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Per-Nrt-Zrh-Fra-Zrh-Ewr-Zrh-Hkg-Per On QF/LX/CO.

Mon Apr 19, 2004 7:43 pm


Per-Nrt.
Date-23 March
Airline-Qantas
Seat Number-35A
Aircraft-767-338ER
Registration-VH-OGG
Flight Time-9hrs 20min
ETD-2210
ATD-2300
ETA-0850
ATA-0930
Notes-Aircraft was delayed due to a birdstrike on her return from Jakarta.
this was to be the first flight of my 4 week long spotting trip from Perth that takes me as far as New York then see me return via Hong kong

Qantas 79 to Tokyo on a tuesday night is always a little more quiet, checkin was smooth and took less than 5 minutes, my seat assignment was as requested, an emergency exit row!
Upon boarding we were informed by the captain that the plane had arrived from Jakarta 2 hours earlier and had encountered a birdstrike, engineers had to remove a dent from the wing before we were given the ok to fly, this took about 50 minutes.
We were kept informed of the process every 10 minutes or so, the process didn't take to long to rectify, about 50 minutes behind schedule we pushed back off stand 51 and not to long after this we made our way out to runway 21. We were number 2 for takeoff behind a Virgin 737-700.

Our takeoff roll was quite long as expected, we were rather heavy with fuel but not so heavy on passenger load.

Meal Service started about 45 minutes into the flight, we had a supper which was rather nice, i chose to have the lamb which was cooked beautifully and tasted very nice for an economy class meal. Qantas needs to find some new beer's to add to it's menu, VB and Fosters are terrible, and a flight to Japan with no japanese beer onboard is rather unfavourable. service was efficient and polite, tray was removed within 40 minutes of commencement of meal service, which i found to be pretty good.

I opted not to watch the movie, i decided to head for a middle row and spread out for 5 hours of sleep which was much needed. During this time we flew almost direct north, just to the west of Darwin, we were advised to keep seatbelts fastened due to some turbulence being whipped up from the cyclone off the West Australian coast, this lasted for about 45 minutes.

I can't fill you in on the rest of the journey as it was an overnight flight and i decided to sleep, looking out the window at pitch darkness seemed like a waste of time so the midddle row was the best option.

I awoke with about 3.5hrs of the flight remaining, we were near the Philippines at this stage and headed north for Narita. We encountered some turbulence not to long after, it was rather strong at times and had us seated for 1 hour or so, not to long after the seatbelt sign went off the morning meal was served, i opted for the fish and rice, probably not the best choice at 7am but it's better than starving, service was fast and clearing of the trays took only 30 minutes, On a few recent flights i have been asked to fill out customer surveys, this flight was no exception,flight was fine for me, you can't help nature when you have a birdstrike, that was really the only hickup of the whole flight.

Not to long after 9 hours flying we began our decent into Narita for landing on runway 34L, during this time we came across alot more turbulence, Tokyo was subject to some rather rough weather on this day, nevertheless we made contact with terra firma just on 930am, we taxied to the cargo area as we didn't have a airbridge gate for this flight, everywhere you turned there was a 747 of some description!

Deboarding took about 5 minutes as we had to wait for a transport bus, on arrival at the terminal it was good to see somethings don't change at Narita, the immigration line takes a good hour to pass through!

my suitcase was still going round on the conveyor belt by the time i got out, i rekon it might have been for a good 45 minutes!

in all a good flight, noneventful apart from the birdstrike mishap.



Nrt-Zrh
Date-31 March
Airline-Swiss International
Seat Number-30K Emergency Exit
Aircraft-A340-300
Registration-HB-JME
Flight Time-12hrs 20min
ETD-1040
ATD-1100
ETA-1600
ATA-1610

After spending 1 week in Tokyo it was time to move on to Zurich for the 2nd leg of my trip, this time using Swiss Airlines, I departed for Narita at 7am, if you know Narita then you know to be early where possible!

The checkin que had formed when i arrived though checkin was not due to open until 810am, when checkin opened all cargo luggage was screened by x-ray machine, after collecting my bags it was straight to checkin, from x-ray to boarding pass was no more than 5 minutes, handling was done by JAL.

Next nightmare was negotiation of the immigration que that is always apart of Narita and it's early morning throng of airlines.

