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VAustralia SYD-LAX In Coach  
User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 8
Posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 15481 times:

My apologies for the delay in posting this, as I just moved across the country to take a new job.

I visited Australia for 2 weeks in late December/Early January, and was faced with the choice of VAustralia or Delta for the flights. Both were priced about the same, but VAustralia won out because I really wanted to try Branson's latest offering. The outbound LAX-SYD flight was uneventful, minus the two people I sat next to who were on their FIRST FLIGHT EVER. One even asked if they did "a few practice take-offs before the real one" ?! Anyways, as I said, uneventful and I slept a good 6-7 hours so no trip report.

VAustralia 001
SYD-LAX 1/14/2010
B773-ER

After an amazing time in Australia, it was time to head back home to the real world. VAustralia has one of the later departures out of SYD to LAX, not until 9pm if I recall correctly. I arrived at the airport at 7pm to a long, long line at the VAustralia counters. It appeared every class was going to be full. Check-in took about 30 minutes and I was off to passport control/immigration, whatever you want to call it. That took all of 2 minutes and all of a sudden I found myself in the largest duty free shopping area I have ever seen. They had EVERYTHING in this store, even Tim Tam's that came in their own suitcase! But I resisted the temptation and made the trek down to my gate. Once I got to the gate, there was additional screening taking place at random. The gate area was closed off and your passport was checked a second time in order to get in (maybe this is normal in Australia?)


Our gate area.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2720/4297224656_fe44d07b2c_o.jpg

We boarded rather quickly, and frantically, as if everyone was worried the plane would leave without them. I finally managed to get on board and headed to my seat, 38H. Yup, that's right, last row in the 2nd section of economy, directly in front of the lav. FAIL. However, to make up for it was my amenity kit which included a blanket, pillow, headphones, ear plugs and eye shade. I thought this was a nice touch for coach. Additionally, the lav that I was seated directly in front of was reserved for ladies only, and while this rule wasn't always followed, it was a nice attempt in my opinion.



Second section of economy, 3-4-3 set up.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2788/4297224666_880a9316ab_o.jpg



PTV and remote
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2680/4297224678_f08d4cf25e_o.jpg

Legroom shot – with my awesome toenail polish.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2704/4296478275_eed4d9a3ed_o.jpg

View from my seat with mood lighting.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4297224706_d2cc2ebd25_o.jpg

I was delighted to hear our Captain say that flight time was a little over 12 hours due to favorable tailwinds. Take-off was uneventful (minus the awesome-ness of taking off in a 777) and shortly after the F&B manager came over the PA to introduce herself and the rest of the crew. The three dinner options for coach were then announced, chicken, beef or ravioli. I had the ravioli, which wasn't all that bad. The person next to me had the chicken and it looked REALLY good.

Dinner came served with a small salad, dinner roll, and some sort of scrumptious dessert.
Dinner
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4296478321_03b0e43fba_o.jpg
I had a tough time sleeping on this flight due to the proximity of the lav, so I read 2 books and watched some TV and movies. I was quite impressed with the IFE, and thought the selection was phenomenal. Also, the USB ports for charging were great; I was able to plug in my iPhone and Kindle so they never died.

Self-serve area with water, chips, etc.


In addition to the self-serve area with a pitcher of water, there were small water spigots near the galleys to refill our water bottles with.

After watching some mindless TV for a few hours, it was time for breakfast. Breakfast was served an hour before landing, but due to an early arrival breakfast service was quite rushed. There were two options for coach: continental breakfast with cereal and fruit or mushroom and leek frittata. I was a little confused here....is a mushroom and leek frittata something that a majority of people would order?! It also made the entire cabin reek. Bad call. I was lucky enough to get the very last continental breakfast.

Breakfast
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4296478329_dfd632e6a8_o.jpg

Very shortly after breakfast was cleared we began our descent into LAX. We landed almost an hour early, but it took over 30 minutes for bags to come out in customs. There was no line at immigration for US Citizens so I breezed through that, but the bags really held me up. Oh well.

