REVIEW: QF660, Adelaide to Brisbane

Qantas Boeing 737-800

Flight Review, Qantas Airways (QF660), Adelaide (ADL) to Brisbane (BNE)
Date Flown: 22/07/2018

Qantas operate daily flights between Adelaide and Brisbane, with there being only three departing flights out of Adelaide on the day of my departure. Two of these flights utilise the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with the mid-day flight relying on the smaller Boeing 717, operated by QantasLink. Both of these aircraft are great to fly in but on a flight to Brisbane, the Boeing 737-800 would have to be my preference.

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Qantas Boeing 737-800 Seat Map

The Qantas Boeing 737-800 that operated my flight was configured in a two-class cabin configuration, with business class situated at the front of the aircraft offering 12 seats, in a 2-2 layout. Economy Class followed behind which offers a 162 seats, in a 3-3 layout. There was a plastic screen separating these two cabins.
Click here for the aircraft seat map.

The Qantas Boeing 737-800 that operated my flight was configured in a two-class cabin configuration, with business class situated at the front of the aircraft offering 12 seats, in a 2-2 layout. Economy Class followed behind which offers a 162 seats, in a 3-3 layout. There was a plastic screen separating these two cabins.
Click here for the aircraft seat map.

VH-VYH was the aircraft that was taking me to Brisbane, it is one of the older Boeing 737’s in Qantas’ fleet at twelve years old. The aircraft has been newly painted in the new “Silver Roo, 2016” livery and looks extremely eye-catching. The aircraft is nicknamed ‘Queanbeyan’ after the small city, situated in the south east region of New South Wales. The aircraft has two reliable CMF56-7 engines powering you down the runway and onto your destination.

Qantas Boarding Pass

The interior of the aircraft is a little outdated as it still has the fold down screens from the roof which are a bit temperamental at times. Fortunately, the aircraft does have QStreaming on board, allowing passengers who have downloaded the Qantas Entertainment app prior to departure access to a full range of movies, television shows, music and much more throughout the flight. The plane is not yet configured with complimentary wifi on board, but it should be equipped with it soon.

On this flight I was fortunate enough to be seated at the front of the economy section, in seat 4A. Row 4 splits business class and economy class, but offers passengers in this row a more spacious flight experience with extra legroom in this row. The only slight downside to this row is the fact that the seats are slightly narrower compared to the regular seats, there is a fixed arm rest between the seats, which houses a pull out table. This is by far my favourite seat when flying in economy on the Boeing 737-800’s.

Check In
Departing Adelaide Airport is one of the most simple and straight forward things to do, the airport check in area is easy to navigate and it is well signposted where you need to go to check in with your airline. I was fling with Qantas (of course), so I made my way to the Qantas check in area. I used the priority queue as I am travelling as a Qantas Platinum/oneworld Emerald passenger.

Qantas Check In Adelaide Airport

I arrived at the airport just before 5:30am, the check in area was empty and I could simply just walk straight up to the check in desk. Before handed my boarding pass, the check in assistant made sure that she explained to me where the Qantas Club was situated and how to find it. It’s great for travellers that aren’t familiar with Adelaide Airport to know where it is situated.

I arrived at the airport just before 5:30am, the check in area was empty and I could simply just walk straight up to the check in desk. Before handed my boarding pass, the check in assistant made sure that she explained to me where the Qantas Club was situated and how to find it. It’s great for travellers that aren’t familiar with Adelaide Airport to know where it is situated.

A huge bonus with Adelaide Airport now is that there is a new priority security screening line, allowing eligible passengers the ability to fast track through security. However, there was no one manning the entrance, therefor no one enforcing who was using the queue.

After passing through security, I headed straight to the Qantas Club. For flights departing this early in the morning a full breakfast spread was on offer. There was fruit salad, baked beans, eggs, porridge and toast along with many more options to choose from. Freshly made barista coffee is also available in the lounge, the perfect way to wake you up in the morning when it’s still dark outside.

Boarding and Departure
Boarding commenced at 6:40am from Gate 24, only a short walk from the lounge. By the time I got to the gate most of those passengers waiting by the gate had already boarded the aircraft. I boarded using the priority line, reserved for Qantas Platinum One, Platinum and Gold frequent flyer as well as their oneworld equivalents.