I arrived at gate B-73 about 20 minutes prior to departure and noted that the plane had already boarded, i was to be the last passenger to file through the gates, i noted upon arrival in the cabin a very spacious feeling, i am not a fan of the A340 but this Swiss aircraft had a very nice comfortable feeling about it! Business Class was rather full, while Economy had only about 50% of capacity.

Doors closed dead on 1040am and we pushed back shortly after, taxi commenced soon after for the 12hr 20min flight which would take us over the Japan Sea, Russia, St Petersburg, Germany and finally down to Zurich.

Departure runway was 34L, the longest at Narita at nearly 4km's in length, we linedup and had immediate clearance. I watched the nose camera on the monitor mounted to the bulkhead, our takeoff roll was a good 3.5km's long, my hotel was clearly visible when we rotated.

Strong headwinds greeted us as we crossed Japan, those on the left had a great view of Mt Fuji, i on the right had a view of the Japanese countryside.

Initial climb was to 31000 feet, the Airbus 340 is certainly a very slow climber, it took a good 35 minutes to reach 31000 feet. upon reaching the flight level we were instructed to remain in our seats as strong turbulence would be encountered due to the strong head winds.

Drink service started rather soon after, i opted for the Sapporo beer, Japanese beer is good stuff! and food service began not to long after. i went for the Salad, Chicken and Vegies and rice, i found it very filling and tasty, was a nice way to start the flight, drink service came around a 2nd time after trays were cleared, i went for the Sapporo again.

Meal service was fast and very efficient, food was simple yet tasty and filling, and the beer flowed freely! i decided to watch the movie Lost in Translation, a film about 2 people in Tokyo, and i can vouch for that lost feeling, Tokyo is the most daunting city in the world, if you get lost downtown then you really are lost! i played a few games and shortly after 5 hours of flying a snackw was delivered, followed by more drinks, the service was very efficient and there was plenty of it, legroom was excellent though i did have a emergency row seat.

Just before landing another round of drinks and food came, i nibbled at it but found i could eat no more, for the better part of 4 hours i managed to sleep on this flight.

Our approach to Zurich began at about 1540 local time for a landing on runway 14, upon arrival we made our way to gate A83, deboarding was fast as was immigration and baggage collection, i was out of the terminal and at my hotel within 30 minutes of arrival.

I would recommend Swiss to anyone who wants a good value longhaul flight, longhaul is a painful experience, Swiss make it a little more enjoyable!




Zrh-Fra
Date-4 April
Airline-Swiss International
Seat Number-11A
Aircraft-Avro RJ100
Registration-HB-IXV
Flight Time-1hr
ETD-0740
ATD-0805
ETA-0850
ATA-0910

This was one of the shorter flights on my journey, found the cabin to be quite nice and spacious though cramped for legroom, I don't know where airlines getoff trying to charge for meals on short flights, i paid well over $2300AUD for these flights and expect a meal, none of this pay for it rubbish.

We were a little late due to connecting passengers, we departed from gate E34 of the new midfield terminal, takeoff was from runway 28, a nice view of the alps was a pleasant way to start the flight, i just sat and looked out the window of this flight and admired the view, we landed just after 9am in Frankfurt on runway 25R, and boy was it great to see the Frankfurt skyline again. We were on a remote gate so bus was the way back to the terminal, baggage had arrived as i got to the belt.

not bad for an early morning flight, though some free food or atleast a glass of water could have been offered.

Fra-Zrh
Date-7 April
Airline-Swiss
Seat Number-12A
Aircraft-Avro RJ 100
Registration-HB-IXO
Flight Time-40 minutes
ETD-0715
ATD-0736
ETA-0805
ATA-0815

Pretty much the same as the previous flight with not much to right home about, you cant reall assess much on a 40 min flight so i won't really bother to do so.

Zrh-EWR
Date-7 April
Airline-Continental
Seat Number-21A
Aircraft-767-200ER
Registration-N76153
Flight Time-9 hours
ETD-1045
ATD-1120
ETA-1400
ATA-1335

checked in for this flight in Frankfurt, got my assigned seat and had to take my Swiss flight to connect with the CO flight. Was good to see that i could fly to EWR and not have to re-checkin. We pushed back late due to slot times, then made our way to runway 16 for departure to Newark.

was pretty unsure about this flight due to visa status but in the end it all worked out well. legroom was not very sufficient and i cant believe they charge you $5.00 for alcoholic drinks.the flight was crewed by a pretty boring bunch, not alot of interaction with the passengers but the IFE was good to watch. 2 meals were served and the service was good and fast, trays were cleared promptly and a constant drink service was passed through the cabin during the flight, We approached newark and on my left side was an amazing view of Manhattan, what better way to arrive than with the view of Manhattan! all in all a good flight.

