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ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:24 am


Adelaide - Perth
Virgin Australia Airlines
VA 0717
Embraer E190 (VH-ZPF)
Seat 21A
1315H - 1410H
Flight duration: 2hr 45min

And so, this is a continuation from my earlier trip report: Crikey! Red Roo To Perth!

Ah... Virgin - so many jokes we can make with this name. I am sure this name was created complete with tongue in cheek when our dear Richard Branson had his eureka moment. Never mind the myriad of businesses this brand encompasses, sometimes it is almost impossible to understand how successful this brand is having their name consistently on almost everything from music records labels to a fizzy can of sugary sin. I shudder to imagine a can of kebaya patterned SQ-Cola. Can you? Urgh...

And then there is the airline. Virgin Atlantic has since spawned several siblings - perhaps an inspiration for the likes of Easyjet, Ryanair, Air Asia etc to have offsprings in foreign lands. In 2000, Virgin Blue was formed in Australia in it's foray into new territory.

My birthday in 2001 was actually rather memorable - because that was the day Ansett collapsed and Virgin Blue found itself pushed on stage as the next Australian airline after Qantas. Luck was seriously on Virgin's side.

Fast forward slightly more than a decade later, Virgin is in a neck to neck fight with Qantas on the domestic front. While on a whole largely an LCC, Virgin has decided to woo business travellers from Qantas and through a recent rebranding - Virgin Australia was born in 2011.

You can say I was as Virgin as they come. This flight marked by first flight on VA, plus also my first time stepping on board an Embraer E190.

DEPARTURE DAY



Adelaide was wonderful, as always. Managed to network with a group of Singaporeans and Malaysians who have settled there. Since it was Chinese New Year, I met the entire group of them and had a "reunion" dinner of sorts talking shop, and basically have them wax lyrical about why it was the right decision to move from Singapore. Its one thing to listen to people in Singapore bitch about local politics, but to hear them from Singaporeans who have left (for good) is quite another story!

Adelaide Airport is presently in an expansion mode. Gone is the open air carpark of before - presently being replaced by a multi-storey one. There is a buzz of positive energy radiating from the airport's on-going contruction and somehow I have always used this as a barometer to gauge how the economy of a country is doing.

At check in, I was informed the plane was delayed by 30 minutes due to a late incoming aircraft from MEL. No worries, not that I was in a rush to head anywhere. Its time to take things slow, kick my feet up and relax with a cold drink in my hand while I await the arrival of my aircraft.



Adelaide holds one of my favourite airports in Australia. The light and airy feel from within is a welcome change from the claustrophobic and often outdated infrastructure which seems to permeate from the other Aussie airports I often patronage (namely PER and MEL).



On the downside, variety of aircraft traffic seem to be lacking here. Result of a largely domestic market, international airlines only consist of SQ, MH, CX, NZ and most recently EK. Nothing like an addition of some Arabic perfume to spice up the party! It looks like QF-international is largely gone from ADL.



Nevertheless, an expensive sandwich later - my aircraft touched down beautifully and taxied its way to the gate. I've never really given much thought about the E190 till now. To me, my interest lies in bigger airliners and my favourite is the graceful A330. But this afternoon, I found myself taking in the profile of this nifty little regional jet.
I have no doubt it is a pretty little thing.

Another thing I have taken notice of - the VA crew catwalking about the airport. its been said the uniform largely completes the image. This couldn't be more true. While these ladies are no SQ girls, the form fitting blood red uniform made you turn as they sashayed past you. These ladies are extremely well groomed too which screamed "I'll see you on my flight, bitches...".

I swear, they do look like that! Image taken from ninemsn.com.au.

Suddenly, QF's shit coloured uniform seemed to blend away into the background with irrelevance.



A call for boarding soon ensured. Being seated at the back, I was invited to walk out of the terminal and board by stairs via the rear door. This suited me fine! Nothing makes me cream down there more than walking out in the open and soaking in the wonderful aroma of Jet A1, absording the whine of an APU... and basically gawking at an aircraft up close.

Norma - she was as blonde as any blonde could be with stunning blue eyes and legs that went on for days.

"How are ya?" gestured she into the cabin...

