Martinis Down Under – Qantas 747 SYD to LAX Economy

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  1. Introduction and Trip Planning
  2. LAX Oneworld First Class Lounge
  3. Qantas A380 LAX to SYD Economy
  4. Park Hyatt Sydney Part I
  5. Sydney Qantas Business Lounge
  6. Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
  7. Exploring the Great Barrier Reef
  8. Cairns Qantas Club Lounge
  9. Park Hyatt Sydney Part II
  10. Exploring Sydney
  11. Sydney Qantas International First Class Lounge
  12. Qantas 747 SYD to LAX Economy

We exited the bliss of the Qantas First Class lounge and headed back to where we belong…..Coach.  While we were on the A380 on the way over, this flight would be on a Qantas 747 for the return.


Qantas is giving its older 747s the new A380 treatment,  however this plane had not received a retrofit and it showed.



Most of the cabin is configured 3-4-3 while rows 70-73 are 2-4-2 where the cabin narrows.  We selected one of these twosome rows and it was an excellent choice.  Interestingly enough, we found the legroom FAR superior on this old 747 compared to the new cramped seats on the A380.  Seating was one of the most spacious I have had on a long economy flight.

As we taxied out I glanced out the window and felt bad for those folk’s ride back to LAX Winking smile


As the engines kicked up it was clear this flight would be a little different than the inbound A380. It was extremely LOUD the entire flight.  This solidified one of my favorite aspects of the new generation of plane which is the noise insulation and cabin pressurization.  I discuss A380 vs 787 vs 747 in this post.

The flight was quite bouncy throughout and I didn’t get any sleep.  Thankfully the entertainment system kept me busy though the quality of the video was pretty low given how old the plane was.

The food and service was slightly better than what I generally find on US carriers International flights though certainly not to the quality of Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines.


We touched down at LAX right on time and were joyed to get off this relic after having put in a good 13+ hours in the back.  This marked the conclusion of our wonderful time spent in Australia.  The country has a million more things to offer than what we experienced so we hope to be back soon.  Thanks for reading.

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  1. i like the last 3 rows on a 747 due to the extra rooms on the side. but is does moves more during flight than middle of the plane.

  2. The option of economy comfort on the DL flight is awfully appealing…

  3. My wife loves those mangy bars and has instructed me to book us on the 747 instead of the 380 going forward. 380 on the last flight was miserable.

    Guess the secret is out on those nice 2 seat groups in the back. We love them.

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