Review: Qantas A330-200 Economy Class Singapore to Sydney

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After spending some time in the Qantas Lounge, I headed to gate D44 where my flight would be departing from. Today we would be flying one of Qantas’s retrofitted A330-200 aircraft and this one had the new colors as well.

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QF A330-200

A nice big BA A380 was also sitting next door parking.

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BA

So boarding began with business class passengers and OneWorld Emerald and Sapphire members. So I got in line to board and was one of the first onboard in economy.

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boarding

SIN-SYD

Airbus A330-200

8/1/18

After reaching my seat 38A, I took a seat. Technically I’m not supposed to, but I put my carry-on roller bag and my backpack both in the overhead to maximize my room around the seat.

 

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seat

Now let’s talk about the seat. The seat cushion was quite hard for my liking and the back padding was just as hard. The headrest was also hard. These seats are new but for a 7-hour flight, I suppose this would’ve been alright.

A pillow and blanket were provided at each seat as well as headphones.

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seat front

The legroom was ok, though not great. I’m 5′ 10″ and there was enough room to stretch but not enough room to wiggle around so much. Especially since the passenger next to me was a bit wider.

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seat back

Every seat also had individual air nozzles which are fantastic and a something that I like to see in flights.

We were finishing loading up next to a couple other aircrafts getting ready to fly out on pacific island flights.

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view

There was no power port, but as you can see here there is a USB port to the right of the TV screen.

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screen

Finally, we pushed back in good time and began our taxi.

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taxi

After reaching the end of the runway, we began our takeoff roll.

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takeoff

 

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takeoff

After departure, the crew came around with menus for the flight. These are small things but I love it when airlines provide a menu in economy class. Just a nice touch to have.

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menu
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menu
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menu

The next time the crews came around, it was with our food. Dinner took a very long time to come around because the crew had roughly 60 special meal requests to deliver first and I’ll say that is quite a lot of meals.

Now as far as economy class meals go, Qantas served them in a way that I’ve never seen before. The style I’m used to on every airline is a tray with your main course wrapped up with the side bread, salad or starter, and some dessert all in one tray. Here the main course is on some plate, with a roll on top and utensils provided to the side. Quite interesting.

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dinner

Dinner was finally served an hour and 45 minutes into this 7-hour flight and there was still a mid-flight snack and breakfast service.

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dinner

The bread roll was delicious. It already had butter in the middle and a nice herb-like flavor which I enjoyed.

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bread roll

As for the main course, the potatoes were nicely seasoned and the beef was very tough, but the flavor was decent and the sauce it was in was quite nice. The veggies were also cooked nicely and they had a slight char to them which was nice as well.

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main course

After the main course was cleared, the crew came around with mango ice cream bars for everyone.

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Ice cream

So I fell asleep at this point, and if there really was a mid-flight snack, I missed it.

Another issue arose. In the middle of my sleep, my iPhone 8 plus slid off my seat and under the seat behind me. That’s what I had been using to take pictures and videos of everything up to this point. So the rest of the photos for this flight are on an inferior iPhone 6 that I had which was my phone I used when outside the US.

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breakfast

Breakfast was served which was an apple danish with fruits on the side. The Danish tasted good but was cold. The fruits were nice and refreshing. I also had hot water to go with my breakfast.

The rest of the flight as we traveled over Austrailia was all about the views.

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views
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views

 

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views

 

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views

Finally, we began our descent into Sydney. Sorry about the grainy photos, but an iPhone 6 camera can only do so much compared to an 8 plus camera.

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descent

And we began our final approach into Sydney.

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approach
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approach

We had a quick taxi to our parking gate and yes we didn’t have a real gate because the main gates were all occupied which makes sense since morning at Sydney is always a busy time.

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Sydney airport

Overall, I had a decent flight with Qantas. The crew was all nice, the food was decent, and the views were decent as well. The seats were definitely tight despite having an A330’s generous 2-4-2 layout and I could definitely feel the tightness especially at the legroom. Would I fly Qantas again? probably. But would I have rather flown an airline like Singapore on this route? Probably. So overall, a good flight, but in some aspects, QF could have done better. Stay tuned for the rest of the report and thanks for reading. Cheers!

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