Review of Qantas flight Perth Darwin in Economy

Airline Qantas
Flight QF792
Class Economy
Seat 21F
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 03:30
Take-off 07 Aug 15, 08:35
Arrival at 07 Aug 15, 13:35
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st7515
By 2574
Published on 30th August 2015
Hello everyone, here is the third part of the following flight plan :

CDG - KUL Boeing 777-200ER AF246 http://flight-report.com/fr/report-11323.html
KUL - PER Airbus A330-300 MH127 http://flight-report.com/fr/report-11338.html
PER - DRW Boeing 737-800 QF792 YOU ARE AT THE RIGHT PLACE !
DRW - ASP Boeing 717-200 QF1939 (Link) http://flight-report.com/fr/report-11457.html
ASP - AYQ Boeing 717-200 QF1941 (Link) http://flight-report.com/fr/report-11467.html
AYQ - CNS Boeing 717-200 QF1854 (Link) No FR, same aircraft
CNS - SYD Boeing 737-800 QF925 http://flight-report.com/fr/report-11490.html
SYD - KUL Airbus A330-300 MH122 http://flight-report.com/fr/report-11543.html
KUL - CDG Boeing 777-200ER AF241 http://flight-report.com/fr/report-11619.html

(Reminder, bonuses are available here :
A special FR one : https://www.flickr.com/photos/100675655@N08/albums/72157657806681812
A 'normal' tourist one : https://www.flickr.com/photos/100675655@N08/albums/72157657809601382
I hope you'll enjoy them)

I - GETTING TO THE AIRPORT
II - LANDSIDE
III - AIRSIDE
IV - BOARDING
V - FROM APRON TO THE AIR
VI - CATERING 1 - BKF
VII - CABIN
VIII - CATERING 2 - SNACK
IX - CRUISING VIEWS
X - DESCENT AND LANDING TO JETBRIDGE
XI - Deboarding
XII - Immigration/luggages/customs
XIII - Exiting the airport

I - GETTING TO THE AIRPORT


And we can start !

As our flight is scheduled at 8:35 AM I asked the waitress from the Novotel restaurant the day before what time should we leave to reach PER. She said 6 AM to avoid traffic jam ! Incredible. I did not listen her advises and we left in cab to arrive at PER at 6:54 AM so maybe we left at 6:35 AM and it was sufficient enough^^ People can be very stressed in Perth !

II - LANDSIDE

I directly went through the terminal to a self service kiosk machine, very easy to use for a QF first timer.
Upon completion, I sticked on our luggages' tags and reached the bag drop off.

A friendly QF female employee was there and helped us getting bags on the carousel.

I told her it was our first time on QF and she whished us the welcome. Because of my clothes, she said I was well appointed… Undoubtedly, they seem to be happy helping people well dressed… I'll carry on !

We passed security in a whistle and got airside.

III - AIRSIDE

As the last right bottom hand corner monitor line shows, we will board Gate 9.

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Great ! A small tarmac walk and some nice pictures to take (at leat, I'll try) !

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My first QF ticket on my hand *proud*

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IV - BOARDING

Gate available for a 8:15 AM boarding, this is a EK (5792) codeshared flight.

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Behind the desks, press is available on the right hand side, headsets are as well but on the left hand side.

Our aircraft is VH-XZG, first flew on May the 22nd, 2013 not to say it is new

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A QF A333 by our side bound for SYD

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Her little name is Bungendore

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In case you did not recognize her, she lets you know she is a 738 and Australian furthermore



Pitch is good !

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Panasonic ex1 for narrowbody I imagine ?

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My comfy seat



Seatback pocket content



My view, obstructed by rain unfortunately

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V - FROM APRON TO THE AIR

Pushback

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Passing by another QF 738 (VH-XZM), a VA F100 (VH-FZI), two VA 738 (2nd is VH-YIY), a Toll 733F (ZK-FXT) plus a QF 733F (VH-XWO)



Ready at holding point

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Shes takes her time

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Quiet but powerful take off on short Rwy 06 after Air Mauritius A332 did leave Rwy 03



And sun is up !



