Review of QantasLink flight Canberra Sydney in Economy

Airline QantasLink
Flight QF1510
Class Economy
Seat 16A
Aircraft Boeing 717-200
Flight time 00:55
Take-off 03 Apr 24, 16:55
Arrival at 03 Apr 24, 17:50
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Published on 1st June 2024

QantasLink QF1510 Canberra to Sydney

Flight details:
Airline: QantasLink
Flight: QF1510 CBR - SYD
Reg: VH-YQS "Great Otway National Park"
Aircraft: Boeing 717-200
Seat: 16A
Depart Canberra Terminal Gate 11: 04:55PM [Actual time: 04:55PM]
Arrive Sydney Terminal 3 Gate 8: 05:50PM [Actual time: 05.30pm]
Total time: 0 hour 35 mins

Video: QantasLink QF1510 Canberra to Sydney


This trip report is from April 2024.  Previous trip report read - QantasLink QF1276 Melbourne to Canberra

After alighting from Melbourne flight, I had a transit of 4hrs in Canberra. I had check-in completed online and got boarding pass for both flights. 

I had a good breakfast in Melbourne and wasn't hungry. I decided not to exit airport instead wait in departure area for the next flight.

Flight Booking and check-in

I had selected this flight for the Boeing 717-200, which are leaving the fleet with introduction of Airbus 220-300.

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I selected seat 16A during booking process.

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I checked through the Qantas website and received digital boarding pass.

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Exploring the terminal

I had plenty of time for next flight and used it to explore the terminal.
Canberra terminal has high ceiling glass which bring plenty of natural light. Art work after clearing security for domestic passengers.

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Gate numbers are large fonts making them easy to read from distance.

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Video: Explore Canberra Airport

Airside view

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Qantaslink to Melbourne was boarding at gate 11

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Art work near gate 11 with the Melbourne bound QantasLink in the background.

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QantasLink QF1279 boarding in progress.

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Qantas Lounge next to shop between Gate 10 and 11.

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Video: Qantaslink VH-X4A

Watched the aircraft pushback

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I checked flight information for QF1510, information was not available.

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Flight history

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Canberra airport arrivals information

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Rex Airline taxies past the gate

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I had work to finish, there are working areas next to shop. Plugged my phone and laptop to charge. Free Wi-Fi is available for those without personal data.

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Flight schedule

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I continued exploring the terminal after work.

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I checked flight information and saw below information. QantasLink VH-YQS would be operating QF1509.

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Aircraft rotation

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Flight history

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View of shops and waiting area near gate

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Flight schedule with direction

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Aircraft had departed from Sydney.

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✈ Spotting

Jetstar Airways to Gold Coast

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Video: ✈ Spotting - Canberra Airport

Qantas QF1523 from Melbourne disembarking

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Checked the arrival of QF1509 which was approach.

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QantasLink VH-YQS Boeing 717-200 arrives as QF1509 from Sydney

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Walking towards boarding gate

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Flight schedule

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Passengers waiting near gate

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Continued spotting near gate, watched government aircraft taxi and depart.

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QantasLink VH-YQS taxies infront of gate

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Parked in bay

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Ground crew at work

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Information display of departing and arriving flight.

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View of boarding gate

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Link Airways codeshare partner of Virgin Australia departing to Newcastle

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As there was plenty of time to board continued the walk.

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Catering loading on Melbourne flight.

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Jetstar to Gold Coast ready to taxi

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Trainer landing on runway 12-30

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Boeing 717-200

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Ground staff announced boarding for Business class and Qantas member.

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Boarding commenced on time.

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I boarded when general boarding was called.

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Boarding pass scanned and was allowed to continue. Boarding through glass aerobridge.

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With no queue was in aircraft in no time. Crew greeted and directed me to seat.

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View of economy class seat on boarding.

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Seat 16A view

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Safety card in seat pocket

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Boarding continued

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Pleasant weather from window

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Engine and wing partially seen through window

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Seat Pocket Material

As it's a short flight, I checked the seat content before departure.

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Seat pocket contained safety card and airsickness bag

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QantasLink Boeing 717-200 safety card

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Full view

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Boeing 717-200 window

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Cabin was clean, seat belt fastened waiting for pushback.

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Boarding last passengers.

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Pushback and Departure

Crew made announcement and safety demonstration after closing the door.

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Pushback commenced on time, passengers in exit row were provided evacuation instructions.

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During autumn, Canberra has good light due to Northerly sun and with low clouds due to high elevation, appears amazing.

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After pushback a short taxi to runway 35 end

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View from Runway 35 end. Aircraft departed at 4.58pm from Canberra.

