Coffs Harbour – September 2011

Qantas Dash 8 Q400 Review- QF2117 Coffs Harbour to Sydney

Dash 8 Q400 review

As I arrived at Coffs Airport, there were no Qantas staff around as the previous flight had left about 20 minutes prior, with my flight about 3 hours away. I managed to catch someone as they exited their office, who gave me the door code to the lounge (it’s unstaffed and locked).

I spent nearly 3 hours in the lounge, all up – it was welcome relief after a busy morning and a long walk to the airport (don’t ask), and surprising it even exists in an airport as small as Coffs. It was clean (I arrived as it was being vacuumed after the previous departure, which I had just missed), and well stocked with drinks and a few snacks. Enough to make an ad-hoc lunch of C’s – coke, chips, crackers, cheese, cereal bars and chocolate – at least. Continue reading…

Virgin Australia E190 Domestic Premium Economy Review – DJ1167 Sydney to Coffs Harbour

DJ1167 Embraer 190 Sydney - Coffs Harbour Review

I’d managed to arrange a last minute trip up to the Coffs Coast to go check out Rally Australia. Part of the trip was funded through work, but I had to enable to flights – the perfect use of points for flying domestically given the last minute booking (plans were only confirmed on Wednesday for the Friday trip) and consequent high prices of paid fares, at around $250 each way for the short 50 minute hop.

Qantas had no availability at the right time on the outbound leg; and Virgin had availability but only in Premium Economy – a shame, I’d be forced to sit up front with more leg room, trying their new Luke Mangan menu after checking out ‘The Lounge’ at Sydney T2. All up, 6900 Velocity points and about $30 in taxes. Continue reading…