Friday August 8, QF1723, MCY-SYD
After arriving at MCY airport at 0915 for a 1030 departure with QantasLink, I saw my plane touch down on runway 36, and after 10 minutes, I was called to boarding. Out onto the tarmac for the short walk to the aircraft I went to my seat (11F)...a nice seat just in front of the wing. Right on 1030 the doors were closed, and the engines started. After a few seconds warming up, we started moving, turned around onto the tarmac, and out onto the taxiway for the backtrack to runway 36. The engines spooled up, and we were on our way. I was quite surprised at the power of the 717 having never been on one before. Airborne from Maroochydore's short runway and an immediate right turn out over the Pacific, and we were moving out toward the sea. We then turned in towards Brisbane. We flew inland over eastern New South Wales before the descent into Sydney. We flew over the west of the city, before turning east, flying past the harbour out to sea for about 5 minutes, and then turning right for the final approach to runway 25. A beautiful low approach over Bondi Beach, we finally settled onto a breezy runway in Sydney. Taxying back to the Qantas terminal I saw a Qantas 767 taking off, and the United 747s awaiting their departure back to the east coast of the USA. We arrived at the terminal at about 1215, 10 minutes late, but it was a lovely flight!
Photo © Bill Blanchard
Tuesday August 11, DJ473, SYD-MCY
Having spent 4 days in Sydney I was happy to be at the airport waiting to board my return flight back to the Sunshine Coast. Our flight was DJ473 operated by Boeing 737-700 VH-VBK "Lady Victoria". Our scheduled departure time was 1005, arriving back at MCY at 1130. We were off at 1000, and out for the long taxi to runway 36R. One thing I noticed about Virgin Blue was that their seats are so upright that it is extremely uncomfortable. That aside, this flight was a much better experience than my last flight with them. We flew out over the city and the harbour, which was a little hazy today. It was a lovely flight north, coming in over Stradbroke and Moreton island on our descent into Maroochydore. It was great flying into my airport for the first time...flying over all the places I knew so well. Touched down at 1125 as we had a tailwind. It was a great flight, and I really enjoyed it.
Photo © Frank Schaefer