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QF583 SYD - PER Qantas VH-EBX (With Pics)  
User currently online9MMPD From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 286 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10441 times:

SUN: 10/SEP/2006

CARRIER: QANTAS
FLIGHT: QF583
SECTOR: SYD - PER
CLASS: Y
ETD: 19:25 (local) ETA: 22:30 (local)
ATD: 19:40 (local) ATA: 22:45 (local)
FLIGHT TIME: 5:05
AIRCRAFT: Boeing 747-338
REGISTRATION: VH-EBX “City of Wodonga”
SEAT: 47H
DEPARTING GATE: 7
DEPARTING RWY: 16R
ARRIVAL RWY: 03
ARRIVAL GATE: 3


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After an exhausting but fun filled week in Sydney it was now time to return home to Perth. Our last night in New South Wales had us spend the night in Katoomba where my best friend’s dad lives. My best friend had to go to a family event leaving the remaining three of us to chill out the rest of the day in Katoomba and to make our way from the Blue Mountains down to Sydney Airport. My best friend would meet us at the airport after coming straight from her family event. The weather was unbearable. It was freezing cold and wet and for the last 24 hours I was in a cloud as fog had gripped the Blue Mountains. The locals talked about the high chance of it snowing. I wished it had as it would have been worth the suffering. But I then remembered that snow is pretty overrated. I am a hot weather kind of guy. The bad part as well was everyone was coming down with a cold due to extreme partying the last past week.

With not much to see and feeling pretty buggered after a full on week we just hung around the house (which had a stunning view I am sure when the fog lifted) till the mid afternoon. We then made the small but awkward trek from the house to the railway station in the fog and the rain with luggage in tow. Once at the train station we bought tickets direct to Sydney Airport’s domestic terminal. I can’t remember the cost but it seemed reasonable considering the distance from Katoomba to the airport. After about a 30min wait the train pulled into the station. We clambered onto the train and settled into our seats for the 1-hour plus journey to central station in Sydney. From there we would change trains for the rail service to the airport.

The rail journey was pretty uneventful and gave us a nice overview of Sydney, its outer suburbs and surrounding area. During the whole journey it was raining. Quite amazing since the whole week we had amazing weather and sunshine. We arrived at Central Station and disembarked and followed signs to the platform we needed to be at to catch the train to the airport. It was then a rude surprise to find that for some reason (probably due to engineering works) the rail line to the airport was closed and we needed to catch the replacement bus service. So we followed the many signs through the catacombs that is Sydney Central Station.

We found the bus waiting for us on a street in the rain. We hoped in and sat down and waited for the bus to leave. I was surprised to find my best friend and her dad on the bus waiting for us. There were a couple of very anxious passengers who began shouting at the bus driver to stop waiting and to go. We found out through their loud conversation that they had caught the wrong train and ended up in Bondi. They had to catch a train back to central station and their Jetstar flight was leaving in 30mins. There was no way they were going to make their flight to the Gold Coast. I think they came to the same realization too as they got out a couple of beers and started drinking them. The bus eventually left and in about 15mins we were at the domestic terminal. My best friend and I said good bye to two of our friends who would leave us now and continue their holiday in Melbourne and were flying Virgin Blue. So after good-byes were done my best friend and I headed to the Qantas Domestic terminal with her dad.


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We checked in via the self-check in kiosk and found that we had been allocated seats at the back of our aircraft and we were in the middle. This would not do. After scrolling up the seat map we found slightly better seats but we were still at the rear of the aircraft, not to worry. Just as I was about to print our boarding passes a Qantas ground staff member asked us what flight we were on. We told him we were on QF583. He said “ooh that’s a full one, what seats do you have?” I told him and he said, “If you would just like to follow me I think we could do better”. My Friend and I followed him to a vacant counter and he checked the computer to find us a better seat. He checked for the exit rows first but they were all full now. He did find us some better seats over the wing of the aircraft. He said it would be better than the back as the rear of the 747 can be quite bumpy and loud. We thanked him very much for his efforts and proceeded through security to head to our gate.


