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Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:01 pm




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Background about the Round-the-World Trip
A round-the-world trip had been on my wish list for many years and last summer I finally decided to go. Originally, my plan for October 2010 was to visit a good friend in Brisbane again after a break of four years. While searching for flight options, I realized that a visit to Brisbane would be a great opportunity to create a round-the-world trip. RTW packages by the large alliances didn't attract me due to numerous restrictions and the limited choice of airlines. I found it much more interesting to combine all kinds of airlines without someone restricting anything.

As usual, my focus was on new carriers and new types - and my intensive searches turned out to be successful. First of all, I booked the long-haul flights, followed by a few connecting flights. Finally, I added some more side trip flights. Final routing: Munich-Bangkok-Brisbane-Melbourne-Albury-Sydney-Auckland-Christchurch-Dunedin-Wellington-Auckland-San Francisco-Munich. The itinerary included 12 flights, 7 new airlines, 5 new airports and 3 new types. I would leave on 2 October and return 11 days later, after flying 26345 miles (42398 kilometers).

Part I can be found here:
Thai Fails To Impress: MUC-BKK-BNE On 744 & 777


Planning Details - Part II
How to get from Brisbane to Sydney? That was one of the key questions during the planning phase. I wanted to try some new airlines, so I ruled out Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Blue. REX Regional Express was of particular interest because I would get both a new carrier and a new type (Saab 340). However, REX doesn't fly to Brisbane, so I somehow needed to get to one of its destinations first. Then I found out that Tiger Airways Australia - another new carrier for me - offered flights from Brisbane to Adelaide and Melbourne at reasonable prices. REX uses both airports as hubs, but Melbourne seemed to be the better choice due to more suitable flying times and connecting options. REX even offered one-stop connections between Melbourne and Sydney, but I tried to add another new carrier. So I started searching for destinations between Melbourne and Sydney served by both REX and QantasLink. I compared flying times and fares and identified Albury (ABX) as the most suitable destination for a self-made connection. So I finally booked BNE-MEL on Tiger, a night at the Best Western Melbourne Airport, MEL-ABX on REX, ABX-SYD on QantasLink - operated by an Eastern Australia Airlines DHC-8-300 - and a night at the Formule 1 Hotel Sydney Airport.




Brisbane & Gold Coast Sightseeing
I hadn't been in good shape after my arrival in Brisbane, but on the next day I felt fine again. My friend and I took a bus to downtown Brisbane for some shopping.



City Hall:



Customs House:





South Bank:











Of course I wanted to see some wildlife, so we went to the nearby Alma Park Zoo on the next day. It's quite small, but you can see the country's most famous species there:









Some lazy guys:









Very impressive bird:



Koalas certainly belong to Australia's cutest animals:





What would Australia be without snakes?





Impressive tree:



On the way back to Brisbane we made a stop at Mount Coot-tha and enjoyed great views of the city:







On the next day we headed south to the famous Gold Coast. First of all, we made a short stop at Coolangatta Airport (OOL) where I got three new registrations (Airnorth Regional E170, Jetstar A320, Virgin Blue 737-800). We even saw a Jetstar A330-200 departing to Tokyo from the distance. Btw - the runway straddles five suburbs of twin cities across the state border of Queensland and New South Wales. During summer these states are in two different time zones. Quite odd!

Then we visited Point Danger, a headland indicating the border between New South Wales and Queensland. You can find a lighthouse there...





...as well as a Captain Cook memorial:



Beautiful scenery:





We went to a fabulous beach for a while and also walked a few steps through shallow water. In the background you can see the skyline of Surfers Paradise:



Dark rain clouds soon gathered over the area and we decided to return to Brisbane:






Friday, 8 October 2010
Brisbane (BNE) - Melbourne (MEL)
Tiger Airways Australia TT5205
Scheduled times: 14:20-17:40
Actual times: 14:30-17:50
Flight duration: 01:59 (hrs)
Distance: 857 miles
Economy Class, seat 8A

Airbus A320-232
VH-VNO (MSN 4053)
First delivered to Tiger Airways as 9V-TAL in 10/2009


1st flight on VH-VNO
35th A320-200 flight
36th A320 flight
62nd A32X flight
102nd airline



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My friend had to drop me off early at Brisbane Airport on departure day and I killed the time by reading and spotting. There is a spot next to the domestic terminal parking lot where you can see a part of the apron and a part of the main runway, but it started raining and I had to return after a while. Unfortunately, you cannot see anything from the public area in the terminal.

According to the flight information display screens, the flight would operate on time. I had been concerned about that Tiger service after hearing and reading numerous reports about delays, schedule adjustments and cancellations. On the evening before, I hadn't found the flight on Melbourne Airport's website and not even on Tiger's website. However, it turned out to be sold out - that's why I hadn't found it by using the booking engine. Btw - it hadn't been possible to check in online because I was planning to travel with checked luggage (already paid for at the time of booking). Just recently, Tiger has changed its check-in options and introduced an AUD 20 fee for all those who travel with hand luggage only and don't check in online.

Anyway, I went to the counters early enough and was among the first passengers to check in after the agents had shown up two hours prior to departure. In addition to the luggage fee of some AUD 35, I hadn't wanted to pay an extra fee of AUD 10 for a pre-reserved seat. I had hoped to get a window seat in the back at check-in, but the agent could only offer me 8A. That was quite disappointing, but of course I accepted it. Now I was finally able to go airside and could continue spotting there:



Qantas 737-800 VH-VXB Yananyi Dreaming:


Time passed quickly and in the end I had logged a total of 28 new registrations. My Tiger A320 from Melbourne, VH-VNO to be exact, arrived on time and boarding commenced shortly. VH-VNO was the newest plane in the fleet back in October. Originally it had been delivered to Tiger Airways (Singapore) as 9V-TAL in October 2009. Tiger Airways Australia currently operates a fleet of 10 A320-200s.

The airline doesn't use jet bridges at Brisbane - probably the one and only jet-equipped carrier doing so - and all passengers had to go for a walk. No doubts, it turned out to be my longest boarding walk ever. I don't know whether that was caused by ongoing construction work. When will the aircraft finally show up?



Ah, there it is!



Virgin Blue 737-700 VH-VBY taxiing out for departure:



Unfortunately, the rain had become stronger and the queues outside the aircraft doors had become longer. Numerous passengers - including myself - stopped walking and kept standing under a roofed area for a while. Some people had taken umbrellas - lucky folks!



Anyway, I had to move forward at some point and got a bit wet until I could enter the cabin. Despite the rain, I took a picture of the Tiger...


...but only a few moments later I realized that it had been a bad idea: the camera lens cover didn't close any more.  Embarrassment I was very concerned about that and carefully wiped away all the tiny drops. Luckily, after a few minutes, the lens cover closed again.  relieved 

Two flight attendants in the 30s were present at the main door - the female was friendly, but the male neither smiled nor greeted - he didn't seem to be happy about another load of "cattle"...  Yeah sure

The basic fabric seats weren't comfortable...



...and legroom wasn't enjoyable either:



The rain had become much worse and I was glad about being seated now. It was high time to leave Brisbane!



After all seats had been taken, we left the parking position slightly late and taxied to runway 19. This is a nice spotting spot close to the runway:



We took off into grey skies...





...and cruised over a thick layer of clouds for a while:



Then it was time to have a look at the buy-on-board options. I was quite disappointed about the lack of sandwiches or any decent hot items:



I also found it very odd that the advertised combos cost the same as combined single items:



Finally, I decided to try a "gourmet muffin" (AUD 4) and a Schweppes lemonade (AUD 3):


The muffin (tiramisu flavor) wasn't bad, but I'm still wondering why it is called "gourmet muffin"...  Yeah sure My female seat neighbor ordered a so-called "handi-rice", but it didn't smell like red curry, but garlic...  Embarrassment

More than an hour after departure it looked much better down there:



Later in the flight, I walked all the way to the rear section in order to take a cabin picture:



On approach to Melbourne Tullamarine:





We touched down after a flying time of 1 hour and 59 minutes. Emirates Boeing 777 tail next to two Air New Zealand A320s:



VH-VNO taxied to a remote parking area, but I didn't mind this time because the weather was quite nice.



