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Sydney to Melbourne on the NSW TrainLink XPT

Economy class on what should be Australia’s premier intercity train Way back in April this year, I got to tick one more trip off my bucket list, travelling on Australia’s HST between our two biggest cities before their retirement next year! Flight Details Operator NSW TrainLink Stock Type New South Wales XPT Unit Number 2006/2013 […]

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Air New Zealand returns to Hobart with Auckland route

After a near 12 month absence, the Kiwi flag carrier has resumed flying the NZ197/198 rotation Some 11 months and 3 weeks after ceasing Hobart’s first international route since the 1990s, one of Air New Zealand’s six-strong fleet of Airbus A320neos, ZK-NHD touched down at 11:04am with around 140 passengers on board. The resumption of […]

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Virgin Australia Regional to Take Over Perth to Hobart Route

VARA will take over from parent airline Virgin Australia next month From July 29th, operation of Hobart’s longest route will pass to Virgin Australia’s Perth based regional subsidiary, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, formerly Skywest. The 4 hour and 50 minute flight will be flown by VARA’s seven strong fleet of Airbus A320-200s, most of which […]

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Virgin Australia Boeing 737 Business Class to Hobart

Flying up the pointy end back home to Tassie After a whirlwind 12 hours in Melbourne with my friend, checking out the sights and sounds (and Aldi!) it was time to head back home to Tassie, and test out Virgin Australia 2.0’s Business Class for the first time. Flight Details Airline Virgin Australia Aircraft Type […]

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Airport Spotting: The Airbus A340 at 30

What airlines still fly the original Airbus quad jet? Over 30 years have now passed since the first flight of the Airbus A300’s ultimate stretch, the A340, an aircraft that, while not quite as successful as it’s main, twinjet competitor, the Boeing 777, had a significant impact on aircraft design and pioneered some of the […]

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QantasLink Boeing 717 Economy to Melbourne

An early morning jaunt to Australia’s culture capital Earlier this month I made my first trip of 2022, a day trip to Melbourne, beginning with a very early morning QantasLink 717 to Tullamarine. You can check out my previous QantasLink 717 trip report here. Flight Details Airline QantasLink Aircraft Type Boeing 717-200 Registration VH-NXE Aircraft […]

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Cathay Pacific return to Hobart for the 2021/22 summer season

Hong Kong’s flag carrier has resumed the service for the summer, with new aircraft After the success of the flights over the 2020/2021 summer season, Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific have resumed the service via Melbourne for the 2021/2022 summer. with at least 35 flights up to January 31st to be operated in conjunction with […]

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Above & Beyond De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver to Port Davey

To the Southwest Wilderness and back with Tasmania’s only commercial seaplane operator Earlier this month I had the pleasure of visiting Tasmania’s rugged Southwest Wilderness UNESCO World Heritage area with my family, on Above & Beyond Tasmania’s stunning De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. Flight Details Airline Above & Beyond Tasmania Aircraft Type De Havilland Canada […]

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Qantas’ Domestic Fleet Renewal

Taking a look at the past, present, and future of Qantas’ domestic fleet With some of Qantas’s narrow bodies now approaching, and exceeding 20 years old, it was no surprise that the airline launched it’s narrowbody fleet replacement program, dubbed “Project Winston” by the airline earlier this month. In a break from my more Tasmania […]

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Jetstar Airbus A320 to Hobart

Flying home on Jetstar’s workhorse After a very, very, brief 5 hour visit to the capital of South Australia (including a visit to the South Australian Aviation Museum), I headed back to Adelaide Airport to fly home on the evening Jetstar flight to Hobart, onboard one of their ubiquitous Airbus A320-200s. Earlier in the day […]