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Qantas, Economy Class: Alice Springs To Adelaide  
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1792 posts, RR: 18
Posted (1 year 2 days ago) and read 5453 times:

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Airlines: Qantas
Aircraft:
Boeing B 737-800
Cabin:
Economy Class
Seat:
13A, window on the emergency exit
From: Alice Springs, departure at 13:10
To:
Adelaide, arrival 14:50
Date:
18. August 2013


GETTING TO THE AIRPORT

I just arrived in Alice Springs from Uluru. I like the airport, passengers are allowed to walk the short distance from the terminal to the aircraft and vice versa.

THE LOUNGE

As you enter the terminal through the arrivals channel, the Qantas lounge is located on the left hand side, adjacent to the Qantas gates. The place is quite full when I arrive, with the flights to Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin leaving ahead of my flight to Adelaide. In fact it’s so full it’s standing room only initially.

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Eventually the place clears as the flights are called for boarding. I find a place to sit and enjoy some of the sandwiches on offer.

BOARDING

It looks like the flight is going to be pretty full. I am the last one to board, mainly because I’m busy taking pictures. Eventually the gate attendant aka one of the flight attendants catches up with me and we have a nice littler natter about her job and the differences between working in aviation in Australia and in Europe.

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As I board she takes my suitcase off me and stows it in one of the Business Class bins. Which is kind of ironic, given that I wanted to travel in Business Class on this leg but the booking engine never showed an availability. Eventually I figured the flight simply didn’t have a Business Class cabin.

THE CABIN

Originally I was booked on 14B, which is the middle seat on the second emergency exit row of the Boeing 737-800. Fortunately though, it turns out that the three seats on row 13, the first overwing exit row, are all completely free. So I quickly settle into 13A. The flight attendant places another gentleman on 13C, apparently they must have two persons on each side sitting on the emergency exit, and we have an empty seat between us. I’m happy!

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The cabin and seats are very clean and modern. The only thing I don’t really like is that the colours are very dark and give the cabin a somewhat gloomy appearance.

Every seat is equipped with a video screen in the back of the seat in front. From what I can tell the selection is more or less the same as on the long-haul flight I took from Tokyo to Sydney.

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DEPARTURE

The flight is slightly delayed departing. Apparently the inbound arrived on time but there were no stands available and the aircraft had to wait for one to become available.

But the delay is no more than 15 minutes or so. We taxi out. There is a further, brief delay as we wait for a Boeing 717 to land, backtrack and eventually exit the runway. And then we’re off.

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The weather for most of the flight is nice. It’s a smooth flight and a cloudless sky right until we reach Adelaide. That’s when it gets windy and the weather deteriorates rapidly, with heavy showers in the area.

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THE MEAL

To eat there is a choice of either an apple or a chicken sandwich with spinach and Dijon mustard. I go with the latter. To drink I have a still water and a cup of coffee. Qantas provide you with a rubbish bag for your meal. I think this is a really neat idea and certainly something they should introduce in Europe.

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ARRIVAL

As previously mentioned, the weather deteriorates rapidly as we near Adelaide until eventually we make our final approach in the most horrible weather. It’s a very bumpy approach and it’s raining cats and dogs.

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It’s only after I reach arrivals that I realise I’ve left my camera on the plane. So I head upstairs again to departures and explain the situation to the guys at security. I ask if I might be let through again to try to retrieve my camera. Fortunately it’s no problem at all. I go through security and immediately head for the gate my flight arrived at. The aircraft is already in the process of boarding for its next flight. Fortunately my camera has already been found and is sitting on the counter. I show the gate agent my passport and she hands me the camera. Thanks a bunch.

I’m not actually staying in Adelaide on this trip. Instead I’m heading out of town into the Barossa valley. No, I’m not a wine connoisseur. I just want some peace and quiet, which is exactly what I find at the Barossa Pavilion, a lovely B&B located about an hour away from Adelaide in town called Lyndoch.

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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1201 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5303 times:

Hola William!

Great report as all those Australia series, really brilliant!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Date: 18. August 2013

Woaaaaw! You are fast, same day report looks like lot of dedication, thank you!

Love the airport, very nice to walk through nature into the plane, that looks very different from what we are used to. That is certainly something very enjoyable.

The flight looks right to me, and nice to have such a wider space on the exit row. Pity the weather turned so nasty at the end, was there a lot of bouncing and jumping? I do not mind it and I might even say I quite enjoy it, it is like going through a country road at top speed, but safer.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s only after I reach arrivals that I realise I’ve left my camera on the plane.

That is one of my worst nightmares, it has happened twice to me, and both times I have never seen my camera again, once in JFK after an IB flight from MAD and then another one in MXP after an LH Italia from BCN, too bad... Books, notebooks and even some clothes have as well disappeared from my hands and into the dark side!

Enjoy your time at the wineries!

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5231 times:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
I’m not actually staying in Adelaide on this trip. Instead I’m heading out of town into the Barossa valley. No, I’m not a wine connoisseur. I just want some peace and quiet, which is exactly what I find at the Barossa Pavilion, a lovely B&B located about an hour away from Adelaide in town called Lyndoch.

Great report! My mother only flew this route yesterday and had the exact same experience! The Barossa is a beautiful area and hopefully the weather doesn't dampen things for you  


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4634 times:

Hi Roger

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
Woaaaaw! You are fast, same day report looks like lot of dedication, thank you!

This is a kind of experiment, I'm trying to upload the individual reports the same day or at the latest the day after. This might be quite a challenge on the way home. But we shall see.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
Love the airport, very nice to walk through nature into the plane, that looks very different from what we are used to. That is certainly something very enjoyable.

