Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Brisbane and Sydney Planespotting - Part 1

This will be part one of four posts.
 
Recently, I visited Brisbane and Sydney for a few days. I wanted to catch some interesting and different planes other than the usual 737, so I chose a 747-400 flight and a 767-300 flight. Both of these aircraft will be retired by Qantas within the next ten years (747s by 2021 and 767s by 2016) and are not seen very often in Cairns - with only one daily 767 flight and no 747 flights. However, the first flight was another 737!
 
 
Cairns - Brisbane
 
The first flight was from Cairns to Brisbane. This leg was flown by Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-XZD as QF649.
 
XZD is fairly new, delivered new to Qantas only eight months ago.  
 
 
View from Seat 22A

 
About to depart Cairns on Runway 15
 
I filmed the take-off, you can watch it on Youtube: Qantas Boeing 737-800 Departing Cairns

 
Climbing out of Cairns

 
Nearing cruise altitude with the Great Barrier Reef nearby



 
Top of descent into Brisbane


 
Nearing Brisbane


 
On base leg for Brisbane Airport
 

 
Taxiing to the Qantas Terminal

 
Passing Qantas Boeing 767-300 VH-OGG in 'Disney Planes' livery

 
Parked at the gate
 
A few hours later, I managed to find a good spot for photographing Runway 01 arrivals. Here are some shots:
 
 
Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EDO
 
 
Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 VH-XFB

 
Jetstar Airbus A321 VH-VWW

 
My first time photographing it - Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-XZJ in the 'Mendoowoorrji' livery
 
 
The next post will be the flight from Brisbane to Sydney on QF8!
 
Andrew

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