I was positively impressed with what I saw. Settling into my seat with reasonable pitch, the large windows and being only one seat away from the aisle made this seem like the most effective seating position ever. The A330 was not even an after-thought at this point. I was in love with the E190!



While boarding was done, we remained at the gate to have a few more bags loaded. Captain came on the blower to apologise for the delay but promised to make it up in the air en route to Perth. We would arrive on time, if not earlier - due to favourable winds.

Again, not like I was in a rush to get anywhere.



Eventually, we pushed back and taxied for Runway 23. There was no hold and take off was immediate.

Climbing to cruising altitude over Gulf of St Vincent.

Amazing pitch on this aircraft.

Most of Australia's major cities and towns are lined up along the Eastern coast. Therefore you start with Cairns and Townsville on the Northeast, connect the dots futher South with Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne - loop around the Southeast and end up in Adelaide. From here on West wards, there is a whole vast of nothing until you reach Perth. Well, nothing is stretching it a bit, I think there has to be at least a petrol station every few hundred kilometers.

No PTV? No worries, I'll just track my flight with a little blue arrow...

Spencer Gulf

Still, this vast stretch of nothing made for some stunning views out of my window.

As soon as the seatbelt sign pinged off, Norma was joined by her colleague - a friendly one named Dick, and together they manned the meal cart from aft to front. Meals were for purchase of course. Pasengers who booked their tickets on a more expensive "flexi" fare had their meals complimentary. By meal, it actually meant a cold sandwich wrap and a can of fizzy.



Only a few passengers took what was on offer. Most chose to snooze on this almost 3 hour flight. My seat mate, however, chose to look through his messages on a mobile phone scrolling them up and down, and up and down...

"U hv no idea the pain uv caused me."
"Took pills but nana got me to hosp in time."
"Bitch u will pay."

OOooookaaaaaay, think I've peeped enough. It was time to load up on Gossip Girl and see what schemes were the Van Der Woodsens up to this time.

Adda-girl



The scenery outside continued to play itself as my other entertainment - which is really the best form. In fact it distracted me from Gossip Girl. Stunning is probably an understatement. It looked like we were flying on another planet.



Soon enough, vegetation started to appear which signalled our impending arrival into Perth. Vegetation soon gave way to farmland, and then dotted houses which became suburbs. Ah... Civilisation.



We soon lined up for Runway 21 and a firm thump welcomed us back on terra firma.



Suffice to say, I've discovered a new favourite aircraft type. The E190 is not only beautiful to look at, but the interior was stunningly eye pleasing too. The 2x2 seating also meant no one was stuck in a dreaded middle seat.

I look forward to more experiences with this piece of Virgin.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:45 am

A brief outlay on the PER-ADL sector...

Rental car drop off at Perth Domestic terminal.

Dome terminal!

Roos on a walkabout.

Check in for VA 0714.[/i]


[i]Here we go!


Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUM. Enroute PER-ADL

An aircraft changed meant my pre-booked seat was thrown into disarray.

WTF... I didn't think this was funny at all... Where's my window?!

There were no instructions on how to operate the PTVs.

Off we go, I really have no idea which runway we were using.

With no window to look out from, I turned my attention to eye candy along the aisle. There were some hot looking Polynesian based FAs. They were stunning to look at, both male and female.


[i]Token knee shot.


Approach to ADL over Gulf of St Vincent.

Touchdown...

Thanks for the ride, Virgin.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:01 am

Other photos of my stay in Adelaide...


Ah... Hindley Street, where people go to get drunk and party the weekend away.


Grange Beach


A visit to Hahndorf up in the hills is a must-do.


My kangaroo steak.


Sleepy after lunch in Hahndorf.


My discovery of nude beaches this trip was really an eye-opener. This is actually the only legal nude beach in the country, according to guide books.


Where else can you get a tan at 7pm? Maslin Beach.


PWOAH! By far my favourite rental this trip. Power on tap and engine so smooth. I need to get me one when I finally move down under!


Joining in the festivities of Adelaide Festival downtown.


Adelaide viewed from Mount Lofty in Crafers.


Feeling it indeed... Out in wine country Barossa Valley. Cafe Y.


Highly recommended, Cafe Y in Barossa Valley.


Did I say I was feeling it?


