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
Published on 18th May 2024

Rex Airlines ZL9 SYDNEY - MELbourne

Flight details:
Airline: Rex Airlines
Flight: ZL9 SYD - MEL
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


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


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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Regional Express

Cabin crew7.0

Sydney - SYD


Melbourne - MEL



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).


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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