This report covers a family holiday to Magnetic Island, North Queensland, which is located near Townsville. It comprises of 3 sectors:
737-8FE VH-VUJ VA909 4 -Apr -15 SYD/BNE 1D BUS VIRGIN AUSTRALIA 737-8FE VH-VUD VA367 4 -Apr -15 BNE/TSV 4C VIRGIN AUSTRALIA 737-8FE VH-VUG VA1520 11 -Apr -15 TSV/SYD 3A VIRGIN AUSTRALIA
Most of the photos have been taken with my iPhone 6 plus. Travelling with the family does not allow me a lot of time to take pictures…:-(
Very early morning departure out of Sydney. After dropping the luggage at the bag drop off in the main terminal, we head to the Virgin Lounge which has a dedicated kerb access and where passengers can clear security checks. However you can not check luggage in via this facility. Without luggage this is a fast and comfortable way to access the lounge and be airside
The lounge is very quiet. Very comfortable. A healthy range of food is available. There is even a barista that does great coffee!
Another part of the lounge. No tarmac view sadly
Checking the board. Virgin operate from T2, but it shares it with Jetstar and Tigerair. We are off to Townsville via Brisbane as the direct flight was not available at the time of booking.
Virgin IFE is available on your portable device (IOS and Android). Which I find pretty funky. The air show is pretty cool too
Our SYD/BNE plane at the gate in Brisbane.
We only have one hour on the ground in BNE and we continue on to TSV on board a different 737. A quick glimpse of the flight deck.
This is what I like about Virgin. Repositionning (or paxing as they say in Australia) pilots travel in economy… no princess treatment. This is what I call showing leadership !
On route to TSV following the coast. The inbound flight path is still showing….
The ramp at TSV airport
The terminal where we disembark
A few bonus pictures. Car ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island (40 min). We rented a car at the airport, which makes it much easier with kids as the island is pretty spread out.
Leaving Australia mainland
Magnetic Island is a true gem, under rated and under the radar of many tourist. Not sure why as it is a magnificent holiday destination
This is the property where we stayed. Balinese style bungalow
Sadly our Easter holiday are over. Back to Townsville on the car ferry and now at the departure area of the Townsville airport terminal. This is the Virgin side of the terminal. With kiosks and tradtional counters.
The view outside the terminal
A large board promoting Air North, small domestic carrier based in Darwin
Departure and arrival display
The arrival zone, on the opposite side from the departure area
This is what I call a customer friendly airport…
As usual I am tracking the inbound aircraft as much as I can. Today's inbound plane is well ahead of schedule which means that the likelyhood of our flight being delayed is slim.
Departure area and security
Stairs to the gates
View of the TSV tarmac
Our plane for the day
The forward cabin, we are seating in the first row, just behind business class. The pitch is great and there is a dividing wall, which is great when travelling with kids
The back of the plane
The first row in economy (row 3)
Only one pax in J that day
The flight deck…
Plane spotting…not much to report. However TSV will get international flight later this year with Jetstar launching a route to Bali
Some flight information.
The IFE. Screen shot of my iPhone, a decent selection of movies and documentary, and of course music.
Newcastle area from a distance
We are travelling off peak yet we have to slow down and zig zag due to traffic congestion…
A pretty funky coffee shop at the arrival hall in the Virgin terminal
Townsville - TSV
Sydney - SYD
Very pleasant little domestic trip. We do not know how lucky we are in Australia as domestic travel is easy, convenient, comfortable and is most of the time an enjoyable experience. Icing on the cake we were upgraded to business class between SYD and BNE, most likely due to my FF status. Always nice when it happens unexpectedly. Virgin Australia economy (and business) class product is robust, the crew is friendly. On time performance was impeccable, despite the busy Easter Week-end. We would have arrived well ahead of schedule back in SYD however ATC did slow the plane down (not sure why as the airport looked empty when we arrived and the weather was fine). SYD T2 is plaisant and offers many facilities, shops, cafes and Virgin has a very comfortable lounge, which is accessible from kerb and offer passenger the possibily to clear security in a very smooth way, avoid the traditional big queue in the main terminal. TSV is a very small airport, with limited catering and activities/facilities. However due to its small size, it provides the traveller a very enjoayble casual and informal experience.
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