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.

First Class is in the nose of the 747, and was a seriously ageing cabin. I was in row 4, probably one of the worse seats given the proximity to the gallery.

Qantas (old) 747 First Class Review - QF128 Hong Kong to Sydney | Point Hacks

You’ll get a pillow and a blanket at your seat on boarding, but can request the crew make up your bed with a lambswool mattress pad and sheets.

Qantas 747 First Class Bed | Point Hacks

Qantas 747 First Class Cabin | Point Hacks

The cabin was full on this flight, with a mixture of upgraded passengers and staff sitting around me I discovered after some brief chats.

Qantas 747 First Class Cabin | Point Hacks

Qantas 747 First Class Cabin | Point Hacks

Immediately after take-off I declined dinner, got into pyjamas and had the bed made up.

Qantas 747 Breakfast | Point Hacks

QF128 Sydney – Hong Kong First Class Menu

Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment, but after 7 hours of sleep and waking up 45 minutes before landing, I wasn’t complaining.

This trip of course wasn’t a patch on the A380 suite I experienced a few days before, but I still slept well and enjoyed the experience, and definitely a marked improvement on Business Class on the same flight. I wouldn’t want to pay good money for it, but as an upgrade, it’s still worth spending points on.

Qantas (old) 747 First Class Review – QF128 Hong Kong to Sydney was last modified: May 5th, 2019 by Keith


  1. James

    No idea. The missus is Platinum, worked for us. Of course, we had to ask them to release the seats in the first place – 2x J award on that route over a weekend in January pretty hard to come by.

  2. James

    No more First offered to HKG, they’ve changed these flights to a refitted 747. An A380 at peak times means A380 First hard product for Business fare or redemption rates – if you have the status to be assigned the F seats.

    • Very true… becoming scarcer beasts. Although if you’re at SYD you do see quite a few Qantas 747’s at all times of day, just haven’t been on one since this flight.

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