Your trip reports almost always make me hungry.Love the sambal heat chart at Warung Sangrai and they kuih for breakfast! Funny how SilkAir swaps the fish/chicken rice/potato options around according to the directions. The chicken and yellow rice dish looked yum! Am I correct that there were no earph...Jump to post
What do we think the prospect of the other Jetstar airlines (GK/3K/BL) entering the long haul LCC market? Obviously this would require a significant order for aircraft but the two major players in the SE Asian LCC market (Air Asia & Scoot/Tiger) are both mixing long and short haul and there is ...Jump to post
Thank you so much for this report! As a rail enthusiast I have long wanted to travel the jungle railway but I wasn't aware there was a sleeper service. I agree with you that the daylight trains would probably be better. It does sound like a masochistic exercise though, hours in tropical heat and hum...Jump to post
Enjoyed the report and photos! Had to sit through a gusting 40-something knots approach into Amsterdam last March. I heavily disliked the sensation of movement, so I understand where your fear is coming from. Keep on flying, you'll do great! The good thing about experiencing it as you are coming in...Jump to post
Another enjoyable report from He-who-changes-nicks-frequently! :) While in some places in this world you can pop across to the next city or country for the day with a quick train ride, in WA and much of the rest of Australia it mostly means flying. Albany looks like a pleasant place to visit, althou...Jump to post
Alan Joyce - Mr PieFace in perth today Someone wasn't happy and got him, poor form on the security. http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/qantas-chief-alan-joyce-cops-pie-in-face-at-perth-business-breakfast/news-story/8f6e621d8cdfbb4e612c64a5865dc182 In other news Virgin Australia have ...Jump to post
Ryan h wrote:CollegeAviator wrote:Great report and photos.
I am the same sort of flyer as CollegeAviator. Try and fly when I can.
....my family and managed SYD-BNE-SYD last weekend, and managed to get the wifi equipped 737-800 on SYD-BNE (the Waratahs were also flying to BNE to be beaten :P ). It worked very well on phone and ipad via the QF app. The servcie was pretty much flawless. Australian rugby does seem like a game for...Jump to post
Thanks for the trip report! Security for all australia domestic flights has always been easy , there is no limitation to the volume of drinking water that you can get through the security . Hooray for that . Otherwise , normally to get through an airport security , you would have to pour most of you...Jump to post
Thanks. I enjoyed reading about a part of the country that I've yet to visit. Despite enjoying the area on this visit I was most disappointed that I couldn't blame my recent bout of gastro on some Central Queensland parasite. I thought it was a parting shot from the state I've been at war with thes...Jump to post
Anybody planning to go to Wings Over Illawarra on the weekend? https://www.wingsoverillawarra.com.au
For anybody who has been before, what's the parking situation like, especially towards the middle of the Saturday?
Great trip report to a part of Australia that I have yet to visit. The colours in some of the photos are spectacular. Thank you! Nice trip report! Indeed, I am one of those few who fly simply because of the choice of flying, if/when I can. [/quote] I want to be that kind of person again, although m...Jump to post
Thanks for the interesting report. Wonder how some of those passengers would go flying United!
We also ordered something curiously interesting - the LGBT sandwich. A vegetarian one with lettuce, green pepper, basil and tomato.
An interesting way to get between SYD and CFS, glad you enjoyed it (because I wouldn't!).Jump to post
Really enjoyed this trip report, especially your photos. Love the scenery around Aomori - the city itself is quite pleasant for a visit, especially the Nebuta museum there. That gold jet looks a bit blingy to my liking. Should have used a gold and black scheme instead of white to fit in with some of...Jump to post
Great report.Such a contrast between the dry scenery of the west and the damp east of Australia!
I know people rave about the E-jets but I think I still prefer the classics like the F100 and 717. In my limited experiences (especially of the latter two) they seem more stable in the air.
