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Monkey Mia - Last For Skywest, First For Skippers!  
User currently offlinestolport From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5997 times:

This trip report forms part of my 3 week round the world tour which will be covered fully in another report soon. I had booked a return trip with Skywest from Perth to Monkey Mia but learned recently that the return leg had been cancelled - this would leave me stranded 10 hours drive-time away from Perth. Luckily though Skippers announced that they would be taking over the route so I would have a chance to fly back with them on the Embraer Brasilia.

The day started very hot after a stay in a hostel room which felt like a furnace - a medium sized slow running fan and no air-con in night time temperatures of the high 30's! I walked to catch the 37 bus to the domestic airport as it is far cheaper then the Connect Shuttle Bus. I decided to take all my luggage with me with a plan of storing some luggage using the airpot lockers. This turned out to be a bad idea as the machine would not accept my Mastercard and ate my 10 dollars for breakfast without returning it!

I checked in at the Skywest desk 1.5 hours before the flight (the checkin staff were extremely friendly and very helpful - I asked if it was okay to take museli with me - they confirmed it was okay as I was staying in the same state). The flight boarded slightly late and involved leaving the cool air-con departure area into the baking hot mid 30's temperature on the apron towards the Fokker 50. Onboard the passengers were sweating and baking as the Fokker had been sitting on the ramp probably all morning - the crew apologised and said that it should cool down once airbourne. The flight was probably just over half full and took off about 15 minutes late, overflying Perth and turning right to follow the beaches and coastline all the way to Monkey Mia. The complimentary food was not brilliant - two sandwiches - one of which seemed vegetarian and two small biscuits plus a cold drink and a small coffee or tea.

We approached Monkey Mia/Shark Bay Airport and joined downwind left hand with a tight(very interesting) approach before backtracking to the small airport terminal. The locals were talking with the crew about it being the last day of service. There was already a Skippers ticket desk in the 'outdoor terminal.' I boarded the Monkey Mia resort bus with one other passenger along a deserted 16km road to the resort. The resort were keen to check that my return flight had been booked with Sklippers(Skywest had refunded the return leg very swiftly).

The rest of the day was spent on the wonderful beach and the sunset with the distant lightning was amazing to see......
As I arrived at the small outside Shark Bay Airport terminal building, the smart Skippers Embraer Brasilia was just arriving. I proceeded to the Skippers desk and was greeted as being the first ever passenger going to Perth on a Skippers aircraft - the lady didn't know what the aircraft layout was so couldn't promise me a window seat. As it turned out the flight was about half full and I had two emergency exit seats to myself - a huge space larger than I'd ever seen on an airliner! I was shown the evacuation proceedings by a very nice stewardess.......The aircraft noise seemed quite quiet though earplugs were handed out to some elderly passengers - I've never seen earplugs been handed out before on a turpoprop flight. The only annoying noise was after takeoff and just before landing when there was a whisteling noise which I presume was something to do with the undercarriage or it could have been the flaps.

Overall it was a great trip and both the F50 and Skywest and E120 and Skippers were great friendly airlines to fly with. Being smaller I found the E120 more enjoyable but only slightly: it was also great to be the first passenger on the Skippers service!

A selection of photos are shown below - one is either similar or a duplicate. I have many more to post but it's a bit difficult as I'm still travelling at the moment.















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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5813 times:

I've always wanted a trip to Monkey Mia - where there loads of dolphins? Looks like it was good news for you in the end that the return flight was cancelled, seeing as you managed a ride on an EMB120 - pretty hard to find nowadays.


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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2591 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5783 times:
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Wow! A very interesting trip report, thank you. What a wonderful opportunity it was to fly two different airlines and two different aircraft on this route!

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
This turned out to be a bad idea as the machine would not accept my Mastercard and ate my 10 dollars for breakfast without returning it!

I hate it when that happens! Parking ticket machines have done the same to me before. Now, I make sure I carry some coins with me all the time.