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My friend did some last minute shopping and I was starving and it would be at least an hour and a half till I get fed so I went to Burger King. After finishing my meal and meeting up again with my best friend and her dad we headed to gate seven, our assigned gate. When we arrived at the lounge it was quite full. It looked like it was going to be a full flight across to Perth tonight. I decided I would take some photos. I went up to the windows and saw that my ride tonight would by a Boeing 747-338 VH-EBX named City of Wodonga. As I was taking photos, I heard a voice ask if I was getting some good shots. I turned around and to my surprise it was one of the pilots. I had short discussion with him about the 747-300. He then excused him self as he had to board.

I headed back to my friend and her dad and we waited in the packed lounge for about 20mins till it was time to board. The first boarding call was made. My friend and I decided to wait as we were near the front section of economy class plus there was a long lined formed for boarding. After a 10 minute gap we both joined the queue. The lined moved slowly. We had our boarding passes swiped and we picked up our complimentary head sets. We then entered through door 1L and found our seats. There was no room in the overhead bin above my seat for my friend and my hand luggage. I managed to find some room in a over head bin a few rows back.


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It was not long before the usual welcome messages we were made. We were then pushed back from the gate and the safety demonstration was played on the PTV. With the PTVs EBX looked a lot newer than its 20 year old age. After the safety demonstration was played the lights in the cabin was dimmed and the flaps were lowered as we made our short taxi to the threshold of runway 16R. We held for about 5 minutes. By the looks of outside it was still raining. Because we were the 2nd row behind door 3R we could see the steward strapped into his seat. Whist we held for departure he was making some polite small talk with the passengers in the row in front of us as he was facing them. He was reassuring them that he had taken off in worse weather. We turned onto the wet runway and began our takeoff roll. Our initial climb out of Sydney airport was quite bumpy as we passed through the rain clouds. Because of this much of the view of Sydney was obscured. We climbed out on our runway headed and then made a sharp turn to the right to track in a north west direction for Katoomba.

During our climb the lights were turned back on and announcement was made by the CSM that the dinner service would begin shortly and that they would be turning on the entertainment system soon. When the system was turned on I flicked through the menu selection to see what was playing. Unlike the Qantas 747-400s and A330-300s the 747-338 fleet is not equipped with AVOD and their selection is not as great as the AVOD equipped aircraft. I decided to watch Over the Hedge. My friends liken me to the squirrel in that movie. One interesting selection was Snakes on the Plane. Not one for those who have a fear of snakes and of flying.


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Dinner was served during the movie and after the meals were collected and the tea and coffee dispensed it was then time for the ice-cream. I decided to get up and have a walk. I love to walk around on the aircraft especially with all the PTVs on. It’s an amazing sight with everybody is watching something different. Qantas is definitely very popular on these trans con run and it definitely showed with most passengers forgoing the sleeping option but watching something instead. During the flight the crew were quite attentive and walked through the cabin regularly with water to keep us all hydrated.

I returned to my seat and watched some nature documentaries. There is an ok selection of movies about 8 – 10 choices. Then there is a comedy channel, with shows like Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond, There is also a Documentary channel and Nickelodeon Channel. The game selection is rather limited and quite primitive. The AVOD Qantas A330 and the Malaysia Airlines 747 & 777 had a way better selection. The rest of the flight went by smoothly. I feel sorry for those passengers who will have to forgo their larger selection of entertainment when Qantas adds the 747-338 into its AKLLAXAKL service. But for this 5 hour flight what was being provided was more than adequate

