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bins above are very small, small roller ok but many backpacks and carry ons did not fit, crew stored them anywhere they could. Exit seats 36J/K have no window other than tiny one in door. Return flight tomorrow we have 32A/B bulkhead seats these have a side storage bin. Its rather cosy in the small upper Y cabin unlike the cattle truck downstairs.
My views on 32 J/K. We traveled the QF1 route SYD-xDXB-LHR back in September. I found the private feel of the upper deck economy cabin great but it was a problem with carry-on bags and getting space. Fortunately as a WP we got early access to the cabin so could store our bags above our heads - others who boarded later were forced to put their bags a few rows away, or as mentioned elsewhere, in the W cabin (much to the annoyance of those actually in the W cabin it seemed). The side bins are great in that cabin for storing the stuff you want to have ready access to.
Leg room was a little awkward for me (I'm pretty well right on 6 foot) as it was too close without the bulkhead cutout. I was able to rest my legs on the side bins and/or a roll-away bag under our feet (obviously only after take off).
Service was quite good for Y - fairly regular and quite timely as it is such a small cabin (much better than seeing them starting the meal service in the cabin but waiting 10-15 mins for the meal). I liked having the stairs close by for a little bit of a leg stretch now and then - but I've read elsewhere the use of the stairs is not always allowed by the FA. I didn't have any issues using the stairs many times during the flight.
My only other comment is that I dislike the DXB stop-over route and would much rather going via SIN. That 14 hour flight from SYD is a real killer and I found it very uncomfortable after about 12 hours. The only advantage - the DXB-LHR leg seemed like a domestic flight in comparison! The short turn-around in DXB didn't really allow much time in the lounge either which I hadn't realised when looking at the times. I had assumed it would allow time for a shower or meal - in reality we had maybe 30 mins in the lounge after security clearance and before boarding. It was time for an express meal via the buffet but I heard others comment that they had ordered food in the F Lounge but it wasn't delivered before the flight was called. Not sure what experience others have had in the DXB F Lounge and whether this is usual. The buffet was quite good and given how much food we'd eaten in the SYD F Lounge + eating on plane we didn't really need more food anyway!
Hence why I always try and book MEL-LHR on QF9/QF1 then return on QF2/QF10. This allows some reasonable time in the lounge whilst also scoring more status credits. WIN WIN imho.
in response to a previous question, pre DBX- we boarded from memory in SIN in March via a separate "A380 upper deck" only lane..... felt ever so slightly privileged! We were in 35J & K, great seat as mentioned, but yeah, window is too small and is (purposefully) distorted like a wide angle bubble
hi all.. does anyone know what row 34d-g seating is like? our upcoming SYD-LAX flights only have this group of seats available on the upper deck (gold ff so have access to all econ options as far as i know)
i'm just wondering if there's an issue with reclining or something as it seemed a bit odd both flights only had these available.
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