QF A380 Refurbishment - RIP the wonderful economy 'mini-cabin' | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

QF A380 Refurbishment - RIP the wonderful economy 'mini-cabin'

Mark1966

Junior Member
Joined
May 8, 2015
Messages
16
With the newly reconfigured QF A380s to come back into service from September,Qantas Will Revamp Biz Cabin in Refurbishment of A380 Fleet, is anybody else going to miss the little economy 'mini-cabin' at the rear of the upper deck?

For those of us travelling on our own $$ or not having work pay for more than economy this was a boon - especially on the SYD - DFW route. I've even constructed itineraries to Europe to be on QF1 an QF2 out of Heathrow just to be able to sit there rather than downstairs on a direct connection on EK.

Is it just me?
 

levelnine

Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2009
Messages
404
Agree it will be a loss.

On the upside, a larger premium cabin should increase the chances of getting an upgrade on the refurbished A380, so I welcome the changes.
 

kookaburra75

Member
Joined
Mar 26, 2017
Messages
460
Flights
My Map
With the newly reconfigured QF A380s to come back into service from September,Qantas Will Revamp Biz Cabin in Refurbishment of A380 Fleet, is anybody else going to miss the little economy 'mini-cabin' at the rear of the upper deck?

For those of us travelling on our own $$ or not having work pay for more than economy this was a boon - especially on the SYD - DFW route. I've even constructed itineraries to Europe to be on QF1 an QF2 out of Heathrow just to be able to sit there rather than downstairs on a direct connection on EK.

Is it just me?
I agree. I do the run to the 3-4 times a year, and the company policy is for Y. I do try to get an upgrade to J with points, which I get 50% of the time. My usual 'go to' seat is 33G, as I usually get a ghost next to me and can spread out. If I'm travelling with MrsK, we go for 36J&K. As a WP, the crew always drop off goodies, glass of champagne etc.
I'll be sad to see that little bubble of calm go, and have to sit down with the masses.
 

Mark1966

Junior Member
Joined
May 8, 2015
Messages
16
I agree. I do the run to the 3-4 times a year, and the company policy is for Y. I do try to get an upgrade to J with points, which I get 50% of the time. My usual 'go to' seat is 33G, as I usually get a ghost next to me and can spread out. If I'm travelling with MrsK, we go for 36J&K. As a WP, the crew always drop off goodies, glass of champagne etc.
I'll be sad to see that little bubble of calm go, and have to sit down with the masses.
I had to go to AMS for a conference last year. The way there was EK via DXB due to time constraints. Downstairs on those flights was terrible. Both had a toilet out so massive queues, my WP seat selection was ignored and I was shunted into middle seats, until I asked politely for changes at the gates, and it was all together unpleasant.

On the way back I took a couple of days leave and did train and ferry to London to catch QF2 out of LHR. A MUCH better experience upstairs in my little "bubble of calm".

Such a shame ...
 

Steve N

Newbie
Joined
Nov 9, 2014
Messages
5
Flights
My Map
I agree with the OP.

It'll be a pity to see the end of the small Economy Cabin, but I guess with the extra 6 Business & 25 P/Economy seats, there is probably a chance that QF might release an extra Upgrade.

I much prefer the Mini Cabin to the large Economy Cabin downstairs. I've only experienced it once, on EK (DXB-SIN) & it was not very pleasant,
 

Sprucegoose

AFF Supporter
Joined
Aug 20, 2003
Messages
6,617
I much prefer the Mini Cabin to the large Economy Cabin downstairs. I've only experienced it once, on EK (DXB-SIN) & it was not very pleasant,
i didn't know EK had a mini cabin? on one version of their 380 they have a large Y section upstairs
 

JohnM

AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 7, 2006
Messages
6,954
Flights
My Map
i didn't know EK had a mini cabin? on one version of their 380 they have a large Y section upstairs
You are misreading, I think. @Steve N is saying that he's only experienced the downstairs barn once, and that happened to be on EK. At least that's how I read it.
 

Patjc

Newbie
Joined
Apr 29, 2018
Messages
1
Yes I will miss it, we put the kids in there with easy access to us up front
 

Max Samuels

Member
Joined
Jun 30, 2010
Messages
165
Yep I will miss it - just flew it the other day on QF93/94.
The FAs were actually talking about the revamp and that it was because operating 2 classes (Y&W) out of a single galley was really hard. The only way it worked was to rush the Y meal service (they literally serve food within 15 mins of the seatbelt sign going off, and clear it almost immediately), so they could get to the W meal service ready. They literally have to pass through mini Y cabin to access W cabin.

This really is depressing news, actually. EK Y is horrible with the 3-4-3 config. And QF will also have that too now...
 

snabbu

Established Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2014
Messages
1,171
Flights
My Map
I must have been lucky in the past. Each time on QF7 (and QF8 but not as often, loads have always been higher for some reason) I've pre selected 34G and after sitting down an FA come and offer me a row of 4 downstairs. Once accepted the FA would place a towel across the row, indicating to other FA's the row was "blocked" until after take off.
 

OATEK

AFF Supporter
Joined
Apr 12, 2013
Messages
2,812
Flights
My Map
Have booked QF127 next March, and at this stage of course it shows the current config so have selected in the mini-Y cabin. Guess it will be down to about 50/50 whether our plane will be old or new config by then.

P.S. Has anyone seen an official seat map for the new config yet?
 
Last edited:

moa999

AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 23, 2003
Messages
9,419
Flights
My Map
Nothing official. Just the version that was posted here some weeks back.

2328b2753f9b99fb3f1801ab3daca542.jpg
 

moa999

AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 23, 2003
Messages
9,419
Flights
My Map
Correct from what's been said Economy cabin isn't being touched (though I'd assume it will get a deep clean and probably new seat covers).

First is getting minimal changes including a new larger TV.

I don't think Airbus has offered the 3-5-3 option as a retrofit (was part of their proposed A380 Plus alterations) and would be a similar seat width to the 787 - so the A380 and A330 should remain the aircraft for economy comfort.
 

AFF on Air Podcast

  • The Qantas Oneworld Award – AIR015
    Sat, 13 Jul 2019 02:07:50 AEST
      Learn how to fly around the world using your Qantas Frequent Flyer points as Matt chats to James Green, an award travel consultant at Frequent Flyer Solutions. This episode ...
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Changes – AIR014
    Sat, 29 Jun 2019 00:40:35 AEST
      Last week, Qantas announced a major shake-up to its Qantas Frequent Flyer program. In this episode, former Head of Loyalty at Malaysia Airlines, Mark Ross-Smith, joins Matt ...
  • jb747’s Stellar Career with Qantas – AIR013
    Sat, 15 Jun 2019 03:00:41 AEST
      In this special edition of the podcast, Matt chats to John Bartels (a.k.a. jb747) about his flying career with Qantas, the A380, the QF30 incident, flight training, retirem ...
  • Cheap Virgin Australia Business Class – AIR012
    Sat, 01 Jun 2019 03:05:28 AEST
      Find out how to get cut-price Virgin Australia Business Class tickets by buying and redeeming Etihad Guest miles! This episode also includes some listener Q&A and an interv ...
  • Star Alliance Status – AIR011
    Sat, 18 May 2019 09:39:41 AEST
      Find out how to easily earn Star Alliance Gold status with several different frequent flyer programs! This episode also includes an interview with John Blom, Australia’s ...

Community Statistics

Threads
82,031
Messages
1,897,345
Members
49,877
Latest member
Louise Hepplewhite

Currently Active Users

Top