It was not long before it was time to land. The Captain came over the P.A and informed us about the weather in Perth and thanked us for flying with them today. The engines were soon throttled back and we began our descent. As this was being done we were instructed by the CSM that we had begun our descent and that all electronic items must be switched off. The cabin crew also walked through the cabin to collect any service items and headsets. I could not see much as I was not near the window. We may have had our headsets collected but flying map was still available on screen. It appeared we would be landing on runway 03 as we had not traveled north enough to swing onto a runway 21 final. The seat belt sign came on and the crew took their seats. Once again the crew member that was seated near us made small conversation with the people in the front row. They were discussing how strange it was having Snakes on a Plane as one of the movie selections

As we were on a base leg for a runway 03 landing I felt the spoilers being deployed. I could see some lights out the window and it really looked like we were floating over Perth. As we slowed right down I could definitely feel the nose of our aircraft rise up. Then all of a sudden we made a sharp but smooth right hand turn for our final approach for runaway 03. The flaps were lowered into their final position and the landing gear lowered. Touch down was very smooth and we decelerated fast.

We had a long landing roll though and we exited right in front of the Qantas Domestic terminal. It was then an extremely quick taxi to gate three. The aircraft came to a halt and the seat belt signs were extinguished. It was some time before the doors were opened so we could leave the aircraft. I guess we had to wait for the business class passengers de-board and gate three is only equipped with one aerobridge. I have no idea why they did not put us in gate 2 as that is a dual aerobridge and I thought the reason for installing these were to speed up boarding and de-boarding. It took my friend and I longer to leave as our hand luggage was behind us. We waited in the entry way of door 3R to let people pass. We thanked people for flying with us with the steward who thought it was rather hilarious. Quite amazing that in just over an hour the crew and VH-EBX will be taking a fresh batch of passengers back across the beautiful country to Sydney. After we did eventually leave the aircraft it was downstairs to baggage claim with the hundreds of other people. We met my best friend’s boyfriend downstairs as he was picking us up. It took some time before our bags came out and it took even longer to leave the carpark.

THE VERDICT

GROUND HANDLING: 8/10
Gotta love the Sydney Qantas Domestic terminal. Probably the best domestic terminal in the country which is not surprising as it is the busiest, It is probably better than some international terminals. Fantastic ground staff in Sydney and very helpful. Having a 747 dock at gate 7 in Sydney and gate 3 in Perth was a bit strange as these are not a dual aerobridge gate. So this slowed the boarding and deboarding process Perth’s baggage claim was packed with our 747 arrival so you imagine how crammed it must be when there are two 747 arrivals at the same time

AIRCRAFT: 8/10
The new interiors helped 747-EBX not to look her age. She was in great condition inside and out. And I am sure most passengers had no idea of her true age

CREW-SERVICE: 7/10
Cabin crew did a great job. Qantas has nailed being very professional yet warm and casual at the same time.

MEAL: 6/10
Was delicious. I opted for the Asian chicken.

ENTERTAINMENT: 7/10
No AVOD, but at least EBX was equipped with PTVs. The selection was ok for a flight this long but for the long sectors like AKLLAX which EBX will soon ply and SYDNRT and SYDBOM which she used to do, I can’t imagine that what they are offering will/would have been enough.

X FACTOR: 4/5:
The 747s are proving to be a hit on the trans con run. People are willing to pay the extra 50 bucks to fly on the 747. Like my A330-300 flight I experienced a flight that some international carriers could not match. I really hope that when these beautiful 747-338s are released from the Qantas fleet I hope Qantas does not just have the 767 and 737 for their domestic customers. Hopefully their 747-400s can do some of the Melbourne and Sydney Perth run. Who knows with 20 A380s coming online in the next few years we may even see the occasional A380 at peaks times. Now I would hate to see how the already over taxed Qantas Domestic terminal would cope with that.



TOTAL 40/55 = 72.73%

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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6811 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 10418 times:

Very nice report, Darren. Qantas domestic flying is indeed a pleasure, some American and European carriers could learn a lesson.

Quoting 9MMPD (Thread starter):
As I was taking photos, I heard a voice ask if I was getting some good shots. I turned around and to my surprise it was one of the pilots. I had short discussion with him about the 747-300. He then excused him self as he had to board.

