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Discovery Of Uluru And Kata Tjuta With Qantas 717  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16828 times:

Introduction



G’day mates,

Do you think that the pleasure of traveling will extend beyond the experience itself by sharing your memories with others? What about dedicating these fond memories to someone special because of his or her inspiration?

Mates, allow me to dedicate my memories on board of QantasLink from Darwin to Alice Springs and beyond to 717Flyer because of my first flight ever with Boeing 717 and Hannah (Infodesk) because of her inspiration.





Travel arrangement



Australis Inbound Tour & Travel



Like Hannah with her New Zealand based Relaxing Journeys, we struck gold with Australis Inbound Tour & Travel, an Australian based agency with extensive selection of (adventure, accommodated or day) tours, (camping, outback 4WD or air) safaris, cruises and rail journeys across Australian wonders.

“Four days Desert Safari in Style. What do you think?”




4WD with Kata Tjuta in the background



“Bonzer!”
“So, we are in?”

The following day after submission of our enquiry, Reservation Agent Kimberley confirmed the tour’s availability on our desired date. She further advised that deposit of AUD 150 (EUR 118) per person became payable within seven days while full payment would be required at least one month prior to the tour date.

Just in case of possible fall in prices due to uncertainty in Euro zone at that moment, we proceeded to full payment which justified the delivery of our E-ticket two days later.  




QantasLink



Despite the monopoly after Tiger Airways Australia’s withdrawal due to the suspension of its operating license by CASA last year July, Qantas yet offered discounted tickets for Alice Springs including Red E-deal one way ticket from Darwin at AUD 199 (EUR 160).

With booking reference made to measure, we were entitled to the world behind Manage Your Booking.




Flight Extras (e.g. additional baggage), Contact Details (including special requests) and Options for Your Trip (e.g. hotel or airport transfer)



Your Flight (e.g. seat selection, though only applicable for higher booking classes) and Before You Travel (e.g. checklist to help you prepare or insider’s travel advice)



Et voila! 4 Days Desert Safari in Style including flights and that’s a fact!

It took two to tango. Can you guess which one was my responsibility?   





Check-in



What do you think about the plenty ways to check in for QF domestic flights? Either online, via your mobile device or at the airport for no extra charge.  




Mobile Check-in



At your fingertip from twenty four hours up until forty five minutes before your flight departure.  





Domestic Check-in to retrieve your booking using your booking reference number



If you are a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, you can also log in to View Your Booking.




Select Passenger to check in



Send Boarding Pass to your mobile



Indeed, I could have our 2D Boarding Passes sent to my mobile, but I preferred collecting them at the airport for the sake of paper version. 


Mates, will you join us along?



Friends forever
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16943 times:

Darwin International Airport







Airport Check-in



Check-in Kiosks are available for fast and easy check-in.




Check-in Kiosk



You just have to follow the prompts on screen to check in.




Options to retrieve your booking



Booking reference entry



Et voila!




This is not a boarding pass!   



‘It’s the same old story!’
‘Now what, Ariel?’
‘Go see a Customer Service Agent for assistance then. Luckily, it is not busy at the moment,’




Check In Counter overview



Indeed, Customer Service Agent Lydia immediately called us forward to her counter.




Counter 2 for Bag Drop



“Hello, how are you?”
“Fine, thank you. We are going to Alice Springs,”

’Oh dear, 24.7 kilograms!’
‘That is above the maximum allowance of 23 kilograms for one piece of checked baggage!’

“I would just split it if I were you,“ Lydia just remarked, “I will check it in as twenty three kilograms, but you should consider splitting it because I do not know what other agents would do in this situation,”
“Okay, thank you,”   
“No worries. You are going to Alice Springs, aren’t you?”
“Yes, do you need to see our E-tickets?”
“Passport is fine,”

Some clicking further, two boarding passes were produced along with a Customer Baggage Receipt.




My boarding pass



‘Why only two boarding passes? How about me?’
‘You can have this, Ariel,’




Customer Baggage Receipt



‘Why thank you. So, where are we going now?’




FIDS



‘Gate one. Where else?’
‘How do we get there?’
‘Just follow the sign,’




Sign to Departure Gates. Note Security Screening Point behind the glass wall



“Your hand luggage has to be rescreened,” A security staff member beckoned as I was about to collect our joint carry-on.
“Sure. No problem,”

‘Do you have any idea why the rescreening, Ariel?’
‘It could have something to do with the restrictions on the carriage of liquids,’
‘I thought these restrictions are not applicable for domestic flights,’
‘True, but The Terminal is integrated combining International and Domestic services. All passengers have to go through the same Security Screening Point,’
‘Really? Oh well, all in all it took hardly five minutes. Let’s go to the first floor,’




Departure / Arrivals Lounge overview




‘Our gate is located at the far end to the left,’




Gate sign. Note the warning



‘Still forty minutes to go. How about shopping?’




Retail corridor



‘Nah, I do not think we are into it,’
‘Alright, I assume you are more into spotting?’




Air North Regional VH-ANK



‘First delivered on November 17, 1989 to the now defunct United States WestAir Airlines, but it is still going strong in Australian Northern Territory,’
‘Beauty!’
‘And there?’




Fly Timor Air ZK-VAA



‘One of the two Darwin based Saab 340B’s of Vincent Aviation, an airline from New Zealand, nowadays in the livery of a Timorese airline. Do you follow me?’
‘Sort of,’
‘How about this one?’




VH-VYH



‘Named Queanbeyan, after regional centre in the Southern Tablelands in south eastern New South Wales adjacent to the Australian Capital Territory.’
‘Guess what is pulling in?’




VH-NXM. Sorry for the Red Rooster mirror reflection



‘Our first ever Boeing 717 to experience! Do you know that VH-NXM had the honor to fly Mark (BA319-131) and his wife to Ayers Rock on October 29, 2007?’  





Boarding



As Flight Attendant Belinda unlocked the entry to security restricted area of Gate 1 at 14.05, her colleague from Customer Service promptly announced the boarding.

With the help of barcode reader, Belinda personally authorized each of her passengers to proceed to the aerobridge.




