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Airline: Jetstar Airways
Flight No. JQ517
Reg : VH-VWY
Aircraft: Airbus 321-231
Departure Sydney (SYD) : 14:15
Arrival Melbourne (MEL) : 15:45
Time : 01h 35m
Distance : 713 km or 443 miles
This 2013 trip report has many photos and videos to watch..Be prepared. :)
Another Melbourne trip, I know. This is different… I had previously booked to fly on a A321 flight. Unfortunately, there was aircraft swap with A320.
Not this time, here is the trip report. Had a meal while watching action airside.
After work, boarded train at Wynyard and arrived at domestic airport after changing train from Central station.
Disembarked at Domestic station
Walked towards the arrival and then escalator to departure.
As usual, arrived at airport early. Checked online and saved boarding pass in phone. With no check-in bag skipped check-in.
Passed security without issue. Headed to food court for some food before boarding. With some spare time, explored the terminal and planespotted.
TigerAir VH-VNQ getting a pushback
TigerAir VH-VNJ preparing for next flight
Virgin ATR between flights
With not much activity from the viewing area. Proceeded towards the gate. Saw the flight docked to the aerobridge.
View of the Jetstar Terminal
VH-VWZ parked at the gate
Empty gate awaiting flight
Qantas B767 landing
Qantas VH-EBN A330 heads towards holding point
View of international section and observation deck above the Boeing 747 on the right.
Qantas A380 and freight VH-EFR B767
Natural Light in the Terminal
Boarding was called on time, view of gate Information. Boarding pass was checked and allowed to continue towards aircraft.
Head on view of Jetstar VH-VWY before entering the aerobridge.
Having a rear seat, boarded through the stairs.
Onboarding the aircraft, was directed to the seat. Occupied assigned seat and buckled seat belt.
Waiting for boarding to complete
Boarding completed soon.
Pushback commenced shortly, crew demonstrated safety instructions.
Heavy rain during pushback
After a short taxi, waited at holding point for arrivals and departure on runway 16R.
View of remote bays
After a Qantaslink Dash landed, Jetstar was cleared to enter runway 16R
Seat pockets on A321
Yes its a A321 - 1st trip on a A321, This was a new aircraft type for me. Jetstar had about 5 or 6 A321's in its fleet.
Seat pocket material
After a smooth takeoff, flight continued South towards Melbourne.
Jetstar Airways A321 safety card
Menu - Being a Low Cost Carrier, Buy On Board [BOB] commenced shortly after departure.
international route map
Domestic route map
Compact seat pocket - good use of space for short haul aircraft.
Meal tray - As i had my meal before boarding, skipped the BOB service.
Most passengers resting being a mid-day short flight.
Side view of cabin
Leg space and bag stored under seat
View of starboard side of aircraft. It was start of summer, blazing outside.
Closed window shade till before landing.
Had a stretch and toilet visit before returning to seat.
Cabin view of Jetstar Airways A321 - All economy A321 seating 3-3.
Pilot announced on speaker aircraft to commence descent soon. Crew began check and clearing cabin of rubbish.
Seat belt fastened, tray table up for landing.
Descent commences. Landed smoothly on main runway 16.
View on apporach
View of Virgin Terminal
International terminal extension
Side view of international terminal extension
Off-peak for international section
Qantas Airbus A380 probably to Los Angeles
Sichuan Airlines A330
Qantas Domestic Terminal
Heading towards Jetstar pier
Qantas jets preparing for next domestic flights.
Sunny day in Melbourne
Jetstar Airways A320 with aircraft marshall waiting for A321 to arrive.
Arriving at gate
View of the East -West runway
Qantas A330 arrives
Engines shut, disembarkation to proceed.
Seated in the rear, disembarked for the front door as only 1 stair was used for disembarkation. Walked short distance to enter the terminal building.
View of aircraft registration, VH-VWY
After arrival, headed towards exit
After exiting the terminal, arrived at the Skybus kiosk to buy ticket to Southern Cross Station.
Hope you enjoyed this trip report. Thanks for reading.
Jetstar Airways was booked to try the A321, flight departed and arrived on time, BOB service was available, Being a short flight, rested during the flight. Wifi was not available on board aircraft in those days. Overall I had a satisfactory flight.