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QantasLink, Economy Class: Uluru To Alice Springs  
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

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Airline: QantasLink (National Jet Systems)Aircraft: Boeing B 717
Cabin: Economy Class
Seat:
2C
From:
Uluru
To:
Alice Springs
Date:
18. August 2013
Departure:
10:35
Arrival:
11:20

GETTING TO THE AIRPORT

I leave the Longitude at 09:00. Today we are travelling by multipurpose Bush vehicle to the airport. The journey takes about 15 minutes to complete.

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CHECK-IN

Uluru airport is a fairly small building on one level. As you enter there are arrivals to the right and the check-in counters to the left. There are separate counters for QantasLink, Virgin and for Jetstar. The concierge at the hotel checked me in the evening before.

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THE LOUNGE

Well, there very simply is none. The departures area is relatively small. But then again the facility only has two gates anyway. In the departures area there is a bar and a souvenir shop selling Uluru memorabilia. But the views are good!

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BOARDING

Boarding starts on time. I exit the building and head towards our aircraft, looking forward to the opportunity to take some photos of my aircraft before I get on board. But alas, some gentleman doing I’m not quite sure what job takes it upon himself to inform me of just how bad a safety hazard I am to the aircraft by my intention to take pictures…Fair enough, I’ll take pictures in Alice, where I’m sure they probably won’t be quite so anal.

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By the way, it turns out that the gate agent scanning the boarding passes as we board is also one of the cabin crew on the flight. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before!

THE CABIN

The cabin on this bird is in fairly good shape, although it’s quite apparent that it is well used. There are stains on the seat (Do I want to know of what?) but other than that everything seems in working order.

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DEPARTURE

The engines start up and we backtrack to the end of runway 13. It’s really quite amazing just how quiet the B717 is when you’re sitting on row two. Even when the aircraft accelerates for take-off the engines are barely audible.

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THE MEAL

The meal service on this flight is probably the biggest surprise, especially considering that the flight has an expected block time of only 40 minutes. Every passenger receives a packet with two soft biscuits – dark chocolate and white chocolate with nuts – a cup of water, crackers and a slice of cheese which tastes mostly like a cheddar.

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ARRIVAL

I’m just swallowing the last of the crackers and cheese and the throttles are push back and our aircraft dips its nose for the descent into Alice Springs. And shortly thereafter we land.

Like in Uluru, we have to backtrack to reach the entrance to the apron. I disembark and take a few pictures of my aircraft. As expected, nobody really seems to mind. Next stop: Adelaide.

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User currently offlinesmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4813 times:

Great report thank you! And great photos!

As a note all qantas and Qantaslink flights are normally boarded by one or two crew members. A good cost saving idea, that also speeds up boarding!


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4504 times:

Hola William!

Great way to leave Uluru, on the B717.

Those are great planes to fly, I absolutely love them and really a great way to get to Alice Springs.

QF link seems OK for this hop, despite the stains on the seats.

Compared to other planes the B717 with engines at the back are really quiet if you can seat up front, a total delicacy.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 962 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4018 times:

Sorry, didn't see this TR. I wanted to try the 717 when we went out, but my wife wanted direct flights with the kids. It's an interesting drive from Yulara to Alice too.  

User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5204 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3973 times:

Hi,

thanks for the trip report. I can't wait to fly the 717, I haven't had the chance yet but they are opening a 717 base in CBR later this year which is perfect for me   

As smi006 noted, on QF domestic flights it is normal for FAs to do boarding



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3958 times:

Hi smi0006

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 1):
And great photos!

Thanks.

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 1):
As a note all qantas and Qantaslink flights are normally boarded by one or two crew members. A good cost saving idea, that also speeds up boarding!

I think that's a very clever idea actually and certainly helps to reduce costs. I don't think it's done anywhere in Europe, not sure about the States.

Hi Roger

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 2):
Those are great planes to fly, I absolutely love them and really a great way to get to Alice Springs.

The B717 is a nifty little plane, pity they're not as noisy as their ancestors though.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 2):
QF link seems OK for this hop, despite the stains on the seats.

Absolutely, in fact I though it was rather substantial for such a short flight.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 2):
Compared to other planes the B717 with engines at the back are really quiet if you can seat up front, a total delicacy.

Not sure I like the silence. I prefer my planes the old fashioned way - very loud!

Hi Kent350787

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 3):
Sorry, didn't see this TR. I wanted to try the 717 when we went out, but my wife wanted direct flights with the kids. It's an interesting drive from Yulara to Alice too.

