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Cathy Wagstaff First Dal­las/Fort Worth – Syd­ney QF8 A380

The non­stop A380 flights be­tween Syd­ney and Dal­las are among the long­est routes in the world, tak­ing nearly 17 hours over a dis­tance of 13,804 kilo­me­tres. With such a lengthy flight ahead of me, it makes sense to do it in style in Qantas First.

To be­gin with, they’re Suites rather than seats, spa­cious and with ev­ery­thing at hand. The seat it­self swivels – to screen, to din­ing ta­ble – and quickly be­comes a comfy flat bed with the Bed­ding Down ser­vice that I take ad­van­tage of (along with that sig­na­ture char­coal-grey py­jama suit).

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Qantas and Neil perry is one of the most renowned in the skies, and I’m given the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence it al­most as soon as I board with a duo of canapés ac­com­pa­nied by a cham­pagne from the air­line’s ac­claimed cel­lar. A caviar tart­let and goat’s cheese gougère set the scene for what’s to come, but it’s the wild mush­room ragout lin­guine that is the stand­out of my sup­per. The Suite is spa­cious enough that some­one can dine with you should you choose.

Qantas First pas­sen­gers are in­vited to use the as­so­ci­ated Qantas First Lounge at Dal­las/Fort Worth, of­fer­ing the usual ar­ray of din­ing, bev­er­ages, show­ers and in­ter­net ac­cess. Ded­i­cated Qantas First lounges are found in Syd­ney, Bris­bane, Mel­bourne, Auck­land and Los An­ge­les.

Aside from Keith Ur­ban be­ing seated be­hind me, it’s the Qantas First Hosts that re­ally make the ex­pe­ri­ence stand out. These help­ful guides es­cort you from the kerb upon ar­rival at the air­port to the check-in and then to the lounge. A chauf­feur ser­vice is avail­able in cer­tain des­ti­na­tions, but I make use of my Cit­igold pres­tige priv­i­leges and use one of my two an­nual com­pli­men­tary limou­sine trans­fers. SK-II. Yes. Neil perry. Qantas has won the Best First Class Cel­lar and the Best First Class Sparkling for Tait­tinger Comtes de Cham­pagne 2000. www.qantas.com.au

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