I took the chance to take some more pictures in the late afternoon sun. When a ground staff member asked me to stop, I just nodded and put the camera away - I had already taken all desired pictures:







Two minutes later I stepped into a rather interesting "arrival hall" - or whatever you would call this:



Vending machines, seats, restrooms - that facility left nothing to be desired...  Wink


As soon as I had picked up my luggage, I went to the main terminal building and called my hotel. Less than 30 minutes later I arrived at the Best Western Melbourne Airport. It's a rather basic and aged hotel, built in motel style, but it was okay for one night. It was very cold in the room and I even complained about the apparently broken heater, but a staff member showed up and explained that this old-style model was just a bit slow…




Saturday, 9 October 2010
Melbourne (MEL) - Albury (ABX)
REX Regional Express ZL3154
Scheduled times: 09:45-10:35
Actual times: 10:12-10:58
Flight duration: 00:41 (hrs)
Distance: 161 miles
Economy Class, seat 10A

Saab 340B
VH-TRX (s/n 287)
First delivered to Business Express as N360BE in 02/1992


1st flight on VH-TRX
1st Saab 340B flight
1st Saab 340 flight
103rd airline



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Early the next morning I took the shuttle back to the airport and went straight to the REX check-in counters. The area was deserted and I didn't have to wait in line. I was glad to see that my suitcase weighed less than 15 kilos which is the airline's limit. An excess baggage fee of AUD 5.50 would have been levied for each additional kilo. I asked for a single seat in the back and gladly accepted 10A. Then I quickly went to my gate and enjoyed the views through large windows. I would get 19 new registrations until departure.

Here's the REX apron:



Tiger A320 and Singapore Airlines Cargo 747-400F in the background:



Boarding commenced on time, but after the boarding pass check all passengers had to remain in a ground floor waiting area for the time being. Unfortunately, I didn't completely understand an announcement due to acoustic reasons. Obviously, passengers were asked to wait some more time due to a delay. Some moments later, I spotted a mechanic starting to work on VH-ZRB, the nearest Saab 340:


I was convinced that our delay was caused by a technical problem with VH-ZRB and I simply hoped that it would be solved soon. My connecting time at Albury was more than 3 hours, but you never know...anyway, the mechanic finished his work some 15 minutes later and I felt relieved. Some minutes later we were invited to board - but we were led to another aircraft!  Confused Last minute aircraft change or not? I wasn't sure. Anyway, our flight would be operated by VH-TRX, one of 45 Saab 340s in the fleet:



The first officer, wearing a yellow safety vest, was standing in front of the propeller and greeted all passengers. After a very friendly welcome by the female flight attendant, I walked down the small cabin to my row. The plane was equipped with comfortable old-style leather seats...





...and seat pitch wasn’t bad either:



I counted a total of 15 passengers, including myself:



Nice view from seat 10A:



Again, just like on the Embraer 120, I was surprised by the well-tolerable noise level. Takeoff was unspectacular, but I enjoyed the scenery:







Shortly after takeoff, the friendly flight attendant served coffee, tea and water as well as tasty butter cookies:



The well-made REX inflight magazine:



Descend commenced about 30 minutes after takeoff:







There wasn't much to see after touchdown, we came to stop next to a parking lot:



The first officer had taken his position in front of the propeller again and said goodbye to all passengers. "Sure!", he said after I asked whether I could take pictures. Then he even offered to take a picture of me and the aircraft and of course I agreed. Nice!  thumbsup 


Btw - have a look at the writing and the painting below the first cabin window. First of all, there's the airline's motto which can be found on many, if not all REX aircraft: "Our heart is in the country". In addition to that, VH-TRX has a caricature of Kay Hull, MHR (Member of the Australian House of Representatives) whose efforts were instrumental in helping REX to become established. The City of Wagga Wagga, where the airline's headquarters is located at, is within her electorate of Riverina.


Transfer at Albury
After a short walk, I stepped into the small arrival hall, picked up my luggage and went to the check-in area which is equipped with nice and comfortable leather chairs:



Usually I don't take pictures of flight information display screens, but this one was quite interesting:



This is the gate area - accessible without security control:


Apparently, the existing security checkpoints are only activated for certain flights, e.g. the Virgin Blue E-Jet services. You don't get screened if you fly on QantasLink and REX turboprop planes.

Checking in wasn't possible yet, so I bought a drink and a snack and took a seat in the gate area. Usually you only find these kinds of chairs in a lounge:



Very exciting movements kept me busy...  Wink


While waiting there, I got a phone call by Airliners.net community manager PanAm_DC10 alias Paul McCarthy. I had sent him a message from Brisbane and asked whether he would be interested in a spotter meeting at Sydney Airport. I had also met him during my last Australia visit in 2006. Paul now told me that he could indeed pick me up later in the afternoon - excellent news!  thumbsup 




Saturday, 9 October 2010
Albury (ABX) - Sydney (SYD)
QantasLink QF2210, operated by Eastern Australia Airlines
Scheduled times: 13:40-15:00
Actual times: 13:44-15:02
Flight duration: 01:11 (hrs)
Distance: 280 miles
Economy Class, seat 11D

Bombardier DHC-8Q-315
VH-SBV (MSN 595)
First delivered to Sunstate Airlines in 06/2003


1st flight on VH-SBV
6th DHC-8-300 flight
9th DHC-8 flight
104th airline



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As soon as the counters were opened, I checked in and returned to the comfortable chairs in the gate area. I had asked for a seat in the back and the friendly male agent had offered 11D which I gladly accepted. VH-SBV, one of 14 active Dash 8-300s in the Eastern Australia Airlines fleet, arrived on time:


The pink ribbon next to the main door is to advertise QantasLink's support of breast cancer research. Sunstate Airlines even operates a specially painted Dash 8-400 (VH-QOH) for that reason. I would have preferred the Dash 8-400 in general for my hop to Sydney, but that type had only been available on earlier and later flights. Taking pictures wasn't a problem at all:



After a friendly welcome at the door, I found an older lady sitting in my window seat. Of course I didn't want to give up my reserved seat, so I politely told her about the situation. She explained that she hadn't carefully checked the seat number and immediately agreed to switch to the aisle seat. If it had been a common flight within Europe, I wouldn't have insisted in changing seats. However, I don't see the nice Australian landscape very often.

The black leather seats were comfortable...



...and legroom was even better than on REX:



We left the parking position slightly behind schedule, but rolled onto runway 07 only four minutes later:



What a beautiful day, what a beautiful scenery:











Coffee, tea, water and tasty cupcakes were served 15 minutes after takeoff. The pink iced cupcake is another sign of QantasLink's support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation:



I didn't leave my seat for a cabin picture during the flight out of respect for the older lady next to me, but I decided to do that after landing. The approach to Sydney was truly enjoyable:













We touched down after 1 hour and 11 minutes and came to stop only three minutes later. I waited until most other passengers had left (load factor almost 100 percent, btw) and finally took a cabin picture:


A young female flight attendant, probably a trainee, found it quite amusing that I took pictures of the empty seats and the cabin and I briefly told her about my intention. Then her colleague offered to take a picture of me and I gladly agreed. Very nice ladies!  thumbsup 


Formule 1 Hotel and Sydney Spotting
Hotels had been quite expensive at Sydney Airport and I didn't like the location of some of them. Finally, after reading numerous reports on TripAdvisor, I decided to try the relatively new Formule 1 hotel which is within walking distance from the domestic terminal. Of course you shouldn't expect too much - it's a very basic low-cost facility - but the receptionist was friendly and the room was clean:



Here are some views from the room - fast food supply...



...and some aircraft:



Paul soon called again and picked me up shortly afterwards. Then we went to a nice spot, enjoyed the movements and talked a lot about the airline business and Airliners.net.

Jetstar A330 and SIA 777:



What would Sydney be without the A380? This is VH-OQD:




We stayed there until it got dark and within a few hours I had logged 32 new registrations. Many thanks again to Paul for taking the time and driving me around. Story to be continued...



