Review of Jetstar Airways flight Sydney Melbourne in Economy

Airline Jetstar Airways
Flight JQ517
Class Economy
Seat 23F
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 25 Nov 13, 14:15
Arrival at 25 Nov 13, 15:45
JQ 42 reviews
koresh
By GOLD 260
Published on 17th February 2022

Trip Report: Jetstar Airways JQ517 Sydney - Melbourne


Flight Details:
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


Introduction


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.


Airport Arrival


After work, boarded train at Wynyard and arrived at domestic airport after changing train from Central station.


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Disembarked at Domestic station


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Walked towards the arrival and then escalator to departure.


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Check-IN


As usual, arrived at airport early. Checked online and saved boarding pass in phone.  With no check-in bag skipped check-in.


Security and MEal


Passed security without issue. Headed to food court for some food before boarding. With some spare time, explored the terminal and planespotted.


Planespotting


TigerAir VH-VNQ getting a pushback


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TigerAir VH-VNJ preparing for next flight


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Virgin ATR between flights


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Towards Gate


With not much activity from the viewing area. Proceeded towards the gate. Saw the flight docked to the aerobridge.


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View of the Jetstar Terminal


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Jetstar A320


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VH-VWZ parked at the gate


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Empty gate awaiting flight


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Qantas B767 landing


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Qantas VH-EBN A330 heads towards holding point


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View of international section and observation deck above the Boeing 747 on the right.


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Qantas A380 and freight  VH-EFR B767


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Natural Light in the Terminal


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Boarding


Boarding was called on time, view of gate Information. Boarding pass was checked and allowed to continue towards aircraft.


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Head on view of Jetstar VH-VWY before entering the aerobridge. 


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Having a rear seat, boarded through the stairs.


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SEAT view


Onboarding the aircraft, was directed to the seat. Occupied assigned seat and buckled seat belt.


Video: Seat View



Window view


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Waiting for boarding to complete


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Boarding completed soon.


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Pushback and Taxi


Pushback commenced shortly, crew demonstrated safety instructions.


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Heavy rain during pushback 


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After a short taxi, waited at holding point for arrivals and departure on runway 16R.


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View of remote bays


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Video: Holding for other landings



After a Qantaslink Dash landed, Jetstar was cleared to enter runway 16R


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Video: Sydney Departure



SEAT pocket and Safety Card


Seat pockets on A321


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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.


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Jetstar Logo


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Seat pocket material


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Side View


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Video: After Departure



After a smooth takeoff, flight continued South towards Melbourne.


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SEAT Pocket Material


Jetstar Airways A321 safety card


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Menu - Being a Low Cost Carrier, Buy On Board [BOB] commenced shortly after departure.


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Jetstar magazine


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international route map


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Domestic route map


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Compact seat pocket - good use of space for short haul aircraft.


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Meal tray - As i had my meal before boarding, skipped the BOB service.


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Cabin View


Most passengers resting being a mid-day short flight.


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Video: Window View



Side view of cabin


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Leg space and bag stored under seat


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View of starboard side of aircraft. It was start of summer, blazing outside.


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Closed window shade till before landing.


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Cabin View


Had a stretch and toilet visit before returning to seat.


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Cabin view of Jetstar Airways A321 - All economy A321 seating 3-3.


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Video: Cabin View



Melbourne APPorach


Pilot announced on speaker aircraft to commence descent soon. Crew began check and clearing cabin of rubbish.


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Seat belt fastened, tray table up for landing.


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Video Approaching Melbourne



Descent commences. Landed smoothly on main runway 16.


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View on apporach


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Video: Landing



Airside View


Exiting runway


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View of Virgin Terminal


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International terminal extension


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Aerobridges


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Video: Airside View



Side view of international terminal extension


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Off-peak for international section


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Qantas Airbus A380 probably to Los Angeles


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Sichuan Airlines A330


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Qantas Domestic Terminal


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Qantas A330


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Heading towards Jetstar pier


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Qantas jets preparing for next domestic flights.


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Sunny day in Melbourne


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Jetstar Airways A320 with aircraft marshall waiting for A321 to arrive.


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Jetstar pier


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Arriving at gate


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Video: Arriving at the gate



View of the East -West runway


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Qantas A330 arrives


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Engines shut, disembarkation to proceed.


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Disembarkation


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.


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View of aircraft registration, VH-VWY


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Exit Airport


After arrival, headed towards exit


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To City


After exiting the terminal, arrived at the Skybus kiosk to buy ticket to Southern Cross Station.


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Hope you enjoyed this trip report. Thanks for reading.
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Verdict

Jetstar Airways

6.1/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Buy-on-board menu5.0

Sydney - SYD

7.5/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Melbourne - MEL

7.5/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

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.

Information on the route Sydney (SYD) Melbourne (MEL)

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