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Topic: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: QFVHOQA
Posted 2012-03-21 05:07:20 and read 10377 times.

Two of my good friends moved from Sydney to Hong Kong last year, so I had a perfect reason to visit Hong Kong. In October 2011, I got an email from QF about a sale to launch the A380 on flights SYD-HKG with flights for $380 one way. Well I wasn't going to pass this chance up for cheap flights AND the A380.

I checked the flights while I was at work, and could see that the A380 only flies Thursday to Sunday on QF127 & QF128. There were flights available for a range of dates and I could get on the Thursday A380 flight, but since I was at work, I waited until I got home to book. Unfortunately for me, once I got home the Thursday flights were gone for when I wanted to visit, so I settled for a Wednesday-Tuesday itinerary. This would only get me on A330's each way, but at a total of $756 return I was sold! At least one flight was an A333 and the other was an A332.

The day of the flight I took the day off work so I could spend a couple of hours packing, but was planning to shop in HK so needed to leave some room in the suitcase. I had an overnight flight departing late Wednesday, so had to travel to SYD airport on the train with plenty of commuters. I didn't manage to snag a seat near the door but it was only a 15 minute trip so I was happy to stand.

I had been monitoring the seat map throughout the day, as I was hoping for a whole row to myself to sleep. The forward Y cabin was relatively busy, so I was focused on the rear cabin. None of the 4 seat rows were empty, but the 3 seat rows at the very back were free. Not having a printer at home I decided against Online Check-in and did it the old fashioned way at the desk.

The QF check-in desks were mostly empty as there was only my flight and the NRT flight leaving this evening, so I did not have to queue at all. Greeted by a lovely lady in her Aboriginal print QF dress, she was more than pleasant, especially considering all the troubles QF have had of late. I had been pre-assigned the last row window seat on the left, and the check-in agent tried to convince me this would be a good seat as nobody would be seated next to me. Knowing there was a light load for the flight I opted for the last row centre seat to block out all 3 for myself.



Having checked in I thought I would peruse the Observation Deck, despite hearing that it has mediocre views and being dark I wouldn't be likely to see much. It overlooked the QF international gates, but since it was dark I couldn't see much, and my unsteady hands meant that many photos ended up blurry. Below are some of the better ones:



As it was dark I only stayed about 10 min before going back inside the terminal to clear immigration & security. Apparently Australia is one of the few countries in the world where you need to pass through immigration to leave. Considering there weren't many flights at this time of night the queue was rather long. I had about 50 people in front of me and ended up waiting about 15 minutes. To make matters worse, they ban mobile phones in the immigration hall so I had to patiently wait it out.



For anyone who hasn't visited SYD, the owners of the international airport force you to walk through the duty free store to reach the rest of the terminal and gates. Also hidden inside the duty free store is the GST refund desk, which took me forever to find. With plenty of time to kill before my flight I wandered around to see what aircraft I could see though the windows. I managed to snap a few without too much reflection from the glass.


NF B738

QF A332

QF A332

NF B738

EK A388

NZ A320

HA B763

QF A388

QF A388

HA B763

MH B772

EK A388, NZ A320, MH B772

PR A343

EY A346

CI A333

The plane that would take me to HKG, QF A333

Walking around the terminal made me a bit tired so I stopped for a glass of wine at the airport price of $18 for the house wine. Needless to say I did not ask for a refill. I headed to the gate and grabbed a bottle of water for the flight, which according to the vending machine you can take onto the plane. The machine whirred and buzzed for about 5 minutes before deciding it was out of order so I moved to the next one. Boarding was then called for all of Y, and as usual everyone rushed to queue at the gate. This was then followed by a queue on the jetway, but I managed to see an FJ B738 out the window.


SYD-HKG
Qantas QF87
Airbus A330-300 VH-QPJ (Delivered Dec 2005)


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Departure (Sch/Act) 22:15/22:28
Arrival (Sch/Act) 4:52/4:13
Block Time (Sch/Act) 9h40m/8h45m

The FA at the door was not terribly happy I guess as she did not greet me after I said hello, nor did she tell me which aisle to take so I just used the left aisle. The 2 FA's at the rear were friendlier after I joked that I couldn't have sat further back.



The overhead locker above my row was full of equipment so I just put my bag under the seat. I still had enough leg room anyway (I'm 6'1" but I have short legs for my height).



