This wasn’t my first time with Qantas. I flew from Sydney to L.A. in 2008 but my recent trip with them from London to Bangkok and from Bangkok to Auckland gave me a chance to look at them with fresh eyes. Qantas maintains a good reputation around the world among fliers. They have never crashed (though parts of their planes have exploded in mid air), they have above average food, and their entertainment system has more choices than you will ever need.
If I had to rank Qantas, I’d put them in the middle. As an American, I suffer from having to deal with companies like American Airlines, United, and Delta. These airlines rank at the bottom of my list in terms of, well, everything. The top of my list are the Asian airlines like JAL, Cathay, and Singapore.
Qantas fits in the middle. I have nothing great to say about them but neither anything really bad. The service on all my flights was excellent. The staff was always friendly, they came quickly when I rang the bell, and served the food promptly. I hate having to wait for dinner.
Speaking of dinner, I find the food on Qantas to be better than normal but nothing that blows my mind away. In fact, I’m rarely ever blown away by food on an airplane. I’m sure it’s better in business or first class but, in steerage, it’s a bit above microwaved food quality. Qantas serves food a little better than the rest though. It wasn’t amazing but it’s certainly good enough to finish completely and leave you full.
But what sets Qantas apart in my book is their in-flight entertainment system. I was impressed with it back in 2008 and I am still impressed by it. They have an amazing selection of movies. And not old, I saw it last year movies. Even recent hits as well as some independent films. I watched 500 Days of Summer, the Hurt Locker, and The Hangover on my flight over from Bangkok. They have lots of old movies, good TV shows, and you can even listen to full albums of the most popular artists on the charts.
The bottom line here is that Qantas is a good airline to fly. It may not be the best but it is certainly not the worst. Moreover, if you are a member of the Oneworld alliance, you’ll find them one of the better carriers to fly in the alliance. If you aren’t, Qantas always has amazing deals and inexpensive flight tickets when compared to other major carriers. Moreover, if you go to their Australian website, you can purchase your ticket in Australian dollars, which if you are coming from a country with a better currency, can save you even more money.