Emme McKay flies aboard Qantas QFA23 from Sydney to Bangkok
The plane: Qantas Airbus A330-300
Price: From NZ$640 one way.
Flight time: Scheduled for 9 hours and 40 minutes but ended up being slightly shorter.
My seat: 23e. I was in the second row in Economy which meant I managed a quick getaway when we landed. However, I was in the middle of a four-seat row which wasn't the easiest when you wanted to stretch your legs or use the toilet.
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Fellow passengers: A mix of business people, holidaymakers and families.
How full: Economy was quite full, in my section there were only a few spare seats.
Entertainment: There was a good range of new movies and classics, as well as television shows. I was especially excited to see Phoebe Waller-Bridge's award-winning show Fleabag as an option. I also liked the range of music and the ability to add songs to a playlist and shuffle through them.
The service: The service was friendly, genuine and quick to answer queries. A passenger near me became ill and crew were quick to accommodate him and check whether he was alright.
Food and drink: I enjoyed the lunch option of salmon, noodles, zucchini and edamame bean salad with warm focaccia. It was fresh and crunchy. The Lindt ball alongside the tea and coffee was a nice touch. A good drinks list with a range of Aussie wine and beers.
The airport experience: I had a stopover at Sydney Airport en route from Wellington and had no problems. We were on-time and quick to board. I also had no issues at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. There was a long line at passport control but it moved through quickly and my bag was on the belt by the time I got out.
The bottom line: The flight was clean and comfy with heaps of food. Good entertainment that made the nine-hour flight not feel too long. Would fly again.