Aerobridge interior



“Look from here,” Herman called me to the other end of the aerobridge.




T-tail



“I am all tingled!”   



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16935 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: DRWASP
Date: March 12, 2012
ETD/ATD: 14.25 / 14.25
ETA/ATA: 16.30 / 16.25
Flight number: QF 1939
Plane: Boeing 717-231
Registration: VH-NXM
Flight deck: Captain Fippo
Delivery date: September 28, 2001 to TWA as N2427A



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“Hello, how are you? Just straight ahead. Your seats are on the right,” Flight Attendant Belinda warmly waived us on after a glance at our seat assignment.




Cabin view. Note the pillow bags in the overhead lockers



‘The seats do not look typically of Qantas color. More business-like blue tone,’
‘It may be more Cobham Aviation Services’ style. PH-NXM is one of thirteen Boeing 717’s it operates on behalf of QantasLink,’




18A and B for us



‘Seat Guru says 31 inch,’




Legroom



‘Do you know that you could have 32 inches if you had chosen row 12 or further up front?’




Forward cabin. Boarding still in progress



‘Yes, but there is something I would easily miss if I was seated up there,’
‘Something like that one?’




CS-TQM



‘Former Etihad Airways A6-EYC! It flew Roni (Ronerone) from Abu Dhabi to Amman in 2004. The flight was even piloted by airline’s very own chairman! But what I meant is about to begin at any moment. L-1 door is closed now,’
‘Do you mean the pushback? It is commenced. Bang at 14.25!’
‘Listen! The rumble, the vibrating sound of engine startups! Do you hear the BR715 twins of BMW and Rolls Royce?’
‘Too right! How thrilling while in-flight safety demonstration is being performed,’

“… And just in case you missed any of this, please refer to our safety card located in your seat pocket…”




How the seatbelt works, to get familiar with the brace position, activate oxygen mask and use the lifejacket



How to evacuate



Additional safety information



“… Enjoy your journey,”




Underway on taxiway B2



‘Look over there,’




Air Traffic Control tower



‘Do you know that the ATC is provided by No. 44 Wing of RAAF within 40 nautical miles of the airport as RAAF Base Darwin shares its runway with DRW?’



Take off



“Flight attendants, take off position,”




Lined up in front of B2



‘A short cut? Neglecting 1,000 of the whole 3,354 meters? Will it be sufficient?’
‘Yes, even if Captain Fippo decides on reduced take-off thrust …,’




Take off roll



‘…as it apparently is the case,’




Lift off some 1,500 m further



VH-NXM immediately performed steep climb out, revealing an overview of The Litchfield Municipality.




Shoal Bay of Eastern Rural in the distance




In flight



‘Look! Outer Darwin!’




Coolalinga (left half) and Freds Pass (right half)



Bees Creek (bottom) and McMinns Lagoon (middle right)



Livingstone



‘We are lucky with the view on the left side,’




Cabin view. Note passengers glued to the window



‘I am so excited that I need to go to the lavatory!’




Lavatory pan



‘Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards!’




Liquid hand soap container



‘The soap contains moisturizing Aloe Vera and antioxidant vitamin E. Get the feeling!’




Atmospheric lighting



‘We are now passing Katherine towards the south,’
‘Fair dinkum? How do you know that?’
‘Captain Fippo has just told us on the microphone,’

At 14.55, Belinda and her colleague Flight Attendant Theraze rolled a meal trolley down the aisle for snack service.




A packet of pretzels along with a QF branded napkin



“Do you want anything to drink?”
“Do you have ginger beer?”
“Sure,”




My ginger beer. Cheers, PlaneHunter



Herman was somehow under the impression that it would be the only on-board service and flagged down Theraze for more pretzels as she worked her way back to the front galley with Belinda.




Belinda and Theraze in action



‘How nice of Theraze to hand Herman not one, but two packets of pretzels! So, you can just munch away longer while enjoying in-flight entertainment,’




Your free copy of in-flight magazine



‘Look outside! It is rather cloudy, but…’




Lake Woods in between clouds



‘An ephemeral freshwater lake which has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it has supported for up to 116,000 water birds, including over one percent of the world population of Plumed Whistling Ducks,’

“Do you want something to eat?”
“Oh yes, please,”




Refreshment, served twenty minutes after snack service



‘What have you got on your sandwich? Whistling Duck?’
‘Very funny, Ariel! I have got ready-to-eat chicken chunks, bound together with creamy, full-flavored pesto mayonnaise on cushion of whole meal bread slices,’

“Coffee or tea?”
“No, thank you. But, may I?”




Distinctive service tray design. Note the handle



“No coffee for you?” Herman wondered.
“I am fine,”




Pineapple coconut cake



“I did not expect this pre-packed cake to be surprisingly moist. Even with coconut shavings, it is not overly sweet. Oh, and I just have to give Qantas that there is no healthier finishing touch than a fresh home-grown Royal Gala apple,”

‘What about the finishing touch of that?’




Wing shot



‘This part of 28.4 meter wingspan altogether with Stratocumulus on the background? Would it be appropriate to regard the performance as sexy?’

Continuous performance, half an hour long, until Captain Fippo announced our descent.




Stuart Highway



‘A segment of Highway 1, all the way from Darwin via Tennant Creek and Alice Springs to Port Augusta of South Australia. The whole stretch measures 2,834 kilometers, ’



Landing



‘Central Australia!’




Alice Springs



‘Where 644 kilometer long series of mountain ranges run along with many spectacular gaps and gorges as well as areas of aboriginal significances,’




MacDonnell Ranges



‘Named after Sir Richard MacDonnell, the Governor of South Australia of that time, by John McDouall Stuart whose expedition reached the ranges in April 1860. Their conspicuous reddish ridges are formed from hard rock which is known to geologists as Heavitree quartzite. Can you imagine that about 850 million years ago, the ranges’ flat faces were layers of sand on the beach of a shallow sea?’




Alice Springs Airport



‘Originally built as Seven Mile Aerodrome in 1940 by Australian Department of Defense and officially became Alice Springs Airport in 1958,’
‘Pity that John McDouall Stuart passed away way too early on June 5, 1866. Could he appreciate the view during the final approach?’




