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This is a 2014 trip report of a visit to Melbourne.
Flight No: TT251 SYD - MEL
Aircraft : Airbus A320
Departure Sydney (SYD) Terminal 2: 2:40 PM
Arrival Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL) Terminal 4: 4:15 PM
I went to work in the morning by train carrying my handbag for a short trip.
I had completed the check-in prior to arriving at the airport. Caught Airport line train from Wynyard passing Circular Quay.
View of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from Circular Quay station.
As I had completed check-in and printed boarding paper, I went to security after arriving at the airport. Security check was not busy. I was soon the food court for some meal before boarding flight.
View of tarmac from the food court.
Video: View from food court
Jetstar taxing to runway.
Walking close to gate area
Jetstar Airbus A321
Jetstar Airbus A320
Gate empty with aircraft details and stop markings
View of Domestic terminal used by Virgin Australia.
Jetstar Airways Airbus A320
View of the waiting area while waiting for the aircraft to arrive.
Gate 58 empty was it await the aircraft.
Tigar airways getting ready for pushback
Tiger Airways VH-VNJ marshalled to gate.
Video: Aircraft marshalled to gate
As passengers disembarked from the flight. Queue was formed for boarding pass check at gate 58.
I joined the queue to board.
Boarding paper was scanned and allowed to proceed. Boarding would be using stairs as I was seated in the rear section. Boarded the aircraft from the rear stairs. Upon entering aircraft, boarding paper was checked by crew to confirm passenger had boarded the correct flight. As I was travelling light, I had my bag put in the overhead bin. Took my assigned seat.
Boarding was completed soon and ground crew cleared the stairs and other equipment.
Video: Window view preparing for departure
Pushback commenced shortly after passengers had boarded and doors were closed. After a long taxi to runway 34R. Took off in the Northern direction then turned East towards Tasman sea.
Video: Wollongong in view as flight heads South
TigerAir operated all economy seating A320 aircrafts. Seating was 3-3. Seats on this aircraft were made of cloth.
Safety Card in seat pocket.
Each seat had safety card and menu. On board purchase service commenced after attaining cruise altitude.
TigerAir Safety card issue 6.
Took picture of the safety card.
View of all economy cabin onboard TigerAir.
Seating spacing was adequate.
Entertainment on board was reading or viewing outside the window.
Towns of South Coast in view,
Cloudy heading South towards ACT.
Flight was full even thought it was midweek.
As view outside was blocked by clouds, checked the safety card.
Inside the safety card
Back of the card
Tigerair aircraft model for sale
Sydney - Melbourne is a short 1hr 30 min flight. Soon was arrival time in Melbourne. Crew cleared the rubbish and prepared the aircraft for arrival.
Video: Taxi to terminal.
Landed on runway 27 and taxied towards the terminal.
Terminal 4 was under-construction. Aircraft was parked on the tarmac.
Disembarkation would be using the stairs.
After disembarking, walked to towards the terminal. As I had not bags to pick. I walked outside towards the international terminal.
Took the Skybus to Southern Cross station.
Southern Cross Station
Video of Vline train
I had visited Melbourne city and south eastern suburbs during this trip. Below are photos and videos.
Melbourne Convention Centre
Video: Rail Ride to Showgrounds
TigerAir was airline of choice for this trip due to price and time convenience. My only expectation from this flight was to arrive on time, which did happen. Overall a satisfactory flight.