Conclusion
Tiger Airways Australia is just another low-cost carrier without a special product. You have to pay for almost everything, seating is cramped and uncomfortable, the buy-on-board options are limited. Passengers can easily get wet during boarding and may arrive at the least attractive terminal areas. My flight operated on time, but there are numerous reports about a lack of reliability (delays, cancellations etc). If I have the choice in the future, I will most likely invest a bit more money and take Qantas or Virgin Blue.
In contrast, flying REX and QantasLink was a pleasure: comfortable seating, free service (catering and checked luggage), friendly staff. What else can you ask for on short domestic hops? I can only recommend to try these carriers.

From an enthusiast's point of view, the journey between Brisbane and Sydney was a big success: three new airlines (operating almost on time), one new type, one new airport, 86 new registrations and a nice spotter meeting - the result could hardly have been better.  thumbsup 


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - my previous trip reports:
Thai Fails To Impress: MUC-BKK-BNE On 744 & 777
Painful Delay & My 100th Airline: AF A380, VO F100
Fifth Freedom Tidbit: Kuwait Airways A300-600
Ship Vs. Plane: Porto Santo Line & Sata Air Açores
Awesome Approach, Splendid Scenery: LIS, FNC & TAP
Guernsey, Ash Cloud Alarm & Mostly Empty SQ 77Ws
Totally Thrilling: Scenic Flight On Lufthansa A380
Cirrus D38, Adria CRJ & Captain Niki Lauda On Duty
Monarch Hot Meal, E195 & More: PMI-ALC-MAN-MUC
Premium Meal & Palma Spotting: MUC-PMI, DE 757-300
The Dead Slow Transfer: PEK-MUC On Air China A332
Cancellation Brings Joy: HKG-PEK on Dragonair A330
A380 Cacophony, 777 Star Livery: DXB-SIN-HKG on SQ
The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330
Turkey For 1.5 Hrs: Daytrip To AYT On Sky Airlines
CO Scores Again: ATL-IAH-EWR-FRA On ERJ, 752 & 764
Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR
Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER
Bye Bye, Hell! TRD-OSL-TXL-NUE - DY/AB/HE DH4
My Trip To Hell: NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD On Cimber & SAS
SFO-YUL-FRA: Map- & Sleepless On Air Canada's 77W
Sin City Gloss & Virgin America's Chic First Class
Seat Dilemma & Canyon Glamour: FRA To LAX, AC 763
On Par With Air France? DTW-AMS-MUC, KLM A330
Goodbye, Red Tails! DC-9-40/50 & Chicago Tour
Champagne & World Of Coke: Air France A340 To ATL
"Mission A380": Disappointing Legs On BA/BD/EI
Delights Of Doha, 773 & 77W: DOH-DXB-LHR On EK
A380 Really a Step Forward? LHR-DXB-DOH On EK
Quality & Style: HKG-LHR On Air New Zealand 744
Taiwan Trio: TransAsia, UNI Air And The Taipei 101
"The Wings Of Taiwan": EVA Air A332, 744 Combi
SHA-SZX, Shanghai 757: Delayed By The Military
PEK-SHA, China Eastern A330 & Shanghai At Night
Striking Newcomer: Berlin-Beijing On Hainan A330
Short & Splendid: MXP-MUC On Air Dolomiti's 146
3 Hours On Blue1: HEL-MXP On The MD-90
BCN-MAD-ZRH-MUC: UX Shuttle Meets Swiss Quality
MUC-MAD-BCN: Star MD-87 & The Pain Of Vueling
Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
4 Stars Or 5 Stars? FRA-KUL-FRA, Malaysia 777s
First And Last Time? JFK-FCO-MUC, Alitalia 777
JFK For 1 Day: Transatlantic Hop On CSA's A310
Sardinian Sun, Shiny New 73Gs & Cramped Mad Dog
Top And Flop: KIX-HEL-MUC, Finnair A320 & MD-11
The 524-Seat Twin-jet: HND-ITM On ANA 777-300
Kobe For 1 Hour: 767-Quickie On ANA & Skymark
Rocketing To Tokyo: FUK-HND On JAL (ex-JAS) 777
Oddities & Okinawa: JTA 734 & JAL 744D(Domestic)
MUC To Nagoya: Finnair E170 & (Old) "New" A340
Mad Dog, A320 Tech Delay & Best Of Lanzarote
Canaries Prop-Hopping: Islas Airways & Naysa
Canaries And Confusion: LH CRJ900 & Spanair A321
Hubbing For 162 Miles: HOQ-FRA-STR Ret On IQ/EW/LH
BOS-JFK-AMS-MUC: SSSS-Check And KLM 777
ATL-PIT-JFK-BOS: FL B717, JetBlue E190 And Delays
MUC-AMS-MEM-ATL On NWA A332 And 40-year-old DC-9
FRA-BKK-FRA Via CMB: SriLankan A332 & A343
BNE-SIN-DXB-MUC On Emirates B772ER & B773
2 Hours In Paradise: Hamilton Island (JQ/DJ)
BNE-SYD-BNE: Domestic Run On QF’s Oldest B747-400
Testing Qantas: SYD-MEL-SYD-BNE (B738, B763, A332)
Going Down Under: MUC-DXB-SYD On EK A332 & A345
9/11 Review: Failed Trip To LAX - Fuel Dump Pics
Surprised By NIKI's Newest A320 & Screw-up By AB
Leisure Vs. Full Service: Condor & SN Brussels
"betterFly" On LH: Business Class For 99 Euro
Weekend Transatlantic Trip (2): US A321 & B762
Transatlantic For A Weekend (1): MUC-DCA On US


[Edited 2011-02-22 11:34:46]
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:29 pm

Hi PH
as usual very good TR.
This time you chose airlines which normally are not covered well in this section.
Tiger Airways looks quite poor in terms of service, interieur, and airport facilities. I would probably choose Jetstar over them.
REX looks like a small high quality airline, which is far better than the legacy carriers.
QantasLink also looks good, and the service is for this short flight reasonable.
Thank you a lot for sharing this experience and the very good pictures of the trip and of the city of Brisbane.

Cheers
Johannes
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:39 pm

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
as usual very good TR.

Hi Johannes, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
Tiger Airways looks quite poor in terms of service, interieur, and airport facilities. I would probably choose Jetstar over them.

Jetstar didn't impress me much, but it definitely beats Tiger.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
REX looks like a small high quality airline, which is far better than the legacy carriers.

Yes, it's a very good airline - and these Saabs are nice, too.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
QantasLink also looks good, and the service is for this short flight reasonable.

Qantas offers a very good domestic product in general.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
Thank you a lot for sharing this experience and the very good pictures of the trip and of the city of Brisbane.

Nice to hear you liked it!


PH
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:51 pm

Hello PH - great to see a trip report featuring my home town - Brisbane. Looks like you had a nice time.

Thanks for your great pics as well. Fantastic shots. Nice to see you enjoyed your Rex and Qantaslink experiences. I flew with QF Link all the way up to Cairns a couple of years ago on the Dash 8 - 400 (and posted a report here). It was a great trip. I like the Dash 8!

I've never flown Tiger as they did not exist when I left Australia to move to the UK. Dont think I will be rushing to do so either!

There is (or used to be) a dedicated spotting area (outdoors) at BNE which was great for departures from RW19 as aircraft taxied by in close proximity. The spot was mostly good in the afternoons - in the mornings, it was always facing into the sun.

Sorry to see that you were on the wrong side of the aircraft for your landing into SYD. The "A" side would have revealed amazing harbour views and central Sydney.

I leave for Brisbane on Friday to visit family and friends, via HEL and HKG on AY and QF. I can't wait. I have not been back since late 2009.

Cheers and thanks again. P/jet
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:05 pm

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Hello PH - great to see a trip report featuring my home town - Brisbane. Looks like you had a nice time.

Thanks for your great pics as well. Fantastic shots.