Heavitree Gap



‘What about the touchdown?’




Rolling out on 12 – 30 runway with flaps fully extended at 16.15



‘Could he get excited about the runway extension already in 1961 to its present length of 2,438 meters?’




Turning for backtrack on 500 meter distance from 30 threshold



‘Or the view from Taxiway E1…’




Alice Springs control tower with MacDonnell Ranges on the background



‘Or even this?’




Safely pulled into Bay 3 at 16.20




Disembarking



A sweet smile of Belinda prepared us for what about to come past L-1.




T-tail in Central Australia



A handshake with Theraze followed as we set foot on Central Australian soil.




Thank you, VH-NXM





Alice Springs Airport






‘How could you not possibly feel welcome this way?’




Welcome in at least four languages



By Alice Solar City



By Alice Wanderer



‘Even beyond airport’s boundary,’




By the people of Alice Springs



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16885 times:

Desert Safari



‘Uluru!’






‘No! It is Artilla or Mount Conner. Many people confuse it with Uluru since it can be seen from the road to Uluru when approaching from Alice Springs,’
‘Really?’
‘Yes! It is named after South Australian parliamentarian M.L. Conner by William Goose in 1876. This characteristic mesa shape rises more than 859 meters above the plain with a level cap of three kilometer long and 1,200 meter wide and shares the same vast rocky substrate thought to be beneath Uluru and Kata Tjuta,’



Kata Tjuta



‘Kata Tjuta is Pitjantjatjara meaning of many heads,’




Kata Tjuta dune viewing



‘I thought they were called The Olgas?’
‘Well, when explorer Ernest Giles and his small band became the first Europeans to sight the thirty six steep-sided rock domes in 1872, he named the tallest peak Mount Olga in honor of Queen Olga of Württemberg as she and her husband King Charles I of Württemberg celebrated their twenty fifth wedding anniversary the previous year,’
‘I see,’
‘Just a side note, Queen Olga was born Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas I,’

‘So, the official name is Mount Olga / Kata Tjuta?’
‘It was. Until November 6, 2002 when the order of the dual names, following a request from the regional Tourism Association, has officially been reversed to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. This area is actually an Aṉangu’s men site and is sacred onder Tjukurpa or traditional law,’
‘Sacred? Are we allowed entry?’
Palya! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit,’




Kata Tjuta walk



‘As long as you stay on the marked tracks, no worries! Look over there!’




Visitors on Karu Lookout



‘Japanese tourists?’
‘No, that one!’




Metamorphic rock



‘Some 550 million years ago, during the Petermann Orogeny, an event known as Woodroff Thrust, thrust granulite facies rocks northwards over low-grade metamorphic rocks. The eventual erosion of the formation resulted in a molasse facies,’
‘Molasse?’
‘Deposition in front of rising mountains,’




Molasse



‘The deposit, known as the Mount Currie Conglomerate, was created, predominately made of basalt, porphyry, granite, gneiss and volcanic rock fragments,’




Spot any rock element



‘Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are made of the sediments originating in this Mount Currie Conglomerate,’
‘Bonzer!’
‘By the way, if temperature remains below 36 Centigrade, you should go further down to Karingana Lookout,’




Overview from Karingana Lookout





Uluru





Cheers



‘Hey, could it be?’




Uluru!




‘We are now at twenty five kilometer east of Kata Tjuta and apparently not the only ones,’




Spectators. Note the many busses



‘How can you blame anyone to be here for the sunset panorama?’




Distinctive red coloration at dusk



‘Uluru appears to change color not only during sunset,’




Glowing red at dawn



‘The sandstone formation stands 348 meter above the plain with most of its bulk lying underground and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometers,’




Rock formation. Note the climbers on top right



Wanyu Ulurunya tatintja wiyangku wantima,’
‘What are you talking about, Ariel?’
‘Please don’t climb Uluru!’
‘Why not?’
‘Firstly as it is great spiritual significance to the Aṉangu, we should respect their law and culture by not climbing,’
‘And secondly?’
‘For your own safety! You do not want to follow the tracks of other 35 people perished on their attempt to climb Uluru, do you?’
‘No thanks!’

‘Besides, you can learn a lot more while staying on the ground. Fancy a legend?’
‘Tell me,’
‘Two tribes of ancestral spirits were invited to a feast, but distracted by the beautiful Sleepy Lizard Women, so they did not show up which made the hosts angry,’
‘I am listening…’
‘In response, the hosts sang evil into a mud sculpture that came to life as a dingo. The dingo was sent to run amok. Its first target was tribal women’s cave. The women were sleeping, except one female guardian,’




View from women’s cave. Imagine the fear of the guardian



‘The guardian tried to protect the women by warning the men, but got severely scratched on her face to death,’




Interior of women’s cave. Note the depiction of the guardian on the left after the dingo’s attack



‘The men got alarmed by the scream. Sadly, they were too late,’




Dingo’s footprint



‘The massacre among the women ensued in a great battle, which ended in the deaths of the leaders of both tribes. The earth itself rose up in grief at the bloodshed, becoming Uluru,’  

‘Anyway, let’s do something else. How about a walk of 10.6 kilometers? The Uluru Base Walk?’
‘Good idea,’
‘There are some important sensitive areas around the base of Uluru though, whose images are considered inappropriate to be viewed elsewhere other than their original location,’
‘Why is that?’
‘The rock details and features are equivalent to a sacred scripture as they describe culturally important information,’
‘Alright,’




Gap between rock formation



‘We are now past sacred area of Tjukatjapi! Picture time!’






‘Do you see what I see?’






‘Can you take a close-up?’




The Brain



‘Sacred area Kuniya Piti is near. Perhaps one last shot beforhand?’






Kuniya Piti is behind us. Picture time again!’








‘Look over there!’






‘There must be the place of Mutitjulu Waterhole!’
‘How can you be so sure, Ariel?’




Japanese and other tourists



‘Need I say more? By the way, our theoretically three and a half hour walk comes to an end in less than two hours!’






Mates, our visit to Aboriginal land of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage List for both its natural and cultural values concludes the first part of Desert Safari in Style.






