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A Few Days Spotting In Sydney Qantas A330 & 737 Pa  
User currently offlineryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1543 posts, RR: 1
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Thursday 1 March 2012
Sydney (SYD) Adelaide (ADL)
Flight Number QF 743
Aircraft Boeing 737-838
Registration VH-VZO
Seat. 28A

Spent the Morning of the final day on the observation deck in the international terminal, however, by mid afternoon the heat and humidity was getting to both dad and I, so we left the others in the group and made our way to the domestic terminal.

Getting there was a trek down to the train station, halfway down we had to leave the trolley and carry everything down escalators, onto the train which is $5 each for a journey of 5 minutes at the maximum.

Then lug everything up the other side into the domestic terminal.

Once we got to the qantas terminal, we tried the self check in, but got stuck and had to get a assistant to help us do it.

Again thankfully our carry on bags were not weighed.

By this time we were getting hot and bothered and were not going to rush through the security checkpoint for any one.

So now time to spot a few more aircraft while we wait for our flight.


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Time for boarding soon came and boarded before the crowd came.


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Was a full flight the guy sat next to dad was a big guy so that meant dad was pushed into my seat and I was squished between dad and the wall.

This aircraft did not have the new sky interior but did have PTVs in the seats. First time I have seen them in a 737.

Take off was quite powerful and once in the air was quite rough and took a long time to get through the thick clouds. Once through the cloud it was smooth.


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Had a play around with the IFE. The PTVs are a touch screen and the controller seemed to be fixed to the arm rest. Watched an episode of mythbusters, but generally left it on the airshow.

A hot meal was served, chicken and mushroom pasta, was quite nice, but the way I was squashed in my seat, it made eating a tricky exercise.


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Soon got dark but still made for some interesting views out the window.


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Approach into Adelaide was a bit bumpy in places and the landing was a really hard one. Made a few gasp when we hit the runway as most weren't expecting the landing to be that hard.


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Once at the terminal it was again a case of sitting back and watching the crowd rush for the door the moment the plane stopped and then wandering off at our pace one the stampede of passengers had gone.

By the time we had gotten to the baggage belt, most people had gone so did not take long to get the bag.

However the shuttle bus to the carpark took ages to come.

I had no issues with Qantas service, and would fly with them again.


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