Review of Alliance Airlines flight Darwin Alice Springs in Business

Airline Alliance Airlines
Flight QF1960
Class Business
Seat 2A
Aircraft Embraer E-190
Flight time 02:05
Take-off 18 Dec 22, 16:15
Arrival at 18 Dec 22, 18:20
QQ 3 reviews
koresh
By SILVER 621
Published on 28th February 2023

Alliance Airlines QF1960 Darwin to Alice Springs


Flight Details:
Airlines: Alliance Airlines
Flight: QF1960 DRW - ASP
Reg: VH-UYK
Aircraft: Embraer E190LR
Class: Business
Departure Darwin International Gate 4: 4.15pm
Arrival Alice Springs Airport: 6.20pm
Flight time: 2 hours 05 mins
Distance: 1301 kilometers or 808 miles


VIDEO: Alliance Airlines QF1960 Darwin to Alice Springs



Routing


Introduction


This trip report is from Dec 2022. This trip report is the continuation of "Great Aussie Fly" series. Spent couple of days in Darwin and it was time to fly to Alice Springs.


Pre-Departure


I had booked the flight in economy.


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I received email from Qantas regarding upgrading to Business. I bid and got accepted.


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Aircraft on this route was Embraer E190-100


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I logged in Qantas website and changed seat and selected 2A as 1A was occupied.


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Screenshot of boarding pass after checkin


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Driving Trip


After reaching Darwin, next day I drove to Litchfield National Park.


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Speed Limit - 130kms per hour, only state in Australia. In other states, it is 110kms max.

Few years ago in Northern Territory, there was no speed limit.Speed of 130kms introduced for safety. I missed the opportunity to move the needle to the other end of the scale.


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Arriving at Airport


On day of travel, I drove around Darwin after checking out of hotel.


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Arrived at airport early to return the car key.


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Collected my bags and walked towards the terminal.


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Rental car parking


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Entry through the arrival area.


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Flight schedule - 1International flight to Dili, Timor-Leste.


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Departure information


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Check-In


I had plenty of time for check-in, I waited for sometime charging the phone in sitting area.  Saw a Hercules C130J departing Darwin.


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Walking through passage towards check-in. Check-in opened and I showed the boarding card in phone.


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Ground staff handed me a boarding pass and baggage receipt.


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I was informed about the Qantas lounge and direction after completing security.


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Security


There was no queue for security. I was able to clear in less than a minute.


Departure


After completing security, took escalator to departure area.


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Walked towards the left after entering the departure area. Lounge was close to departure gate 4.


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Looking towards other side


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Qantas Lounge


Entered and scanned the boarding pass at reception.


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Menu - Sliced bread, Bread rolls, Spiced lentil soup (V -Veg, GF- Gluten Free), Cocktail Samosa(V), Butter Chicken(GF), Steamed Rice, Kachumber Salad(GF,V), sliced meat, sandwich fillings, GF Bread


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Video: Qantas Lounge



My selection below, Samosa was mild but tasty. Butter chicken was good. Soup was perfect for my taste, spicy and uplifting.


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Found a corner with air-side view, Air North in view.


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Jetstar arrives


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I had time and decided to have wine.


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Bottle with wine


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Had with chips


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Chose a different wine


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Wine and food.


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Planespotting


Watched the aircraft arrive from Brisbane.


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A short taxi to gate after arriving almost on time.


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Taxi to gate


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I wasn't far but decided to head back and wait near the gate.


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Walking towards exit.


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outside the lounge, in departure area.


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Alliance Airlines parked at gate.


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Waiting area


Passengers arriving from Brisbane.


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Crew wishing disembarking passengers


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Waiting for boarding call.


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Walked around while waiting.


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Alliance Airlines VH-UYK operating to Alice Springs


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Jetstar Airways to Sydney


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Boarding


Boarding call was made 10 minutes after schedule time.  Boarding card was scanned and allowed to continue towards aircraft.


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Front view


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Crew at the door.


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On board


Outside view


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Observation- On Embraer E190, overhead locker on the port side has limited space.  can't fix a small backpack. Starboard side has ample space, suitcase can easily fit.