I saw the same FJ B738 again through the window now with the tail visible.



The toilet was very plain and small, but what can you expect from a toilet it Y.

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The folks who selected the forward Y cabin did not have as much space to spread out.



After take off I had a browse through QF's iQ seat back entertainment. The screen is rather small by today's standards but is bigger than an iPhone. I kept the screen on the seat next to me set to the flight map. It is at this time I discover my camera battery decided to run out of charge. I had to settle for the terrible camera in my Blackberry so the rest of these photos are poor quality. I had wanted to see The Iron Lady after Meryl Streep won the Oscar and the film did not disappoint. I paused the movie for meal time as I can't really do two things at once.




This flight's menu included Supper and Breakfast:

Supper
Carrot and Cherry Tomato Salad with a Balsamic Dressing
Choice of: Beef in Black Pepper Sauce with Hokkien Noodles and Asian Greens OR Steamed Fish with a White Bean Sauce and Sweet Potato Mash
Fig and Honey Rice Pudding
Chocolate
Grinders Coffee; Dilmah Tea; Jasmine Tea
Fresh fruit will be offered throughout your flight and Nissin cup noodles are available on request

Continental Breakfast
Orange Juice
Seasonal Melon Salad
Cereal and Milk
Passionfruit and Raspberry muffin
Grinders Coffee; Dilmah Tea; Jasmine Tea

A range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were also available throughout the flight upon request.

For supper I chose the Beef and was really surprised that it was both tasty and filling. I selected the Australian wine which was disappointing as there is so much good Australian wine but this was not one of them. The Fig and Honey Rice Pudding turned into Tiramisu but I was happy to eat it. A small box of mints was also included which is a nice touch. The fresh fruit did not eventuate, probably because everyone was asleep. I did see a couple of people request the noodles.



After eating I finished watching The Iron Lady and flicked through some of the TV shows, including one I found that was a bit of a shock to see on an airline.



QF still hand out comfort kits in Y with an eyemask, toothpaste and a toothbrush. As I had a row of 3 to myself I spread out to attempt some sleep.



I managed to get about 2 hours I think but with the galley right behind me I was disturbed a few times by the FA's chatting or closing cabinets. Also the frequent flushing of the toilet was a little annoying. I gave up on sleep and watched the moving map for a while, when breakfast was soon served. I was rather hungry and a continental breakfast does not fill me up. I scoffed it down pretty quickly.



It wasn't much longer until we landed rather earlier than scheduled. At this hour the airport was deserted and it was a long walk to immigration. Of course there was no queue, and Customs was even easier with nobody checking luggage (the opposite to Australia who don't want anything to come in). A short wait for my bag at the carousel I then found the nearest Citibank ATM to get some HKD fee-free at the wholesale exchange rate. The Airport Express train to Central Doesnt start running until 6am so I had plenty of time to kill. I was unable to find a vacant power outlet to charge my camera battery, they were all in use by people with computers. I settled for using the free Wi-fi on my phone.

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Once the Airport Express was running it was a short trip into Central. The carriage was almost empty.



That's all for now, I will post the return trip shortly. This is my first TR so any feedback is encouraged!



[Edited 2012-03-21 05:44:56]
Edited to correct photos


[Edited 2012-03-21 05:47:54]

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: zizou
Posted 2012-03-21 06:01:10 and read 10239 times.

Great report. I always seem to find Qantas asian meals to be very tasty!

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-03-21 06:21:40 and read 10186 times.

HI

Nice report Thanks for sharing.
QF seems to be a decent carrier when there are no strikes.
Good to know they still give aminity kits in Y as well

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-03-22 06:58:58 and read 8987 times.

Interesting first report, QF's A330s don't show up here very often. The product in general looks quite decent.

Quoting QFVHOQA (Thread starter):
PR A343

That's an A330 engine under the wing.

Quoting QFVHOQA (Thread starter):
The screen is rather small by today's standards but is bigger than an iPhone.

Absolutely, they are really small. I'm wondering if QF will introduce the latest cabin product on the A330s, too.


PH

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: fiscal
Posted 2012-03-22 19:02:34 and read 8448 times.

Great trip report.

A great price too....

I don't think QF fly SYD-HKG at those times anymore do they?