McGuigan Winery. Barossa Valley, South Australia
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:36 am

Norma and Dick? Please tell me you are making that up. Sounds like an airborne retirement home (apologies to any Normas and Dicks on a.net).

Not as enthusiastic about the E190s. Strong take off, but a bit shaky once up in the air. Pity that you got the aircraft change on the way back. Those PTVs show Foxtel, which means bugger all to see in my opinion (oh you evil b@$tards for stealing the BBC from the ABC), unless you are a sports nut.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:19 pm

Great trip report. By coincidence my one and only flight with Virgin Blue (as it was then) was from Adelaide to Perth.
At the time there was a lot of construction work going on at ADL so it good to see some of the results. I note that you managed to get an SQ bird mirrored in one of your shots.

On my flight the aircraft was one of the older 737s so it was good to see the contrast with the E90. Shame about the sub on the way back meaning that you lost the window.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
"U hv no idea the pain uv caused me."
"Took pills but nana got me to hosp in time."
"Bitch u will pay."

LOL. At least he didn't speed-dial and shout, "I'm on the bus!"

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Off we go, I really have no idea which runway we were using.

Looks like it might be 21, chuck a left after you cross Tonkin Highway.

Great photos in and around Adelaide. It looks as if you had a good time.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
Did I say I was feeling it?

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Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:39 pm

Great Trip as always ryan! Hope you're keeping well!
 
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:03 pm

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
No PTV? No worries, I'll just track my flight with a little blue arrow...
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
My seat mate, however, chose to look through his messages on a mobile phone scrolling them up and down, and up and down...

I thought mobile phones and GPS functionality was supposed to be off in VA aircraft during flight. Naughty boys?  
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:13 pm

Hi Ryan ...

An Excellent part two report of your Australia visit!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Adelaide was wonderful, as always. Managed to network with a group of Singaporeans and Malaysians who have settled there. Since it was Chinese New Year, I met the entire group of them and had a "reunion" dinner of sorts talking shop, and basically have them wax lyrical about why it was the right decision to move from Singapore. Its one thing to listen to people in Singapore bitch about local politics, but to hear them from Singaporeans who have left (for good) is quite another story!

Hahha we have political experts residing all over the world passing judgements on Indian politics and India in general ! BTW never knew there are unsatisfied citizens in Singapore as well LOL.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Result of a largely domestic market, international airlines only consist of SQ, MH, CX, NZ and most recently EK. Nothing like an addition of some Arabic perfume to spice up the party! It looks like QF-international is largely gone from ADL

Yes, by the time you make your next trip you never know EK may reach down to CBR and OOL as well.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Nevertheless, an expensive sandwich later - my aircraft touched down beautifully and taxied its way to the gate. I've never really given much thought about the E190 till now. To me, my interest lies in bigger airliners and my favourite is the graceful A330. But this afternoon, I found myself taking in the profile of this nifty little regional jet.
I have no doubt it is a pretty little thing.

E190 is one of my favourites as well.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
These ladies are extremely well groomed too which screamed "I'll see you on my flight, bitches...".
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Suddenly, QF's shit coloured uniform seemed to blend away into the background with irrelevance.

LOL!!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Amazing pitch on this aircraft.

Indeed.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
"U hv no idea the pain uv caused me."
"Took pills but nana got me to hosp in time."
"Bitch u will pay."

OOooookaaaaaay, think I've peeped enough. It was time to load up on Gossip Girl and see what schemes were the Van Der Woodsens up to this time.

You sure are a bad boy :P

Nice pictures of ADL as well and once again thanks for sharing.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:23 pm

Amazing TR, I love the E90 too. If you are really in love with them, come to Argentina. Austral Lineas Aereas, AR company for some regional flights and most of the domestic flights, has a 20 embraer-90 fleet. Thank you for sharin'!

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:30 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for reading...

Quoting allrite (Reply 3):
Norma and Dick? Please tell me you are making that up. Sounds like an airborne retirement home (apologies to any Normas and Dicks on a.net).

LOL! I kid you not!!

Quoting allrite (Reply 3):
Strong take off, but a bit shaky once up in the air.

