Great Australian service, quality food and wine, and good space make Qantas Business Class a solid choice for getting to the start of your trip. Just ask our Flights Specialist Rosalind…

What I loved about flying Business Class with Qantas

The Route (1) Melbourne–Tokyo (9 hours)  (2) Dubai–Melbourne (14 hours)

Flying with Qantas is a familiar experience to most Australian travellers and their business class offering on long-haul flights offers the same dependability and level of good service that is a hallmark of this iconic Australian brand. The Qantas business lounges are always a reasonably good standard though less stylish than some of the Middle Eastern carriers or Virgin’s offerings.

There is plenty of room to stretch out with fully reclining, lie-flat beds and an overlaid mattress. On the Boeing 777 to Japan they have a 1–2–1 configuration that allows for plenty of space. On the wider bodied bigger A380s they use a 2–2–2 configuration. The amenities kit is adequate though not as fancy as some; the noise cancelling headphones are good. The personal shelving space next to you is good for storing small items, like books and magazines.

The food is always great quality. Although the selection is more limited than say Emirates, it is a cut above Etihad or Malaysia Airlines. A good selection of Australian wines and common spirits is on offer and attentive service keeps your glass full should you want it. To my mind, it is really the service that makes flying Qantas a pleasure – particularly if you have been away from home for some time, the welcoming, friendly yet professional service of Qantas staff is hard to beat.

Entertainment options are great with a wide selection of films, including recent releases. You definitely shouldn’t get bored with the choices, and the screen is a good size and easy to use.

Be aware that with Qantas and Emirates having codeshare on routes to Europe you may be on either a Qantas or an Emirates flight. The higher cost fares often reflect the type of aircraft and shorter, more direct connections. The A380s or new Dreamliners offer the best space and connection, so their popularity is reflected in a higher price. The lower fares to Europe may involve 3 legs going through KL/Singapore and Dubai. Similarly, a higher fare to Japan may be direct and a lower price to Japan may go through Sydney or Brisbane as a first stop (depending on your originating airport).

For those who want to get there in one go, there is, of course, Qantas’ famous Perth–London non-stop service, which includes the wonderful new Perth terminal with free massages at the Bodhi J wellness studio and even yoga classes before your flight. If the UK is not your end destination though this may involve yet another transfer, so the same end result!

If you are planning on using your Qantas frequent flyer points to apply for a business upgrade on an economy flight you have purchased, please be aware that only certain classes of economy ticket (often not sale fares) are eligible so you are advised to check directly with the airline before purchasing.


Japan flights have a 1– 2–1 configuration. Europe flights a 2–2–2 or 1–2–1 configuration depending on the route and aircraft type used.


Your stopover for a Europe bound flight is Dubai. Japan can be either non-stop or via Sydney/Brisbane.

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To Japan from $1049; to Europe from $6900. Subject to availability.


  • Experience: 8/10
  • Value for money: 7/10

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* Codeshare: An interline partnership where one carrier markets service and places its code on another carrier’s flights. This offers carriers an opportunity to provide service to destinations that are not in their route structure.