Review: Qantas First Class A380 Dubai to Melbourne, Australia

Review: Qantas First Class A380 Dubai to Melbourne


This Qantas A380 First Class Dubai to Melbourne review is a continuation of our Qantas First Class London to Dubai flight. Since I covered the first class cabin and seats, seat selection, pajamas and amenity kit in my prior post, I'll focus this one on the menu, which was different, the in-flight entertainment, and the sleep quality, since we primarily slept on this flight. For prior posts in this trip report, please see:

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Review: Emirates First Class A380 New York to Dubai

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Review: Qantas First Class A380 London to Dubai

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Qantas A380 First Class Suite

See my prior review for more on the Qantas A380 First Class cabin and open suites. We kept our same suites, 2A and 3A, for our flight from Dubai to Melbourne that we had been in on the London to Dubai flight. Since the aircraft is cleaned, however, we and the other passengers did need to take all our carry-on luggage and belongings with us during our layover in Dubai.

Review: Qantas A380 First Class Suite 2A


Qantas A380 First Class Menu and Food, Dubai to Melbourne

Our Dubai to Melbourne included a new flight crew and new menus, although the wine list remained the same. Since I didn't post it in my prior article, here's the champagne list, which includes Taittinger Blanc de Blancs, Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill and Veuve Clicquot:

Champagne List, Qantas A380 First Class Review


And here's the wine list, with white wine and red wine selections:

Wine List, Qantas A380 First Class


I'd tried the Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, 2010 on the prior flight, and it was a nice, fruit driven, robust red–a great pairing if you order a meat dish, though I wasn't up to any heavy meals for this flight.

Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet and Shiraz 2010, Qantas First Class A380


There was a supper menu, although as we had recently dined in the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai we weren't hungry enough to order anything from it. I did, however, notice some passionfruit tarts on the refreshment section of the menu and asked if one could be saved for me for later in the flight.

Supper Menu, Qantas A380 First Class Dubai to Melbourne


And here's the more substantial dinner menu:

Dinner Menu, Qantas A380 First Class Review Dubai to Melbourne Australia


About mid-way or more through the flight, I felt like some salad followed by some breakfast-type food. I began with the simple but wonderfully fresh prawn salad with cucumbers, pomegranate and mint. I've never had this exact combination, but it was delicious and really hit the spot in terms of something light and flavorful.

Prawn Salad with Cucumber, Pomegranate and Mint, Qantas A380 First Class Review


Next I had the spinach frittata with onion jam. This was good and exactly what I wanted at the moment–an egg dish of some kind–but isn't the thing to order if you're looking for something innovative or unique.

Spinach Frittata, Qantas A380 First Class Review, Dubai to Melbourne


My son initially wanted the blueberry pancakes with blueberries and honey yoghurt, but after one bite decided he was still very full from the huge Wagyu burger he ate in the Emirates Lounge, so he didn't want any more. I tried the pancakes, but as a bit of a pancakes snob I decided they weren't worth the calories, and instead finished the honey yogurt with blueberries that they were served with.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberries and Honey Yogurt, Qantas First Class Review A380


Finally, a bit before landing, I asked for some fresh fruit with one of the passion fruit tarts that had been saved for me, and was even brought a couple of them. These were really good–highly recommend saving room for one of them if offered on your flight, and if you enjoy passion fruit.

Passion Fruit Tart, Qantas First Class Review, A380


Qantas In Flight Entertainment

While I love movies, my priority on flights is usually getting some sleep, ensuring my son gets some sleep, and getting some work done, so I don't watch nearly as many films as my husband does on flights. Noise cancelling headphone snobs may want to bring their own, as the ones on offer aren't Bose, but they worked fine for me, and since the connection was with the usual prongs, I didn't have the horrible connection issues I experienced in Etihad 787-9 First Class.

Review: Qantas First Class IFE Noise Canceling Headphones


The actual screen is a bit small compared to some other first class screens; for example, Singapore Suites on the A380 and JAL First Class both have a 23 inch wide screen, and Asiana First Class Suites have a 32 inch screen, though it didn't matter to me, given that we purposely don't have a TV at home.

Once I got around to exploring the Qantas in-flight entertainment system, I was happy to see a decent selection of foreign language films. It's not Singapore Airlines (where I tend to take the IFE movie descriptions with me for inspiration) but I noticed the Japanese film “Departures,” which I'd previously enjoyed, and also “The Counterfeiters,” which I was keen to see, as I remembered it had won the Foreign Language Academy Award a few years ago.

Review: Qantas A380 First Class IFE


Qantas First Class Bed and Sleep Quality

I asked if our beds could be made up as soon as possible after taking off. Somehow the flight attendant I spoke with didn't quite understand, so I had to remind her while she was making up another passenger's bed, after which she was apologetic and as soon as she had finished she did make up my son's bed, and later, my own.

My son had slept little on the prior flight, which was mostly a day flight, but by this time it was past his normal bedtime and he was very tired, so he slept for much of the flight.

The ride, as the pilot had warned us, was a bit bumpy, so I didn't sleep as well as I'd hoped, but still about 4-5 hours, and every bit counts. The bed is pretty comfortable, but as I've mentioned in my other Qantas First Class reviews, the mattress padding isn't as thick or as comfortable as the one you get in Singapore Suites and JAL First Class.

Review: Qantas First Class Bed on the A380


The Verdict

Our focus on this flight (and many other passengers' focus) was on sleeping, and apart from the slightly bumpy ride, which is luck of the draw and can't be helped, it was a good flight for that. My son slept most of the flight, which I was thankful for since he needed it, and I slept about as well as is possible given that I'm a light sleeper, though I would have appreciated a thicker memory foam-like mattress pad.

Food took a back seat for us this flight, but there were plenty of choices so that I was able to eat exactly what I was in the mood for–lighter, breakfast-type fare. The pancakes weren't good, but then I've never had pancakes on an airplane that I would rave about, at least compared to great restaurant ones.

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