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 47 reviews
By GOLD 548
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


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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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.


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 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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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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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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Cabin crew7.0
Buy-on-board menu5.0

Sydney - SYD


Melbourne - MEL



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)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 29 avis concernant 5 compagnies sur la ligne Sydney (SYD) → Melbourne (MEL).


La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Qantas avec 7.8/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 1 heures et 33 minutes.

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