Nice Work Qantas

Despite checking in for our London – Hong Kong – Melbourne flight a full three hours before departure, Qantas were unable to seat Wakes and I together.

The best they could do was sit us one behind the other (both on the aisle), and suggest we speak to the solo traveller in one of the seats next to us to see whether she would swap. Imagine the surprise of our fellow traveller, given she had herself requested an aisle seat and been told there were none available.

In our small section of the plane there were at least four other families who had been separated and were doing the seat-swap-shuffle. It was as if the bookings clerk had thrown the ticket allocations in the air and randomly assembled them.

(One bloke was travelling with a few young kids. If I was him I’d have stayed in my allocated seat for some peace and quiet…)

To rub salt in the room, we then sat on the tarmac for nearly three hours waiting for a take off spot. Time that could have been better spent by me raiding the free bar in the Qantas Club.

Qantas Logo

At least they are concentrating on making things better – like by developing a crappy new logo. How about leaving the logo as it is, saving the massive rebranding costs, and using the money saved to take a few seats out of the long haul planes so those of us over 165 cms can sit in our seats without having to rest our chins on our knees???


6 Responses to Nice Work Qantas

  1. Skinful says:

    Aaah Qantas!

    Never mind I’m sure those youthful and charming hostesses and impressively masculine stewards made your journey a real pleasure.

  2. clarkebruce says:

    Better than the Spice Girl slapper lookalikes and Loadsamoney blokes on BA!

  3. Skinful says:


    This is the first time I have seen anyone defend Qantas cabin staff. He must have been a real sweetie!

  4. Scott says:

    After 3 weeks being away with my missus we’d probably both be happy being at opposite ends of the plane! Put it this way, there’d be more chance of me achieving “mile high club” status on the way over, than on the trip home.

  5. clarkebruce says:

    I asked Wakes whether she wanted to fill in our 3 hours tarmac time with a spot of Mile High action. She wasn’t angry, just disappointed.

  6. Col Gray says:

    I’m with Scott. I can’t see a huge problem with not being seated next to the Mrs…

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