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Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:12 pm

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Hey all! Well I haven't written a trip report for a couple of years so thought I'd write one for my recent trip to Australia.

This part is the outbound leg from New Zealand. I'll post the Return within the next week when I have more time. Enjoy  Smile

p.s, sorry bout the poor quality of the pics, I took them all with my cell phone camera.

18 August 2007
Departing: Palmerston North PMR-New Zealand
Arriving: Auckland AKL-New Zealand
Flight Time: 1:05 hours
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight Number: NZ5070
Cabin: Economy Class
Seat: 12D
Aircraft: ATR72-500
Registration: ZK-MCW


My alarm went off at 5am for my 07:00 departure from PMR. I was still really tired as I only got about three hours sleep as I went to a mates 21st the night before and had a few drinks also. Not much of a hang over though haha. After getting ready I was ready to go at 06:25 I woke my half drunk flatmate up to take me to Palmerston North International Airport (won't be called that for long tho  Wink ). I arrived at the airport, as it was still dark outside, about 5 mins later and said bye to my mate as he drove away in his black beemer.

The check-in line was quite long as there were only two check-in counters open for my flight to Auckland and another to Christchurch that were the first flights of the day and departing around the same time. After just over 5 mins it was my turn and the friendly staff member took my passport and printed my two boarding passes, the other to Brisbane from Auckland with my pre requested seats printed on them. These were 12D on the ATR, as I like to sit towards the back as it seems roomier and has nice views of the wing, and 7A on my flight to Brisbane. I asked her if there is any chance of the jump seat on the ATR and presented my flight crew licence (often works), she said she'd ask the captain but didn't think so as they were in a rush that morning. I paid my $5 departure tax at the small shop and sat near the gate as they were about to board.

After boarding I took my seat. The flight was almost completely full but the seat next to me was empty which was nice. After start up we taxied town taxiway one to backtrack on runway 25 for the RWY25A3 departure. Takeoff was normal and before long we were in our right turn towards Auckland.

The two flight attendants came around with water followed by tea coffee and a cookie. I took a coffee to help me stay awake and noticed they no longer gave lids with the hot drinks which was fine as they are usually hot anyway, so it allows them to cool down quicker I guess. Cloud along the way was mostly overcast with the top of Mt Ruapehu sticking through and glistening in the rising sun.

Shortly we began out descent into Auckland which was overcast and raining at the time. We made a left turn for the Rwy23L ILS and made a smooth touchdown then taxied to the link gates.

My bags were being transferred to my next flight so I walked out of the terminal which was good timing as the airport transfer bus was outside so I took it to the international terminal.

18 August 2007
Departing: Auckland AKL-New Zealand
Arriving: Brisbane BNE-Australia
Flight Time: 3:30 hours schedule/ 4:00 hours actual
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight Number: NZ5
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 7A assigned/ 2J Actual
Aircraft: B777-219ER
Registration: ZK-OKA


After arriving at the international terminal I proceeded upstairs to BNZ to pay my $25 departure tax before going through security. I got swiped by the security guy after going through the metal detector even though it didn't go off, with no weapons of terrorism found I made my way passed the duty free shops and went upstairs to the Air New Zealand lounge.

Once in the lounge I helped myself to a class of OJ and a croissant with a piece of rock mellon and a Danish. They also had pancakes, but I chose not to have any. The lounge was about a third full and I took a seat by the window overlooking some of gate three and the construction going on near where gate 1 used to be.

Construction around gate 1, and my aircraft ZK-OKA visible at gate 3


After chillin in the lounge for 30 mins or so they announced to the lounge that NZ5 to Brisbane will be boarding in 5 mins. So, with that I made my way back downstairs to the gate 3 departure lounge which was completely full. They then announced a small delay due to an engineering fault which i think was a issue with the number 2 engine over the p-a and then requested a few passengers come to the desk which I was one of them. I went over and the French staff member told me that I have been moved to 2J. Apparently they often do this when couples want to sit next to each other. I was a little disappointed as I wanted the window seat but with all the IFE options it was no biggie.

