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Overall this was a decent stay but I'd still be tempted to look elsewhere when returning to Melbourne. The sports facilities are fantastic as is the location but the dark and noisy rooms detracted from the overall experience, as did the quality of the offerings in the club lounge. This is a city that seems to struggle with delivering true luxury. I can't help but feeling that it needs a Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton or MO to really raise the bar for the current crop of properties...
I booked this flight between Sydney and Melbourne in business, in the hopes of securing some time in Qantas' flashy new seats. As is customary in the world of aviation, Qantas was familiarising the crew with the new cabin on a short flight before rolling out the seat on longer routes.
Deals to South Africa are pretty tough to come by, flights to Jo'burg take 12 hours from London and you most certainly don't want to be taking the trip in Economy.
There are often deals out of AMS, OSL, ZRH etc. but discounted airfare out of London is a rare thing indeed.
Although the lounge is very busy and distinctly lacking in privacy, the views of the planes, the barista made coffee and the healthy food options mean I would make an effort to arrive half an hour early to relax and refresh ahead of boarding my flight.
We stopped into the lounge to have a quick look around. Whilst the lounge is nicely decorated and has a cost feel, it is not in the same league as the JL offering. Which makes sense, given that NRT is JAL's home base.
Unfortunately the bed in the 744 is not 100% flat, the foot rest sags and you do end up sliding a bit. I usually have trouble sleeping on planes and this flight was no exception. I ended up just watching movies for a few hours whilst everybody else slept.
On the plus side, this meant I was awake to see the epic sunrise
Overall, the experience with Qantas was mixed. The crew are very helpful and friendly. They have their wits about them and behave like competent, experienced adults. With some other airlines you get younger crews who may look better but you get the feeling that their ability to improvise, go the extra mile or even engage in decent conversation is somewhat limited.
I was pleasantly surprised by the business class lounge. This space doesn't feel like second-best, an afterthought, it is a great lounge and a place where you could easily relax for a couple of hours before a flight: eating, drinking and enjoying the views.
In future, I think I'll skip the F lounge in the Wing. If you catch it at the right time of day, the F&B and service are leagues ahead here.
I was actually a little sad to leave. Although the sadness soon passed and was replaced by excitement to once again find myself sat in the nose of a 747. There are few places I'd rather be. My friends joke that my favourite place on Earth is not on Earth but 34,000 feet above it in a steel tube. Perhaps this says something about me, although I dare say there are a fair few of you reading, who share a similar preference!