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: QFVHOQA
Posted 2012-03-23 00:53:45 and read 8232 times.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):

Interesting first report, QF's A330s don't show up here very often. The product in general looks quite decent.

After hearing that QF's product was behind its Asian competitors I was impressed. Especially with the pitch, as 31" isn't much but my knees never touched the seat in front.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):

Quoting QFVHOQA (Thread starter):
PR A343

That's an A330 engine under the wing.

I actually thought this was an A333 because I don't recall seeing the outboard engines, but I checked FlightAware and it showed an A343 flew the route. Upon checking again it seems the date I was at the airport is not listed so may have been subbed by an A333.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Quoting QFVHOQA (Thread starter):
The screen is rather small by today's standards but is bigger than an iPhone.

Absolutely, they are really small. I'm wondering if QF will introduce the latest cabin product on the A330s, too.

I hope it does get updated, the A333's have daggy blue seat fabric, which doesn't really fit with QF's colour scheme. The A332 has the red/black pattern fabric which I much prefer. I have heard that QF plan to move all A330's to domestic once the B789's arrive and will replace the B763's. So I doubt we will see an upgrade to their interior.

Quoting fiscal (Reply 4):

Great trip report.

A great price too....

I don't think QF fly SYD-HKG at those times anymore do they?

Thanks! This flight was taken last week, but I believe QF87/88 are being re-timed shortly so that QF87 will be the daytime flight and QF88 will be the overnight. Hopefully this will improve their loads, this flight was probably 60% full. Maybe they should have had the sale on for longer! The lowest fare is usually $1200 return, in line with CX's prices.

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: AirGabon
Posted 2012-03-23 06:37:51 and read 7935 times.

Strange, on the SYD-HKG route, according to the FIDS picture, it seems they don't code-share with CX (OneWorld), but with AF!

I know the agreement between QF and AF via SIN and HKG, but still, CX is a major partner inside OneWorld.

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-03-23 13:59:40 and read 7685 times.

Were you not offered the hot chocolate with marshmallows, and the Snack on Q bag of goodies mid way between the flight? Nice report.

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: QFVHOQA
Posted 2012-03-23 17:20:18 and read 7545 times.

Quoting AirGabon (Reply 6):
Strange, on the SYD-HKG route, according to the FIDS picture, it seems they don't code-share with CX (OneWorld), but with AF!

I know the agreement between QF and AF via SIN and HKG, but still, CX is a major partner inside OneWorld.

CX has no need to codeshare on this flight as they have 4x daily services, with one leaving at almost the same time. AF do not fly to SYD and QF do not serve CDG so they need each other.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):

Were you not offered the hot chocolate with marshmallows, and the Snack on Q bag of goodies mid way between the flight? Nice report.

Neither of these were offered but it is probably because everyone was asleep. Unless I missed it when I dozed off for a couple of hours.

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-03-23 17:24:55 and read 7537 times.

Quoting QFVHOQA (Reply 8):
Unless I missed it when I dozed off for a couple of hours.

I think you missed it. If you have your menu card you will notice it listed in the flight plan along the bottom

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: airnewzealand
Posted 2012-03-24 20:43:12 and read 6943 times.

Snack on Q is not served on Asian routes ex Australia (It is now only offered on supper flights deparure after 2000 LT aand flights longer than 10hours), and fresh fruit is offered progressively throughout the evening using fruit bowls (you may of been asleep)

Snack on Q has been replaced with a continuous snack service every 90mins...

1/Ice cream (Sweet)
2/Cheese and buscuits (Savoury)
3/Hot pizza/panini (Substantial)
4/caramel slices or chocolate bars (Sweet)
5/ Fresh Fruit

6/Local food ie: Asia is Noodles etc..

Great report

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: byronicle6
Posted 2012-03-24 21:54:28 and read 6898 times.

Great report!
Havent flown QF long-haul for many years but the offerings seem to be quite good but the hard product definitely needs an upgrade
That's a strange departure time for AKL at 21:30 , would mean about a 2.30am arrival in AKL

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: Thai744
Posted 2012-03-25 01:16:50 and read 6806 times.

