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Syd - Beijing Route (QF108) - any recent experience?

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hamdcam

Member since 25 Apr 2017

Total posts 4

Hi

has anyone flown this route lately in Economy or Business Class? i'm seen some feedback to suggest they are running older A332s on this route. Given it's an 11 hour flight want to get some first hand experience on quality of ride.

Thanks,

H.

Alcoano

Member since 26 Jun 2015

Total posts 4

Flew economy earlier this year. They do use the non-refurbished a332's, apparently because the new a330 configuration can't do the length of the journey as they removed a galley so there's not enough space for two meal service. Could be wrong though.

You'll get the 2-2-2 layout in business and the usual 2-4-2 in economy. The IFE is pretty old and graphics aren't nice to watch so probably bring something for your own entertainment. Service was good both ways, Australian crew, the usual QF experience. 

Grannular

Member since 31 Mar 2014

Total posts 171

Have a look at Flight Aware. You can see that it is almost exclusively the older A330-200. Occasionally they have an A330-300, but not often recently. My understanding is the A330-300 is weight restricted when it is run

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,290

As noted by others, you're probably going to be on an older A332. These are actually quite comfortable, even in Economy—I've flown this configuration on SIN-SYD overnight—but the IFE is a joke.

MelbFlyer

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 23 May 2013

Total posts 23

Didn't QF confirm recently that the final two A332s would receive the cabin update?

ChrisCh

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,024

Didn't QF confirm recently that the final two A332s would receive the cabin update?

Qantas did, but didn't give any hints as to when that upgrade would take place.

jrfsp

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Member since 04 Mar 2014

Total posts 70

Its interesting seeing from the seat maps just how much galley and lav space was removed from the A330-200s, considering the amount of international flying these frames fly now,  and if there should have been 2 configs in hindsight.

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jul 2011

Total posts 824

Nothing much was removed, most 332s were delivered without a crew rest. As well as EBG/EBL QF originally had two other international 332s that are now with the RAAF

hamdcam

Member since 25 Apr 2017

Total posts 4

great feedback - thanks everyone.

KinHo

Member since 03 Sep 2017

Total posts 26

Just caught up with some friends after their China holiday last week. They were telling me about the older A330 for the SYD-PEK  PEK-SYD, unlike the newer plane for MEL-SYD.  Therefore it is quite certain it will still be the same. 

dlam

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Member since 21 Dec 2016

Total posts 8

I've done it twice in the past couple of months. While it's true that the hard product on the older A330 isn't anything on the newer fitout, every time I've been on the flight it's never full in the business cabin which means I got two seats to myself by the window, a mini suite of sorts. And given the low volume of premium passengers the service has been really top notch. Yes, the screens are a bit small and scratchy but it's still pretty comfortable and it is significantly cheaper than, say, SYD-PVG which uses the newer business suite. I think it's comfortable and fine and certainly better than Y! 

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jul 2011

Total posts 824

It will either be one of the two older 332s or a 333 not fully loaded - these are the only aircraft that have the necessary crew rests for a flight of this distance.

Foo

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Member since 08 May 2017

Total posts 3

I did SYD-PVG and PEK-SYD in August and the leg out of Beijing was on an A330-300 with the new business suite. I had checked this when booking as knew most of them on this route are the A330-200 with Skybed 1 (angled flat bed) and wasn’t willing to pay business class prices for that product. On the afternoon of departure the Qantas app showed that it had been changed to the -200 but when it I got to the gate we were on the -300 thankfully. It’s luck of the draw as they can change the equipment at anytime even if when you book it’s on the -300. It all comes down to load factor and cargo.

GigiPk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Mar 2016

Total posts 17

This was interesting discussion albeit that I am a little late to the party!! I was wondering if flight would be -200 or -300, I haven't flown PEK to SYD Business Class before, which I will be in October 2018. Seems I will have to keep everything crossed at hope we get to fly -300. One thing about flying Qantas, is like one is home when one get on the plane

Dap

Member since 30 Aug 2018

Total posts 1

Just in Beijing awaiting departure now, business class A330 300, fairly full but very nice!

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