Qantas to Restore Full First Class Offering Both on the Ground and in the Air
This month, Qantas will restore their full First Class Offering both on the ground and in the air. A fourth Qantas Airbus A380, Reginald Ansett (VH-OQH), has also emerged from the California desert this month for the first time since it was parked in March 2020.
On Monday (March 14, 2022), Qantas announced that by the end of this month they will fully restore their First Class offering both on the ground and in the air. The restoration coincides with the emergence of the carrier’s fourth Airbus A380 from the California desert. The aircraft, Reginald Ansett (VH-OQH), had been in storage since March 2020 due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. While in storage, Qantas’ A380s were upgraded with an increase in the number of premium seats and refreshed cabins, including a reconfigured Business Class with 70 updated business suites, and an increase in Premium Economy from 35 to 60 seats. The upper deck lounge has also been upgraded with booth style seating for 10 guests, a self-service bar, and an option to order signature drinks and snacks.
In Monday’s announcment, Qantas’ Chief Customer Officer, Stephanie Tully, said,
“We know that our customers have missed the Qantas A380 travel experience as much as our team has missed being able to provide it for them so it’s fantastic that we’re back in the air with our premium full service on these newly refurbished aircraft.”
The First Class cabin on Qantas’ 485-seat A380s is popular with Frequent Flyers for their comfortable suites, fully lie-flat beds, a premium Neil Perry multi-course dining experience, an award-winning Australian wine cellar and PJs designed by Martin Grant. The Qantas A380 currently operates on flights between Sydney and Los Angeles, and will be deployed between Sydney and London via Singapore from June 2022.
Qantas' Upgraded Airbus A380 First Class Cabin - Courtesy Qantas
Starting March 27, 2022, Qantas will also reopen their Sydney and Melbourne International Business Lounges, and revert their First Lounges in Australia, which have been operating as hybrid First/Business Lounges, back to the full premium offering. Eligible First Lounge guests will once again enjoy a Neil Perry curated à la carte menu, Champagnes, fine Australian wines, and a seasonal cocktail selection. The Spa will also reopen, offering bespoke pre-travel treatments such as hot stone massages and mini-facials using LaGaia products. Additionally, Qantas will reopen their First Class check-in suite at Sydney International Airport for First Class guests and top tier Frequent Flyers.