glennstewart
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New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Mon Feb 16, 2004 9:21 pm

Hi All,

Not the most flash of trips. It's a trip I do probably at least once a month now, and it was great to board one of Qantas's latest aircraft.

In recent times, Qantas has purchased 4 x A330-200's (VH-EBA through VH-EBD). They were to purchase more, but instead swapped some of the 200 orders for the 300's instead.

I intentionally purchased tickets to ensure at least a trip of their latest A330-300, VH-QPB (VH-QPC wasn't delivered at time I bought tickets).

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Two destinations are:
Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot) (SYD / YSSY)
(New South Wales, Australia)

AND
Brisbane (- Eagle Farm) (BNE / YBBN)
(Queensland, Australia)


Flights between both is about 1:20

NOTE:
All photos included are from the actual flights. Thanks for Norbert Genci for taking the external shots. And I hope to include some of Craig Murray's shot from the 3rd flight.

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SYD-BNE January 31, 2004
QF506 (Boarding: 7:15am)
Seq: 28, Seat: 60K
Dep: 16L, Arr: 19
VH-QPB A330-301

First flight on any of the Qantas airbuses. The first flight on an A330 since flying on B-HLS back in July 2002 (HKG-SYD). The first thing I noticed about the Airbus cabin was the modern appearance.
The distance from the seat to the window is more so than a 767. Each of the windows indent; I could imaging leaning on the window during long haul for a nap, if I did't have access to a a flat bed.
Despite my early arrival, this is one of the only window seats I could get.

Being at the back of the airbus, the first two things I noticed were the narrow seating in the middle (missing a seat on the right to make the seating 2-3-2). The second was the depression on take off. The seat I was sitting in, became noticiably lower when the aircraft rotated. Once we rotated, the A330-300 was nowhere near lazy in climbing. I always see airbuses rotating late and climbing slowly. We did neither!

The washroom facilities were cleaner, neater and more modern than I have seen on any aircraft. I love the press button tap. Far easier and more modern than any of the Boeings.
A negative - the IFE boxes are stored under the seats and really obstructive to the legroom.

Qantas staff were as helpful as ever when it comes to flight deck shots on the ground. The flight attendant simply called up on approach, and without hesitation the Captain and F/O greeted me with a smile for shots.
Not too happy with the shots. Used flash to get sharp shots, but it blows out the details on the LCD screens. Nevertheless, a new aircraft - so I shot away in the hope I could replace the shots eventually.


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BNE-SYD February 1, 2004
QF561 (Boarding: 7:49pm)
Seq: 17, Seat: 7A
Dep: 01, Arr: 07
VH-TJG B737-476

Originally this flight was meant to be a B737-838.
Damn! These 737-400's are going to be around for a while, so not the most interesting of flights.
The annoying part of the trip was that the window seat I asked for, was a non-window A seat. Doh!
Nevertheless, Qantas flight attendants and crew were quick to allow photos at the end of the flight and were certainly friendly.


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SYD-BNE February 14, 2004
QF506 (Boarding: 7:15am)
Seq: 10, Seat: 26A
Dep: 34R, Arr: 19
VH-QPB A330-301

Crossing my fingers for either VH-QPA or QPC, I ended up flying the exact same aircraft as two weeks prior.
Fellow Airliners.net photographer, Craig Murray joined me on this flight.
We did the long taxi out to 34R, which takes at least 10 minutes. Again the climb was impressive. Not as much as it was the last time.
Smooth flight... Craig and I had the row behind the first exit door, so the leg room was fine and no IFE boxes to speak of. The LCD screen was right in front of us, so nice and easy to see. I suspect however, that in international config, this aircraft will have PTV's. This one is still in domestic config.


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BNE-SYD February 1, 2004
QF505 (Boarding: 5:30pm)
Seq: 232, Seat: 34A
Dep: 01, Arr: 16L
VH-QPC A330-301

Yawn!!!
Who wants to get up this early for a flight?
Well, sequence 232 shows how early I got to BNE Airport. Nevertheless, I was very pleased when the check-in staff spent 5 mins shifting about 3 people around on the flight (who had not yet checked in, but were blocking a left window seat). Having asked for a left window (knowing ATIS at SYD showed 16 arrivals - and hence harbour views on left are a must).... I got my left window, albeit over the leading edge of the wing.

