Flying from Changi is always a treat, but it has quite been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of doing so with Qantas. And even longer since enjoying it in Business Class style. And what a treat it is.
Seamless service, superior comfort and sublime food on the Qantas A330-200 business class service sets the scene for a truly flawless flight.
Qantas Check In
Check-in at the Premier Check-in Lounge in Terminal 1 is fast and friendly, and my suitcase, crammed though it is full of Singaporean bargains, is well within the Business Class restrictions of two pieces of checked luggage up to 40 kilograms, and carry on of seven kilograms.
After whizzing through the always speedy Changi immigration, its straight to the Qantas Business Lounge where, wine in hand, I tuck into a lovely selection of Singaporean and International cuisine in comfort. While I’d be quite happy to kick back a little longer in the lounge, Changi has so much to see, do and explore, and a last-minute shopping spree and massage beckons, so I pop out for an hour of retail therapy.
The seat and amenities
Business class boarding is equally efficient and gracious, and I’m soon ensconced in a suite-like flat-bed seat in the Sydney bound A330-200 Business Suite. A 1-2-1 seat configuration offers direct aisle access for all business class passengers
I’m sitting in Seat 1C and there’s more accessible storage in my private suite than my apartment. After briefly considering asking the cost of weekly rent, I spot a prettily packaged amenity kit. Along with the usual stuff like eye mask, earplugs, socks and toothbrush, it includes an ASPAR Travel Rituals Set so I slather myself in hand cream, moisturiser and lip balm until I smell like a thing of citrusy splendour.
As this is a night flight, the lovely flight staff also proffer me a super comfy set of Qantas PJ’s, which I immediately slip into before strutting about the business class cabin like I’m on the red carpet. Honestly, I’ve been coveting a pair of these things for so long I feel like I’ve won the airline lottery.
The fully reclining flat-bed seats have a seat pitch of 31 inches (78 centimetres) and a width of 18.1 inches (45 centimetres) with intuitive controls and the option of a fitted mattress to make sleeping comfy.
I’m sitting in Seat 1C and there’s more leg room than you can poke an exceptionally long stick at, and the extraordinarily comfortable Vantage XL seat can be in recline from take-off right through to landing. Not being snooze inclined, I instead play with the seat controls, launching myself all over the place while I enjoy a glass of the proffered pre-flight Duval-Leroy Brut.
The In-flight Entertainment
There are plenty of power and USB ports for charging devices and ample space for me to get busy on my laptop. So, with a huge back log up of work and looming deadlines, I do what any sensible person would do. I pack away my laptop, order another glass of bubbles and answer the siren call of the eX3 in-flight entertainment system and its 27-centimetre LCD touchscreen.
With about a bazillion hours of content, including latest release movies, TV box sets and documentaries, I have plenty to choose from, but late night brain fog means I prefer my movies on the not-too-challenging side and I settle in to watch a little Marvel mayhem. And seriously, who could blame me? Given a choice of drooling over a shirtless Chris Hemsworth for two and a half hours while guzzling champers or writing a 1200-word story, you know what you’d do.
The Neil Perry curated menu in Qantas Business Class takes the inflight experience to a whole new level. Soon after take-off, dinner is served on white linen with crisp napkins and sparkling silverware. There’s also a selection of premium Australian wines selected by the Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers. I select a sauvignon blanc that beautifully complements my sublime barbecue duck dumplings with aromatic broth, shitake mushrooms, egg noodles and Asian greens, served with a green leaf salad.
Dessert is an apple and vanilla crumble with cinnamon cream, which I follow with a Martell VSOP Cognac.
For the non-sleepy, there’s also a selection of snacks available during the flight including fabulous choc chip cookies and fresh seasonal fruit.
I do manage a few hours of shut-eye during the eight-hour and 20-minute flight, a miracle for this flight non-sleeper, and wake to a delightful breakfast of green juice of honeydew, cucumber apple and kale, macadamia toasted muesli and a bacon and egg brioche roll with hot sauce. A perfect kick starter after an equally perfect flight!
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