Tiger Airways TT 743 SYD-BNE
20/12/12 12:05 Tiger Flight TT 743, Sydney to Brisbane.
Setting out at 06:00 to avoid the expected Sydney traffic... at this time of year it was interesting to see that there was hardly any traffic at all. Got to the airport at 08:30, headed over to "Check in" only to find that I was there way too early for check in for my flight, I had to wait till 10:05.
I walked up and down the airport looking for a seat to sit down and crack out the laptop for a bit, Sydney Airport needs more seats for people to sit on. Time up, I head back to Check in... The line had grown and there were now about 300 people trying to check in at only four counters (apparently they were a staff member down). Full credit to the ladies there who mowed through the people at a huge rate. That was until certain people decided to mess around with their bags to adjust weight ratios (always happens).
Because I had a booked seat, my check in was rather quick. I boarded the A320 via gate 41A (accessed via the ramp). I climbed the stairs to the aft port entry and the chap who was there to greet me was rather young and his uniform worn very casually. The two young ladies on the flight were in proper uniform, sadly the crew manager reverted my thoughts to the original idea.
We had a late departure- originally slated for 12:05, we were finally back out at 12:20, we were given our mandatory announcement and the crew seemed to make it like a joke, though I must admit... it may be repetitive what they do, but Australian Safety Standards dictate this be done.
Once we had climbed to altitude (37,000ft), the crew started doing the inflight catering, the young lad and the girl controlling the aft of the plane decided to walk up and down the plane holding hands and quoting their love for each other- I don't mind sharing the love but walking past passengers requiring service- Work first, love later!
I heard these two in the aft galley, complaining about passengers, I know the work can be a problem, but you don't complain about passengers in earshot of other passengers and you certainly do NOT use foul language.
The food selection had little to be admired- certainly leans heavily towards the alcoholic beverage, the actual food choice was Chocolate, Soggy Noodles, Curry Rice an Egg and Lettuce (didn't look too appealing) or a soggy Chicken Wrap. I decided that the Red Rooster Roll I had before boarding was good enough. I did have a coffee though and at $4, it was the worst coffee I ever had! All grainy and mostly water.
The inflight magazines were in very poor condition- pages ripped or torn out and chewing gum all over them. I asked the young chap for a replacement and copped a heap of huffing and puffing (gee sorry mate for troubling you to do your job). I finally was given a couple of magazines as replacements- I left one in the pocket for some privileged other person to mess up, the other I put in my bag, they are free after all.
There was very little room for me, thankfully I had three seats to myself, so sitting at the window I put the table down in the middle and placed my poor excuse of a coffee on it.
The interior panel looked like it had never been washed or even cleaned, I noted noodles and coffee spilt all down the sides, the panel at my foot was rather loose, after the incident with the magazines, I didn't want to disturb the lad again, especially while he was kissing his girlfriend (the other steward) in the aft galley.
All up, I felt the flight was a joke, the cabin staff were extremely unprofessional and found it hard to actually find a positive side to anything, but I decided that there are two positives to the flight...
I got to Brisbane in the A320, so that has to be a positive. The other positive is that the female captain really knew how to fly the plane, she was good. I have decided that I cannot advocate Tiger Airways and cannot endorse their service. I have decided that my return flight will be via Virgin.
It's a good thing you are short, that way you don't have to live up to a high IQ!