All in all, I truly enjoyed VAustralia. They have a great product, friendly crew, and of course, they fly the 777. Sorry there weren't more pics, I am a little scared to take pictures on board .

Hope you all enjoyed it!

Casey

[Edited 2010-02-17 20:10:26]


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User currently offlineDLATL777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 15458 times:

Thanks for the report; but just FYI; C is a designator for Business Class and NOT coach. You were probably looking for "Y" (or whY as I like to say   ).

User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 15437 times:

hahahahaha well maybe more people will read it if they think I was in biz!!!

thanks for the heads up, I was definitely in whY  



As someone told me lately, everyone deserves a chance to fly.....
User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 15135 times:

Hey Casey,

Nice little TR, enjoyed, thanks.

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
Once I got to the gate, there was additional screening taking place at random. The gate area was closed off and your passport was checked a second time in order to get in (maybe this is normal in Australia?)

Nope, never had this before, maybe just an extra measure for flights to the US?

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):

Second section of economy, 3-4-3 set up.

3-3-3 I think. Thankfully VA haven't moved to 3-4-3 unlike EK (which i'll be sampling later this year!!!)

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
I am a little scared to take pictures on board .

Just be brave, the VA FAs are very friendly and easy going from what I've read.

Looking forward to future TRs,

Regards,
Pete



Where's the accelerometer on this thing?
User currently offlineBoeinglover24 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 305 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 14963 times:

Quoting DeltaT7 (Reply 2):
hahahahaha well maybe more people will read it if they think I was in biz!!!

thanks for the heads up, I was definitely in whY

OMG Casey Are you ok?
hope the rash wasn't that bad lol.....
Nice trip report btw glad you had fun down there....
I was also at the same airport two weeks before too (LAX)  



Uhhh What?
User currently offlineLYchemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1219 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 14894 times:

Very interesting to read as this is an unknown airline for me. The legroom looks good and so do the meals. Thanks. Lady's only toilet seems crazy to me.

User currently offlineGroobster From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 14469 times:

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
Once I got to the gate, there was additional screening taking place at random. The gate area was closed off and your passport was checked a second time in order to get in (maybe this is normal in Australia?)

Its something I've experienced quite a lot. AMS, DXB, SXF to name three places, and I'm sure there are more. Don't recall doing that in SYD myself, but then again my last flight from there was only to CNS.

Its not really a problem unless you decide you need some last minute duty free or a trip to the toilet.

[Edited 2010-02-18 01:00:14]


Next flights: MAN-IST-AUH-MAN
User currently offlinetimb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 14461 times:

Hi Casey
Thanks for the report, your photos were most informing. V Australia looks to be a real innovator, the concept of designating toilets M or F is simple, cheap but effective in upping the 'appeal; of an economy cabin. In theory the idea may be aimed to attract women, however in practice i would say that men would benefit as the women would keep out of the mens and instead blocking the Womens by putting on their make up etc... as studies show that women spend longer in bathrooms than men...

I live in New Zealand and V Australia has started offering rather attractive round trip fares to LAX, some from around $900 NZD (about 650USD) in a market typically demanding twice that amount. Interestingly they offer a codeshae with EK from either CHC or AKL which connects to the SYD-LAX service, skipping the inferrior Pacific blue LCC service.

I am currently addicted to NZ airpoints, but maybe in the future i will try this attractive looking ailine, founded by my favourite airline exec, Richard.

Thankyou for your insight,
Tim


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 14447 times:

Many thanks for the report! This is the first report on V Australia on Airliners.net from what I can recall.

V Australia looks very good; nice to hear that they have a bar area with snacks even in Y.

I hope to fly them in the next year or so.

The777Man



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User currently offlinemainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 13901 times:

Thanks Casey. I flew VA LAX/SYD/LAX in October, loved it, apart from the horror of trying to get through US immigration!

User currently offlinePlanereality From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13796 times:

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
is a mushroom and leek frittata something that a majority of people would order?!

most likely not

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
It also made the entire cabin reek

That is the worst!

