Had some light flying today, and will continue to have some more over the next couple days.
My day started at an ungodly hour, waking at 04:00 and left half an hour later. My ride was on time, a Boeing 747, much bigger than what I’ve got used to flying these past 2 years and the lounge was all for me for a while. Nothing like starting the day with a glass of Taittinger. I did try to use the Emirates lounge but as my ticket didn’t have a codeshare, they claimed I wasn’t eligible, though back in the Qantas lounge the staff there weren’t as convinced with that excuse. I did get a peek though, and while spacious, I’m not overly keen on their decor.
I had a personal greeting when at cruise, but no offer of anything extra. I did ask if I could visit the flight deck on arrival though and was given that opportunity. Been a while since I’ve been upstairs, and perhaps just as long to be inside the cockpit, but was given a brief tour and had some photos taken.
Sydney airport immigration and customs were both rude, so I’m not sure why tourists come here. I briefly saw Scott and Ada on the departures level, complaining about some issue with the luggage belts and delays, before making my way to the domestic terminal to relax in the Business Lounge.
Gate 18 for my flight to Tamworth wasn’t the easiest to find, and I thought quite a trek, but there were no delays so clearly it’s not that hard for the regulars. The turn around in TMW was very quick, I was amazed they worked so well to get the plane back on its way. I had a brief snack in the regional lounge there that recently opened, which was nice, the key code to the door printed on my boarding pass back in Brisbane.
Back in SYD I was just thinking to myself, how do I find out if other AFFers are in the lounge, when is rounded a corner and found another AFFer. We had a beer and talked, and while there my luck changed as I received a text from Qantas advising of a change. I phoned them up to find the service to Wagga Wagga was delayed, and as such I wouldn’t make it back to SYD in time to connect to my flight to Coffs Harbour. They weren’t willing to hold the flight for me, so instead booked me into the Novotel at Brighton le Sands and gave me two cab charge vouchers. Sometimes I don’t understand how they think this way is cheaper, but so be it.
On the return flight from WGA, Lucy, one of the FA’s operating QF2229/30, literally did a double take upon seeing me again. Both were really professional, the quality you expect from Qantas.
Wonderfully, I was able to catch “Island dining” in the Business Lounge on my return, having two serves of Vietnamese beef noodle soup, with fried eschalots, bean sprouts, fresh herbs and lemon. More importantly, it was HOT! Even came with fresh chilli. Very happy with the dining option!
One missed flight out of six isn’t too bad going, and I still get to take the flight tomorrow, when I essentially do SYD-CFS-SYD-ABX-SYD.