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Down Under For A Day: QF A380/737/747; 100+ Pics  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 23110 times:

I’ve wanted to fly on Qantas ever since I first saw one of their 747’s in some old airplane book I had when I was a kid. Last week, I got the chance. And it was without questions everything I hoped/expected it to be.

This was a very spur-of-the-moment trip which only really took shape once I saw the great airfares that Qantas offered out of LAX. I decided it was too good to pass up. As a bonus, I’d be able to fly on an A380. I’ve wanted to try out that plane ever since it was introduced. Due to time constraints I only had one full day and night to spend in MEL but it was long enough to make me want to go back. I hope to go back for a proper visit, hopefully next year. That’s the plan at this point, anyway. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to meet my friend who lives near MEL this time around, but we did chat on the phone once I arrived and she gave me some tips on what to check out in the city. She was sure to tell me that her co-workers thought I was nuts for only spending one day/night there. I told her “well, I guess to most it would seem nuts.” This trip was more about flying on QF and trying out the 380 than exploring the region though…so to me, it was a well justified trip.  

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I made it to the QF counter in the TBIT at around 6:30pm, with no one in line, just like I had hoped. When I finally got my boarding pass, I was like a kid in a candy store. I couldn’t believe I was finally going to fly the Kangaroo down under.
I then spent a little time outside making a few phone calls before deciding to head on through security at around 7:15pm. My flight wouldn’t board until 10:35pm, so I had a lot of time to watch all the heavies load…which of course was right up my alley.

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Qantas Airways
Flight QF94
LAX-MEL
Airbus A380-800
Left gate: 11:30p
Wheels up: 11:53p
Wheels down: 7:59a
At gate: 8:05a
Total flying time: 15h06m

Boarding started as announced at 10:35p. One could easily tell that this flight was nearly full. I was in the first economy group to board since I had seat 82A in the rear section. After receiving a warm “welcome aboard sir” upon entering the cabin I was immediately struck by how damn big the plane was…the scope of everything just seemed a little bigger. I took my seat and was impressed by the comfort of it. I was also impressed by the larger than normal (for airline standards) and well cushioned pillow that was provided to us, along with a very nice blanket and an amenity kit on the seat. The PTV was the largest I’ve experienced on any flight thus far so I was looking forward to trying it out. And of course, the window…as others have stated…certainly stood out, but not in a good way. The cabin window frame was huge…but the actual window was located about five inches behind it and was fairly small. Also, the huge gap between the seat and the side wall took some getting used to. I like window seats partly because I can lean against the wall. That’s not even remotely possible on the A380. Those small gripes aside, I could tell it was going to be a great flight, especially once the main door was closed and both me and my seatmate in the aisle seat realized we had hit the jackpot and scored an empty middle seat for this 15 hour flight. We were lucky…I only saw a handful of empty seats on the lower level.

After chatting with my seatmate for a few minutes (an Australian native, she was on her way to PER with a 6-hour layover in MEL), I switched on the PTV to check out the famous “Skycam”, which offers a killer view from the top of the A380’s tail, looking forward. It was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I kept it on through pushback and taxi, and then, since the view out the window was poor due to the reflection, I decided to film the takeoff on the PTV with the Skycam view. It was a hell of a takeoff! We probably got fully airborne with 1000ft of runway remaining.

