Well, further to the thread currently running on this subject, I thought I would share my (very good experiences) of flying with QF and the Mystery Flight.
I got to PER and had some trepidation about where I would be going - maybe Kalgoorlie or Karratha - no offence to these places, of course! However, when I was told BNE - wow! That was terrific! Better still, and quite unexpectedly, I was told I'd be flying via SYD - even better! The return flight was a direct 734 service.
I got to PER at 10.30pm for a 00.40 departure and the aircraft was a -200; it was 'EAK. The flight was very full and the cabin crew were excellent. I asked early on about the cockpit and was told it would be no problem. There was a very nice flight crew and after a nice meal, I went up front. There was a 3 man crew including a supervisory cockpit. Now, the 762 is 16 years in QF service; it's not a new plane, yet even now, the sight of an Efis cockpit at night, with all the electronics glowing, is a marvellous sight. Any chance of the jump seat - sure mate, come back at the top of the descent. And I did.
We were using 25 and this involved flying around to the south of the airport, across the bay, then lining up for 25, which doesn't have an ILS, just a localiser. The sight of SYD in the morning, with the colours of the sunrise and not much cloud, was beautiful. We flew a fine approach and landed safely at 6.40 or so. Another great flight with one of the world's great airlines; thank you Qantas! I met a friend, a QF employee who joined me for the BNE flight and we had a good chat; Sydney's domestic terminal had expanded quite a bit since my last visit in 1993.
The flight to BNE was on a -300, 'OGC and it was fairly lightly loaded; the -300's interior was a lot more interesting and pleasant than the -200's and the crew was very nice; again, no problem with the cockpit, although we were delayed due to fog at BNE and had to hold for 30 minutes before landing; it was a fine approach and the 767 landed at 9.30 or so, flying a five mile final, which was quite interesting. The main priorities for me were the Virgin Blue and Impulse fleets, particularly the latter. Indeed, on that very day, the Australian competition office approved the Qantas/ Impulse deal.
I had plenty of photo opportunities, although the short visit to the international terminal was disappointing. The apron tours no longer operate and the viewing terrace is pretty useless. It's internal and just overlooks the departure lounge.
The trip back was on a '400, 'TJJ and it was a nice flight with a good meal and a movie. One thing I have always liked about QF is that it does a good comedy channel and there always some good names. I did ask about the cockpit, but being zonked, I fell asleep and only woke when the lights went on, just before we landed!
Anyway, a grand day out.