I would have loved to travel overland to Alice. But alas, Australia is too big and too beautiful and I have only two weeks to take this trip before the semester begins. I think I'll have to come back for another visit...

Hi RyanairGuru

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 4):
I can't wait to fly the 717, I haven't had the chance yet but they are opening a 717 base in CBR later this year which is perfect for me

I was reading in the Qantas inflight magazine about that. Apparently they're also renovating the cabin on these birds, including the introduction of a Business Class.

Thanks for commenting guys!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 962 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3850 times:

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
I would have loved to travel overland to Alice. But alas, Australia is too big and too beautiful and I have only two weeks to take this trip before the semester begins. I think I'll have to come back for another visit...

With Australia's only 70mph speed limits in the NT it's only 4-4.5 hours by road, pushing the margin a little. The McDonnell ranges either side of Alice are amazing too, in their own way.


User currently offlinezolagola From Germany, joined Jan 2013, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

Nice report and pictures, I hope to catch the 717 one day as well.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
I think that's a very clever idea actually and certainly helps to reduce costs. I don't think it's done anywhere in Europe, not sure about the States.

FR used to do it as well but can´t say if they still do it today as my last flight with them was quite some time ago.


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3555 times:
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Hello knightsofmalta!

A nice shortish report on the more-or-less mighty 717. Good to see Qantaslink still making good use of the type! I assume the cabin config is 1-class? I’ve only 1 717 flight logged, on Blue1.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
a souvenir shop selling Uluru memorabilia

So did you buy yourself an inflatable Uluru replica  

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s really quite amazing just how quiet the B717 is when you’re sitting on row two.

Lol, and how loud it is in row 22!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Every passenger receives a packet with two soft biscuits – dark chocolate and white chocolate with nuts – a cup of water, crackers and a slice of cheese which tastes mostly like a cheddar

That’s impressive!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

Hi William

Great report, thanks for sharing! Good you managed to get the 717 in the log.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3320 times:

Hi Kent350787

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 6):
The McDonnell ranges either side of Alice are amazing too, in their own way.

I would have liked to spend some time in Alice. The landscape coming in really looked quite stunning.

Hi Zolagola

Quoting zolagola (Reply 7):
FR used to do it as well but can´t say if they still do it today as my last flight with them was quite some time ago.

I didn't know that. I'm sure that when they still flew to Basel they weren't allowed to do that. As far as I can remember Swissport did all the handling for them back then.

Hi Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
I assume the cabin config is 1-class? I’ve only 1 717 flight logged, on Blue1.

Yes, but apparently they are in the process of introducing a Business Class cabin on some aircraft.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
So did you buy yourself an inflatable Uluru replica

Of course not, what do you take me for? I got the inflatable life size Kangaroo instead.

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Great report, thanks for sharing! Good you managed to get the 717 in the log.

Thanks. The B717 is really quite a rare bird. After Blue1 and Hawaiian, QantasLink is my third experience on this type.

Thanks for taking the time to comment guys.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Hi William,

now I finally managed to read the last missing one of your series! Good idea to try QantasLink, one of the few 717 operators.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
But alas, some gentleman doing I’m not quite sure what job takes it upon himself to inform me of just how bad a safety hazard I am to the aircraft by my intention to take pictures…Fair enough, I’ll take pictures in Alice, where I’m sure they probably won’t be quite so anal.

Very annoying. Happened to me in Hamilton Island, for example.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s really quite amazing just how quiet the B717 is when you’re sitting on row two.

Too quiet!


PH



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Hi Udo

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
now I finally managed to read the last missing one of your series! Good idea to try QantasLink, one of the few 717 operators.

My sentiment exactly! You never know, might be my last chance!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Very annoying. Happened to me in Hamilton Island, for example.

It's just so pointless. Why can't these people just get informed, instead of trying to lay down the law about things they don't know the first thing about?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Too quiet!

I will concede that there, you have a point.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2719 times:
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Hi William,

Another nice and short one you made here!
Great idea to try Qantaslink and the 717, a type I still need to log after missing out on it in Hawaii back in January!
The service looks quite nice for such a short flight!

Till the next one..

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2578 times:

Hi Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Great idea to try Qantaslink and the 717, a type I still need to log after missing out on it in Hawaii back in January!

Oh yes, I remember reading about that, very unfortunate I must say. Well, I suppose you know what this means right? You're going to have to take a trip down under or back to Hawaii and catch one there. So much easier than flying to Helsiniki...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
The service looks quite nice for such a short flight!

It certainly was. I was taken quite by surprise!

Cheers,
William


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