It was a late overnight flight and the second leg of our journey home from a wonderful but exhausting ski trip at the Sahoro Ski Resort (that’s a lot of context in one sentence), and I’d already brushed my teeth and totally determined to just sleep when we got on our flight. The QF26 Tokyo-to-Sydney flight turned out to be super empty.
We didn’t embark early; the plane took off like that!
We were told we could make use of any space and sleep horizontally if we wanted despite in economy class. We were also handed this flight menu:
Oh sushi… It’s pretty late and I’d already brushed my teeth. Do I or do I not? Yes. Yes I shall!
And that was the right decision! The meal came with a great fresh sushi selection and a panna cotta for dessert. My only complaint is instead of the traditional raw salmon nigiri, they used smoked salmon; and that’s hardly a complaint.
Next morning, I informed Richard, who decided to skip dinner and went straight to sleep, of the awesome sushi I had and showed him the photo. He regretted it.
The wrap wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, but when I asked for a banana, the flight attendant gave me 2! Win! This has literally been the best flight in economy class. (I’m pretty easy to win over with food.)
There was a slight delay because a woman died at the terminal just before our flight, so after a long while, they decided to drop us off at the freight terminal instead. Minor inconvenience.
Was getting a sushi meal worth it on a Qantas flight? YES!
In unprecedented vickie.life history, for the first time ever, Vickie did NOT order the fruit platter special meal on a Qantas flight! How was that possible? Well, I took the bait and ordered the non-online-exclusive salmon option on Q-Eat (get it? Bait? Fish? No?) for our QF25 Sydney to Tokyo international flight.
Q-Eat said: Salmon fillet with sesame soy sauce, green beans and rice: Salmon fillet gently cooked, dressed with a flavoursome Asian inspired sauce and served on a bed of fragrant rice with green beans.
On the flight, it was… a very disappointment meal. The salmon was overcooked.
I should have known and had some of that pumpkin on pumpkin action instead.
Richard pre-ordered the online-exclusive Barramundi with lemon dill sauce and roasted winter vegetables. It’s much better than the salmon.
Breakfast was Spinach and feta toastie, plus a Greek yoghurt with apple cinnamon granola.
The flight menu:
Qantas 747-400 QF128, Hong Kong to Sydney international flight.
I ordered the fruit platter, as usual.
There’s a big tray of fruits for dinner and a small tray of fruits for dessert; I suppose I did order a fruit meal. But! Can I point out the small REAL MILK sitting in the tray? REAL MILK! NOT SOY MILK!
For breakfast, there’s another fruit platter (one tray). This time it came with a sugary yoghurt, more REAL MILK, and a punctured orange juice that leaked everywhere and made everything sticky.
Not a super fun experience when I barely slept in the shorter 8-hour flight.
I didn’t keep notes so I have no idea what Richard ordered. Funny how little you can tell what’s in a flight meal from the photo, huh.
Breakfast looked pretty good.
A muesli bar before we got off the flight.
Qantas has a new Q-Eat programme available for pre-selection for international flights departing from Australia. I wasn’t quite curious enough, but Richard took up the online exclusive offer when I pointed out to him that there’s duck! On a flight! Economy class! This was available on our 9-ish-hour QF117 international flight from Sydney to Hong Kong.
Lunch order: Duck a l’Orange brussel sprouts and creamy mash potatoes (online exclusive) – “Classic French dish in which duck breast is roasted and served with orange sauce, consisting of herbs, vegetables, orange zest and juice. The duck is then accompanied with brussel sprouts and creamy mash potatoes.”
That description. So fancy.
It arrived like this:
So it sounded a little fancier than it looked…
Over here, I stuck to my very safe, reliable and/or boring fruit platter. (Mostly boring.)
“Later in the flight” snack for all: Weis ice cream bar (as usual).
“Prior to arrival” meal is a Beef, spinach and cheese gozleme.
The flight menu:
QF121, Qantas short-haul international flight from Sydney to Queenstown, economy class. The flight was just over 2 hours, but I could still order the special meal fruit platter.
Fruit platter: main platter in bigger chunks than usual with skin and rind; side bag contained small Red Delicious apple, small banana, dried cranberries (donated to Richard), soy milk (discarded/returned).
Meanwhile, the rest of them had a good 3 options, which I was quite impressed with:
There was a minor beef sauce spillover incident. (The barramundi would have been my choice if I hadn’t ordered the fruit platter.)
After the main meal, there’s Weis ice-cream bar:
… as well as Lindt chocolate truffles.
USB charger port available on the front of each economy seat of the Boeing 737-800.
Qantas QF925, 3-hour Cairns-to-Sydney domestic return flight, economy class. I didn’t realise how greasy my phone camera has become over the trip until I looked at these photos!
The fruit platter I got on my flight to Cairns wasn’t quite a platter for variety. It got better on the return trip with 6 different fruits (black currants, orange slice, pineapple, honeydew, rockmelon, watermelon), but without the whole banana that Qantas fruit platter meals tend to have in my experience.
Normal lunch menu had two options: green curry chicken or Thai beef salad. Richard chose the hot item, which would have been my choice as well had I not signed up for the special meal.
And it was a good choice. The green curry chicken on white rice was also a light meal, but at least it wasn’t dry and looked unappetising like the Thai beef salad with the rice vermicelli.
I was expecting them to hand out a snack as they did on our first flight. It’s Lindor chocolate truffles. I didn’t need the extra sugar, so I donated it to Richard who, since we’re “technically still on holidays”, gladly adopted.
But wait, there’s more! After the chocolates, there’s also ice cream bars! Best economy class domestic flight meal service or what?
QF924, Qantas Sydney-to-Cairns domestic 3-hour short-haul flight. I decided to play safe and continued to sign up for the fruit platter. I got my special meal before the others, as usual.
Not so much a platter but an apple and a banana in a box (and a soy milk that I never bother). I guess at least I got to eat before all the turbulence.
The normal flight breakfast was a choice between a tortilla and a cereal. Richard picked the scrambled egg and bacon tortilla.
Small but looked nice and handmade according to the box, but also quite chewy and stuck to Richard’s teeth.
They served a snack almost immediately after the first trays were cleared. I wondered why they bothered instead of doing both breakfast and snack in one go.
Our snack, the chocolate biscuits, looked like… Well.
Richard: Did you want to say “neatly wrapped poop”?
Everything I didn’t eat looked more exciting (neatly wrapped poop is exciting), but I didn’t regret sticking to my two-ingredient special meal. Let’s see what they have for me on my return flight.