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