Flight test: Qantas A380 first class

Aircraft Qantas A380.

Route Sydney to Singapore.

Class First, seat 3F.

Seat pitch Individual cabins.

Seat width 22½ inches; bed width 29 inches.

Seat configuration 1-1-1.

Luggage allowance Seven kilograms of hand luggage and 40 kilograms of checked luggage.

Scheduled flight time Eight hours. On time.

Aircraft condition Immaculate.

Lounge access Make time for the Marc Newson-designed lounge in Sydney with a day spa offering massages. The Neil Perry Rockpool-style restaurant must rank among the world's best airline offerings.

Comfort There are 14 closeted first-class passengers with enough staff to have a party. A stroke of the touchscreen makes the chair swivel and move forward to dine and watch TV, then converts to an 83½-inch flat bed. On the same screen, you also adjust the lighting, seat massage and entertainment functions.

Privacy The seats are not as private as some first-class cabins but I'm not a big fan of the totally enclosed room and this strikes a good balance.

Food and beverages The 16-page Neil Perry menu has myriad options. I choose the 10-course tasting menu with matching wines. By airline standards, the dining table is huge and there's a second chair in the cabin so two people can dine together.

Entertainment The 43-centimetre screen is so far away I can't read it until I have mastered the chair's forward button. The contemporary movie choice is good but what seems a small music selection is disappointing.

Amenities You've got to love the cotton pyjamas. They come with matching slippers and a Payot Paris amenities kit. The big pillow, cotton sheet and duvet make for a glorious sleep.

Service Faultless but not fawning.

Is it worth the money? An oft-asked question by pointy-class travellers discussing business versus first class. Worth is hard to answer but it is significantly superior. (For the record, I was upgraded from business class for this leg, on a return Sydney-London business-class fare.)

Flight frequency Daily A380 services between Sydney and Singapore and four flights a week between Melbourne and Singapore (six from March 28).

Fare From $10,242 return.

Online see qantas.com.au.

Tested by Sue Bennett