Ewr-Zrh
Date-7 April
Airline-Continental
Seat Number-22K
Aircraft-767-200ER
Registration-N
Flight Time-7 hours
ETD-1800
ATD-1843
ETA-0745
ATA-0750

Made an early checkin for this flight to Zurich, in the end i could checkin 5 hours before departure which was good for me, i was assigned a seat and the one next to me was blocked so i could move freely about the cabin, best reason for this right side is the view of Manhattan!
security at EWR is very tight as you can imagine, i was searched and had my shoes run through the metal machine, i was suprised that they asked me to leave my checked luggage unlocked, thank god they locked it after screening. checkin was smooth and took only a few minutes.

boarding commenced rather early, the gate official noticed i was from Australia and commented on my accent which drew some laughter, things were looking good for this flight! we pushed back ontime but the Que of departures was a good 40 minutes long, our flight was alot lighter than the flight to EWR. the view of Manhattan was not to good as it was covered in smog and grey skies.

shortly after takeoff we were treated to a drink service followed by dinner of chicken and salad, this is when the service to me especially became very special, the stewardess a born and bred Brooklyn girl asked me where i was from, i replied Australia and from that moment i was given free red wine, and excepttional service from her especially, she came around and spoke to me for about 45 minutes and also stopped during the service periods to talk to me! i was also given a business class ammenity kit and shaver and cream for my personal use! cans of drink and great conversation with a great girl.

I slept most of the flight after meal service as it was a night flight, so i dont know what else to add, breakfast was served just before arrival into Zurich, our flight arrived ontime via runway 34.

this would be the best flight i have had in a long while!

Zrh-Hkg
Date-14 April
Airline-Swiss
Seat Number-35D
Aircraft-A340-300ER
Registration-HB-JMD
Flight Time-12hrs 00min
ETD-2225
ATD-2243
ETA-1615
ATA-1625

Gate A67 is to be our gate tonight for my return to HK, boarding began a few minutes late and was rather unorganised, plane is very full and the service a little more relaxed than the tokyo-zurich flight, flying time will be 12 hours. this crew was one of the worst i have come across in a longtime.
Took 7 hours for a stewardess to come reset my PTV and bring me a drink, they constantly walked passed me when i had the light on and made no effort to fix my problems. i had the asian beef which was small and left me wanting more!
most of the time i slept seeing as though the crew felt they didn't have to come fix my request.

Hkg-Per
Date-18 April
Airline-Qantas
Seat Number-34A
Aircraft-767-300ER
Registration-VH-OGC
Flight Time-7hrs 30min
ETD-2335
ATD-2355
ETA-0725
ATA-0715

I took advantage of the intown checkin service at Kowloon station so i didnt have to worry about lugging my case about when i went spotting later in the day. really good idea and very efficient.

i got my requested exit row seat, boarding began 30 minutes prior to departure and we pushed back ontime. i was feeling pretty ill by the time i boarded due to exhaustion.

dinner was asian beef and noodles, i had 2 serves as i was starving! i missed breakfast as i was sound asleep and feeling not so well, we approached perth on runway 03 with a great view of the city.

all in all a wonderful journey and the chance to meet some really fantastic people along the way.

a big thanks to the spotters and especially Louis Jacobs for helping me out.

photos to come soon!
 
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Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:07 am

Looking forward to the photos. Welcome back to Perth
 
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Wed Apr 21, 2004 1:23 am

keep an eye for photos from JFK, NRT, FRA, ZRH and HKG.

and the odd perth one thrown in!  Smile
 
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Wed Apr 21, 2004 4:02 am

I did enjoy reading,have a couple of questions:-

1) Did you stay in NYC or fly back same day as the report dates suggest?

2)Which was the best airline?

Rgds

Mark
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Wed Apr 21, 2004 12:44 pm

i was trying to correct the date, i flew back from New York on the 11th of april, i wrote that part of the report on my laptop whilst onboard the flight back to zurich.

qantas is the airline i choose as much as possible, though i would use all 3 again if needed.

i have edited the Ewr-Zrh sector to reflect the correct date.