Hi Palmjet, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Nice to see you enjoyed your Rex and Qantaslink experiences. I flew with QF Link all the way up to Cairns a couple of years ago on the Dash 8 - 400 (and posted a report here). It was a great trip. I like the Dash 8!

I usually prefer other turboprop planes because I don't like the Dash's large engine/gearbox, but I still enjoyed the flight on QFLink.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
I've never flown Tiger as they did not exist when I left Australia to move to the UK. Dont think I will be rushing to do so either!

No, there's no reason to.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Sorry to see that you were on the wrong side of the aircraft for your landing into SYD. The "A" side would have revealed amazing harbour views and central Sydney.

Okay, so I missed it again...has happened several times now.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
I leave for Brisbane on Friday to visit family and friends, via HEL and HKG on AY and QF. I can't wait. I have not been back since late 2009.

Sounds interesting. Have a great trip!


PH
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:28 pm

Hey PlaneHunter, cool to catch up on your story. Enjoyed your pictures from around the South Bank. Im guessing that features a kind of man made beach there? If so, a cool touch.

Your pictures of Tiger have me agreeing with your conclusion about them. All looks a bit of a mundane airline. Perhaps the FR of the Southern Hemisphere?
In contrast, your following Two flights look amazing. Interesting aircraft with the SAAB 340 and i thought the view from behind the wing was excellent. Your snacks on both REX and QANTASlink have a good, homemade look to them. Very interesting.

Thank you for the write up PH. Always a pleasure to read.

Oh!! nearly forgot....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Two minutes later I stepped into a rather interesting "arrival hall" - or whatever you would call this:

What the .... Looks like the baggage claim spilled out into the car park.

Cheers, Lee.
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:37 pm

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 5):
Hey PlaneHunter, cool to catch up on your story.
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 5):
Thank you for the write up PH. Always a pleasure to read.

Many thanks, Lee!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 5):
Enjoyed your pictures from around the South Bank. Im guessing that features a kind of man made beach there? If so, a cool touch.

That's indeed a man made beach. Hopefully it will be restored after the flooding.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 5):
Your pictures of Tiger have me agreeing with your conclusion about them. All looks a bit of a mundane airline. Perhaps the FR of the Southern Hemisphere?

Yes, absolutely. An airline to avoid...

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 5):
What the .... Looks like the baggage claim spilled out into the car park.

Great, isn't it?  


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:59 pm

Quite interesting reading that.

I have at various stages flown all three airlines, and had similar experiences. Tiger was not that good, and facilities are primitive. Never thought of them as an Australian Ryanair.

Yet I have found with the regional airlines, you are treated like a fellow human being, and not cattle like with Tiger.

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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:15 pm

Quoting ryan h (Reply 7):
Quite interesting reading that.

I have at various stages flown all three airlines, and had similar experiences.

Hi Ryan, thanks for your feedback.

Quoting ryan h (Reply 7):
Tiger was not that good, and facilities are primitive. Never thought of them as an Australian Ryanair.

I guess FR is an inspiring example for TT.

Quoting ryan h (Reply 7):
Yet I have found with the regional airlines, you are treated like a fellow human being, and not cattle like with Tiger.

Well said.

Quoting ryan h (Reply 7):
My reports from my experiences are buried in the trip report section.

I think I remember some of them.


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:09 am

Another good report, Planehunter!

Some interesting routes, and some interesting airlines! I'm impressed by the views of the in-flight magazine of REX ... looks like a magazine that could beat some major airlines' offerings!

How cool you got to get on a SAAB ... definitely a nice airplane to fly on.

Thanks for sharing!

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Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:12 am

Hi PlaneHunter!

Excellent report with excellent pictures! I'm glad everything worked out with connections. Thanks for the report on the not so great service on Tiger Airways and for trying them so that we don't have to  

I have never flown on a Dash 8 but had two pleasant flights in 1992 BMA-VBY-BMA on a Skyways (JZ) 340.

How did the lemon soda taste ? Wish they had Scweppes Lemon here......

Great views from Formula 1 Hotel in SYD, seems to be extremely close to the airport!!!

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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:37 am

Hello PlaneHunter,

Nice to see the next stage of your round the world trip.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I would leave on 2 October and return 11 days later, after flying 26345 miles (42398 kilometers).

That must have really left you jet lagged, to be back from where you started just 11 days later, considering the miles you had flown, and that you probably lost 2 days just on the BKK and MEL legs

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
San Francisco-Munich

Looking forward to reading this final leg on LH's A340-600, What a great way to have ended your round the world trip!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that LH did not let you down! My favourite airline after MH.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

...and cruised over a thick layer of clouds for a while:

What a difference in the picture and the general mood, between this picture and the one above it!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I also found it very odd that the advertised combos cost the same as combined single items:

Very interesting observation lol. Why call it a combo at all?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

Finally, I decided to try a "gourmet muffin" (AUD 4) and a Schweppes lemonade (AUD 3):

What a rip off!! AUD 4 for a gourmet muffin. See nothing gourmet about it and AUD 3 for a can.....For AUD 7-10 you could have had a good lunch in the airport food court had they to have one lol

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I took the chance to take some more pictures in the late afternoon sun. When a ground staff member asked me to stop, I just nodded and put the camera away - I had already taken all desired pictures:

Annoying ground staff!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
1st flight on VH-TRX
1st Saab 340B flight
1st Saab 340 flight

Congrats on this first flight! I recall seeing these at Sydney humming along like annoying bugs only to be followed closely behind or near it with a big widebodied jet!! Acutally looks like an A380s droppings!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The first officer had taken his position in front of the propeller again and said goodbye to all passengers. "Sure!", he said after I asked whether I could take pictures. Then he even offered to take a picture of me and the aircraft and of course I agreed. Nice! thumbsup

Nice Captain!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The approach to Sydney was truly enjoyable:

It's sad you were not on the port side of the aircraft. You would have got excellent views on the Sydney skyline, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour bridge.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A young female flight attendant, probably a trainee, found it quite amusing that I took pictures of the empty seats and the cabin and I briefly told her about my intention. Then her colleague offered to take a picture of me and I gladly agreed. Very nice ladies! thumbsup

Nice FA's!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Paul soon called again and picked me up shortly afterwards. Then we went to a nice spot, enjoyed the movements and talked a lot about the airline business and Airliners.net.

Did you not go to the location by the beach, where the old control tower is located. That place always has the widebodied jets passing by the fence on their way to the terminal after landing on 16R or their way from the terminal taking off from 34L
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:20 am

Hey hey PH!

Thanks for a really great continuation to the RTW. And for including some excellent sightseeing shots as well. The routing and airlines that you chose were definitely among the more unique between BNE and SYD - all three airlines are still not on my list and now I know a way to catch them relatively easily   Congratulations on your successful hunt.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I had been concerned about that Tiger service after hearing and reading numerous reports about delays, schedule adjustments and cancellations.

This airline gets such bad press and horror stories that I wonder if trip reporters are tempted to fly them just for that! It seems the airline didn't disappoint...  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
In addition to the luggage fee of some AUD 35, I hadn't wanted to pay an extra fee of AUD 10 for a pre-reserved seat.

Wow that's not cheap at all - especially the checked bag fee.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Numerous passengers - including myself - stopped walking and kept standing under a roofed area for a while. Some people had taken umbrellas - lucky folks!

Bad, bad... shouldn't the airline have provided brollies?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I took the chance to take some more pictures in the late afternoon sun. When a ground staff member asked me to stop, I just nodded and put the camera away - I had already taken all desired pictures:

Haha... that feels satisfying doesn't it?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Two minutes later I stepped into a rather interesting "arrival hall" - or whatever you would call this:

My, oh my. This is one of the most basic baggage reclaims I have seen in a long while.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"Our heart is in the country". In addition to that, VH-TRX has a caricature of Kay Hull, MHR (Member of the Australian House of Representatives) whose efforts were instrumental in helping REX to become established.

That's a cool thing to see - it personalizes an airline and makes the experience all the more special.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
check-in area which is equipped with nice and comfortable leather chairs:

It looks very premium indeed - can't be more of a contrast from the MEL baggage claim!

