What should Qantas do with its A380 business class lounge?

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Martin Haynes

Member since 13 Sep 2016

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Very happy to see ABT's report that Qantas is giving the Airbus A380 a "mid-life refresh"! I think everybody agrees on the new seats. But what about the 'lounge', for want of a better description, at the front right of the upper deck? Assuming Qantas keeps the first class cabin downstairs, what should it do with the lounge space to make it better, or do you think it's already as good as you can do with a long skinny space like this?

Steve Doyle

Member since 13 Sep 2016

Total posts 6

Good question. I honestly don't reckon there's much more Qantas can do in that space. Too small to be a bar, unless it was self-serve, but then you'd have people standing around drinking and talking loudly and that would disturb passengers in the first rows of business class, it already can be a bit noisy with people just sitting there talking. I would much rather see Qantas put a small EK-style or even VA 777-style bar at the very back of the business class cabin.

henrus

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Member since 23 Oct 2013

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Double sized bed then allow people in first class to pay an extra fee to use it.

markpk

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Member since 29 Nov 2013

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What does Emirates do with the space? Or other carriers? 

freshthoughts

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Member since 08 Aug 2016

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What does Emirates do with the space? Or other carriers? 

EK has its showers there on either side of the stairs.
most carriers that have F on the top deck have a big WC there
i think BA also also has big bathrooms there for J 

ajstubbs

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Member since 15 Mar 2016

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Frankly i'd rather two big bathrooms, not necessarily with a shower, than a lounge. Getting changed into my PJs involves contortionist movements in the current set-up so two nice big bathrooms for J would be very welcome!

Taxman42

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Member since 01 Dec 2011

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My personal preference for the space up front on the A380 would be to copy MH configuration, 2 toilets up front with a mile of room inside and a drink/food shelf against the bulkhead.

Hayden

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Member since 28 Jan 2015

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left of field thought, and a point of difference, a treadmill or two and a spin bike

ajstubbs

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Member since 15 Mar 2016

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left of field thought, and a point of difference, a treadmill or two and a spin bike
Speaking personally, i'm not hugely keen to see someone's sweaty lycra bum pedalling away while i'm relaxing on a flight haha. Understand the desire to want to move on long flights but walk to the back of the plane and leave me with my nice big bathroom at the front :D

MrT

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Member since 28 Aug 2015

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left of field thought, and a point of difference, a treadmill or two and a spin bike
That would also necessitate on-board shower facilities 

zoomzoom

Member since 21 Aug 2015

Total posts 4

The whole QF fit out is poor compared to EK. QF product on current 380 is third rate and over priced. Upgrade is overdue but they still won't match EK and other premium carriers like SQ. 

gravity

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Member since 23 Jul 2014

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I flew SIA the other day J class and upstairs at the front to the left was a large toilet, the middle obviously the stairs and to the right was a walkway with access for engineers which I can assume is the electronics etc. However this was the 2nd A380 made so im not sure if the newer planes were different, I know the first few A380s were heavier and SIA will hand back soon when the lease is up. Not sure what the layout is on Qantas and how much room there is to work with

ajstubbs

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Member since 15 Mar 2016

Total posts 117

The whole QF fit out is poor compared to EK. QF product on current 380 is third rate and over priced. Upgrade is overdue but they still won't match EK and other premium carriers like SQ. 
Personal preference varies. I dislike EK hard product intensely!

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