Booking was easy enough, airport is fine. AC can’t be blamed for the typical over eager passengers who don’t realise that plane won’t leave without them and therefore crowd the boarding queues so that the lines for the zones become indistinguishable - however when boarding the return flight from
Sydney they clearly announced that all zones would now be boarding causing EVERYBODY to get up. And THEN went along the line calling for priority passengers such as families with children. This was somewhat of a joke. We were annoyed that the first meal options on the return flight were chicken and fish - being seated in the rear our only option became fish. I am not a fussy eater but I do hate fish but never feel it necessary to state when booking because what airline serves fish other than for those with particular requirements? However our hostess sympathized, apologized and brought us more salad and bread from the leftover trays at the end and came back to ensure we had first pick of the breakfast options. It was the best she could do and we appreciated her attempts to salvage the situation. On our outbound flight we occasionally had to seek out more water to keep hydrated but didn’t mind a reason to get up and walk around, while on the returning flight we appreciated that cabin crew consistently walked the aisles offering the water. Cabin space in economy is extremely cramped, planes are older but refurbished with modern trimmings and in seat entertainment.
We can’t complain to much for having gotten the $1200 return sale fare, but I’d have been much more annoyed if I’d paid the regular rate for the fare with the overall inconsistencies. Having walked through the premium economy sections - I would be upset for anybody who paid an additional $1000 for those tickets as the seats hardly looked much bigger and the arm rests appeared to be those that you cannot move up if you are a couple.
I would likely still travel again if the price is right, I’d be cautious who I recommended to depending on who was asking.