Winglet (maybe my better Winglet picture, I'd recommend you to see the Flickr album for better quality)

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Of course, after more than 22hr journey ending just on Aug the 5th (we are the 7th), my legs start to feel weird.
Qantas thinks of you :



Let's go back to our flight plan




VI - CATERING 1 BKF

As normal as it may sound to some of you, QF does a sort of on-demand breakfast on this flight!
FAs heaten up meals and do the cabin once, if you want your meal right now (my case), they hand it to you. If you want to eat later, you can ! They'll pass again one or two times later on to offer other passengers their BKF.

I know some of you (french side) did complain about the lack of on demand dining on AF J class. So here we are, Red Deal Y fare QF offering it. Outstanding service (with smiles and recognizing immediately french people, articulating better).

Shame QF is not french…

Spinach Pumpkin and Haloumi Fritter with bacon for the main meal, coconut cake, white cheese, tic tac for the candies side and a Mount Franklin water bottle.
Plus an apple juice



What a breakfast view… Crop circle ? :)



VII - CABIN

Upon BKF end, we went to a short cabin walk

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Toilets unbelievably clean



Moodlight

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VIII - Catering 2 Snack

Icing on the cake, we were handed small cookies to end our flight near Auvergne (fun as it is as well a centre french region)



IX - CRUISING VIEWS

Inflight views and progress




Approaching Tropical North




X - DESCENT AND LANDING TO JETBRIDGE



Darwin city

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I like this one

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After this magnificent flight, it is time to descend and land her

Landing (quite rough, thrust was reduced a few foot above runway but the flare was too important)



VA 738 once again : VH-VVC

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VH-VXN, another QF 738

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Gate 3 assigned for us

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That view… VA738s, JQ A320, F70 Alliance, E170 Air North

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Darwin sun is so intense

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VH-VUY and sun's reflect on our winglet

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Australians… already at work !!

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XI - Deboarding

Smooth deboarding, I was just bound to thank the CCP for that flight !

XII - IMMIGRATION/LUGGAGES/CUSTOMS

Luggages did arrive in one piece and quite fast enough. I couldn't take pictures because DRW is a military shared facility with the civilian airport so some soldiers were in the building. I don't think they like pictures :)

XIII - EXITING AIRPORT

Fast luggages, but slow cab waiting line… A few cabs left with the first pax and then we had to wait for 20 minutes at least. What a pity !

Here is the outside

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Aboriginal art sample

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Bye DRW, another Toll 733 by the way

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Verdict

Qantas

10.0/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Meal/catering10.0

Perth - PER

8.5/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Darwin - DRW

7.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access4.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

A perfect performance for QF. Amazing airline.
Great comfort,
Nice and friendly crew, working hard
Nice and tasty catering
As always, good IFE Panasonic ex1
Punctuality ? Listen to the landing video. Welcome to DRW where the local time is one thirty fiveeee...
QF 10/10

On the fare side : 792AUD$ for 2 pax so 396/pax

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11 Comments

  • Comment 145103 by
    Esteban TEAM GOLD 9411 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this comprehensive flight report, lots of funny sentences for french people, loved it ;)

  • Comment 145109 by
    marathon GOLD 9405 Comments

    My experience is that 95% of hotel staff around the world recommend leaving outrageously early to go to the airport. The rationale seems to be better 100 customers who waste an extra hour at the airport, rather than one who misses his flight or barely catches it.
    I didn't know that Australia had time zone offset by half hours (and daily saving time in part of the country, too). It seems inconvenient.
    Thanks for sharing !
    PS : please add QF to the flight number.

  • Comment 145319 by
    NGO85 1622 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report with us!

    Yeah, I agree with Marathon, the hotel staff was being conservative to account for the 1% chance there is traffic. If they told you to leave later and you ran into problems, who would you be mad at? I would leave early just to do spotting :)

    I love boarding from the tarmac for the close-up shots. The B738 looks great on the outside and inside. Always nice to get a newer plane with BSI. QF seems to offer a very good hard-product even on domestic flights (although I guess most transcons are pretty long).

    Catering looks very strong on QF, that's better than what most carriers offer for breakfast on international flights in Y. The sweets at the end are a nice bonus to round off a great service.

    It's always interesting to see how quickly you can go from brown to green in desert areas.

    Is Toll cargo?

  • Comment 145348 by
    BirminghamFlyer 20 Comments

    great flight report! enjoying the series so far keep it up!

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