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Qantas A380 refurb schedule

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DeepAvThroat

Member since 21 Mar 2017

Total posts 22

We all know that Qantas is kicking off its A380 refurbishment with the first upgraded A380 to fly in September, see https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-a380-refurbishment.

For those interested, the 'running order' will see VH-OQK as the first A380 headed for refurb at the start of July, so it might even be in the air by late August. VH-OQA is the last of the 12 A380s for refurb and is scheduled for November 2020.

OttoV

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 24 Aug 2018

Total posts 25

If anyone knows, please let me know when VH-OQK is ready to do the Melb to Dallas run.

johninoz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Apr 2011

Total posts 9

Am flying PE MEL-SIN mid October this year. Just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get the refurbed plane with the new awful PE seats. Thankfully the remainder of my journey to Europe is on Singapore in PE and home on Qatar in Business. Haven't flown on Qantas for donkey's years and not really looking forward to it. Had choose it this time to use up my $450 Amex credit.

PaulST

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 May 2014

Total posts 16

Am flying PE MEL-SIN mid October this year. Just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get the refurbed plane with the new awful PE seats. Thankfully the remainder of my journey to Europe is on Singapore in PE and home on Qatar in Business. Haven't flown on Qantas for donkey's years and not really looking forward to it. Had choose it this time to use up my $450 Amex credit.

What's wrong with the new seats? The only criticism I've heard is that they're squashed together although I suspect this will be dependent on the specific aircraft and, considering how much criticism QF have received, they'll probably spread them out a little.

AsiaBizTraveller

Member since 20 Nov 2015

Total posts 38

If anyone knows, please let me know when VH-OQK is ready to do the Melb to Dallas run.

Qantas doesn't fly at all between Melbourne and Dallas.

AsiaBizTraveller

Member since 20 Nov 2015

Total posts 38

Am flying PE MEL-SIN mid October this year. Just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get the refurbed plane with the new awful PE seats. Thankfully the remainder of my journey to Europe is on Singapore in PE and home on Qatar in Business. Haven't flown on Qantas for donkey's years and not really looking forward to it. Had choose it this time to use up my $450 Amex credit.

There's nothing much wrong with the new Qantas premium economy seats, apart from that oddball 'cradle' arrangement for the legrest and footrest. The problem, and this has been identified by AusBT and pretty much every Boeing 787 passenger, is that the seats are too close together, which means really cramped conditions without a lot of legroom. It's especially noticeable around the knees actually. Qantas hasn't released details of the A380's premium economy seat pitch but they have said the A380 would have the same premium economy seat pitch as the Boeing 787, and that's the real concern. If they give these seats an extra couple of inches then I reckon you'd find the seats are very good expect for that cradle legrest.

paperplanes

Member since 30 Jan 2018

Total posts 2

If anyone knows, please let me know when VH-OQK is ready to do the Melb to Dallas run.
Melbourne to Dallas?

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 746

Am flying PE MEL-SIN mid October this year. Just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get the refurbed plane with the new awful PE seats. Thankfully the remainder of my journey to Europe is on Singapore in PE and home on Qatar in Business. Haven't flown on Qantas for donkey's years and not really looking forward to it. Had choose it this time to use up my $450 Amex credit.

There's nothing much wrong with the new Qantas premium economy seats, apart from that oddball 'cradle' arrangement for the legrest and footrest. The problem, and this has been identified by AusBT and pretty much every Boeing 787 passenger, is that the seats are too close together, which means really cramped conditions without a lot of legroom. It's especially noticeable around the knees actually. Qantas hasn't released details of the A380's premium economy seat pitch but they have said the A380 would have the same premium economy seat pitch as the Boeing 787, and that's the real concern. If they give these seats an extra couple of inches then I reckon you'd find the seats are very good expect for that cradle legrest.

The seats being too close together is not an issue you should be experiencing when flying Premium Economy. The seat itself may be great, but that doesn't mean much if passengers are lacking sufficient room to effectively experience it... shame Qantas hasn't listened (at least as far as we know).

dlovely

Member since 11 Jan 2018

Total posts 1

If the seats are too close together in PE then how does the window seat person get out? Sounds like a real issue to me.

qld gooner

Member since 02 Aug 2016

Total posts 1

we are flying Singapore to London in October on an A380 and hopefully it's with the new business suite.
we are heading back from our trip on a 787 -9 via LAX which I am really looking forward to. I think Qantas is pretty good.

QFcrew

Member since 19 Nov 2012

Total posts 10

If anyone knows, please let me know when VH-OQK is ready to do the Melb to Dallas run.

There is no MEL/DFW only SYD/DFW

oliverkeighley

Member since 19 Jan 2018

Total posts 5

Am flying PE MEL-SIN mid October this year. Just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get the refurbed plane with the new awful PE seats. Thankfully the remainder of my journey to Europe is on Singapore in PE and home on Qatar in Business. Haven't flown on Qantas for donkey's years and not really looking forward to it. Had choose it this time to use up my $450 Amex credit.

There's nothing much wrong with the new Qantas premium economy seats, apart from that oddball 'cradle' arrangement for the legrest and footrest. The problem, and this has been identified by AusBT and pretty much every Boeing 787 passenger, is that the seats are too close together, which means really cramped conditions without a lot of legroom. It's especially noticeable around the knees actually. Qantas hasn't released details of the A380's premium economy seat pitch but they have said the A380 would have the same premium economy seat pitch as the Boeing 787, and that's the real concern. If they give these seats an extra couple of inches then I reckon you'd find the seats are very good expect for that cradle legrest.

The seats being too close together is not an issue you should be experiencing when flying Premium Economy. The seat itself may be great, but that doesn't mean much if passengers are lacking sufficient room to effectively experience it... shame Qantas hasn't listened (at least as far as we know).

Qantas have already confirmed the PE seats on A380 won't have more pitch than on the 787.

davidlec

Etihad - Etihad Guest

Member since 14 Jun 2019

Total posts 1

If the seats are too close together in PE then how does the window seat person get out? Sounds like a real issue to me.

From personal experience, they don't. Got a points upgrade from Economy aisle to premium economy window. On a long red-eye flight, I had to wake my aisle neighbour twice during the night. Absolutely no way of climbing over. I felt terrible - I envied his ability to sleep - I didn't get a wink. To be frank, I should have saved the points. Economy aisle would have been better.

Ludent

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Feb 2019

Total posts 4

I was lucky on my most recent trip from LHR to SIN - the lady next to me who had a window seat only needed to get up once. But yeah, absolutely no way to climb over (especially if the seats in front are reclined)

Aidan

Member since 05 Dec 2018

Total posts 85

Even 1-2 inches extra in pitch would make all the difference.

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