We may be compensated when you click on product links, such as credit cards, from one or more of our advertising partners. Terms apply to the offers below. See our Advertising Policy for more about our partners, how we make money, and our rating methodology. Opinions and recommendations are ours alone.
Australia’s Qantas has announced that passengers flying on its Airbus A380s will once again be able to indulge in the airline’s first class experience.
First class service was temporarily withdrawn due to the pandemic, but it’s set to be reintroduced on flights from March 27, 2022.
“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 refreshed aircraft,” said Stephanie Tully, Chief Customer Officer at Qantas.
Here’s what you need to know about the return of Qantas’ most exclusive flight experience.
Qantas’ First Class Experience Returns
Some of Qantas’ A380s have already been released from storage in the California desert and have returned to operating twice-weekly flights between Sydney (SYD) and Los Angeles (LAX) on Mondays and Saturdays.
However, they’ve been flying without passengers in the first class cabin. That’s all about to change, though, as first class tickets are once again available for purchase for flights departing Australia on March 27, 2022, and for flights departing Los Angeles on March 28, 2022.
Hot Tip: Flying first class doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s a look at how you can book Qantas first class with your points and miles.
The A380 will replace the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Qantas’ other flights between Sydney and L.A., except Sundays. This means that first class will not be available on the route on Sunday flights for at least the short-term future.
Qantas provides an excellent experience for its first class passengers, from the dedicated check-in space in Sydney to a Neil Perry-designed, multi-course onboard menu to provided Martin Grant pajamas to relax in while lounging in your suite in the sky.
Qantas first class passengers will notice an enhanced ground experience, as the airline will once again separate business and first class passengers instead of offering a combined experience as it did during the height of the pandemic.
In the lounge, passengers will once again be able to indulge in preflight luxuries including an à la carte menu by Neil Perry, Champagne, cocktails, and only the best in local Australian wines.
Onboard the A380, passengers will be treated to a refreshed lounge with space for up to 10 passengers and a self-service bar.
When Qantas’ first class product returns to the Sydney-Los Angeles route, it will be the only nonstop option offering first class.
The next route to see the return of Qantas’ international first class service will be the airline’s service between Sydney and London (LHR) with a stop in Singapore (SIN).
Qantas first class is returning and is available to book now on flights between Sydney and Los Angeles from March 27, 2022. This is sure to be a welcome development for passengers wanting to travel between the 2 cities in the most comfortable and opulent way possible on a commercial aircraft.
Featured Image Credit: Qantas
Was this page helpful?
UP's Bonus Valuation
This bonus value is an estimated valuation calculated by UP after analyzing redemption options, transfer partners, award availability and how much UP would pay to buy these points.