I then switched the Skycam off because…well…not much to see at night. I put on the flight tracker instead and kept it on until cabin service started about 45min after takeoff. The crew was just awesome…very friendly, all smiles, they seemed genuinely interested in their jobs. A few minutes after they passed out the Australian customs/immigration forms the meal service started. I was thinking that the rear economy section would get whatever meals that were left, be it the chicken or the fish. But to my surprise, they served the rear cabin separately from the first two cabins. So I got my chicken with no problems. The meal itself was pretty good. I especially liked the salad, the warm roll, and the desert. The entry, honey mustard chicken, was pretty standard economy fare, but the portion was just right…and the free wine hit the spot. Following the dinner, a hot tea and hot chocolate service was offered, and then about an hour later, the famed “Snack on Q” bags were passed out, which really come in handy mid flight. The lights, already dimmed for the meal service, were dimmed even further. The light pink color of the mood lighting created a soothing atmosphere as most of the cabin decided to sleep. I was pretty tired at that point so I took off my glasses, closed the window shade, and made an attempt at sleep. It was a good attempt because I slept for nearly five hours, probably a record for me on a plane. About an hour after I woke up…with most everyone else still sleeping…and with about 8 hours of flying left…I made my way to the rear of the plane to check out the self service snack bar area and the rear staircase. My seatmate joined me and told me “Wow, you slept for a long time, I looked over at you and you were out like a rock!”. I told her that I usually don’t sleep well on planes but whoever can’t sleep in those seats has a serious problem. And that’s the truth…they were ridiculously comfortable for economy class. I took a walk up the rear stairs and made it up to the upper level galley area, but the upper deck cabin itself was curtained off. I also paid a visit to the lav just to check it out …which is a very rare thing for me to do because I hardly if ever use a bathroom on a plane. As expected, it was awfully nice for an economy class bathroom, complete with a knob-less sink…all you had to do was touch the blue button (complete with blue LCD lights) and the cold water came out. I then grabbed an ice cold lemon soda and a cookie and made my way back to my seat for the duration of the flight.

About three hours before landing, it became daylight outside, and I was glued to the window (and Skycam) watching the sunrise over the Pacific and the sun itself reflecting off the huge A380 wing. The still-dark cabin combined with the quiet hum of the engines and the new day taking shape outside made for a surreal atmosphere. Two hours out of MEL breakfast was served. I had the hot breakfast option which was a frittata with spinach accompanied by some fruit, warm cinnamon-raison bread, yogurt, juice, and coffee. Very tasty. Not long after the breakfast service we crossed the Australian coast south of Sydney, and then a little later on, we began our approach into MEL. The approach was smooth and the landing itself…just about five minutes behind schedule…was nothing to sneeze at. Not bad for such an immense airplane. Taxi time was a short five minutes, and when I deplaned only ten or so minutes later (dual jetways really speed things up), I reminded myself that I had just completed my longest flight ever…15h06m wheels up to wheels down…and I couldn’t imagine a better airplane to do it on. The A380 was a pleasure to fly on, and there wasn’t a point where I felt uncomfortable. Nice job, QANTAS interior designers! Here are the pics and videos from QF94…

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Takeoff video from LAX:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yvKodrzUhs

Landing video in MEL:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysiLRgPao18


*** Melbourne, Victoria ***

Customs and immigration were both a breeze. I was through both in about ten minutes, total. I then made my way outside the terminal to catch the Skybus to the city center. The Skybus was super convenient. It runs every 10 minutes more or less and it drops you off at Southern Cross station downtown, which was perfect for me since my hotel, the Atlantis, was on the same street as the station and only three blocks down. I made my way to the hotel and got there around 9:00am, hoping for an early check-in. The friendly desk clerk said it was too early but to check back around 10:30 and one would probably be open. I was in need of a shower and probably a short nap at that point…I wasn’t totally exhausted and honestly I felt less jet lagged than I did after taking an overnight flight to Europe, but I certainly wasn’t 100%. So I spent about a half hour walking around the CBD and I found a café to have some coffee. That killed a good hour. I didn’t want to do any real sightseeing until I had a chance to regroup. Thankfully my room was ready by 10:30. I was on the 5th floor and had a great view of the Docklands area and Etihad Stadium. I took a nap until about 12:30 and then showered. I then gave my friend, who works in downtown MEL, a call, and she gave me some suggestions on what to see and do. We talked about meeting up later that evening but she had a prior engagement that she couldn’t get out of. But she did invite me back. Apparently she has a home on the coast road which is supposed to be spectacular. There’s always a next time. With advice in hand, I hit the streets of Melbourne, and I quickly found it to be an amazing city. I only scratched the surface of what to see and do, but what I saw, I liked…a lot. I called it a fairly early night and went to sleep at 10…woke up at 3:00am…left the hotel by 3:30am…and got to the Southern Cross station a few minutes later to catch the 4:00am bus to the airport. Here are some pictures from my day in MEL.

