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9 Days, 10 Flights, 21537 Miles: Pt1 QF SYD-DFW  
User currently offlineShnoob940 From Australia, joined Sep 2008, 190 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 10982 times:

Gday A.Netters, in this trip report I will be recounting my monster adventure around the West Coast of the United States. This is my first trip report, and I'm only 15, so bear with me.

The trip began at about 10:30am on the 9th of July, 2011. My family came to see me (and my dad) off at the airport. Quite an eventful trip there though, which involved being rear ended on the main road, narrowly dodging a massive traffic delay on the freeway to the airport, and being behind the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard for a few kilometres.

Once we got to the airport, check-in, security and passport control were a breeze and we were through to the gates within 20 minutes of checking in. We boarded through Gate 8, next to QF11 bound for Los Angeles. This was the first time I had seen an A380 up close and personal, and it's a stunning aircraft. Anyway, as we boarded, two separate lines formed and about half in each line were Economy, Business and Premium Economy passengers. When you got to the front of the line you were either in the right lane or not, and the very rude woman scanning the boarding passes sure let you know about it. It was a very disorganised process, and I thought surely a world renowned airline can do better than this...   

Once we boarded I took my assigned seat (67K) and began staring out the window. I did this for about 25 minutes and we still weren't going anywhere. Maybe there's some late passengers, I thought. as I was thinking this, the captain made an announcement explaining how the aft cargo door warning light is remaining on despite the fact that it was closed. He hoped it was just an "electrical gremlin" and we would be on our way as soon as possible. The aft cargo door was right below me, and I kept on thinking, don't open up in flight, don't do this to me.

My view for the time being.

Eventually, 23 minutes behind schedule, we began our long taxi towards runway 34L to take off to the north.

Finally taxiing

Turning onto 34L

Soon enough, the engines spooled up and we roared down the runway.

Heading north, the engines screaming at this point

This was longer than any takeoff roll I had experienced before and we didn't lift off until we well past the east/west runway and looking at Terminal 2. Climbout was fairly smooth, with the exception of a bit of side to side movements cause by the strong breeze. We had a wonderful view of the city and northern suburbs, I think I may have even seen my house as we banked over the Chatswood area to set course for Dallas. It was a bit sad to leave home, but I was still excited about what lay ahead.

Beautiful views of the city, too bad the jetwash mad the picture blurry.
The Lane Cove River and Chatswood West
The northern suburbs
Farewell Australia!

As we left Sydney behind, the customer service manager made an announcement saying the IFE had crashed and it will be an hour before we can watch it. Must have been a pain for some passengers, but I wasn't fussed, as I was too busy taking photos and thinking about what Dallas is going to be like.

Today's view

The first few hours were uneventful, except for a few little bumps north of New Zealand. We were also given a stale bread roll, and a hot meal, which didn't taste too good. Oh well, it's economy class airline food, I can't expect a 5 course banquet can I.

The sun setting over the Pacific

It grew dark and I focused in on the now working IFE. Qantas' IFE system is alright, although the remote takes about 5 seconds to respond. Hours passed and I watched a few movies and television shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Come Fly With Me, and Limitless. I eventually dozed off. In the middle of the night, I awoke to a patch of minor turbulence about 100 miles past the date line. It soon ended and I was handed a 'Snack on Q' bag containing mints, muesli bars, water etc, and was offered a hot chocolate or a peppermint tea. I love the smell that wafts around the plane when they are preparing the tea. I reclined and dozed off again (Hopefully I didn't bother the people behind me). I awoke to an overcast morning, and got a few annoyed grunts from passengers around me for raising the shade about a quarter of the way up. People, what do you think the eyemasks are for geez.

The view that I woke up to

We neared Baja California and the clouds disappeared to reveal a beautiful desert landscape.

Reaching the coast
San Lucas
Isla San Marcos
Small mexican towns
Can someone identify this airport for me?
And this large city?
The unreliable source of entertainment
Are these airstrips?
Sand dunes

Are these oil pumpjacks?

We crossed the Gulf of California, and flew into American airspace near El Paso. It began getting quite cloudy and on descent, the customer service manager made an announcement that it is "getting bumpy" and to secure items so they don't "jump around in the cabin". Once through the clouds, I had a great view of Texas towns, and soon after, Fort Worth. I gazed out the window and loved what I saw. It was just so different from what I was used to. We made a left turn and I got my first look at DFW. It was amazing, to say the least.

Here come the bumps
Some airports in the Dallas area
DFW. What I've been waiting over 6 months to see.
Grapevine Lake
Marcus High School football field (I felt stupid after looking it up, because I thought it was a field that the NFL held games at...)
Rheudasil Park
So close!!!
That's one long jetty
The Gaylord Trail, and a waterpark
The Great Wolf lodge
Here we go!

