We arrived the previous night from Singapore on Qantas and we spent the short night at the Hotel Ibis Sydney Airport. Very early the next morning we took a cab or the hotel's shuttle, I can't remember to the airport terminal to check-in for our flight to Auckland. The airport is empty and this flight to Auckland is the very first one to leave Sydney. We are checked-in rapidly and as we are being checked-in the flight is actually getting empty as as we are being processed a cyclone is heading straight for Tahiti. Oli, the cyclone will do quite some damage to Bora-Bora, Tahiti, Tubuai… Qantas and Air Tahiti Nui are offering the customers to postpone their trip if they wish to. Us, tahitians we want to go back as soon as possible and we are a little stressed out as the Air Tahiti Nui flight left Papeete for Auckland 24 hours before scheduled time to evacuate the Airbus. The flight is usually done as a day turn but exceptionally the aircraft and crew will rest in AKL.
After Check-in, we go through security and it goes real fast as there are not a lot of people at this time of the day. In the boarding area the tahitians are talking about the cyclone only as it is now on the Society Islands and is now heading towards the Austral Islands.
We board on time and our Boeing 737-800 is registered in New Zealand ZK-ZQC. The aircraft and crew are owned by Qantas owned new zealand airline, Jetconnect.
We are welcomed on board the Boeing 737 by 2 cabin attendant, including the Chief Purser. They all wear the Qantas uniform.
The flight is not full because of the cyclone Oli but we I believe the load factor was around 75%.
Our route on the individual screens.
Only the Jetconnect 737 have PTVs at every seats as they operate the trans-tasman sea international routes.
Our Boeing's cabin.
The captain is inviting us to follow the safety features on board this Boeing 737-800.
The exits are located in the front, center and back of this 737.
We are now leaving Australia's grey skies for New Zealand.
The Sun is rising on our CFM pushing us towards Auckland.
And we are cloud watching.
Concerning the video system, it is nearly identical to the Qantas mainline one but the contents differ with fewer movies.
Breakfast is served on this 3 hours flight. There is a choice between omelette or cereals.
Time goes by…
We are getting closer to our final destination.
Auckland is not far now.
Arrival is imminent !
The weather is nicer in the country of the long white cloud.
Aotearoa, here we are !
We have arrived and parked near an Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 is our Airbus to Papeete.
Taxi is fast and we have arrived on time in Auckland. In 2 hours we will be on board the Air Tahiti Nui Airbus to Papeete.
Sydney - SYD
Auckland - AKL
The big plus is the video on this 3 hour flight on a 737 !
Breakfast was nice and of a good quality.
The flight was excellent as usual on Qantas.
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