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Qantas A330-300 To Australia! (W/Pics)  
User currently offlineCXoneWorld From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 316 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 23502 times:



G'day, welcome back!!

First of all, I am totally totally thrilled by all the overwhelming reception to my last Qantas A330-300 report to Hong Kong. If you have not had a chance to read it, please kindly bear a minute to endure it and allow me to know what you think of the report. As always, your comments are MOST and MOST welcome!!

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Anyway, the following is the continuation of the Qantas' Hong Kong adventure, and needless to say I was onboard the A330-300 (QF68) again, returning to Perth. One predicament, however, in giving an account of the QF68 was that it was a red-eye flight (ETD: 23.35) and uneventful by nature. After much procrastination to finally sit down and put forth something for my beloved A.netters, I regret to say that much information I had of the flight was already LOST. Therefore, you will find the below report not as detailed, and largely pictorial-based... Hopefully it would not severely impair your enjoyment though. shy 


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Date: 03 October 2004
Flight number: QF 68
Itinerary: Hong Kong - Perth
Aircraft: Airbus A330-301
Registration number: VH-QPE (Port Lincoln)
Est. Departure time (local): 23:30
Est. Arrival time (local): 07:10
Capacity: 30J/ 267Y
Duration: 7hrs 40mins
QANTAS operates 3x weekly on Perth-Hong Kong-Perth

I arrived at the airport roughly two hours in advance, as I recalled. Cathay Pacific was the ground handling agent for Qantas, so I had my faith in the renowned CX service: professional, efficient and yet courteous. And the ladies certainly looked good in the Morrissey's suits. Anyway, my luggage was overweight again, but the manager-in-charge was kind enough to let it pass through, thanks!! And my compliments to the CX staff, seriously...


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Going through immigration and custom was no drama at the HKIA, and soon I found myself at the designated departure gate (I think it was 22). However, our aircraft in operation was obviously absent, owing to the late arrival of QF187 from Sydney. Crew members also arrived shortly, chatting among themselves and sipping drinks from Starbucks. Another half an hour later, some CX agents came over to inspect passengers' passports, just to get things going I suppose. It was all the bustle and hassle around as quite a number of long haul flights were bound for departure too. A particularly looooong line of people was developed with the CX/SA flight just next to us...


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Boarding for the flight was in the end delayed to 11.35pm, then everything else was rather easy and orderly. For sure we had more passengers on this Sunday night flight, as the EY cabin was close to full. Half of the crews were familiar faces from my last QF67; again a bilingual member (English + Mandarin), plus a Japanese lady this time, as she welcomed aboard a handful of Japs too. Konichiwa!!



Pardon me, 'cause I am a bit slack to be repetitive of what was onboard the new Qantas' A330-300, but do refer to the last QF67 report, thanks!! On top of what we'd already had, there were also a good selection of local newspapers (both English and Chinese titles) and an amenity kit for overnight flying this time.





The latest inflight rumour, however, seemed to centre around the IFE. Recently a mate of mine said to me that the AVOD upgrade was slightly put on hold, citing instability of the system. But I was not entirely convinced and thought that some A.netters must be in a better position to update us, so please!!



Carrying on the flight report, the flight pushed back at 12.12am as we started our path over the South China Sea, East Malaysia, Denpasar and finally the north of Western Australia. There were quite a few things I missed back in Perth, such as the sunshiny weather and the sheer King's Park green right at the CBD. Anyway, my mind was relaxed and I had the pleasure of some extra personal space, since the adjacent seat was blocked and unoccupied. Here we go, I just got another good reason to say thanks to the nice check in lady again.



By the way, I was chatting with a friend in the industry one day and he was surprised that passengers got served two hot meals aboard flights to Perth. (i.e. He was expecting a small hot meal and a mini BA-style Deli bag!! biting  ). Thanks goodness, we had indeed a hot supper and breakfast and both came in a selection of two, which were not bad at all. The below was a snapshot of the menu, if you are interested.



My supper choice was the Salmon, which tasted fresh and tender. Seriously I could have almost mistaken myself dining in a real seafood restaurant. But let me tell you one more thing I like about the meal, which was the REAL wine glass. Now I did not have to put up with those "multi-purpose cups" on CX no more. And it was a nice heart-warming touch to have chopstick in the cutlery pack, as far as flying on a Chinese route was concerned. I think it is often these little things an airline leaves an impressions on passengers. And beautiful pudding, by the way!! The chardonnay was okay from Jacob's Creeks, but not that I were a wine taster to begin with...



Lights were switched off and windows sheds pulled down afterwards, my fellow passengers could be enjoying the inflight entertainment (featured blockbuster was Troy), but it appeared that majority of them had chosen to sleep. Periodically, a crew went down the aisle with a tray of beverages in his hands. I asked for a can of coke, along with a few postcards when he returned the next time.



As expected, we had a bumpy ride over Bali. I managed to have a view of the long strip of lights along the coastline. My conclusion: Tourism must be booming on the paradise island again!

Then I had fallen asleep... zzz 



When I woke up, the flight was just less than two hours away from arrival. Breakfast was quickly served and I got to say Chinese Dim Sum was a perfect way to start the day. Somehow I seemed to think the Dim Sum tasted better than those at Chinatown in Perth. So it may give you a rough idea of how yummy it was, or yet the other way round, how pathetic Chinese restaurants were like in Perth (i.e. I am buying into the latter, I think). I really could not help finishing the plate, but it could well be the last decent Chinese food for months to come, you know!!





The rest of the flight was nothing special, so I could give the details a miss. Before concluding the report, I had some window view pictures to be included. From the pictures, our aircraft was gradually descending to Perth, flying over some outer suburbs and industrial sites. The pictures should also reveal the remarkably strong Aussie sun, as you may be able to tell from the strong shadow on the ground. And it was just barely 7am in the morning...









