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Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Sat Jan 29, 2005 7:52 pm

28 January 2004
QF 051 - Sydney - Brisbane
Boeing 747-338 - Nalanji Dreaming

I decided to go to Brisbane as the tickets were $71 each way for the one hour flight, and decided to fly on an International route as it was the cheapest, and I hadn't been on a 747 since 1991.

After the ordeal of waiting in the Economy Class check-in at Sydney International, I scored my window seat (28 or 29K), and got to the gate to see the gorgeous paint work of Nalanji Dreaming sitting at the gate.

We boarded, and then sat on the aircraft for about 15 minutes waiting for a transit passenger. The F/O sounded quite peeved! The bulkhead between Economy and Business has a space in it now to see through! The aircraft I was on had no PTVs (are they going to put them in the -300s?)

Took off, and I got to hear the mighty rumble of the 747s Rolls-Royce engines, which I hadn't heard in so long. For lunch, we had Braised Beef, with Mashed Potato and Peas, bread roll, a bottle of water, and Cadbury's Chocolate. Very nice for a one hour flight.

The flight attendants were very far along in their careers, but they were still happy and very efficient. After the flight, I asked if I could go upstairs to see the layout of the upper deck, and my request was accepted with much smiling and up I went. I'm flying on a OneWorld around-the-world ticket in Business Class in March, so I wanted a peep up there, because that's where I want to sit when I go away. Of course, no Skybeds, but it was interesting all the same.

Qantas need to fix the audio from the cockpit though - I couldn't hear anything that the pilots had to say once we were in the air.

Landed, and had to go through Immigration, we all got sniffed by sniffer dogs, got my luggage and caught the train into the city.

29 January 2005
QF 549 - Brisbane - Sydney
Boeing 737-476 - Maryborough

Breezed through check-in, and the staff member was really quite pleasant. We boarded on time, and the flight was full. Lots of children coming back from holidays, and at least three infants. On Boarding I got a cheery hello from the F/As, made a couple of jokes and seated myself.

We left on schedule, and the Flight Attendants (obviously not too thrilled about the full load) were exemplary. I've never seen 3 Economy Class F/As work so hard.

Dinner was Chicken in some mild curry sauce, rice, water, bread roll and a mini Mars Bar. We could also buy beer for $5, or wine for $6. They offered soft drinks (they give you the whole can), but they missed asking our row because they were so busy with so many people on such a short flight.

Again, I could only hear snippets of words that the pilots had to say over the intercom, which was a shame because he was going on about something for quite a while.

The babies screamed during descent, the kid behind me was kicking my seat from time to time, and the most amusing thing was the ethnic couple beside me crossing themselves as we started our take-off run. Very cute! A lot of the people seemed to be first time/infrequent flyers, because the F/As had a job to get people to keep the window shades up for take-off, get tray tables back up and so on. I have nothing but praise for how they handled it all!

Landed on time and waited for most people to get off. Ran up the aisle and the F/A who had greeted me on boarding thanked me very much for flying with them today and hoped I'd had a great flight. She was extremely sincere, looking me in the eye, smiling - she's an F/A who loves her job!

Got to baggage claim and my bag was one of the first off. I am curious though, the check in agent had drawn a loveheart on my baggage tag. Does this mean he thinks I am a bit alright? Is this why my bag was one of the first on the carousel? I'm very curious - either way, it was really quite sweet to see  Smile

Yet again, the Qantas staff, from check-in through to the flight crew have again made me realise why I continue to fly the airline. Good work!

Trent.
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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Sat Jan 29, 2005 8:48 pm

Great reading about your flight, I'll be taking this flight in November so it was good to see what it'll be like! It does sound a bit hectic but fun all the same!

We could also buy beer for $5, or wine for $6

I can't believe you have to buy your booze! Good job you let me know in advance  Big grin

The love heart on your luggage tag is certainly interesting. Shame it wasn't her number as well!

I just love the price you paid for the flight, bargain!

Alex
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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:01 pm

"Shame it wasn't her number as well

"Does this mean he thinks I am a bit alright"

That was a guy hitting on him.


Good trip report. I understand where you're coming from with the 747 thing. It's been 10.5 years since my last trip on a 747, and Im dying to fly on one. Interestingly your first flight on the 747 (in a long time) was on Nalanji, and my last trip on a 747 was on Wunala.  Smile

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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:18 pm

Ooops! Didnt read that right! Good job it was just a love heart then and not HIS number. Unless you're into that sort of thing, whatever!

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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:36 pm

You don't have the pay for the beer and wine on weekday flights after 4pm on CityFlyer services in Economy Class.

http://www.qantas.com.au/info/flying/travelClasses/domesticEconomy

It was a good flight - and a love heart on the bag tag is better than no love heart, no matter who it's from. It's good for the ego  Smile

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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Mon Jan 31, 2005 3:51 pm

The aircraft I was on had no PTVs (are they going to put them in the -300s?)

Some of them already have the upgraded cabins with PTVs, and have had them for a while. The rest of the fleet will be upgraded soon.

Nice report!  Smile

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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:49 pm

QF B743 VH-EBU is the only B747-300 in the QF fleet that does not have the new IFE/seats and interiors. It will be upgraded in FEB.

You can get free booze on all cityflyer flights after 4pm on weekdays.

hope this helps.
 
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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Tue Feb 01, 2005 11:14 am

I am so disappointed that I missed out on a decent interior! Nevermind, I get one in just under 2 months time.

Actually, come to think of it, I'd never flown on a Qantas 747 with the old interior, so I guess it's good that I got to see it!

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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:41 am

Excellent report QF staff really are great and are good at what they do.
Always enjoy flying with the airline!

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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:51 pm

Great TR!

I am off to Oz in early may and i would love to fly this route! I have looked on QF's site and cannot find the QF051 flight on any of the days i am there?

Where can i find it?

Cheers, Chris
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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:03 am

QF 51 is actually sydney to singapore via BNE, you'd have to phone QF if you want to get on it, i've tried buying this route off the net and it's impossible.
 
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RE: Qantas Domestic - SYD-BNE-SYD

Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:46 pm

From FEB/MAR QF51/52 will no longer fly BNE-SYD or SYD-BNE.

It will be a BNE-SIN-BNE route only flowen with A333s instead of B743s.

Hope this helps.

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