, the service has a driver pick you up at your front door and drop you off at the airport, with another driver waiting for you at your destination. Along similarly convenient lines, Qantas Check-In is available online from 24 hours before departure up until 90 minutes before departure. Of course, this is all just a mere preview of what the Qantas A380 has in store for its passengers. Here’s a business class review for all you gents out with a cherished company card at your disposal.
Qantas Business Class Lounge
As one might imagine, Qantas Business Lounges can vary from airport to airport, so for the sake of economy we’ll use the international lounge located in Terminal 3 at the Sydney Airport as a general template. Put simply, Qantas thought of more or less everything as far as service is concerned, even if the lounge emanates with what might be dubbed an “airport” vibe. Nevertheless, what the Qantas Business Lounge lacks in modern design, it makes up for in spaciousness and convenience.
Located in the middle of the lounge is a central dining island, where one can enjoy his or her food and beverage, or order select, seasonal menu items from the waitstaff. Self-service is a big thing in the Qantas Business Lounge, with two buffet stations and a variety of self-serve beers and wines. At the buffets, expect an ample selection of hot and cold meals, which rotate throughout the day. For lunchtime, think pastas, salads, breads, meats, stews, cakes and even a gelato station, and you’re heading in the right direction.
Also featured in the Qantas Business Lounge are big screen TVs, Mac computers, Internet access, a designated family zone, a quiet work zone, a barista service, showers and clean restrooms. That’s all joined by comfortable seats inside a commodious layout. Indeed, you might want to show up extra early just to spend more time lounging like a boss.
Qantas A380 Business Class Seats
Arranged in 11 rows of 1-2-1 along the upper deck of the Qantas A380, the airline’s business class seats (aka Skybeds) truly aim to please. Touting cocoon-like enclosure, the seats deliver ample storage space, a range of adjustments, a reading light, built-in massage options and plenty of in-flight entertainment. However, it’s not until nap time (or bedtime) that the award-winning Skybed seats truly strut their stuff. That’s when you can convert the seat into a two-metre, fully-flat bed designed by Marc Newson. Also available (on select flights) is a “sleep service”, which includes a new mattress, duvet and turndown service. Suffice to say, Qantas doesn’t take the term “Skybed” lightly, and this is accordingly as luxurious an experience one can ask for from a jumbo plane.
Travellers looking to avoid spillover noise from the lounge or restrooms will want to try and score a seat situated smack between the two areas. If you can snag a seat in rows 18 or 19, you should be relatively insulated from any distracting noise.
Qantas A380 Business Class In-Flight Entertainment
Given how long international flights can be, copious amounts of in-flight entertainment is essential. Thankfully, Qantas has you covered in business class. Their advanced entertainment system consists of a 12.1″ touchscreen with on-demand control, granting you access to a bevy of movies, TV shows, radio channels, CD albums, maps, guides and games. Throw on complimentary noise-cancelling headsets and immerse yourself accordingly. Additionally included with every business class seat is a personal telephone, reply text messaging, power outlets and USB connectivity. In other words, expect to be sufficiently entertained for the entirety of your flight.
It’s also worth noting that if your version of entertainment includes engaging with others, every Qantas A380 comes with a business lounge at the front of the upper deck. Here you’ll find a 58cm LCD screen for videos or presentations along with spacious, comfortable seating.
Qantas A380 Business Class Dining & Meals
The quality experience continues with a Rockpool designed international business menu, which hosts a delectable variety of seasonal plates both big and small, and comes served on Marc Newson tableware. For select flights, travellers even have the option of designing their own menu from home, using Menu Select. Naturally, you’ll want something to wash down that tasty food–a glass of wine perhaps? For that, Qantas provides its own Sommeliers in the Sky, who can go over the award-winning list of wines and champagnes, helping you find that perfect complimentary sipper.
Qantas A380 Amenities
Sometimes the difference between a “good” and “great” flight boils down to the little things, i.e. the amenities. Helping keep Qantas Business Class squarely on the “great” side of the line are some truly luxurious amenity kits–also known as Qantas Curates–which feature designs from Australian artists. To keep things fresh, the kits are updated once every few months, a trend that will last all the way up until April 19th of next year.
In each Qantas Curates amenity kit you’ll find things like ASPAR Sweet Orange & Shea Hand Cream (exclusive to Qantas), Vanilla & Orange Lip Moisturiser and an Ultra Hydrating Face Moisturiser. Also included is an eye mask, travel socks, a dental kit and ear plugs. Don’t wait to get home to unleash these goodies–they’re intended to keep you moisturised and comfortable during your flight. Capping off the brilliant package (on select flights) are unisex pyjamas with a Kangaroo logo on the front. Call it the slightly kitschy icing on an otherwise strictly luxurious cake.