Conclusion



First of all, I sincerely hope that my friends 717Flyer and Hannah will accept my dedication of this part of our journey to The Land Down Under.

Secondly, my gratitude to Herman for being my (travel) companion to share the joy with.

At the same time, I wish to cordially thank Lydia for her help during check in and furthermore Belinda, Belinda and Theraze for taking good care of us on board of the first Boeing 717 ever.

And to all of you, my mates, thank you so much for joining us.  


Warmest regards,
Suryo  




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Friends forever
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16715 times:

Hi Suryo,

excellent report with beautiful pictures from a beautiful country! Good to see you back here, I have already started to miss you and your reports.

Great choice of airline/aircraft - reports about Cobham Aviation's 717 are really rare!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Four days Desert Safari in Style. What do you think?”

Fantastic!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Air North Regional VH-ANK
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Fly Timor Air ZK-VAA

Really cool stuff!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My ginger beer. Cheers, PlaneHunter

Cheers! It's not ginger ale, but still fine    How did you like it?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Refreshment, served twenty minutes after snack service

Not bad at all.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Pineapple coconut cake

Interesting.


I'm already looking forward to the next part!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 16331 times:

Hi Suryo,

A most lovely TR as always, detailing very intimately your journey to the fascinating Ayers Rock!

What better way to travel to Alice Spring than with Qantas! On such a rare B717 aircraft nonetheless!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mobile Check-in

This is a great feature! I still prefer the traditional boarding pass very much haha!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Et voila!

Thanks for the showcase of the self-check-in as well. It certainly looks very user-friendly. Thats a souvenir for sure!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Do you have any idea why the rescreening, Ariel?’
‘It could have something to do with the restrictions on the carriage of liquids,’
‘I thought these restrictions are not applicable for domestic flights,’
‘True, but The Terminal is integrated combining International and Domestic services. All passengers have to go through the same Security Screening Point,’

Interesting indeed about security check for domestic passengers as well. You don't have to go through passport control though, am I right?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Fly Timor Air ZK-VAA

Thanks so much for sharing this photo, I've never seen this bird before!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
VH-NXM. Sorry for the Red Rooster mirror reflection

I thought its pretty quirky! lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
With the help of barcode reader, Belinda personally authorized each of her passengers to proceed to the aerobridge.

Very interesting that the FA does the passenger boarding!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘It may be more Cobham Aviation Services’ style. PH-NXM is one of thirteen Boeing 717’s it operates on behalf of QantasLink,’

Interesting plane indeed! Did QantasLink buy over Cobham Aviation Services?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘I am so excited that I need to go to the lavatory!’

I'm glad you did! I am very curious of how the 717 lavatory is like!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Cabin view. Note passengers glued to the window

Interesting B717 cabin layout!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
My ginger beer. Cheers, PlaneHunter

Looks very refreshing indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):

Refreshment, served twenty minutes after snack service

Wow, like Herman, I was puzzled if the snack was the only refreshment offering, given the 2hr sector! What a nice surprise that there would be sandwiches after the pretzels! Boys, we are not in Europe anymore!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Pineapple coconut cake

Looks really tasty indeed!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Oh, and I just have to give Qantas that there is no healthier finishing touch than a fresh home-grown Royal Gala apple,”

I think this is really a fresh touch indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Alice Springs Airport

Most lovely aerial view! Ariel must have loved this view!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Uluru!’

Beautiful!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Kata Tjuta dune viewing

Most excellent commentary accompanied with beautiful photos! Gives me a really close insight into how the mystical place is like. Ariel makes an excellent tour guide.   Was it very hot there? I appreciate the great photography too, you managed to capture the majestic rocks in its full serendipity despite the throng of Japanese tourists!

This is a wonderful adventure to a really mysterious place. The excellent services of Belinda and Theraze onboard the Spirit of Australia must have gotten you in the mood to explore the natural wonders of the Australian Outback! Wonderful flight review, as always Suryo, may your passion for flying shine always  

Bests,
Gavin



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27124 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 15921 times:

Hey Suryo  

Lovely pics and report. Nice to see a B717 report. Still need to get on one  

The tray used certainly is a unique but practical design . The Pineapple / Coconut cake sounds nice .

Thanks for the report I have missed your reports so was great to see you back  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 15867 times:

Hi Suryo,
I have been waiting for your next instalment to appear and the wait was worth it.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Red E-deal one way ticket from Darwin at AUD 199 (EUR 160).

Bargain! Today's price is AUD 330.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
This is not a boarding pass!

What was the problem ? - it say's "booking not found".

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
but you should consider splitting it because I do not know what other agents would do in this situation

Very accommodating and useful advice too.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
two boarding passes were produced

Interesting to see that the database hasn't been updated to reflect the name-change from National Jet Systems to Cobham.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Air North Regional

A nice little company that flies from DRW to one of my favourite spots - KNX, though not usually on the Brasilia, more often an E170.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our first ever Boeing 717 to experience!

Congratulations! Will there be a second - from ASP to PER, maybe?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
CS-TQM

I thought that the albinos were meant to be following the FlyingFinn.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you know that the ATC is provided by No. 44 Wing of RAAF within 40 nautical miles of the airport as RAAF Base Darwin shares its runway with DRW?

There goes our national security. 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Cabin view.

A few seats empty. Nice for the pax as they get extra space, not so good for QF.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
How nice of Theraze to hand Herman not one, but two packets of pretzels!

Very generous. And the sandwhich, cake and fruit is just enough for a two hour flight

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Kata Tjuta is Pitjantjatjara meaning of many heads,’

Which makes them so appealing. The walks over and between the rocks provide constantly changing vistas and mixes of vegetation and wildlife. Pukulpa pitjama Ananguku ngurakutu. Your (Herman's?) wonderful photos provide a beautiful introduction. Looks like there had been reasonable rains in the area before your arrival. The country is looking good.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
35 people perished on their attempt to climb Uluru

Sometimes the Piranpa think they know better than the traditional owners, to their cost.
Suryo, thank you for showing just a small part of the beauty that is central Australia.
But I notice two breaks from tradition.
1) No pose with the cabin crew. Was it not possible due to time or the pressure of the crew's work, or was it just not an option?
2) No photos of luxury accommodation. The tour was a desert safari but was accommodation in tents or in cabins, or resort hotel setting at Yulara?
Once more, thanks for sharing a very enjoyable trip report.
Best wishes,
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 15826 times:

Hi Suryo,

excellent continuation to your epic trip! Every bit as well written as the previous parts, though this time you brought back memories of my own, only trip to Australia in 2002. We too (my sister and I on that occasion) visited the Red Centre for a tour, being students we opted for the camping one! And as you, we opted to tour the base of Uluru rather than climb it. Your photos do give the reader the sense of being there, not just reading a report! One day I'll take my wife to visit this amazing continent / country!

