Qantas is the biggest carrier in Australia and offers flights on dozens of domestic routes. For my flight from Melbourne to Adelaide, the airline offered the best connection and thus I went ahead and booked the flight. The experience was pleasant, yet not special.
As an airberlin Platinum member (oneworld Emerald) things in Australia are great. Lounge access and other benefits are available on Qantas and Virgin Australia, which allows to choose freely between the two. For this particular flight, Qantas was the better option.
After checking out the two lounges in Melbourne, I proceeded to boarding. The process was a little hectic, but the priority boarding worked out well and I found myself in the airplane quickly.
Qantas uses Boeing 737 aircrafts on routes between bigger cities in Australia. These aircrafts are equipped with three rows of a proper Business Class in a 2-2 configuration, followed by 26 rows of Economy Class in a 3-3 configuration.
The cabin of the my aircraft was reasonably modern with overhead screens and cloth seats. Those are quite comfortable and come with a decent seat pitch, which doesn’t make you feel cramped.
In addition, there is an adjustable leather headrest, which comes especially handy on longer flights.
I’d say for a typical Economy Class configuration, Qantas offers a decent experience in the Boeing 737 aircrafts.
Qantas offers a complimentary snack and drink on domestic flights in Economy Class. In this case, the snack were veggie sticks with a beetroot dip. Definitely the first I had something like that on an airplane. While I truly appreciate the healthy snack, which is a rarity, I’m not sure whether this is the right choice by Qantas. It’s not that I didn’t like the veggies or the dip, but a red dip in an airplane with turbulences… this just can’t go right.
In addition, you can’t really wait an hour or so before eating the snack as it needs to be cooled. Other than that, there’s nothing bad to say. The choice of drinks is nice and I appreciate that Qantas gives passengers full cans instead of just refilling the drink from a big bottle. All in all, a good experience.
On this domestic flight, Qantas offered two options of entertainment in Economy Class. There was a board magazine, which I found quite good and entertaining.
In addition, there are overhead screens, which show a mix of ads and tv shows. I would have appreciated Wi-Fi on board though.
My flight in the Qantas Economy Class was a pleasant experience. The snack was tasty, the crew was friendly and the seats are fairly comfortable. I’d surely recommend Qantas, but must also admit that there’s not too much of a difference compared to other Aussie carriers. Personally, I sort-of prefer the vibe of Virgin Australia, but that’s just me.