Look forward to your next installment!

Cheers
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:19 am

Hi PH,,

Very nice to see the next report in the RTW series. Tiger just seemed uninspiring and I don't think I'll be in any rush to try them but the other 2 airlines are definitely of a higher quality, especially the catering that looked perfect for the short time.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My friend and I took a bus to downtown Brisbane for some shopping.

Sounds like you had a nice time in Brisbane. It's been an age since I last visited.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
In addition to the luggage fee of some AUD 35

Wow, that's pricey.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Two flight attendants in the 30s were present at the main door - the female was friendly, but the male neither smiled nor greeted - he didn't seem to be happy about another load of "cattle"..

That's disappointing but you can't really expect much with TT.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I also found it very odd that the advertised combos cost the same as combined single items:

I guess this shows that TT want's to get every last penny from their passengers.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Then he even offered to take a picture of me and the aircraft and of course I agreed. Nice!   

Always, nice to see that happen.

Looking forward to the next installment

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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:07 am

Hi Planehunter...Enjoyed the TR.I'll actually be flying REX in May from Sydney to Taree on a SAAB and back from Port Macquarie to Sydney on a DASH 8 a couple of days later.Both will be a first on type for me andf REX will be a new airline.You have whetted my appetite! regards Dave
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:07 am

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Another good report, Planehunter!

Hi Matthew, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Some interesting routes, and some interesting airlines! I'm impressed by the views of the in-flight magazine of REX ... looks like a magazine that could beat some major airlines' offerings!

It was quite heavy, too. Definitely a premium product.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
How cool you got to get on a SAAB ... definitely a nice airplane to fly on.

I wish there were more of them flying in Europe!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Hi PlaneHunter!

Excellent report with excellent pictures!

Hi Lars, many thanks for your kind words!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
I'm glad everything worked out with connections.

Yes, you never know happens - just remember my latest experience at DENVER!   

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Thanks for the report on the not so great service on Tiger Airways and for trying them so that we don't have to

You're welcome!  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
How did the lemon soda taste ? Wish they had Scweppes Lemon here......

It wasn't bad, but - of course - not as good as Schweppes Ginger Ale.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Great views from Formula 1 Hotel in SYD, seems to be extremely close to the airport!!!

The location is nice indeed. But you need to take a shuttle to get to the international terminal.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Nice to see the next stage of your round the world trip.

Hi flightsimboy! Thanks for your comments!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
That must have really left you jet lagged, to be back from where you started just 11 days later, considering the miles you had flown, and that you probably lost 2 days just on the BKK and MEL legs

I quickly recovered after flying MUC-BKK-BNE, but I was jet lagged for a few days after returning home.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Looking forward to reading this final leg on LH's A340-600, What a great way to have ended your round the world trip!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that LH did not let you down! My favourite airline after MH.

No worries, LH didn't let me down. Hadn't flown LH long-haul since 1995 and I was pleasantly surprised.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
What a difference in the picture and the general mood, between this picture and the one above it!

Yes, exactly my thoughts.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Very interesting observation lol. Why call it a combo at all?

Good question...probably they think that passengers don't check all prices and assume a combo would be cheaper?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
For AUD 7-10 you could have had a good lunch in the airport food court had they to have one lol

No doubts about that, but I like to test airline food.  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
I recall seeing these at Sydney humming along like annoying bugs only to be followed closely behind or near it with a big widebodied jet!!

Yes, there are many of them.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
It's sad you were not on the port side of the aircraft. You would have got excellent views on the Sydney skyline, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour bridge.

Oh no...please stop to tell me that.  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Did you not go to the location by the beach, where the old control tower is located. That place always has the widebodied jets passing by the fence on their way to the terminal after landing on 16R or their way from the terminal taking off from 34L

I remember seeing an old control tower. Our spot was located next to a construction site.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):
Thanks for a really great continuation to the RTW. And for including some excellent sightseeing shots as well.
Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):
Congratulations on your successful hunt.

Hi Airpearl, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):
The routing and airlines that you chose were definitely among the more unique between BNE and SYD - all three airlines are still not on my list and now I know a way to catch them relatively easily

Good to hear - I'm sure you'd enjoy such a trip!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):
This airline gets such bad press and horror stories that I wonder if trip reporters are tempted to fly them just for that! It seems the airline didn't disappoint...

Well, I have to admit that I learned about all the negative aspects after booking...

Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):
Wow that's not cheap at all - especially the checked bag fee.

Inspired by FR...

Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):
Bad, bad... shouldn't the airline have provided brollies?

Well, TT is not AirAsia...

Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):
Haha... that feels satisfying doesn't it?

Oh yes.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):
This is one of the most basic baggage reclaims I have seen in a long while.

I can only agree.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 12):

Look forward to your next installment!

That will be a shorter report, coverning just the SYD-AKL leg. Should be online soon.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 13):
Very nice to see the next report in the RTW series.

Hi aflyingkiwi, many thanks for your comments!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 13):
That's disappointing but you can't really expect much with TT.

  

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 13):
I guess this shows that TT want's to get every last penny from their passengers.

Will be interesting to see what comes next after the introduction of an airport check-in fee...

Quoting ba724 (Reply 14):
Hi Planehunter...Enjoyed the TR.

Thanks Dave, good to hear!

Quoting ba724 (Reply 14):
.I'll actually be flying REX in May from Sydney to Taree on a SAAB and back from Port Macquarie to Sydney on a DASH 8 a couple of days later.Both will be a first on type for me andf REX will be a new airline.You have whetted my appetite!

Very nice. You can really look forward to that trip.


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:52 am

Great report, really good to see Brisbane included, as sell as country NSW! I have flown QFLink a couple of times and I have another flight in a few days, they're very good. I'm looking forward to a Q400 flight!

Just a couple of things though, the building you said was Customs House is actually the Treasury Casino. Customs house is further north in the CBD.

And you mentioned that there's nothing to see in the public area of the airport. At domestic airports in Australia visitors are able to go through security and right up to the boarding gate, so in effect the whole domestic airport where people are allowed is 'public'.
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:08 am

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 16):
Great report, really good to see Brisbane included, as sell as country NSW!

Hi BNEFlyer, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 16):
I have flown QFLink a couple of times and I have another flight in a few days, they're very good. I'm looking forward to a Q400 flight!

Sounds good, have a nice flight!

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 16):
Just a couple of things though, the building you said was Customs House is actually the Treasury Casino. Customs house is further north in the CBD.

Thanks for pointing that out.

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 16):
And you mentioned that there's nothing to see in the public area of the airport. At domestic airports in Australia visitors are able to go through security and right up to the boarding gate, so in effect the whole domestic airport where people are allowed is 'public'.

I once passed security at SYD without a boarding pass, but I didn't know it's also possible at BNE. I guess it's only possible where domestic terminals are entirely separate?


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:23 pm

Impressive report PH!
I love the way how you manage to combine so many different airlines and aircrafts. When I book my flights, I also try to get some wired routings but most of the time I stick to the major airlines, but you bring the whole story to perfection!
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:38 pm

Quoting srqmuc (Reply 18):
Impressive report PH!

Servus srqmuc, thanks a lot for your comments - and welcome to a.net!

Quoting srqmuc (Reply 18):
I love the way how you manage to combine so many different airlines and aircrafts. When I book my flights, I also try to get some wired routings but most of the time I stick to the major airlines, but you bring the whole story to perfection!

It took a while to create that RTW itinerary. I always try to combine new airlines and different types, but whenever I do that I also evaluate possible risks (cancellations, schedule changes etc.). Usually I try to avoid tight connections - and it's always good to have a plan B.