The gate assistant scanned my Qantas Frequent Flyer card and handed over the paper boarding pass, she was extremely polite and used a personal approach when she handed it over to me, she also wished me a safe flight and that she would see me on board.

There was a short line on the air bridge as passengers were boarding the aircraft, the Customer Service Manager (CSM) on board was extremely polite and welcoming, she made sure that she acknowledged everyone that boarded the aircraft. The CSM on board welcomed me onto the flight as soon as I stepped onto the aircraft. She thanked me for flying with Qantas and that it was a pleasure to have me on board.

The flight pushed back slightly earlier than scheduled, having to take the long taxiway all the way to the end of the airport for a Runway 05 (RWY05) departure, as the plane took off we flew out over the city just as the sun was starting to rise, making for some impressive sunset photo opportunities. The flight departed at 0656 hours, four minutes ahead of schedule. The flight time to Brisbane was only 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Inflight and Arrival
Seating in Row 4, you are almost certain that you will have a shadow, an empty seat next you, allowing you to be able to spread out and have the whole arm rest to yourself.

Row 4, Boeing 737-800

The in-flight meal was breakfast, the only meal that is appropriate at this time of morning. There was one choice and that was cereal. Presented lovey in the box there was a small bowl of Kellogg’s Just Right, a small mussel bar and a small carton of milk. Accompanying the breakfast meal was the choice of tea, coffee, juice, water and soft drink. The meal was more than enough on this length of flight, although it would have been nice to have a choice of a hot meal.

During the flight the CSM came up to me to make sure everything was going okay and offered me a second drinks service, served straight out of the business class galley.

The plane had the fold down entertainment screens which came down from the overhead panel. This air craft was also fitted with QStreaming, allowing passengers to enjoy a vast array of entertainment options during the flight.

The whole flight was extremely smooth, by taking off this early in the morning it also allows for some incredible sunrise photos from the plane.

Throughout the flight we had a cruising altitude of 39,000ft. Prior to descent the CSM on board came up to me and thanked me again for flying with Qantas. Descending over Moreton Bay we landed on Runway 19 (RWY19), and taxied around to Gate 21 at Brisbane Airport. We arrived at 9:28am, 22 minutes ahead of schedule.

As the crew disarmed the doors the seatbelt sign was turned off, immediately everyone decided to jump up out of their seats as usual and began to form a line down the aisle. Being seated in Row 4, there was a short wait to get off the aircraft as I had to wait for all the business passengers to get off first, which is only fair. Once again upon disembarking the aircraft the CSM said her final thankyou and hoped that I had a pleasant flight and hoped that she would see me on another flight soon.

As the crew disarmed the doors the seatbelt sign was turned off, immediately everyone decided to jump up out of their seats as usual and began to form a line down the aisle. Being seated in Row 4, there was a short wait to get off the aircraft as I had to wait for all the business passengers to get off first, which is only fair. Once again upon disembarking the aircraft the CSM said her final thankyou and hoped that I had a pleasant flight and hoped that she would see me on another flight soon.

After disembarking the aircraft I needed to change out of my suit, so I headed straight for the Business Lounge to get changed, one of the best benefits of Qantas Platinum is being able to use the Qantas Business Lounges upon arrival into any airport. I quickly got changed and got a hot coffee from the lounge. I made my way down to baggage claim to collect my bag and it was already going around on the carousel, it was perfect timing!

Summary
Overall, the flight was one of the better Qantas flights that I have been on, mainly because all the Qantas crew on board that I encountered acknowledged my status and the whole flight a more personalised experience. All of the crew on board QF660 were extremely friendly, polite and welcoming to everyone on board. Priority security screening for eligible passengers at Adelaide Airport is a welcomed addition, and no doubt being well received by all travellers.

The QStreaming inflight entertainment worked extremely well on board and I had no troubles in accessing it mid-way though the flight. New content is added each month, with new release movies such as Love Simon, The Bookshop and The Endless were the newest additions.Brisbane Airport is extremely easy to navigate around and there are various transport options on offer to take you into the city.

Arrival into Brisbane Airport

Disclaimer: All the reviews are simply a summary of my experience and opinions from my own point of view. Unless stated, all of the flights and experiences are paid for by myself as a self-funded frequent flyer. No articles or reviews are influenced in any way by a third party or company.

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