Review of Qantas flight Melbourne Perth in Business

Airline Qantas
Flight QF9
Class Business
Seat 11K
Aircraft Boeing 787-9
Flight time 04:00
Take-off 10 Dec 22, 16:50
Arrival at 10 Dec 22, 17:50
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koresh
By SILVER 2802
Published on 13th January 2023

Qantas QF9 Melbourne To Perth


Flight Details:
Airlines: Qantas
Flight: QF9 MEL - PER
Reg: VH-ZNE "Skippy"
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Class: Business
Departure Melbourne Terminal 2 - Gate 3: 4.30pm
Arrival Perth Terminal 3: 5:50pm
Flight time: 4 hours 00 minutes
Distance: 2706 km or 1461 miles
Landed: Runway 21


VIDEO: Qantas QF9 Melbourne To Perth



Introduction


This trip report is from Dec 2022. I was transiting through Melbourne on the way to Perth. You can read the tripreport-> Qantas QF427 Sydney to Melbourne.

Flight Routing below:


Routing

  • QF427 - Economy - Sydney → Melbourne - Airbus A330-300 Past
  • QF9 - Business - Melbourne - Perth - Boeing 787-9 You are here
  • QF1604 - Economy - Perth - Darwin - Airbus A320-200 Coming soon
  • QF1960 - Business - Darwin - Alice Springs - Embraer E19L Coming soon
  • QF791 - Economy - Alice Springs - Sydney - Boeing 737-800 Coming soon

I was originally booked to fly Economy flight.


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I received an email 2 days before flight to upgrade to Business. I bid for the upgrade and was successful. Upgrade charges was deducted from the credit card.


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I had also received check-in email earlier and I had checked in for the flight. 


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Economy class baggage allowance


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As I received email of upgrade day before flight. I logged again in Qantas website and selected seat and re-checked of the flight. On completing check-in, message was to collect boarding pass at airport.


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I had read the Domestic travel requirements on international flights


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I had few hours of transit, found a spot in front of the check-in counter and completed work.


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As I was running out of battery, I walked around to find a power point. Flight schedule from Melbourne. Found a spot to charge machine and continued with work.


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After receiving the upgrade confirmation, I logged and re-selected the seat, I had limited seat choices due to late upgrade.


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Check-in


Boarding for the flight would open at 1.50pm.


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At 1.50pm, I returned to International section for check-in.


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Check-in had opened and not many in the queue.


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Entered the check-in area with 3 passengers ahead.


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At the check-in counter, bag was weighed. I was asked for ID, showed my drivers license[DL].


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Boarding pass was printed with DL details written on it. I was informed to pass immigration and show the Boarding pass and DL at border control.


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I was also given a baggage receipt and informed of gate no and time of boarding.


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Security and Immigration


After receiving the boarding pass, I headed towards the security which took about 10mins as the queue was long due to multiple departures. But it was moving, new x-rays at Australian airport have made the process quicker as now people don't have to remove laptop and other electronic devices from bags. Body scan was conducted for everyone. Completed security without issues.

At immigration, there was separate counter for domestic passengers flying on international flight. Border staff checked the boarding pass and DL and then stamped the boarding pass. It took less than a minute to complete immigration.


Departure area


After competing immigration, checked the departure board.


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QF9 had check-in status.


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Duty Free Shops


All passengers have to walk through the duty free shops to reach departure gate. As I was flying domestic with nothing to buy, I walked through the duty free section.


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Reached the gate, which was empty.


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I had forgotten about the lounge access and walked around to complete daily steps.


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QF9 would be operated by VH-ZNE, as the aircraft was hidden, could only see the rego on zooming.


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I had to select seat 11k as the other seats were occupied or unavailable.


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Planespotting


Malaysian was parked in the neighbouring gate.


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Qatar Airways and Emirates


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Walking towards the extended departure area.


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Walking around


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Towards extended area.


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Virgin Australia Domestic terminal.


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Cathay Pacific


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Video: SriLankan Arrival in 8k video



Srilankan arrives from Colombo at gate D4.


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Boarding


Soon it was boarding time. Separate queue were formed for Business and economy passengers. Business and Qantas members were boarded first, followed by economy. Ground staff asked passengers to scan their boarding pass.

View of aircraft before boarding.


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Passengers at the entrance. I joined the queue later.


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Onboard


Cabin crew greeted, checked boarding pass and directed me to seat.

View of seat before sitting.


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Crew came and asked if I would like something to drink. I asked for champagne. View of the outside. Malaysia Airlines in OneWorld livery.


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I had the drink and glass was cleared before pushback.


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Seat controls and amenities - water, headphones and sidelight.


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IFE with seat number and flight details.


