However seats A and K are great with their extra storage. :) Trick with the seats to get a level surface is to raise the back rest a couple of inches.
Sure, it’s no longer technically lie-flat but it’s hardly noticeable.
when I'm forking out approx 7K I know where I would want to spend my money.
I agree that the seat is fairly dated, but, for what it's worth, Qantas does 'let' you watch the safety video on the seatback, are opening some pretty decent new lounges (new BNE lounges just opened, LHR is opening soon), plus they offer chauffeur service for their LHR flights.
Any E or F seat: A downside of the 2-2-2 layout is that most passengers need to hop over somebody to reach the aisle or must be hopped over themselves, but the seats in the centre E & F pair don't have this problem as there's an aisle on either side. A & K seats: Qantas' second-generation Skybeds don't offer much by way of in-seat storage, so if you're armed with a laptop bag and want easy access to it throughout the flight, pick a window seat as these boast space-saving side bins that are perfect for this – except in row 20.
Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!As for the reduced toilet situation on the A380 (and now the 787) for 'Business Class' passengers don't get me started. Ditch QF for business on any Airline, usually SIA or Cathay, which ensure the 1-2-1 configuration.Intriguingly, the QF 320s from Brisbane to Singapore returnh ave the 1-2-1 configuration.You're also somewhat insulated from the bassinet seats further back thanks to galleys and restrooms in between, although lighter sleepers should opt for row 12 to avoid any noise from the restrooms behind, or any talking from the lounge in front.Row 15: Next back, check to see if seats in row 15 are free – there's no centre pair here, so these seats can feel a touch more private.As much I would love to have continued to support our national carrier but sorry Qantas but your aged J class doesn't cut it for me anymore , as an example let's compare Qantas to their partner Emirates and Qatar whose A380's offer 1-2-1 layout, modern individual suites, inflight stand-up bar (not a red park bench), Qatar offer dine on request service, electronic window shades, larger sized TV screens (which I'll add allow you to watch the inflight safety demonstration), modern fleet, chauffeur service, modern airport lounges etc.However, Qantas continue to be deluded to believe they still have an elite J product and services so they can charge the same premium amount as EK and QR...I'd recommend seats 11A or 11K but not really any other seats in row 11 as when someone walks through the cabin when dark to or from the 'Qantas couch' the light shines through which is quite bright and annoying when sleeping.Row 13 had little noise as there is also a sizeable cupboard for jackets between it and the galley.Known as the Bin-Sin or Sin-Bin route, it is fun and a great way to connect if traveling further East or West.(If noise from the lounge is a concern, get a seat on the left side of these rows.)” - do you mean on the A side or the K side? QF J on a380 is rubbish compared to the major players, particularly emirates and qatar. Dine on demand, great seats which don't sag, decent wine and champagne ( better wine than QF F), great lounge and roughly half the price being asked by Qantas.