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
The flight boarded slightly late and involved leaving the cool air-con departure area into the baking hot mid 30's temperature on the apron towards the Fokker 50. Onboard the passengers were sweating and baking as the Fokker had been sitting on the ramp probably all morning - the crew apologised and said that it should cool down once airbourne.

That couldn't have been fun. It's been very hot here in PER lately, and I would imagine it would be quite a bit hotter inside the aircraft prior to departure.

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
The complimentary food was not brilliant - two sandwiches - one of which seemed vegetarian and two small biscuits plus a cold drink and a small coffee or tea.

Sounds about right for XR. I flew with them from PER to KNX on their Fokker 100, and while a cooked breakfast was served on the outbound trip, there was little more than a salad and a sandwich served on the inbound. Food wasn't brilliant at all.

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
I proceeded to the Skippers desk and was greeted as being the first ever passenger going to Perth on a Skippers aircraft - the lady didn't know what the aircraft layout was so couldn't promise me a window seat. As it turned out the flight was about half full and I had two emergency exit seats to myself - a huge space larger than I'd ever seen on an airliner!

It seems to be the case that smaller regional airlines offer more space than long haul airlines. Skywest's Fokker 100s had 34 inch pitch, and I had an exit row seat on the return trip, and the legroom was enormous. I suppose there's something to be said for flying regional ...

Wonderful trip report, thank you for taking the time to share.



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User currently offlinejetsetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5534 times:

Nice trip report! Western Australia is a very neat place to visit and you certainly visited a unique part of the state!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 2):
It seems to be the case that smaller regional airlines offer more space than long haul airlines. Skywest's Fokker 100s had 34 inch pitch,

I flew a Skywest F100 from BME to PER and it was the most comfortable ride I've ever been on!


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5050 times:

Nice to see a trip report from a part of the world not often reported on.

That's a great photo of the sky over the beach over Shark Bay. Were you able to go out on The Shotover catamaran to see the dugongs and turtles? That's a nice relaxing way to spend a couple of hours.

Thanks for the report and great photos.

Quokka


User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5961 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4765 times:

I had a good chuckle, as you flew on Skywest to catch an ex-SkyWest (and Westair) aircraft. Also, judging from your post, I'm assuming you has seats 9BC.


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User currently offlinestolport From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

A few more pictures from the trip:

walking to board the F50 at Perth

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_2924.jpg

more E120 pictures

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_3060.jpg

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_3071.jpg

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_3072.jpg

Arriving at the Skippers terminal in Perth

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_3092.jpg

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_3095.jpg

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_3096.jpg


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11607 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

Hi Stolport, thanks for a really interesting report. We've had some lovely blue skies back here in Plymouth these past few days, just like your pictures... only it's freezing here so you definitely chose the right place to be!

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
I proceeded to the Skippers desk and was greeted as being the first ever passenger going to Perth on a Skippers aircraft

Nice, that doesn't happen every day.

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
The aircraft noise seemed quite quiet though earplugs were handed out to some elderly passengers - I've never seen earplugs been handed out before on a turpoprop flight.

I love it, they hand ear plugs to the people who are least likely to be bothered by the noise   

Have fun travelling, and look forwards to the RTW report when you get back.


Dan  



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User currently offlinestolport From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
where there loads of dolphins?

Yes about 10 - you are guaranteed(probably 99.9%) to see them every day. They arrive at about 0730 each day and then return 3 or more times that day. It's all in the sea and not in a pool etc - the Dolphins are free to come and go as they please: it's not like an aquarium or anything.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 4):
Were you able to go out on The Shotover catamaran to see the dugongs and turtles?

No I didn't go there but enjoyed seeing the dolphins and relaxing on the beach - it was almost too hot to be in the sun though and the shaded benches were welcomed.

A lot of people seem to go by car which at over 10 hours from Perth is not something I'd be interested in doing. The flight is quick, has wonderful views and is not massively expensive.

Here are a few pictures of the small terminal building at Shark Bay

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_3062-1.jpg

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm123/richardpw/AL%20M%20Mia/js800_IMG_3064-1.jpg


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

Thanks for the trip report.

EMB120 got to try and fly on one of those Skipper Aviation planes.



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