Yesterday with Sydney being a featured airport, I flew to one of my favorite airports in the world, Queenstown, New Zealand. I’ve flown to Queenstown a few times from Auckland, but never from Sydney. I was going to use the Air New Zealand A320, but the Virgin Australia 737 livery was too good to pass up. The 737 is the biggest plane allowed at Queenstown as there is a tricky approach and a short 6,000 foot runway. Virgin Australia and Qantas both fly their 737-800s in from Sydney. My flight time was 2 Hours and 40 minutes
And as a note, Virgin Australia’s callsign is VELOCITY which has to be one of the greatest callsigns in aviation
YSSY-NZQN / SYD-ZQN
Sydney to Queenstown
Holding short of the runway behind a departing whale in Sydney
We takeoff out of Sydney in front of the International terminal with 2 Qantas A380s and a Hawaiian A330 on the taxiway It was really a 767 but A330 seems more realistic lol
Putting the gear up as we climb out of Sydney
The Qantas A380 that took off in front of us turns north toward Singapore
Crossing the coast over Botany Bay ready for 2 hours over the ocean
The first view of the Southern Alps when we cross the Southwest New Zealand coast
The never ending view of New Zealand’s mountains. This was one of those flights where the scenery is amazing when you’re flying, but when taking screenshots the mountains get a little repetitive.
Queenstown becomes visible off the right side of the plane as we prepare to follow a mountain-like before turning North toward the runway
Approaching Queenstown on a Sunny early afternoon in the heart of summer
Touching-down in the mountains of Kiwi country
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