Great. In other countries people can be rated as suspicious for taking pics of an aircraft in these days. Reminds me of a visit to the Qantas Heritage lounge at SYD last year. I spent several hours at the window front and wrote down registrations. One member of the staff passed several times and I prepared myself for asking some questions - but all he said was something like: "Hey, are you enjoying the view?" I felt very comfortable as a spotter in Australia and that's why I want to go on another trip Down Under as soon as possible.

Quoting 9MMPD (Thread starter):
The new interiors helped 747-EBX not to look her age. She was in great condition inside and out. And I am sure most passengers had no idea of her true age

No, the average pax has no idea. I flew on a 40-year-old DC-9 earlier this year - she was equipped with a new interior and looked pretty in new colors. I thought about what would happen if I told the guys at the gate how old the bird is...  Wink

Quoting 9MMPD (Thread starter):
No AVOD, but at least EBX was equipped with PTVs.

PTVs on B743s are a rarity - besides QF only CX has installed them on the B743 (now PIA operates these frames).


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineQantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 10240 times:

Nice report man! QF domestic service is a really high standard - I just took a flight to Melbourne recently and they had it all covered - check out my trip report if you have the time!
I'd love to take one of those 743s transcon but I have no reason to go to Perth!

Cheers
Johann



Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10198 times:

Darren - great report. All the 747 series aircraft are incredible planes. When you're standing at the gate looking at that great big metal object, you wonder how it's going to get off the ground. Particularly with the -400's, it's hard to imagine looking at this big thing, it's going to cross oceans at nearly the speed of sound, fly up to about 17 hours, and you're sitting there sipping a beverage and eating a meal. All the while this giant is eating up the miles.

Read reports by crdaus and QantasAirways. They both are excellent reporters and write beautifully. From the consensus, it looks as though QF is really making strides with their overall image and service. I've been to OZ three times and from meeting the people and seeing the whole country (SYD-MEL-ADL-PER), it's fantastic. It's been too long and I need to go back. And QF is certainly taking great efforts to bring their levels of service to standards that are hard to surpass.

Darren, thanks for the excellent trip report. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And isn't Sydney a great city to party in? You must have been exhausted when you got home. Now that's what I call a vacation! Thanks, mate.

Rod

PS - Johann - sometime go to Perth. It's beautiful and I think you'd enjoy it!


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9992 times:

Hey Darren!

Another great TR from you, so I presume you are another fellow Perth citizen like me huh (although I am stuck in Jakarta for work now) I will be heading back home in August so maybe we chould catch up with some a.netters huh ! (actually how many are there back in Perth?)


User currently online9MMPD From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9862 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
I felt very comfortable as a spotter in Australia and that's why I want to go on another trip Down Under as soon as possible

That is definately true just look at our airports they are definately alot more spotter friendly than others around the world. I mean who better to notice something out of the ordinary than fanatics like us. Hopefully more airports will clue on to this.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
PTVs on B743s are a rarity - besides QF only CX has installed them on the B743 (now PIA operates these frames).

I had no idea that CX installed PTVs into their 747-300 fleet before PIA took them over. Back in the day CX used to send their 747-300s into Perth. They were my favourite type of aircraft with their old colourscheme.

Quoting QantasAirways (Reply 2):
check out my trip report if you have the time!
I'd love to take one of those 743s transcon but I have no reason to go to Perth!

