We meet here for the last QF FR of the season, which is saddening me at a point you can't imagine ! I - GETTING TO THE AIRPORT II - LANDSIDE III - AIRSIDE IV - BOARDING V - FROM APRON TO THE AIR VI - CATERING - LUNCH VII - CATERING - SNACK VIII - CABIN IX - CRUISING VIEWS X - DESCENT AND LANDING TO JETBRIDGE XI - DEBOARDING XII - LUGGAGES/TERMINAL SPOTTING BONUS
I - GETTING TO THE AIRPORT
As usual, we got to the T2 (Domestic) by cab. A clever thing to know about CNS, cabs are not that expensive. From Novotel Oasis to the airport : 21.98$AUD. In shared transfer for two : 22AUD… Think twice ! We are at CNS at 11:42 AM
II - LANDSIDE
QF holds a small part of the landside counters, at the very beggining of the terminal. The terminal itselves has a good aircon, temperature is nice inside.
We waited two minutes before reaching my new friend, self check-in kiosk, working perfectly !
I tried to change our seats to be closer to the engines but unfortunately, the flight was full and it showed me the same seatmap as the day before when I did the online check-in (I couldn't choose other seats at booking due to the "Red deal" fare). So here we go, same seats as on the PER-DRW flight QF792.
Then, drop off with a nice lady.
We headed to security where another nice old lady welcomed us? She was definitely satisfied to see that our stuff was perfectly in order. Here, you can keep your watch, shoes, belt, sunglasses, no ID control, no BP scan, just an explosive powder, on me, this time.
III - AIRSIDE
We were airside by 11:55 AM, the FIDS shows a boarding in 45 minutes, so 12:40 PM, which is false because our BP states 12:55 PM.
There are lots of shops inside the terminal.
Our boarding gate was the #18. All this terminal's part is blind, toilets are on the right hand side.
On the gate monitor, it shows : your flight is yet to commence boarding, please enjoy the terminal facilities The translation : Go buy you a coffee, then buy some made in china shirts and if you don't buy that, you'll notice that no wifi is available for you !
LOL ! What a joke. I start to find Australia quite annoying for the internet… I mean, the lack of ! No food, no internet, no water… In France, you can buy 18L of water, in AUS 1.5 or 2L, for the same price ! This plus the fried food smell. IV - BOARDING At 12:35 PM, another flight exits gate 19. As scheduled, our boarding is announced at 12:55 PM.
A QF employee came to us asking if we were on that flight, I answered back we were on the 925 so yes. She then told us the J line was on our right hand side and showed it with her hand.
She came back a bit later and started again to show us the J line… Maybe the way we were dressed intrigued her and she tought we were in J. So funny, now that I recall, I should have asked her if she was offering an upgrade ! Maybe I would have get one^^
Priority : 3 pax were on the J queue, a couple and their daughter. The couple is on J but I saw upon boarding that their daughter was seated on row 23… She did board by door 1L whether she had to board via ground and not jetbridge, at door 2L…
VH-VYH is our beast, and she is a bit old (2005). She has that not very pretty yellow stripe on her tail which means old colours/scheme.
I wanted to take a nice picture of the tail and I had the time to do so cause the crew was not ready. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera on hand and my iPhone was set on low brightness… Which gave that, completely blind.
At the back, a friendly aged male FA checked our BPs
V - FROM APRON TO THE AIR
Now you see, the scrapped window and a VA EMB190
QF Q400, VA738 in the background
Temporary tip, taking picture on the very edge of the window, less scrapped
Center is awful
Skytrans Q…300 ?
We are about to say goodbye to CNS
For once, I am not responsible for the pictures quality. We are taking off RWY 15, after a Beechcraft landed
Taxi + take off !
VI - CATERING - LUNCH
The meal was served at 2:09 PM on a paper box ?! There was a choice between salmon and sausages, I took sausages
The main meal, a bit weird in that box : Sausages, peas, mashed potatoes, tasty but could have been hotter
I ended at 2:25 PM. The food and beverages services are not done at the same time. Cold and hot beverages are not served at the same time either.
My second meal (YES, I asked for a second one).
When the FAs took back the previous boxes, I asked a friendly female FA:
"May I ask you If there are some hot meals left ?"
She answered back "I don't… know, but I'll ask and I come back to tell you !"
She asked her trolley colleague and she did not know either so when she ended the trolley work, she got to the galley and heatened me up another meal (the same) and served me very hot !
Amazing service with smiles along the way !
I was hungry !
Of course I ate all of it and thanked her twice for that
VII - CATERING - SNACK
At 3:25 PM we were handed small ice cream fro Weis as you can see. Basic but nice touch !
We got a water refill at 3:30 PM
VIII - CABIN
I am so used not having an IFE on France domestic flights that I did not even notice there wasn't any when I seated. But because I had to take a picture of the screen for you, I got it at that moment !
My signature on all QF flights ! Comfy seats as you can see, very soft
Ouch, the seat belt shows her 10 years of age !
No personnal IFE screen
Safety card, in a very good shape as always
Removable IFE screens
They showed us a stupid movie on them and I forced myself not to look at that but I ended up throwing glances at it so well, I admit it made time pass a little, plus one for that
General views (at boarding)
Old cabin scheme
IX - CRUISING VIEWS
Here is the Great Barrier Reef from this aircraft, hopefully I took a scenic flight to take better pics !
Back to the inland
X - DESCENT AND LANDING TO JETBRIDGE
We started our descent at 3:43 PM
Vaucluse I think, end of harbour
Seems like a falling building !
Touch down at 4:05 PM
744 GE QF
Sydney skyline with the same QF 744 GE
It seems like a 332 is seating in there
Another special livery missed due to the window :/ This is moustache !
Jetbridge connected at 4:15 PM
XI - DEBOARDING
My bank welcomes me again
Baggage Claim on the right
The first QUeensland And Northern Territory Aerial Service aircraft
SYD wonderful T3 with sun fading
XII - LUGGAGES
Carousel number 5, indicated since booking completion in April if I remember well !
Organization : second to none.
XIII - EXITING AIRPORT
We waited on position 6 to have a cab but all of them passed in front of us… Until a staff obligated one to stop there at 4:35 PM. Heading to Sofitel !
Cab, too expensive… Think Uber ! 15 AUD gap between the two (cab versus UberX), huge!
First ever spotting relatively near to an airport (CNS)
All of this is available on Flickr but for those who are lazy ;) I had to choose Barrier Reef or Spotting, I took the latter but you have access to both !
They are very compressed here !
Hi VH-NXO ! Do you remember me ? I do !
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Once again, a very good flight with QF which earns my very own award of the best domestic/medium haul airline. Their oldest 738 need to be updated and their windows to be changed but apart from that, everything is perfect.
About the fare, at 216 AUD/pax for a 3hr flight, it is even cheaper than the low cost Air France fare on domestic flights.
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