Have to admit, the post-meal Hot Chocolate Service is very nice and quite relaxing whilst catching up on a movie or two. I also like the fact that QF service Bundaberg Ginger Beer and Appeltiser too, however they always seem to run out rather quickly. I really enjoyed my trip to HKG on QF a couple of weeks ago (see my report on here on the A380), however the 31 inch seat pitch is a really off-putting thing for me when considering whether to fly QF long-haul or not. Much prefer SQ or EK's legroom. MH too.

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: QFVHOQA
Posted 2012-03-28 01:12:19 and read 6314 times.

Quoting airnewzealand (Reply 10):
Snack on Q has been replaced with a continuous snack service every 90mins...

1/Ice cream (Sweet)
2/Cheese and buscuits (Savoury)
3/Hot pizza/panini (Substantial)
4/caramel slices or chocolate bars (Sweet)
5/ Fresh Fruit

6/Local food ie: Asia is Noodles etc..

None of these seemed to be offered on this flight. I did see the FA's opening a closet full of apples so I they were probably handed out while I was sleeping.

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 11):
Great report!
Havent flown QF long-haul for many years but the offerings seem to be quite good but the hard product definitely needs an upgrade
That's a strange departure time for AKL at 21:30 , would mean about a 2.30am arrival in AKL

Considering the aircraft isn't terribly old, it hasn't aged well. But QF has plenty of older aircraft that need a refurb before this one does..

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 12):
I really enjoyed my trip to HKG on QF a couple of weeks ago (see my report on here on the A380), however the 31 inch seat pitch is a really off-putting thing for me when considering whether to fly QF long-haul or not. Much prefer SQ or EK's legroom. MH too.

31" sounds tight but I had no problem with it on this flight. However on a domestic B738 the 31" seems smaller.

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: QFVHOQA
Posted 2012-04-02 05:11:07 and read 5801 times.

I have finally gotten around to uploading the remainder of my photos and sorting out the bad shots. Here are a few from around Hong Kong.


Cheung Chau Island is one of the outlying islands. It was an hour's ferry ride from Central


Cheung Chau Island (I started to get into Instagram on this trip)


The LV store in Central has a huge checkerboard pattern on the exterior


Sorry M&S but how "sustainable" is it to fly water from Scotland to Hong Kong?


The British influence is still present


Some colourful apartment towers on the other side of HK Island

HK Island still has a tram network that the locals refer to as "ding-ding"

HK Island actually has some nice beaches, this one is called Shek O beack


The famous Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon


Tsim Sha Tsui


The view from Harbour City shopping centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. You don't get shopping centres with a view in Australia.


Through the roof of IFC Mall (I spent a lot of time in this shopping centre)


View from The Peak at night over HK Island & Kowloon


Sure HKD$500 sounds like a lot but really its worth about AUD$60


Such an amazing scene from the top of the mountain on the Dragon's Back hike


You can drink alcohol on the street wherever you like. Westerners seem to be the only ones doing it though.


On the streets of Mong Kok


That's a lot of billboards


Ladies' Market is where you can buy the fake "Rolax" or "Channel" along with plenty of Apple accessories


Rather foggy today, workers on the top floor won't see much

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Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: QFVHOQA
Posted 2012-04-04 08:28:51 and read 5458 times.

After 5 full days in HK it was time for me to leave. For some reason when I booked the ticket I chose a daytime flight. I think I wanted to look out the window but didn't realise we would be mostly flying over water.

My flight was due to leave shortly after 9am so it meant I had an early start. Lucky HK has such an efficient transport system. I decided that a taxi to the Airport Express station in Central would be easier than dragging my bags through the street to the MTR.

For anyone who hasn't visited Hong Kong, the Airport Express station has check-in desks for most airlines, excluding LCC's. Its very convenient as you don't have to bring your bags with you on the Airport Express (although quite a few people did anyway). Since the station is beneath the IFC mall, you can actually do some shopping in the city before going to the airport.

The QF check-in desk was shared with Nepal Airlines, and there was only one person in front of me. Unfortunately this man would end up taking quite some time as he was unhappy with either his seat assignment or his cabin class. I couldn't hear the whole conversation so I wasn't sure. The check-in agent from the adjacent desk who was not busy came over to see that I was waiting to check in for QF88 and promised it wouldn't be too much longer. Service that you would not receive waiting at SYD!



I had already checked in on my iPhone, but could not print a boarding pass. This was not a problem for the check-in agent and I was done in less than 5 minutes.

