Holiday to London in November.

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mattt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

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Holiday to London in November... I fly Qantas a fair bit to the USA, and love their constant snack rounds every 90 minutes on the flights out of Australia. Can anyone tell me if the QF1/2, QF9/10 also offer this style of service, or more the snack on Q bags?

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

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My son flew on QF9 just yesterday and reports that “they give out some snack food a couple of times throughout the trip”. In general he believes that Qantas is better then Etihad and going to make another comparison with Emirates.

Ben84

Etihad

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Two women who were up the back of my Etihad flight in Dec 2012 said to me (on a sand duning tour in Abu Dhabi) that the snack bar at the back of the economy cabin was plentiful and had a fair bit of variety. People could help themselves. 

Having once travelled Economy with Emirates (when the A380 was reasonably new) I have to say that the food was reasonable. I wouldn't write home about it though. 

Cannot rave about Etihad's First and Business class food enough. Very tasty and they have an excellent alcohol selection. 

My only complaint was they ran out of my favourite ice cream flavour. I won't hold it against them! 

If travelling economy, I'd steer clear from Emirates 777s with the 10 across. It is a tight squeeze. Even their business class is below par, with slanted beds in a 2-3-2 layout. If flying Emirates go A380 or not at all (applies for all classes). 

mattt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

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Good stuff, thanks Serg. 

I have always loved QF on the long haul, the crew seem to enjoy handing out additional snacks etc... SQ also looks pretty generous with their dining options too... haha, what has the world come to... Choosing an airlines based on food? WTF :)

Serg

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For me food is one of the last criteria. Generally it is pretty crappy as least in economy regardless of airline. Though in Qantas business they gave me venison steak and I must admit it was venison and it was stake.

watson374

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QFi food is generally edible, and they're usually quite creative in making something vaguely interesting. I remember my early-2012 experience on QF 32 (for reference, it was a day flight SIN-SYD) and we had fruit rounds and even an ice cream round.

Both SQ and QF do a decent enough feed for a flight. You'll survive.

(PROTIP: On SQ, if you don't like the usual chicken-or-beef, Asian-stuff-with-carbs-or-Western-meat-and-something options, pre-order a Seafood Meal.)

mattt

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Haha, now your talking... Thanks man, good tip. 

mattt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

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Haha, now your talking... Thanks man, good tip. 

watson374

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Cheers, no worries!

AlG

Member since 04 Nov 2010

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It's pretty good for economy, like most international QF economy flights eg Sydney to Singapore you get a decent meal plus this 'pizza sub' thing as a snack. There's also the inflight snack bar but this can go pretty quick. I would go for a good meal at the Sydney or Melbourne lounge before your flight, also buy some snacks to bring on board and not just chips etc but better food. The first leg for the flight is long, 12 hours or so, so you will want a few snacks to graze on. Get to Dubai, hit the lounge there for a light meal which will be a late supper, around midnight, then back on board for 8 hours to London, sleep most of that time but you will be woken by by breakfast which isn't all that good. I have tried to skip that and gotten breakfast when I reach London.

watson374

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The pizza sub for the 'refreshment' is pretty dismal, if I'm honest. The last one I had on QF 51 was spongy with a very runny topping. It's almost as cringeworthy as the cinnamon scroll for 'cafe breakfast'.

Really, I would just cater Pie Face-style bakery items (e.g. offer a pie and danish, pick one) for the 'refreshment'.

mattt

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Yeah I have QFCLUB so that's going to make the trip better... :)

watson374

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It helps at the departure port, yeah.

TheRealBabushka

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I've not been too impressed with the snacks on QF Y long haul. Stodgy pizza, tasty cheese and crackers (in a plastic wrapper!) and those Byron Bay cookies, which strangely taste the same regardless of the type (chocolate chip, chocolate cherry etc.)!

I've resorted to bring my own popcorn, chocolates, crisps (chips), trail mix and whatever takes my fancy. I wish there was a food outlet at MEL international airport that sells pre-packed snack kits of light finger sandwiches, individually wrapped sliced cake (like the ones they use to serve at the LHR BA lounges before Baxter Storey took over catering) and biscuits. That would be perfect to take on a QF flight where the snack options are blah (LAX) or non-existent (SIN, HKG etc.).

The one thing I absolutely love about the QF Y meal to LAX though is the main meal salad with the citrus side salad option. That is absolutely perfect when you're not in the mood for yet another stewed protein and a side of carbs that comes with a fancy (somewhat misleading) name on the menu!

mattt

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Member since 04 May 2011

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Yeah man, that third "healthy" option is always pretty good. Nice and fresh, and always tasty. Wash that down with some peppermint tea and you are set for a flight full of Pizza, Ice Cream and Carl Barron on demand. :) 

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