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QF120 Auckland Intl (AKL) - Sydney Kingsford Smith Intl (SYD)
Date: 26 March 2005
Departure (scheduled): 14:50
Arrival (scheduled): 17:10
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300
Cabin: Economy

Auckland airport quickly struck us as a somewhat quirky place - you have to queue up to pay a NZD 25 airport improvement fee before going through security!! The last thing you need at an airport is another queue , why on earth can't they tack it onto ticket prices?

We had arrived early, but only had to wait 10 mins or so before the check-in for our flight opened and once it was open it only took a couple of minutes. Immigration and security didn't take long and we then headed up to the Qantas Club which was again very nice. Qantas really must be praised for their lounges - the AKL one had a nice selection of food and drink and a large plasma screen where I watched the ongoing cricket test match between Australia and New Zealand.

Today's flight was on a 767, smaller than the 747 we came over in, but still twin aisle. We had two seats over the wing and boarded and settled in after only a short wait at the gate. The load was again light - although for a Saturday mid-afternoon this wasn't really that surprising.

Push-back and taxi was completed without any fuss and we were soon shooting into the Auckland sky and out over the water and on our way back to Sydney. In-flight service was similar to the outward flight, although I can't now remember what I ate, but it was not especially memorable! There are no seat-back TV's on the QF 767's so the IFE was only on the main screen or via a selection of radio channels, but I decided just to continue reading my book.

Soon we were on our descent to Sydney, which was completed with little fuss and we were soon on our way off the aeroplane and into the terminal. Overall, not a very memorable flight!