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Qantas Airbus A380 Upper Deck Economy
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Qantas A380 Upper Deck Economy Review

Qantas recently converted the back portion of their Airbus A380’s upper deck into five rows of economy seating. On my recent trip from Melbourne to Los Angeles (QF93), I was lucky enough to not only sit up there, but to have three seats to myself. I was initially sitting in 36F, which turned into a bed spread across 36DEF!

Qantas Airbus A380 Upper Deck Economy

The Good:

  • The section has only 30 seats, so it’s really quiet.
  • One toilet services the area, so you never have to wait for the loo.
  • Seat Guru highlights row 35 in red due to the close vicinity to the toilets which would usually be bothersome having people standing over you, however this is not the case as the section is so small there was never a queue. Due to the wall next to seat 36D (see below under “The Bad”), even if there was a large group hovering around the loo, this would bother row 35, not row 36.
  • There is a huge amount of free space in front of, and next to, exit row 35, which is another reason why the close vicinity to the toilets is not bothersome as if in the slight change there is one or two people waiting for the bathroom, they have plenty of space by the door to wait.
  • The service personnel were fantastic, and gave the level of attention you’d expect in first class, as their hands weren’t too full trying to cater for such a large section.
  • Seat K has a handy little shelf between the seat and the window (see the beginning of video). That is in rows 35 and 36, but I didn’t see the earlier rows to know if they have the shelf as well.

The Bad:

  • The section is at the very back of the plane (although tailwind movement was not a problem), so when I boarded the flight I had to walk down to the back to go up the stairs. I would suggest either boarding right at the start if you can with your status, otherwise wait until the very last minute to avoid getting stuck behind everyone settling into their seats.
  • The overhead lockers are small, so carry-on baggage storage is limited.
  • Seat 36D would be a nightmare of a seat if this section was full, as there is a wall next to the seat. There is a small crack between the wall and seat 35D so a small child could squeeze through if 35D’s seat wasn’t reclined, otherwise it’s like a confined window seat without the window, and with less space because of the straight wall rather than the curved windowed wall (see video below). It also has a little harness under the seat in front to store bags due to limited overhead space, so this gets in the way of legroom. This is easily the worst seat on the plane, which is likely the reason I had the row to myself – it was blocked out when I was checking in.

The Video: 

I took this video from seat 36E while landing, so the curtains into Premium Economy were open with lights on. Most of the flight the curtains were closed and the lights were off, so it was really quiet and peaceful. I am up against a wall that connects to the kitchen, which has an entrance on either side of behind where I’m sitting. At the end of the video you can see what I mean about the wall against 36D.

Seating Map Photo Credit: Seat Guru

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14 Comments

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    Rodrigo Alfonso Sepúlveda Soto
    July 26, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    This article is just what I was looking for at the moment of choosing my seat from Sydney to Dallas. Thanks to you and your video I just selected seat 35E upper deck for just AU$30. A bargain!

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      Mimi
      October 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Hey Rodrigo! I’m trying to select my seat from Sydney to Dallas as well. What was your flight experience like in the upper deck? And what do you think about seats in row 34 (just in front your yours)? Any info you can give me will help. Thanks!

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    Jo taylor
    November 6, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Thank you so much for your info… I’m a very nervous flyer and am obsessed with travel I was blessed to be offered this seat as last one on upper and you made it so great for me xxx kind regards… Jo Taylor . Sydney

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    Lorri
    April 26, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Hi Lynne ,
    Would you know if seats 36 J K have ample Leg room ,
    Do they have a media box underneath .
    I have just booked them from ku to Melbourne , it would be a nightmare if we had no were to put our legs .
    Had this problem on a previous flight ( not an A380 though )
    Thanks
    Lorrie

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    significance
    April 4, 2014 at 10:43 am

    That wall actually looks as though it would be good: close enough to lean on if you are trying to sleep, unlike the space between the seat and the window in a normal seat.

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    January 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

    […] For an informative opinion and some tips on flying on the Qantas A380 in economy class (upper deck), read this blog from Lynn Gilmartin. […]

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    Oskar
    November 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I got 35D for may next Trip to London and back , I am silver Frequent Flyer ,bay only for-normal sals fare plus 45000 points for this seat . Have bin in Premium last trip not worth there moony , this seat 35D is grate value for this long trip.

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    Trish
    November 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    thanks Lynne have just booked seats 35D,E and F in upper deck.Trish

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      Elaine
      August 23, 2014 at 5:05 am

      Hi, I have just booked these seats for next February from Sydney to Heathrow.. How did you get on with them?

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        Lorrie
        August 24, 2014 at 1:15 am

        Trying to find out as well , as my flight not till Feb .

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    Michael Bethell
    October 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Hey Lynn,
    Thanks for the seat video and description where off to London next june , looking forward even more to the flight now
    alll the best
    michaelb

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    Marx
    August 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Lynn,

    Just wondering if you get off the plane faster than the people in the lower deck when arriving?

    Thanks!

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    An Urban Mystic
    May 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Dear Lynn,
    I was real happy to read your About page. Your have such a positive energy and uplifting vitality and are a really good example of how our thoughts create our life. All the best with training to be a coach , and looking forward to reading more of your posts! Blessings…

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      Lynn Gilmartin
      May 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Irene! Thank you so much for your kind words! And I’m so excited to have found your blog in return – I absolutely adore your posts!! xxxxx

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