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Saturday, May 8th, 2010


I made it to the domestic terminal in MEL at 4:25am after a roughly 20 minute ride on the Skybus. I found the “domestic to international” check-in position and was checked in within five minutes for my flight to BNE, connecting for LAX.

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Qantas Airways
Flight QF600
MEL-BNE
Boeing 737-800
Left gate: 6:03a
Wheels up: 6:12a
Wheels down: 8:04a
At gate: 8:21a
Total flying time: 1h52m

Boarding started at 5:45am for this scheduled 6:05 departure. The flight was less than half full so I had three seats to myself. Legroom was tight but the seat was reasonably comfortable for a 2 hour flight. The weather was bad with rain and low visibility but there were no delays, and we were airborne in no time. The captain announced a flying time of approx 1h50m. IFE started a few minutes after takeoff (a few short subject programs including a great episode of Top Gear…that made me very happy) followed by a full breakfast service…cereal, fruit, warm bread, juice, and coffee. Excellent crew once again. Just a night and day experience from a domestic U.S flight. QANTAS blows them all away. Here are pics from QF600…

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*** BNE connection ***

BNE is interesting in that there are separate domestic and intl terminals. So I had to take a bus between the two, but the entire transfer time took me 15 minutes. There’s also a train that connects the terminals but the bus is free for QF passengers, so I went that route. The weather was so nice outside that I really didn’t want to leave. I thought about ditching the flight back home and instead hanging out on the Gold Coast for a few days…but then I’d be sans job. Oh well…next time. For the record, the BNE airport was super impressive. Very new and clean with tons of amenities…and a nice variety of airlines to take photos of. Here are some pics from the BNE layover…

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Qantas Airways
Flight QF125
BNE-LAX
Boeing 747-400’
Left gate: 11:01a
Wheels up: 11:17a
Wheels down: 6:21a
At gate: 6:33a
Total flying time: 12h04m

Boarding started at 10:25a for this nearly full flight. I had seat 67K, window, aft of the wing. This was an older two-class 744 with the unrefurbished cabin. It still had the older blue seats, some of which looked a little worse for wear, with smaller PTVs...still AVOD though. Taking my seat I could tell the difference in comfort between this plane and the 380 thanks to the old seat I had on this one; however, the 744 windows blow the 380 out of the water. You still have tons of shoulder room, but you can lean against the wall if you want to, and the windows are larger and closer in. The cabin was showing its age, but hey, it’s a 747…I’ve always loved them and I always will. Again I lucked out and had the middle seat open next to me. That just makes a huge difference. Once we got airborne we made a big loop around downtown BNE before taking to the Pacific. The in flight service was basically the same as on the flight to MEL…dinner service about an hour after takeoff, hot chocolate/tea service, Snack on Q bags passed out, duty free service, various water runs, and a full breakfast about two hours prior to landing. After the dinner I bought an A380 model during the duty free sales, watched two movies (Edge of Darkness and Crazy Heart…both very good) and then slept for about four hours. I actually slept fairly well again. No mood lighting on the 744 but the cabin was nearly pitch black. I woke up just about as breakfast service was commencing. I think the breakfast was better on this one while the dinner was better on the 380 flight. Instead of the usual LAX approach we arrived straight in from the ocean and the touch down itself was the typical 747 smooth. We had to wait just a few minutes to be towed into the gate, and during the towing process, we passed two other QF 744’s which had just arrived from AKL and SYD. It took a little longer to deplane than on the 380, but when all was said and done, I was off the plane and through customs and immigration in around 45 minutes. This was my longest 747 flight to date. Here are pics from QF125…

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Takeoff video from BNE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-nMJH2Wi6k

Landing video in LAX:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWGsI3Xbrrk

To conclude, it was a hell of a trip. Everything went off without a hitch. Qantas is a great airline, the A380 is a great airplane (and to be fair, as is the 747), and Australia is a great place to visit. Next time I’ll be there for longer than a day. Thanks for reading.

