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My Aussie Adventure! British Airways And Qantas.

Mon Apr 30, 2001 6:18 am

Aaaaaaahhhhh I bet you are thinking, and yes you are right. If you have 20mins/Half hour please have a read:

August 1st 2000,

Arrived at London Heathrow at about 9:00am (3 hour journey from Bristol in Rush hour). Parked in the car park and had a while to take a look at the BA Maintenance Hangar where 4 sorry looking Concordes sat. Then went off to LHR's T4 via airport bus. Checked in with everything ok with BA, staff curtious and helpful.
I had a look round the Duty free shops and bought 2 pairs of Sunglasses for about £80, what a bargain! With about 10 minutes to go before boarding i went and got a coffee, and then Queued up for Boarding (on the farthest gate). We boarded G-CIVS (B747-436 DEL. Date 03/13/98) on-time and taxiied out to 9L? We were held for about 15 minutes while one of the last Concorde flights set off ahead, we were right behind it and got a look out of the window right down the window. I'd love to see the site of those Rolls Royce Snecma Olympus lighting up again.
Lifted off at 12:00pm local time with ETA at SIN (Singapore Changi Airport)expected to be around 6:00am Singapore time. In flight entertainment was good, a couple of new films, but i couldn't get to sleep because of the uncomfortable seats (and World Traveller Leg-room leads nothing to the imagination). At about 9:00pm GMT i had a trip up to the cockpit with some British kids who were moving to Singapore, and let me tell you visiting a flight deck had never been so boring. We had to answer questions like "What is our height?", i felt pretty embarrased (especially walking around in the socks supplied).
After alot of Movie watching and a little sleep we arrived at our destination, f/a's weren't as friendly as the staff at LHR but they were not rude (i had a feeling they didn't put their hearts into their job). Flight time 12hrs 30mins.

The second flight of my adventure was on 4th of August, A Qantas flight to PER (perth, WA). 9:00am flight departure. I arrived at the airport 2 hours early so i decided to get a paper and watch all the aircraft leave the gates (I remember a China Airlines and Thai B777 and a BA B747-436). We boarded on time onto VH-OGI (B767-338ER DEL. Date 08/29/91), Qantas f/a's were very helpful and handed out Newspapers and a Movie Schedule (it wasn't in the inflight magazine). Flight was on time (4hrs 55mins).The pilots were friendly too and allowed me to sit in the jumpseat on Landing in Perth, we flew right over the Centre of Perth and it was a great experience. Thanks very much QANTAS!

Flight 3 was my first Domestic flight, On the 7th August. From PER (Perth) to ASP (Alice Springs). Departure time 12:00am. Perth Domestic terminal is a great place for spotting, in a satellite shape and NON-reflective windows which gave panoramic views of the airport. The aircraft was a Qantas Airlink Bae 146-300, unknown registration. This flight too was very good, very polite, friendly crew with a good sense of humour (natural to Aussies!). We even had the pleasure of flying over Ayers Rock, which was a good photo oppertunity (if i was sitting on the other side  Big grin). We Landed at Alice Springs at about 3 hours, and had a good welcoming into a very odd airport i can tell you! We just walked straight from the tarmac, straight through some sliding doors and out some more to the road! (flight time 2hrs 55mins)

We then took a coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock before my flight on the 9th August to SYD (Sydney). the AYR terminal was very small and very busy, we had to resort to sitting on the floor in the departure lounge Big grin. When we finally got to our aircraft (felt like hours, in fact only 30 minutes delayed) at 2:00pm, I got a decent shot of a Qantas Airlink 146.
The aircraft we were to board was a Qantas B737-438, and i immediately felt nervous when i saw footprints over the wing from the emergency exit to the engine. But all was ok and the f/a's made me feel safe and well looked after. I sat back with my newspaper and watched the Desert Roll by, before being replaced by Clouds and the Blue Mountains outside Sydney.
We were flying the pattern over Sydney for about 30 mins, and i got a great look at it from above, all the sites and regularly ansett and Qantas 747's leaving Kingsford Smith. We eventually made a smooth Touch down at about 5:30pm (flight time 3hrs 20 mins).

After a 4 day period in Sydney, on the 13th August it was time to fly to sunny Queensland, and although it had been cloudless blue skys all the time in Sydney, it was raining. I checked in my bags and reflected on my time so far, i was half way through a great holiday in a beautiful country.
Boarding onto VH-EAO (B767-238ER DEL. Date 03/19/86) was on time. The flight crew greeted with yet another warm welcome for my flight to CNS (Cairns). Departure was on time, 1:30pm and as soon as we had cleared the clouds they began to thin, all was looking good! I had a seat behind a bulkhead so i had lots of room to stretch my legs and relax, and enjoy my flight! 3 hours later we descended into Cairns, which was a little Bumpy at times and we had tailwinds the whole Journey so i got a good look at the airport as we descended over the mountains. Touch down on Terra Firma was a little bumpy, but safe and a good end to yet another lovely flight (flight time 3 hours).

