Currently, unless you are the holder of a valid air-side ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card) QF
regulations will not allow you to travel in the jump seat. You need prior permission from QF
Operations, as well as the obvious permission from the Captain. You also need to be employed by (or contracted to) QF
. I have non-revved in the jump seat of a QF
B738 recently, but that was only because the main cabin was full (and I mean full) and I had to fill out some paperwork beforehand, to get the necessary approvals.
I remember we were trying to get a revenue pax into the jumpseat of a B738 once, as he had a funeral to attend and the flight had been over sold, yada yada yada. Anyway, he didn't get on.
Domestically, you might have a better chance with the National Jet Systems-operated QantasLink flights BUT their regulations are the same (but some of the pilots break the rules a bit more
). B717-200s are fun, too!
Back when I was a kid, and before 9/11, I got to experience jumpseat rides (from take-off to landing included) in BAe-146 and B737 aircraft thanks to QF
(and Ansett, too). What a thrill! Once the captain of an Ansett BAe-146 even programmed some crazy heading into the autopilot and let me hit the HDG hold switch, sending the aircraft into a none-too-subtle bank to the left. I was a bit young at the time, but apparently I went running back down the aisle with a grin from ear to ear announcing to my mother how I had just flown the plane. Hilarious!