After a 180 degree turn and a descent over Grapevine Lake, we touched down on runway 18R, 12 minutes early.

Welcome to Texas!
Slowing down
ATI DC-8, that's a first for me

We taxiied to Terminal D and docked at Gate 6. Immigration took about 1 hour and Customs no less. The extensive wait was caused by a KLM, Lufthansa, and various American Airlines flights arriving at the same time as ours. It was a bit annoying having the same announcement yelled out over the loudspeaker over and over. AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 2166 FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA BAGS AVAILABLE AT CAROUSEL 13!!! Eventually, we made it through all that and checked in at the Grand Hyatt. We walked into the room and I pulled back the curtains. That $8 spent on a runway view was well worth it! I sat at the window and did a bit of spotting.

AA434 blasting off to Tucson
Up, up and away!!
Day view

After having a nap for a few hours, we took the Grapevine Visitors Shuttle to Grapevine Mills mall, where again I was stunned. The heat when we stepped out of the bus was blistering, and I was glad to get in to the mall to escape from it. It was bigger than any mall that I had seen before, and my dad and I had a fun couple of hours shopping for souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home. Had dinner at Sonic Drive-In and then returned to the hotel at about 9pm.

The night view from my hotel room

Thanks for reading  
Stay tuned for Part 2, where I take a ride on an AS 737-900 to Seattle.

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User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10635 times:

Hey Gibbo

Great trip report, nice to see a report from this flight that is mentioned so much on A.net!

Quoting Shnoob940 (Thread starter):
The Gaylord Trail


Surprised the Texans of all people would call it that!

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10597 times:

Nice first report. Did you get any photos of the meals? What were you doing in DFW? Just shopping?

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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6447 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10592 times:

Quoting Shnoob940 (Thread starter):
was offered a hot chocolate or a peppermint tea.

I love the hot chocolate on QF but never know when to order it. It's inevitably summer on one end of the flight whenever I go...I think I usually try to do it whilst on the way from summer TO winter  
Quoting Shnoob940 (Thread starter):
That $8 spent on a runway view was well worth it! I sat at the window and did a bit of spotting.

I love that hotel! My favorite is the gym/pool area...gotta love a treadmill with airport views!

User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 10260 times:
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With Dallas in the Northern Hemisphere (trust me, I'm from Dallas) I'm sure the heat was a shocker. I will look forward to your trip report on your return flight. Will you be flying direct out of DFW again?

Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 10225 times:

Great job for a first report, will look forward to reading some more of yours in the future.

User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6447 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 10148 times:

Quoting triple7man (Reply 4):
Will you be flying direct out of DFW again?

I hope so! Because we don't get many unscheduled diversions on the Trip Reports thread     

User currently onlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9804 times:
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Any cabin or meals pics?

User currently offlineShnoob940 From Australia, joined Sep 2008, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9174 times:

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 1):

Hey, thanks for your comment  
Quoting sw733 (Reply 3):

Usually, they are available all year round.
And yes, it's pretty amazing isn't it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):

Hey, sorry no I didn't take any pictures of the meal, but I might next time. I had an overnight layover on my way to Seattle so my dad and I went out to Grapevine Mills to do a bit of shopping, other than that not much.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 4):

Yeah, it was a scorching afternoon, it got well over 100F. I will post the return soon, and it's definately on the cards to fly to DFW again.

Quoting Delboy (Reply 5):

Thanks for your feedback  
Quoting sw733 (Reply 6):

I got real lucky, no diversions or any of that stuff.

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 7):

No, sorry mate, although you didn't miss much, it was pretty ordinary.

Thanks for your feedback everyone  


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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 8139 times:

thanks for the report. I did not know Qantas flew to DFW. Guess you learn new things everyday  

User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7826 times:

This is a very nice trip report, one of the few and rare ones of Qantas into DFW.

I enjoyed the pictures, and the excitement you spoke of about heading to Dallas was quite contagious. I love a trip to Dallas (1 hr and 20 minute flight from my Airport) so I always head out there when I can.

I cannot wait to read your report to SEA, This may be my next destination on Delta if I can make it work.

Thanks for posting the report!


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User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 624 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6977 times:

Nice report! Glad to see another one of us teenagers on here! (I'm 16)

Keep them coming, really like all the pics!



If you can't take the heat, you best get out of the kitchen
User currently offlineirshava From Ukraine, joined Oct 2011, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6603 times:

Quoting AA94 (Reply 11):

Teens ftw  

Great trip report btw!  

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