Qantas QF1781 Mount Isa – Brisbane

Today we left Mount Isa on the start of the #fab5alaska tour. We are leaving a few days earlier than our friends as we wanted to take in Seattle on the way to Vancouver and see the Boeing factory.

Qantas operates Boeing 717’s on the Brisbane to Mount Isa route with 13 services per week. The aircraft are usually all economy configurations with 125 seats however, on weekends they operate the 717’s with 12 business class seats but sell them as economy seats. We were lucky enough to score¬† 1D & 1F although the service was economy. A petite beef, cheese and pickles slider in a small box with what was called chips but resembled soggy lengths of potato that had been deep-fried, dehydrated and then rehydrated before serving. Not a well thought out presentation and certainly not one to win over customers.

Pullman – Brisbane Airport

As we head out early the following morning, we decided to stay the night at the newly opened hotels located at the Brisbane domestic terminal. With two to choose from, both from the Accor stable, The Ibis and The Pullman we selected the Pullman. Rooms are well appointed and being new are fresh and appealing. There is a little Executive Lounge on the 10th floor for those guests who have booked a room with Executive Lounge access. The pool has a northerly aspect and positioned well to receive maximum sunshine. The bar is warm and inviting as is the dining room. As we were travelling Easter Sunday, we were offered canapes and drinks at the bar instead of the Executive Lounge due to the low occupancy of the hotel. I have to admit the service was excellent.

As we are flying out of the International airport in the morning we needed a transfer. Look no further than the TV in your room.

If you scan the QR code, it takes you straight to their reservations system and to book your transfer. $5 per person. Much more convenient option than lugging your baggage back to the domestic terminal to catch the bus that connects to the international terminal.