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I explored the seat while waiting for pushback. IFE remote control in side panel, which had a mirror. Power points and usb charger.


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Legroom- seat converts to bed with controls in the armrest.


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SEAT Pocket MAterial


Seat pocket contained the Inflight magazine, safety card and air sickness bag.


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Qantas Boeing 787-9 safety card


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Full view


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Seat controls - with back and butt massaging option


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Pushback and Departure


Pushback commenced on time. Safety demonstration was conduced through video. A long taxi followed, aircraft departed from runway 34. Watch video to enjoy the experience.


Inflight


After departure, crew had left the window controls free for passengers to set.


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Inflight magazine and safety card in the box.


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Flight map after departure.


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I had darkened the window to rest and watch movie.


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Cabin Service


After departure, crew came with drinks trolley.


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I chose Penfolds Shiraz Cabarnet - red wine and got roasted almonds.


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Entertainment


As I wasn't sleepy, decided to watch Top Gun: Maverick.


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Reclined the seat for comfortable viewing.


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Dinner Service


Crew came and asked about the meal. As there was no menu provided. I chose the corn soup.


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Main meal: Salad of herbed lemon chicken with chickpeas, balsamic onions, broccolini and saffron aioli


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Dessert: Cheesy platter. Ice cream was also an option but I declined.


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Watched movie with 1 eye as I felt sleepy after the wine.


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Flight path


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After a while, got up for toilet and a quick view of the cabin.


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Arrival in Perth


Time passed and captain announced descend would commenced soon.


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Cabin prepared for arrival. The customer service manager came to each seat and thanked passengers.


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Aircraft approached Perth to land smoothly on runway 21. Exited runway and after a short taxi reached gate.


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Window view as aircraft reached gate.


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View of seat 10K. Announcement was made for those passengers flying to London had to disembark with their bags, complete security and enter the departure area.


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Waited for door to open. Business passengers disembarking first


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View of aircraft


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Aircraft preparing for next flight as QF9 to London - currently world's 3rd longest flight.


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Entered the Terminal 3 building with view of the Terminal and 1 and 2 on the other side of runway.


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Immigration and Baggage Collection


Only Qantas domestic and international operate from Terminal 3, all other airlines operate from the other terminal. After walking through the corridor, took a escalator down to immigration, which had 2 counters open.

I was lucky to be among the first 4 as other passengers had to join a different queue.


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After completing immigration, where the Border staff checked the boarding pass and ID, was allowed to enter baggage claim. Baggage is just behind the immigration counter.


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My bag came with 5 minutes.


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Exiting the Terminal


To exit the terminal, passengers have to pass through a passage, where border staff collects the boarding pass. After handing the boarding pass, entered the arrival area.


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Being first time to Perth, I checked the sign board of car rental.

Terminal 3 Car rentals are on the left side after exiting arrivals then another left and walk straight. Walk straight behind the taxi board in this picture.


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Reached the car rentals. I provided details and got the car key.


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I had rented a KIA Stonic during my stay in WA. Next thing to do was drive to hotel.


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I hope you enjoyed reading this trip report.

Thanks for reading the report and watching the video.

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Verdict

Qantas

7.9/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering7.5

Melbourne - MEL

7.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Perth - PER

7.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

Qantas business experience was a pleasure, I enjoyed the flight. Few things could have improved, ground staff didn't inform about the business lounge. I had forgotten about the lounge access as I had work commitments in my head. Lack of menu card onboard, I didn't know about the other options.
Flight departed on time, was delayed by few minutes due to headwind. Entertainment was enough for the duration of flight. Onboard service was good, Liked the customer service manager thanking everyone personally in the cabin at just before arrival.

Overall I had satisfactory flight.

Information on the route Melbourne (MEL) Perth (PER)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 4 avis concernant 1 compagnies sur la ligne Melbourne (MEL) → Perth (PER).


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

La durée moyenne des vols est de 4 heures et 1 minutes.

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2 Comments

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  • Comment 619002 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6859 Comments
    Hi Koresh, nice report as always! Nice to get on the 789 for this short transcon flight! I think the majority of flights on the route are operated by A330s except for the services that continue on to LHR operated by the 789? Both aircraft have good onboard products, but 789 is the nicer of the two.

    Meal service looks good for a 4h flight with properly coursed out service, which doesn't always happen even in long-haul J on many airlines anymore.

    Thanks for sharing!
    • Comment 619435 by
      koresh SILVER AUTHOR 129 Comments
      Thank you. QF9 is Boeing 787-9 originating from Melbourne, other are mix of Boeing 737 and Airbus 330's. I had specifically chosen this flight to fly the 787-9 as my previous attempt with Air New Zealand wasn't successful due to engine issues.
      I enjoyed the experience, being my first in business.
      Thanks again.

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