TigerTastic Tiger Trip

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TigerTastic Tiger Trip

Postby Evan Yananyi » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:31 pm

This report will be in three parts
Intro
This trip took some brave nerves to carry out, judging by past experiences. A friend's flight a few years back was cancelled for four days, and I was told to avoid Tigerair (then called Tiger Airways). But, since they were bought by Virgin Australia and I heard that they were in a similar ownership as that of Qantas and Jetstar, I thought that I might as well give Tigerair a go. On Friday March 11th, I booked flights to Melbourne and back, $39 one way! All up with seats, taxes and after selecting Queue Jump on the flight over, it was $110. Pretty good! I would fly on Thursday, April 28th, 2016, on flight TT448 from Adelaide to Melbourne (seat 26F), have seven hours to plane spot and then fly back on TT471 (seat 3A). It was looking to be a great trip!

P.S. I did a video review on YouTube of flight TT448, and here it is for those interested.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6zPRxpXdYs

Part One
Here is the route that I would fly.
ImageRoute by Ev Brown, on Flickr

Adelaide Airport
I woke up at 5am and Dad and I got to the airport by 7am, only to find that the desks Tigerair would use were not open :? so all I could do was watch passengers board Qantaslink flight QF2071 to Whyalla, operated by Q300 VH-SBW.
ImageVH-SBV by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-SBW by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Once I finally checked in (I was the first to check in) I went straight to gate 20, as when I went through security, I saw Qantas flight QF671 from Melbourne land, operated by Retro Roo I (VH-XZP) :mrgreen: , and she would dock at gate 21. Here she is arriving.
ImageAdelaide Airport Action by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-XZP by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-XZP by Ev Brown, on Flickr
It is an amazing sight when your favourite plane parks right infront of you :D . I then looked down to the end of the terminal and saw the Jetstar Jaffa Jet (VH-VGF) park and get towed over to Gate 26 :mrgreen: .
ImageVH-VGF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VGF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VGF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VGF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Bad weather was about to hit us. Typical Adelaide, right when I have to fly somewhere :roll: .
ImageVH-VGF and bad weather by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Tigerair Boeing 737-800 VH-VOR was towed over to the layover bays by the tower.
ImageDSC08879 by Ev Brown, on Flickr
At the Rex end, I saw the Green Budgie (VH-ZXS), the Shark (VH-EKX) and the American Rex (VH-ZXF) and I got all three in one shot :D .
ImageVH-EKX, VH-ZXF and VH-ZXS by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Retro Roo took off for Darwin as QF754 :mrgreen:
ImageVH-XZP by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-XZP by Ev Brown, on Flickr
My Tiger arrived about half an hour late :shock: , and it was VH-VNF.
ImageVH-VNF and VH-VYA by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF by Ev Brown, on Flickr

Very soon I said goodbye to Dad and I went onboard, to be met by an interesting episode :wink: !

Date: Thursday April 28 2015
Airline: Tigerair
Flight Number/Route: TT448 ADL-MEL
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Rego: VH-VNF
Name: N/A
Configuration: 180Y
Seats Occupied: About 170/180
Flight Time: 57 minutes
Seat (me): 26F
Load Factor: 90%
Time departed: 1022 SA time
Time arrived: 1149 Vic time
Runway departed: 23
Runway Arrived: 34
Flightaware: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHVN ... /YPAD/YMML