My plane to Brisbane at gate 3


10 mins later they announced they were boarding Passengers with small kids followed by business class pax, premium economy, then pacific economy by row number. I lined up and boarded the 777 through door 2L. The F/A at the door took my boarding pass, greeted me by Mr ___ and told me to take the second aisle left to the business class cabin. After I took my seat, the friendly male flight attendant came over and asked what I'd like to drink and I got an oj. The business cabin was completely full and we sat in the aircraft for about 15 mins before we pushed back. The captain came on to welcome the pax on board and introduce himself and told us that we'll arrive slightly late due to a strong headwind, followed by the FSM welcome. After the tug disconnected we taxied to Rwy23L where we waited for an Air NZ B763 to land before lining up.

We took off and about 15 mins later the IFE started. I must say that the flight map display is pretty cool as it shows the ground as photorealistic much like google earth.

Welcome screen in PTV


I chose to watch the movie Disturbia and then the in-flight meal came around. Before the meal comes, it's a good idea to move the tv to the back of the tray table as you have to move all the food out the way then move it back if you do it after.

Menus were given out but I forgot to take a pic of it. There were two choices of main, one being steak with season veges and the other was a seafood fettuccini I think. Entrée was salmon with a cheese platter. There was a large bread selection of which I choose the garlic bread.

Entrée of Salmon, lightly cooked and very nice with cheese platter and garlic bread.


After I'd finished the F/A quickly came around and displayed the choices of mains and I choose the steak. It was a little bland but not too bad.

Steak with herb butter and season veges.




After I had finished that the friendly f/a came over and took my tray away. She then came back with my dessert which was boysenberry and maple Kapiti ice cream. Not as nice as the apple crumble one you sometimes get though.

Dessert: ice cream


I continued to watch the movie, which was ok...not the kind of movie you would watch twice though IMO. I finished my icecream and then the F/A promptly came and cleared my tray. Soon the tea/coffee service began and I chose to have a tea which was served with an after dinner mint.


After the movie finished I got up and took a piss, then came back and watched the flight map for a while before watching the Simpsons and an episode of Little Britain.









The IFE was shut off just before top of descent and an f/a came around to collect the wonderful bose headphones which once put on it blocks out pretty much all the environmental aircraft sounds.

We began our descent for our visual approach into Brisbane's runway 19. Landing was smooth and we taxied to the gate. As we waited for the bridge to attach I chatted to the lovely flight attendant for a while and wished her return trip well before being allowed into the flight deck where I chatted to the two pilots for a bit while they showed me the awesome electronic flight bag and other 777 cockpit systems.

ZK-OKA flight deck after landing in Brisbane


After leaving the flight deck I collected my bag from the overhead locker and took a quick pic of the cabin before disembarking the aircraft.


I proceeded to the Australia and New Zealand Passport lane through immigration where I was asked many questions about my intensions in Australia including why I'm there, what I do in New Zealand, where am I staying and why, who's meeting me there, and what they do. No idea why...After he stamped my passport I was approached by a second customs officer who asked me the same questions then let me go.

Reminds me of a joke I recently heard:

A young kiwi was going to Australia for the first time and as he went through immigration after he arrived the officer noticed that he had forgotten to answer the 'criminal convictions' part of his arrival card. "Do you have any criminal convictions?" asked the officer. To which the young kiwi replied "oh no sorry I didn't realise you STILL needed criminal convictions to enter Australia!" {Biggrin}

Anyway... I collected my bag which came fairly quickly and went through customs with nothing to declare. The arrivals area at Brisbane is small and there weren't many people there. I had to wait 2 hours for my ride to the Gold Coast to arrive from Nadi, Fiji on an Air Pacific flight so went outside for the first hour and listened to music from my phone then went back inside and got a mag to read. After he arrived we got our rental car and drove to the Gold Coast where I had a awesome one week holiday with my family before flying to the Whitsunday's on Jetstar for 4 days to see a friend then returning to the Gold Coast for another night before flying back to New Zealand.

The Gold Coast is great this time of the year as it isn't so crowded like it is in summer. We had an apartment on the 19th floor of a building facing the beach right across the road from it so going to the beach every day was a must as there isn't really any nice beach back in shitty Palmy.

Beach looking towards Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.


To conclude, the flight was great and the flight attendants and flight crew were very friendly and worked well, good job  bigthumbsup  Food could have been a little less bland though, but no biggie.

I'll try post the return flight on the B747-400 within the next week or so which includes more pictures than this one.

Hope you all enjoyed it, comments are welcome  Smile

Cheers,
NZ747  Smile
 
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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:24 pm

I have to say, I think your pictures are very good for a mobile phone camera, especially the one taken of the 777 cockpit.

