Review of Regional Express flight Mildura Melbourne in Economy

Airline Regional Express
Flight ZL3657
Class Economy
Seat 4A
Aircraft Saab 340
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 02 Apr 24, 10:15
Arrival at 02 Apr 24, 11:35
ZL 4 reviews
koresh
By SILVER 211
Published on 25th May 2024

Rex Airlines ZL3657 Mildura to Melbourne


Flight details:
Airline: Rex Airlines
Flight: ZL3657 MQL - MEL
Reg: VH-ZLO
Aircraft: SAAB340B
Seat: 4A
Depart Mildura Airport Gate 2: 10:15AM
Arrive Melbourne Terminal 4 Remote bay: 11:35AM
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins


Video: Rex Airlines ZL3657 Mildura to Melbourne



Introduction


This trip report is from April 2024. I had flown to Mildura on Bonza, read trip report - Bonza AB1037 Melbourne to Midura

I would be flying to Melbourne on Regional Express [REX].


Routing


Flight Booking


I was originally booked to fly early morning.


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and had selected seat while booking. I cancelled the booking and changed to later flight.


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PRe-Departure


Prior to departure, I checked for flight online. On the airline website, I provided booking reference, first and last name to access the online check-in feature.


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Flight information below


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Followed the links


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Completed the online check-in within minutes.


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Provided email address to receive a copy of boarding pass. I changed seat to 4A for this flight.


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Arriving at Airport


I was tired from the previous days walk and travel, slept early and woke up on time to organise my things.  Before leaving chatted with motel owner. 
I had arranged taxi with the same driver for next day. I had informed him regarding my ETD. He sent a replacement driver on time.
I got in the taxi and reached airport in 20 mins. Paid the driver and entered the terminal.

Midura arrivals and departures has separate entrance.


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Check-in


Check-in counters are immediately after entering. I didn't have check-in bag, I went to counter to get a boarding pass. I provided drivers license and was issued boarding pass.


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There is a small seating area near the check-in to rest.


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As I was early, not many passengers were at check-in.


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Checked flight schedule, 2 flights departing to Melbourne with a gap of 10mins.


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Waiting area behind the glass


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Security check


Security check is next to the waiting area, removed laptop and phone for x-ray. Check was done within a minute.


Departure Area


After completing security, I had breakfast and coffee at the airport cafe in the departure area. Cafe had many customers and was busy.


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Flight was delayed by 10 minutes. As I finished breakfast, Boarding had started.


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Rex Airline VH-ZLO SAAB340B would be operating ZL3657 to Melbourne


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Boarding


Boarding for this flight was from gate 2. I joined the queue to board. Showed the boarding pass and was allowed to continue towards aircraft.


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Onboard


A short walk and was close to the aircraft, Pilot was on ground to greet passengers. On board, I had selected seat 4A, single seat on port side. Seat is cramped, handbag stored under seat.


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Taxi and Departure


As all passengers had boarded door was closed, propellers were started.


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Mildura airport view as aircraft turned towards runway.


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1 Cabin crew served this flight, She performed safety demonstration and announcements.


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Departure


Aircraft taxied to the end of the runway and turned 360 degrees to line up with runway 27.


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Qantaslink Dash in view, which would follow Rex to Melbourne.


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Rotating from Mildura


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Mildura is a agriculture town of Victoria famous for oranges, table grapes and avocados.


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SEat Pocket Content


Seat pocket contained Safety card, TrulyAus - inflight magazine and air sickness bag


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Cabin service


Crew asked passengers if they would like to have sweet or savoury snack along with tea or coffee. Water was provided.


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Crew served passenger from front of cabin


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I chose savoury mix with tea.


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Cabin view


Seat number, light and air vent.


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Saab340B cabin view


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Entertainment and Wifi


There is no onboard entertainment on the aircraft, passengers using personal device or watching out of window. WiFi is not available for this aircraft.


Approaching Melbourne


Time passed looking out of the window, being a short flight. Pilot announced descend would be commencing shortly.


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View of Melbourne suburbs, Approach was from the North East.


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Aircraft landed on runway 27


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Taxing past the international terminal


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Heading towards Terminal 4


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Parked in remote bay


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Disembarkation


Aircraft was parked and Crew opened door for disembarkation.


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Bus approaching aircraft


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Passengers disembarked and boarded the bus


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Melbourne Airport Bus Ride


After disembarking, boarded bus for the terminal.


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ViDEO: Melbourne Airport Bus Ride



REX Airline VH-ZLO SAAB340B parked


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Planespotting


Planespotting from bus


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Royal Brunei Boeing 787 for Bandar Seri Begwan


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Thai Airways A350-900


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China Airlines A350-900


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REX Airlines Boeing 737-800


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Terminal 4


After alighting from bus, walk through the corridor and reached arrival area. As I wasn't carrying check-in bag, I didn't have to wait to exit the terminal.


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Flight was late by few minutes. My hotel check-in was from 2pm, I sat in arrivals area to finish work.


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ExiTing Terminal


I exited the terminal after my work was done.


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Skybus stop outside the Terminal 4


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Video: Walking to Holiday Inn Hotel, Melbourne Airport



I followed the hotel sign


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Qantas special livery - VH-ZND was parked for 2 days


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Holiday Inn in view


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Walking towards the hotel


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I had booked hotel near airport as I didn't want to travel to city and then come back next day.


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Aircraft, Flight and Route information


REX Airline VH-ZLO SAAB340B operated ZL3657


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Video: Rex Airlines ZL3657 Mildura to Melbourne route



Aircraft rotation on day of travel.


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Verdict

Regional Express

6.4/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering6.0

Mildura - MQL

6.9/10
Efficiency7.0
Access6.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Melbourne - MEL

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

Conclusion

Rex flight was slightly delayed, which did not affect me. Onboard service was satisfactory, Crew was friendly and cheerful. Mildura being a regional airport was not busy, security was quick. Airport cafe prices are high as is the standard in Australia. Aircraft had no onboard entertainment nor WiFi due to short flights.

Melbourne Airport was easy to navigate, I didn't have bag which was why I didn't have to wait after arriving.

REX Airline flight was satisfactory.

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