Review of QantasLink flight Melbourne Canberra in Economy

Airline QantasLink
Flight QF1276
Class Economy
Seat 25A
Aircraft Airbus A220-300
Flight time 01:05
Take-off 02 Apr 24, 11:40
Arrival at 02 Apr 24, 12:45
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By SILVER 438
Published on 30th May 2024

QantasLink QF1276 Melbourne to Canberra


Flight details:
Airline: QantasLink
Flight: QF1276 MEL - CBR
Reg: VH-X4A "Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa"
Aircraft: Airbus A220-300
Seat: 25A
Depart Melbourne Airport Terminal 1 Gate 22: 11:40AM [Actual: 12.30 PM]
Arrive Canberra Terminal: 12:45PM [Actual: 1.17PM]
Total time: 0 hour 45 mins


Video: QantasLink QF1276 Melbourne to Canberra



Introduction


This trip report is from April 2024. I had flown from Mildura on REX Airline, read report here - Rex Airlines ZL3657 Mildura to Melbourne

I stayed in Melbourne for a night and then took this flight to Canberra.


Routing


Flight Booking


I booked this ticket through Qantas website. Itinerary below.


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I checked the Airbus A220-300 seating from Qantas website.


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I had selected seat while booking flight. Changed to different seat at time of check-in.


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I paid the fare and received booking reference.


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Check-IN


Prior to departure, I checked for the flight online.


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Pre-flight acknowledgement


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Booking displayed


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I changed seat to 25A


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Safety acknowledgement


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Battery restriction


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I got the digital boarding pass on completing the check-in process.


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Pre-Departure


I had breakfast at the hotel. After getting ready, checked flight details.

QantasLink VH-X4A was operating Canberra - Melbourne.


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Aircraft rotation


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Arriving at Airport


I checked out of hotel and walked to airport.


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 I reached Terminal 1 in 10 mins.


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Took escalator to departure level.


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Checked flight schedule, departure from Gate 22


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Self Check-in Kiosk


I didn't have a check-in bag. Checked the kiosk to print boarding pass.


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Some machines were down, I was able to print boarding pass from one of the operating machines.


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After printing the boarding pass, I walked towards security check.


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Security check


Security wasn't busy and was able to pass without any issue.


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Departure Area


Entered the departure area and went to food court. View from food court.


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QantasLink Boeing 717-200


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De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q and Boeing 737-800


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Checked the aircraft location, aircraft was 40 mins away.


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With not much action airside, decided to walk towards departure gate.


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Long corridor to gates 21-30.


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Spotting along the way, QantasLink VH-X4B Airbus 220-300


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Took me almost 10 mins to reach close to gate.


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Video: Qantas Special Livery



Qantas 2 special liveries in 1 shot.


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Departure Gate


Gate 22 had few passengers waiting.


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Incoming flight information


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Airside View


QantasLink VH-X4B Airbus 220-300 was boarding for Brisbane.. Tug connected for pushback.


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Runway 16 for arrivals and runway 27 for departures. Malaysian on finals to land on runway 16.


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Video: ✈ Spotting - Melbourne Airport



Checked the flight schedule, Qantaslink to land at 11.10am, delay of 10 minutes.


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View of VH-ZND through glass.


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Domestic departures lining on runway 27.


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Checked the aircraft location, aircraft was 3 minutes for landing.


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Positioned self close to window, saw aircraft land on runway 16 .

QantasLink VH-X4A "Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa" would operate QF1276 Melbourne to Canberra .


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Taxi to gate.


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Aircraft arrives at gate.


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Aerobridge attached, disembarkation began shortly. Tug connected for pushback.


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Boarding


Boarding was delayed due to late arrival of aircraft. Boarding called and passengers queued for check.


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I joined the queue.


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Boarding pass scanned, continued towards aircraft.


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Headphones were placed before check for those wishing to use entertainment. I picked one for photo.


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Onboard


Crew at door to check boarding pass and direct passengers.


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QantasLink Airbus 220-300 cabin view


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I sat in wrong seat as I forgot about the change. A guy came and informed that his seat, that where I realised my mistake.


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I moved and sat in the correct seat. Window view.


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Airside action.


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Seat view


Economy seat in 2-3 configuration.


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Cloth material and comfortable to seat due to adequate padding. I did not have anyone seating next to me, neither behind.


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Windows and shade. This was my 2nd trip on a Airbus 220-300, I will post the new series after completing trip series.


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Cabin view after boarding was completed. Flight was delayed.


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Headrest and air vents on top panel.


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Meal tray


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Seat Pocket Content


I checked the seat pocket and found Qantas inflight magazine, safety card and air sickness bag.


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QantasLink Airbus A220-300 safety card


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Mobile holder and USB-A charging port.


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Plugged cable to check charging speed. Charged fast.


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QantasLink Boeing 717 and Dash's line


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PushBack and Taxi


Crew made announcements and performed safety demonstration after door was closed.

Pushback commenced at 12.12pm


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Pushback completed at 12.17pm, engine spooled


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As runway 27 was used for departure, taxi time was short.


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Qantas VH-XZJ "Mendoowoorrji" waiting for its turn.


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Aircraft was 2nd in queue for departure and turn came soon.


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Ready for departure, Takeoff at 12.37pm.


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Departure was towards the West, then turned North East for Canberra.


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Cruising altitude was attained quickly


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Cabin View


Quiet cabin with everyone resting.


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Cabin view


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I checked the seat recline button. Seat reclined as seen in above picture.


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Cabin Service


Cabin announcement was made refreshments would be served shortly.


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Received blueberry, Date and Granola slice and asked for coke to drink.


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Top view


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Finishing coke.


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Approaching Canberra


Pilot announced descend would commence, crew cleared the rubbish.


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Mountains around Canberra, ACT.


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Lining with runway


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On finals to land on runway 17-35


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Landed smoothly.


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Brakes on


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Australian Air Force Boeing WedgeTail


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 A long taxi followed.


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WedgeTail parked


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Reaching gate


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Parked at gate


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Disembarkation


No one in rush, waiting for door to open to disembark.


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Walking towards the exit door. Crew wished passengers as they disembarked.


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Nose view


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Special colours


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Entering Terminal


Glass aerobridge to enter the terminal, unlike at other Australian airports.


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Aircraft getting serviced


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As I was transitting through Canberra, I decided not to exit and stay in the departure area. Checked the flight schedule. Time was 1.15pm, aircraft was delayed by 45 mins. I wasn't affected as I had a plenty of time for next flight.


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QantasLink VH-X4A "Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa" was preparing to return back to Melbourne as QF1279


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Departure from Canberra


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Video: QantasLink QF1276 Melbourne to Canberra route



END of Trip Report


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Verdict

QantasLink

6.9/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering7.0

Melbourne - MEL

7.3/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Canberra - CBR

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

Conclusion

Qantaslink service onboard was satisfactory. Aircraft was new and clean. Departure was delayed but it didn't affect me as it reduced my transit time, which was good for me.

Overall satisfactory flight.

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    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6858 Comments
    Awesome to see the first review on the QF A220 here! It's a beautiful aircraft. That special livery is gorgeous! The cabin is very nice too, but I was disappointed---though not surprised---when it turned out that there would not be any PTVs despite it being reported by several outlets last year that there would be. It makes sense in the end that there wouldn't be PTVs since it's a regional aircraft.

    Can't beat that spacious 2-3 configuration in Y...super comfortable, better than most mainline aircraft I imagine.

    Thanks for sharing!

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