Aircraft: Airbus A330-303
Flight Number: QF61
Duration: Approximately nine hours
Check-In Experience: The Brisbane International Airport was just beginning to get busy as I arrived and I was expecting a long queue at the Qantas counter. However, Qantas’ self check-in service and baggage drop helped to keep the queues relatively short and fast-moving. There were plenty of airline staff to assist travellers and make the check-in process run smoothly.
On-time Performance: The flight departed about 15 minutes after its scheduled departure time but this was no inconvenience as it arrived in Tokyo on time.
Seat/Cabin Conditions: The A330-303 boasted a modern-design cabin and the bathrooms were kept immaculate throughout the flight. The seats looked narrow due to their design, however they were quite comfortable and had sufficient legroom for an economy class seat. I thought the seats were well designed, in terms of compartments and tray table, providing much more room to store belongings than other aircrafts.
Food & Beverage: The meal service during the flight was excellent and definitely exceeded my expectations. Shortly after take-off, the cabin crew came by and offered a cup of lemonade and a full-sized bottle of water to each passenger. Lunch was then served and I had the choice of three meals: chicken, beef or fish. This was accompanied by chocolate mousse for dessert and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Towards the end of the flight, the crew distributed Lindt chocolates before a light meal of a mini burger and mini hot dog, which were both delicious.
Entertainment: The on-board entertainment was very good, with a great variety of movies, television, music and more. There was more than enough entertainment to choose from, which made the flight, quite literally, fly by.
Crew: Just as one would expect from Qantas, the cabin crew were all very friendly and helpful, providing a pleasant flying experience overall.
Overview: Overall, I was very impressed by this flight and the services provided by Qantas. The in-flight entertainment and meal service were both exceptional which made the flight seem to go a lot faster. It was a very pleasant experience and one I would recommend to anyone travelling from Brisbane to Japan.