Thanks for sharing; very interesting to see this product.
-PR



Andiamo!
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13510 times:
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I need to remember next time I fly that a Continental breakfast is what was offered, and not mistake it with a full breakfast  . V Australia seems a nice choice, and nice that they have the self serve areas like on the Airbus A380 though smaller, and not having the items lying on some tray at the back of the plane, close to the clutter of the other items in the galley. Your painted toe nails was a nice give away that you were a female trip reporter  

A whole suitcase of Tim Tams....Yummy!! Glad you were able to resist the temptation, I gained some weight from eating half a box every second day while in Sydney   . Nothing like Tim Tams!!!!

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
One even asked if they did "a few practice take-offs before the real one" ?!

That was cute.!!!


User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5263 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13503 times:

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
The gate area was closed off and your passport was checked a second time in order to get in (maybe this is normal in Australia?)

This is standard for any flight going to the USA.

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
Second section of economy, 3-4-3 set up.

Economy is 3-3-3


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13481 times:
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Quoting ANstar (Reply 12):
Economy is 3-3-3

It definitely is http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/V_A...a/V_Australia_Boeing_777-300ER.php


User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13444 times:

thanks guys....typo on my part. it was 3-3-3, and, might I add, pretty comfortable and not too cramped!


As someone told me lately, everyone deserves a chance to fly.....
User currently offlinebaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12449 times:

Thanks for a great trip report - agreed that the leek thing is a very odd thing to serve for breakfast, although most of the long haul flights I have been on in Y do not offer a choice for the second meal so I suppose not to bad.

Thanks again,

BAguy


BTW - I love your signature, I hope the link to Wicked is intentional!


User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12425 times:

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
They had EVERYTHING in this store, even Tim Tam's that came in their own suitcase!

mmmmmmm........Tim Tams   



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User currently offlinebps3458 From Australia, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 11801 times:

Hi Casey,

thank you very much for posting this VAustralia trip report. You have convinced me to book my sister and my nephew on VAustralia from LAX to BNE in June when they are due to visit. Already found very reasonable fare on their website and it seems their economy product is one of the best compared to QF, UA and DL.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9883 times:

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
Hope you all enjoyed it!

I'm just disappointed you didn't opt for the Delta 777 on LAX-SYD.  wink 

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 3):
Nope, never had this before, maybe just an extra measure for flights to the US?

Probably. I flew out of DTW less than a month after the Christmas Day attempt and I was subjected to an additional screening and pat down at the gate before boarding.

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 3):
Just be brave, the VA FAs are very friendly and easy going from what I've read

My biggest fear is not from the F/As but disturbing other passengers. While I have hundreds of "out the window" shots while flying, I have very few "Cabin shots" because I don't want to disturb other passengers.

Quoting DeltaT7 (Reply 14):
thanks guys....typo on my part. it was 3-3-3, and, might I add, pretty comfortable and not too cramped!

How does it compare to the DL 777?
According to seatguru, DL's Y-pitch is 31" to 33". V Australia is an even 32".
The Lie-Flat seats on DL's 777-200LRs are really nice.   

[Edited 2010-02-23 10:12:17]

User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9804 times:

Quoting Boeinglover24 (Reply 4):
OMG Casey Are you ok?
hope the rash wasn't that bad lol.....
Nice trip report btw glad you had fun down there....
I was also at the same airport two weeks before too (LAX)

SOMEHOW I survived, thanks Jan  
Quoting baguy (Reply 15):
BTW - I love your signature, I hope the link to Wicked is intentional

why yes it is a reference to wicked, one of my all time favorite musicals!

Quoting bps3458 (Reply 17):
Hi Casey,

thank you very much for posting this VAustralia trip report. You have convinced me to book my sister and my nephew on VAustralia from LAX to BNE in June when they are due to visit. Already found very reasonable fare on their website and it seems their economy product is one of the best compared to QF, UA and DL.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter

Hey Peter! I am glad my TR helped in your decision, I really don't think you will regret going with VAustralia. It is a fantastic product!

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 18):
My biggest fear is not from the F/As but disturbing other passengers. While I have hundreds of "out the window" shots while flying, I have very few "Cabin shots" because I don't want to disturb other passengers.