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:33 pm

Thanks for a wonderful trip report. You covered one of my favourite topics: regional flying around South-East Australia. Given that I was born and lived most of my life in SE regional Australia, I have done very little flying around the area and am forever curious about things like Rex airlines and Albury airport (which I have driven by many times but never flown to). You're trip report helped to address many of my curiosities in an area of great interest to me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Two minutes later I stepped into a rather interesting "arrival hall" - or whatever you would call this

Welcome to Tiger's "Cage", as us locals lovingly refer to it! Horrible, isn't it?  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
What a beautiful day, what a beautiful scenery

Isn't it just? The Australian landscape is always spectacular, but you came in an especially good year when we had a lot of rain...it's usually nowhere near as green and lush as what you saw!
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:05 pm

Quoting QFKangaroo747 (Reply 20):
Thanks for a wonderful trip report. You covered one of my favourite topics: regional flying around South-East Australia. Given that I was born and lived most of my life in SE regional Australia, I have done very little flying around the area and am forever curious about things like Rex airlines and Albury airport (which I have driven by many times but never flown to). You're trip report helped to address many of my curiosities in an area of great interest to me.

Hi Daniel, that's great to hear, many thanks for your comments!

Quoting QFKangaroo747 (Reply 20):
Welcome to Tiger's "Cage", as us locals lovingly refer to it! Horrible, isn't it?

That describes it well!   

Quoting QFKangaroo747 (Reply 20):
Isn't it just? The Australian landscape is always spectacular, but you came in an especially good year when we had a lot of rain...it's usually nowhere near as green and lush as what you saw!

Very interesting. Unfortunately, there was too much rain in the end, especially further north.


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:41 am

Hi PH,

Great to see another part of your RTW trip! Some really great pictures of Brisbane (pre-flood  ), Queensland and the NSW countryside in your report - Australia is definitely a very pretty place!

A nice itinerary, definitely beats flying BNE-SYD direct on Qantas or Virgin!  ..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Despite the rain, I took a picture of the Tiger...

I like the livery, the tiger looks very cool.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and legroom wasn't enjoyable either:

Ouch, looks tight. I really didn't expect such thick cloth seats from Tiger - slimline leather ones would somehow seem to be far more appropriate for an ultra low cost carrier!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Anyway, our flight would be operated by VH-TRX, one of 45 Saab 340s in the fleet:

Wow. That must make REX the biggest Saab operator in the world!

Congrats on catching your first flight on the small Saab, those are quite nice planes, have logged a couple of dozen flights on them. Although I have to say I prefer its big brother, the 2000 much more, but we all know what happened with that plane type and its commercial success...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The black leather seats were comfortable...

Out of the three airline seats in this report I think I like this one the best! The black color looks very classy.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The pink iced cupcake is another sign of QantasLink's support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

Errr, that looks like instant diabetes to me!
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:57 am

Hi nice report and pictures with some nice scenary. Is that an open beach/park in Brisbane? Looks quite interesting.

Interesting to see Tiger Airways , when on my cruise ship last week we had two Australian table mates and they didnt recommend them and told us some horror stories.

Thanks for the report.

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Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:01 am

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):
Great to see another part of your RTW trip! Some really great pictures of Brisbane (pre-flood ), Queensland and the NSW countryside in your report - Australia is definitely a very pretty place!

Hi FlyingFinn, thanks for your comments! There's indeed a lot to see in Australia, always a pleasure to be there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):
I like the livery, the tiger looks very cool.

That's the best about TT.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):
I really didn't expect such thick cloth seats from Tiger - slimline leather ones would somehow seem to be far more appropriate for an ultra low cost carrier!

I guess TT doesn't care at all as long as it can place 180 seats in the plane.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):
That must make REX the biggest Saab operator in the world!

Yes, REX is the biggest operator.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):
Congrats on catching your first flight on the small Saab, those are quite nice planes, have logged a couple of dozen flights on them. Although I have to say I prefer its big brother, the 2000 much more, but we all know what happened with that plane type and its commercial success...

Yes, it wasn't easy to get that bird. Now I need to find a flight on the Saab 2000. It used to be a very advanced aircraft when it entered the market - just too bad it has never been a commercial success.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 23):
Hi nice report and pictures with some nice scenary.

Thanks for your feedback, Phil!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 23):
Is that an open beach/park in Brisbane? Looks quite interesting.

Yes, it's open to anyone. Hopefully it will be restored.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 23):
Interesting to see Tiger Airways , when on my cruise ship last week we had two Australian table mates and they didnt recommend them and told us some horror stories.

You can indeed find many negative reports - I'm glad everything worked out on my trip.


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:21 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
I once passed security at SYD without a boarding pass, but I didn't know it's also possible at BNE. I guess it's only possible where domestic terminals are entirely separate?

It's possible at all Australian domestic airports. Things must be totally different in Europe!

Hope you enjoyed your trip.
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:48 am

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 25):
It's possible at all Australian domestic airports.

Thanks, good to know!

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 25):
Things must be totally different in Europe!

Yes, totally different.

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 25):
Hope you enjoyed your trip.

  


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:48 pm

Very entertaining TR. I always look forward to seeing reports on our airlines from a visitors perspective. I enjoyed the pictures from Alma Park Zoo I haven't been in a few years looks like it has improved since then maybe I should check it out one day considering I literally live like 5 minutes down the road.

I remember we used Tiger to fly down to Melbourne once a few years ago it was actually quite funny because I was travelling with my mother who hadn't flown since the AN/TN days and was expecting something similar so I conveniently neglected to mention exactly why the fares were only A$20 each way the look on her face when we arrived at the arrivals shed was priceless. On the way back I remember visiting the loo and upon leaving I noticed a flight attendant in the rear galley buttoning up his shirt! I'm sure there was some innocent explanation but it did look really suss. Another flight attendant told my mother that she couldn't stow her magazine in the seat pocket for landing insisting it go in the overhead locker which was quite weird considering it was no thicker then the inflight magazine.

Rex is a top notch airline I only ever flew them once BNE-LSY-SYD. On the BNE-LSY sector I was served a full snack plus a mint prior to landing on a 20 minute sector. I can remember my bag being offloaded in LSY when it wasn't supposed to I suppose the rampies there aren't used to connections lol. So I actually collected it and took it back to the check in desk where the poor lady was trying to work out how I managed print my own "SYD" tag.

Qantaslink is another airline I enjoy flying I routinely choose them over anyone else when I'm flying north. On my flights with them I've found the crews to be more friendlier then some of the mainline crews.


I can't wait to read about the rest of your trip.


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:44 pm

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
Very entertaining TR. I always look forward to seeing reports on our airlines from a visitors perspective.

Hi Jason, many thanks for your feedback. Nice to hear you liked it!

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
I enjoyed the pictures from Alma Park Zoo I haven't been in a few years looks like it has improved since then maybe I should check it out one day considering I literally live like 5 minutes down the road.

That's close! Can you tell me where's another zoo - a rather big one - near Brisbane? I visited one in 2006, but cannot remember the name any more.

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
I remember we used Tiger to fly down to Melbourne once a few years ago it was actually quite funny because I was travelling with my mother who hadn't flown since the AN/TN days and was expecting something similar so I conveniently neglected to mention exactly why the fares were only A$20 each way the look on her face when we arrived at the arrivals shed was priceless.

I guess she was really impressed...  

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
On the way back I remember visiting the loo and upon leaving I noticed a flight attendant in the rear galley buttoning up his shirt! I'm sure there was some innocent explanation but it did look really suss.
Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
Another flight attendant told my mother that she couldn't stow her magazine in the seat pocket for landing insisting it go in the overhead locker which was quite weird considering it was no thicker then the inflight magazine.

Very odd!

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
Rex is a top notch airline I only ever flew them once BNE-LSY-SYD. On the BNE-LSY sector I was served a full snack plus a mint prior to landing on a 20 minute sector.

That's really impressive.

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
I can't wait to read about the rest of your trip.

The next part should be online in a few days.


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Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:06 pm

Great report PH!

I was tempted to fly Tiger back over to MEL later this year but this report has probably turned me off. I might try Virgin's new 332s when they are rolled out (via SYD), should be fun.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Vending machines, seats, restrooms - that facility left nothing to be desired...

Wow, looks barren.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The first officer had taken his position in front of the propeller again and said goodbye to all passengers. "Sure!", he said after I asked whether I could take pictures. Then he even offered to take a picture of me and the aircraft and of course I agreed. Nice!

Nice stuff, gotta love a friendly crew!