After 5 days in the Tropical paradise that is Cairns, on the 18th August it was time for my connector flight back to SYD (Sydney) before flying out ot Bangkok. The flight wasn't my first of the day, i had already had a Balloon flight (waking at 4:00am before leaving for the Atherton Tablelands) and lunch at a traditional ranch.
Once again it was VH-EAO which ensured a comfortable and enjoyable passage back to Sydney, where i arrived at 3:00pm (flight time 3 hours), before jumping on an Airport bus from Sydney Domestic to International Terminal. This was interesting as we used various Taxiways and Access roads inside the airport and i got a good close look at some aircraft. As we arrived at the International Terminal, we passed a Qantas B744 with the engine nacelle completely removed. I was later to find out it was the aircraft i would be flying on.
We were delayed 2 hours due to the engine problems, but that gave me a chance to drink some more coffee and watch aircraft leave and arrive. Finally we left Sydney at 6:30pm thanks to a very swift takeoff roll (taking up only 2/3rds of the main runway!).
The 9 hour flight upto BKK (Bangkok) was a bumpy one, and even at FL350 we still regularly entered cloud. The repaired engine seem to be operating at a higher pitch than the other 3, is this normal? We arrived at Bangkok a little later than planned, and the place was deserted! I had alot of trouble getting into the country, the landing cards were very hard to understand and customs claimed that my VISA was fake! I finally got it sorted and enjoyed my stay.

2 days later it was time for my 8th and final flight, on the 20th August from Bangkok back to London Heathrow. I can't remember the Aircraft Reg, but it was the Chelsea rose c/s. We had a dodgy meal and i got what i suspected was food poisoning, and spent most of my time in the loo  Smile. We finally touched down at 6:00am GMT after an exhausting holiday, but i have to say i enjoyed it Big grin.

Thanks for reading, if you read it. I enjoyed writing it.

Now i am off to scan my passport to show you all the stamps i got from my journey  Smile

Regards, EGGD
 
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RE: My Aussie Adventure! British Airways And Qantas.

Mon Apr 30, 2001 6:56 am

Pictures as i promised (yeah you all want to see them Big grin)



So i am British  Smile



God damn Australians, There was space at the front!



Singapore!



There are two stamps from Tunisia there, the ones in Arabic. They were un-avoidable!

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Mon Apr 30, 2001 7:09 am

Sorry if this is no good, it is my first attempt at a Trip report so i didn't really know what to put. It's not particularly long for 8 flights, but you know what they say, 'Quality not Quantity'.

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Mon Apr 30, 2001 8:34 am

Hey EGDD,

Cool 1st trip report!!! I would just have liked to know a bit more about the food, but a great report nevertheless. I am surprised that British Citizens need visas for Thailand. During my trips to Thailand (heaps of times), we (Me and my mum using Swiss passports and my dad an Irish passport) have never needed a visa!

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Mon Apr 30, 2001 12:31 pm

EGDD:

I enjoyed reading your trip report.

I would like to hear more about the Singapore Changi Airport.
 
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Mon Apr 30, 2001 10:17 pm

Great report EGGD,
Sorry I missed you in Perth I was at Airventure 2000 at Oshkosh at the time.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
One little thing though - I know those Sydneysiders don't think Perth and Western Australia are part of the great land downunder, but believe me we are!
So I'm not sure you mean by PER-ALS being your "first" domestic flight in Australia - I've never a passport to travel between PER and the east coast!
I know it's a bloody big country and we consider ourselves different - read better  Smile - than those living in the home of the giant coathanger, but I'm curious how you came to think SYD-PER is an international flight?
Cheers
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Mon Apr 30, 2001 10:31 pm

Erm, I read it that he flew SIN-PER, international by any standard, then on to Alice.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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Mon Apr 30, 2001 11:19 pm

British passport holders don't need a visa to get into Thailand for stays less than 30 days. EGGD's stamps are the standard ones you get when entering Thailand.
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Tue May 01, 2001 12:21 am

When i said VISA, i meant landing pass, i think i mentioned that too(?). Well thats what i meant.

PerthGloryFan - You obviously were falling asleep when you read my report Big grin

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Tue May 01, 2001 1:55 am

btw, is Alice Springs ALS? Sorry i put it down as ASP.

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Tue May 01, 2001 3:02 pm

Great report. Just one small correction - it was a 737-476 as it was originally delivered to Australian Airlines prior to the QF TN merger.
 
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Tue May 01, 2001 9:24 pm

Oops mega apologies!!!
Duh - I completely missed that paragraph and you did warn us that it was a long report too.
Of course ASP is correct (I reverted to a telecommunciations abbreviation I used long ago in a previous life) - good grief am I red? Embarrassment
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Wed May 02, 2001 1:03 am

hehe, no apologies needed  Big grin. V Jet, is that so? Well you learn something every day. Thanks for the good comments!!!

