Earlier this year I had the great opportunity to live and study abroad in Australia. This once in a lifetime experience also meant I would get the chance to fly on exotic (for me) airlines I wouldn't have flown!
Whilst on Australia I refused to leave the country and come all the way home to South America without visiting Melbourne. This is the TR of the return flight from Melbourne to Queensland, where I lived during my stay in Australia.
Unfortunately, when I did the flight I did not intend to do a TR out of it, so I only took a few pictures.
I compared fares on the Internet between Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Qantas. Qantas was the most expensive choice, but taking into account I had already flown Virgin (Sydney- Brisbane) and that I wanted to get to Tullamarine (instead of Avalon- Jetstar) I chose Qantas.
Plus, I really wanted to sample the Qantas service before returning home.
I purchased the ticket online, and took the "Red e Deal" (quite cheap). I paid by credit card and it was all done. Effortless.
TO THE AIRPORT
I got my carry on bag ready and went to the nearest tram stop (tram fan here). O hopped on one and bought a two-hour metlink, more than enough to get me Melbourne's CBD. I hopped out a few blocks away from Southern Cross Station, where I took the Skybus to Tullamarine Airport. In no time I found myself at Qantas Domestic Terminal.
Melbourne -- Brisbane
Boarding time: 11:45
June 19, 2007
I had the pleasure to use just for the second time the Auto Check in Kiosks. No lines, no nothing. The only thing that worried me a little is that the machine doesn't ask for any kind of ID, anyone knowing I was traveling that day could have gone earlier than me and gotten my boarding pass. I hope there is a procedure to prevent this.
As I only had a carry-on, I proceeded immediately to the gates. Again fast and effortless. It is a pleasure to fly this way.
(Domestic travel is new for me; in Uruguay we don't have it)
Inside the terminal I walked up and down, and took a picture of this Jetstar A320 getting ready for departure for the Gold Coast.
Soon it was time to board the aircraft. I noticed Qantas does not use the zone boarding method, so anyone ca board whenever they want. The load today was quite light, in fact, I had the whole row to myself.
The crew rapidly completed the Safety Briefing and we were soon on our way out of an overcast Melbourne. The sun was shining up at cruise level.
A sandwich was served, OK for a short flight like this. The napkin provided was also a bag to put all the trash in. I thought it was clever. Something was displayed on the Overhead Monitors, but I was much more concentrated on the book I bought along, and I don't recall what was being broadcasted.
A wing view during cruise. Unfortunately the window was quite scratched.
Descent to Brisbane was soon started, quite bumpy. During the approach we had awesome views of the Gold Coast, prior flying over Moreton Bay on final approach to Brisbane Airport.
Touchdown was quite firm, but well; it was a windy day after all. Having only my carry-on and being on a domestic flight I just walked away from the airport. The pleasure of domestic flying. Before I left I noticed the plane was continuing north to Cairns.
Well, I hoped you enjoyed reading this. And forgive me for my English, I could have certainly learnt much more of it in Australia.