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Old Mar 25, 05, 6:35 am
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The 73H to HBA is timed at 2 hours (I noticed that too, btw) because part of the ride down was a "tour down the great ocean road" (which sounded fantastic to me!). I think the Captain I heard on the radio said something about going along the west coast of tassie too, inbound to HBA, then up the east coast on the way back at a leisurely pace..

Anyhoo, today I went on QF6625 from MEL to .. MEL (well BP actually says "Antartica" - the QP check in agent had a good laugh at that one when checking me in). They used VH-OEJ in full livery (you know, the original dreaming paint scheme that used to be on -OJB).

We were assigned row 35JK. I asked if we could get anything assigned in F or C, but the agent didn't know anything about that (once on board tons of people had been assigned seats in F and C boo hoo!).

The Y cabin was pretty empty actually which seemed sad. The last time I did one of these (sometime in the 90's) it was chock a block. My Seq# was 113 so there were a few on.

After a quick takeoff on Runway 09 it was up into the clouds then they did a few left hand, then right hand circles of the city - over the bay and inner suburbs. Everyone was allowed to wander around. I checked out the F suites (kinda looked like SQ, but I liked the little stool thing) and I tried the spacebed (Nice, except it would be hard to escape from a window seat). Even checked out the crew rest in the upper deck which was cool.

No cockpit access (security) though they were handing out cockpit piccies to the kids.

They had the 744ER "ambient LED" lighting stuff going in F and C and that was interesting to see, and the 777 style interior is actually quite nice.

Up in the air for just over an hour the returned via runway 16 to gate 11 where the parking guidence system broke and we were stuck for about 10 minutes. LOL.

After that went to the QP and enjoyed an HP!

Oh, they handed out "snack on Q" bags for snacks which was a nice touch. I got to try the ever popular cheese twists!

It was fun for a good cause!

(incidently flight has posted to FF account - 0 points 0 SC )
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Old Mar 25, 05, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by RichardMEL

(incidently flight has posted to FF account - 0 points 0 SC )
It looks like the miles have credited correctly to me, MEL-MEL = zero miles as far as I can tell

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Old Mar 26, 05, 8:07 am
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but but but my boarding pass said ANTARTICA!! I demand the 3 or 4 thousand miles and SC's! LOL.

Actually last time I did one of these, back in the 90's, I actually DID get QFF credit - a whole 60 points for MEL-MEB (Essendon). I remember laughing out loud when I got that statement....
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Old Mar 30, 05, 6:00 pm
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Originally Posted by RichardMEL

my boarding pass said ANTARTICA!! I demand the 3 or 4 thousand miles and SC's! LOL.
For several years running I booked the wet-leased Qantas 747 re-positioning flights from SYD, that went on to fly over Antarctica from either MEL or ADL. They do them each year.

http://www.antarcticaflights.com.au/

They left really early - about 6am and got you back real late evening. They'd organise a day of activity - Barossa Valley was one in ADL, and Casino visit in MEL etc with lunch.

They foolishly passed around vouchers there for a free $10 chip that you needed to add your own $10 to to use. I took 10 vouchers, and bet $200 on Red on Roulette after a string of blacks had came up, and got back $400 for my $100 risk. Nearly paid for the trip. Best odds in the world on a near 50/50 bet.

I'd always book First Class as that cost only about $100 more than coach IIRC!

Full QF staff, Krug champagne (it was about 3-4 years back) - the whole 9 yards. I figgered a ~$A250 bottle of Krug each way between SYD and ADL more than paid for the entire cost of the flight.

http://www.nicks.com.au/cgi-bin/Brow...per&Imported=1

But try as I might no miles. I did talk my way into QP a few times, as the BP had a one-off flight number and said "First Class" on it.

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Old Mar 30, 05, 6:36 pm
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I seem to recall Croydon Travel also had these Antarctic re-positioning flights from SYD co-inciding with the Australian Open Tennis, and vaguely recall Tennis entry tickets came along with the deal?

