The route: Auckland to Sydney, onwards to Cairns. It became Auckland to Brisbane on QF124, on to Cairns.
The plane: An Airbus Industrie A340, operated by LAN Airlines.
Price: Someone else paid, but around the $450 mark.
On time: Here's where it all gets tricky. LAN Airlines cancelled my 6am flight, resulting in a call from Qantas at 11.30pm. While it took a 45-minute conversation to get rescheduled to meet my appointments in Cairns, they rerouted me through Brisbane and I arrived only 40 minutes later than originally scheduled.
My seat: 22F. Nothing else needs to be said.
Fellow passengers: Another Kiwi heading back into the mines. The rest an assortment of business and tourist travellers, from the briefcases and loud shirts.
How full? Packed.
Entertainment: Average movie selection, most of which I'd seen and, disappointingly, no in-flight magazine. Thankfully I never travel sans-paperback.
Food and drink: Cereal and yoghurt, frustratingly difficult to open in pressurised cabins. Expect messiness.
The toilet: Average, and busy for most of the flight.
Luggage: Surprisingly for Qantas, they didn't weigh my carry-on. Wouldn't have mattered.
The airport experience: I had a Qantas Club pass, which I was grateful for on a long layover in Brisbane, but the quality doesn't compare to Air New Zealand in my opinion, not even in their home country. I'm not a fan of split-level service for first class vs the rest of us, and if you say you provide wireless, it should be slightly faster than chiselling my email in stone.
Would I fly this again? If someone else was picking up the tab, yes. On my tab? No way.