As for your flight, very nice. I too have yet to sample a B717, though it does look similar to the MD series both inside and out   Nice service you received, and a good snack on board.

Thanks again!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 15795 times:

Hi Suryo

Good to see the next installment of your journey up here. Looks like you had a great time discovering Uluru. it looks like such a serene place and the colours in those pictures you took at dusk are just lovely!

And congratulations on getting the B717. It really is an elegant bird and I find it wears the Qantas livery very well.

I had to laugh when you mentioned that your partner waved down the flight attendant for another packet of Pretzels because he thought that was all he was going to get. That's happened to me too and I felt like such a twerp.

Anyway, I shall expect the next part.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1342 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 15579 times:

Nice little intra Australian flight there. Nice for you to catch the 717 also - I'd forgotten that TWA had briefly operated them - shame AA couldn't keep hold of a few as they looked pretty good in that livery.

Good pics too!



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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 15278 times:

As always a thoroughly enjoyable trip report! Thanks for taking us along!

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 15184 times:

That's intesresting report and I enjoyed reading lots of report and would love to meet you and travel with you one day.

I have been to Alice Spring long time ago - we flew Qantas from SYD to DRW via Alice Spring because Boeing 737-400 could not fly nonstop between two cities at that time.

I have looked at the photos about Alice Spring airport. Im suprised that the Alice Spring airport/landscape have lots of grass covering up desert/sand. At that time, there was empty and desert when i was there.



The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 15019 times:
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Hello Suryo,

For a moment there I thought you had vanished from the soil of the earth but I'm glad you came back with this 'report with a vengeance'! It's a very nice one for a multitude of reasons: pics, B717, Ariel, holiday feel,... I've been to Aussie as well, but not to Alice Springs or Darwin so it was nice to have been there through your eyes now.

Nice to see as well that you dedicate this one to some fellow a.netters!


Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Can you guess which one was my responsibility?

No need to guess that, it's common knowledge 

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
%u2018Why only two boarding passes? How about me?%u2019
%u2018You can have this, Ariel,%u2019

Now Suryo, that's not nice, sending poor Ariel off with 'een kluitje in het riet', in the form of a baggage receipt?!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you know that VH-NXM had the honor to fly Mark (BA319-131) and his wife to Ayers Rock on October 29, 2007?%u2019

I didn't know but now I'm glad I do  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
%u2018Do you know that the ATC is provided by No. 44 Wing of RAAF within 40 nautical miles of the airport as RAAF Base Darwin shares its runway with DRW?%u2019

Suryo, you're the true king of trivia! Your report is full of it and it shows your true dedication to deliver us the full and detailed experience here!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
%u2018The soap contains moisturizing Aloe Vera and antioxidant vitamin E.

Ha ha, even us men like to keep our skin well fed and hydrated  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Refreshment, served twenty minutes after snack service

That looks quite good and substantial for such a short flight.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Welcome in at least four languages

In your native language as well?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14903 times:

Ah, Suryo, simply great pictures.
I like to go this way, too, definitely.
And congrats to the first ever 717, well done.
Looking for more, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14845 times:
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Hi suryo!

Another absolutely fantastic report with excellent pictures! Your reports are so enjoyable and entertaining every time, thanks!
Congrats on your first 717, must have been nice! Qantas' service looks quite nice on this hop!
Love your pictures of Australia too, such a great and beautiful country!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Air North Regional VH-ANK
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Fly Timor Air ZK-VAA

There are 2 planes you wont ever spot @ AMS  

Looking forward to your next part!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineredcenterflyer From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14834 times:

Great TR. Alice Springs being my town of residence for about 14 years now, always lover to see pic's of her, and people enjoying the surrounds.
Cheers


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14815 times:

Hi Suryo !
like every trip report coming from kind Suryo this one is more special ... so nice to dedicated your work to our members ... you are the soul of trip reports section ... congratulation for the first 717 ... and must to say thanks to H. too ... stipica  



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14629 times:
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Great report, Suryo!

Looks like you had a good flight - I'd love to visit Australia. Its definitely on my short list of places to see!

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 14592 times:

Hello Suryo

Great report, thanks for taking the time and effort to share it with us.
Nice to see a plane down under with a "PH" registration.
The Qantaslink 717 looks good, however a bit aged at the same time. Great spotting pics as well, many unherd carriers.
Fab pics of the Uluru and Kata Tjuta as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 14542 times:

Hello Suryo,

very nice report, and it seems like you had a great time in Australia.
Glad to see you flew a QF 717, seems like a great ride and the service didn't seem to disappoint.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
T-tail

A beautiful plane. I am a big fan of the entire DC-9 series. I really should try to fly a 717 soon, It's not very far for me, Blue1 has them right next doors in Finland.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘The sandstone formation stands 348 meter above the plain with most of its bulk lying underground and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometers,’

Seems to be a very impressive formation, would love to visit it one day!

Martin


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 14384 times:

G’day PH, Gavin, Philip, Roy, signol, William, James, Burj, FlyboyOz, Nils, Markus, Brendan, Redcenterflyer, Stipica, Matthew, Marc, Martin,

Thank you, thank you so much for your heartwarming replies.  



PH, Philip, Nils,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Good to see you back here, I have already started to miss you and your reports.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
I have missed your reports so was great to see you back  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
For a moment there I thought you had vanished from the soil of the earth but I'm glad you came back with this 'report with a vengeance'!

Thank you. You make me feel special.  


