Member since 16 Oct 2012
Total posts 23
Over the last few months I've flown a bunch of VA flights in J: most commonly MEL-SYD, SYD-CNS return.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 11 Jan 2011
Total posts 22
Be thankful you aren't flying QF: on domestic J flights now the only choice for pre-flights is atill or sparkling water!
Member since 23 May 2011
Total posts 33
It is offered on flights departing after 12noon. Was your flight before then?
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 170
The usual Qantas generosity...
Yes, the flight to Mel departed at 14:00.
Member since 07 Jan 2011
Total posts 141
On international flights many airlines limit the offer of drinks because they have to pay taxes if opened on the ground.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 27 Jan 2017
Total posts 37
Never had anything other than water or juice offered but I can recall other passengers asking for and receiving sparkling.
Member since 10 Jul 2017
Total posts 86
normally the pilots prefer to keep it all to themselves
Member since 24 Feb 2012
Total posts 65
I’ve had a heap of J flights on VA in recent months and it’s a mixed bag. I have noticed on the pre midday flights that no sparkling was offered, but it’s also happened on the odd occasion after midday. Perhaps it’s dependent on the cabin crew? I don’t understand why they don’t just make this standard. For VA offering a maximum of 8 guests 1 glass of sparkling pre take off is a small gesture that keeps the punters happy! Especially if QF are only offering still or sparkling water in J
Member since 23 Oct 2014
Total posts 4
You should fly Japan Airlines: real champagne pre-flight in premium economy as well as J...
Member since 10 Jan 2012
Total posts 104
VA offering sparkling wine as a PDB (and throughout the flight provided they have catered enough) in J on non-Coast to Coast flights is standard, has been for a few months now. If it wasn't an option as a PDB then SOP hasn't been followed and feedback should be provided to VA as you haven't received the full business class offering.
The plot thickens... I took two east coast business class flights just before Easter and pre-take off sparkling wine was NOT offered. I decided to ask, pointing out that on other VA east coast flights it had been offered, but the FA told me that shouldn't happen.
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