A well written trip report; thank you.
 
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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:29 pm

great report , I am hoping to get to experience BP myself later this year on PVG-AKL and AKL-HKG during a quick trip home in November , alas , the perils of fares which are only eligible for stand-by points upgrades mean this is by no means certain .

I know that there is always construction going on at AKL , but do you have any idea what the current construction you referred to where gate 1 used to be - I assume it is to do with the new remote gates off to the west of the current terminal ?
 
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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:19 pm

Excellent report. Seeing the flight map totally reminded me of my flight back from LAX last week, esecially the second picture. Whats was the weather like in OOL in August? Are you sure, the flight deck photo was taken with your cellphone? cause the quality is EXCELLENT.

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 2):
I know that there is always construction going on at AKL , but do you have any idea what the current construction you referred to where gate 1 used to be - I assume it is to do with the new remote gates off to the west of the current terminal ?

Its the new gates yes
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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:26 pm

Nice report mate. The NZ staff at Palmie are usually quite good about jump seating, I've done it a few times without needing to show my lisence Big grin

Glad it was a good flight and Look forward to the 744
 
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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:15 pm

nice report mate!!! i like the picture of the 777 cockpit.

and yess i hear Gold Coast is the place to be....especially a shop called city beach  wink   biggrin 

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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:45 pm

Quoting NZ747 (Thread starter):
"oh no sorry I didn't realise you STILL needed criminal convictions to enter Australia!" {Biggrin}

LOL.....

Nice TR and pics. What did you think of the comfort of the J class seat??? Im doing LAX-LHR in J in November.


Thanks

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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:27 am

I have read in past TRs that the meal servings in BP were TINY. Judging from your pix I would tend to agree. Was it really as small as it looks? Looks as though the steak was about three bites, max.

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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:57 am

Good TR. I would not say the portions are tiny, sufficient would be the word but then I am not a big eater. I find the quality of the catering even in J quiet variable from being really good to downright terrible.
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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:03 pm

Sorry for the late reply all, I've been away in Auckland.

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 2):
great report , I am hoping to get to experience BP myself later this year on PVG-AKL and AKL-HKG during a quick trip home in November , alas , the perils of fares which are only eligible for stand-by points upgrades mean this is by no means certain .

The seats are much better than the old ones. Ring air nz and ask for the BP loads on a few random PVG-AKL and AKL-HKG flights so you know what your odds are. Hope it goes well for you. It will be interesting to find out how the PVG crews are if you write a trip report about it Big grin

Quoting 777ER (Reply 3):
Whats was the weather like in OOL in August?

Rained for the first 5 days non stop, they had flooding north of BNE. After that it was clear blue skies all around. Still warmer than here though haha

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
What did you think of the comfort of the J class seat??? Im doing LAX-LHR in J in November.

So far the best J class seat I've tried. The IFE is outstanding but can be slow at reacting at times, more so on the 744 than the 772. Also if you look out the window too long, as I found out on the 744 (next TR soon), you will prob get a saw neck.

Quoting Oznznut (Reply 7):
I have read in past TRs that the meal servings in BP were TINY

Yeah perhaps a little small. More meat/less vege would have been nice. It was only across the tazzy tho so no big deal about the size. Oh and now that I look and think about it, the Entree was a small tuna steak not salmon.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 3):
Are you sure, the flight deck photo was taken with your cellphone? cause the quality is EXCELLENT.

Sorry, I meant the 'poor' quality pics were taken using my camera phone (flight mode and small so no one can see me and think im a weirdo for taking pics of food  Wink ), the flight deck was with my normal digi cam.

Cheers for the comments, next TR shouldn't be too far away.
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RE: Air New Zealand To Brisbane B777 (with Pics)

Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:25 am

Good report, many thanks.

Quoting NZ747 (Thread starter):
the p-a and then requested a few passengers come to the desk which I was one of them. I went over and the French staff member told me that I have been moved to 2J. Apparently they often do this when couples want to sit next to each other. I was a little disappointed as I wanted the window seat but with all the IFE options it was no biggie.

- Now I'd be less than happy, I want my window.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Quoting NZ747 (Thread starter):
"oh no sorry I didn't realise you STILL needed criminal convictions to enter Australia!" {Biggrin}

LOL.....

- It is amusing  Smile

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