Quoting DeltaT7 (Reply 14):
thanks guys....typo on my part. it was 3-3-3, and, might I add, pretty comfortable and not too cramped!

How does it compare to the DL 777?
According to seatguru, DL's Y-pitch is 31" to 33". V Australia is an even 32".
The Lie-Flat seats on DL's 777-200LRs are really nice

Agreed, I am more concerned about the passengers getting upset (or thinking I am a complete weirdo). And Phil, I WOULDNT KNOW how it compares because I have never flown on a DL 777 thanks very much for reminding me. HMPH!



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9423 times:

Casey, thanks for the report...

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
The gate area was closed off and your passport was checked a second time in order to get in (maybe this is normal in Australia?)

This happens in Australia, yes. Also in Singapore too if you ever pass through here.

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
Legroom shot %u2013 with my awesome toenail polish.

Awesome colour, dearie.

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
I was a little confused here....is a mushroom and leek frittata something that a majority of people would order?! It also made the entire cabin reek.

I would have taken the frittata option. I, for one, prefer a hot cooked meal over anything else. Sorry the cabin reeked but better that than reeking of an overflowing lav.

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
I am a little scared to take pictures on board

Hehehehe... I used to be like that. Until I figured I wasn't going to meet those people on the plane again so what the heck? I fire away... But I have to say I have fired less and less as time went along.



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User currently offlinebps3458 From Australia, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9273 times:

Quoting DeltaT7 (Reply 19):
Hey Peter! I am glad my TR helped in your decision, I really don't think you will regret going with VAustralia. It is a fantastic product!

Hey Casey,

sister finally insisted on being booked on QF as she wants to top up her AA account. QF was overall US$ 50.00 cheaper for both but they have to fly via Sydney (A380 on LAX-SYD sector) coming to BNE while they go nonstop BNE-LAX on the return. Am sure I will one day give VAustralia a go.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9202 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 20):
Hehehehe... I used to be like that. Until I figured I wasn't going to meet those people on the plane again so what the heck? I fire away... But I have to say I have fired less and less as time went along.

You say that. The woman who sat next to me on my flight from CVG to FRA in June 2008 was on the same return leg (FRA-CVG) as I was 10 days later. She recognized me and my dad at the gate area in FRA. And probably more common since there aren't as many, but one of the F/As I had on December 30th when I flew MCO-LAX was also the F/A on my ATL-MCO leg 10 days later. He recognized me and asked me about my trip out west. So you never know.   

Quoting DeltaT7 (Reply 19):
And Phil, I WOULDNT KNOW how it compares because I have never flown on a DL 777 thanks very much for reminding me. HMPH!

Well you need to fix that.    DL is even running domestic 777s on ATL-DTW and ATL-LAX. I was in Y on DTW-ATL in November and Biz Elite on LAX-ATL last month. Clearly it's better up front.


User currently offlineBrendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8864 times:

Hey Casey, Loved your trip report and your own personal writing style you added to it  

I don't read trip reports that much anymore but I really liked how you formatted this.


Also, What is a "Water Spigot"?

Thanks!
Brendan



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3214 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8643 times:

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
One even asked if they did "a few practice take-offs before the real one"

"Yes, and since USairways 1549 they always practice a few overwater ditchings beforehand too"  


Nice TR though! Fancy mood lighting... I kinda wish more US carriers got into that. And I couldn't help but notice... those safety cards are HUGE!! Methinks I'd have a difficult time subtly having it 'fall' into my bag   

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
They have a great product, friendly crew, and of course, they fly the 777. Sorry there weren't more pics, I am a little scared to take pictures on board .

I used to be also. I just got over it eventually though, despite all the "WTH??...." looks you get, haha


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 25, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7954 times:
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Hi Casey,

Nice report & pix, thanks for posting it.

Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
sudden I found myself in the largest duty free shopping area I have ever seen

- Na, you need to visit LHR! That's shopping mall with an airport attached!

Good to see you enjoyed your flights, food seemed ok though not sure about the sound of that cooked breakfast on the return flight!

Rgds

Mark



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