Vhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1419 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4091 times:
Airline: Qantas Airways
Date: 31 June 2004
Origin: Brisbane International Airport (International Terminal), Australia
Destination: Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (T1), Australia
Aircraft: VH-OJD Boeing 747-438 named "Brisbane"
Scheduled departure time: 0945
Actual departure time: 1050
Scheduled arrival time: 1115
Actual arrival time: 1157
The day started whe I awoke early on saturday morning I was very excited as it was my first commercial flight in 9 years. The flight was a 16th birthday present from my parents. I quickly scoffed down breakfast and I was on my way as we drove down Airport drive I saw 2 Qantas 747 tails at the International Terminal. Is was thilled knowing that one of them was about to take me on my first Boeing 747 experience.
As we entered the terminal I proceded to the check in desk I waited for about 5 minutes before checking in. Because I was only 15 on the date of travel I didn't possess any government issued idenfication (ie Drivers Licence) nor did I have a current passport check In was a problem she told me I can't fly on a International flight with my school id card (only identification I had then) and that she will talk to her supervisor to ask if I can fly International. She back back with good news I could fly as a UM. I was a bit resentfull being "Babyied" at first but it ensured me a 747 flight so I really didn't care that much. I was escourted by a QF customer service officer who looks after UM's through security and passport control With QF it is possible to fly a domestic sector on an international flight my flight QF26 was flying LAX-AKL-BNE-SYD I was flying the BNE-SYD sector of this flight.
As I entered the departures lounge I was told by the customer service officer that I could spend 30 minutes looking around before i had to board the Aircraft. So i walked around looking the other aircraft. I saw
Qantas 747-338 VH-EBX
Jal/Jalways 747-346 JA8187 in the pink based Reso'cha scheme
Qantas 767-338ER VH-OGA
Qantas 747-438 VH-OJD my plane
Korean Air A330-300
Singapore Airlines 777-212ER
Freedom Air 737-300
Fokker 100 Alliance/Norfolk Jet Express in dual colours. During this time the JL 743 which was flying a KIX-BNE-SYD flight went tech and all 300 or so passengers were transfered to my flight which was supposed to be a very light load turned into an almost 100% load factor couldn't see any spare seats around me. The result being the aircraft had the be recatered and loading up with the new bags incuring an hour delay (which i spent most off waiting on the aircraft)
I got priority boarding even over J class pax and elite Frequent Flyers. I was the first to board next passengers weren't untill 10 minutes later. we sat almost the whole hour delay it was a relief when we were eventually pushed back during taxi I saw Air New Zealand 747 ZK-SUJ land which was still in the stunning Lord of the Rings scheme then I got the shock of my life when we passed a stored Former US Airways Fokker 100 (N887US) still in full colours of US turned out Aliance bought the aircraft which was previously stored in one of the US desert boneyards and only flew to BNE 1 week earlier.
We took of from Runway 19 giving me a great view of Brisbane's southern and western suburbs we took a inland routing untill we were abeam to Newcastle then turned South East on desent into Sydney. the flight was fairly uneventfull a refreshment was served and I was watching our flight progress on the PTV
As we landed on Runway 7 at Sydney we had a interesting taxi to the International terminal I saw 2 brand new Jetstar A320's, 2 British Airways 747's and a selection of Asian 747's.
Airline: Qantas Airways
Date: 31 June 2004
Origin: Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (T3), Australia
Destination: Brisbane International Airport (Domestic Terminal), Australia
Aircraft: VH-QPA Airbus A330-301 named "Kunnunurra"
Scheduled departure time: 1735
Actual departure time: 1735
Scheduled arrival time: 2100
Actual arrival time: 2104
The day was almost over after a day in Sydney I was on my my to Terminal 3 which is used exclusively for Qantas mainline domestic flights. I walked into the bright and clean looking terminal.
At the terminal there were
Qantas A330-201 VH-EBC
Qantas A330-301 VH-QPA (My plane)
and a number of Qantas 737's
I boarded through door L2 to my dissapointment I was seated in my seat which didn't have a window but I was latter able to look out of the window behind me. There was an old man sitting behind me who thought the aircraft was a 747. I explained to him that it was a A330 And you can easily tell a 747 by Interior because they have 10 abreast seating. He ignored me and asked the flight attendant the same question to which he got the same answer then he started arguing with the flight attendant over what it was which I found quite amusing. Soon after take off from runway 16L drinks and snack boxes were latter handed out there was a bit of confusion were they said (alcoholic) drinks were available for purchase I thought they meant all drinks. As the flight attendent came up to me i dug into my wallet for money the f/a asked for id I then asked her If All drinks were for purchase or was it just alcohol. And she replied Soft drinks are free and I said Ok and asked for a can of Coke. During this sector I found the flight attendants very unattentive which is very unlike QF all me other QF flights (before and after this flight) had excellent flight attendants. On this flight they quickly served the drinks and refreshments before spending almost the whole flight in the galley chatting amongst themselves.
The adventure drew to a close as I landed at Brisbane I saw another A330-301 arrive from Perth before leaving with my family.
Sorry about the lack of information and photos I took this flight 2.5 years ago and used an old Trip Report which I had posted elsewhere of the internet the photos are also long gone.
Even though I fly 747's alot I still get excited before I get on one!
Quoting Vhqpa (Thread starter): There was an old man sitting behind me who thought the aircraft was a 747. I explained to him that it was a A330 And you can easily tell a 747 by Interior because they have 10 abreast seating. He ignored me and asked the flight attendant the same question to which he got the same answer then he started arguing with the flight attendant over what it was which I found quite amusing
I hate it when people are so ignorant.
to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!