The Qantas Club is closed due to a technical issue, so we are diverted into the posher and recently refurbished Qantas Business Lounge. The food selection is a little limited at this time of day. We each try a bowl of mulligatawny soup, which is basically curry sauce, washed down with some Bickford'...Jump to post
Rockhampton Airport is now open again and has been for a few days. Though we could have attempted to change our flights without charge the issue is that the car was hired from Gladstone, so we must return there. We pack our bags and check out from the motel. On the way out of Yeppoon we pass the ent...Jump to post
Though our stay in Capricornia Region was all about family we managed to spend some time exploring old haunts. https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CRt0HVNEtNQ/WPWa8BhFdeI/AAAAAAAF2GI/hNyNHOhW9rsuEaHWijV1j3pr1LmNEj8cACKgB/s640/DSC03768.JPG Gladstone Harbour https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--s7HRQQeDDs/WPWa8AOBtYI/A...Jump to post
B wants to shop, Alex wants the lounge. B wins and we explore as far as the entrance into the "airlines other than Qantas mainline" section. https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Sbk_qsVRHAg/WO4wpGnzV_I/AAAAAAAF0lY/czsond0k6hkbpwbXKQY8Yal9YL9CgAFUgCPcB/s640/DSC_4834.JPG With our next flight approachi...Jump to post
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-v6pJ46VewQk/WO4wpPss9HI/AAAAAAAF0lY/DENwNbHYgZoinv8mVg1UpUayS8fuoaAZQCPcB/s640/DSC_4705.JPG People fly for many reasons. Some fly for work, some because they seek adventure. Others fly just for the joy of being in the air. And some fly because they have no choice. That's ...Jump to post
Great report! I love Canberra Airport after the refurbishment. Pity that you missed the 717 as they are a great little aircraft, one of the few classics left in mainstream service in Australia. Qantas provides iPads on their domestic A330 and some 717 flights and streaming on these and some 738s. I ...Jump to post
Hi Ryan, Nice extensive trip report and video. What was up with all the black interruptions in the video? You wired the cameras into your eyes and blinked? :) Good to see that you ordered meat pie before arriving into Adelaide instead of that Asian muck. Definitely worthy of living in this fine coun...Jump to post
Hi allrite Thanks for a great trip report. I must tell you that you have quite a way with words. A few months back I followed the link to your blog and stumbled upon the report of your first trip abroad - that was quite a fascinating read. I sincerely hope that you overcome your anxiety of flying. ...Jump to post
The food (mostly) looks great, especially the kuih, as do the shots around town. Hope to try something in Penang other than the dreary Cantonese restaurants that my Mother-in-law forces us to go to. I think you caught one of the older Jetstar Asia A320s. Despite the reduced legroom the seats are ver...Jump to post
Hi allrite Another great read, I wasn't sure just how it was going to end! I think you were still travelling as an aviation nut, we can tell. :silly: Love the cosy family photos you've shared. Nice to look back on in years to come. Hehe, I take thousands of photos each trip and get in trouble becau...Jump to post
Hi allrite Enjoyable to read another one of your adventures. Thanks! You mentioned the flying course before, and I would also still like to do one of these, locally in Canberra would be ideal. Thanks for the insights here. I don't know any courses in Canberra, but Fearless Flyers operate in other c...Jump to post
Of all the aircraft in the sky the 747 is the saddest to farewell. To me it is the aircraft that most epitomises long distance flying so that even if you are on a short leg you feel like you are off on a grand adventure. I was fortunate enough to fly on the 747-400 with Cathay. Thank you for sharing...Jump to post
If anyone is interested I'm currently rewriting a version of this trip from an ideal perspective - I'll post the link up when I'm done. A well written trip report. I know how you feel about turbulence because I have started obsessing about it too. I don't remember doing so until 2015 when I had a nu...Jump to post
As ever Allrite your trip reports are superlative. What I find especially fascinating is how you have managed to explain what you are thinking at each point. As someone who has no fear of flying it is something I cannot relate to, but here I felt like I was sitting next to you up there. And I am gl...Jump to post
The contrast between grey skies and the red tinged earth is absolutely gorgeous, as are the evening photographs. Thank you for the history lessons too.
I do wonder what the WA skies will see when the Fokkers are eventually put out to pasture.
