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Qantas, Economy Class: Adelaide To Perth  
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Posted (11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5679 times:

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Airlines: Qantas
Aircraft:
Boeing B 737-800
Cabin:
Economy Class
Seat:
14A, window
From:
Adelaide
To:
Perth
Date:
22. August 2013
Departure:
14:40
Arrival:
16:40

BSLPER

I spend four blissful days at the Barossa Pavilions in Lyndoch, a small rural town just under one hour away from Adelaide airport. The locals here are a very relaxed and friendly bunch. Wherever you go, somebody will strike up a conversation and once they realise you're not a local they're only too happy to help you make plans for things to do and places to visit. This truly is my idea of complete and perfect relaxation.

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GETTING TO THE AIRPORT

In theory the journey by car from the Barossa Pavilions in Lyndoch do Adelaide airport should not take longer than about an hour to complete. As you approach Adelaide there is currently some major roadwork in progress, which poses a serious challenge for the GPS. So eventually it takes closer to 100 minutes to make the journey, including a fuel stop.

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CHECK-IN

The airport has changed dramatically since I my last visit sometime during the nineties. In fact I’m not even sure if the original terminal structure from back then is still standing, or if they simply demolished the whole thing and built the current facility from scratch.

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I checked in for the flight the evening before using the Qantas App, which allows you to check-in for domestic services. Once you’re checked in, you can elect to have the board pass transferred to your Passbook App.

THE LOUNGE

The Qantas lounge here in Adelaide is positively enormous. It’s also nearly deserted today. The lounge is very well stocked. There is a huge business area as you come in, right behind reception. The food options are very good, with an interesting selection of hot and cold dishes. In addition to the self-service drinks bar, there is also a separate bar where you can order all sorts of things.

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So I get myself a bowl of pumpkin soup and a selection of items from the antipasto buffet and settle down by the window overlooking a small part of the apron. The three turboprops parked here don’t look as though they’ll be going anywhere much anytime soon, but that hardly matters.

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BOARDING

At 13:53 my iPhone goes off and alerts me that boarding for the flight to Perth has started. I take a last sip of my Ginger Ale, make a quick pit stop and then make my way to gate 22, from where my flight is in fact not yet boarding.

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I wish...
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One must be realistic about one's expectations...
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On my way down to the plane I grab myself a pair of earphones before heading down the airbridge.

THE CABIN

I turn right into the cabin, only to find that the aircraft is still in the old configuration and with no individual screens. But never mind, I have my music and I have my Kindle. Let the journey begin.

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SERVICE

The crew on this flight is a bit of a mixed bag. The cabin crew are all ladies and there are five of them. With the exception of the purser they all seem genuinely friendly. The purserette however is a bit irritating. Her announcements are just a tad overdone with the marketing bull – she’s just a bit too enthusiastic. Generally speaking enthusiasm for your work is a good thing, especially if working with people is your business. But her eyes betray her, and while her voice is smiling – her eyes are not.

DEPARTURE

Departure is on time and the pilot is obviously in a flaming hurry to get us off the ground. We haven’t even properly lined up with the runway when he applies full throttle and we go thundering down the runway. Shortly after take-off we cross the beach, Glenelg I presume, and head out to sea. For most of the journey ground visibility is very limited due to the clouds, making it impossible to know what route we took.

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THE MEAL

Oh Qantas, that meal. You have made an old man so happy. Well I’m not quite that old – yet. I’ve still got more than a month to go before I hit 39, not of course that I'm counting or anything of the sort. But I digress. My point is, the meal Qantas provides on this flight today is something like a trip down memory lane. The smell, the appearance and even the taste of the food bring back fond memories of carefree adolescence, when the mere prospect of getting on a plane would give me sleepless nights for at least a month in advance with excitement and when a hotmeal in Economy Class on a sector of 90 minutes was considered perfectly normal in Europe and only the really dodgy airlines would stoop so low as to use – dare I say it – plastic instead of proper plates and cups.

There is a choice of beef pie with green beans and mash or sweet and sour chicken with steamed rice. I go with the beef and I really must say, it’s quite delicious. On the tray there is also a bun with some butter, a small packet of tic tacs, a small bottle of still water and a very rich Belgian chocolate Brownie.