It really is cool. I also think it's nice that everybody is so relaxed and unhurried. It makes travelling so much more pleasant.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
The flight looks right to me, and nice to have such a wider space on the exit row. Pity the weather turned so nasty at the end, was there a lot of bouncing and jumping? I do not mind it and I might even say I quite enjoy it, it is like going through a country road at top speed, but safer.

The turbulence was okay, although a couple of times during the approach we had to accelerate to the point that I thought we'd be doing a go around.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
That is one of my worst nightmares, it has happened twice to me, and both times I have never seen my camera again, once in JFK after an IB flight from MAD and then another one in MXP after an LH Italia from BCN, too bad... Books, notebooks and even some clothes have as well disappeared from my hands and into the dark side!

Yeah, this is the first time it's happened to me and I really froze. Fortunately the guys at security were really friendly and understanding and let me through again without any hassle.

Hi QantasA333

Quoting QantasA333 (Reply 2):
Great report! My mother only flew this route yesterday and had the exact same experience! The Barossa is a beautiful area and hopefully the weather doesn't dampen things for you

I'm thoroughly enjoying my stay here. I'm sitting here watching the clouds wafting across the rolling hills, with Kangaroos and bunnies jumping around the place. There is a small stream a bit further down the hill from where I'm staying and with the window open I can even hear the sheep on the other side of the stream. This is heaven!

Thanks to all of you for commenting.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (1 year 20 hours ago) and read 4136 times:
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Hi knightsofmalta!

Thank you for this good Qantas domestic review. Nice to see that QF has PTV’s installed on their narrowbody fleet. Alice Springs looks like a laidback airport.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
apparently they must have two persons on each side sitting on the emergency exit

Were the safety instructions already laid out for you on the seats?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Qantas provide you with a rubbish bag for your meal. I think this is a really neat idea and certainly something they should introduce in Europe.

I had a garbage bag as well on my EI flight in June. A good idea indeed!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (1 year 14 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

Hello William

Another great report in the Australia series, nice to see some refurbs in the QF fleet.
Great scenery pics as well.

GReetings
Marc



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 hours ago) and read 3837 times:

Hi Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):
Nice to see that QF has PTV’s installed on their narrowbody fleet.

Definitely, I'm already looking forward to the next segment. My ambition is to watch all the episodes of Bing Bang Theory available on the flight.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):
Alice Springs looks like a laidback airport.

It is, but I think the Australians are generally very laid back. They do things properly, but never rushed.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):
Were the safety instructions already laid out for you on the seats?

Yes, and the flight attendant came round to make sure we have a look at them.

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Another great report in the Australia series, nice to see some refurbs in the QF fleet.

Qantas' B737-800 are certainly some of the more comfy ones I've ever seen in Economy Class. Having said that, I'm guessing their average sector length will be longer than those of most operators in Europe.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Great scenery pics as well.

Thanks a lot.

Thanks for commenting gents.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5363 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
I'm already looking forward to the next segment. My ambition is to watch all the episodes of Bing Bang Theory available on the flight

Just FYI not all aircraft have AVOD, and most of the 737s still have overhead monitors. Sorry for the downer! Good luck getting an AVOD aircraft though.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 3):
I also think it's nice that everybody is so relaxed and unhurried. It makes travelling so much more pleasant

Absolutely, it's why I love flying Australian domestic. You're a million miles from the TSA and rest of the stress in the USA, or even Europe. You can turn up for your flight 30 minutes before and have no fear of missing it, security lines are always short, boarding is always efficient but somehow laid back as well, the overhead bins are never full and often half empty..... it's a totally different experience!

Obviously airports like ASP perfect this, but even SYD certainly isn't JFK or LHR!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 3):
I'm sitting here watching the clouds wafting across the rolling hills, with Kangaroos and bunnies jumping around the place. There is a small stream a bit further down the hill from where I'm staying and with the window open I can even hear the sheep on the other side of the stream. This is heaven!

Paradise  

Enjoy the rest of your time here, I'm looking forward to reading the next part.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3488 times:

Hi William,

another nice report! Qantas offers a high quality Y Class product on domestic routes, good to see that hasn't changed. I had some enjoyable flights on 738s, 763, A332 and 744 some years ago.


PH



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

Hi RyanairGuru

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Just FYI not all aircraft have AVOD, and most of the 737s still have overhead monitors. Sorry for the downer! Good luck getting an AVOD aircraft though.

Thanks for letting me know. I'm in the lounge right now in Adelaide. I'll keep you posted!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Enjoy the rest of your time here, I'm looking forward to reading the next part.

Thanks, I'm having a great time here in Oz. I'll try to stay a bit longer next time.

Hi Udo

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
another nice report! Qantas offers a high quality Y Class product on domestic routes, good to see that hasn't changed. I had some enjoyable flights on 738s, 763, A332 and 744 some years ago.

Well, I'll be boarding in about an hour's time. Let's hope the next flight will be on a refurbished aircraft too.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2970 times:
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Hello again William,

Yet another nice addition to your series here!
Nice to see those PTVs installed and the snack once again looks nice and sufficient!
Great to hear you were able to retrieve your camera  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

Hi there Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):
Yet another nice addition to your series here!

Thank you!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):
Great to hear you were able to retrieve your camera

So am I. I think I would have been quite upset if I'd lost the camera for good. Not so much because of the camera but because of all the photos I had on the card. But fortunately all's well that ends well.

Cheers,
William


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