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SYD - LHR On QF BA & AF 773ER (Lots Pics!)  
User currently offlineQFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 380 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 21647 times:

Two weeks ago, it was decided that I need to make [another] business trip to Europe. This is my third long haul this year, lucky I like flying!
It was going to be a quick trip, with a day spent in Southampton at the boat show, and 5 days in France. I chose to go via Brisbane mainly to have a flight on an A333, but also to catch QF 9 which originated from MEL and is the first QF flight to land at LHR.

SYDBNE
QF 25
747-438 Reg: VH-OJB
Seat 1A
Depart time, scheduled 08:30 Actual 08:55
Runway 34L
Arrival time, scheduled 10:00 Actual 10:18
Runway 01
After a very early wake up, the taxi arrived right on schedule [06:00, internet taxi bookings seem to work very well!] to deliver me to the international airport. Although I was going to Brisbane, I wanted to take an international flight for a couple of reasons. Firstly I had an upgrade credit to be used, and could see this would be a 2 class skybed 747, so this was a good opportunity to travel on one, and secondly because I flying onwards to Singapore and London, I couldn’t be bothered transferring form the domestic terminal to the international terminal.
There was an almost ½ delay due to connecting passengers being held up on late flights, but being in a business class seat makes it all the more bearable!
Flight itself was uneventful, breakfast was a continental breakfast, but I was more interested in the view, as it was a very clear day. Good thing I was not interested in the movies and a short flight, as the screen kept turning itself off. I feel sorry for the next people on this plane as it continues on to AKL and LAX.

VH OJB

View from the Qantas lounge

Skybeds at the pointy end

A different view of the tug


View of Brisbane city

BNE

Business Class on 2 class 747

Our A 333 being pushed back literally



Hope my bag is not in there



BNESIN
QF 51
A330-313 Reg: VH-QPE
Seat 23K
Depart time, scheduled 13:55, actual 13:58
Runway 01
Arrival time, scheduled 19:50, actual 19:46
Runway 02L
After 3 hours of waiting and eating in the Qantas Club lounge, I thought I would go to the gate and get some photos of QPE before the boarding rush. While I was watching the baggage handlers had a slight problem with one of the containers slipping off the trailer prior to loading. It was very comical watching them trying to right the container, and get it back onto the trailer.
This is the first Qantas flight I have been on with the ‘new’ AVOD. After hearing many horror stories, I was not expecting too much, however it pleasantly surprised me with no problems at all. The choice of movies wasn’t great, all I ended up watching we ‘Herbie Reloaded’. I started ‘Monster in Law’ but got bored, so decided to read a book instead.




QF AVOD

Somewhere over the desert


SINLHR
QF 9
747-438 VH-OJS
Seat 51A
Depart time, scheduled 22:55, actual 23:30
Runway 02L???
Arrival time, scheduled 05:30, actual 05:23
Runway 27L
The reason I am not sure what runway we took off is because as soon as boarded I took a sleeping tablet and the last thing I remember was being pushed back, and checking what time it was. The next thing I knew, we had 3 hours left on the flight. I was fairly happy with that considering I had to go to Southampton and back to London that day well.
OJS is the first 747-438 that Qantas have fitted the AVOD to, and it seemed to work well, but not as well as it did on the A333, but as I only had time to watch one movie, it wasn’t a big deal.




LHRCDG
BA 324
A 319 G-EUPA
Seat 21A
Depart time, scheduled 19:00, actual 20:20
Runway 27R
Arrival time, scheduled, 21:30, actual 22:13
Runway 26L
After the debacle of getting to and from Southampton yesterday [track work on all lines – 5 hours from Hatch End to Southampton!], I had hoped I would not see any more delays, but no I was wrong. Initially when I booked the trip, I had planned to go to Southampton again for the day, but canned that idea thinking rest would be a better idea. After making this decision I changed my flight from LHR from the 20:10 flight to the 19:00 flight. When it came to boarding the flight, it was already 15 minutes past the scheduled push back time, then worse, BA double booked a seat, and it took them another 45 minutes to resolve. We ended up leaving the gate 1 hour late, then spent the next 20 minutes waiting in line to take off.
The flight itself was uneventful, and short, and I was lucky with my bag being 2nd onto the claim area, so I was able to get to the hotel in quick time.






CDGNTE
AF 7720
A 319 F GRXC
Seat 24A
Depart time scheduled, 09:10, actual 09:04
Runway 26R
Arrival time, scheduled 10:15, actual 10:00
Runway 21
I was afraid that my luck would continue, but arrival to the check in seemed promising, and I got the asked for window seat. I was surprised that for a Monday morning the flight was very light, in fact only those who were travelling with company sat next to anyone, in fact the closest person to me was the person on the opposite window seat. Pushback was early and we had pretty much a direct taxi to the runway. A few minutes after takeoff we had a great view of where I had been only a few months previously, Le Bourget.








LBG


NTE - CDG
AF7731
A 319
Seat 10A
Depart time scheduled, 19:05, actual 19:05
Runway 21
Arrival time scheduled, 20:10, actual 19:55
Runway 26L
I arrived at Nantes Atlantique well before 5pm as I had expected a longer drive, and to get lost on the way, but it was well sign posted so I didn’t have the problems encountered during the previous 4 days. Surprisingly Air France were able to check my bags all the way to Sydney, but me only to CDG, and I would have to check in again there. No problem as I had plenty of time to kill at CDG.









