|Subject: Re: Qantas experience/ New Zealand movies & books|
Angie asked about Qantas experiences. We flew roundtrip
from LAX to Australia a couple of years ago. I know Qantas
has a great reputation but we were seriously disappointed.
This was almost exclusively due to the size of the seats and
leg room. Incredibly for a fourteen hour flight these were
about the same as I've experience for 2.5 hour flight from
Hartford to Florida on Delta discount flight. You couldn't
hold up a newspaper without hitting the head of the person
in front of you. to make matters worse the return flight was
100% full and we had the last row of seats (the ones that
don't go back) and the middle two in the middle section of
The flights were pretty much on time and the flight attendants were OK. But I expect an airline like this to be especially sensitive to the comfort of long haul passengers. Instead they were (like everyone else) concerned first and foremost with maximizing their passenger load.
Of course there's not too much competition on these routes and we still had a terrific time in Australia. I'm sure you will in NZ too. And maybe you'll catch an empty seat next to you!