Review of Qantas flight Alice Springs Cairns in Economy

Airline Qantas
Flight QF1948
Class Economy
Seat 9A
Aircraft Boeing 717-200
Flight time 02:10
Take-off 27 Oct 14, 17:25
Arrival at 27 Oct 14, 20:05
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By 2753
Published on 14th December 2014
Hello everyone and welcome back to my trip in Australia!

As it's been a while since the last report, here is the reminder of the routing:

SIN to MEL: 23/10/2014 QF36 A330-300 (can be found here: )
MEL to AYQ: 24/10/2014 JQ664 A320 (right there:
ASP to CNS: 27/10/2014 QF1948 717-200 (here you are)
CNS to BNE: 01/11/2014 QF799 737-800
BNE to SIN: 01/11/2014 QF51 A330-300

After a few days in the outback, we were back to civilisation in Alice Springs. We slept for a night in town, before catching the afternoon flight to Cairns.
The flight in itself was nothing extraordinary, however something was: the aircraft.
It was a 717-200. Designed by Mcdonnell Douglas as the MD95, but when it merged with Boeing in 1997, it was renamed and marketed as the 717-200.
Not that many were produced: 156 in total, most of them are now being used in the US.

Alice Spring Airport is a small regional airport, though quite an enjoyably. There is volume, the whole building feels airy. No spotting though, as there is no jet bridge, there's no vantage point from which i could take pictures of the aircrafts on the tarmac.

Alice Springs Airport
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Alice Springs Airport
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There was a bit of a queue for baggage drop-off but the ground personnel was efficient so in less than 10 mins we were ready to go airside.

Qantas counter
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ASP Terminal
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On display right before security screening was a 1920 Rolls Royce, beautiful piece of history.

Rolls Royce on display
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Rolls Royce on display
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Rolls Royce on display
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Travel documents
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There was no queue at all at the screening, so we were out in no time.

Security screening
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For a regional airport, the terminal wasn't bad at all: a souvenir boutique, a travel store and a café.

ASP Terminal Airside
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The terminal's carpet follows traditional aboriginal schemes.

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Our flight
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As I said, no jet bridge, so we had the opportunity to walk to our plane. Because I live in Singapore, it's great to be able to do that. Never happened in Changi Airport yet!

Walking to the aircraft
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Our bird
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Nice aircraft
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I then took my seat in 9A, window seat. Pitch was fair, at least better than in my previous Jetstar flight…

Pitch was alright
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In under 10 mins, the plane was ready, and manual safety demonstrations were made.

Safety demonstrations
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On taxi, we passed a few aircraft

Quite a few planes on standby, including 4 Tiger Australia A320s…
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…and this Qantas 767
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Take off roll was quick, and to my surprise extremely quiet. I guess that's the advantage of having the engines at the back.
As soon as we took off we made a left turn, meaning we could see the airport.

Aerial view of ASP
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And then the magic of the Australian desert appeared while climbing. I'll let you enjoy the outback with a few pictures.

Australian Outback

When we arrived to cruise altitude the Captain came on PA, announcing an altitude of 33,000 ft, our speed, time and temperature in Cairns, as well as a 1:55 flight time.
On our booking, it was indicated that we would be served a snack. Well it looked more like a complete meal rather than a snack!
We were served pasta, some bread and a muffin. All were actually quite good.

Meal tray…
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…with its content revealed
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While we were having dinner, sunset was unveiling out the window.

What is better than having dinner watching sunset?
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Some nice colours
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After dinner, I had a go at the bathroom (nothing worth reporting), and had a look at the emergency exit at the back, which actually is located in the cone, which itself would separate in case of emergency.

Emergency exit
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By the time I got back to my seat, we were already starting our descent to CNS.

Cabin while on descent
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We touched down on time, and spotting was made impossible by the airport's light, which completely blinded my camera.
While everyone disembarked, I asked to get a tour in the cockpit, which I was gladly granted. Sadly no pictures, but what I can tell you is that it's quite tight in there, space for 2 pilots and that's it!

Our bird after the 1:55 flight
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We then picked up our luggage at the conveyor belt, and took a taxi to our hotel in downtown Cairns.
Hope you enjoyed this report, next one will be the return flight to Singapore, with some interesting spotting in Brisbane!
Thank you for reading, and all comments are appreciated!
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Cabin crew9.0

Alice Springs - ASP


Cairns - CNS



A great flight on a pretty rare aircraft.
The meal was a nice surprise, quite flavourful.
As always with Qantas, great crew: professional, cheerful and smiling.



If you liked this review or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below !
  • Comment 124498 by
    lagentsecret 12304 Comments
    Thanks for sharing this comprehensive FR

    Nice to fly an unusual aircraft

    You hid your first name but not the last name on your BP

    The meal looks quite good

    Great aerial views of the Outback

    See you soon for your next FR
  • Comment 124549 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6424 Comments
    Very cool report! Oh wow, you got a full meal in economy on a 2 hours flight! Living in the US, that just boggles my, you're lucky if you can get a whole can of coke and a tiny bag of pretzels on a 4+ hour flight in economy! Awesome aerial views of the outback, it really is a whole other world down there. The cabin of QF's 717 looks quite nice. Seems like a nice little flight. Thanks for sharing!

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