What a trip report! Not only so detailed but the pictures from Antarctica are outstanding! I look forward to part 2Jump to post
Thanks for your report, and it looks like you had good flights with Air Canada. I'm interested by the different service that some of your cabin from EWR-YYZ got; I've never heard of that before. Looking forward to your next report! I nearly had this happen to me on a Virgin Australia flight earlier...Jump to post
In other news, Cobham have had a little accident whilst taxiing at PER for a FIFO flight. https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/passenger-jet-crashes-while-taxiing-at-perth-airport/news-story/356ed2032f44c703e31b36b0429648d2 Oops. Pretty nasty for such an old jet. Also oops to the...Jump to post
That's some rant for something that wasn't the airlines fault.
Bad planning on their part does not constitute an emergency on AA's part.
I would honestly like to see Virgin ditch Tiger completely, it's a distraction, and add a US-style Basic Economy fare to its VA flights, and also ditch ALL meals in economy except for east-west. Look at SYD-MEL, SYD-BNE for example, this is 90 minutes, where else in life can you not go for 90 minut...Jump to post
Closest I've seen was a mate who happened to be on the same flight as former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. I was picking up my mate from the airport, and safe to say it was quite the opposite to the Hilary Clinton experience you had when she disembarked. Being at the pointy end, she was o...Jump to post
I just read an article (below) about QF 747 points planes. Anyone have more info? https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-considers-boeing-747-points-plane-for-frequent-flyers I'm positive that I saw an item on Airline Route yesterday which listed some domestic 747 sectors QF was planning to operate in the...Jump to post
Qantas plans limited 747 domestic flying, most likely all linked to Antarctic charters, SYD-BNE, SYD-MEL and SYD-ADL https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284681/qantas-schedules-boeing-747-domestic-service-in-nw19/ Thank you so much for posting this, qf789! I took advantage of the sale...Jump to post
I picked up my baggage and went to immigration area. After coming across some rude agents, took the subway to Town Hall and walked my way to my hostel: Base Backpackers Sydney located in CBD, where I'd spend only a night. Ah I see you got a true Sydney welcome :D Brilliant trip report - and you got...Jump to post
Qatar Airways flight drama: Sydney-bound flight makes emergency landing in Perth A passenger aboard a flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Perth has described the terrifying moment the pilot warned them to “not be alarmed” if they saw something “drop off the wing”. The 27-year-old...Jump to post
VA operating a PER-AVV charter this afternoon Geelong vs West Coast Eagles AFL match; I'm tipping there's a return on Sunday? It was a charter flight for the West Coast players, so they could fly in and out of Geelong relatively quickly. Given they got done by about 9 goals, the direct flight may h...Jump to post
All airports now affected by the ABF IT outage.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-29/ ... t/11053590
VA baggage handlers reach new levels of incompetence at MEL. They forgot to load the Western Bulldogs Cheer Squad equipment onto their MEL-PER flight. Do you have a source? What flight were they on? There is likely multiple different reasons why baggage could be left behind, most likely it was an o...Jump to post
A wonderful trip report. In Australia Christmas Island is usually only given attention due to it's open-closed-open again-closed again immigration detention centre. It's great to see the beauty of the island without the politics.Jump to post
I have just sent you a pm. I don't recall anything like this being discussed before so perhaps it was before my time as a crew member. I am happy to put in back on the agenda on your behalf. I would also be interested to hear from others, would you like to see something like a section for old timet...Jump to post
Wouldn't the best way to deal with BI is to vote with your feet. They'll leave the market soon enough if their loads flatline. Would enough people vote with their feet though? In a way it's like people who complain about food prices at sporting venues. They complain about the prices, still buy it, t...Jump to post
Sen. Anning's been expelled from QF's Chairmans Lounge
https://7news.com.au/news/australia/fre ... m=referral
On a separate note VA rolled out new menus across the domestic fleet a week ago Here is a story of the most popular things on the menu currently https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/this-is-by-far-the-most-popular-thing-on-virgin-australias-inflight-menu/news-story/455b722c1c48ca6c7...Jump to post
Hi folks, and welcome to my latest trip report. Mid-late last year, I was looking at going to the Australian Open. I'd been a couple of years ago, and had a great time on a ground pass (even got to see a Venus Williams match on the ground pass). This time though, I decided to go to a session at Rod ...Jump to post
QF706 ADL-CBR diverted to MEL after pressurisation issue.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-05/ ... n/10870888
