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SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:46 pm

29th August 2006
QF 575
B 747-338 Reg: VH-EBX
Seat: 49K
Depart time, scheduled 08:20 Actual 08:20
Runway 16R
Arrival time, scheduled 11:25 Actual 11:03
Runway 03

With business expanding in the Perth region, and also some other business reasons, I decided it was worthwhile to fly out for a quick trip. Also I had never been to this part of Australia before so it was a great opportunity to see this area.

Being an early flight, I managed to avoid rush hour and the trip to the airport was very quick. I checked in using the quick check kiosks, as I only had hand luggage. On seeing I had been allocated 40K, and knowing this was on the wing, I changed to 38K. However once I reached the Qantas Club lounge, I realised that in fact 38 was a blank, so I asked at the ticketing counter to be moved to another window seat. The nice lady said 49K was available and she would ‘soft block’ the other seats next to me – can’t argue with that for a 5 hour flight.

After answering some e-mails, I went to have a coffee and see if I could find the aircraft that would be QF 575 this day. With disappointment I noted it was EBX, one of the 2 743s I had already been on [EBU the other].

EBX from the Qantas Lounge

Boarding was quick, due to a very light load, and although the soft block was nice, probably unnecessary.

Another 743 heading for maintenance

Waiting for take off

Another to join the queue

Take off was to the south followed quickly by a right hand turn towards Adelaide, which we would fly right over. Breakfast was offered soon after levelling off, with a choice of cereal or a hot breakfast of bacon & eggs, which I went for.
The advantage of the 743 is the PTVs, unlike the other short haul flights, so I chose to watch “Failure to Launch” – mildly entertaining but passed the time nonetheless. After the movie finished I raised all the armrests, and had a sleep.

Passing over Adelaide

Landfall after crossing the Australian Bight

Due to the lack of the normal strong headwinds, the flight made good time, with arrival well before schedule.

Approach with the airport in sight

Perth International

30th August 2006
QF 580
B 747-338 Reg: VH-EBX
Seat 26A
Depart time, scheduled 12:25 Actual 12:35
Runway 03
Arrival time, scheduled 18:20 Actual 18:20
Runway 34L

After a very quick 24 hours in the very lovely city of Perth, it was time to go back.
Again I checked in using the quick check, however this was the first time I actually had to wait to use a kiosk – didn’t bode well for an empty flight. My allocated seat was 34A, but I saw that 26A was free so I took it. I knew that the metal for today would also be EBX, so I was in no hurry to have a look.

EBX again

As per usual, I used the computers in the lounge to check on e-mails before enjoying the free food and coffee. Boarding call came on time and I headed down to the gate, and yes it did look like a full flight.
As per usual with full flights, boarding started from the last rows, but everyone pushed like the flight would leave without them.
Although the flight seemed to be full, most people travelling by themselves seemed to have the middle seat free, not as good as a whole row, but it was nice to have some extra space.

VH-EBB next stop MEL

Perth Domestic

Looking back towards the city of Perth

Old open cast mine just out of Perth

The entertainment was turned on about ½ hour after departure with a different list of movies on this leg than yestersdays. I chose Mission Impossible 3, but the scenery of the land below was far more interesting. The meal was served very quickly, helped by the fact I was close to the front. Choice was either chicken something or beef ravioli, which was my choice, followed by an icecream.

Leaving the WA coast

Landfall over South Australia

Port Lincoln

City of Adelaide

We landed on 34L which meant a quick taxi to the gate, and arrival on the blocks on schedule.

Overall good flights, but a smaller plane would have meant full loading and thus less relaxing. It makes a big difference to have that extra space, even in economy, to be able to have a useful days work afterwards.

Next flight: Unless its AKL next week, in 2 weeks I start a oneworld explorer trip first leg is SYD-HKG-CMB-HKG-SYD.

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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:09 pm

Nice report & pics - especially as you flew the B747-300. I suppose this is about as 'classic' as it gets with QF. It is nice to know the -300s are still going strong over there.

Many thanks for sharing.
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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:34 pm

Great report! Very nice pictures. The picture of Perth is great! That's great you flew on a 747-300.

I hope to fly Qantas soon.

Looking forward to more reports!

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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:39 pm

Interesting going on the 747-300! Do they use this regularly on the domestic run SYD-PER, or was it part of an international flight? If it is part of an intl - maybe to JNB? - do you have to have your passport stamped in and out of Australia? Great photographs too, especially the landfall over South Australia, and the open cast coal mine ones  Smile
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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:43 pm

Great report and pictures to match! You realise just how beautiful Australia is as you fly over it which is a statement that can be supported by your photos.

I flew on VH-EBT last year from NRT to SYD and too found the 743's a nice aircraft after the upgrade. Can't say the same for VH-EBU when I flew on her from BNE to SIN.

Look forward to reading more trip reports in the future!

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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:45 pm

Yes NZ8800 this flight is operated daily by a 743.. I took it about a month and a half ago and will be again at the end of November.

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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:34 am

Nice stuff, hope to get a QF 743 on my flight log before they leave the fleet.

Look forward to the next report.


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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:59 am

Quoting QFFlyer (Thread starter):

Great trip report QFFlyer and the pics were great.

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 3):
Interesting going on the 747-300! Do they use this regularly on the domestic run SYD-PER, or was it part of an international flight?

The B747-300 is now exclusive to PER-SYD/MEL routes

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 3):
If it is part of an intl - maybe to JNB?

No. The flight to JNB is direct out of SYD no codeshare
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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:13 am

Awesome report with very excellent photos. I miss Perth!
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RE: SYD - PER -SYD On QF 743 W/pics

Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:12 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 7):
The B747-300 is now exclusive to PER-SYD/MEL routes

Arn't they also doing SYD-HNL with 743's untill January 2007 when they start sharing the Route with JQ. JQ will use 332's and QF will use 763's after that.

Also SYD-NRT although that could also be 744's now
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