[Edited 2010-05-10 12:13:28]

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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 22981 times:

Hi MSYtristar,

great report with many nice pictures. I'm not a fan of QF's A380 interior, but good to see the tail camera is available.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Those small gripes aside, I could tell it was going to be a great flight, especially once the main door was closed and both me and my seatmate in the aisle seat realized we had hit the jackpot and scored an empty middle seat for this 15 hour flight.

That's what I call luck.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
It was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

Absolutely, one of my favorites, too. Just too bad the A380 pioneer SQ doesn't offer it.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Customs and immigration were both a breeze.

Did they ask how long you were planning to stay?

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
followed by a full breakfast service…cereal, fruit, warm bread, juice, and coffee.

Nice to see a full breakfast is still available on certain QF domestic flights.


PH



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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 22956 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
great report with many nice pictures. I'm not a fan of QF's A380 interior, but good to see the tail camera is available.

Thank you! I'm not a huge fan of the colors but the seats were well cushioned at least and the lumbar support was excellent.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Did they ask how long you were planning to stay?

Nope. They just took a look at the passport and stamped it and said enjoy your stay.


User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 22353 times:

I agree. I felt QF's Y is one of the most comfortable Y seats out there. When I flew, I thought the mesh knit thing in the bottom for your feet helped a lot. They lift them a little and make it feel more like recline to relax better.


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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1359 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 22149 times:

Hey MSYtristar,

Exellent report, thank you. QF seems like a nice airline to spent 15 hours flight with. All photos are great, I liked in particlar the airplanes in BNE, I don't think I ever saw Air Nuigini jet before.

Thank you for shering,

LY



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1966 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 21579 times:
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Great report, MSYtristar!! What a trip you took! The QF A380 looks to be very nice, and I liked your shots out the window of the different stages of daylight; both on the outbound, and the return flights.

Qantus always looks to be a nice airline to fly on; I hope I can get down to Australia sometime soon!

767747


User currently offlineAirNiugini From Australia, joined Mar 2010, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 21540 times:

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 4):
I don't think I ever saw Air Nuigini jet before.

Lovely isn't it? Have flown PX many times and they are great.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
To conclude, it was a hell of a trip. Everything went off without a hitch. Qantas is a great airline, the A380 is a great airplane (and to be fair, as is the 747), and Australia is a great place to visit. Next time I’ll be there for longer than a day. Thanks for reading.

Man, That was a great trip report. I'm glad you really enjoyed Qantas. Alot of Aussies knock QF, especially their domestic service but i just love flying them. However, being a Brissy boy, i wish they'd send us a slightly newer 747 on the LAX flights. This trip report has me sold, Im going via SYD next time to try out these awesome A380s.

Cheers

PX



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 20797 times:
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Hi MSYtristar,

Having done the same route not too long ago, it was very exciting to read it, especially since it involved the A380, which of course was the purpose of your trip!!! Great report and thanks for sharing. If you see my reports you will see we have some similar pics on the 744!!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I’ve wanted to fly on Qantas ever since I first saw one of their 747’s in some old airplane book I had when I was a kid. Last week, I got the chance. And it was without questions everything I hoped/expected it to be.

I have always wanted to fly Qantas since my first trip to Sydney on SQ, in 1988....Eventually on my fourth trip to Australia, I actually flew the Kangaroo Airline, however I have to say it was nothing that I expected, except for certain aspects of the flight, which I have highlighted below.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I saw the great airfares that Qantas offered out of LAX. I decided it was too good to pass up. As a bonus, I’d be able to fly on an A380

Hats off to Qantas for those amazingly low fares to Australia from Los Angeles!! That is something that truly sets them apart.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
This trip was more about flying on QF and trying out the 380

I'm very glad you were able to acheive it, with just a day's rest in Melbourne...You must have been terribly jet lagged back in Los Angeles.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
When I finally got my boarding pass, I was like a kid in a candy store. I couldn’t believe I was finally going to fly the Kangaroo down under.

That must have been a sight to behold ...sigh!!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The cabin window frame was huge…but the actual window was located about five inches behind it and was fairly small.

That must be pretty disappointing. I guess the electronically shutting blinds are only in Business and First??