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To drink I have a sparkling apple juice. And I am even given the full can!

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The tempo of the meal service is swift and efficient. The crew leave enough time for everybody to finish their meal, but without keeping you waiting an eternity for them to remove the tray.

After the meal I count two drink runs with still water from a tray. Not bad.

ARRIVAL

Arrival in Perth is twenty minutes ahead of schedule. I’m looking forward to being back in a time zone with no half hours, it's just all so confusing!

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In Perth I’m staying at the Crown Metropol. The hotel is somewhat out of town, but at least I have a good view of the city from my room. The hotel was chosen more for its close proximity to the airport than anything else.

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13 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5175 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 months 5 days ago) and read 5576 times:

Hi William

I was looking forward to reading the next instalment, and you certainly didn't disappoint!

Firstly the pictures the Barossa look gorgeous. I have to ask, was it cold? It did it get below zero at night?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I turn right into the cabin, only to find that the aircraft is still in the old configuration and with no individual screens

Worse than that, it has the AA diamond-dash side panels....... I hate that design with a passion (possibly why I dislike AA so much ) and those are my least favourite aircraft, of any model, in the entire fleet!

A piece of trivia, the original QF 73Hs have the AA interior because the were ordered by AA and then cancelled after September 11. Following the collapse of Ansett on September 12, Qantas needed additional aircraft to pick up the slack and snapped them up.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
he smell, the appearance and even the taste of the food bring back fond memories of carefree adolescence, when the mere prospect of getting on a plane would give me sleepless nights for at least a month in advance with excitement and when a hotmeal in Economy Class on a sector of 90 minutes was considered perfectly normal in Europe

hahahaha

It's great to see that you got to enjoy Qantas Domestic at their best. I should have added the hot meals on short flights to my list of things that make domestic flying here seem like it is the 1990s again in your ASP-ADL report  

Thanks again.
Happy flying,
Alex



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1652 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5441 times:
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Hello knightsofmalta,

Following your Aussie holiday from here, I am most glad to see another episode of your air travels. It is refreshing to see that Qantas does a hot meal on a domestic run. And you even had a choice! No PTV’s indeed but music and a window, one doesn’t need more  

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The three turboprops

3 cute little buggers, I wouldn’t mind a flight on one of those!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I wish...

In the cargo hold? Take some blankets lol!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
and a very rich Belgian chocolate Brownie.

I don’t know why they have to explicitly put ‘Belgian’ on it? It’s not our signature dish lol! But I bet the chocolate in there was divine.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5399 times:

HI William,

The catering looked EXCELLENT on that fairly short run. Very impressed indeed, especially the dinky tic-tacs. And a pie?

Also I like the interior colours. You mentioned it adding some darkness to the cabin in another report, but I find it suave.

And looked like a good fun place that you were staying at, horse poo and all. But do tell, is Australia not unrealistically expensive at the money with their motoring dollar? Of course, I mean in general, not for me and my £4 daily budget!

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

Excellent report. Flew that route back in June.

Here's my report.
Spotting Trip To Perth & Qantaslink 717 (by ryan h Aug 13 2013 in Trip Reports)



South Australian Spotter
User currently offlinekent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 960 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

William - how long is it since you've been in Adelaide? The current terminal was opened in 2006 to replace the mouldy ceilinged old mess opposite. The new terminal is one of my favourites in Oz, although I understand that, now the multi-storey carpark between the two is being completed, the old terminal is being refitted.

Glad you enjoyed the Barossa, although all the SA wine regions are pretty good!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 6, posted (11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4539 times:

Hi Willian,

your current production rate is quite amazing, another good one! QF's product doesn't disappoint once again. The meal looks very good.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I take a last sip of my Ginger Ale,

Is it just my impression that you consume that quite frequently?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I wish...

Sure, a ride on a freighter would be cool.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
To drink I have a sparkling apple juice. And I am even given the full can!

Nice to see Apfelschorle Down Under. But it's a small can, isn't it?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4532 times:

Hi Alex

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 1):
Firstly the pictures the Barossa look gorgeous. I have to ask, was it cold? It did it get below zero at night?

