Review of QantasLink flight Longreach Brisbane in Economy

Airline QantasLink
Flight QF2547
Class Economy
Seat 18A
Flight time 01:45
Take-off 17 Nov 23, 14:30
Arrival at 17 Nov 23, 16:15
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Jett Tyler
By GOLD 1102
Published on 1st January 2024

Qantas QF2547 (Longreach to Brisbane)



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Longreach Airport is one of many regional airports scattered across the Outback in Queensland providing essential air services to Brisbane and other nearby towns. Flying out of the airport might be a huge culture shock for those used to flying at airports in Europe or North America.


I went to the Airport Terminal by foot from the Qantas Founders Museum in heat that was around 40°C which was around 13:00pm local time. Whilst the walk was only about 10 minutes, it felt a lot longer due to the heat as someone not used to that climate.


*See the TOURISM BONUS at the end for my experience at the Qantas Founders Museum*



Whilst I had checked in online before my flight, I went to the check in desk to drop my bag, which I was offered the chance to get the "valet" service where I could drop it off and pick it up at the plane rather than wait on the formalities of baggage drop. I also noticed this cool collage of photographs by the check in area.


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I followed a sign to departures. I got to the departure lounge and realised that there was no "landside" or "airside"… Not only that, there was no security check point! This felt more like being at a bus terminal or train station rather than an airport- I quite liked this unique quirkiness!


Now it goes without saying there's no Qantas Lounge at Longreach Airport nor is there any bars, cafes or restaurants- but a trio of vending machines are provided, I didn't pass the opportunity to grab a cold bottle of water as I'd been heating up that day in the Museum and walking over to the Terminal.


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My flight arrived on time at Longreach Airport having flown in from Blackall Airport having originated at Brisbane Airport. Here it would drop off the passengers terminating at Longreach (as I did the previous afternoon) before picking us up to join those who originated at Blackall before heading back to Brisbane, though making no further stops on this triangular route.


The Dash 8 Q-400 operating today's flight was VH-QOF. Delivered in August 2006 to Sunstate Airlines and christened as "Bryon Bay" before entering service with QantasLINK through a franchise agreement which its done ever since. The 17 year old plane carries an all economy class layout of 74 passengers, as well as a crew of four (2x pilots & 2x cabin crew).



Boarding began by Row numbers and I was one of the first on as I was this time allocated a window seat toward the back of the Dash 8. Proving a new perspective against the outbound flight. We did an open board where I left my suitcase for the "Valet", I would simply pick it up again on the tarmac at Brisbane Airport in 2 hours time.


The Dash 8 Q-400 was pretty identical to the previous plane I flew on as far as the cabin goes with a 2-2 configuration of blue leather seats, the only major change being my different seat position on this flight- Seat 18A.



The plane was boarded so efficiently that we were able to leave ahead of schedule, given that wouldn't pose a likely problem at Longreach Airport (of all places) we were off. We made a taxi down to the runway before charging out over the Outback Desert of Queensland, Australia.



During the climb out I grabbed this amazing photo as we flew over the Terminal building for Longreach Airport and overlooking the Qantas Founders Museum where I'd been visiting only hours earlier!


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We had a few minor turbulent bumps during the flight as we crossed Queensland through some cloudy weather.


But overall we had a smooth flight, which I passed the time reading the Qantas magazine as well as playing a game on my phone in between looking out of the window 



Onboard service was provided on this flight which was just shy of 2 hours. I opted for the cake with a hot tea, a cola drink as well as a bottle of water which was provided before the main service. I made my serving last the flight.


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We passed through the 1hr 45min flight time and began our arrival into Brisbane Airport. We eventually arrived on Runway 19R before taxiing off and following the massive airport over to the Qantas domestic arrivals.



Our plane came to a remote stand, where we disembarked out the forward door onto a bus which took us across the Brisbane Airport to the domestic arrivals and baggage reclaim. I was one of the last passengers off the aircraft, but this was in order to grab a quick photo of the flight deck on this Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400, something I have personally missed in the UK since March 2020.


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Verdict

QantasLink

6.8/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi3.0
Meal/catering7.0

Longreach - LRE

7.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access7.0
Services4.0
Cleanliness10.0

Brisbane - BNE

8.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access7.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Qantas Link- No complaints and it was a nice full service for a regional flight on a Dash 8. The crew did a good job on this flight with the service and I appreciated being able to grab a quick look in the flight deck upon landing.

Longreach Airport- It won't win any awards for best airport, but LRE is an amazing experience to anyone not used to flying within the Australian Outback, it felt so different to what I am used to. Access can be a bit of pain without transport from the main town (unless you can arrange a lift) but getting there from the Qantas Founders Museum is very easy- just mind the heat if you aren't used to it.

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