I had a question about the general chaos caused by the storms in Sydney on Friday night. At about 22:30 Qantas had something like 8 domestic arrivals that had landed but were waiting for gates to become available. I noticed that Jetstar unloaded some flights on remote stands and bused the passenger...Jump to post
I must be flying a different VA than you. My last few flights with them (admittedly in J) have been fantastic. The CS has been at the door greeting everyone with a positive personality, checking everyones boarding pass, and most will address each customer by name, every crew member has been smiling...Jump to post
VA's new CEO says first priority will be improving culture among the workforce and will reveal his plans for the airline sometime after 25 March http://australianaviation.com.au/2019/02/scurrah-says-virgin-australia-ceo-job-big-shoes-to-fill/ Which is a real indictment as Virgin Blue was renowned f...Jump to post
Love the humour in your TR - thanks for the reportJump to post
Excellent report. VA's food offerings are a bit of a running joke between my mates and myself. Let's hope the new VA CEO brings in a bit of a culture change with the airline - at the moment it runs a very distant second to QF, and in fact JQ provides a more friendly/personable experience than VA the...Jump to post
In Adelaide, Parafield Airport (YPPF - largely a training airport) is 10.6kms by road to the Edinburgh RAAF Base (YPED).Jump to post
Getting in early with my first flights for the year, taking place next week. 15/1 - VA214 ADL-MEL - 737-800 16/1 - VA867 MEL-SYD - 737-800 18/1 - JQ768 SYD-ADL - A320 A couple of firsts for this trip for me: - First multi-city holiday for me (Melbourne/Sydney) - First time flying MEL-SYD - First ti...Jump to post
Can anyone provide some insight as to why Flypelican is ceasing its NTL - ADL flights in April? The article states its not a viable service, and I can't find any published load factor statistics. https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5825760/up-in-the-air-flypelican-pulls-out-of-newcastle-adelaide-rou...Jump to post
Getting in early with my first flights for the year, taking place next week. 15/1 - VA214 ADL-MEL - 737-800 16/1 - VA867 MEL-SYD - 737-800 18/1 - JQ768 SYD-ADL - A320 A couple of firsts for this trip for me: - First multi-city holiday for me (Melbourne/Sydney) - First time flying MEL-SYD - First tim...Jump to post
There isn't really room for automated bag drops. They have to share the terminal with Jetstar, Tiger, Rex and Fly Pelican. They really need their own terminal like QF has. SYD T2 is operating way above the capacity it wa designed for when AN opened it nearly 20 years ago. It is felt most acutely at...Jump to post
Watched the start of it - amazing.
Now to find time to watch the rest of it. I love these sorts of videos.
Is there a limit on the amount of reimbursement? Otherwise i might go have a night on the town and stay at the Intercon or something... https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/experience/service-experience/compensation/ $220 per night for accom + $50 for meals + reasonable personal items (I assume jo...Jump to post
I got caught up in Friday's weather chaos trying to shlepp from Melbourne to Sydney on VA. Apparently one plane went tech too, compounding the problem. The delays were so great that at about 930pm Friday night there were 4 scheduled Sydney flights boarding at once. I got on the earliest and we just...Jump to post
Apparently the ‘naked’ TT aircraft has been stranded at ADL for 24 hours due to a technical issue. It was due to fly TT642 from ADL-SYD last night before going tech on the tarmac.
7 News in Adelaide mentioned the AFP have been called in twice to deal with unruly passengers frustrated by the delays.
If this is indeed the case, why are so many getting all bent out of shape about this? People are clearly getting hung up on the word 'volunteer' and assuming it is unpaid. It is paid - you are 'volunteering' to work at a different location. Many companies, mine included, do a similar thing without ...Jump to post
A non-paywalled article about the QF volunteer program. https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahryan/qantas-has-asked-its-staff-to-volunteer-over-the-christmas?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bffbbuzzfeedozpol&ref=bffbbuzzfeedozpol&fbclid=IwAR3H_9Gu5074csU8h_BVRux7f2tiys-cW91KGTuvBjCGtevXOGq-fLv...Jump to post
I wonder if QF planned to do something like this - and sought volunteers to help out - whether the ASU would be squealing to the Fair Work Commission to stop it
A non-paywalled article about the QF volunteer program. https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahryan/qantas-has-asked-its-staff-to-volunteer-over-the-christmas?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bffbbuzzfeedozpol&ref=bffbbuzzfeedozpol&fbclid=IwAR3H_9Gu5074csU8h_BVRux7f2tiys-cW91KGTuvBjCGtevXOGq-fLvJ...Jump to post
Congrats on your award mate. Did I travel on those wooden escalators in the late 60's?? I also remember the indicator boards with all the little red/yellow lights. Quite "high tech" in those days. Yep, you would've traveled on them - the same escalators were used from the stations opening...Jump to post