First Class on Qantas

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Oct 06, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    Here's a peek at flying First Class on Qantas on the A-380 aircraft. This video shows L.A.-Sydney. It looks like a great flying experience and it doesn't hurt that the guy in the video is adorable.icon_biggrin.gif

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    Oct 06, 2013 5:25 AM GMT
    I wish I had the money for this... Looks like a great way to fly...

    First class from Houston to Sydney is $17,376 in March. How much is just the guy?
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 06, 2013 8:14 AM GMT
    and they never crashicon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 06, 2013 9:54 AM GMT
    Even if you're well off, $17,376 is silly money. I'd rather rough it on the flight and get a luxury hotel at the other end.
  • Danskerb

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    Oct 06, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Never understood the need for luxury planes. Even if it's an eight hour flight, who cares
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    Oct 10, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidEven if you're well off, $17,376 is silly money. I'd rather rough it on the flight and get a luxury hotel at the other end.


    Yes, please. And much less expensive.
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    Oct 10, 2013 2:39 AM GMT
    bxp011 saidNever understood the need for luxury planes. Even if it's an eight hour flight, who cares


    If your employer is paying for it why not.

    I think most luxury class travelers are either business class flying on company expenses or frequent flyers cashing in points.
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    Oct 10, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidand they never crashicon_biggrin.gif


    Neither did the 777 until Wi Too Lo and Ho Lee Fuk overestimated the length of the runway. (I'm going to hell for perpetuating that joke, lol). Anyway, the point is there is always pilot error. But, both beast plains.
  • Bunjamon

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    Oct 10, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    I got to fly first class once on United, on a buddy pass with the husband of a friend who is a retired pilot. He was in first class with me. Beijing to Chicago, just over 13 hours in the air. It's nice to be able to lie down, and the chairs could even accommodate my height!

    That said, I would never spend that much money on a plane ticket. Ever.
  • nooceansleft

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    Oct 10, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    777 went into the ground at Heathrow ages before Asiana, and it was a mechanical problem, not pilot error.

    Just sayin.
  • isuflyboy

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    Oct 10, 2013 3:35 AM GMT
    Flew first class to Germany on a smaller airbus, and it wasn't close to being this nice
  • ryno

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    Oct 10, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
    It kind of looks like Louie CK at 1:47 in the black t-shirt.
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    Oct 10, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    bxp011 saidNever understood the need for luxury planes. Even if it's an eight hour flight, who cares

    I'm 6'3" and flying coach really sucks on a long flight. My knees are about 1 cm from the seat in front of me.

    My brother and I and our other brother's daughter flew to London from LA; 10 hours. The brother who was flying with us works for United and their employees get first class or business class if they have space, as well as the people flying with them. Flying back we got business class. With the seat reclined all the way I couldn't touch the seat in front of me with my toes. It was amazing compared to coach.
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    Oct 10, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    yoursweetguy saidI wish I had the money for this... Looks like a great way to fly...

    First class from Houston to Sydney is $17,376 in March. How much is just the guy?


    wow, that is insane. even if i had millions of dollars, i would never pay that when coach is like 10% of that, lol. I see nothing about a first class experience that is even worth close to $900 per hour.
  • pandx970

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    Oct 10, 2013 7:10 AM GMT
    I think maybe I'll work up to 1st class with lots of mileage on a Quantas partner. icon_biggrin.gif ha!
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    Oct 10, 2013 7:48 AM GMT
    It is not so much of the cost $$, although I can understand why some guys would not even think about spending the dough, but is too arrive relaxed, refreshed, and in comfort...having said that I can not afford to pay that, if I could I would.

    A couple of years ago, I worked for a company and there was a critical vendor in the UK, that had failed to delivered, so I was asked by our CEO and Director to fly to the UK, it was critical to oversee the vendor and for corrective action to occur for the delivery of the project by them. I had to fly to London and then Manchester, UK from SFO. It was an 13 hour flight including to Manchester, UK. I had to do this 4 times, let me tell you it was exhausting, so when the company paid for business class, and then twice, business class was completely sold and the only thing available was on United 747-400 was first class, it was an amazing experience to arrive refreshed, able to use the United Club Lounge for a shower and ready to get to work.
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    Oct 10, 2013 10:38 AM GMT
    uombroca saidIt is not so much of the cost $$, although I can understand why some guys would not even think about spending the dough, but is too arrive relaxed, refreshed, and in comfort...having said that I can not afford to pay that, if I could I would.

    A couple of years ago, I worked for a company and there was a critical vendor in the UK, that had failed to delivered, so I was asked by our CEO and Director to fly to the UK, it was critical to oversee the vendor and for corrective action to occur for the delivery of the project by them. I had to fly to London and then Manchester, UK from SFO. It was an 13 hour flight including to Manchester, UK. I had to do this 4 times, let me tell you it was exhausting, so when the company paid for business class, and then twice, business class was completely sold and the only thing available was on United 747-400 was first class, it was an amazing experience to arrive refreshed, able to use the United Club Lounge for a shower and ready to get to work.


