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SYD-AKL-MEL-SYD W/QF New Logo & Interior Many Pics

Sat Sep 15, 2007 6:27 pm

6 September 2007
QF 43
B 767-338ER Reg: VH-OGD
Seat: 26A
Depart time, scheduled 11:35 Actual 11:47
Runway 16R
Arrival time, scheduled 16:35 Actual 16:49
Runway 05

With the APEC disruption coming up, and the need for a break, I decided to go back home to Auckland for a long weekend and to see family. I chose the late morning flight to AKL as it allowed me to have a relaxing trip, and meant not having either to get up early, or get into AKL late.
With all the traffic disruptions around Sydney I decided to take the train to the airport, which took in all about an hour, longer than if I went by taxi, but with the chaos around the city, the taxi would have taken longer and been far more expensive.
As I wasn’t going away for long, I only had hand luggage, so check in was very quick, especially as there was no one else at the First Class counter. As I was given my boarding pass, I was also given a pass for ‘premium immigration & security’ line, which I hadn’t seen before. It looks like something arranged between Qantas and the airport, but it meant I avoided the long immigration and security lines, which are always bad early morning with all the flights to the US.

After purchasing the requested duty free, I went straight up to the First Class lounge and headed towards the dining area for some breakfast. From the menu I chose scrambled eggs, hash brown and bacon, and very nice it was to. During my meal I received a few calls from people at work, but they soon stopped calling once I told them how good it was in the lounge, and the food was great.

VH-OEG heading to LAX<

VH-OEB heading to LAX and JFK as QF 107

2 QF 744s, one to LAX the other to JNB.

Earlier in the week, a friend who works with Qantas gave me the [expected] regos of the planes I would be on, so I expected my first flight to be VH-OGE, but imagine my surprise and delight to see it was infact VH-OGD, the first plane with the new logo and interior colours.


The new interior of VH-OGD

Air Calin flight arriving

When I asked at checkin, if the flight was full and whether I could have a window seat with the isle next to me free, I was told that was not possible, as the flight was full due to a ANZ flight cancellation, so I had no expectations. However as the number of people getting on board got less and there was still no one next to me, I started to get a bit hopeful, and when the CSM said the front door was closed, and still there was no one next to me, I realised it was my lucky day.

We were quite delayed in pushing back, but the captain announced that due to good winds, and a short taxi to 16R we would make up most of the delay and arrive into AKL close to schedule, which was good as I had the mother ‘taxi’ waiting to pick me up.


Port Botany and the containership wharfs

Once the flight levelled out, I did the same, making the most of the spare seat next to me. The advertised movie, Licence to Wed, didn’t interest me, so I read until the meal service came around. Interestingly, the crew did not use a trolley but came to each person, asking what they wanted, (green chicken curry in my case), and went back to the galley to get the requested meal.
The rest of the flight passed uneventfully, but this time instead of doing a tour above Auckland City and coming in from the north, we came straight in over the Manukau Harbour, quicker, but less scenic.

Whatipu and the Waitakeres

South Head

More Whatipu

Manukau Harbour

Auckland City with Little Barrier just visible in the distance

Arrival was a few minutes late but disembarking was very quick, with customs and immigration even quicker. It took me less than 10 minutes from the time the plane reached the blocks, till I was outside the terminal waiting for my ride, very impressive.

When I go home, my father and I usually spend an afternoon spotting from the public viewing area, but the Northeasterly winds which caused the direct approach into AKL the previous day, were still around, meaning we were taking photos of departing planes, which are higher and harder to shoot than arriving planes.

SQ 744 heading home

EVA Air A332

ANZ 763

10 September 2007
QF 26
B 747-438E Reg: VH-OJS
Seat: 1K
Depart time, scheduled 06:30 Actual 06:50
Runway 05
Arrival time, scheduled 08:20 Actual 08:35
Runway 34

Thanks to a previous Qantas debacle, I had a voucher to use, so I decided to splash out and take a longer routing back to Sydney, so that I could gain some more status credits in order to retain Platinum. Going via Melbourne seemed like a good way to do this, except for the early start.
Earlier in the week I decided to put in for a points upgrade to business class so I could enjoy the flight even more – what a good decision that turned out to be.
My friend at Qantas had told me that the expected rego was going to be VH-OJA, disappointing as I think I have been on OJA at least once a year for the last 3 or 4.
On Sunday afternoon, I checked my points balance and found I had been deducted the 16000 points for the upgrade, and then checked my seat allocation, 1K, great at the nose of a 744, doesn’t get much better than that. Reading some other airline news, I saw that OJC had done a 5th pod ferry for OJB which was stuck in FRA, and so began to wonder whether OJA would infact be changed.

