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Adelaide Bound Via MEL On All Black NZ & QF

Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:23 am

Adelaide bound via MEL on All Black NZ & QF

The planning for this trip began in September 2012 by deciding where we would go for our annual end of January Australia pilgrimage. Melbourne was the main priority to visit friends and relatives there but we wanted to venture beyond what our family likes to call “The big three” (Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane) as well which seem to dominate our Australia trips. We narrowed it down to Adelaide & Surrounds, Tasmania and Cairns. Cairns was quickly ruled out due to the distance from Melbourne, bad weather and it being stinger season at that time of year. Adelaide was eventually decided on due to wanting to visit nearby Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley.

A sale on Air New Zealand flights to Australia came up for the dates we wanted and flights were soon booked. We could have bought an open jaw AKL-ADL, MEL-AKL ticket with NZ but decided in the end to just book AKL-MEL-AKL flights and we would sort out domestic MEL-ADL-MEL flights ourselves which turned out to be a better idea as it was cheaper and I was able to get back on a couple of airlines I haven’t been on in a while, namely QF and TT

We had originally just purchased an Economy Seat + Bag fare as part of Air New Zealand’s “Seats to Suit” which provides only the Economy seat, a checked bag up to 23kg and tea, coffee and water but no meal service. However in mid December I decided to check our booking was still fine and found that for short haul East Coast Australia & Pacific flights with Seats to Suit fares operated by the 777 & 747 aircraft it was possible to choose a Premium Economy seat for $20 NZD per person. You are still on a Seat + Bag fare with no meal but in a Premium Economy seat which I thought to be fantastic value!

Flight Information
Date – 31 January 2013
Depart – Auckland, New Zealand (AKL)
Arrive – Melbourne, Australia (MEL)
Airline – Air New Zealand (NZ)
Aircraft – Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
Flight Number – NZ123
Registration – ZK-OKQ
Seat and class – 24K , Premium Economy
Scheduled Departure – 08:20am
Actual Departure – 08:30am
Scheduled Arrival – 10:20am
Actual Arrival – 09:53am
Blocked flight time – 4 hours 0 mins
Actual flight time – 3 hours 23 minutes

Personal Information
114th flight overall, 5th flight in 2013
42nd Flight on NZ, 1st on NZ 77W, 1st on ZK-OKQ
11th 777 flight, 7th 77W flight

It was an early start as usual for most Australia flights from New Zealand. Check in was hassle free using the self service machines, and we were through security in no time which was a surprise considering the high number of International flights departing at this time of day. We stopped by a café for some light breakfast and made our way to the end of the pier to gate 10 for this mornings flight. I was very happy to see the All Black 77W waiting for us at the gate. Ill leave the rambling there, and let the photos do the talking.
CX A340-300 just arrived from HKG
Premium Economy Seat
Choice of Headphones
Shortly after departure from AKL
Airshow features:
No worries with the legroom here
Overview of the Y+ Cabin
Approaching MEL
J Cabin on disembarkation
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RE: Adelaide Bound Via MEL On All Black NZ & QF

Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:36 am

Flight Information
Date – 31 January 2013
Depart – Melbourne, Australia (MEL)
Arrive – Adelaide, Australia (ADL)
Airline – Qantas (QF)
Aircraft – Boeing 737-800 (738)
Flight Number – QF685
Registration – VH-VYI (Bathurst Island)
Seat and class – 22B, Economy
Scheduled Departure – 2:05pm
Actual Departure – 2:15pm
Scheduled Arrival – 2:55pm
Actual Arrival – 2:54pm
Blocked flight time – 1 hour 20 minutes
Actual flight time – 1 hour 9 minutes

Personal Information
115th flight overall, 6th flight in 2013
9th flight on QF, 2nd on QF 738, 1st on VH-VYI
26th 737 flight, 11th 738 flight

Arrival into MEL was quite the opposite of AKL, terribly long queues and half of the flights bags didn’t come out with the first half, and some passengers went to the airport help desk to ask where they were and after a call to baggage services apparently they had “forgotten about them”.
We had a 3.5 hour wait till our QF flight to ADL, so weren’t in any hurry but it was a bit annoying nonetheless.

QF A330-300 “Esperance” VH-QPF just arrived from PER
Dreary MEL QF domestic terminal corridor
QF domestic tail lineup
Preparing for pushback
Making our way to the active
Scone snack served onboard along with the QF recycling bags
Scone and Appletizer
Adelaide CBD on final approach
VH-VYI on disembarkation
QF domestic baggage carousel whilst waiting for our rental

NZ AKL-MEL was a fantastic flight! One of the best I have flown to date for sure. Whilst we didn’t have a meal NZ’s IFE is some of the best in the industry. Y+ was only about 60% full which made for a comfortable flight whilst Y looked almost 100%. The $20 upgrade to Y+ seat I found to be fantastic value and even have another booked to MEL when ill be back in July.

QF MEL-ADL was a great domestic Aussie flight on the national carrier. Like on Air NZ to MEL this flight was no more than 50% full which made it very comfortable. The crew were great and catering was as expected for an early afternoon flight of this length.
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RE: Adelaide Bound Via MEL On All Black NZ & QF

Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:12 am

Thanks for the trip report. Very good work.

I know how the wait for luggage that seems to go missing is. Last year transiting SYD from Asia I had exactly the same situation including the same reasoning given. They just seemed so non-fussed by it all as we got more and more frustrated.

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RE: Adelaide Bound Via MEL On All Black NZ & QF

Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:46 am

Thanks for sharing. Was curious to read first-hand impressions of the Air New Zealand premium economy product.
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