Hong Kong – September 2014

Qantas (old) 747 First Class Review – QF128 Hong Kong to Sydney

I was booked in Business Class for my return from Hong Kong to Sydney, but decided that given the old 747’s that used to ply this route only offered the angled-flat Skybed Mk 1 seat, that I’d spend 25,000 points on an upgrade to First which at least offered a flat bed for the overnight flight home.

The upgrade was confirmed earlier in the day of travel, and after leaving the new Qantas Hong Kong lounge, I headed to board and fly back to Sydney on one of Qantas old 747’s that hadn’t yet been through their refurbishment program.

This is just a quick review with a handful of pictures – I have previously flown this route and done the same in the past, upgrading to improve the overnight flight home for a better night’s sleep, and I find it well worth the 25,000 Qantas Points as a result. Continue reading…

Qantas International Lounge Hong Kong overview

After a couple of days in Hong Kong, I was heading back to Sydney on Qantas, and had my first opportunity to sample the relatively new Qantas Hong Kong lounge.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Cathay Pacific’s The Wing (Business and First Class) and The Cabin lounges, which are all excellent, and a cut above the old Qantas Lounge in Hong Kong. Given the newness (and difference in ‘concept’) of Qantas’ lounge I was keen to check it out.

Qantas operate a mixed First & Business lounge to service their daily flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, with some table-service dining options and manned bar – and to be honest, the lounge is a massive improvement over the Sydney and Melbourne International Business Class lounges which would get more traffic. Continue reading…

Qantas A380 First Class Review – QF127 Sydney to Hong Kong

Qantas has now stopped operating First Class to and from Hong Kong as of September last year, but I had reason to head up for a few days.

It happened to be in the last week of A380 operations and found myself sitting in First Class on the way up, thanks to an aggressive promotion which had Business fares with one-way in First priced more aggressively than Business in both directions. Go figure.

I chose to fly First on the way up to Hong Kong to make the most of the Sydney First Class lounge and the daylight flight – and it was a great experience. Read on for my thoughts on the lounge, food, service and the A380 generally. Continue reading…