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Direct Factory Outlet [DFO] shopping in view on takeoff towards North.

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Canberra landmarks - Mount Ainslie lookout and Telstra tower on Black mountain in view after taking off, Road below is M23 Majura Parkway. 

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Flying over NSW within minutes as airport is on the ACT-NSW border.

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Air vents and light

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Seat was comfortable and plenty of leg room for me.

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Cabin service

Cabin announcement was made regarding refreshment service

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Received refreshment and drink with serviette.

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Rice crackers with Guacamole dip

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Southern suburbs of Sydney below

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Descend commences

Pilot announced descend would commence, crew cleared the rubbish and conducted safety check.

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Turning West over Georges river.

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Somewhere over the South Western Suburbs, Mostly likely Bankstown airport as factories in view

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Turning East over North Western Suburbs

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Wing view

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Approaching Sydney

Sydney landmarks in view - ANZAC bridge, CBD, Opera house and Harbour bridge on the wing tip.

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View of Princes highway and Airport Gateway road - above the containers

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Landing on runway 16R

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Qantas - Terminal 3 in view

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Arrived in Sydney at 5.35pm.

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Exiting runway.

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Passing the remote bays

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Taxi view of Boeing 717-200

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Roos linedup

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Parked in bay, doors opening instructions from cockpit.

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Crew allowing business passengers to deboard first.

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Passengers getting ready to disembark

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Ground crew at work

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Economy Cabin view during disembarkation

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Entering Terminal

Crew wished passengers during disembarkation

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Aircraft prepared for next flight

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Exiting Terminal

Terminal 3 gate view

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I walked towards the exit following the signs

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Signs are clear

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Passing through the man-trap to exit

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Escalator to lower level, walking past baggage claim following train sign.

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Walkway to Domestic station

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Train to City

I would be catching train to Central.

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Walking towards the barriers and tapped Opal card to enter the concourse.

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Train to central and city circle from Platform 1

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Train had arrived

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Video: Sydney domestic airport to Central station train ride

Onboard to Central.

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Video: QantasLink QF1510 Canberra to Sydney route

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Cabin crew7.0

Canberra - CBR


Sydney - SYD



Qantas departed on time and arrived earlier than scheduled. Cabin was clean, No Wifi or entertainment was available. Being a short flight, wasn't an issue for me. Refreshment was served for a 38 minute flight. As the aircraft was not full, service was quick.

Canberra airport was good experience. Wi-Fi was available, working desk was useful for me. Toilet was clean and well maintained.

After disembarking in Sydney, I walked to exit as I wasn't having a check-in bag. Train was on platform when I reached. Had no issues.

Another satisfactory trip series ends. :)

Information on the route Canberra (CBR) Sydney (SYD)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 4 avis concernant 2 compagnies sur la ligne Canberra (CBR) → Sydney (SYD).


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

La durée moyenne des vols est de 0 heures et 52 minutes.

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  • Comment 652572 by
    Jett Tyler GOLD 377 Comments
    Did this route on the Boeing 717 when I visited in November, thanks for sharing this! Its going to be a real end to an era as the last Australian "Mad Dogs" leave the fleet later this year... be nice to see one sent to a museum or aviation university, but I can't see that occurring now.
    • Comment 652853 by
      koresh SILVER AUTHOR 129 Comments
      I enjoyed reading your Australian trip reports, informative.

      Yes, its the last year to fly a Boeing 717 in Australia. I was lucky to be able to fly one.

      Thanks for your comment.
  • Comment 652583 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6858 Comments
    So cool to have been able to fly the A220 (the replacement) on the outbound and the 717 (the replacee) on the return! The cabins still look really nice despite the aircraft's age, though it's a shame they never committed to having streaming IFE on all 717s despite having announced it several times, though that's all moot now with the retirement coming. Pretty decent snack for such a short flight. Certainly better than anything that we'd have in the US for a sub-1h flight.

    Thanks for sharing!
    • Comment 652851 by
      koresh SILVER AUTHOR 129 Comments
      This is the last year to fly a Boeing 717 in Australia. I was lucky with the A220 to get special livery.

      I don't have interest in entertainment/sports. So I don't miss the IFE when travelling. I prefer to read something useful or just relax.

      As the flight time is short, IFE nor Wi-Fi didn't matter.

      I prefer a comfortable seat, proper food, departure and arrival on time, no missed connections.

      Thanks for your comment.
  • Comment 652711 by
    gg_06atv 10 Comments
    Lucky how you were able to get on a 717 before Qantas retires them completely! Looked like a really comfortable flight as well! By the way, what phone/camera do you use to take your FR photos??

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