I didn't need to stick around IFC mall as I had already visited numerous times throughout my trip. I farewelled my friend and hopped on the waiting train. I had deliberately left a couple of hours to spend at the airport so I could have a good look around. I have to say compared to SYD, this airport is a delight to spend a couple of hours!

Already being checked in, I didn't need to hang around landside so headed airside. Before you can reach Immigration, your passport and boarding pass are checked. Once in the Immigration area, it was a short wait (even shorter for locals). I noticed that for mobile boarding passes, they had a barcode reader to verify it was vaild. Security was also hassle free, and I was picked up for being checked with the handheld metal detector. Turns out it was just my belt, as the walk through detector was very sensitive. Many other people also got passed over by the handheld. I was going to miss all this efficiency back in Australia.

Now I was free to do some spotting as AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG hosts a much larger range of airlines and aircraft types than we will ever see in SYD. However after 2-3 shots my camera battery died yet again. This time I did manage to find a power outlet underneath the public phone booth. So I sat on the floor next to it for about 15 minutes until magically the battery was fully charged.


No question who the top dog is around here CX

TG taxiing past CX, MH

CX in Asia's World City livery next to SQ

SQ foreground with a backdrop of TG, NZ, AI & CX

SQ

MH

Some of the remote stands

NH

NZ

AI

New UA hiding behind old UA

TG

AF & CX with QF bringing up the rear

BR

A filthy AF plane

KA

The QF aircraft taking me home to SYD


As you can see, I took many a photo. Anyone who has been to AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG will know that T1 is a very long terminal. I walked up and down each side for my spotting, but ended up losing track of time. Unbeknown to me, the QF gate agents called me on my mobile (which was off) as I had given them a HK mobile number to call while I was away. I only realised they had called upon landing in SYD and I got the voicemail message. I wasn't late to board, and they plane sat with the door open for at least 10 minutes after I boarded so I didn't cause any delays.

AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG-SYD
Qantas QF88
Airbus A330-200 VH-EBL (Delivered Dec 2008) Previously in oneworld livery, it has now been repainted.


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Departure (Sch/Act) 9:20/9:19
Arrival (Sch/Act) 21:50/21:38
Block Time (Sch/Act) 9h30m/9h19m


The FA who greeted me turned out to be the CSM and she was really lovely. A vast improvement over the outbound flight. As I passed through the J cabin, it was rather empty, so was the forward Y cabin. As I reached my seat in the rear Y cabin, I saw that it was even quieter than the forward cabin. I needn't have worried about online check-in. There were plenty of empty rows. I would guess the load was about 40% for this flight, possibly why the AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG flights have now been re-timed.


Rear Y cabin

A very sparsely populated Y cabin, the curtain is for the crew rest

The equipment box takes some of the space from the K seat, but I found there was adequate room regardless

Sufficient legroom with 31" pitch again


We had a bit of a taxi to the runway, and must have been in a queue. good news for me as I could do some spotting out the window as we taxied past.


KA, CX, AF

KA, CX, AF

Its a flock of CX

KA, CX

CI

UO

Remotely parked CX, NZ

Remotely parked CX, UA

Remotely parked CX, LY

Somebody needs a wash CX!

KA has joined the other remotely parked birds

Remotely parked FX with QF

HAECO maintaining this PX bird

9S with a hybrid ER livery waiting at HAECO

This UA pair is also in for a tune up at HAECO

Poor old CX freight bird has seen better days, maybe her visit to HAECO will help

This CX bird has lost her rudder, maybe she is being parted out by HAECO

CI coming in to land

Wheels up!

Some neatly assembled jumbos

Goodbye for now AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG

Rising through the could layers

And we're up over the clouds


After we levelled out, the meal service was started. Serving my section were a lovely Cantonese speaking FA and a youngish male FA. These two provided fantastic service, so much so that I actually contacted QF to compliment them. QF are yet to respond (I doubt they will). Today's menu:

LUNCH
Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Choice of Chicken Ku Pao with Steamed Rice and Asian Greens OR Stir Fried Pork with Bamboo and Asparagus, Egg Noodles and Choy Sum
Green Tea Mousse with Sweet Red Bean Compote
Grinders Coffee, Dilmah Tea, Jasmine Tea

RELAX AND UNWIND
Cadbury Hot Chocolate or Peppermint Tea
Fresh fruit will be offered during your flight and Nissin cup noodles are available on request

DINNER
Cold Noodle Salad with Sesame Dressing
Choice of Slow Braised Beef with Olives and Tomato, Potato Mash and Seasonal Vegetables OR Seared Fish with Preserved Chilli Sauce, Egg Fried Rice and Bok Choy
Apple Crumble Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Grinders Coffee, Dilmah Tea, Jasmine Tea

A range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were also available throughout the flight upon request.

