QF428 (MEL - SYD)
Plane Type: Boeing 737-838
Reviewer: Malcolm Lu
Every year, my work awards an overseas incentive holiday for our distributors and staff, bringing us to beautiful places which also allows me to fly on Airlines I have not flown on before. Last year we went to Tokyo on Japan Airlines ( a first for me ), the year before that to Taipei on China Airlines. This year, we flew Down Under, to Melbourne and Sydney with Qantas. I have never flown with "The Spirit of Australia", but have heard a great many things from friends that did. Our initial flight was onboard QF36 from SIN to MEL, followed by a domestic connection via QF428 from MEL to SYD, and lastly back to SIN onboard QF1. So in a single week, I got to fly on Qantas's Airbus A380 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft. I decided to start with the smaller Boeing 737 flight review first, followed by the A380 later.
Our flight to Sydney was operated by VH-VZC, an 11.4 year old Boeing 737-838. Qantas listed 2 types of Boeing 738s in service, one with Personal IFE Screens and the other with overhead video screens. The aircraft I got was the latter, though it does not provide you with a personal video screen, the Airline does have Wireless Q-streaming onboard to work with your mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones in flight mode. It is quite an ingenious method of providing entertainment to passengers onboard without the need to replace all the seats of the aircraft, and at the same time saves cost for the Airline. The Economy class cabin configuration is the standard 3x3 single isle, with 162 modern looking seats. Seats were 17.2inches wide with a recline angle of 30 degrees. Leg room was reasonable, slightly less cramped than the previous 737-800 I flew on, which added to the comfort of the aircraft. The cabin itself does not feature Boeing's new Sky Interior, still retaining the previous generation of lighting, ceiling and overhead bins on the aircraft.