I had planned to fly down and see Tennis Hooligan Rudi who flies out from Switzerland for that nearly each year. In 2002 Rudi got pounced on by security at the Open for ringing his Swiss Cow Bell between service breaks, and made the local MEL newspapers.

This is a pretty funny read, and for anyone who has met Rudi it will hardly surprise them.

http://www.moremiles.org/cgi-bin/ult...c&f=5&t=000055

I do know in 2003 I flew down to take he and Gisela to lunch and we pulled off this unusual stunt when we got to airport:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showt...p?t=190017%20-

Actually I paid Croydon one year for 2 pax, and never used the tickets, cancelling in advance, so they still owe me the around $1000 refund, so this thread has inspired me to chase them up to get that sorted.

Thanks Richard for jogging the dark recesses of my memory. I owe you a Hahn or two at OzFest.

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Old Apr 2, 05, 8:17 am
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Bugger the HP's. Now that YOU've reminded me with the SQ F lounge thread.. isn't it about time you spilled the beans on that? LOL.
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Old Apr 20, 05, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by RichardMEL
... Now that YOU've reminded me with the SQ F lounge thread.. isn't it about time you spilled the beans on that? ...
ozstamps made me swear to keep my mouth shot on this (otherwise he might have to join the swiss bellman on the police station ...). But he forgot to make Gisela swear too. Ask her in late january 2006 in Melbourne (second week of the Australian Tennis Open) and she will proudly tell you the whole story (and why I am no longer her big airline/mileage-master since then, but ozstamps is. I am sooooooooooo®© jealous!
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Old Apr 21, 05, 11:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Rudi

But he forgot to make Gisela swear too.
Rudi - can ANY of us mere males "make" a woman keep a secret?

It was a pretty funny evening in the SQ first Class lounge, that is for sure.

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Old Apr 21, 05, 11:52 pm
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Originally Posted by RichardMEL
but but but my boarding pass said ANTARTICA!! I demand the 3 or 4 thousand miles and SC's! LOL.
No miles for me when I did take the Antarctic flight earlier this year. I have 2 BPs - one showing ADL to Antarctica and one Antarctica to ADL!

Trip report if anyone's interested.

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Old Apr 22, 05, 4:52 am
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Why would you have 2 BP's? You don't actually land and get out anywhere... so I'm confused....
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You don't actually land and get out anywhere... so I'm confused....
He is from Auckland. Didn't Air NZ land on Mount Erebus?
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Old Apr 22, 05, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by ozstamps
He is from Auckland. Didn't Air NZ land on Mount Erebus?

Not funny...
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Old Apr 22, 05, 7:21 am
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Possibly not.

I'd been reading about Erebus only a hour earlier and it was still on my screen. Quite remarkable reading that site it could ever happen on a large jet from a major airline, with 2 highly trained pilots.

This report placed the blame for the accident on the airline systems that had allowed the aircraft to be programmed to fly on the path which led directly to Mount Erebus.

WHO changed the co-ordinates that morning was not explained from what I read. Maybe someone else knows. Tragic something so basic and essentual can be altered, and pilots not told.
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Old Apr 22, 05, 8:18 am
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WHO changed the co-ordinates that morning was not explained from what I read. Maybe someone else knows. Tragic something so basic and essentual can be altered, and pilots not told.
That's still a topic of hot controversy, as are the pilots' actions on the day. I'm not sure that we'll ever get to the bottom of that accident.
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Old Apr 22, 05, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by RichardMEL
Why would you have 2 BP's? You don't actually land and get out anywhere... so I'm confused....
No didnt land (other than back in ADL). The reason for 2 BPs is most seats are on rotation - halfway through the flight you get another seat to maximise window viewing. Doesnt make much difference really as it was easy to find somewhere with an easy view regardless where your seat is.
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