What's the story with pre take-off 'Champagne'

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vbarberini

Member since 16 Oct 2012

Total posts 18

Over the last few months I've flown a bunch of VA flights in J: most commonly MEL-SYD, SYD-CNS return.

On almost all of these I've been offered Aussie sparkling pre take-off (the first time it was a real surprise!) This was often brought out on the tray together with juice and water.
However on my last flight in J to MEL the hostess told me they don't do alcohol pre take-off. Really... that's obviously not right?
Can someone shed some light on what's going on?
Thanks.

wjhu

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!

rob1984

Member since 23 May 2011

Total posts 33

It is offered on flights departing after 12noon. Was your flight before then?

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 135

Be thankful you aren't flying QF: on domestic J flights now the only choice for pre-flights is atill or sparkling water!

The usual Qantas generosity...

vbarberini

Member since 16 Oct 2012

Total posts 18

It is offered on flights departing after 12noon. Was your flight before then?

Yes, the flight to Mel departed at 14:00.

sid

Member since 07 Jan 2011

Total posts 125

On international flights many airlines limit the offer of drinks because they have to pay taxes if opened on the ground.

deegee93

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.

brettepi

Member since 10 Jul 2017

Total posts 86

normally the pilots prefer to keep it all to themselves

New Mint

Member since 24 Feb 2012

Total posts 60

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

Fenoglio

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Oct 2014

Total posts 4

You should fly Japan Airlines: real champagne pre-flight in premium economy as well as J...

nix584

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Jan 2012

Total posts 102

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.


I've had it on morning flights before (which is great seeing as the bar in the lounge doesn't "open" until 11).

vbarberini

Member since 16 Oct 2012

Total posts 18

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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