Review of Qantas flight Melbourne Adelaide in Economy

Airline Qantas
Flight QF697
Class Economy
Seat 27C
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 06 Mar 20, 18:55
Arrival at 06 Mar 20, 19:45
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By 588
Published on 10th March 2020


Hello and welcome to my first ever trip report on QF697 economy on a Boeing 737-800 from Melbourne to Adelaide.

Check in, security and plane spotting

The Qantas terminal is the second furthest from the start of the airport drive.
When I headed into check in, there were only kiosks, normal, for short haul domestic flights. They worked fine (for the first time) without any problems whatsoever. Same went for the bag drop. You just had to scan your boarding pass and pop the suitcase onto the conveyer belt. At security there was hardly anyone lining up and you didn’t have to wait.
 At the food court there were plenty of options and there was a good view of some planes.
After I had a smallish dinner I did some plane spotting at the lounge and the gate

 Pic 1: some QF 737s
 Pic 2: Arriving QF 737s
pic 3:Tail of a Royal Brunei 787 
Pic 4:QF tails and Tigerair tail taking off
Pic 5:  EY 787 left of photo and QF tail
Pic 6: QantasLink plane taking off 

Then I did some plane spotting at the gate

Here’s our plane for today, a Qantas Boeing 737

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Boarding started about ten minutes late, but it was a quick process.
When I got on the plane I was greeted by the friendly cabin crew. 

The seat was pretty nice for such a short flight, mind you the legroom was poor. Most people's legs were touching the seat. I had about a finger of legroom, being a bit on the short side.

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Got some great views on takeoff and climb

This is a really handy feature for flights with no ife

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Safety card. Nice texture, and a nice look 

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Qantas magazine

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Fleet info

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Route map

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Midway through the flight the crew came through with the meals
The options were:
A. Spicy Asian beef noodles
B. Cold chicken patty
I didn’t eat anything because I had eaten at the airport, but I had an OJ

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Views from above the cloud

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Descent views

Snapped a pic of the Qantas 737 retro livery, also the tail of a QR a350 on left

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Cabin crew10.0

Melbourne - MEL


Adelaide - ADL



Qantas is a pretty good domestic airline, they have free wifi on a lot of their flights, but it didn’t work on this particular one. One thing that struck me during the flight was that Qantas doesn’t really cater for kids, and I saw a few people receiving apples for dinner. Also on the return flight the main option was nuts, hummus and crackers and more kids received apples. If you want entertainment you can download the Qantas entertainment app,which has a pretty wide variety of options.

Information on the route Melbourne (MEL) Adelaide (ADL)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 6 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Melbourne (MEL) → Adelaide (ADL).


The airline with the best average rating is Qantas with 7.9/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 25 minutes.

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  • Comment 546054 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5375 Comments

    Hi there AvGeek101, thanks for sharing your first report here with us and welcome! I recognised those tinted windows at MEL! The view is almost the same one sotey up in the Qantas Club...the tint makes planespotting a bit difficult. QF 737s can be hit or miss with PTVs, but it's nice that they usually have streaming IFE on the ones without PTVs. I would have been curious to see what the meal service looked like on such a short flight. It's incredible that QF offer a meal in Y--on a similar length flight in the US or Europe you'd be lucky to get a tiny snack.

    Thanks for sharing!

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