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PH, Roy, signol, Nils,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Interesting.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Very generous. And the sandwhich, cake and fruit is just enough for a two hour flight
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
and a good snack on board.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
That looks quite good and substantial for such a short flight.

The right menu for the right time! QF is true to its word.   


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PH, William, Markus, Brendan,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I'm already looking forward to the next part!
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
Anyway, I shall expect the next part.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Looking for more, you know.
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Looking forward to your next part!

I am doing my best.

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Gavin, Roy, William, Marc,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
I appreciate the great photography too, you managed to capture the majestic rocks in its full serendipity despite the throng of Japanese tourists!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Your (Herman's?) wonderful photos provide a beautiful introduction.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
and the colours in those pictures you took at dusk are just lovely!
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Fab pics of the Uluru and Kata Tjuta as well

Herman gets the credit for the photos.  


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Gavin, Roy,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Beautiful!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Which makes them so appealing. The walks over and between the rocks provide constantly changing vistas and mixes of vegetation and wildlife.

Who am I to disagree?

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Gavin, Brendan, Matthew, Martin,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
This is a wonderful adventure to a really mysterious place.
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Love your pictures of Australia too, such a great and beautiful country!
Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
I'd love to visit Australia. Its definitely on my short list of places to see!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Seems to be a very impressive formation, would love to visit it one day!

I can only recommend you to come and get the feeling yourself.

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Philip, Roy, signol, James, Matthew, Marc,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Thanks for the report
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Suryo, thank you for showing just a small part of the beauty that is central Australia.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Once more, thanks for sharing a very enjoyable trip report.
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Thanks again!
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
Nice little intra Australian flight there.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing,
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Great report, thanks for taking the time and effort to share it with us.

It has been a great pleasure of mine.

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Roy, William, James, Markus, Brendan, stipica, Martin,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Congratulations!
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
And congratulations on getting the B717.
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
Nice for you to catch the 717 also
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
And congrats to the first ever 717, well done.
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Congrats on your first 717,
Quoting stipica (Reply 17):
congratulation for the first 717 ...
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Glad to see you flew a QF 717

Thank you.

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Roy, FlyboyOz,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Looks like there had been reasonable rains in the area before your arrival. The country is looking good.
Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 12):
I have looked at the photos about Alice Spring airport. Im suprised that the Alice Spring airport/landscape have lots of grass covering up desert/sand. At that time, there was empty and desert when i was there.

Just a couple of days before our arrival, hundreds of millimeters of rain have fallen in parts of Central Australia, causing the Todd River to flow for the first time this year. I assume the plants were then flourishing.

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signol, Brendan, Matthew, Martin,

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
As for your flight, very nice.
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Nice service you received,
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Qantas' service looks quite nice on this hop!
Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
Looks like you had a good flight
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
the service didn't seem to disappoint.

Thanks to Belinda, Belinda and Theraze.

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William, Martin,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
It really is an elegant bird and I find it wears the Qantas livery very well.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
A beautiful plane.

The journey made me even more understand why 717Flyer loves B717.

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Brendan, Martin,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
must have been nice!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
seems like a great ride

Oh, If I just recall the moments of engine start up and then takeoff, I am all tingled again!   


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Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
excellent report with beautiful pictures from a beautiful country!

Your sweet compliment as a legendary trip reporter just means a lot to me!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Great choice of airline/aircraft - reports about Cobham Aviation's 717 are really rare!

Thanks for pointing it out. I did not realize it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Fantastic!

No regret at all!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Really cool stuff!

Too right!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Cheers! It's not ginger ale, but still fine    How did you like it?

Very refreshing! I liked it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Not bad at all.

We were pleasantly surprised by the serving.

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Hi Gavin,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
A most lovely TR as always, detailing very intimately your journey to the fascinating Ayers Rock!

Sweet compliment from the video report master and very good friend altogether, what else could I ask for?

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
What better way to travel to Alice Spring than with Qantas! On such a rare B717 aircraft nonetheless!

Our flight killed two birds with one stone.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
This is a great feature! I still prefer the traditional boarding pass very much haha!

So do I. That is why we did not download the 2D Boarding Pass on purpose. 


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Thanks for the showcase of the self-check-in as well. It certainly looks very user-friendly.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Thanks so much for sharing this photo, I've never seen this bird before!

My pleasure.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Thats a souvenir for sure!  

Reckon!  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
You don't have to go through passport control though, am I right?

Correct.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
I thought its pretty quirky! lol

 


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Very interesting that the FA does the passenger boarding!

I had never seen such procedure elsewhere, nevertheless it was a nice touch.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Interesting plane indeed! Did QantasLink buy over Cobham Aviation Services?

No, Cobham Aviation Services is a major contractor for QantasLink until 2018.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
I'm glad you did! I am very curious of how the 717 lavatory is like!

How do you like it?

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Interesting B717 cabin layout!

Note the full-grip, lighted handrail that extends the length of the passenger cabin.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Looks very refreshing indeed!

Signature drink of Australia.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Wow, like Herman, I was puzzled if the snack was the only refreshment offering, given the 2hr sector! What a nice surprise that there would be sandwiches after the pretzels! Boys, we are not in Europe anymore!

You perfectly describe our feeling.   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Looks really tasty indeed!!

Without any artificial taste!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
I think this is really a fresh touch indeed!

I prefer this to pre-packed fruit salad.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Most lovely aerial view! Ariel must have loved this view!!

And he was not the only one!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Most excellent commentary accompanied with beautiful photos! Gives me a really close insight into how the mystical place is like. Ariel makes an excellent tour guide.  

Thank you, also on behalf of Ariel. He really was doing his best.  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Was it very hot there?

Around 34 Centigrade.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
The excellent services of Belinda and Theraze onboard the Spirit of Australia must have gotten you in the mood to explore the natural wonders of the Australian Outback!

You just could not think any better atmosphere of anticipation.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
Wonderful flight review, as always Suryo, may your passion for flying shine always  

Gavin, may our friendship last forever.  


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Hey Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Lovely pics and report. Nice to see a B717 report.

Thank you. I am very happy to hear that from you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Still need to get on one  

You are kidding, right?  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
The tray used certainly is a unique but practical design .