BTW awesome pictures from Brisbane, got to head back there sometime too! Looks like you got some decent weather which always helps!

Looking forward to the next one,

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Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:23 pm

Very nice, you got to see more Australia than I did  

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Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:58 pm

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 29):
Great report PH!

Thanks a lot, Pete!

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 29):
I was tempted to fly Tiger back over to MEL later this year but this report has probably turned me off. I might try Virgin's new 332s when they are rolled out (via SYD), should be fun.

Yes, you should definitely take Virgin's A332.

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 29):
BTW awesome pictures from Brisbane, got to head back there sometime too! Looks like you got some decent weather which always helps!

I was lucky, the weather turned nasty after my departure.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 30):
Very nice, you got to see more Australia than I did

Thanks, Sam. I guess you were too busy with spotting trips all the time.  

Quoting N178UA (Reply 30):
My house is inside this photo of yours

Interesting - looks like a nice area.


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Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:10 pm

Hi, PH,

great pictures and a really well written story.

I like these sunny pictures with people wearing shorts, something to miss definitely here in Germany.

Thats for sure the way to go between these two big cities, not for everyone, but for us anyday.

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Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:50 am

How quickly people forget...DJ started life at MEL using the same budget terminal and "cage" that TT now use. And they used something similar at SYD too! (I remember flying in and out of it in the early days).

Of course, there were reasons for that; this was just as they were starting and before Ansett collapsed freeing up terminal space. A couple of my friends flew on the last DJ flight in to MEL that used the budget terminal 4; the next day they moved to T3.

TT are definitely becoming the FR of the south; but if you play them by their rules, it can work in your favour. Witness my trip report to Adelaide for $20 round trip including all taxes. I've flown them for $0 plus taxes (worked out more than $10 each way!) Don't rely on them for on-time performance, be aware of their hard and fast rules, and don't expect more than a very quick bus ride, and you'll be ok.

FWIW, a muffin at the cafe at my work is around the $4 mark; perhaps slightly bigger and slightly nicer than the TT offering, and a can of drink from 7-11 is around $2.50 anyway. Australia is very expensive!
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:38 am

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
great pictures and a really well written story.

Hi Markus, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
I like these sunny pictures with people wearing shorts, something to miss definitely here in Germany.

Yes, I hope the winter will be over very soon.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
Thats for sure the way to go between these two big cities, not for everyone, but for us anyday.

Nothing's more boring than going nonstop...


Quoting RobMEL (Reply 33):
How quickly people forget...DJ started life at MEL using the same budget terminal and "cage" that TT now use. And they used something similar at SYD too! (I remember flying in and out of it in the early days).

That doesn't make it better. Let's see whether TT moves to another facility in the future.

Quoting RobMEL (Reply 33):
TT are definitely becoming the FR of the south

Which is bad enough...

Quoting RobMEL (Reply 33):
Australia is very expensive!

  


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Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:48 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I had logged 32 new registrations. Many thanks again to Paul for taking the time and driving me around.

Hi Udo - Pleased to hear you got so many new registrations and thanks for a great report.

It was great to catch up again after your last visit. I thoroughly enjoyed our time just watching and talking airplanes. Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to do so again.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Did you not go to the location by the beach, where the old control tower is located. That place always has the widebodied jets passing by the fence on their way to the terminal after landing on 16R or their way from the terminal taking off from 34L

I remember seeing an old control tower. Our spot was located next to a construction site.

We were at the new control tower. Light didn't matter because it was really poor for photography and the view was better for the domestic traffic, so more rego's.

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Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:59 pm

Hi Planehunter,

Good to see your Plane Hunting RTW trip continue on to Sydney from Brisbane   .. Great detail, and pictures, and of course, the very unique routing and airline combo makes this report an excellent read!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Of course I wanted to see some wildlife, so we went to the nearby Alma Park Zoo on the next day. It's quite small, but you can see the country's most famous species there:

Amazing pictures!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Just recently, Tiger has changed its check-in options and introduced an AUD 20 fee for all those who travel with hand luggage only and don't check in online.

That's quite bizarre!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The airline doesn't use jet bridges at Brisbane - probably the one and only jet-equipped carrier doing so - and all passengers had to go for a walk. No doubts, it turned out to be my longest boarding walk ever. I don't know whether that was caused by ongoing construction work. When will the aircraft finally show up?

Looks very LCCT! Quite unique!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I was quite disappointed about the lack of sandwiches or any decent hot items:

True! .. From my experience, i find AirAsia's offering to be the best of the bunch!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Two minutes later I stepped into a rather interesting "arrival hall" - or whatever you would call this:

Now this is a part of MEL i had not seen before!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After a short walk, I stepped into the small arrival hall, picked up my luggage and went to the check-in area which is equipped with nice and comfortable leather chairs:

WoW .. This is like a premium lounge!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A young female flight attendant, probably a trainee, found it quite amusing that I took pictures of the empty seats and the cabin and I briefly told her about my intention.

Did you tell her you were posting a TR on a.net? I am always hesitant to admit this when asked by the crew for some reason.


Thanks a lot for sharing! Looking forward to the next installment!

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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:00 am

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 35):
Hi Udo - Pleased to hear you got so many new registrations and thanks for a great report.

Hi Paul, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 35):
It was great to catch up again after your last visit. I thoroughly enjoyed our time just watching and talking airplanes. Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to do so again.

It was indeed great, really enjoyed the meeting! I hope we don't have to wait another four years.

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 35):
We were at the new control tower. Light didn't matter because it was really poor for photography and the view was better for the domestic traffic, so more rego's.

Alright, thanks!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 36):
Good to see your Plane Hunting RTW trip continue on to Sydney from Brisbane .. Great detail, and pictures, and of course, the very unique routing and airline combo makes this report an excellent read!

Many thanks for your feedback, Roni! Great to hear you enjoyed reading.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 36):
That's quite bizarre!

FR-style...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 36):
Did you tell her you were posting a TR on a.net? I am always hesitant to admit this when asked by the crew for some reason.

No, I didn't. Usually I keep quiet about trip reporting.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 36):
Looking forward to the next installment!

Part III will cover the SYD-AKL leg on a rare widebody - you know well which one!  


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Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:40 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 37):
Part III will cover the SYD-AKL leg on a rare widebody - you know well which one!

Can't wait PH!!! .. Will be great to compare notes!

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Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:59 pm

Hello PH, great report!

Seems like you had some good flights around southeastern Australia. The pics were stunning btw!

Your Tiger Airways flight seemed pretty okay. Interior looked nice and clean, it was nice to see the aircraft being fitted with the new-style A32X interior. The boarding walk was a bit strange though, ever worse was the fact that they let you out in the rain. I really think they should have offered you and the other pax some free coffee or tea as compensation.
Menu options seemed very euphemistic, like your "Gourmet Muffin" for instance  

REX seem like an exotic airline to me. The Saab 340 is a pretty rare type these days, when many airlines chose to retire them. The views from the window were indeed spectacular! Service onboard looked very generous, given the fact that it was a 40 minute flight.

The terminal building in ABX looked really nice, with the lounge chairs adding a nice touch!
Your flight on QFLink seemed pretty averege, again the service looked generous!

Thanks for sharing!
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Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:34 pm

Excellent trip report as always, PlaneHunter. Great to see that in true a.net fashion, you didn't take the direct route from BNE-SYD! BNE looks like a nice place. I've never actually been, but your terrific photos of the area makes me want to visit one day.