I agree 100%. We encountered some pretty extreme summer updrafts on approach to PER it made people gasp in the cabin.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
LOL. At least he didn't speed-dial and shout, "I'm on the bus!"

LOL! I would have rung the attendant call button.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Great photos in and around Adelaide. It looks as if you had a good time.

Adelaide is beautiful...

Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 5):
Great Trip as always ryan! Hope you're keeping well!

I am well, thanks.

Quoting allrite (Reply 6):
I thought mobile phones and GPS functionality was supposed to be off in VA aircraft during flight. Naughty boys?

If you noticed in the picture, flight mode was on.

Quoting ojas (Reply 7):
BTW never knew there are unsatisfied citizens in Singapore as well LOL.

Funny you should mention it. One lazy evening in Margaret River, while I was laying in bed watching NINE news... I almost fell off my sheets. There it was a report on the first ever protest in Singapore in over 5 decades. Yep indeed... There was a gathering of the masses to voice out unhappiness about over-population in Singapore.

Quoting joacocifuentes (Reply 8):
If you are really in love with them, come to Argentina. Austral Lineas Aereas, AR company for some regional flights and most of the domestic flights, has a 20 embraer-90 fleet.

I hear Argentina's a beautiful country! I've got friends who've been there on the way to an Antarctic cruise before.

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:05 pm

Very nice eport Ryan...looks like you had a good trip with Virgin OZ!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I've never really given much thought about the E190 till now.

Oh, welcome to the wonderful world of the E-jet!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
WTF... I didn't think this was funny at all... Where's my window?!

Argh, worst moment ever for an a.netter. Luck you were still able to get some shots though.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:13 pm

Hey Ryan, thanks for the trip report.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Adelaide holds one of my favourite airports in Australia. The light and airy feel from within is a welcome change from the claustrophobic and often outdated infrastructure which seems to permeate from the other Aussie airports I often patronage (namely PER and MEL).

I don't know what MEL looks like nowadays (haven't been there since 1997), but I have to agree that PER is both outdated and claustrophobic. The domestic terminal is not as bad, but the international terminal at PER is shocking.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
On the downside, variety of aircraft traffic seem to be lacking here. Result of a largely domestic market, international airlines only consist of SQ, MH, CX, NZ and most recently EK. Nothing like an addition of some Arabic perfume to spice up the party! It looks like QF-international is largely gone from ADL.

QF international has largely disappeared from PER too. PER-HKG is being cut (or has already been cut); I'm not entirely sure whether they still fly PER-NRT, so that leaves SIN as the only QF international destination from PER.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I've never really given much thought about the E190 till now. To me, my interest lies in bigger airliners and my favourite is the graceful A330. But this afternoon, I found myself taking in the profile of this nifty little regional jet.
I have no doubt it is a pretty little thing.

Like you, my interest lies in larger airliners, but I've developed a fond interest in the Bombardier C-Series  

Incidentally, a friend of mine is an E190 F/O for Virgin Australia.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
PWOAH! By far my favourite rental this trip. Power on tap and engine so smooth. I need to get me one when I finally move down under!

I'm glad to see you've taken a liking to the good old Aussie made Ford Falcon! I'm a bit of a Ford fan myself and also own a Falcon (of sorts), because I just love the smooth power delivery of the 4.0 litre in-line six cylinder engine.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:30 am

Very enjoyable trip report, and I agree completely that the E190 is a great plane to fly. Of the Virgin fleet, I try to fly the A330, then E190 and lastly 737.

PS. I can see what I think is myself in one of your photos!

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Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:20 pm

Excellent report and photos.

Seems like you enjoyed Adelaide.

I quite like Adelaide Airport as it isn't too big to get around, whether I'm there to see a certain plane or occasionally fly away somewhere.

When uou were in Perth did you visit the new viewing area there?. Haven't been there yet, but will be in June to spend some time there.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:33 pm

Hi Ryanair

Thanks for the interesting report. I'll be doing some domestic flying with Qantas and Virgin myself in a few months. Now I know what to expect.

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:26 pm

Hello all...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Oh, welcome to the wonderful world of the E-jet!

I do have a favourite aircraft type now because of this flight. Maybe I should start categorizing my favourite so that the A330 can still remain on my list. Perhaps a "favourite small jet" category...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Argh, worst moment ever for an a.netter. Luck you were still able to get some shots though.

