Why the Qantas A380 has a ‘Harry Potter’ first class suite
But can you summon a glass of bubbles by saying “Accio, Champagne” ?
There are 485 seats on the double-decker Qantas Airbus A380, with 14 of these being first class suites nestled into the front of the lower deck.
And one of those luxurious high-walled havens – suite 2F, to be specific – is known to many travellers as the ‘Harry Potter’ suite.
But this sobriquet didn’t come about from some random promotional tie-in between the Flying Kangaroo and JK Rowling’s extraordinary world of wizards.
Instead, the Harry Potter suite is a nickname bestowed by frequent flyers (and, we’re told, since adopted by cabin crew) due to its unique location – 2F is tucked away “under the stairs” which lead to the A380’s upper deck.
Of course, this suite is slightly better appointed than the Boy Wizard’s cupboard under the stairs at 14 Privet Drive.
For a start, the wide, contour-cushioned seat transforms into a fully-flat bed, with a large HD monitor in front and a series of handy storage shelves to one side.
While all 14 of the A380’s first class suites are the same – they were created by feted designer Marc Newson for the superjumbo’s debut in 2008 – why do so many high flyers favour the Harry Potter suite at 2F for their 14-22 hour flights to Los Angeles or London?
Its location below the staircase connecting the main and upper decks gives 2F a ‘cosy’ feel.
While perhaps not the prime pick for claustrophobics, you’re cocooned by walls spanning almost the entire suite, with a privacy divider shutting you off from the aisle on the left.
If passengers want to stretch their legs and enjoy change of scenery, they can head up that staircase to one of the two premium lounges with cafe-style seating to enjoy ‘signature drinks’ (alas, no Butterbeer) and snacks from the menu.
These premium lounges are however restricted to Qantas first class and business class passengers – no muggles from economy allowed.
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01 Dec 2012
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I've not travelled in seat 2F but have in 1A and 1K on either side and slightly forward. Both felt very private and quiet. Trying to sleep during my last trip in 3K was challenging early in the evening, however, due to floor flex as crew walked up and down. Flexing of the cabin floor is quite noticeable in lying down in row 3, but from my experience not next the the bulkhead in row 1.
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05 May 2017
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Only request this seat if you want to get woken up by people going up and down the stairs, windows are much better choice.