In the end we landed at Perth smoothly, and parked just beside a QANTAS 747-400, VH-OJD, named after the sunshine capital of Brisbane. How appropriate!!  sun 


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Generally speaking, the QF 68 experience was one of great pleasure. Everything did live up to my expectation, whish was great (I do concede that I am an easy person to please...). Having flown with CX instead on a more frequent basis, my mind could not help comparing the two. Indeed both are my favourites airlines at their own merits. If you ask me, I am still happy to fly with either (Indeed my last trip was with CX again). Of course, Qantas' move to (counter-) "enhance" its FFP programme last year would have slanted my decision slightly towards Cathay. On the other hand, the brand new Red Kangaroo A330-300 is a much nicer equipment compared with (some) Cathay's old regional fleet. Both airlines unfortunately have their bad runs of inconsistency sometimes, and especially in terms of human factors. Therefore, to objectively answer the query of which airline is better would have now clearly become a mission impossible to even anybody. Nevertheless, I could yet confidently say that the new Qantas A330-300 service will give Cathay a run of its money. So, let's just keep on watching, my friend.

And at last these are my ratings on:

Check in: 9/10
Inflight service: 8.5/10
Inflight entertainment: 8/10
Seat comfort: 8.5/10
Catering: 9/10

 wave 

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Please also catch my other recent report, Cheers!!



 arrow  From Hong Kong With Love: CX709/712 Report (w/pic) (by CXoneWorld Jan 25 2005 in Trip Reports)


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User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 23418 times:

Excellent Trip Report!! Great Pictures! A++ highfive 

User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 23402 times:

As with your A330 trip to Hong Kong and the CX trip an excellent report. Great information and fantastic pictures.

Keep em coming!!


User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5869 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 23270 times:

great report, love the photos too, and some of the photos taken by me also! glad you enjoyed them enough to include in your report!  Smile

Mr Smith.



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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 23233 times:

Wow! Great report and pictures, thanks for sharing! Perth looks like a beautiful city...hope to get there when I visit Aussie again, whenever that may be.

I wouldn't have thought HKG-PER was that far, i.e 7h 40m flying time. Somehow it looks closer on the map.


User currently offlineBa319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 22590 times:
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Nice report and photo's.

One question, the first interior shot shows a seat without a PTV,or so it appears, whats the deal with that?

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 22543 times:

Mark, I think thats because rear of the aircraft is narrower, so the number of seats in the middle changes from 4 to 3 so one of the seat backs doesnt have a TV in this row, meaning the TVs arent really alligned to the seats behind.

Alex


User currently offlineCXoneWorld From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 22323 times:

Quoting IslipWN (reply 1):
Excellent Trip Report!! Great Pictures! A++


Quoting AirWales (reply 2):
As with your A330 trip to Hong Kong and the CX trip an excellent report. Great information and fantastic pictures.


Thanks guys, I take great pride that somebody enjoys my stuff here. Oh, that feels good...  hyper 

Quoting Qantas077 (reply 3):
reat report, love the photos too, and some of the photos taken by me also! glad you enjoyed them enough to include in your report!


Thanks. Your great photos deserve all my most sincere compliement. Please keeping them coming!  thumbsup 

Quoting StevenUhl777 (reply 4):
Perth looks like a beautiful city...hope to get there when I visit Aussie again, whenever that may be.


Yes, indeed. The city is just magnificent. King's Park is, as I recall, the largest central park in the world, such a big honour you bet every other city is desperate to challenge... wink . Anyway beaches are extraordinary too!

Quoting Ba319-131 (reply 5):
One question, the first interior shot shows a seat without a PTV,or so it appears, whats the deal with that?


Yeah, Bhxforever's just got the question well-answered, cheers!



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User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 22272 times:

The A330 looks great in QF colours... Well done, nice report!


Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineQantasflyer From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 396 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 21575 times:

Excellent Report!

Great pitures, absolutely love your work! Keep them coming.

Regards



Qantasflyer That's the spirit. The Spirit of Australia!
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1946 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 21366 times:

Thanks for the usual excellent report!

I am surprised too that QF served two full hot meals on HKG to Australia flights. I remember it used to be a dinner and then a continental breakfast flight. But I guess CX must be serving two hot meals now and QF feels the need to match the service.

The pictures are wonderful and thanks again!

Carfield


User currently offline'Longreach' From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 505 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 21167 times:

I think Central Park in New York is the biggest CBD park and Kings Park comes in at number two!

Thats from memory so I'm not 100% on that!


User currently offlineYULtoPEI From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 20784 times:

nice trip report, Continue to give us some deliciouse report


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User currently offlineCXoneWorld From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 19610 times:

Quoting Carfield (Reply 10):
Thanks for the usual excellent report!

I am surprised too that QF served two full hot meals on HKG to Australia flights. I remember it used to be a dinner and then a continental breakfast flight. But I guess CX must be serving two hot meals now and QF feels the need to match the service.

Thanks for your comments. But guess what? CX's still serving its infamous continental breakfast in Y class to Perth. Somehow QF has gone a step ahead to bring us choices in the morning meal. Thanks, Qantas.  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 18866 times:

Great report! Especially the pics.  Smile

I might be flying to SYD on Quantas sometime within the next couple of years or so- and it was nice to read your report.  Smile


User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 18692 times:

Ditto everyone else.

Excellent report and pictures as always. You always include the most detail and the best cabin shots.

Thanks once again.


User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 23 hours ago) and read 18537 times:

Awesome report!!! Keep up the good work  bigthumbsup 

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