Flight Report : VA 98 Melbourne - Christchurch
Australia and New Zealand are close friends, but a big sea separates the two. Flight times are not that short, and the options from Melbourne are not as great as leaving from Sydney. Redemptions were also difficult with my last-minute trip. Virgin America came up with a decent flight time and price. I haven't tried them before, so this would be a new airline for me.
My boarding pass noted boarding would start at 7am, but it didn't. But eventually we did get under way. The disappeared flight came back!
I try to avoid sitting along the wing since it would impede taking aerial photos from my beloved window.
I could barely stay awake, but went on to photograph the features of this fairly new aircraft. It didn't have the commercialism on European budget carriers such as Ryanair. It was a comfortable cabin - perfect for flights of 3 hours or less.
I turned my eyes to the in-flight food menu for purchase. I had a granola bar with me so I didn't buy breakfast. Prices were high but not particular out-of-line with other airlines' menus.
The flight was relatively smooth and the clouds cleared out as we neared the South Island. The forecast called for spectacularly blue skies in Christchurch today. I wanted the right window to see if I could capture the West Coast mountains on descent.