Good point. The design must have enabled Qantas to reintroduce meal tray on Domestic flights instead of boxes.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
The Pineapple / Coconut cake sounds nice .

And really tasty.

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Hi Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
I have been waiting for your next instalment to appear and the wait was worth it.

Thank you for your patience. You know I always look forward to your reply.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Bargain! Today's price is AUD 330.

Ouch! We were in lucky then with our Red E-deal.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
What was the problem ? - it say's "booking not found".

I had no idea. Neither booking reference nor passport worked at the kiosk, luckily we got Lydia to help us out.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Very accommodating and useful advice too.

Too right!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Interesting to see that the database hasn't been updated to reflect the name-change from National Jet Systems to Cobham.

That while the company has been renamed since early 2009.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
A nice little company that flies from DRW to one of my favourite spots - KNX, though not usually on the Brasilia, more often an E170.

Beauty! If I come back to DRW, I should visit KNX as well.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Will there be a second - from ASP to PER, maybe?

You will see.   


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
I thought that the albinos were meant to be following the FlyingFinn.   

I have got nothing against albino.  


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
There goes our national security. 

Oops! 


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
A few seats empty. Nice for the pax as they get extra space, not so good for QF.

Hopefully not everyday’s sight for QF.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Pukulpa pitjama Ananguku ngurakutu.
Palya


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Sometimes the Piranpa think they know better than the traditional owners, to their cost.

Bad example.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
But I notice two breaks from tradition.

I plead guilty.   


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
1) No pose with the cabin crew. Was it not possible due to time or the pressure of the crew's work, or was it just not an option?

Well, I was somehow too shy to ask them for a photo.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
2) No photos of luxury accommodation. The tour was a desert safari but was accommodation in tents or in cabins, or resort hotel setting at Yulara?

Tents.

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Hi signol,

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
excellent continuation to your epic trip! Every bit as well written as the previous parts

Thank you. Your words have always been encouraging me.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
though this time you brought back memories of my own, only trip to Australia in 2002.
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
We too (my sister and I on that occasion) visited the Red Centre for a tour,

I remember you telling me about your trip down under.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
being students we opted for the camping one!

Our accommodation was in tents as well.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
And as you, we opted to tour the base of Uluru rather than climb it.

  


Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Your photos do give the reader the sense of being there, not just reading a report!

Thank you.   


Quoting signol (Reply 8):
One day I'll take my wife to visit this amazing continent / country!

I am sure you will.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
I too have yet to sample a B717

I hope it will happen when you take your wife down under.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
though it does look similar to the MD series both inside and out  

Not surprising. Boeing 717 was designed and marketed by McDonnell Douglas as the MD-95.

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Hi William,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
Good to see the next installment of your journey up here.

Thank you.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
Looks like you had a great time discovering Uluru. it looks like such a serene place

Uluru just compels admiration.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
I had to laugh when you mentioned that your partner waved down the flight attendant for another packet of Pretzels because he thought that was all he was going to get. That's happened to me too and I felt like such a twerp.

Well, we were just unaware of different service standard.

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James,

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
I'd forgotten that TWA had briefly operated them - shame AA couldn't keep hold of a few as they looked pretty good in that livery.

TWA, AA, QF, don’t you think that every livery fits a B717?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
Good pics too!

Thanks.

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Burj,

Quoting burj (Reply 11):
As always a thoroughly enjoyable trip report! Thanks for taking us along!

The pleasure is mine. Do you know I always look forward to your sweet reply?

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FlyboyOz,

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 12):
That's intesresting report and I enjoyed reading lots of report and would love to meet you and travel with you one day.

What a great honor! Thank you for reading my report.  


Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 12):
I have been to Alice Spring long time ago - we flew Qantas from SYD to DRW via Alice Spring because Boeing 737-400 could not fly nonstop between two cities at that time.

Interesting. Was it due to payload restriction? I thought Boeing 737-400 could fly 4,204 kilometers nonstop and DRW-SYD leg is yet within the range.

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Hello Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
It's a very nice one for a multitude of reasons: pics, B717, Ariel, holiday feel,...

I am so happy to hear that from you.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
I've been to Aussie as well, but not to Alice Springs or Darwin so it was nice to have been there through your eyes now.

Have you been to Aussie as well? Cool! You must have visited places I have never been myself.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
Nice to see as well that you dedicate this one to some fellow a.netters!

Thank you. It just feel great to present this dedication.  


Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
No need to guess that, it's common knowledge 

You know me too well. 


Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
Now Suryo, that's not nice, sending poor Ariel off with 'een kluitje in het riet', in the form of a baggage receipt?!

‘Thank you, Nils!’ Ariel just whispered to me.   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
I didn't know but now I'm glad I do   

My pleasure.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
Suryo, you're the true king of trivia! Your report is full of it and it shows your true dedication to deliver us the full and detailed experience here!

I am truly honored. Thank you, Nils.   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
Ha ha, even us men like to keep our skin well fed and hydrated  

Totally agreed!   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
In your native language as well?

Unfortunately not. Not even in Dutch.  


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Ah, Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Ah, Suryo, simply great pictures.

Thank you. Your reply means a lot to me.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
I like to go this way, too, definitely.

I believe you.

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Hi Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Another absolutely fantastic report with excellent pictures! Your reports are so enjoyable and entertaining every time, thanks!

How sweet of you. Thank you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
There are 2 planes you wont ever spot @ AMS  

Yes, but never say never.  


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redcenterflyer,

Quoting redcenterflyer (Reply 16):
Great TR. Alice Springs being my town of residence for about 14 years now, always lover to see pic's of her, and people enjoying the surrounds.

I am truly honored. Thank you so much.

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Hi stipica,

Quoting stipica (Reply 17):
like every trip report coming from kind Suryo this one is more special ... so nice to dedicated your work to our members ... you are the soul of trip reports section ...

Thank you so much for the honor. You are too kind!   


Quoting stipica (Reply 17):
and must to say thanks to H. too ... stipica  

You are welcome, also on behalf of H.  


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Matthew,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
Great report, Suryo!

Thank you for reading.

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Hello Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Nice to see a plane down under with a "PH" registration.