4am Monday morning arrived a little to quickly, but I was soon checking in at the airport getting my pass from Mel and SYD. The SYD seating was 24J, so I asked to have the window seat. It wasn’t till later that I realised I should think about these things first.
Surprised that they were open before 5am, I did some dutyfree shopping, getting some All Black gear to give some friends in France during next months trip there [work trip to France at the end of the World Cup, sometimes my timing is good].
After clearing immigration and security I went up to the small room that passes as the QF First Class lounge, and waiting for boarding.
Boarding was called at 06:00 and I walked to the gate to find it was a bit disorganised, general boarding by rows had been called, but also business class were told they could board at any time, but there was no one taking their passes. Flight didn’t seem to full, so it didn’t seem to matter much.
Due to the position of the plane I was not able to check the rego, but as I walked inside the plane and was told to turn left, I saw them, the 14 First Class seats. This was not a 2 class plane as expected, but a 3 class substitute.
Upon sitting in 1K, the FA asked me if I wanted a drink, which I did, and I also asked for the rego. When she came back with my orange juice, she told me the plane was VH-OJS. I was initially disappointed as I had been on this plane before, but after the mind woke up, I realised that this was one of the few 744s that had the new interior.

First Class cabin

More First Class cabin

ANZ 772

Our reflection

Pushback was about 20 minutes late due to the loading paperwork from Australia taking time, but a the familiar announcement of good winds, arriving on schedule etc from the captain was heard. At this point in time, relaxing in 1K, I didn’t mind how long we were delayed for.

View from the nose of the plane

Turing onto the runway

Unusual visitors at AKL

Leaving AKL

Manukau Harbour

After the seatbelt sign had been turned off, I got up and had a walk around the plane, seeing the new red colours of the pleb economy class, which is really the only major difference. There were about 8 people seated in business class downstairs and only 4 of us in First Class, which seemed a bit unusual, not that I was complaining.


The usual hot or cold breakfast options were available so I went for the scrambled eggs and sausage, not amazing but better than what I guess was served down the back.

After breakfast

After breakfast, I took advantage of the seat and reclined fully and started to watch a program on the building of the Millau bridge in France, which was followed by a program on the A380. Unfortunately I went to sleep half way through and missed most of it, but couldn’t be bothered rewinding to watch especially as we had just made landfall over Australia and outside was more interesting than the video.

Approaching Melbourne

On finals into MEL

VH-OJF which I imagine arrived into Mel as QF 10 from LHR earlier in the morning

Due to traffic congestion we were slightly delayed arriving into Melbourne, but by only 15 minutes, and I had a good 1.5 hours connection to my flight to Sydney, so there was no concern.
We arrived at a 2 aerobridge gate, however the forward bridge didn’t want to work so we all had to disembark at 2L, but the plebs were still being held back to allow the business class folk to deplane first.
On arrival at immigration there were large signs saying that Channel 7 were filming ‘Border Security’ and if you didn’t want to be on TV, say so, but I didn’t see any signs of filming much to my disappointment.
As with Auckland, clearing immigration was very quick, and I was very soon in the Qantas Club.

10 September 2007
QF 424
B 767-338E Reg: VH-OGI
Seat: 24K
Depart time, scheduled 10:00 Actual 10:01
Runway 34
Arrival time, scheduled 11:30 Actual 11:18
Runway 34L

At 09:30 I wandered down to the gate to see what the rego of my next plane was, and found another 763 that I hadn’t been on. Boarding started with 20 minutes until departure, and when I found my seat, I was suitably annoyed with myself. I hadn’t remembered that row 24 is a window blank. Making this more annoying I had made a note of window blanks as I left the 763 in AKL.
With no way of taking photos, I put my headphones on and rested the journey to Sydney.

Unusual coloured Jetstar A332

Thanks for reading.
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RE: SYD-AKL-MEL-SYD W/QF New Logo & Interior Many Pics

Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:24 am

Great TR, a most enjoyable read and great set of pictures.

I have my first QF flights next month inc a 747-300 Smile, all in 'Y' though  Sad

Look forward to the next TR.


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RE: SYD-AKL-MEL-SYD W/QF New Logo & Interior Many Pics

Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:29 am

Quoting QFFlyer (Thread starter):

Great trip report there QFFlyer nice balance of details and photos thoroughly enjoyed it. Very lucky to get the 3 class B744

BTW what type of camera do you use?
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RE: SYD-AKL-MEL-SYD W/QF New Logo & Interior Many Pics

Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:15 am

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 2):
Great trip report there QFFlyer nice balance of details and photos thoroughly enjoyed it


Quoting VHVXB (Reply 2):
Very lucky to get the 3 class B744

And luckier that it was an updated interior one.

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 2):
what type of camera do you use?

I use a Canon 350D

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RE: SYD-AKL-MEL-SYD W/QF New Logo & Interior Many Pics

Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:25 pm

Enjoyed the trip report and the photos are great. Excuse my ignorance but the updated interiors that you refer to are just changes in seat covers and carpets, aren't they? After re-reading the Qantas press releases the only other change for the 747's will be the installation of premium economy seating (damn, I was under the impression that the 747-400's would be like the A380 interiors minus USB port for economy).
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RE: SYD-AKL-MEL-SYD W/QF New Logo & Interior Many Pics

Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:39 pm

Quoting Allrite (Reply 4):
but the updated interiors that you refer to are just changes in seat covers and carpets, aren't they

Yes thats correct. It took me a while to notice any change in the First Class cabin..!


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