Well, it was rather cold. But to be honest, that was more due to my own useless planning or lack thereof. When I left Switzerland I knew it would be winter here, but somehow I figured that would only mean not quit so hot as usual. I never imagined it would be sol cold. What I did struggle with though, was the lack of any central heating in the pavilion. There was one night where it must have been freezing outside and not much warmer inside.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 1):
Worse than that, it has the AA diamond-dash side panels....... I hate that design with a passion (possibly why I dislike AA so much ) and those are my least favourite aircraft, of any model, in the entire fleet!

Thanks for clarifying that. I thought I knew the pattern from somewhere. And I thought it was odd that the pattern wasn't on the emergency exit hatches.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 1):
It's great to see that you got to enjoy Qantas Domestic at their best. I should have added the hot meals on short flights to my list of things that make domestic flying here seem like it is the 1990s again in your ASP-ADL report

Flying really still is fun in Oz. the whole experience is just so totally stress free.

Hi Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 2):
It is refreshing to see that Qantas does a hot meal on a domestic run. And you even had a choice!

Quite shocking really!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 2):
No PTV’s indeed but music and a window, one doesn’t need more

Spoken like a true a.netter.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 2):
3 cute little buggers, I wouldn’t mind a flight on one of those!

Many moons ago I flew with one of those Metroliners. It was back in the early days of Crossair.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 2):
In the cargo hold? Take some blankets lol!

I don't care. Jumbo is Jumbo, I ain't picky!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 2):
I don’t know why they have to explicitly put ‘Belgian’ on it? It’s not our signature dish lol! But I bet the chocolate in there was divine.

Well, given that I currently live in Switzerland I think I better not comment on such a sensitive issue...

Hi Luke

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 3):
Very impressed indeed, especially the dinky tic-tacs. And a pie?

Yes, quite heart warming. The tic tac are cool in those little sachets.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 3):
Also I like the interior colours. You mentioned it adding some darkness to the cabin in another report, but I find it suave.

I see your point and I think suave was what they were aiming for. But it just gets a bit much if you've got that in the lounge and in the plane.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 3):
And looked like a good fun place that you were staying at, horse poo and all.

The first time I saw the advert for the horse poo I couldn't stop laughing. The people passing me in their cars must have thought I was nuts or something. But it really is a bargain at two dollars!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 3):
But do tell, is Australia not unrealistically expensive at the money with their motoring dollar? Of course, I mean in general, not for me and my £4 daily budget!

It's hard to say really. I thought the prices were comparable to Switzerland.

Hi Ryan

Quoting ryan h (Reply 4):
Excellent report. Flew that route back in June.

Thanks, I'll have to take a look.

Hi Kent350787

Quoting kent350787 (Reply 5):
William - how long is it since you've been in Adelaide?

Did you have to ask me that? It's so long ago I can't even properly remember. I think it might have been in 1995 or so.

Quoting kent350787 (Reply 5):
The new terminal is one of my favourites in Oz, although I understand that, now the multi-storey carpark between the two is being completed, the old terminal is being refitted.

Oh now I get it. The old part behind the garage used to be the domestic terminal right?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4179 times:
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Hi William,

Yet another great addition to your Australia series here!
Those pictures of Borossa are beautiful, it looks so nice and peaceful. Just perfect during a holiday  
Qantas once again impress here despite the aircraft not being reconfigured yet   That meal looks delicious!
How long was this flight?

Thanks once again for sharing, am glad I am able to keep up!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5175 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
somehow I figured that would only mean not quit so hot as usual. I never imagined it would be sol cold. What I did struggle with though, was the lack of any central heating in the pavilion. There was one night where it must have been freezing outside and not much warmer inside.

haha

When I was studying in the USA I tried to explain to someone that it routinely goes below zero here in Canberra, and they couldn't quite understand that Australia wasn't always hot. In the end I said "Look, Australia is a big country, like the USA. Winter in North Dakota is nothing like Florida, right?!?" They agreed, but still seemed quite puzzled!

