Manila to Sydney Qantas business class Flight review
As one of the most well-known airlines in the world, Qantas offers several classes of service to its passengers. One of its most popular and well-regarded classes is its business class. In this review, we will take a closer look at Qantas’ business class flight from Sydney to Manila and vice versa including its amenities, service, and overall experience. Gazing out at the flying kangaroo logo whilst waiting to land 35000 feet in the air, in business class, could be worse! There was one major let down however on the Manila to Sydney leg of the flight. Read on to discover what it was!
Check-In and Boarding Experience:
Qantas offers dedicated check-in counters for business class passengers, which can help to speed up the process and make it more comfortable. There are also dedicated security lines that can help to speed up the entire process, allowing passengers to move through the airport quickly and efficiently.
The check in at Sydney was painful however. Even though the queue was short 4 passengers ahead of us took a long time. You know the scenario! When it’s your turn a few clicks on a mouse and you’re off. One of the unexplained phenomenon of travelling.
At Manila airport, the check in process was swift and efficient with smiles from everyone. The flight back to Sydney is an evening flight, just shy of 8 hours.
Quick Index Manila to Sydney Qantas Business Class Flight
- The Cabin
- The Seats
- Amenity Kit
- Food and Drinks
- The Bathroom
- The Bar
- Final Thoughts
Once onboard the aircraft, business class passengers are greeted with a warm welcome, by name and guided to their seats. The cabin crew is friendly, professional, and attentive, creating a welcoming atmosphere that sets the tone for the rest of the flight. The pre take off drinks are swift to arrive.
The Manila to Sydney Qantas business class cabin is a 1-2-1 configuration, with all seats facing forwards. We say this because on some Qatar business class flights we have been on, some seats face the rear of the plane. There are 28 business class seats and 269 economy seats. On both flights of the Sydney to Manila return flight there were no empty seats. You’ll be travelling on an A330 -300 which has business suites. Not quite as private as the Qatar business suites with a sliding door, but better than previous business Qantas business seats. The window seats provide the best privacy when travelling alone, but the divider in the middle seats provides decent coverage between yourself and a stranger in most seating positions.
The cabin design is modern, elegant, and stylish, with clean lines and muted tones that create a calming atmosphere. The cabin is well-lit, with large windows that provide stunning views of the sky and the world below. This is the one time when you do want the window seat! Depending on your route the flight can be a bit warm. We usually find the cabin too warm coming from Australia to the rest of the world!
The seats on board the Manila to Sydney Qantas business class flight
Qantas’ business class seats are some of the most comfortable in the sky. The seats are spacious, with a generous amount of legroom and plenty of room to stretch out.
The seats are also fully adjustable, so passengers can find the perfect position for sleeping, working, or relaxing. All seats have a massage function which works at all angles, even in the lie flat bed mode. You are provided with a mattress to soften the lines between the back and the bottom.
The bathroom or toilets or washroom, whatever you want to call them are the same as economy class. The only difference is there are less people queuing for them. Surely we don’t need to show you a photo?!
Qantas’ business class amenities are good. Passengers are provided with an amenity kit that includes skincare products, toothpaste, earplugs, and more. Each seat also comes with a cozy blanket and fluffy pillow, ensuring that passengers are comfortable throughout the flight. The toiletries bag has recently had an upgrade and is one you would want to keep. The range of skincare is the same as in the lounges (Li’tya). There are apparently six amenity kit bags to collect.
Inside the plastic toothbrush has been replaced with a bamboo toothbrush. The paper used is all forestry commission certified and fully compostable. The plastic packaging contains 40% recycled plastic. Even the inner carton is made up of a plastic which has enhanced biodegradable properties. Clearly, Qantas is trying to present a more sustainable and environmentally friendly take away kit for its business class passengers.
On overnight flights passengers are offered Qantas pyjamas which are a cotton polyester blend. The smallest size available is medium. All pyjamas are grey coloured with a white kangaroo on the chest.
One of the standout features of Qantas’ business class is its impressive entertainment system. Passengers have access to an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music, and games, all of which are displayed on a large touchscreen display. The selection is vast and varied, with something for everyone. The new release films are standard offerings which most airlines will have and they are also divided into different categories for your viewing pleasure. The noise cancelling headphones provided make the sound experience whilst watching films or listening to music so much clearer.
Food and drinks Dining Experience
Qantas’ business class dining experience is varied. We found a huge difference in the quality and taste during both flights. From the Australian side into Manila the food was very good.
On the way back, the food was oily, lacked taste and was presented badly. Maybe the origin country of the flight really has an effect on the quality of the dining experience, since the cabin and seats are obviously the same.
The Manila to Sydney Qantas business class dining experience was probably the worst tasting we have experienced from Qantas. In the picture below the bread roll was definitely not sourdough!
The beef and snapper dishes we chose, sounded really exciting but when delivered lacked any finesse and were presented poorly.
Passengers are served a gourmet meal that is expertly prepared, beautifully presented, and exquisitely delicious (usually). The menu is designed by renowned chef Neil Perry and features a range of options that cater to different tastes and dietary requirements. There are always vegetarian and gluten free options.
The wine list is also impressive, with a carefully curated selection of wines from around the world. However, like we always say, the food and wine is not as good as Emirates or Qatar business class, who have higher quality wines and better presented tableware.
There is no bar available on the Manila to Sydney Qantas business class route as the plane is not an A380.
The cabin crew are friendly, professional, and attentive, always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that passengers have a comfortable and enjoyable flight. You are addressed by name as you board and are asked to fill in the breakfast menu card so you won’t be disturbed during the night on the way back from Manila and the dinner card on your way to Manila.
The crew are knowledgeable about the menu, the wine list, and the entertainment system, and they are always available to answer questions or provide assistance. If you have connecting flights the crew will reassure you that you won’t miss your next flight, as they contact with the crew on the ground at the landing destination.
Sometimes, the crew can seem a little flustered especially around meal times. This is more evident when the crew is young and inexperienced. On the other hand, when the crew are experienced, thy can sometimes appear a little aloof and just going through the motions. What is guaranteed is smiling whether it be fake or not, you definitely don’t see miserable Qantas crew in business class.
Qantas’ business class is good value offering a premium experience that is both luxurious and practical. From its comfortable seating and stylish cabin design to its impressive entertainment system and gourmet dining, Qantas business class ticks all the boxes for a very comfortable flight experience. The service is what one expects, and the attention to detail is somewhat hit and miss in every aspect of the experience. For those looking for a premium travel experience, Qantas’ business class is definitely worth considering.
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