    Back when I did the travel arrangements for the CEO of a Chicago based company there was a meeting she was attending in Tokyo. The time on the ground there was 24hrs and then she would fly back. The company's policy was on International for senior management the company would purchase Business Class and then the employee could either use their own mileage to upgrade to First or else pay the difference out of pocket. There were no upgrade seats available so the Board Of Directors decided it was important for her to travel in comfort and arrived rested for the meeting so they authorized First Class roundtrip. the total was $17,500. Business class was about $11,000.
  • madsexy

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    Oct 10, 2013 10:50 AM GMT
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    bxp011 saidNever understood the need for luxury planes. Even if it's an eight hour flight, who cares

    I'm 6'3" and flying coach really sucks on a long flight. My knees are about 1 cm from the seat in front of me.

    I am in in the same situation. I need a KLM sugar daddy! icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 10, 2013 11:57 AM GMT
    He's a local television reporter here in Perth Western Australia, Blake Johnson.
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    Oct 10, 2013 11:58 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidHere's a peek at flying First Class on Qantas on the A-380 aircraft. This video shows L.A.-Sydney. It looks like a great flying experience and it doesn't hurt that the guy in the video is adorable.icon_biggrin.gif

    Nice.. When I flew first class from S.F. to Sydney it certainly wasn't like this. Perhaps someday, again.
  • BillandChuck

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    Oct 10, 2013 12:24 PM GMT
    Brazen68 said
    ChicagoSteve saidHere's a peek at flying First Class on Qantas on the A-380 aircraft. This video shows L.A.-Sydney. It looks like a great flying experience and it doesn't hurt that the guy in the video is adorable.icon_biggrin.gif

    Nice.. When I flew first class from S.F. to Sydney it certainly wasn't like this. Perhaps someday, again.

    After a lifetime of military transport, this looks like the grail of travel.
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    Oct 10, 2013 6:39 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    uombroca saidIt is not so much of the cost $$, although I can understand why some guys would not even think about spending the dough, but is too arrive relaxed, refreshed, and in comfort...having said that I can not afford to pay that, if I could I would.

    A couple of years ago, I worked for a company and there was a critical vendor in the UK, that had failed to delivered, so I was asked by our CEO and Director to fly to the UK, it was critical to oversee the vendor and for corrective action to occur for the delivery of the project by them. I had to fly to London and then Manchester, UK from SFO. It was an 13 hour flight including to Manchester, UK. I had to do this 4 times, let me tell you it was exhausting, so when the company paid for business class, and then twice, business class was completely sold and the only thing available was on United 747-400 was first class, it was an amazing experience to arrive refreshed, able to use the United Club Lounge for a shower and ready to get to work.


    Back when I did the travel arrangements for the CEO of a Chicago based company there was a meeting she was attending in Tokyo. The time on the ground there was 24hrs and then she would fly back. The company's policy was on International for senior management the company would purchase Business Class and then the employee could either use their own mileage to upgrade to First or else pay the difference out of pocket. There were no upgrade seats available so the Board Of Directors decided it was important for her to travel in comfort and arrived rested for the meeting so they authorized First Class roundtrip. the total was $17,500. Business class was about $11,000.


    Yes, I recall the Administrative Assistant needing to get authorization not only for me, but my boss and other Mgr. that need to travel as well, we stayed in the UK about 4 weeks alternating back and forth between our company in SFO. Your right the cost was about $14,000 per person if I recall that the company had to shell out but there was no choice everything else in Business class was sold out, additionally the company made us travel during Valentine's Day as well as everything was sold out going to the UK, who knew VD was so popular to the UKicon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 10, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    Grr I want an Aussie Boyfriend that's going to take me to Melbourne and Sydney! icon_wink.gificon_cool.gif
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    Oct 10, 2013 6:52 PM GMT
    BillandChuck said
    After a lifetime of military transport, this looks like the grail of travel.


    After a lifetime of military transport, just having a relatively comfy seat and a video is enough.
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    Oct 10, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
    Sadly, the only time that I got upgraded to first class on a transcontinental flight (I believe it was on an a340) I was so exhausted that I passed out immediately and remember nothing about the flight. Of course, that was probably the best possible outcome. The typical travel time for my European projects was something like 40 hours, and sometimes I was up around the clock for a couple of days before, preparing for the trip.

    (The reason for the upgrade was mysterious. I suspect that I was passing out in coach on the previous leg and blocking the aisle, or slumping over on someone else.)

    I have paid for an expensive hotel or rental car if it penciled out to net savings for the project. That is, (my charge-out rate) x (number of productive hours saved) but most of the time, business/1st class airfare just doesn't even come close. Instead, I usually schedule an extra day or two after arrival just to sleep and recover.