And I do know what you mean about heating. Even in places that do get cold in winter, like where I live, it is definitely "optional", and it often isn't much warmer inside than outside. The water in my girlfriends toilet froze a month or so ago! it kind of makes sense, though, as if you come their in 6 months it will probably be over 35!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
I see your point and I think suave was what they were aiming for. But it just gets a bit much if you've got that in the lounge and in the plane.

I do agree with this, while QF were probably trying to be "sleek" it can look pretty dreary. Those AA 737s are worse because the grey side panels make the cabin seem even gloomier.

I think the Y on the 747s and A380s is much brighter with red, orange and green. While they don't fit with the rest of the fleet, the cabins have a much more upbeat tempo.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 3):
is Australia not unrealistically expensive at the money with their motoring dollar?

While the cost of living is pretty high, our dollar has dropped off a cliff in the past couple of months. We're now down to 90USc   

This will make it cheaper for tourists, as before our high costs combined with high dollar was making the country extortionate to visit. The down side, of course, is that it is now more expensive for us to go abroad   



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3955 times:

Hola William!

Nice to follow your Australian adventure.

Borossa looks really like a peaceful heaven, a great place to relax... I am sure you had a great time there, away from everything. It is always a blessing once in a while finding places like this one.

Adelaide airport looks really beautiful, nice design and clear atmosphere. Liked those three little turboprops, would have enjoyed flying them wherever they went.

QF provides a great service for such a flight, nice to see that well designed food, everything is where it is supposed to be, not all messed up as it happens most of the times.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1912 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (11 months 3 days ago) and read 3840 times:
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Beautiful photos from Adelaide, and from your Qantas flight. Food looks really tasty, and sounds like you had a great flight! I feel like Qantas has their Economy catering down to a great science; well organized tray, good options, etc.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

Hello William

Another interesting report, thanks for sharing.
Impressed to see that QF still serves a hot meal.
Nice pics in ADL as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

Hi Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Those pictures of Borossa are beautiful, it looks so nice and peaceful. Just perfect during a holiday

Yes, it was so serene. I don't think I've ever been to a place where you could hear the sheep at night!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Qantas once again impress here despite the aircraft not being reconfigured yet That meal looks delicious!
How long was this flight?

The flight was three hours. As for the old cabin configuration, as you say, it's no big deal. At least they show you a full length movie, not those horrible 'Just for laughs' clips you get in Europe which are everything but funny, especially after you've seen them about 100 times!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Thanks once again for sharing, am glad I am able to keep up!

Yeah, sorry about that. But the end is nigh. I'm literally on my last leg, which I shall complete tonight.

Hi Alex

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 9):
And I do know what you mean about heating. Even in places that do get cold in winter, like where I live, it is definitely "optional", and it often isn't much warmer inside than outside. The water in my girlfriends toilet froze a month or so ago! it kind of makes sense, though, as if you come their in 6 months it will probably be over 35!

That sounds a lot like Malta. The houses there are built of limestone to retain the cool in the summer. The problem is though, they do that in winter too. So during the winter months most Maltese tend to go outside simply to warm up!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 9):
I do agree with this, while QF were probably trying to be "sleek" it can look pretty dreary. Those AA 737s are worse because the grey side panels make the cabin seem even gloomier.

Blimey, those AA interiors seem to be a bit of a sore point for the Australian a.netters!

Hi Roger

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 10):
Adelaide airport looks really beautiful, nice design and clear atmosphere. Liked those three little turboprops, would have enjoyed flying them wherever they went.

Actually the atmosphere at all the airports I visited was nice. Very laid back and unhurried.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 10):
QF provides a great service for such a flight, nice to see that well designed food, everything is where it is supposed to be, not all messed up as it happens most of the times.

That was interesting to watch actually. The crew had a look at every tray before they served it and rearranged where necessary. Very professional, I think.

Hi Matthew

Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):
I feel like Qantas has their Economy catering down to a great science; well organized tray, good options, etc.

Qantas has certainly put a lot of thought into coming up with a catering concept that is both healthy and tasty. Many other carriers just go with the cheapest option.

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
Impressed to see that QF still serves a hot meal.

So was I. Even the smell reminded me of when I was a kid!

Thanks for commenting guys.

Cheers,
William


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