Flight Review Qantas QF752 Brisbane to Townsville

Airline: Qantas
Flight no: QF752
Route: Brisbane Airport (BNE) to Townsville Airport (TSV)
Aircraft Type: Boeing B737-800
Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Travel Class: Economy
Seat: 11F Window seat
Seat Width:  17.5 inches
Seat Pitch: 30 inches

Check out the video for this Qantas Flight from Brisbane to Townsville

I was flying from Brisbane to Cairns and took a connecting flight to get me into Cairns airport late afternoon. When I booked my flights, there were a few direct flights from Brisbane to Cairns but it meant either getting to Cairns airport very early in the morning, or there was a evening flight which would get me into Cairns at around 9.30pm. I had plenty of time so was happy to take this connecting flight through Townsville.

Getting to the airport

I traveled from the Brisbane City Centre to Brisbane airport. The best option to get to Brisbane Airport is to catch the train. I boarded the train at Brisbane Central Station. The cost of my ticket was $19.50 which did seem to be quite expensive as the trip only takes 24 minutes, stopping at 7 stops along the way. Turns out the Brisbane Airport Airtrain is a private company which makes the tickets more expensive.

Train to Brisbane Airport

Train to Brisbane Airport

Before I left my hotel in the city I had looked to see how much an Uber would cost to get out to Brisbane Airport and it was going to cost $34.75 so much cheaper to take the train.

At the Airport

Qantas check-in was quick and easy, with both automated check-in kiosks that print your boarding pass and luggage tags and an automated bag drop, which you just scan your boarding pass, and off goes your luggage to be loaded onto the plane. There are plenty of Qantas staff roaming around the check-in area, so if you have any problems it is not hard to get their assistance. It was quite busy the morning I was at the airport (Christmas Eve) but there were plenty of kiosks available so only took a few minutes to check in and drop off my bag.

Qantas Automated Check-in Kiosk

Qantas Automated Check-in Kiosk

Automated Bag Drop

Automated Bag Drop

For food options at the Qantas domestic terminal at Brisbane airport, there is a Coffee Club kiosk right out the front of the building which I had grabbed a coffee and a tasty egg and bacon muffin. Inside, past security, once you go up the escalators there is a large food court with plenty of food options. Also right through the large Brisbane Domestic airport building, there are cafes and other food options like donut stores.

Food court at Brisbane Domestic Airport

Food court at Brisbane Domestic Airport

On the plane

Qantas use their main work horse, the Boeing B737-800 on this route between Brisbane and Townsville. This seats 174 passengers, with 12 Business Class seats and 162 Economy Class seats. I was delighted to find that my flight was being serviced by the Qantas B737 named ‘Retro Roo II’ which is decked out in the retro Qantas livery dating back to the 1950s.

Qantas Retro Roo B737-800 flying from Brisbane to Townsville

Qantas Retro Roo B737-800 flying from Brisbane to Townsville

Inside this Retro Roo II B737, the interior is modern an update date with the economy seats in a 3×3 configuration.

Inside the Qantas B737-800

Inside the Qantas B737-800

The seats have some good leg room, with me being able to fit my open hand between my knees and the seat in front. As this is a fairly short flight of 1 hour and 45 minutes, this was ample leg room for a comfortable flight.

Leg Room Qantas Economy B737

Leg Room Qantas Economy B737

Entertainment System

There was free WiFi Internet access on this Qantas plane. Before your Qantas flight, you can check the Flight Board to see if your flight is WiFi Enabled. See the pic below to see the WiFi symbol to show that your flight is WiFi enabled.

Free Wifi on Qantas Flights

Free Wifi on Qantas Flights

I could also access the Qantas Entertainment App through my own mobile phone. This plane does not have its own seat back TV screens so your only option for entertainment is to download the Qantas app on your own device.

There is also plenty to see out the window on the flight up to Townsville. Straight after take-off from Brisbane airport, we flew past Moreton Island. Also as you get closer to Townsville, you can see some of the smaller reefs that make up the southern section of the Great Barrier reef as well as some small islands.

Food Served on this flight

For this flight from Brisbane to Townsville, they just served a small snack which seems to be standard practice on Qantas now. I cannot remember the last time I was served a meal in Economy on a domestic flight in Australia. Maybe it is just the times that I am flying or maybe Qantas are just cost cutting like most airlines!

Our snack was a very tasty Tropical Mango and Passionfruit Cookie made by the Byron Bay Cookies Company. A very tasty snack indeed! This was served with a small bottle of water and choice of tea and coffee. I really need to stop ordering coffee on my flights as this coffee does not taste good. Mental note to self ‘choose tea next time!’.

Food served on Qantas Economy Class

Food served on Qantas Economy Class

The service

There is not much contact with the cabin crew to truly judge the service. Other than the pleasant greeting when you board the plane when the crew glance at your boarding pass, and them handing out the snacks and drinks, there really is no other contact.

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