March 6, 2015

Review: Qantas A380 First Class, Dubai-London

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Flight: QF 1
Time of departure in Dubai (DXB): 2:25
Time of arrival in London (LHR): 6:20
Equipment: Airbus A380-800
Flight duration: 7h 55m
Date of flight: February 17, 2015
Seat: 1K
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #26

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 kangaroo

Complimentary Chauffeur Service

I was in town meeting a friend that night so I booked a complimentary chauffeur service online for a 9:25pm airport drop off. Emirates is in charge for this service thru their partnership with Qantas and after meeting the friendly Indian chauffeur outside the Sofitel Hotel, I was on my way to the airport on a Mercedes Benz in no time at all. Upon arrival at the airport's dedicated area for premium passengers, a staff came and greeted me while another one offered to help me with my luggage but since I had none, I went straight to the check in desks.

Check-in

The Qantas First Class check in desks (41-43) were still closed when I arrived at the airport and was supposed to open three hours before departure. Luckily, I already had my boarding pass issued by the agent in Doha so after clearing the immigration, I went to the Emirates First Class Lounge where I enjoyed a few hours of their excellent food and service.

Boarding, gate A24

Boarding started about 30 minutes before departure at gate A24. From the lounge, passengers have direct access to the aircraft which is cool.

Elevator to the jet bridge, shared with economy class passengers.

Seat, 1K (Main Deck)

Welcome to my seat, 1K!

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 seat 1K

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 ottoman with pillow and blanket

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 magazine rack and foldable tray table

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 touchscreen control

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 entertainment control

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 predeparture beverage and snacks, water, almonds and olives

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 pajamas

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 first class amenity kit containing skin care products from SK-II.

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 first class slippers and socks

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 first class blanket

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 menu card

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 supper menu

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 menu

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 alcoholic beverage list

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 hot beverages

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 champagne

Champagne

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2000
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2000
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004

I wish they had a better headphone like the Bose headphones other airlines are offering.

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 touchscreen control

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 inflight magazines, etc

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 personal screen and blinds

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 stairs to the business class and premium economy cabins

Lounge Area

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 first and business class lounge area

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 first and business class lounge area

Dining

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 steak sandwich with tomato and chili relish, peach nectar, water

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 turndown service

I actually slept for like an hour and decided to watch some more films. A little later I ordered for something to eat.

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 chocochino and fresh fruits

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 pancake

I thought that this chocochino was the best part of this flight 😋

Toilet & Lavatory

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380, lavatory

Qantas First Class Dubai-London on the A380 lavatory amenities

CONCLUSION

I thought that there were a few positives and negatives on this flight. I appreciated the fact that the cabin attendant who took care of our side of the cabin addressed me by my name and that she actually asked for the right pronunciation of my surname. She also willingly explained to me all about the seat features when I told her that it was my first time on the Qantas A380. The turndown service was also very nice. The complimentary drop off service to the airport arranged by partner airline Emirates was great as well.

For the not so nice parts, I thought that my seat 2K was a bit dirty with a few stains (as you can see on the picture). Also the pajamas and slippers are probably not of the best quality which makes it ironic that they have to write a "First" logo on them. The food, as reviewed by other known bloggers were more like business class food. Unfortunately, there was only one flight attendant serving nine passengers (the cabin was full) so eventhough it was an evening flight, it was not enough. The service was more like hurrying so as to be able to have all the work done 👎 I would have wanted to taste their dessert and order some more snacks but I felt like I was asking too much so all I had on this fairly long flight were the ones I've written above. Now that I know what Qantas first class service is like, I would probably not choose them again unless they make some improvements.