Thanks for the report..thats a long time in a Jetstar A320...not sure I could go for that long. I've done Perth-Singapore on Jetstar A320 (with another coming up..), that's as long as I can handle! Japan looks great though, still yet to visit...spring would be ideal...I may have to try JAL when I g...Jump to post
Your reports on MH do nothing to inspire confidence in the airline, especially maintenance wise. It doesn't bode well for their future if they can't get the simple little things right. Perhaps that is harsh, but they really are an airline that has to prove itself, especially with so much competition...Jump to post
I used to be deathly afraid of flying. I looked forward to flying but the day of the flight I was a nervous wreck until cruise. I made an emergency landing and believe it or not that helped me overcome my fear. I can sympathize with you, I'm glad you can still find the joy of flying. I remember fly...Jump to post
I hear your rants about tourists. There are times, certain modern inventions are a convenience we don't dare to admit. For example, a selfie stick. I keep one in my bag just in case. I was in Stratford-Upon-Avon few months ago and I was walking past Shakespeare's home. I thought hmm let me take a s...Jump to post
The news networks (both ABC and Foxtel) seem to struggle to find enough quality content for their 24h news channels so fill in the gaps with mainly left-wing (ABC) or right-wing (Foxtel) talking heads. Sport normally bores me to tears so I'd rather no TV at all actually. 99% of people in the lounge...Jump to post
Hi once more, Allrite. After reading your report I am pleased to see that you ended on a positive note. You still have a journey ahead of you but at least you're optimistic at this point. I also enjoyed your "rant" about must-be-seen-with-selfie-sticks, although admittedly despite not kno...Jump to post
Hi allrite, I could have done without the Foxtel though with their miserable (or smugly tr(i)umphant) conservative commentators the United States, or the United Soviet States of America as it seems to be now There seems to be so much hatred from all sides of politics these days that it is seeping o...Jump to post
Of storms and snow part 2: Jetstar SIN-TPE-KIX, NRT-CNS-SYD is now up. I always enjoy reading your trip reports, but how about leaving your politics out of them... It's not my politics and it wasn't in my report! But then dear Elder Lee was never short of advice for other countries so maybe I'm jus...Jump to post
I hate leaving Japan. I say it every time and it's always true. The others are ready to leave and feel homesick, but I still have lots to do. That said, I wish again that the Tokyo Teleport lived up to its name. I've been feeling sick since last night. The anxiety of the flight home is eating me up,...Jump to post
Whilst immigration was faster than before, the next step continues to get worse. Unfortunately our school holidays coincide with Chinese New Year this year. There is a huge queue of foreign Asian tourists at the train station offices waiting to pick up rail passes. I must have spent an hour in the c...Jump to post
This is one of those wasteful transits when, despite continuing on in the same seats on the same aircraft, you have to get out, pass through immigration and security, and reboard without enough time to do anything other than take a toilet break. That said, it was nice to stretch our legs. It's a pit...Jump to post
We continue our journey through Asia making our way up from Singapore to Osaka, Japan via Taipei with Jetstar Asia, then returning home via Cairns on Jetstar. In part 1 my wife B, eight year old son Alex and myself flew up from Sydney to Singapore via Melbourne on a combination of Qantas and Emira...Jump to post
How disappointing that you weren't able to visit the Heritage Display. It surely would have made sense to have a sign downstairs advising potential visitors of that fact. I guess the disappointment there was made up somewhat by the staff member admitting you to the lounge in Melbourne. A sign down ...Jump to post
Nice TR! Last time I took this exact EK flight, it was still operated by a 777-200. I have just migrated over to the QF FFP so let's see how that turns out. They aren't very friendly to non-QF JCL flights coming into Australia it seems. Status credits accumulated are pretty minuscule. Thanks Ryan! ...Jump to post
All done, we just catch the taxi straight to our hotel, the Roxy Square Grand Mercure in Katong, and go to bed. It's too late to hit the hawker stalls. The hotel is my favourite in Singapore. Not so much for its features, reasonable as they are, but for its location. https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DiJJ7...Jump to post
We already have our boarding passes and our luggage is checked through to Singapore, so all we have to do is walk to the international terminal. Say what you will about Melbourne Airport, but the structure retains enough of its historical appearance that I am still reminded of my early childhood, wa...Jump to post
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Tc7SuUkxLWs/WI2DiLENWsI/AAAAAAAFv64/hNrtkXH7mMEgyws-PFUP-JOTe-TZH8ffACPcB/s640/DSC09764.JPG Here begins a three week trip from Sydney to Singapore via Melbourne, to Osaka via Taipei and from Tokyo to Sydney via Cairns. Each route I have flown before, but this will also be...Jump to post
I can't help but think that Skippers needs a Gilligans as well. A little known "fact" (of the kind believed by certain world leaders) was that the series "Lost" was inspired by "Gilligan's Island".
Enjoyed the read and the photos, thanks!