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Business class had 2 passengers - me and another passenger. Seating config - 1-2


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Embraer E190


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Seat view while waiting for pushback


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Window view


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Air vent


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leather seats


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Pushback and taxi


Pushback commenced soon


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followed by taxi


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Air North viewed earlier from lounge.


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Air control


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Departure from runway 29


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Thunderstorm developing as Darwin is in closer to equator


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Waiting for incoming aircraft


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Crossing the runway


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Taxi towards runway


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View of the runway


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Departure


Departing towards the North


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Turning East


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Large windows


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SEAT Pocket Material [SPM]


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


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back view


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Inflight magazine


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Embraer E190 safety card


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Safety card


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Back


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MEal Service


Meal service began after an hour in flight. Choice was Veg salad or Beef. I chose salad, which was made of sweet potato. Asked for red wine along with water.


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Meal over and tray was collected.


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Window view


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Engine view


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Plenty of space, had kept the chocolate aside to eat later.  Forgot to remove it after landing.


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Closer to Alice Springs


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Bright light through window.


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Cloudy on approach


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Descend commenced after pilot informed landing would be in 20 minutes


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Beautiful view on approach


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Few turns to reduce altitude


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Twilight view as aircraft is on finals.


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Landed few minutes behind schedule


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Air storage


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Qantaslink on tarmac


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Taxi to parking bay


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Parked next to Qantaslink Embraer E190


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Disembarkation


Seat view - with chocolate left behind. Disembarkation using stairs. Followed by walk across the tarmac.


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Disembarkation in progress. Though it was cloudy, light was good.


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Airport signboard


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Qantaslink engine start, planes parked in storage.


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Walking towards terminal


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Directions


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Entering the terminal


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Walking towards baggage claim


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Flight details


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Car rental counters in arrival area. I had to collect car keys.While waiting for bags to arrive, got it sorted. I was only person picking a rental car. Counter staff waited for the flight arrival. After serving me, she closed counter and left.


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Flight schedule


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My bag arrived first.


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Exiting the Terminal


Exited the terminal after collecting bag.


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Alice Springs Airport


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Directions to exit


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Found car in the parking lot as informed during pick-up.


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Suzuki Baleno


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Loaded bag and was ready to exit the parking.


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It got dark by the time, I reached hotel. As I had food onboard. I prepared bag for next day trip. I would be driving from Alice Springs to Uluru and back in a day.


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Flight Details


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Flight details


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Aircraft rotation


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Flight details


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I had registered for National Park pass as I had planned to drive to Uluru.


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Verdict

Alliance Airlines

6.3/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew6.5
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering6.5

Darwin - DRW

7.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Alice Springs - ASP

7.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

Alliance Airlines operated on behalf of Qantaslink. Cabin service was ok for short flight. Flight did not have any entertainment nor wifi. Meal was ok, didn't receive a menu. Darwin airport was quick. Lounge had plenty of space, meal was ok, drinks was enough for me. Alice Springs airport didn't have to wait long as I got my rental sorted while waiting. Overall a satisfactory flight.

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2 Comments

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  • Comment 623389 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6859 Comments
    Very cool to see a review on one of the QQ's ex-Copa E190s!

    Australian Domestic lounges are so much nicer than US domestic lounges--the domestic premium cabin flying experience in general is much nicer than in the US!

    The cabin looks pretty much unchanged from its days at COPA--it needs at least a seat cover refresher as it's looking a little worn, considering QQ have only had these aircraft for 2 years or so.

    The meal looks really nice for such a short flight, and is seems QF have better short-haul J catering than competitors Virgin and Rex.

    It's too bad QF never installed streaming IFE on these. They had originally announced that they were planning to in 2022, but it never materialised--I assume it was too complex considering the a/c are owned by Alliance Airlines and the proposed full takeover by QF of QQ hasn't happened yet.

    Thanks for sharing!
    • Comment 623837 by
      koresh SILVER AUTHOR 129 Comments
      Flying domestically in Australia has been a pleasant experience.

      This trip was my first on Embraer. The port-side overhead bin on E190 is very small, it could not fit a small handbag.

      Seat were comfortable but cover need a change on this aircraft. Being a short flight, I didn't miss the entertainment.

      Thank you.

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