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I'm writing this trip report from 2013. I flew to Melbourne to watch the airshow.
Airline: Jetstar Airways
Flight No. JQ571
Reg : VH-VGY
Aircraft: Airbus 320-232
Departure Sydney(SYD) : 06:00 AM
Arrival Melbourne (MEL) : 07:35 AM
Time : 01h 35m
Distance : 713 km or 443 miles
This was a early flight, after the curfew lifts in Sydney. I arrived at the airport by train. Having booked the ticket early and checked online. I was able to complete check-in quickly.
Travelling light for a short trip, I completed security and was in the departure area.
Had my breakfast at the fast-food store. View while waiting. View from the food court.
Preparing for the day ahead
After breakfast, I reached gate area and waited.
Boarding call was made, stood in queue to get the boarding pass checked.
Flight was full, I got a middle seat in front of the cabin.
My neighbour had not boarded.
Leather seats - Black and Orange colours of Jetstar Airways
Window View while waiting for boarding to complete
Boarding completed on time, Crew conducted safety demonstration manually. After a short taxi to runway 16R. Departed towards South towards Melbourne.
Preparing for duty free sales, I had my breakfast early. I skipped the Buy on Board service.
Being an early flight, Got to view of sunrise over the coast
Morning light over the clouds.
Reading material in seat pocket
Jetstar A320 safety card closeup
Jetstar Airways A320 cabin view
Onboard sales had commenced.
Descend was announced after completion of duty free service was over. Crew conducted checks and took seats for landing. Arrived in Melbourne on time.
As it was dark in the morning, couldn''t see the registration. Jetstar Airways VH-VGY operated the Sydney to Melbourne flight.
Qantas at the next gate
Windows to watch outside view
As I didnt have check-in bag, I continued walking towards exit.
As Melbourne doesn't have a train station. Choice is to take a taxi or Skybus to city Waling to skybus kiosk.
Reached Skybus Kiosk to buy Bus ticket.Fare to City was $17 and return fare was $28. I got the return fare as I would be returning back next day.
Shuttle bus to Long term parking also arrives here.
Boarded the bus to Southern Cross Station to catch train.
View on board
View of Melbourne CBD from Tullamarine Freeway
Deboarded at Southern Cross station. Bought a return ticket to Lara station.
Arrived on the platform to catch Vline train
Vline Train to Geelong passing Lara
Boarded the train, which has free seating.
Outside view from departing train.
Melbourne's Western suburbs
Arriving at Lara Station, waiting to cross train after train passed.
Reached the Avalon airshow around 10.30-11a.m
Thanks for reading.
Jetstar Airways was chosen for competitive fare compared to other options. Flight arrived and departed on time. Being a Low Cost Carrier of Qantas, service was Buy on Board. Entertainment was Pay by use. I had a satisfactory flight.