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Wed May 02, 2001 1:12 am

I had alot of trouble getting into the country, the landing cards were very hard to understand and customs claimed that my VISA was fake!

It probably said TWFirst on your VISA, that's why!  Big grin

Oops, wrong forum and topic! Big grin

take care...
 
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Wed May 02, 2001 6:12 am

Great trip report EGGD ! I think it must be great to do those flights in such a short period.

Kind regards,

Bob
 
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Wed May 02, 2001 11:18 am

EGGD...great report...could you tell me more about the Atherton Tablelands as I am heading there in June and I have no idea what to expect...

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Wed May 02, 2001 9:12 pm

Thanks for the trip report, thanks for the scanning of images I am going to have to learn how to do that in the future,
USAFHummer, Cairns is on a thin coastal strip about 15-20miles wide, Rain forest on near the edge, Karunda, and drier as you go further inland.
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Thu May 03, 2001 12:40 am

Atherton Table lands is great, you want me to post some pics of them too?

I'll see what i can find...

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Thu May 03, 2001 6:06 am

EGGD,

That would be great  Smile

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Thu May 03, 2001 6:13 am

I'll just get them hosted at Photopoint.com and then i'll post em.
 
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Thu May 03, 2001 7:21 am

OK, the pictures are just uploading, meanwhile i will answer some requests:

About the food, The first flight, with BA we had a chicken meal, which was a bit plasticky but nice and hot. In the middle of the night i got up and went to the galley, where the f/a's allowed us to get our own food. I got a Singaporean pot noodle which was nice and spicy yum yum.
About an hour before touchdown at Changi we got a choice of Breakfast, either a Full English Breakfast or Coissants. Although i wasn't hungry so i didn't have either.

The second flight, to Perth i slept the whole way so i missed the trolley.

On the Perth to Alice Springs flight we only had a packet of peanuts.

The flight from Ayers Rock to Sydney i had a Roast with Beef. The beef was REALLY chewy and i have trouble swallowing anything (even tablets) so i couldn't eat this meal, nor much for next to days (don't ask me why).

The next meal i had was on the final flight, BKK-LHR. It was a chicken curry which i didn't feel like eating, after i got food poisoning and spent most of my time in the loo's  Big grin

Changi Airport - Well, i don't quite know what you want to know about here but from what i can remember there are alot of fountains! I think people here from Singapore can tell you more about what they signify (i think they are like sacred, because it rains so much). The passport control area was amazing, this huge statues thing that i can't remember what it looked like, i may have a picture somewhere but when you take 1200 photo's on a holiday, you can't remember where you put all of them (some were on digital cameras).

There were alot of Aircraft parked on the apron behind the car park, i don't know if there is a way of getting there or not (fence in the way.)

The departure lounge was the most i can remember, There is a Spotting gallery by one of the Bays, where alot of airlines use (Thai, China Airlines, Qantas, BA etc.) I got loads of pictures but all had reflections  Sad.

OK here are pictures:



damnit, this was at 6am, and i had had a 2 hour bus ride from Cairns, up the Mountains (on the road with 136 bends  Big grin) and every bend i hit my head on the bloody window of the bus.

Finally this one was a little later, and i'd woken a bit more Big grin

This was like coming into land and it was still very misty as you can see.


This isn't Atherton Tablelands, this is Kuranda Rainforest. Taken from Skycable car, over a gorge. The Skyrail thing is a must if you are going, especially when it stops over the rainforest 100m up and you are dangling from the cable  Smile

EGGD Big grin

P.S sorry about the Kuranda forest picture....... couldn't resist, just in case you wanted to go there.

If you want any pictures of Cairns or anywhere else just give me a yell and i'll get some in ere.

 
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Thu May 03, 2001 8:49 am

You dont happen to have pics of Mt. Bartle Frere do you? Thanks for the others...they were great!

My itinerary is a fixed one as I am going with a group and Atherton Tablelands is one of the places we are going so I thought I'd get a sneak preview  Smile

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Fri May 04, 2001 12:29 am

If you are going from Cairns..... Make sure you have good brakes and steering on your bus, very bendy road!

Mt. bartle Frere, What does that look like? I have a picture of a sort of Triangle mountain tat looks like a pyramid.

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Fri May 04, 2001 7:00 am

Its tall and to the south of CNS...its the highest mtn. in Queensland (5,287 ft.)

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Fri May 04, 2001 7:10 am

Nice story
bad luck to you you didnt fly to Melbourne though
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Fri May 04, 2001 7:14 am

Nah, it was too cold anyway! Especially the Blue Mountains  Big grin

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Thu May 10, 2001 4:09 am

Yup the journey sure was interesting  Big grin

I slept the whole flight from SIN-PER  Smile

I recommend this holiday to everyone, Australia is a nice place!

What is this stuff about Ayers Rock closing to the public (being able to walk up it), we got told while we were there that it was closing in 2002 for some reason???

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