Yuck... Tell me about it! This has happened to me more than a few times which is why I always choose a seat at the far end of the aircraft to prevet incidents like these from happening.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 11):
I have to agree that PER is both outdated and claustrophobic. The domestic terminal is not as bad, but the international terminal at PER is shocking.

Actually not just PER, but MOST Aussie airports have very bad international infrastructure. It is as if planning and people flow management came as an after-though. Although I've observed over at PER international terminal, they have removed shelves closer to the middle boarding gates. Previously while lining up to board, you would be doing it amidst displays of smellies and shop assistants spraying cologne on you.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 11):
QF international has largely disappeared from PER too. PER-HKG is being cut (or has already been cut); I'm not entirely sure whether they still fly PER-NRT, so that leaves SIN as the only QF international destination from PER.

It is sad that profit-centric for QF means SYD-centric. Whatever the airline needs to do to survive, I guess. I have a very sick feeling that SIN-PER will soon be the domain of JQ. SIN-MEL has now been reduced to A330 service only once a day.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 11):
I'm glad to see you've taken a liking to the good old Aussie made Ford Falcon! I'm a bit of a Ford fan myself and also own a Falcon (of sorts), because I just love the smooth power delivery of the 4.0 litre in-line six cylinder engine.

I have always preferred the Ford Falcon over Holden Commodore. I feel that the latter doesn't handle as well and engine delivery not as smooth. Although I've heard sad news that Ford is letting the Falcon die a natural death in Australia, don't know how true this rumour is.

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 12):
PS. I can see what I think is myself in one of your photos!

Pray tell, which one?

Quoting ryan h (Reply 13):
When uou were in Perth did you visit the new viewing area there?. Haven't been there yet, but will be in June to spend some time there.

Is this new viewing area by the runway? In that case no I have not been there yet.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 14):
Thanks for the interesting report. I'll be doing some domestic flying with Qantas and Virgin myself in a few months. Now I know what to expect.

Glad I could be of some help. What sectors will you be flying on?
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Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:39 pm

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
Pray tell, which one?

In the photo of the E190 at PER from the gate area, you can see a baggage tug. I was working that day and that time, so I was working the arrival. I was also rostered as a tug driver that day, but there were 3 of us, so it's a 1 in 3 chance it is me, hard to tell!

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:40 pm

WoW you're still here? Fantastic!

Great report! Seems like you have been traveling a lot these days :-| Haha

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I was positively impressed with what I saw. Settling into my seat with reasonable pitch, the large windows and being only one seat away from the aisle made this seem like the most effective seating position ever. The A330 was not even an after-thought at this point. I was in love with the E190!

I loved the E-Jet, but having flown it a disgusting amount of times between BAH and AUH, i got bored of it fairly quickly   Was water dripping from the vents above the window seats at all?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Eventually, we pushed back and taxied for Runway 23. There was no hold and take off was immediate.

Beautiful picture!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Amazing pitch on this aircraft.

No shoes?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
"U hv no idea the pain uv caused me."
"Took pills but nana got me to hosp in time."
"Bitch u will pay."

OOooookaaaaaay, think I've peeped enough
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
WTF... I didn't think this was funny at all... Where's my window?!

LOL .. I thought I was the only one that does this  

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:32 pm

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
I've heard sad news that Ford is letting the Falcon die a natural death in Australia, don't know how true this rumour is.

Ford have not confirmed nor denied that the Falcon will continue to be made here post 2016, or whether that there will be a Falcon at all. So it's anyone's guess. I'd like to think that the fact they haven't confirmed the death of the Falcon means that there is a chance that it will survive, after all.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:34 pm

Hi all...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
Great report! Seems like you have been traveling a lot these days :-| Haha

LOL!!! I wonder what's been happening with him?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
I loved the E-Jet, but having flown it a disgusting amount of times between BAH and AUH, i got bored of it fairly quickl

Like a Virgin, touched for the very first time - everything will seem exciting and the best experience since sliced bread. If I flew the E190 like I took a bus, I'm sure I'll be pretty much "Roni-fied" too.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
Beautiful picture!

