Ryanair!!! wrote: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.
theobcman wrote:An excellent, thoroughly enjoyable report as always. I am a frequent flyer (ish) for work and leisure and do not have any issues but the way you describe your anxieties I'm really feeling the pain along the way with you. Just seems a shame you can't truly enjoy your travels. Hope things get easier ....... ??
KruegerFlaps wrote: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.
KruegerFlaps wrote:Generous is a word that some Emirates passengers would dispute. While I have always enjoyed my travels with them I know that others aren't impressed with the seating in their 777s, business, let alone economy.
KruegerFlaps wrote:As always, some great shots, especially of the cloud formations. Singapore sure has changed since I lived there as a child in the 1960s.
LondonCity wrote:ello Allrite - It's good that QF still provides decent catering free of charge on a short domestic flight. Here in Europe it's either very limited (and not very good) or BOB (buy on board).
Kent350787 wrote:I too have my moments where I'm suddenly gripped by fears while flying, worst recently on DCA-BOS simply knowing how busy the skies are in the USA.
Camohe wrote: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!
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
Camohe wrote:There seems to be so much hatred from all sides of politics these days that it is seeping onto everything. Maybe just keep trip reports about airliners and travel?
Camohe wrote:Hi allrite,I could have done without the Foxtel though with their miserable (or smugly tr(i)umphant) conservative commentatorsthe 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 onto everything. Maybe just keep trip reports about airliners and travel?
I think it would be better to just play news and sports reports in a lounge and to leave the commentary out, whether from the left or right.
Camohe wrote: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 can get their news and sport on their phones or tablets using the free wifi anyway.
thegoldenargosy wrote: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 flying the A330 SYD-MEL in 2004, we were served a salad with chicken. I was very impressed for it being such a short flight.
RyanairGuru wrote: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 glad that you enjoyed your flight with Emirates, they're still my favourite airline even if they have devalued their product somewhat from when I first flew them a decade ago.
VapourTrails wrote:Hi allrite
Enjoyable to read another one of your adventures.
VapourTrails wrote: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.
The course also includes the following tours where possible:
A comprehensive tour of a jet aircraft on the ground. Participants have the opportunity to visit the flight deck with a pilot who will explain the basics of the flight deck and aircraft controls.
Tour of the aircraft cabin with a senior Flight Attendant.
Tour of the Air Traffic control tower with air traffic controllers where possible.
Observe air traffic controllers at work and learn about their training.
Tour of the flight simulator training facility and the emergency procedures training facility. (tour applies only in Sydney and Melbourne where these facilities are located)
VapourTrails wrote:For me, as we've discussed this before, I have been pretty good with the anxiety thing this past year or so. I've flown more, actually, nine times in the past six weeks!
VapourTrails wrote:My latest 'oh no, turbulence..' techniques are music, closing my eyes - IMHO it halves the problem for me. But I like the way you've described it here, the scientific side of it all!
VapourTrails wrote:Have you tried flying in other types of aircraft, for example light aircraft or a helicopter even? I haven't done the latter, but with the light aircraft I find that three things are present: you can see the view in front, so where you are going, you are not in an enclosed space with a large group of people you don't know, and you are acquainted with who is flying the aircraft. It helps, the expanding the comfort zone and also trying something a 'little more risky' can have a positive effect on the average flight experience in the insulated world of Qantas e.g. Just my 2c. Anything is worth a try!
VapourTrails wrote:I don't blame you for not eating the olives. It can be hit and miss with the catering, but as you say, depends on the time of day, or day of the week IMHO.
VapourTrails wrote:I liked your pictures of Singapore. I am really trying to get there in the next few years with SQ flying from CBR.
VapourTrails wrote:I was at SYD recently, and didn't go into the Qantas Heritage Display. Why! I had the time, and walked straight past, I should have. Next time.
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos