First flight on any of the Qantas airbuses. The first flight on an A330 since flying on B-HLS back in July 2002 (HKG-SYD). The first thing I noticed about the Airbus cabin was the modern appearance.
The distance from the seat to the window is more so than a 767. Each of the windows indent; I could imaging leaning on the window during long haul for a nap, if I did't have access to a a flat bed.
Despite my early arrival, this is one of the only window seats I could get.
Being at the back of the airbus, the first two things I noticed were the narrow seating in the middle (missing a seat on the right to make the seating 2-3-2). The second was the depression on take off. The seat I was sitting in, became noticiably lower when the aircraft rotated. Once we rotated, the A330-300 was nowhere near lazy in climbing. I always see airbuses rotating late and climbing slowly. We did neither!
The washroom facilities were cleaner, neater and more modern than I have seen on any aircraft. I love the press button tap. Far easier and more modern than any of the Boeings.
A negative - the IFE boxes are stored under the seats and really obstructive to the legroom.
Qantas staff were as helpful as ever when it comes to flight deck shots on the ground. The flight attendant simply called up on approach, and without hesitation the Captain and F/O greeted me with a smile for shots.
Not too happy with the shots. Used flash to get sharp shots, but it blows out the details on the LCD screens. Nevertheless, a new aircraft - so I shot away in the hope I could replace the shots eventually.
Originally this flight was meant to be a B737-838.
Damn! These 737-400's are going to be around for a while, so not the most interesting of flights.
The annoying part of the trip was that the window seat I asked for, was a non-window A seat. Doh!
Nevertheless, Qantas flight attendants and crew were quick to allow photos at the end of the flight and were certainly friendly.
Crossing my fingers for either VH-QPA or QPC, I ended up flying the exact same aircraft as two weeks prior.
Fellow Airliners.net photographer, Craig Murray joined me on this flight.
We did the long taxi out to 34R, which takes at least 10 minutes. Again the climb was impressive. Not as much as it was the last time.
Smooth flight... Craig and I had the row behind the first exit door, so the leg room was fine and no IFE boxes to speak of. The LCD screen was right in front of us, so nice and easy to see. I suspect however, that in international config, this aircraft will have PTV's. This one is still in domestic config.
Who wants to get up this early for a flight?
Well, sequence 232 shows how early I got to BNE Airport. Nevertheless, I was very pleased when the check-in staff spent 5 mins shifting about 3 people around on the flight (who had not yet checked in, but were blocking a left window seat). Having asked for a left window (knowing ATIS at SYD showed 16 arrivals - and hence harbour views on left are a must).... I got my left window, albeit over the leading edge of the wing.
The taxi was smooth! Couldn't feel a thing. Then once again the fast climb pushed me back into my seat. We were going to cruise at 38,000ft and the F/O stated that the flight would be bumpy. Only noticed a couple of bumps whilst checking out the back facilities.
I was surprised to find no additional "facilities" forward of the wing (except in business class). But while up and about, took the opprtunity to ask one of the flight attendants about flight deck shots when on the ground. She quickly turned to the CSM (Customer Service Manager), who was glad to help a photographer out (she stated that her husband was a photographer). Better still, when pulling out my equipment she gave thumbs up to the Canon badge
The Captain on this flight was the same as the Captain on the first flight up in this log. He recognised me - and I think he'll be seeing a lot more of me given my BNE flights.
The experience was great up until the point where nearly all of economy waited 1 hour for our luggage. We were all asked to fill out forms, and a prompt phone call later in the day which was followed by a courier who delivered the bag without issue.
I believe that the problem was probably related to some teething issues that Qantas may be having with their brand new Airbuses. VH-QPC was delivered 3 weeks ago.
QF747 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 164 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3029 times:
Excellent report - I hope to fly QF A333 oneday. I was recently booked on A333 of QF for return trip from CNS to MEL via SYD, but at the last minute QF A332 VH-EBD turned up. (I will post the report soon).
Being a QF Frequent Flyer, I always enjoy reading what others have to say about QF and its service.
Once agian throughly enjoyed the report and the photos.
QF747 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 164 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2960 times:
Hope you and Sam enjoy your flight to CNS and DRW. I do not live in CNS I am downunder in Melbourne. The first thing you feel in CNS (if you have not been there before) is the humidity different from MEL and SYD.