Flight Review: Qantas Airways – Los Angeles to Sydney (QF12)

As part of our brand new section AU Abroad, we bring you a birds eye view of the world of travel. In this article series, we let you in on the best airlines to fly with. Having already covered the Virgin Australia route, today Johnny Au looks at the service offered on Qantas’ A380 service from LAX to Sydney.

Airline: QANTAS
Route: Los Angles to Sydney, QF12
Seat: 54G (Aisle)
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Class: Economy

Flight Time: 15 Hours 5 Minutes
On Schedule? Yes, aircraft departed spot on 10:05pm as scheduled.

Frequent Flyer Program: QANTAS Frequent Flyer Program, Silver
Lounge Access: QANTAS International Business Lounge
Ticket Type: Reward Seat (Redemption via Points)
Mobile Check-In? No
Points and Status Credits Earned: None (Reward Seat)

Meal Service:

Two full service meals. One dinner service straight after take off and one breakfast service 2 hours before landing in Sydney. Dinner consisted of a Corn and Edamame Salad, main meal of Massaman Beef with Coriander Rice and a Strawberry Cheesecake for dessert. ‘

The Massaman Beef was quite tender with a lovely coconut based sauce. The highlight of the dinner was the Strawberry Cheesecake which was light with a tasty strawberry sauce. Refreshments were served throughout the 15 hour flight. A snack pack was distributed out to all passengers before lights went out after the dinner service.

Breakfast was a cooked breakfast of Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Tomato, Sausages and Hash Browns. A fruit Salad and a Fig & Date Muffin was included.

In-Flight Entertainment:

10 inch touchscreens on all seats with Entertainment on Q system with a special Academy Award winning movie selection from previous years. Also plenty of new releases and Australian films and documentaries were shown.

I watched the new film Gravity from the new films section. The Entertainment on Q service is available from gate to gate which is great if you hate the electronic blackout from take off and landings

You can also access details about your journey in the detailed maps screen plus the very useful tail camera which gave a great view of the sunrise over Sydney and the spectacular views of the landing.


The Marc Newson designed A380 economy seat is a standard economy seat which is relatively comfortable with a netting to place your feet.

Customer Service:

Efficient, good humoured and always nice to hear an Australian accent on the way home.


The seat next to me was empty which is a godsend when you are trying to work. The extra room was also useful for the yoga positions I put myself in to get a comfortable sleeping position.

The author flew at his own expense. Or in this case, using his own points. For latest flight details and to fly Qantas, visit http://www.qantas.com/


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