CDGSIN
QF 3978
B 777-328ER
Depart time scheduled, 23:15, actual 23:45
Runway 26R
Arrival time scheduled 17:40, actual 18:20
Runway 02L
This is not my usual timing for a long haul back home, I much prefer QF 32 from London, as it arrives into Sydney in the evening. I find it better as I sleep as much as possible in the 1st sector to SIN, and stay awake to SYD, arriving good and tired, and the perfect time to go straight to sleep, and miss all jet lag.
The main reason for choosing this flight was so that I could get a ride on a 773ER, but also I knew this would be a hard trip and I wanted to get home as soon as I could. Work commitments would not let me get to London to meet QF 32 without a long layover either.
Check in [again] was no problem without luggage, but it seemed the person forgot to note something as I was held up on boarding because they needed to see my luggage tag.
It was a very full plane, and most people seemed to be concerned that it would leave without them. They need not have worried, push back was over ½ late. As it was my first flight on a 773ER, I was interested what take off would be like, well it was very long and deliberate, very much like a heavy 747.
Quite tired from a very long week, with lots of work and little sleep, I thought I would try and get some sleep, but then decided to try the Air France food. It was cold chicken and fish. The menu suggested it was either or, but for some reason I has handed both. Chicken was cold [meant to be], and not too bad, I only ate a bit of the fish, being so tired kills the appetite!
Unfortunately the person next to me had no idea of personal space and kept leaning into me trying to look at something forward, and spreading his elbows. In all I probably got 6 hours of sleep, just tolerable and enough to keep me going.


View from the location seen below



773ER Wing

773ER Cabin

Docks of Singapore

Descent into Singapore

My next plane [VH-OJA]


SINSYD
QF 6
747-438 VH-OJA
Seat 26K
Depart time, scheduled 20:00, actual??
Runway??
Arrival time, scheduled 05:20, actual 05:15
Runway 34L
On arrival in Singapore, I received an SMS from my girlfriend asking what flight I was on, concerned I was on a LHR originating flight, as they had all been delayed over 3 hours, luckily QF 6 originates in Frankfurt and it was on time. Being late into Singapore, meant that I only had just over one hour to get to the Qantas lounge for a shower.
Boarding was unusual for Singapore in that we queued outside the gate and walked through the waiting room straight onto the plans, not good or bad, just different. 26K means a very good seat in the front of economy, good leg room and easy to sleep.
As with leaving Singapore on the outward trip, I took a sleeping tablet, and promptly went to sleep thus missing everything until 1 ¾ hours to go to Sydney.
Landing was direct into Sydney, probably helped by the lack of the usual LHR originating traffic. My bags came off reasonably quickly, and thankfully, and I was out before 6 am and home for a sleep ½ hour later.






Thanks for reading

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User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 21442 times:

Some great pictures there. Thanks, great report.

User currently offlineAirnz777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 20889 times:

gosh, love that last pic!

User currently offlineYULtoPEI From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 20376 times:

Nice report and wow nice pics....


PEI in Colombia!!!. [Canon T2i]
User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 20053 times:

A FANTASTIC trip report , I would love to travell a short haul 747 flight ( anyone know which short haul routes QF uses with 747's ? )
Once again a great trip report , great pictures , great discription etc

Wrighbrothers  wave   wave 



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User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 19997 times:

Great report!  airplane 

User currently offlineQFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19954 times:

Thanks for the comments. I bought a new camera [Canon 350] for this trip and I have been very happy with the results

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
A FANTASTIC trip report , I would love to travell a short haul 747 flight ( anyone know which short haul routes QF uses with 747's ? )

MEL - SYD, and SYD - BNE are generally the short haul routes used by QF 747s usually a domestic sector of an international trip. For instance the QF 25 then goes onward from BNE to AKL and then LAX.

Cheers


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 19470 times:

Quoting QFFlyer (Reply 6):
MEL - SYD, and SYD - BNE are generally the short haul routes used by QF 747s usually a domestic sector of an international trip. For instance the QF 25 then goes onward from BNE to AKL and then LAX.

Thanks for that QFFlyer, I might persuade my parents to take us to Australia and then have a domestic 747 flight extravaganza and do every 744 domestic route in the world  hyper  ( but perhaps the latter part once I've left home and can do what I like  Wink )

Wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 19425 times:

wow what cool picutres there....!!! specially the second.

regards
Avianca



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 19368 times:

Nice report and pictures.  thumbsup 

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 18297 times:
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Nice report, liked the photo's too.

A fair bit of flying done there.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 17842 times:

That was a quick trip to the other side of the world.

Can I ask; What is your sleeping drug of choice?



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineQFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17669 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 11):
Can I ask; What is your sleeping drug of choice?

Stillnox. Works very well, but best on an empty stomach!

Cheers


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 17573 times:

Very nice pics there. Thanks for sharing.  Smile

User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2399 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 16824 times:
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Thanks again !!!

Many souvenirs coming back right now !!  Wink

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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 16646 times:

Great Report! Big grin

Cool pics too Big grin


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineTt80 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 16426 times:

Great Trip Report. Photo's were fantastic.


Regards, DS
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4106 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16332 times:

Great photos, trip report was good too Smile

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
A FANTASTIC trip report , I would love to travell a short haul 747 flight ( anyone know which short haul routes QF uses with 747's ? )

Just go MAD-TFS, much cheaper option for 744 shorthaul Wink

Happy Flying,

Sam Smile



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15725 times:

Great report!!!  Big grin

User currently offlineBG777300ER From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2005, 269 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 15434 times:

You got to fly on some nice aircraft, especially the B744 and B773ER, my two favorite aircraft and ones that I haven't been on....my time will come.  Smile


Koi mi sra v gashtite?
User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 15363 times:

A trip of my dreams! Thanks for sharing that with us! Love all the pics!  thumbsup 
Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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