The taxi was smooth! Couldn't feel a thing. Then once again the fast climb pushed me back into my seat. We were going to cruise at 38,000ft and the F/O stated that the flight would be bumpy. Only noticed a couple of bumps whilst checking out the back facilities.
I was surprised to find no additional "facilities" forward of the wing (except in business class). But while up and about, took the opprtunity to ask one of the flight attendants about flight deck shots when on the ground. She quickly turned to the CSM (Customer Service Manager), who was glad to help a photographer out (she stated that her husband was a photographer). Better still, when pulling out my equipment she gave thumbs up to the Canon badge  Big grin
The Captain on this flight was the same as the Captain on the first flight up in this log. He recognised me - and I think he'll be seeing a lot more of me given my BNE flights.

The experience was great up until the point where nearly all of economy waited 1 hour for our luggage. We were all asked to fill out forms, and a prompt phone call later in the day which was followed by a courier who delivered the bag without issue.

I believe that the problem was probably related to some teething issues that Qantas may be having with their brand new Airbuses. VH-QPC was delivered 3 weeks ago.


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Anyway, hope you enjoyed my quick trip report.

Glenn

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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Tue Feb 17, 2004 6:23 am

BNE-SYD February 1, 2004
QF505 (Boarding: 5:30pm)
Seq: 232, Seat: 34A
Dep: 01, Arr: 16L
VH-QPC A330-301

Yawn!!!
Who wants to get up this early for a flight?


Hehe, 5.30 in the afternoon early?  Big grin
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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Tue Feb 17, 2004 6:26 am

Whoops....
It was 5:30am  Smile

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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Tue Feb 17, 2004 6:30 am

Ahh  Smile Nice report. I wanna go to Australia some time, but too hard to non rev there, and pricy as well. I work with a guy from Australia, also with Stewart as his last name. Common name down under?
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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Tue Feb 17, 2004 9:48 am

Good Report- I have also always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand but it is just so expensive.  Sad

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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Tue Feb 17, 2004 3:16 pm

Common name through most English colonies.
And yes, with the strong Aussie dollar against the Greenback, US is finally a cheap destination  Big grin

from about 1999 - early 2003, Australia and New Zealand were dirt cheap for US tourists.

Roughly
USD$50.00 => AUD$100.00
Now, $50.00 => AUS$60

Not a bargain for American tourists anymore. But will make buying a lens from New York well worth doing  Smile

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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:36 pm

Excellent report - I hope to fly QF A333 oneday. I was recently booked on A333 of QF for return trip from CNS to MEL via SYD, but at the last minute QF A332 VH-EBD turned up.  Pissed (I will post the report soon).

Being a QF Frequent Flyer, I always enjoy reading what others have to say about QF and its service.

Once agian throughly enjoyed the report and the photos.  Smile

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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:14 pm

Thanks Prana.

I think one of my flights was meant to be an A332 - so sorry for knicking your aircraft :P

Sam Chui and I are heading to CNS in a week and a half - if you're a local. We're stopping there for about 2-3 hours and wouldn't mind getting some shots before heading to DRW.

Regards,

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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Wed Feb 18, 2004 6:03 am

Hi Glenn,

Hope you and Sam enjoy your flight to CNS and DRW. I do not live in CNS I am downunder in Melbourne. The first thing you feel in CNS (if you have not been there before) is the humidity different from MEL and SYD.

Look forward to your photos from CNS and DRW

Prana

P.S. Thanks for knicking my aircraft.  Big grin

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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Wed Feb 18, 2004 8:00 pm

Huh? 330-300 for Domestic :O!
 
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RE: New Qantas Aircraft And Lost Luggage

Mon Feb 23, 2004 8:30 am

Nice report Glenn!

I have a ticket to fly to MEL on a QF A330 soon. I can't wait!

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