The hard product itself, the Dreamliner and 777-300ER were brand new with fully flat beds in business class.
EVERYTHING ELSE. They ran out of food 1 hour into a 16.5 hour flight, despite the business cabin being 3/4th empty. No menu either. The food they did have was completely inedible. I ordered the fish and was served a giant rock hard hunk of pork which the knife could not penetrate. Totally disgusting. Because of this I brought my own food for the return journey. But perhaps because of the language barrier they just threw it away instead of putting it in the fridge! No one spoke a word of English. Woke up after sleeping and the entire business cabin was full of sleeping economy passengers whom had obviously bribed the crew. The one business class toilet was occupied the entire flight by crew taking stinky dumps, filthiest airplane bathroom I have ever seen. I complained to China Southern and all they offered me was 500 miles (!!) and a plastic model of a plane, but I could only get the plane if I lived in mainland China, which I obviously don't. Other airlines (British Airways, American Airlines) have offered 25,000 miles just for the IFE screen not working, much less starving your passengers! Transferring in Guangzhou was a nightmare and the lounge was appalling. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY CHINA SOUTHERN'S LOW LOW PRICES, it's just not worth it.
As Platinum Member of QR Privilege Club I booked on the Qatar Airways website a Qatar Airways flight and got confirmed a Qatar Airways flight number.
What else than as cheating the customer, the refusing of an upgrade with the excuse that this flight is an Cathay Pacific flight, can be understood.
Very much disappointing.
The KLM staff that were assigned to this flight were incompetent. After telling them I was flying with Etihad and I had a 30kg limit the told me to unpack my bag to reduce them to 23kg. I did this 3 times, and then at final weighing they figured out I was right and that I could board with 30kg. Morons!
Nothing. I wasn't able to board the flight, so I wouldn't know.
The staff from Air NZ made me lose my flight, keeping me doing queue after queue to pay for a piece of luggage that (apparently) was not included in a $350 fare. They wanted me to pay between $160 and $200 for putting a backpack in the plane!! Pay for almost another flight entirely! While I was going through the queues, the check in time ran out and, by the time I got to talk to someone at the desk to pay for the bag, the woman told me the plane didn't accept any more passengers... while I was still trying to get someone from the airline to help me! ONE HOUR BEFORE DEPARTURE. The plane was supposed to departure at 8:15 and I was still there at 7:15 trying to send my backpack to the cargo area...the solution? Re-book the flight, make me pay $185 in penalties and fees, plus $160-$200 for luggage and the difference of price when booking another flight.
Alecia (flight attendant) was pleasant and helpful.
Being in the air for an extra twenty minutes and wondering if we were in an Erebus situation due to low cloud. I had assumed that planes had navigational instruments to assist landings in low cloud, but it seems that much depends on actual physical visibility. Is this something to do with the fact that flight control towers are not manned? It was very disconcerting and the pilot's seemingly casual attitude did not really help.
I was grateful to finally be able to land but was told on disembarkation that had there been 50ft less visibility, we would have been on our way back to Auckland!
The cabin crew were very friendly and attentive.
The food and mid flight snacks were delicious and free, the on-board entertainment was extremely diverse, entertaining and free, the offer of a glass of wine with my meal was delightful and having a bottle of water waiting in my seat pocket was very thoughtful and much needed during mid-flight.
Quantas may not be as high tech as some of its sister airlines but the basic needs of its passengers are met without fanfare or need to fuss around with price lists and coupons and wether or not you have a debit card, credit card, visa or mastercard, cash or indeed, no card or cash at all.
Quantas is my airline of choice and they have delivered every time.
Seating was comfortable with good leg room for my husband who is tall.We had a needy passenger beside me and the stewardess did her utmost to accommodate and make us comfortable for which we were grateful.
Breakfast was poor (a piece of cake ),and not enough tea/coffee offered during the flight.
Nice plane, lovely crew. A minor detail, but very pleasant: the ever-changing "mood lighting" in the cabin, the overall color changing every ten minutes or so. Surprising how much less boring such a small detail can make a space when you have to sit there for seven hours at a time. :)
Delayed for several hours after boarding because of a technical difficulty with the airplane. This delay caused me to miss an important dinner meeting in Thailand and cost me extra money to arrange transportation from the BKK to my hotel.
They had a massive storm in Sydney that delayed the departure of the plane from there but originally it was only going to be 15 mins then it was half hour then after two hours the plane had arrived and we went through to boarding lounge for about ten minutes only for them to say the flight was cancelled due to them running out of workers hours. Then they said they we all had to go find our own accommodation and they accept no responsibility as it was due to the weather. To top it all off they told us to be back by 7 only to find out they had already delayed that flight and didn't even tell anyone so we were all lined up and nobody knew what was going on
This flight was operated by British Airways, on board a Boeing 777. Dinner was offered pre-flight in the Club lounge and was delicious, with obliging service by the dining room team. Once inflight, service was quick, efficient and nice ... with plenty of champagne refills and more food for those who wanted it. Landed 15 minutes early after a refreshing 4 hours sleep.
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