Ewr-Zrh
Date-11th April
Airline-Continental
Seat Number-22K
Aircraft-767-200ER
Registration-N
Flight Time-7 hours
ETD-1800
ATD-1843
ETA-0745
ATA-0750

Made an early checkin for this flight to Zurich, in the end i could checkin 5 hours before departure which was good for me, i was assigned a seat and the one next to me was blocked so i could move freely about the cabin, best reason for this right side is the view of Manhattan!
security at EWR is very tight as you can imagine, i was searched and had my shoes run through the metal machine, i was suprised that they asked me to leave my checked luggage unlocked, thank god they locked it after screening. checkin was smooth and took only a few minutes.

boarding commenced rather early, the gate official noticed i was from Australia and commented on my accent which drew some laughter, things were looking good for this flight! we pushed back ontime but the Que of departures was a good 40 minutes long, our flight was alot lighter than the flight to EWR. the view of Manhattan was not to good as it was covered in smog and grey skies.

shortly after takeoff we were treated to a drink service followed by dinner of chicken and salad, this is when the service to me especially became very special, the stewardess a born and bred Brooklyn girl asked me where i was from, i replied Australia and from that moment i was given free red wine, and excepttional service from her especially, she came around and spoke to me for about 45 minutes and also stopped during the service periods to talk to me! i was also given a business class ammenity kit and shaver and cream for my personal use! cans of drink and great conversation with a great girl.

I slept most of the flight after meal service as it was a night flight, so i dont know what else to add, breakfast was served just before arrival into Zurich, our flight arrived ontime via runway 34.

this would be the best flight i have had in a long while!



[Edited 2004-04-21 05:46:47]

[Edited 2004-04-21 05:48:31]
 
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Wed Apr 21, 2004 7:30 pm

Great report. I'm glad you liked the EWR-ZRH run. I'm sorry to hear about your flight to HKG. Hopefully they will pay more attention to the passengers in the future.
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Wed Apr 21, 2004 7:53 pm

Do you need to upload the pictures? I can provide some hosting for you. Contact me via email in my profile!  Smile
 
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Thu Apr 22, 2004 8:25 pm

Nice report, good meeting up with you in HKG. I'll do my own trip report soon.


Ryan Gaddis - SPOT THIS!
 
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Fri Apr 23, 2004 5:29 pm

Great report!! Good thing you were able to remember all the details with all that beer you drank!!

Cheers
 
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Sat Apr 24, 2004 12:10 pm

Quite a trip, Monty! When you arrived in the Big Apple, where did Art pick you up from? Doesn't seem as if he was gone long enough to go to EWR and back to JFK.

All in all, great spending a few hours spotting with 'ya. Definately get those shots up ASAP, I need something to impress the parents with.


Now that the travel's over, it's time for...JETLAG! Mwahaha...

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Sat Apr 24, 2004 1:51 pm

thanks for reminding me of that brendan! now you know the score when you come to perth in june!  Smile

brian, art collected me from howard pk station at jfk which was just over the tracks, pity you and josh didn't hang about longer than NW 17!  Smile

ryan, was a nice day by the ocean, how did your shots turn out?

thanks all for reading, now i think i have SARS cos i can't stop coughing...
 
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Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:16 pm

hey QF077 - are you going to upload the pics?

Also, look in your t.v guide - channel 7 5.30 perth time
 
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Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:54 pm

akumas, have you seen the size of the Q, i have about 7 gigs to edit so i am doing it slowly.
 
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Sat Apr 24, 2004 7:18 pm

Good report.
What is your opinion on Qantas concerning international flights?
I am off to NZ next week and never flown Qantas overseas don't know what to expect.
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Sun Apr 25, 2004 2:35 am

QF077/Monty: OK, that makes much more sense, Art picking you up at the Howard Beach station. You take the Air Train?

Just as Josh and I got to the car, we saw NW17 start her takeoff roll. Perfect timing! He nailed her, I watched, and we were off.
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Sun Apr 25, 2004 2:50 am

nice work.

ryan, i try hard to fly only QF, i am very loyal to them and they dont let me down!

try them for yourself and you will find out!
 
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Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:10 am

7 gigs? OMG... that'll take a freaking while to upload.. dont forget the 30 pics in the queue limit!  Smile
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