I don't suppose you headed out west to PER during your RTW trip? There probably isn't that much to do here, admittedly ... unless you like the beach, or you're a wine connoiseur.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and legroom wasn't enjoyable either:

Well, that's TT for you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Two minutes later I stepped into a rather interesting "arrival hall" - or whatever you would call this:

Not quite as primitive as KNX. When I visited KNX, I was quite shocked to discover that there wasn't even a baggage carousel, but instead, they drove the baggage trolley (or whatever it's called) to the sheltered 'arrivals hall' (much like the cage you described, only smaller) and we just picked up our bags from the trolley. Although given that the largest aircraft that serves KNX is a Fokker 100, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Hotels had been quite expensive at Sydney Airport and I didn't like the location of some of them. Finally, after reading numerous reports on TripAdvisor, I decided to try the relatively new Formule 1 hotel which is within walking distance from the domestic terminal. Of course you shouldn't expect too much - it's a very basic low-cost facility - but the receptionist was friendly and the room was clean:

My dad has stayed at that hotel a couple of times already, and has come to much the same conclusion as you have - low cost facility and a clean room, but if that's all you need, why pay more? I might give that hotel a try. If I can fit it into my budget, I might visit SYD when QF starts flying their 744s from PER-SYD.
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:22 am

Quoting ronerone (Reply 38):
Can't wait PH!!! .. Will be great to compare notes!

Hey Roni, it will be a relatively short report this time...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 39):
Hello PH, great report!

Seems like you had some good flights around southeastern Australia. The pics were stunning btw!

Hi Jonas, many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 39):
I really think they should have offered you and the other pax some free coffee or tea as compensation.

That would have been nice. But I guess they were hoping to sell even more due to the rain...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 39):
REX seem like an exotic airline to me. The Saab 340 is a pretty rare type these days, when many airlines chose to retire them.

Yes, it's too bad. The same can be said about the Dornier 328.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 40):
Excellent trip report as always, PlaneHunter. Great to see that in true a.net fashion, you didn't take the direct route from BNE-SYD! BNE looks like a nice place.

Hi Sam, thanks a lot for your nice comments!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 40):
I've never actually been, but your terrific photos of the area makes me want to visit one day.

You should really go there one day.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 40):
I don't suppose you headed out west to PER during your RTW trip? There probably isn't that much to do here, admittedly ... unless you like the beach, or you're a wine connoiseur.

No, I didn't, unfortunately. But I'm planning to visit PER in the future, maybe during my next trip to Australia.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 40):
Not quite as primitive as KNX. When I visited KNX, I was quite shocked to discover that there wasn't even a baggage carousel, but instead, they drove the baggage trolley (or whatever it's called) to the sheltered 'arrivals hall' (much like the cage you described, only smaller) and we just picked up our bags from the trolley.

Wow, great place!  

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 40):
I might give that hotel a try. If I can fit it into my budget, I might visit SYD when QF starts flying their 744s from PER-SYD.

Sounds interesting. And yes, you should give the hotel a try.


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:22 pm

Another nice trip report on 2 unheard airlines for me. You where lucky getting the SAAB and the DH8 in your log. I'm quite surprised about the MEL arrivals hall, looks quite strange for such a large city.
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:23 pm

Hi PH,

Sorry for the late reply. I have been waiting for the continuation your RTW trip. I can echo other fellow A.netters on how you successfully set up a truly exciting and terrific itinerary between BNE and SYD. Furthermore,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the country's most famous species

I have never been such up, close and personal. Soo cute!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
When a ground staff member asked me to stop, I just nodded and put the camera away - I had already taken all desired pictures:

The ground staff could have better not said anything as you were done anyway.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Then he even offered to take a picture of me and the aircraft and of course I agreed. Nice!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
went to the check-in area which is equipped with nice and comfortable leather chairs:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Apparently, the existing security checkpoints are only activated for certain flights, e.g. the Virgin Blue E-Jet services. You don't get screened if you fly on QantasLink and REX turboprop planes.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Then her colleague offered to take a picture of me and I gladly agreed. Very nice ladies!

That is more I like it. Your report emphasizes the difference of the easy going duo of QantasLink and REX with the rather uninspiring Tiger Airways.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and legroom was even better than on REX:

Wow, 33 inch?

What a refreshing, well written and inspiring report, PH! Thanks a lot for sharing.

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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:53 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 42):
Another nice trip report on 2 unheard airlines for me.

Hi MSS658, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 42):
I'm quite surprised about the MEL arrivals hall, looks quite strange for such a large city.

Well, it's just an old area of the airport only used by Tiger, who knows how long this will continue to exist.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 43):
Sorry for the late reply. I have been waiting for the continuation your RTW trip. I can echo other fellow A.netters on how you successfully set up a truly exciting and terrific itinerary between BNE and SYD.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 43):
What a refreshing, well written and inspiring report, PH! Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Suryo, good to hear from you! Thanks a lot for your nice comments.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 43):
The ground staff could have better not said anything as you were done anyway.

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 43):
That is more I like it. Your report emphasizes the difference of the easy going duo of QantasLink and REX with the rather uninspiring Tiger Airways.

Yes, the contrasts were immense.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 43):
Wow, 33 inch?

I'm not sure. It was more than what you get on certain long-haul carriers.


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Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:56 am

Hi PH,

Sorry it has taken me such a long time to get to this report. But fantastic as usual! Great pics. Interesting choice of airlines too. I'm glad your Tiger experience went rather smoothly.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Then we visited Point Danger, a headland indicating the border between New South Wales and Queensland. You can find a lighthouse there...

Same place I visited in Joyrides part 3!


Good thing Tiger bailed on me - I don't need to experience them anymore seeing that you've now done a report on them! I'll stick with QF I think.. Very interesting arrivals hall! I'd expect that after seeing what the check in area is like although that in itself is far nicer than the baggage reclaim area. I could imagine being there on either a freezing day or a 40+ degree day - wouldn't that be agonising! I'm also surprised to see how on time your flight was!

REX looks like a nice airline. I guess having a huge fleet of Saab 340s helps if there's a MX issue with one.. It's easily swappable at such a hub like MEL. I'd like to try them one day.. ABX looks like a really nice regional airport!

Good to see you logged lots of registrations. I guess 'The Mound' (where you went) is far more suitable for all registrations than any of the other spots at the airport.. I was amazed at how close the aircraft passed by.. But a taxiing 763 killed the An-124 rotation shot when I visited that spot for my first time ever!


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Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:34 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 45):
Sorry it has taken me such a long time to get to this report. But fantastic as usual! Great pics. Interesting choice of airlines too. I'm glad your Tiger experience went rather smoothly.

No worries, Nicholas! Thanks a lot for your comments, good to hear you liked it!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 45):

Good thing Tiger bailed on me - I don't need to experience them anymore seeing that you've now done a report on them! I'll stick with QF I think..

Probably a good idea!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 45):
I could imagine being there on either a freezing day or a 40+ degree day - wouldn't that be agonising!

That wouldn't be fun!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 45):
I'm also surprised to see how on time your flight was!

I guess I was lucky.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 45):
I guess having a huge fleet of Saab 340s helps if there's a MX issue with one.. It's easily swappable at such a hub like MEL. I'd like to try them one day.. ABX looks like a really nice regional airport!

You should definitely try REX and also visit ABX.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 45):
Good to see you logged lots of registrations. I guess 'The Mound' (where you went) is far more suitable for all registrations than any of the other spots at the airport..

Yes, perfect place.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 45):
But a taxiing 763 killed the An-124 rotation shot when I visited that spot for my first time ever!

Bad to hear! Those planes are rare.


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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:23 pm

Hello PH!

Thank you for a great story. Your pictures is really good and a very enjoyable read  I´m a huge fan of turboprops so the Dash 8 and SAAB parts I really found interesting. I have flown on both types and I like them very much especially the SAAB but maybe I´m a little bit partial since I´m a Swede 

Keep up the good work!

Now I will read about your trip back home 

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Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:44 pm

Hi Planehunter

Fantastic TR you have written. I enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures. Enjoyed the read of the REX and QFLink flights. Thanks for sharing such adventure.         
 
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RE: Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink

Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:15 am

Quoting parton87 (Reply 47):
Thank you for a great story. Your pictures is really good and a very enjoyable read

Hi Robert, many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 47):
I have flown on both types and I like them very much especially the SAAB but maybe I´m a little bit partial since I´m a Swede

Well, I also liked the Saab better. Now I need to get on the Saab 2000...

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 48):
Fantastic TR you have written. I enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures. Enjoyed the read of the REX and QFLink flights. Thanks for sharing such adventure.

Thanks a lot for kind comments! Good to hear you liked it!


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