Due to the feather-light load today, I was offered a second meal. Of course I jumped at it as I had not eaten much that morning. I chose the Chicken dish and was given two. This flight was definitely off to a great start. Strangely the chicken actually tasted like beef and I thought it was mis-labelled. Probably the sauce it was served with tasted a but beefy. On the tray was a tiny packet of fruit Mentos.


Meal #1

Meal #2


After the disappointing wine of the previous flight, I decided to stick to my favourite drink, Gin & Tonic. The male FA brought the cup of gin, and there was a hefty amount of gin in there! When the meal trays were cleared, I was offered another G&T, which of course I could not say no (Australians tend to drink to excess)


At this point the cabin blinds were drawn on any empty rows of seats. I was never asked to draw my blind, but I eventually did. Not only was there nothing to see outside but the ocean, but the glare meant I could not see my IFE screen. I find it strange that the IFE screen automatically turns on even for empty seats. Seems like a waste of power to me, hasn't QF realised it could save $5 worth of fuel to switch unoccupied screens off?
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The darkened cabin

There was some light turbulence as we flew over The Philippines (crew were to be seated), part of Indonesia, and as we approached the Northern Territory coast. It was merely some jostling from side to side, crew needed not to be seated.


The IFE was still showing the same movies & TV as my previous flight. I attempted to watch Up in the Air with George Clooney but I lasted about 15 minutes before giving up. It just didn't interest me. I was happy to see there were a couple of Family Guy episodes that I was yet to watch.

Mid flight the FA's took around the Nissin cup noodles, offering them to those who were awake. I don't know why people wanted to sleep for a daytime flight. What happens when they get home that night?

These noodles were tasty, probably because I was so hungry


When the hot chocolate came around, I opted for the peppermint tea, as I'm not one for sweet things. It was very refreshing.

Nice cup design

Somewhere over Northern Territory

Sunlight starting to fade


Dinner was served about 1.5 hours out of SYD. I chose the fish this time, and it was a let down. It was very bland, only the chilli sauce had any flavour. the cold noodle salad was also bland, but quite fresh. The meal was served with a mini bag of M&M's.


We did not have long to go until our arrival in SYD so I switched to the moving map.

Not far outside SYD


After landing I was in no rush to get up, but the plane cleared quite quickly. Probably because J was so empty. As with all of SYD airport it is basically a shopping mall, so you have to walk through another duty free store to get to the baggage carousels. I stopped to pick up some Bombay Sapphire as it was half the regular price in Sydney. I must have lingered too long, as when I reached the carousel it was empty! The airport staff waved me over to where they were standing around a couple of bags. They had cleared the carousel and I was one of the last to collect my bag! Immigration was a short wait, as was Customs. This is unusual for SYD (and Australia) as Customs are usually very militant and will check for any scrap of food in your bag. This is especially true for flights from Asia as many will bring food into Australia for relatives or friends. Australia bans all uncooked food products from entry.


I then headed to the airport train station, and after purchasing my ticket I was resigned to paying the high prices of Sydney again. It just made me miss Hong Kong more with its cheap and fast public transport.

Topic: RE: Asia's World City - SYD-HKG-SYD On QF In Y
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-04-04 15:14:09 and read 5353 times.

Nice continuation.

I was impressed on the whole by the catering on QF. Although the trays were cluttered, it had all the important parts, and from your words, sounds very tasty.

Also liked the dinky can of tonic for G&T. Sign of a good airline when you give you the actual can.

That said, I still feel like the crew can be wild cards on occasion. Perhaps I am completely wrong, but I would at least like to give QF a try in future.

Think the sustainable water from Scotland was referring to the source, and not the logistics behind getting it to the customer. You obviously felt strongly about the matter! I live an hours drive from the source... haha

Luke


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