Sunday 25 September 2016

Alice Springs to Brisbane

After an amazing 4 days here in Central Australia it was time to go home.
Our flight, Qantas 1799 was leaving at 12.25pm but since we had to check out of the hotel at 10am we just made our way to the airport.
We arrived there at 10.40am, checked in and made our way through security.
Alice doesn't have a viewing deck or a view of the runway from the terminal so it is very hard to see aircraft coming and going. They do have an outdoor area where you can see the apron and runway through the trees and work equipment.

QANTASLINK B717-231 VH-NXQ           (CN 55097)

We began boarding our QantasLink 717-231 (VH-NXL) through gate 3 right on midday, I was in 3A for this trip. There are no aero bridges in Alice so there is no need to request a push back, therefore aircraft just commence taxiing. We began taxing at 12.23pm and taxied out for a runway 12 departure; taking the views of the graveyard on the way out.

LEFT: SINGAPORE B777-212 9V-SVD (CN 30869)
RIGHT: SINGAPORE B777-212 9V-SVA (CN 28524)

AIR NEW ZEALAND B767-319 ZK-NCK (CN 26971)

After back tracking and lining up we got airborne at 12.28.
The sky was clear and blue so I knew it would be a good flight home, as we climbed out we maintained runway heading for sometime before making a very small banked to the right slowly and then set course for Brisbane, climbing to flight level 320.
Our track took us north of Birdsville; Charleville; over Roma and south of Toowoomba.
The country side really put on a display as the scenery changed every few minutes; from dark red dry soil to white clay based soil to a luscious green countryside.

The flight from Alice to Brisbane is just around 2 hours 30, and as there is no entertainment on these 717's you need to provide your own entertainment.
We began our descent at 2.24pm flying in over the city clearly showing the Brisbane River, the Rugby League stadium called Suncorp Stadium (left side of image) and the AFL oval called the GABBA (right side of image) before landing on runway 19 at 2.54pm.

Due to the time difference we had to put the time forward 30 minutes so our actual arrival time was 3.24pm

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