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QF26, BNE-SYD: Big Plane, Short Flight.  
User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9486 times:

As a couple people requested, here is the follow-up to my trip report on the hail storm diversion (if you missed it, see: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/49091/)


Brisbane (BNE)-Sydney (SYD)

Date: 6 September, 2004
Flight# QF26
Aircraft: 747-438 VH-OJI

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Photo © Matthew Johnston
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Photo © Peter Unmuth - VAP


After waking up early to get to the airport on time, we checked in at the Brisbane international terminal. I hadn't been in the BNE international terminal before and I found it much nicer than the domestic terminal. Since QF26 is an international flight, (LAX-AKL-BNE-SYD) we got special 'domestic' stickers put on our boarding passes when we checked in. This was so that customs would know that we were only travelling on the domestic leg of the flight.

We made our way to the gate where OJI was waiting for us. The windows at the gate lounge were nice and big so we had a good view of the aircraft as well as the active runway behind it.

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Photo © Troy Cameron

I found this photo of OJI, probably at the same gate, about to embark on the same flight (but taken a few weeks before I made the trip). Should give you a good idea of my view from the gate lounge.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Unfortunately, there wasn't too much interesting traffic to watch, the best being a JAL 744 taking off.

When called, we boarded the aircraft and found our seats. I find the Qantas 744 economy interiors very nice:

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We waited for quite a while before pushing back. Eventually we got rolling though. I snapped this photo during pushback. In it you can see an Air Niugini 767, Eva Air A332, and two other QF 744s. We taxiied a short way to the threshold of runway 1 and waited for a QF 737 to depart ahead of us.

Then we turned onto the runway as the four RR engines spooled up. Since we obviously didn't have full fuel, acceleration was quick and the takeoff roll was relatively short. We soared off the runway at 1025, and I got this shot a few seconds after takeoff:

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We made a big right turn and headed south towards Sydney. As we climbed to our cruising altitude, breakfast was served. The meal included muesli, (with milk to go on it) a small pastry, and a banana. The aircraft was equipped with PTVs and Qantas' 'Q' IFE, but the usual choice of video/audio channels, games, etc. wasn't available on this short flight. Instead, an information video about Sydney was shown.

We began our descent into Sydney, and this time continued past FL280.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy As we were tracking south along the coast, the city would have been visible out the right side of the plane but I was seated on the left. Instead, I had a view of the sea and some fluffy clouds. At one point another aircraft passed way below us, heading out over the Pacific.

When we were south of the city and harbour, we made a series of right turns to line up for finals. We touched down very softly on runway 34L at 1135 and taxiied in to the international terminal.


Overall, it was a pretty routine flight, especially compared to the night before. The thing that made it a bit of a treat was the aircraft. Much better than the usual 767 or 737!

But most importantly, we actually made it to SYD this time.  Wink/being sarcastic

Hope you liked the report!


Long live the A330!
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User currently onlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9297 times:

Wow, nice to have a 744 on such a route. I remember having a QF 743 from PER to ADL, I don't know if it is common but it is another case of a big plane on a short flight.
Good report

User currently offlineQF747 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 9060 times:

Nice to see you enjoyed aircraft. The only time I've been on a QF744 on the MEL-SYD flight. At the time it seemed as we were climbing all the way and no sooner had we leveled off we had to begin our descent into SYD.  Smile

Always fly QF!
User currently offlineAirborne From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8860 times:

Great report!

I've always wondered if the IFE is turned on for these short domestic sectors on 744, but now I know.

It's always more exciting to check-in, depart from and arrive at an International airport.

User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8702 times:

"It's always more exciting to check-in, depart from and arrive at an International airport."

The Qantas Club's at the INT terminals have self-service bars available throughout the lounge opening hours, whereas the DOM lounges do not open their bars until 1300. Yet ANOTHER reason to use INT flights.

(Information meant purely for those of us who finish work at OMG o'clock, when the rest of you are just starting to stir, and we find ourselves wanting a beer when you all want a coffee!) Big grin


User currently offlineMYT332 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 9120 posts, RR: 67
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8666 times:

Nice to read about the final flight of your trip. I love going on widebodies for short hops, those takeoffs are certainly fun!

Nice photos you took as well.

One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineTed747 From Australia, joined Jul 2003, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8483 times:

I agree with Dave - nothing like a glass of champers to kick off the morning.


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