Apparently, when I boarded, the flight attendants were still cleaning the aircraft. They looked puzzled when they noticed me at the back of the plane. They asked why I was there, and so I explained that before I boarded, the Tigerair gate staff even said to the crew that boarding was starting :lol: . Anyway, I settled into my seat, and the view was pretty good :) .
ImageVH-VNF - Seat 26F by Ev Brown, on Flickr
We left the gate nearly an hour late :shock: and I got a nice view down the ramp.
ImageVH-VNF - Adelaide Airport Ramp by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I saw the Jaffa after she had stopped her pushback. She was going to Sydney as JQ765, also about a half hour late :lol: . A few delayed flights today!
ImageVH-VGF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Takeoff videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w2aX2Lvaz0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXrc1VyVD1s
Very soon we climbed through the clouds and ascended to 37,000 feet.
ImageVH-VNF - Climbout by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I love the look of the yellow inside the winglet :) .
ImageVH-VNF - Winglet by Ev Brown, on Flickr
To be honest it was a pretty boring flight view wise, because until we were at about 14,000 feet on descent, this was the view :roll: .
ImageVH-VNF - Cruise by Ev Brown, on Flickr
The flight attendants came around with food and inflight shopping (if anyone from Tigerair is reading this, this is a good idea for domestic flights :mrgreen: ). I did not purchase any food but I bought a 1:200 scale Tigerair Airbus A320 ($16) and a Tigerair pen ($2.50). Pretty good pricing :mrgreen: . Too soon we had commenced our descent :( and at least the ground FINALLY came into view :roll: :) .
ImageVH-VNF - Descent by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF - Descent by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF - Descent by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF - Turn by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I was hoping for a Runway 34 arrival and that actually happened :mrgreen: ! The views on the approach were pretty good, and here is a favourite.
ImageVH-VNF - Dramatic scene by Ev Brown, on Flickr
The Runway 34 approach is pretty scenic, as seen below.
ImageVH-VNF - Sunbury by Ev Brown, on FlickrImageVH-VNF - Rain in the distance by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I could see Geelong and Avalon Airport in the distance, seen here
ImageVH-VNF - Geelong and Avalon Airport by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF - Speedbrakes up by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF - Descent by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Westgate Bridge
ImageVH-VNF - Westgate Bridge by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF - City of Melbourne by Ev Brown, on Flickr
The CBD of the world's most liveabble city (c. 2015)
ImageVH-VNF - Melbourne CBD by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Essendon Airport came into view
ImageVH-VNF - Finals by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF - Essendon Airport by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Melbourne has some pretty cool road overpasses!
ImageVH-VNF - Cool road overpass by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Keilor
ImageVH-VNF - Keilor Recreation Reserve by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Seconds from landing
ImageVH-VNF - Finals by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Landing videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smXTyVWu5vI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7dZEJQOyg8
We taxied to gate F14 at the new Terminal 4. Whilst taxiing, I saw an aircraft I had been chasing for quite a while, and I finally got it :mrgreen: !
ImageVH-XML by Ev Brown, on Flickr
We docked next to VH-XFH, and it looked HUGE from down in our little A320!
ImageVH-XFH by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I got off the back stairs.
ImageVH-VNF - Look towards the front by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNF - Tail by Ev Brown, on Flickr
My Tiger after disembarking
ImageVH-VNF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
VH-VNH was parked next to us
ImageVH-VNH by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Last look at my Tiger, seen from the terminal
ImageVH-VNF by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I then met up with one of my spotting mates, all that featured in the next part!
End of Part One
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Re: TigerTastic Tiger Trip

Postby Evan Yananyi » Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:35 pm

Part 2
Here was one thing I had been chasing down for a while. People may think that this is weird, but Adelaide never sees this aircraft up close :( . Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 VH-XFH.
ImageVH-XFH by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-XFH - Rolls Royce Trent 700 by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-XFH - Tail by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-XFH by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Terminal 4 is a brand new concourse, only opening in November 2015. Here is a photo of the very modern-looking food court. It looks good.
ImageTerminal 4 Food Court by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Once we exited the terminal, my mate and I went up the Terminal 4 carpark.
ImageTerminal 4 ramp by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I saw the Scoot Boeing 787-8 (9V-OFB) takeoff for Singapore, which was one thing I wanted to see :mrgreen: .
Image9V-OFB by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Image9V-OFB by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I spied the Naked Rex Saab 340A VH-EKD.
ImageVH-EKD by Ev Brown, on Flickr
By then it began to rain, and we went into the Virgin Australia Terminal, where we sat at the very end of the terminal. On the walk down I saw the only Tigerair A320 in the old colours, VH-VNJ :P .
ImageVH-VNJ by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Here are some photos once we sat down.
ImageVH-EBM by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VGA by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-ZXG by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VOK by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VOK by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-KDQ by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VZB by Ev Brown, on Flickr
On the walk out, I snapped Etihad 777-300ER A6-ETL at the gate, through all the raindrops (pardon these, typical Melbourne weather :wink: )
ImageA6-ETL by Ev Brown, on Flickr
We then walked to the Qantas terminal. On the way, I pulled into a window and snapped this view.
ImageInternational Terminal Ramp by Ev Brown, on Flickr
Then my mate had to go, and I went through security, as I had another mate coming down from Sydney. Since I had a few minutes to wait for his arrival, I spotted at the food court. Here are some pics.
ImageVH-NXQ by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VXN by Ev Brown, on Flickr
I then went around to my mate's gate. Here is Qantas A330-200 VH-EBE taxiing in after flight QF762 from Perth.
ImageVH-EBE by Ev Brown, on Flickr
My mate then arrived from Sydney as QF431.
ImageVH-EBD by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-EBE and VH-EBD by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-EBD by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-EBD with Pilot wave by Ev Brown, on Flickr
We then went up to the T4 carpark. Time for more photos.
Image9M-MTM by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VQG by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageDSC09312 by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageB-6518 by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageB-6518 by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageHS-TJS by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageB-6518 by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageJetstar side of Terminal 4 by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-JQL by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VXD by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VWZ by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageMelbourne CBD and VH-VYC by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VWZ by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-YQX by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VYC by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VWZ by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-QOY by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageJetstar A321s by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNC by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageMelbourne CBD by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageVH-VNC by Ev Brown, on Flickr
ImageA6-ETL by Ev Brown, on Flickr
By then we had to go and check in for the flights back home. My mate was going home to Sydney and me back to Adelaide!
End of Part 2
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Re: TigerTastic Tiger Trip

Postby Michael G » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:10 am

Great report and photos. Thanks for sharing Evan.
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