A seasoned workhorse of Qantas' domestic fleet, the Boeing 767 is set to disappear from Australian skies by the end of 2014.
Until then, the domestic configuration aircraft frequently spread their wings on flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and on selected services across to Perth.
With these birds boasting recently-refreshed cabins and interiors, we took to the skies to see what business travellers can look forward to on their next Boeing 767 flight.
Passengers can check-in online, at an airport kiosk, in the lounge or through the Next Generation Check-in system.
Business class travellers can check-in two pieces of luggage at up to 32kg per piece, while Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers plus other Oneworld Emerald members can bring a third bag at no extra charge.
Greeting customers in Sydney is the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge, where business class flyers can access with a guest in tow.
Platinum and Platinum One members can bring a second guest, although not Oneworld Emerald members from other programs.
Priority boarding was without incident, and QF516 left the gate eight minutes behind schedule to arrive in Brisbane just five minutes late.
In the aviation industry, both the departure and arrival are considered 'on-time'.
The domestic Boeing 767s come fitted out with refreshed and reupholstered charcoal leather seats in business class...
... with adjustable recline, lumbar support and leg and footrests:
For charging laptops, phones and tablets, there's a 75W AC power outlet available to every business class passenger.
Legroom is more than sufficient for such a short hop, but on longer flights, we'd suggest row two and beyond – where travellers can completely stretch out under the seat in front.
Each bulkhead seat also has a little storage space for iPads, books, magazines and documents...
... although all bags and laptops must be stored overhead for take-off and landing.
Before wheels-up, a refreshing apple and guava juice lands on our cocktail table...
... with water also available.
Brunch is served on the flight, with a respectable three meal choices for passengers at the pointy end:
- A toasted sourdough sandwich with bacon, onion and cheese (pictured), or
- Spanish crêpes with smoked salmon and goat's cheese, or
- A fresh fruit salad
The meal was faultless, while the Greek yoghurt with (real) raspberries and spiced apple tea cakes were also quite tasty.
Standard juices and water were provided with the meal, while crew members did the rounds for tea and coffee later in the flight.
Also stocked – yet not proactively offered – are 'piccolo' bottles of Grant Burge Pinot Noir Chardonnay (NV sparkling), quite a drinkable Aussie drop.
Entertainment & Service
The crew were friendly and welcoming – yet not intrusive – addressing passengers by name throughout the flight.
Missing was a personal touch or connection, although that's understandably difficult with a full business class cabin on a Golden Triangle hop.
Fitted with the latest Q Streaming wireless entertainment system, each passenger – both in business class and economy – can find an iPad in their seat pocket.
Most seats come with an iPad holder (below), although unfortunately this isn't offered in row one.
There isn't enough room on the tray table to balance both an iPad and the meal, so it means relying on the older, fixed entertainment system during chow time.
It ran alongside Q Streaming throughout the flight, and switched to flight arrival information during descent:
A number of radio channels are also on offer, accessible through the centre armrest. There's a good mix of modern day, classical, comedy, romance and business talk to keep everybody happy.
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane are relatively short, so just as we retrieved the iPad from the seat pocket, it was already time to put it back away.
If you'd like to enjoy Q Streaming while still dining on board, we'd suggest picking a seat in rows 2-5 where iPad holders are fitted, although all video entertainment winds up before touchdown regardless of where you're sitting.
The radio channels continue until you reach the gate, with Guy Noble's Symphony channel our top pick for arriving relaxed and calm at your destination.
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