Review – Qantas A330 Business Class, Tokyo Narita – Brisbane

by Zac George

I’ve been meaning to post this review but wanted to find the menus to add in the post before doing so and I finally found them. This flight was taken a few weeks ago after my short stay in Tokyo after reviewing Air Calin’s new A330neo Business Class.

During my visit to Tokyo, a warning was issued for a Typhoon that would be making landfall in the coming days which meant a lot of upcoming travel disruptions.

I was originally supposed to be flying Thai First from Osaka but due to the weather, my flight to Osaka was cancelled and I wouldn’t have made my flight to Bangkok. After looking at options and making life easy on myself, I managed to get a seat directly back to Brisbane on the QF62 service.

Qantas A330 Business Class

Qantas’ A330-300 features a total of 297 seats spread across 2 cabins, Business and Economy Class. The Business cabin contains 28 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with each seat having an overall pitch of 73” and a width of 23.”

The Economy cabins contains 269 seats in a 2-4-2 layout and these seats have a pitch of 31” and a width of 17.”

Qantas A330 Business Class

I have reviewed this product before on a Coast to Coast service as well as a Hong Kong flight but that was quite some time ago.

The newer 787 Business product is based around this seat but you will notice a few small differences in the seats if you’ve flown both products before.

Qantas A330 Business Class

For this flight, I selected seat 2A. A few minutes after taking photos around the cabin, the cabin crew who would be looking after me came and introduced herself. She noticed I was taking photos and we began to chat about various aspects of travel, Qantas and aviation in general, It was shaping up to be a great flight.

Qantas A330 Business Class

After our chat, I was handed the menus, amenity kit, pyjamas and was asked If I’d like to enjoy a pre-departure beverage, I went with the champagne.

As I was taking photos, one of the crew thoughtfully put a bottle of Duval Leroy down so I could get some images, nice touch.

Qantas A330 Business Class

While the Vantage XL seat isn’t my favourite Business seating out there, it’s still a great product and I enjoy it every time I fly it.  If you want the best privacy, I’d recommend getting any of the window seats in row 2, 4 or 6.

Qantas A330 Business Class

After getting up and getting changed into my pyjamas, I arrived at my seat and found it with the mattress topper already put on the seat.

As the flight is timed for an evening departure, dinner service is performed shortly after takeoff and the majority of passengers tend to go straight to sleep after they’ve eaten.

Qantas A330 Business Class

Here are the menus for the QF62 service from Tokyo to Brisbane:

Shortly after takeoff, the dinner service was commenced and I was served my beverage choice of, water and was also given a packet of almonds and pretzels.

Qantas A330 Business Class

To start off the meal service, I went with the salad of duck

Qantas A330 Business Class

I was a bit sceptical about how much duck would be in the salad but I was pleasantly surprised, the dish actually had quite a fair amount in it!

Qantas A330 Business Class

And for the main dish, I had the roast chicken. The sauce and potato puree was lovely but I found the chicken lacked flavour.

Qantas A330 Business Class

After finishing the meal service, I reclined my seat and was able to get a solid five and a half hours of sleep before waking up to have a coffee and prepare for the early morning arrival into Brisbane.

We touched down just past 6:00 am and we made our way to the gate. I was able to proceed through customs and was kerbside within 10 minutes of getting off the aircraft, I love arriving into Brisbane early!

Overall

I enjoyed my time on the A330 and had a great flight, the crew were especially great which is always good to mention. The only disappointing part of my experience would be the Qantas lounge in Tokyo being too busy but you can use the JAL lounge’s closeby.

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