Took airport shuttle from my apartment in Lakeview. $15. Not too bad, considering i was the only passenger onboard. Got to ORD round 3PM, check in was hassle free i was given a boarding pass for each of the segment including the Qantas leg to SYD.
Our flight was delayed 20 mins due to the massive snow storm that was affecting the area. I am actually quite impressed that the storm did not impact our schedule too much. We boarded, i took my seat next to the window, and i swear it was snowing so hard i had a hard time making out the plane next to us.
We did take our time to the runway, waited for about 45min for planes in front of us to take off. It was still snowing like crazy. It was a rather smooth take off, and i was finally on my way
I am unsure of or routing since the captain did not inform us much. How i wish all airlines had Channel 9 service like United does.
Service was.. well as good as you can expect now a days. We arrived with a only few minutes delay (ahh the wonders of timetable padding ). 3 hours to kill at LAX.
Nothing much to do at Terminal 4 expect stare in awe at the 747-400ER that would carry me at on my first Pacific crossing that happened to be sitting in the gate next to us, and make phone call to make friends and family jealous.
So here i was sitting on my aisle seat second row from form the bulkhead in economy class. Am i imagining things or Qantas economy class seats are quite comfortable? They recline a LOT. The only problem was the stupid b*tch in front who, since she didn’t have a seat infront to put her crap under, decided she should put stuff under her seat. I kicked her crap out of the way of my feet most of the flight. She also pushed back on her seat as she put her feet up on the bulkhead making my drink spill on me. So i pushed her seat several times rather hard. Ahh nothing like being vengeful
Our aircraft did not have AVOD installed. i was kinda disappointed - but the movie selection was decent. However ended up watching Deuce Bigalow: European Giggolo. By the end i wanted to jump out the plane into the Pacific.
Food was decent. Dinner, Breakfast (Brekkie for you 'stralian speaking folk). Goodie bag with candy and bottled water included - nice touch.
Our routing was standard i guess.. however i did notice on the airmap that we did several zig-zag turns around Fiji. Anyone knows why?
13.5 hours later we landed in sunny and warm Sydney! So far, yet it felt so familiar.
Australia, has the most good looking people per square feet than anywhere i have been.
Mike, the immigration officer, was fine representation of that.
Took the train to the domestic terminal were i was to meet my friend who had arrived 1 week earlier in Australia and was coming in from Melbourne to join me.
After 2 day introduction to Sydney, we checked in at the Domestic terminal was extremely painless. We did the self-checkin, and handed our backpacksto the friendly attendant. We were not asked for any form of Identification - rather odd we thought. Cleared security - still no need to show ID. Boarded the plane - still no ID required.
Once on board my friend (bless his lack of aircraft knowledge), comments that our aircraft is "very old". To his credit, i must say that to an average person it would look that way. The color scheme inside our aircraft looks like it was inspired by a 1973 greyhound bus.
Service was "fun" (?). Lots of holiday makers headed up to the Great Barrier Reef. We had a fashion show made up by young girls that had their face painted by the crew. Cute.
Arrival in Cairns was on times. Picked up our luggage and we were off!
After rushing to the airport, we find out that our flight to SYD had been delayed an hour. No reason given - just delayed. We were given our boarding passes. Still no ID required. We had a Grey boarding pass, which means that were the last group to board. Quite confusing way to do it. We boarded and we walked up the stairs to our shiny A320. (still no ID required)
This aircraft did not look old at all. The Orange on gray theme on the inside looks nice and modern. From appearances only, to an average passenger (who would be paying attention) Airbus would seem like a better aircraft.
A quick comparison between DJ and JQ - Although delayed - i would say that the operation of JQ seem a lot more professional than DJ. Dont have a specific complain about DJ, but thats just a general feeling i got as a passenger.
Arrived in SYD around 9PM, with plenty of time to drop or stuff at the hotel and head out to Oxford Street till the wee hours of the next morning.
Will get to the marathonic Dec 22 SYD-LAX-DFW-SAL segment shorty. Highlights include: Inept baggage handling by AA at LAX and how my bag ended in SEA for 6 days.
Will report the more standard SAL-DFW-ORD segment on AA/TA if you insist Highlights include: How a TACA "supervisor" could not find my reservation - and how it was there all along.