I have checked it out and it was a great read. Johann you are so wrong. There are many reason to come to Perth. Look it is not as big and exciting as Melbourne and Sydney but Perth dosn't apologise for that. It is definately the most beautiful city in Australia. We have some of the world's best beaches in Perth, The night life is great and the whole atmosphere is really cruisy. And the people arn't too shabbey, they are friendly and a lot my Eastern States friends reckon that all the hottest people live or come from Perth. What can i say we are a good looking town  Smile I am sure many of my Eastern State counter parts might disagree. We have fantastic places to eat, not as good as Melbourne but we do ok. We have the best weather (the most days of sunshine a year). My favourite time of year here is the Summer. the beaches are great. If you have time make your way out of Perth to Margret River, Dunsbourgh or Busselton they are fantastic. Where as Exmouth and Broome are fantastic this time of year. Ningaloo reef rivals the Great Barrier Reef. The the nighlife is more outdoors with many pubs and clubs having open areas. The great thing is beacuse of its size everyone know everyone somehow. There is nothing better than a Summer Sunday afternoon at a Sunday session with your mates to recover from a big Saturday night.

Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 3):
it's hard to imagine looking at this big thing, it's going to cross oceans at nearly the speed of sound, fly up to about 17 hours, and you're sitting there sipping a beverage and eating a meal. All the while this giant is eating up the miles.

I know incredible huh? What also amazes me is when you fly over somewhere war torn like Afghanistan or Iraq. The situation on the ground is so different to you 35,000ft up watching your AVOD PTV, eating Icecream drinking Coke and not relising what is below.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 4):
I presume you are another fellow Perth citizen like me huh (although I am stuck in Jakarta for work now) I will be heading back home in August so maybe we chould catch up with some a.netters huh ! (actually how many are there back in Perth?)

Yep Perth Bred not Born. That honour goes to Kuala Lumpur. Been here 20 years so most my life and love it. I am probably more Aussie than some of my friends who were born here. My fondness for spicey food, exoctic dishes, warm humid weather, thundrestorms and Malaysia Airlines being my favourite airline are probably the only clues to my former home. Yes there are a few other Perth based A netters but I am yet to meet them. Would be cool to meet up. I am in Darwin early August and either Brisbane or Sydney late August so anytime in between or after would be fine.


User currently offlineQantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9651 times:

Quoting 9MMPD (Reply 5):
I have checked it out and it was a great read. Johann you are so wrong. There are many reason to come to Perth. Look it is not as big and exciting as Melbourne and Sydney but Perth dosn't apologise for that. It is definately the most beautiful city in Australia. We have some of the world's best beaches in Perth, The night life is great and the whole atmosphere is really cruisy. And the people arn't too shabbey, they are friendly and a lot my Eastern States friends reckon that all the hottest people live or come from Perth. What can i say we are a good looking town I am sure many of my Eastern State counter parts might disagree. We have fantastic places to eat, not as good as Melbourne but we do ok. We have the best weather (the most days of sunshine a year). My favourite time of year here is the Summer. the beaches are great. If you have time make your way out of Perth to Margret River, Dunsbourgh or Busselton they are fantastic. Where as Exmouth and Broome are fantastic this time of year. Ningaloo reef rivals the Great Barrier Reef. The the nighlife is more outdoors with many pubs and clubs having open areas. The great thing is beacuse of its size everyone know everyone somehow. There is nothing better than a Summer Sunday afternoon at a Sunday session with your mates to recover from a big Saturday night.

Hahaha I didn't mean it like that! But i'll take that..
It's just none of my friends want to go to Perth because of the expensive airfares- but i'm extremely tempted to book a flight there just for the trip and stay for a couple of days by myself and check some things out. Maybe next time when there's a sale on.
Perth does seem nice and I would love to go sometime..

Once again, great report! I think I would've been one of the people watching "Snakes on a plane" - but I probably wouldn't have gone to the toilet the whole flight.

Cheers
Johann



Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9501 times:

Very nice report. I'm glad to see that there are some places where you can still fly a 747 domestically. Can't do that anymore in the US, sadly. Between your report and Johann's I'm quite curious to try Qantas.


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently online9MMPD From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9320 times:

Quoting QantasAirways (Reply 6):
It's just none of my friends want to go to Perth because of the expensive airfares- but i'm extremely tempted to book a flight there just for the trip and stay for a couple of days by myself and check some things out. Maybe next time when there's a sale on.
Perth does seem nice and I would love to go sometime..

