Review of Virgin Australia flight Brisbane Sydney in Economy

Airline Virgin Australia
Flight DJ966
Class Economy
Seat 27A
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 24 Oct 10, 16:30
Arrival at 24 Oct 10, 19:00
VA 65 reviews
By GOLD 185
Published on 12th November 2021

Trip Report:Virgin Blue Airlines DJ966 Brisbane - Sydney

Flight Details:
Airlines: Virgin Blue Airlines
Flight: DJ966 BNE - SYD
Reg : VH-VUI "Brandi Blue"
Aircraft: Boeing 737-8FE
Dep - SYD : 16:30 PM
Arr - BNE : 19:00 PM
Flight time : 1h 30m
Distance : 453 miles / 728 km


This trip report is Brisbane return flight in 2010.  To read trip report, click the link ->  Virgin Blue Airline Sydney to Brisbane 

TRIP VIDEO: Virgin Blue Airlines DJ966 Brisbane - Sydney

Train to Airport

After finishing work, Stayed overnight in Brisbane. After walking city tour in the morning. Boarded train to Airport.

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Airport Train

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Passing city

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Freeway to Toowoomba

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View from train - Fokker, Boeing 727, BAE and other private aircraft's

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Tiger Airways in taxi

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Toll cargo

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Virgin Blue jets

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View of train

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Train to Gold Coast

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Check and Security

Arrived at airport early. Dropped bag and Completed check-in, Received boarding pass then proceeded to security.

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View of departure area.

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With enough time before departure..Planespotting time.

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Jetstar Airways pushback

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Soon to retire, Qantas Boeing 767-300ER

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Side view of Boeing 767-300ER

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QantasLink Dash for regional flights

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Boeing 737-800

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Boeing 767

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Qantas Domestic Terminal 

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Qantas B737-800 arrives

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Qantas Departing

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Virgin Blue arrives

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Virgin Blue Embraer 190 departs

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Qantas taxi to runway

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Jetstar Airways arrives

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Virgin Blue special registration in CEO initials.

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Time for meal before departure

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Planespotting continues..

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VH-VUI "Brandi Blue" arrives at gate

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Parked gate 39

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Ready to pushback

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View of Virgin Terminal

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LCC competitors - Jetstar and Virgin Blue Airlines

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Toll cargo

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Almost ready..

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International arrival from New Zealand

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Pushback commenced

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Another Virgin Blue arrives

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Ready for boarding

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Airside action as boarding to commence

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Boarding commenced with passengers queuing for checks. Boarding pass was checked and allowed to enter using the aerobridge. Flight was full. Pushback was on time.

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Safety demonstration was conducted manually, A long taxi to runway

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Jetstar Airways departing ahead

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View of shorter runway at Brisbane

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Flying towards Coolangatta [Gold Coast]

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Surfer Paradise in view

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Flying on the Queensland -NSW border

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Sky getting cloudy

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Cabin view

Seat had pay per use personal IFE

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Virgin Blue Airline Safety card - Boeing 737-800

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Window view over NSW

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Buy on Board service was available.

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Announcement was made regarding use of IFE.

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Cloud increasing

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Clip running on personal screen

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Heavy rain below.

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Cabin service

Cabin crew had commenced BOB service, I had skipped as I had meal before boarding.

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ARRIVAL in Sydney

Clock changed an hour ahead due to daylight saving in NSW. Descent was announced. Crew cleared the cabin and approach had commenced.

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Raining in Sydney

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Landed from North on runway 16L

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view of Departure from runway 16R

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Long taxi to terminal

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Arriving at the gate.

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Exit Airport

Disembarked aircraft through aerobridge. Collected checked bag and headed home.

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Virgin Australia

Cabin crew6.5

Brisbane - BNE


Sydney - SYD



Virgin Blue Airlines service was satisfactory, being a short flight. Only expectations - to depart and arrive on time.
Brisbane airport train is convenient way to travel. Sydney Domestic Airport is easy to travel on domestic flight.
Overall satisfactory trip.

Information on the route Brisbane (BNE) Sydney (SYD)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 11 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Brisbane (BNE) → Sydney (SYD).


The airline with the best average rating is Qantas with 7.8/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 30 minutes.

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  • Comment 586145 by
    wop SILVER 342 Comments

    Thanks for reporting this return trip. Interesting to see this Germania Fokker (from the train)!
    It reminds me my flights with Virgin Blue years ago, with all the "friendly" branding from funny signs at check-in to fake luggage on luggage belts, the unique "DJ" code, and pop/rock music in the cabin before landing (quite an experience during night landings with thunderstorms around).

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