As I wrote in my earlier post, I was in NZ for a conference for a few days and needed a return flight back to Sydney. Given a late booking and the need to earn some status credits to hit Qantas Gold for the current year, I decided to book an Any Seat Award (more on these here) from Auckland back to Sydney – with the only availability being via Melbourne on QF132 for the princely sum of 36,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points and $388 in taxes and fees.
QF132 is a 7am departure so I rocked up to the Qantas Premium check in area at around 5.30 after the brief walk over from the Airport Novotel, and check in was empty – and after a quick interaction with Qantas staff and no security lins I dropped into the Qantas Club for a quick coffee, during which the flight was called.
On boarding, I was pleased to see the cabin almost empty – with just one other passenger in the 16 seats available of this 737.
As usual, the Qantas Business Class seats on their 737 give ample room and comfort – just enough legroom, just enough width and just enough recline. But it’s not luxurious compared to some of Qantas’ competitors (and partners) crossing to New Zealand and back, such as Emirates – many with international long-haul Business Class products you can sample.
I fired up the ‘Q’ IFE system and settled into a movie shortly after take off, while we waited for breakfast to be served – which didn’t take long.
The menu was as follows:
I went for the hot breakfast choice of the Crêpe with Scrambled Eggs and Cheddar, Bacon, Spinach and Tomatoes. Sometimes you just can’t get a much better breakfast than with Qantas in Business Class – this was excellent.
I continued to enjoy the empty cabin until we landed on time in Auckland a couple of hours later.
The early flight time was killer, but others QF132 from Auckland to Melbourne was a perfectly comfortable way to travel, especially when given some great service and food in an almost empty cabin. No complaints!
Next, it was off to transfer to through to Melbourne Domestic and back to Sydney.