The Royal Tour Part 10 - Qantas Premium Economy London to Bangkok QF2 (Boeing 747-400)
After a brief but amazing time in Europe it was time for me to head back to Australia in time for my sisters wedding in Cairns. My journey to Cairns from London was to be on Qantas via Bangkok and Sydney. This post covers just the first sector, QF2 to Bangkok on board the Boeing 747-400. I flew in premium economy class on this sector, but firstly let's have a quick look at the terminal 3 Heathrow lounge offering.
Although most BA flights leave from terminal 5 at Heathrow, some still do use terminal 3 including all flights to Australia. Qantas shares terminal 3 with them and they use the BA lounges there just as BA use the Qantas lounges in Sydney. So, after a long day at Windsor Castle I found myself checking in quite early with a very friendly check-in girl who gave me directions to the lounge with a smile. With my Qantas platinum card in hand I was offered access to the Galleries First lounge, but before lounging I was in urgent need of a shower.
|Shower Room - Galleries Lounge Terminal 3|
|Elemis amenities on tap, but I asked for and received a toothbrush and shaving kit as well|
There is self serve food and drinks available but there is also an a la carte menu. The menu was nowhere near as extensive as that found in the Qantas First lounges. I ended up having a soup, pasta carbonara and some kind of raspberry cake dessert. All were quite tasty and were delivered quite promptly by the staff.
LONDON HEATHROW to BANGKOK
AIRCRAFT: Boeing 747-400 (VH-OJU)
SCHEDULED TO DEPART: 22.15
ACTUAL DEPARTURE: 22.06
SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE: 15.40
ACTUAL ARRIVAL: 15.20
SEAT: 35G (Premium Economy)
LOAD FACTOR: Economy - 84%, Premium Economy - 75%, Business - 100%, First - 100%
By the time QF2 was boarding things were winding down in the lounge as it was one of the last departures. In fact the staff had already closed the food buffet as I was preparing to leave. My timing was good as boarding was just being called as I arrived at the gate.
|Seat 35G, leg room is ample|
|Noise cancelling headset and blanket|
|Looking across to the right|
I have to apologise at this point as my camera started doing weird things, it was vibrating when I turned it on and made it impossible to take a photo of the menu or the food I was served. I can't even quite remember what we had but I do recall it being quite tasty. I finished it off pretty quickly and reclined my seat watching The Kings Speech for about the 5th time! I didn't last long though and I was soon passed out asleep after a long day which had started at 5.30am in Berlin.
It must have been quite a good sleep as the next time I woke up we had already passed India and my camera was working again!!
With 90 minutes to arrival breakfast was being prepared and I went for the eggs option which came with a fruit salad and bakery items. The coffee is served from a BODUM coffee plunger which is an improvement over what you receive on Thai Airways.
Breakfast was some kind of cheesy omelette with mushroom, spinach, tomato and potato. It wasn't too bad and regular coffee top ups were available. At this point the economy bathrooms had large queues forming and I really wished Premium Economy passengers had one for themselves.
The descent and landing into Suvarnabhumi was routine and we arrived at the gate a full 20 minutes early. I waved goodbye to my friends across the aisle who were also having a stopover in Bangkok before continuing on to Australia and I power walked to immigration. I had two days in Bangkok before my journey back to Australia would resume.