Flight no: QF427
Route: Sydney to Melbourne
Aircraft type: Airbus A330-200
Flight time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Travel class: Business Class
Seat Type: Total Lay Flat – Vantage XL Business Class pod
Seat Width: 21.5 inch
Pitch: 78 inches
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I was going down the Melbourne for a weekend away. I specifically chose this flight QF427 as it was onboard the A330-200. Most of the flights between Sydney and Melbourne is onboard the Boeing B737-800. During peak times Qantas operate this route using the larger A330-200 plane.
I purchased an Economy ticket which cost me $176 for one way Sydney to Melbourne. This flight was on a Saturday morning so ticket prices were a bit high.
I then used Frequent Flyer points (10,000 points) to upgrade my ticket to Business Class.
When booking your flight via the Qantas website, click on the Flight Number and it will display what aircraft is being used for this flight. But I once booked a flight which said it was an A330-200 but when I boarded the plane they had changed it to the B737-800. I presume if they don’t have many people flying then they can downgrade the plane.
Getting to the airport
The easiest way to get to Sydney airport is via the train. I was coming from the Sydney CBD so the train is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to get to the airport. It takes about 20 minutes to get from Town Hall Station to Sydney Domestic Airport.
At the airport
Qantas has a dedicated terminal at Sydney Domestic Airport, Terminal 3. There is a nice food court with loads of different food options and there is also a fair few stores for some shopping.
With the Business Class ticket you get access to the Qantas Lounge which is a nice lounge with free food and drinks and it has a great view over the departure gates for some plane spotting.
The Vantage XL Business Class pod is my favourite airline business class seat. It is a 1-2-1 configuration in the business class cabin. The even numbered window seats are the best to choose as they are right up against the window. The odd numbers seats are closer to the aisle so when you stretch your legs out they are not underneath the person in front.
The pod has an electric outlet to plug in your laptop and it has a USB port for charging your devices.
The Vantage XL Business Class pod is fitted with a nice 16″ Panasonic TV Screen and the entertainment system is loaded with heaps of movies, TV Shows, documentaries and news. The headset is a good quality noise canceling headphones.
One of the nicest features of this Qantas Entertainment Unit is the ‘One Touch’ feature to bring up the Flight Map. If you are watching a movie you can just press at the bottom of the screen and it brings up the map. You can then minimize the map and you are back to watching your movie.
There is also a copy of the Qantas Inflight Magazine which is one of the best airline inflight magazines with loads of great travel articles about the destinations Qantas flies to.
This was a morning flight so breakfast was served. I am usually impressed with the food served on Qantas domestic flights and on this flight I was not disappointed.
They had a choice of fruit salad or the pork sausages with fried eggs. This was served with a nice Passionfruit Mango Yoghurt, a class of orange juice and some coffee. It was a very satisfying breakfast.
Qantas do provide great service. I have been a loyal Qantas Frequent Flyer for many years and I do get greeted onboard and also the cabin manager always takes the time to come and say hello.
Final word on this flight
I really like flying in the Business Class section of the A330-200 with the Vantage XL seats. I would not ever purchase a business class seat between Sydney and Melbourne as it is only a 1 hour flight but as I have accumulated many Frequent Flyer Points, I don’t mind spurging and using some of my points for the privelege to get upgraded to the Business Class section.
Thanks Qantas for the great flight between Sydney and Melbourne.