Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Qantas QF767 : The Final Flight of the Boeing 767

Well we've known the B767 days were numbered in the Qantas fleet for quite some time now, but since Alan Joyce fast-tracked his turnaround plan for the airline, the day came somewhat earlier than many had hoped. December 27, 2014 was the final day of Boeing 767 passenger operations for Qantas, and indeed it would be the final flight of a Boeing 767 with passengers in Australian domestic service period. 

The Boeing 767-200 and Boeing 767-300 have been an integral part of the aviation scene in Australia since about 1983 (with Ansett) and for many it was the preferred method of travel between the east coast capitals for decades. The type has been in service with Qantas for 29 years and was it's first twin engine aircraft.

So it was with some sadness that I booked my seat on flight QF767 from Melbourne to Sydney to farewell what I think has been a very significant part of Australian airline history. Here is how I experienced the day....




Friday, December 26, 2014

Quick Trip Around Asia : The Videos

In case you are not subscribed to my YouTube channel, here are the videos associated with part 1 and 2 of this latest series of reports:



And for a sneak peak at Part 3, here is the video of the flight Bangkok to Tokyo Haneda:


Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Quick Trip Around Asia Part 2 : Thai Airways First Class Sydney to Bangkok Boeing 747-400

After arriving from Melbourne on QF400 I collected my luggage (Qantas won't interline to non alliance partners on separate tickets anymore), and took the train between terminals. They charge $5.70 for this 2 minute journey, which other airports in the world charge to transfer between terminals I wonder? Qantas does offer an inter-terminal transfer but I couldn't use this as it is airside and I had to go landside to get my luggage.

Fortunately the luggage didn't take too long and I was over at the Thai check-in counters by 8am. Here are the details of todays flight:

FLIGHT
TG476
AIRLINE
Thai Airways  International
ROUTE
Sydney to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
GATE DEPARTURE
10.00 (Scheduled) / 10.02 (Actual)
GATE ARRIVAL
15.25 (Scheduled) / 15.44 (Actual)
FLIGHT TIME
9 hours 12 minutes airborne
AIRCRAFT
Boeing 747-400 HS-TGO



Check-in for Royal First, Royal Silk and Economy

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Quick Trip Around Asia Part 1 : Qantas Business Class Melbourne to Sydney Airbus A330-200

Last month I decided I needed to satisfy my cravings to fly again so I planned and booked a very hectic 6 day trip from Melbourne including stops in Bangkok, Tokyo, Osaka and Hong Kong. This is my report of the flights I took on this trip. They include Qantas business class, Thai Airways first and business Class, Japan Airlines economy class, and EVA Air business class, including a Hello Kitty flight.

This post is about the first part of my trip, the short hop between Melbourne and Sydney to connect up with Thai's 10am service to Bangkok. I have  done this a couple of times before and I always choose the QF400, 6am service.  It is almost always on time and leaves a nice 2 hour 30 min transit time in Sydney. The only downside is just how early in the morning it is. Since I was flying onwards in First Class from Sydney, it seemed only natural to fork out a few extra points and fly in business class on the first leg. Here is the review of this short flight:

FLIGHT
QF400
AIRLINE
Qantas Airways
ROUTE
Melbourne to Sydney
GATE DEPARTURE
06:00 (Scheduled) / 05:58 (Actual)
GATE ARRIVAL
07:25 (Scheduled) / 07:32 (Actual)
FLIGHT TIME
1 hour 7 minutes airborne
AIRCRAFT
Airbus A330-200 VH-EBV