PH? Can you explain yourself?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
The Qantaslink 717 looks good, however a bit aged at the same time.

Do you perhaps mean matured? 


Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Great spotting pics as well, many unherd carriers.

Too right!

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Hello Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
very nice report,

Thank you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
it seems like you had a great time in Australia.

It has been a memorable experience! My third time in Australia and still…

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
I am a big fan of the entire DC-9 series.

That makes two of us.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
I really should try to fly a 717 soon, It's not very far for me, Blue1 has them right next doors in Finland.

So, is it going to happen soon?   



PH, Gavin, Philip, Roy, signol, William, James, Burj, FlyboyOz, Nils, Markus, Brendan, Redcenterflyer, Stipica, Matthew, Marc, Martin,

You are just great!   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14300 times:

Hi Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
You know I always look forward to your reply.

Thank you. I appreciate your saying so.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Beauty! If I come back to DRW, I should visit KNX as well.

Definitely worth a visit and you can also fly up from PER on an F100 operated by Skywest ( XR ). From there, a flight with Slingair over the Bungle Bungle Range is highly recommended, especially if you combine it with a helicopter flight within the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Oops!

On the subject of National Security, did you know that Cobham also provide the Australian Government's Border Protection Command with maritime air surveillance of Australia's borders? Under contract (which lasts until 2020) they fly 10 highly modified Bombardier Dash 8 maritime patrol aircraft which each year fly some 2,500 missions and 15,000 hours.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Well, I was somehow too shy to ask them for a photo.

I'm stunned.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Tents.

Way to go: low impact and sustainable. And you can visit places that groups reliant on hotels can't.

Best wishes,
Roy


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14148 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Was it due to payload restriction? I thought Boeing 737-400 could fly 4,204 kilometers nonstop and DRW-SYD leg is yet within the range.

Well... there were three reasons - it could be
- payload restriction
- lacked of pax between two cities - so therefore Alice Spring could be a hub - SYD/MEL/ADL/PER to Alice Spring and then transfer to another plane from Alice Spring to Darwin and then vice versa. (except Brisbane)
- Not enough gates/getways at the Darwin Airport. (still the same in your photo). It hasnt been changed much.

I will be more than happy to take you around australia and/or spotting the planes around the airport.



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User currently onlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1558 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13900 times:

Excellent report and photos.

Always been a fan of the 717, but yet to fly on one.



South Australian Spotter
25 The777Man : Hi Suryo! Thanks for another amazing report with amazing pictures ! Very interesting spotting pictures from DRW ! Airlines I have never heard of which
26 ExLibris76 : Hello Suryo, Thanks for a nice report, as usual. I had no idea QantasLink still flew these birds! I've never been on one and now I have a good reason
27 eastafspot : Stunning pictures for an amazing report Suryo, the meal service looks quiet good. With all those tourists around the rock that is strange to see no ot
28 Kent350787 : Thanks Suryo! I was out there last year but, with a 3 year old and 8 year old in tow, my wife made me book the direct flight from SYD to Yulara, rathe
29 Post contains images CaptainRed : G'day Suryo, excellent report once again, thanks a lot for taking us with you on this journey to the red center of Australia and for pointing out all
30 Post contains links and images akhmad : G’day Roy, FlyboyOz, How nice to see you again. Hi Roy, I am very happy to know that. How nice! I have fond memories of flying XR F100 from PER to B
31 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Suryo, Sorry for the delay, but I've finally got round to reading the next installment of your big trip. And may I say how truly honoured I am at y
32 Post contains links and images akhmad : G’day Hannah, I am truly happy to know that you read my dedication. Even happier with these sweet words of yours: I am blushing too! No worries. Hen
33 flightsimboy : Hello Suryo, I do regret not reading this yet I am delighted to be one of the last to comment!! Such an enjoyable read, with the narratives a wealth o
34 Post contains images akhmad : G’day, dear flightsimboy, The pleasure is mine too. I am so happy to hear from you! You have always been encouraging from the very beginning. How I
35 Post contains images airbuseric : G'day Suryo and Herman Finally I got a read through it, and enjoyed your beautiful photography around Alice Springs. Impressive rock formations. Now a
36 Post contains images akhmad : G’day Eric, I am so happy to hear that. Herman gets the credit. Indeed, Uluru and Kata Tjuta just compel admiration. I can only recommend you to vis
37 Post contains links and images NZ107 : Hi Suryo, Great to see the next part of your Australian trip. I had always planned to do a similar routing to you in order to log the 717 but seeing t
38 palmjet : Hi Suryo Great report and superb pictures from a part of the country I am yet to visit. I really enjoyed seeing Darwin Airport as well - the last time
39 Post contains images win1290 : Hi Suryo! Fantastic trip report! I absolutely enjoy reading all your reports, love all the details you gave on your report as well as all the interest
40 Post contains images akhmad : G’day Nicholas, Palmjet, Win, Thank you very much for your replies. ********************************************************** Nicholas, Palmjet, I
41 gabrielchew : Lovely report Suryo! Great photos from the Red Centre! When I flew DRW-SIN in 2009, there was a separate International (liquids) screening at the entr
42 raffik : Great trip report, it really makes me want to return some day! I took the 717 from Brisbane to Mackay in 2004 and it was a great ride, although we wer
43 redcenterflyer : -living in Alice Springs, I can verify you are correct. You can still climb Uluru/Ayer's Rock, however the local aboriginal people request you not to
44 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Wow! What a wonderful trip report! And I'm really glad you enjoyed my favourite airline and favourite country (not that I'm at all biased ) It's stand
45 ojas : A stunning TR once again!!! Sounds like an awesome plan Thumbs up to that! congrats! Alice Springs airport is also similar to those small airports tha
46 Post contains images akhmad : G’day Gabriel, Raffik, Redcenterflyer, Alex, Ojas, Thank you so much for taking your time to reply. ************************************************
47 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Sorry to have hijacked your thread! Oh I agree, I kind of hope it doesn't catch on more, but I see the economic case for it from the airline's perspe
48 Post contains images akhmad : No worries. I am grateful of this additional information of yours. That is fine. Isn't it interesting that you can look at the matter from different
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