Thanks, that is the suburb of Glenelg. It's where the rich hang out so I can take you there for lunch when you visit! A dinner by the sea watching the planes fly overhead. By the way, Glenelg spelt backwards gives you... err... GLENELG!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
LOL .. I thought I was the only one that does this  

Does what, peer into other people's shitty backyard of slander and scandals? Honey, there is a reason why Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars resonate with me (and perhaps you). Oooooooh the surprising twists and turns with every revelation of a scandal sends me to the high heavens with a lusty quiver in my groins.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 18):
Ford have not confirmed nor denied that the Falcon will continue to be made here post 2016, or whether that there will be a Falcon at all. So it's anyone's guess.

Very sad will be the day if the rumour I heard was to be true. The Falcon has been a part of Australia's automotive history from the very beginning.

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:36 am

Another fantastic report Ryan! As you know, I have become a fan of VA after trying them out last year. Its interesting to read your take on this airline after all your regular QANTAS flying.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Another thing I have taken notice of - the VA crew catwalking about the airport. its been said the uniform largely completes the image. This couldn't be more true. While these ladies are no SQ girls, the form fitting blood red uniform made you turn as they sashayed past you. These ladies are extremely well groomed too which screamed "I'll see you on my flight, bitches...".

I could not agree with you more. You saw this in Australia, but imagine my surprise when I saw them strutting over to the gate in Kuala Lumpur. Forget the light blue Kabaya girls, no one was paying attention to them as they were all mesmerized by the blonde beauties in red. There is just something about their uniform that turns heads.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Suffice to say, I've discovered a new favourite aircraft type. The E190 is not only beautiful to look at, but the interior was stunningly eye pleasing too. The 2x2 seating also meant no one was stuck in a dreaded middle seat.

It is definitely a unique little aircraft, but having flown it quite a few times on some rather long stretches, it becomes boring very quick.
 
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:50 pm

Hey Ya Anosh,

Hope life is good where you are.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 20):
I have become a fan of VA after trying them out last year. Its interesting to read your take on this airline after all your regular QANTAS flying.

I am inclined towards another QF/VA combo soon.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 20):
Forget the light blue Kabaya girls, no one was paying attention to them as they were all mesmerized by the blonde beauties in red. There is just something about their uniform that turns heads.

I know! Aren't they stunning to look at?

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 20):
It is definitely a unique little aircraft, but having flown it quite a few times on some rather long stretches, it becomes boring very quick.

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:19 pm

Hi Ryanair

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
Glad I could be of some help. What sectors will you be flying on?

I'll be flying from Sydney to Ayers Rock in Virgin Business Class. And then from there via Alice to Adelaide and then from there to Perth, all in QF Economy Class.

I'm looking forward to it. Last time I visited Adelaide was 20 years ago.

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Mon May 06, 2013 9:35 am

Hi Ryan!

Nice report, but I have to say, I was disappointed with VA's service from ADL. Especially since flights leaving from MEL to PER have a meal included. They're also on the A330, which honestly has one of the best IFE systems I've ever used.

That said, the E-190 is magnificent, but three hours with is quite the way to go one one of those babies!

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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed May 08, 2013 10:56 am

Dex,

Quoting DexSwart (Reply 23):
Nice report, but I have to say, I was disappointed with VA's service from ADL. Especially since flights leaving from MEL to PER have a meal included. They're also on the A330, which honestly has one of the best IFE systems I've ever used.

My next conquest will be for the VA A330. It sounds like a pretty sweet ride.

Quoting DexSwart (Reply 23):
That said, the E-190 is magnificent, but three hours with is quite the way to go one one of those babies!

On the contrary, once you're in the seat and look out of the window, it feels just like any other aircraft. Its a rather comfy ride actually but it doesn't handle well in turbulence.
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RE: ADL-PER I'm A Virgin - A First For Everything

Wed May 08, 2013 11:07 am

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 24):
On the contrary, once you're in the seat and look out of the window, it feels just like any other aircraft. Its a rather comfy ride actually but it doesn't handle well in turbulence.

Sounds like I'll have to get over some of my trepidation about flying on them! I was mostly worried about bad seat comfort, but since that's okay, I guess I can head out to MQL. Or Mildura, for those of you who don't care much for small Victorian towns.

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