Yeah I guess fares can be pretty steep from Bisbane to Perth. I guess I have the same problem with none of my friends wanting to go to Brisbane. They always want to go to Melbourne and Sydney or the Gold Coast and Cairns if we talk Queensland.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 7):
Very nice report. I'm glad to see that there are some places where you can still fly a 747 domestically. Can't do that anymore in the US, sadly. Between your report and Johann's I'm quite curious to try Qantas.

It is pretty cool that we do have the 747 domesticly. I thought United and maybe Northwest have the occasional 747 domestic flight, probbaly usually a tag on of an international flight. I know Thailand definately have domestic 747 flights and would love to try a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to Phuket sometime..

Well folks I have just checked in for tomorrow morning's flight back to Sydney. And again it is a 747-338. Probably my last 747 flight for the year as the return sector is on a 767. I just need to get VH-EBW and I would have traveled on all the remaining active Qantas 747-338s.


User currently offlineQantasairways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9287 times:

Quoting 9MMPD (Reply 8):
Well folks I have just checked in for tomorrow morning's flight back to Sydney. And again it is a 747-338. Probably my last 747 flight for the year as the return sector is on a 767. I just need to get VH-EBW and I would have traveled on all the remaining active Qantas 747-338s.

Oh sweet... Write a trip report if you get the chance! Have an awesome trip



Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9242 times:

Great trip report. Sounds like QF service is quite good too. I'm flying one of these 743's to PER and back myself in a week or so. It will be my first flight in a 747-300 series for 17 years - in fact the first time I'd flown a non-400 since that time. Very much looking forward to it! Although I'm flying on the morning 747 flight, hope they serve proper food and not their staple dried roll ...  Yeah sure

And I didn't even know they had PTV's ... a nice surprise to help pass the time high over the Great Australian Bight!



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User currently online9MMPD From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8878 times:

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 10):
Great trip report. Sounds like QF service is quite good too. I'm flying one of these 743's to PER and back myself in a week or so. It will be my first flight in a 747-300 series for 17 years - in fact the first time I'd flown a non-400 since that time. Very much looking forward to it! Although I'm flying on the morning 747 flight, hope they serve proper food and not their staple dried roll ...

And I didn't even know they had PTV's ... a nice surprise to help pass the time high over the Great Australian Bight!

Wow, I now have more 747 classic flights than the 400 series

742 x 4, BA x 2 MH x 2
743 x 6, SQ x 1 QF x 5
744 x 3, BA x 1 MH x 2

You should get a proper meal. I have not taken the 747 on a moring flight but my morning flights from Perth - Melbourne and Sydney on 738s and 763s the breakfast was a choice of "tasty cereal" or the hot brakfast which consisited of scrambled eggs, sausage and tomatoe.

Quoting Qantasairways (Reply 9):
Oh sweet... Write a trip report if you get the chance! Have an awesome trip

All in good time. No VH-EBW but it was VH-EBX again. VH-EBW was actually in the gate next to us in Perth. Oh well maybe next year I will get her.


User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8749 times:

Just operated a PER return yesterday (17th)...they are very full at the moment!

9MMPD...i hope you werent on my flight which was delayed 3 hours! ARGH!! made for a very long day indeed!

Cheers!

PS: Hope you and HKG enjoyed your flights with Qantas!


User currently online9MMPD From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 8579 times:

Quoting Airnewzealand (Reply 12):
Just operated a PER return yesterday (17th)...they are very full at the moment!

9MMPD...i hope you werent on my flight which was delayed 3 hours! ARGH!! made for a very long day indeed!

Cheers!

Hi Airnewzealnd, no I wasn't on the delayed flight thank god. Both my flights were delayed but only by about 10 -15 mins and we made it up thanks to favourable winds. Yeah it is pretty full on the flights into and out of Perth. I guess its beacuse of the school holidays. Hopefully my flight to Kuala Lumpur on thursday won't be so choccas


User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8352 times:

Quoting Airnewzealand (Reply 12):
Just operated a PER return yesterday (17th)...they are very full at the moment!

