Review of Jetstar Airways flight Sydney Melbourne in Economy

Airline Jetstar Airways
Flight JQ517
Class Economy
Seat 5F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 20 Mar 13, 14:15
Arrival at 20 Mar 13, 15:45
JQ 40 reviews
By GOLD 212
Published on 14th August 2021

Trip Report: Jetstar Airways JQ517 Sydney - Melbourne

Flight Details:
Airline: Jetstar Airways
Flight No. JQ517
Reg : VH-VQP
Aircraft: Airbus 320-232
Departure Sydney (SYD) : 14:15
Arrival Melbourne (MEL) : 15:45
Time : 01h 35m
Distance : 713 km or 443 miles

Trip Report Video: Jetstar Airways JQ517 Sydney to Melbourne

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This trip report is a flight in 2013. I chose this flight to fly on A321, it wasn't going to be this time.

I had arrived early for the flight, as I was travelling light. Didn't have any issues with baggage.

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Terminal 2 - Tiger Airways, Virgin Australia Check-in counters

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Passed through security check without any issues. 


I had meal before boarding the flight. View of airside while having meal.

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Jetstar terminal with A320's

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Video: Thai Cargo departing Sydney

Jetstar Airways preparing for next flight.

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Watched a JQ A320 Pusbhback

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VIDEO: JQ Pushback

Walking towards departure gate

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Jetstar A320

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Close up of A320

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Starboard view of A320

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Preparing for next flight.

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Runway 25 was in use for departures

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Embraer in front of Sydney Air Control Tower.

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Jetstar Airways taxi to runway

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Air Pacific in old livery

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Headed towards the departure area.

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Queue formed for boarding.

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Qantas subsidiaries logos

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View towards the exit

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Gate information

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JQ 517 Departing from Gate 55

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Joined the queue to have the boarding paper checked.

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Boarding was through airbridge and stairs.

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Airside view while waiting for queue to move.

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Queue formed for boarding.

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Close to stepping on the plane.

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Being seated in the front of aircraft. I was quickly in the allocated seat.

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Video: Onboard View


With boarding almost complete. Waiting for pushback to commence.

Pushback and TAxi

Pushback commenced on time. After a long taxi to runway 34R

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Takeoff was towards the North and then a turn towards the Eastern Suburbs.

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Video: Departure

Suburb of Kurnell in view

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Over the Tasman sea

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Stablising on achieving cruise altitude

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Turning West towards South Coast

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Sydney Airport in view above engine

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Inflight Entertainment AND ONBOARD SERVICE

Entertainment on board was in form of reading material

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Jetstar inflight magazine, entertainment guide, safety card

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Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 Safety Card

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Service on board was Buy on Board, Crew started the service after attaining cruise. Most passengers were resting, some had coffee.

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Rested most of the flight, with occasional glance out of window.

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Seat view

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Cross cabin view

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Windows shades were kept down to block sun.

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Peek out of the window

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Cloudy closer to Melbourne.

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Melbourne Arrival

Captain came on mic to announce arrival.

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View of Melbourne suburbs

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Freeway view

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Video: Landing and Arriving at GATE

Arrived at gate

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After disembarking, exited airport as I didnt have any check-in bag.Got outside and purchased Skybus ticket to city. After waiting for few mins bus arrived.

VIDEO: Bus Ride to Southern CRoss Station

Hope you enjoyed this trip report. Thanks for reading.


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Buy-on-board menu5.0

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Jetstar was chosen for the trip to fly on a A321, which wasn't going to be the case for this trip. Being a short flight, service was buy on board. Flight departed and arrived on time.Overall the flight was satisfactory.

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