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I switched on the PTV to check out the famous “Skycam”, which offers a killer view from the top of the A380’s tail, looking forward. It was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

I would actually feel pretty nauseated seeing the jet that way. I'm so used to just see "down angled camera" and "front view cameras" but never actually seeing part of your plane in it.....Will be nice to experience it though!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The crew was just awesome…very friendly, all smiles, they seemed genuinely interested in their jobs.

Is this something like the crews on the Emirates A380?. They are far more friendly and energetic than the regular fleet crew. I noticed you didn't say much about the crew on the way back!! The Qantas crew were fine, but I wouldn't say they were anything special. Maybe the A380 crew are different. (Or maybe I've just been used to Asian, Middle East FAs and Emirates just got thrown back into the good bunch too)

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Following the dinner, a hot tea and hot chocolate service was offered, and then about an hour later, the famed “Snack on Q” bags were passed out,

This is one thing and I applaud Qantas whole heartedly for the hot chocolate and Snack on Q bags are such a great touch, when flying Qantas! I have nothing but fond memories about this part of the service, and that great big bowl of apples with a small light torch pinned to the tie or blouse of the FAs as they make their way in the dark to serve you!! This is truly a very "Qantas" touch and something I will definitely look forward when I fly Qantas again (because of their low fares of course!!)

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I also paid a visit to the lav just to check it out …which is a very rare thing for me to do because I hardly if ever use a bathroom on a plane.

You never use a washroom!! huh....On a 15 hour flight I guess you would have had to use it lol

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
About three hours before landing, it became daylight outside, and I was glued to the window (and Skycam) watching the sunrise over the Pacific and the sun itself reflecting off the huge A380 wing. The still-dark cabin combined with the quiet hum of the engines and the new day taking shape outside made for a surreal atmosphere

This is another magical aspect of the flight, having flown in total darkness for 12 hours non-stop! It's just amazing to see the sunrise break over the horizon in the distance and then nothing but sunlight outside!! Same when flying Dubai to New York...10 hours or more of darkness and then there is light lol.....

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
followed by a full breakfast service…cereal, fruit, warm bread, juice, and coffee.

I need to get this right next time. I always land up asking for the wrong breakfast lol!!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
This was an older two-class 744 with the unrefurbished cabin. It still had the older blue seats, some of which looked a little worse for wear, with smaller PTVs...still AVOD though. T

I had the dark red seats on the 744s - VH-OJT (out of LAX) and VH-OJS (out of SYD)

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Instead of the usual LAX approach we arrived straight in from the ocean and the touch down itself was the typical 747 smooth.

The Air New Zealand 744 I flew out of Sydney in 2001 did a similar approach! On QF we came in true LAX style right over the endless rows of houses that stretches for miles. I guess it's that part of the morning when LAX is still asleep

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
After the dinner I bought an A380 model during the duty free sales,

What scale was this? And what was the registration of the A380 you flew on? You flew VH-OJI out of BNE!


User currently offlinekaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2893 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 19807 times:

Great report MSYtristar, it was nice of you to share your experiences with people on this forum

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I guess to most it would seem nuts.” This trip was more about flying on QF and trying out the 380 than exploring the region though…so to me, it was a well justified trip.  

Haha, i get this so often even when i plan my "flight trips" trust me if there is one place where people will agree with you on this statement, it is this website

Karan


User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19582 times:

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 4):
I don't think I ever saw Air Nuigini jet before.

It was my first time as well. The plane was loading for Port Moresby.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Great report, MSYtristar!! What a trip you took! The QF A380 looks to be very nice, and I liked your shots out the window of the different stages of daylight; both on the outbound, and the return flights.

Thank you.  
Quoting AirNiugini (Reply 6):
However, being a Brissy boy, i wish they'd send us a slightly newer 747 on the LAX flights.

Apparently the one I was on was one of the oldest ones in the fleet. A classic...from the early 90's lol.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
You must have been terribly jet lagged back in Los Angeles.

