Qantas recently revamped its A380 featuring a completely redesigned upper deck with three different lounge sections, “new” business class seats, better cabin lighting and refreshed surfaces. Although much of the first class seat hasn’t changed since 2008, Qantas did revive it to look more modern with a new color scheme, new fabric and a larger entertainment screen. Although it doesn’t compare to other first class suites like those found on ANA, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Garuda Indonesia or Asiana Airlines, the updated Qantas A380 first class seat is a nice breath of fresh air compared to its predecessor. If you find yourself with a Qantas first class ticket on the A380, here’s what awaits for you onboard.
The overall color scheme has been changed from a dull grey and light-brown surfaces to one that’s mainly light grey and cream mixed in with dark brown accents. The fabric of the chair has not been changed to leather, yet it’s been revived with a lighter grey pattern for a subtle look. There are a total of 14 seats at the front of the plane, each one with direct aisle access and angled to allow for the most personal space that feels as private as possible without the addition of sliding doors.
Qantas A380 first class seat features a side panel with touch-screen technology where you can adjust the position of the seat, turn on/off massage functions, television and light. There’s an ottoman across from the seat large enough for a fellow passenger to sit and enjoy a meal with you, small tray table that folds out in front of you for drinks, another larger tray table that folds out from the armrest, two storage compartments on the side that completely close and can fit loose items (it’s where you’ll find the noise-canceling headphones stored), personal air vent and a second, separate remote control for the entertainment system. And of course, there are A/C and USB ports to keep all your devices charged at all times.
The Qantas A380 first class seat measures 22 inches wide and 79 inches long when converted into a fully-flat bed. And when you do decide to rest, you can enjoy the comforts of two large pillows and a duvet made out of 100 percent cotton that’s luxurious against the skin, in addition to a memory foam mattress.
Each first class passenger receives unisex pajamas and slippers designed by Martin Grant that are light, soft on the skin and very comfortable to sleep in. As for the amenity kit, Qantas provides a gender-specific ASPAR bag filled with moisturizer and lip balm by ASPAR, Rexona deodorant, eye mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs and socks.
Pair all the above with excellent service and delicious cuisine created by a famous Australian chef, Neil Perry, who combines dishes from all over the world, and you have yourself a complete and satisfying experience in first class on Qantas.
To see the entire A380 cabin upgrade including first class, click here.