Qantas - Requesting a seat block after an air-frame change.

By Theresnormissin | Jun 19, 2018, 03:07 PM
Hi all,

My partner (QFF Gold) and myself (QFF Plat.) are flying Y class on QF81 to Singapore in a few weeks. I have just seen that we've had our airframe changed from an A330 to an A380 and the system re-allocated our seats to the upper-deck mini cabin. I'm not complaining as the mini-cabins 2-4-2 layout suits us as we'll still be still seated together but it is also full (I guess they have put those with status up there). I've looked at the seating on the lower deck and it's currently looking pretty empty and I'm keen to eek out a little more space for the day flight.

Would it be reasonable to choose Seats A and C in a row on the lower deck and, rather than chance it that no-one will be assigned the middle seat, phone Qantas to see if we could have a seat blocked out between us? Has anyone done this in the past, or is this even a reasonable thing to request?
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By silentiger86 | Jun 19, 2018, 03:17 PM
Don't they block out middle seat if you are WP? Or maybe its just domestic flights?
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By Flying Ogden | Jun 19, 2018, 03:20 PM
Speaking from a recent experience flying QF Melbourne to Singapore in Y. It looked like an empty plane right up until boarding when it turned out they dumped a few Asia bound Jetstar flights onto our plane. Another passenger said it happens a lot with the A380's now heading back to Singapore. Not sure if the same thing happens in Sydney but if it does, stay upstairs. Otherwise you might have a Jetstar passenger seated between you celebrating their "upgrade" by drinking as much complimentary booze as they can get a hold of.
Last edited by Flying Ogden at Jun 19, 2018, 10.40 PM.
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By MrT | Jun 19, 2018, 03:56 PM
In my experience the lower deck often looks empty on Expert Flyer but tends to fill up rapidly when check in opens - my guess is a lot of people in the main Y cabin do not pre-select seats.

If I were you I'd take the upper deck seats then enquire on check in whether the flight is full or if it would be possible to get a blocked middle seat. By that time Qantas will have a good idea whether it's a full flight or not.
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By Phil Young | Jun 20, 2018, 08:05 AM
What's your seat allocation now in the upper deck Y cabin Theresnormissin? Whilst many do prefer this mini-cabin, just steer clear of 35DEF. It's a substandard set of sets, with a solid wall beside 35D.
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By Theresnormissin | Jun 20, 2018, 11:32 AM
What's your seat allocation now in the upper deck Y cabin Theresnormissin? Whilst many do prefer this mini-cabin, just steer clear of 35DEF. It's a substandard set of sets, with a solid wall beside 35D.

Thanks for the tip Phily. We're currently in Row 33. Seat Guru is noting a 'limited recline' on the seats but I'm sure we can cope for the day trip. If we were further back in the cabin I probably would have made the change and not posted in the community!
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By BXX | Jun 20, 2018, 12:29 PM

What's your seat allocation now in the upper deck Y cabin Theresnormissin? Whilst many do prefer this mini-cabin, just steer clear of 35DEF. It's a substandard set of sets, with a solid wall beside 35D.

Did you mean seats in row 36, esp 36D, which seems to have a solid wall beside it - these are allocated last in economy upper deck section

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By LikeaGoodLounge | Jun 21, 2018, 02:21 PM
Hi Theresnormissin. If you stay on the upper deck then my wife & I have flown several times in 32A/B or 32J/K: we don't mind them at all. Space is good and there's a small storage bin under the window which is handy. It also seems a little quieter up there. Hope this helps ;-)
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