Qantas has swung its flagship Airbus A380 back onto the Sydney-Hong Kong route, with the superjumbo replacing the Boeing 747 on most days through to August 16 on the QF127/QF128 service.
There's a hidden upside for savvy business travellers in this, and that's the availability of the A380's first class suites for that nine hour flight.
Qantas doesn't sell first class on its Hong Kong flights – but instead of leaving the first class cabin empty it allows top-tier frequent flyers to select one of these suites at the pointy end of the plane.
You'll be served the same meals and wine as anybody in business class, however it's all done in a far more comfortable environment of these 14 suites, which quite frankly have aged pretty well considering they're now a decade old.
(That said, they're in line for a refresh when each of Qantas' dozen A380s start hitting the hangar mid-2019 for an overhaul which will also see new business class and premium economy seats plus a more social cafe-like business class lounge on the upper deck.)
So how can you snare one of these suites for your trip to Hong Kong or back?
Chairman's Lounge members, Platinum One and Platinum frequent flyers booked into business class will be able to see the seat map for the first class cabin when making their seat selection – simply click on a seat between row 1 and row 5 and you're set.
Everybody else can see only the A380's regular business class cabin (rows 11-22) when it comes to selecting their seat.
Roughly three days before the flight departs, Qantas can then assign any unoccupied first class suites to other passengers based on what Qantas terms their 'PCV' value – an internal-only Perceived Commercial Value rating assigned to all travellers, which is a different measure to their actual frequent flyer status.
Much closer to the day of travel the first class cabin can 'open up' to all business class passengers regardless of status – so even if you don't have Platinum or above status, there's no harm in checking closer to the date of departure in case the first class cabin is now at your fingertips, so you can change your seat to a suite.
You can also ask about this seat re-assignment at the check-in desk or at the lounge in case.
If you really want to make the most of this, check out our guide to choosing the best first class suites on the Qantas A380.