Review of Regional Express flight Sydney Melbourne in Economy

Airline Regional Express
Flight ZL9
Class Economy
Seat 4A
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 01:35
Take-off 01 Apr 24, 07:00
Arrival at 01 Apr 24, 08:35
ZL 4 reviews
koresh
By SILVER 335
Published on 18th May 2024

Rex Airlines ZL9 SYDNEY - MELbourne


Flight details:
Airline: Rex Airlines
Flight: ZL9 SYD - MEL
Reg: VH-PAG
Aircraft : Boeing 737-8FE
Seat: 4A
Depart Sydney Terminal 2 : 7:00 AM
Arrive Melbourne Tullamarine Terminal 4 : 8:35 AM
Total time: 1 hour 35 mins


Video: Rex Airlines ZL9 SYDNEY - MELbourne



Introduction


This trip report is from April 2024. I would be flying to Melbourne on Regional Express [REX].


Routing

  • ZL9 - Economy - Sydney → Melbourne - Boeing 737-800 You are here
  • AB1037 - Economy - Melbourne → Mildura - Boeing 737 MAX 8 Coming soon
  • ZL3657 - Economy - Mildura → Melbourne - Saab 340 Coming soon
  • QF1276 - Economy - Melbourne → Canberra - Airbus A220-300 Coming soon
  • QF1510 - Economy - Canberra → Sydney - Boeing 717-200 Coming soon

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Pre-Departure


I booked the flight through the airline website.


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I searched the website


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Found the time of my convenience.


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Checked the flight information, Details were not available.


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Melbourne airport arrival information


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ONLINE Check-in


Day before departure, Logged through the website. Provided reference number to continue check-in.


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Continued with check-in


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Health acknowledgement was ticked.


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Provided contact number for contact tracing


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Seat selection


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Dangerous good declaration


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Check-in complete, boarding passed emailed.


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Received email with flight boarding pass with check-in baggage details.


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Travel to Airport


On day of travel, I took train to Central and then changed to platform 23 for Airport line.


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Arrived at domestic terminal station and followed terminal 2 direction.


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Following the signs, I then took escalator to Departure area.


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Check-in


Check-in for the flight was through self check kiosk. I wasn't having a check-in bag. Selected the Rex logo and then continued to the next screen.


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I printed the boarding pass as backup.


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Boarding pass


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Security


Security queue wasn't long as electronic devices don't have to be removed for x-ray. Completed security within 2 mins.


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Departure Area


I checked the flight schedule and then walked towards the gate. Airside with near the food court.


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Walking towards gate.


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Terminal 2 upgraded section.


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Walking till the end


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Boarding gate


Passengers waiting for boarding call.


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I checked the flightradar24 and found the aircraft details.


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Boarding for business and economy through separate lanes


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REX VH-PAG operating ZL9 Sydney to Melbourne.


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Sat near gate for boarding call.


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Boarding


Boarding call for business passengers


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Soon economy passengers also called for boarding. Load was light on this flight. Probably 25 passengers in total.


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Boarding pass scanned and allowed to continue.


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Boarding through stairs


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Not many to board, was quickly inside aircraft.


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Onboard


Crew at door welcoming passengers, As i was seated in the front. Found seat and got settled.


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Cabin view as boarding continued.


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Window view


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Last passengers boarding


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SEAT pocket Content


Checked the seat pocket content. TrulyAus - inflight magazine, safety card, menu and air sickness bag.


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Flipped


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Buy on Board menu


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Meal tray


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Waiting for door to close.


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Individual air vents and lights.


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Boeing 737-800 window with shades


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Pushback


Cabin crew closed door and welcome announcement. Followed by Captain providing flight information. Pusback back commenced on time.


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Crew conduced safety demonstrations followed by check.


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Airside view


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Taxi to runway


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Crossing runway 07-25


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Four season Airbus parked in remote bay.


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Sydney Air control and Shep's Mound - planespotting spot with car parked to watch the action.


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Heading towards runway 16L.


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No queue, quick roll on the runway for departure.


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Sunrise as aircraft picked speed.


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Botany port


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View after departure


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Flying South over the Tasman sea. Aircraft flew inland after Wollongong.


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Cabin Service


Cabin crew announced complimentary service of tea/coffee with sweet or savoury would be provided. I chose biscuits and milk tea.


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Buy on Board was also available from the menu.


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I finished the tea and waited for the rubbish collection.


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Rex Boeing 737-800NG safety card


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Cabin was empty with my aisle neighbour having moved to different seat after the service.


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Cabin view - plenty of space onboard.


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Checked the recline, which was adequate for the duration the flight.


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Winglet view


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On Approach


Flying over Victoria.


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Captain announced descent would be commencing, crew checked the cabin.


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Aircraft lining to land


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Landing was on runway 27


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View of Qantas domestic terminal and extended section of international terminal.


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Landed earlier than schedule


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Crossing runway 16-34, Melbourne's main runway.


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Long taxi to gate


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View of runway 16-34


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Crossing the runway towards terminal gate.


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Long taxi


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Turning towards Terminal 4


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International section


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Local time


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View of Cathay Pacific Airbus A350.


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Arriving at gate


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Parking next to Virgin Australia Boeing 737


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Waiting for stairs


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Ground crew in action


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Stairs rolled towards aircraft


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Disembarkation


Passengers queued for disembarkation


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View of aircraft


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Inside Terminal 4


Inside terminal


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Flight schedule


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Planespotting towards exit


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Walking towards exit


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Departure schedule


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Walking towards the exit


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Arrival Area


Exited the departure area and walked towards the escalator to the lower level


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As I did not have check-in bag, I looked for Skybus ticket machine.


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Baggage collection is on lower level.


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Melbourne Airport Bus


Melbourne does not have train to airport.  
Option is to take a taxi or bus for those without personal transport.


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I bought bus ticket to city. Bus to city is outside the arrivals.


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Bus has wi-fi  onboard is every few minutes to city and also to Melbourne Avalon Airport.


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Got on board


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Bus stops at International and Qantas domestic terminal .


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View of Qantas jets


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Travelling on Tullamarine freeway.


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Video: Melbourne Skybus Ride



View of city


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V-Line train to Geelong and skyline


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Motorway upgrade underconstruction as Melbourne becomes largest city in Australia.


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Arriving in Southern Cross station


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Deboarded at last stop


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Walking towards the station


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Southern Cross Station


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V-Line train platforms for regional Victoria


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Flight Information


Aircraft information


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Aircraft rotation


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Video: Rex Airlines ZL9 Sydney to Melbourne Route




I went for a walk in the city from Southern Cross station.
Hope you enjoyed the trip. Thanks for reading.

End of Trip

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Verdict

Regional Express

6.6/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi5.5
Meal/catering6.5

Sydney - SYD

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

Melbourne - MEL

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

Conclusion

Rex departed on time and arrived earlier than schedule. Seat was comfortable for short duration. Complimentary service was a plus. I would choose Rex again instead of Virgin or Jetstar if fare is competitive. Overall a satisfactory flight.

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

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 31 avis concernant 6 compagnies sur la ligne Sydney (SYD) → Melbourne (MEL).


Useful

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

La durée moyenne des vols est de 1 heures et 32 minutes.

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