The 747's are ALWAYS chockka on the PER-SYD-PER routes, but the time flys having the IFE.

I flew on EBX today 23/07 and was full, the crew was useless to say the least, didnt even come and collect rubbish or check the cabin for landing.



Qantas, Still calling Australia Home.........
User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8276 times:

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 14):
I flew on EBX today 23/07 and was full, the crew was useless to say the least, didnt even come and collect rubbish or check the cabin for landing.

That sad to hear Pilotdude!! I can assure you...its not normal practice. I hope the rest of your QF flights are of a higher standard!

Cheers


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8113 times:

Great Trip Report mate! I love Qantas and can't wait to fly them next time I go down to Australia.

User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8035 times:

Well just to let you know...EBX has gone U/S and may not be operating ever again for QF  Sad...

2-Class 747-400 will be operating the MEL-PER flights!

All teh best!


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7977 times:

Very good trip report.

Hunter



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User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 932 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 7920 times:

Quoting 9MMPD (Reply 5):
It is definitely the most beautiful city in Australia. We have some of the world's best beaches in Perth,

Not definitely - but some think so. Sort of like saying one piece of music is better than another. Brisbane, Sydney, and Fremantle-lovers could easily disagree with you. (smile). As for beaches, there are beautiful beaches in every corner of Australia - including near Perth...

Quoting 9MMPD (Reply 5):
when you fly over somewhere war torn like Afghanistan or Iraq. The situation on the ground is so different to you 35,000ft up watching your AVOD PTV, eating Icecream drinking Coke and not relising what is below.

On which airline did you fly over Iraq and Afghanistan, and on what route? My recent EK flights DXB-LHR and CDG-DXB made great pains to avoid Iraq, and instead did detours to fly instead over Iran.


User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4833 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7730 times:

Quoting Airnewzealand (Reply 17):
Well just to let you know...EBX has gone U/S and may not be operating ever again for QF ...

bet me to it!
I saw it on the ground in MEL today looking very sad for itself...  Sad



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User currently online9MMPD From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7398 times:

Hi Guys sorry for my tardy reply. I have been swamped with work and have actually come back from Kuala Lumpur yesterday. And yes Malaysia Airlines is still my favourite carrier

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 20):
Well just to let you know...EBX has gone U/S and may not be operating ever again for QF ...

2-Class 747-400 will be operating the MEL-PER flights!

All teh best!

Sad to here about VH-EBX. i am always slightly attached to the aircraft I fly on. I wish her all the best. (probably going to be reduced to spares though). Yipee can't wait to ride on the 400s. The 747-400 and the 737-400 are the only types in the qantas fleet i am yet to fly on.

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 14):
The 747's are ALWAYS chockka on the PER-SYD-PER routes, but the time flys having the IFE.

Ditto

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 14):
I flew on EBX today 23/07 and was full, the crew was useless to say the least, didnt even come and collect rubbish or check the cabin for landing.

I have always found Qantas cabin crews very profesional so what you experienced sounds very out of the ordinary.

Quoting Antskip (Reply 19):
On which airline did you fly over Iraq and Afghanistan, and on what route? My recent EK flights DXB-LHR and CDG-DXB made great pains to avoid Iraq, and instead did detours to fly instead over Iran.

Malaysia Airlines MH2 from Kuala Lumpur to London and MH3 London To Kuala Lumpur


User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7395 times:

Quoting 9MMPD (Reply 21):
I have always found Qantas cabin crews very profesional so what you experienced sounds very out of the ordinary.

Never had any trouble or bad flights with QF untill this one! but wrote to Qantas anyhow and let them know about it. Dont want anything for it but just to let them know it happened.

Hope you are going to do a TR of your flight to KL  Smile



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