Yeah, about an hour after I got to LAX, it hit me. My friend picked me up though so I stayed on the go for a few hours before I flew back to ATL. That LAX-ATL flight was a tough one.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
I guess the electronically shutting blinds are only in Business and First??

I'm not sure. Nice feature, though.  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
I noticed you didn't say much about the crew on the way back!!

They were alright...certainly nothing to complain about...the crew on the 380 just seemed a little more energetic and spirited I guess you can say.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
You never use a washroom!! huh....On a 15 hour flight I guess you would have had to use it lol

Very rarely! Amazing, I know. This time though, the length of the flight got me lol

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
What scale was this? And what was the registration of the A380 you flew on? You flew VH-OJI out of BNE!

1:250. As for the registration...I thought about it...well after I left the MEL airport. I knew there was something I forgot...too caught up in the moment, I guess.

Quoting karan69 (Reply 8):
trust me if there is one place where people will agree with you on this statement, it is this website

Oh yes, if there's any place that would, it would be here!


User currently offlineborax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15440 times:

Great report there, MSYtristar!

Just watching the landing video - interesting to see how the spoilers/ailerons do that "mexican wave" type movement when there's a control input.

V. clever.

Will observe that next month when I'm on it.


User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14927 times:

Hi MSYtristar, loved the TR and some great pics as well dude! I love Qantas and have never had a problem when flying with them. Glad you had a great couple of flights with them.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
She was sure to tell me that her co-workers thought I was nuts for only spending one day/night there.

That's the same reaction I got for travelling to HKG for 12 hours last year, but that's what we love to do!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The cabin window frame was huge%u2026but the actual window was located about five inches behind it and was fairly small. Also, the huge gap between the seat and the side wall took some getting used to.

This is a downside which is why I like the upstairs Economy section on the SQ A380 as there is a storage space on the side which you can lean on. But definitely that is a drawback and the window is very small!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I was in need of a shower and probably a short nap at that point…I wasn’t totally exhausted and honestly I felt less jet lagged than I did after taking an overnight flight to Europe, but I certainly wasn’t 100%.

I'd be inclined to say that maybe this was due to the adrenaline of flying with Qantas and on the A380 possibly?

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_LnkHg8yKK8c/S-...ACac/cM7mIJQEzEc/s800/IMG_8567.JPG

A great picture with QF tail reflection in the window!

Sandeep (AI151)



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User currently offlinedinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 13242 times:

Great trip report, I flew QF094 on Friday May 7th. It was truly a great flight. Came back through Sydney though and not Brisbane. Seems QF is doing a decent job filling their planes. A relative flew UA on the 5th and they flight had just over 200 total.

Nice job.

Dinker



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User currently onlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13183 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Taking my seat I could tell the difference in comfort between this plane and the 380 thanks to the old seat I had on this one

Last time down under I did the same thing as you - down to MEL on A380, and back from BNE on the trashier 747...huge difference. Give me the A380 any day. Other QF 744's I have been on to SYD have been great, but the 2-class one they use on the BNE-LAX-BNE service is junk in my book. I simply won't do it again.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12529 times:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 11):
'd be inclined to say that maybe this was due to the adrenaline of flying with Qantas and on the A380 possibly?

I would say yes.  
Quoting sw733 (Reply 13):
Other QF 744's I have been on to SYD have been great, but the 2-class one they use on the BNE-LAX-BNE service is junk in my book. I simply won't do it again.

In a way I'm glad I got on the plane before she's retired, but overall, she was def worn out. Huge difference from the 380.

Quoting dinker225 (Reply 12):
Seems QF is doing a decent job filling their planes

I have some miles on UA but I doubt I'd fly any airline besides QF when going to AUS. They have a good product and I imagine they have quite the loyal following.

[Edited 2010-05-19 08:08:11]

User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 855 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12158 times:

Nice report! It really brings back some great memories of my trip to Aussie last year.

I flew:

LAX-BNE (B744) (VH-OJB) May 28, 2009
BNE-TSV (B734) (VH-TJS) May 30, 2009
TSV-CNS (Q300) (VH-SBB) June 12, 2009
SYD-LAX (A388) (VH-OQB) June 26, 2009



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