Flights on Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 Perth – Kalgoorlie – Perth: 22 March 2017

Baladjie Lake Nature Reserve, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. View facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:41am. The lake covers an area of around 9,000 hectares. Photo © David Eyre
Baladjie Lake Nature Reserve, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
View from seat 7A, facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:41am. The lake covers an area of around 9,000 hectares. Photo © David Eyre

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The author recently enjoyed the opportunity to fly on Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 from Perth to Kalgoorlie and return.

Besides being my first flight on Virgin Australia, it was also my first opportunity to depart from Perth’s relatively new Terminal 1 Domestic.

Perth to Kalgoorlie: flight VA1849

Route flown by VH-YFW Boeing 737-800 of Virgin Australia on flight VA1849 Perth to Kalgoorlie - 22 March 2017. Took off from Perth runway 06 at 7:16am, landed at Kalgoorlie runway 11 at 8:02am.
Route flown by VH-YFW Boeing 737-800 of Virgin Australia on flight VA1849 Perth to Kalgoorlie – 22 March 2017.
Took off from Perth runway 06 at 7:16am, landed at Kalgoorlie runway 11 at 8:02am.

Check-in at Terminal 1 Domestic was easy, despite this being the first time I had used the electronic check-in kiosks. After entering my booking reference, it printed my boarding passes for the outbound and return legs. The kiosk provided my gate number on the screen, telling me to go to Gate 49A (this changed later to Gate 47A).

My aircraft for this flight was Boeing 737-800 VH-YFW, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ (MSN 41037/5978). This aircraft was quite new – it first flew on 29 June 2016 and entered service with Virgin a month later.

I boarded the aircraft at 6:54am, only a few minutes before the schedule 7am departure time.

VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. VA1849 to Kalgoorlie, parked at Bay 149A and boarding passengers at 6:50am. Next to it on bay 148 is VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 of Virgin Australia. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
VA1849 to Kalgoorlie, parked at Bay 149A and boarding passengers at 6:50am. Next to it on bay 148 is VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 of Virgin Australia. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. VA1849 to Kalgoorlie, parked at Bay 149A and boarding passengers at 6:54am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
VA1849 to Kalgoorlie, parked at Bay 149A and boarding passengers at 6:54am. Photo © David Eyre

My seat was 7A, a window seat on the left side, near the front of the Economy Class cabin, ahead of the engines.

Whilst waiting for pushback and engine start, I enjoyed sunrise and the view of Terminal 1 International, including a Garuda Airbus A330-200 and Jetstar A320 – both departing to Bali – as well as an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner departing to Auckland.

ZK-NZI Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (MSN 37965/456) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport - Wed 22 March 2017. Flight NZ178 to Auckland, during pushback from Bay 150 at 6:59am for engine start. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, parked at Bay 149A. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-NZI Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (MSN 37965/456) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight NZ178 to Auckland, during pushback from Bay 150 at 6:59am for engine start. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, parked at Bay 149A. Photo © David Eyre
PK-GPO Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1588) of Garuda Indonesia and VH-VFD Airbus A320-232 (MSN 4922) of Jetstar, at Perth Airport - Wed 22 March 2017. PK-GPO is parked at Bay 155 at Terminal 1 International, departed as GA727 to Denpasar at 7:58am. VH-VFD is parked at Bay 152, about to depart as JQ110 to Denpasar, which pushed back at 7:06am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, parked at Bay 147A at 7:00am. Photo © David Eyre
PK-GPO Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1588) of Garuda Indonesia and VH-VFD Airbus A320-232 (MSN 4922) of Jetstar, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
PK-GPO is parked at Bay 155 at Terminal 1 International, departed as GA727 to Denpasar at 7:58am. VH-VFD is parked at Bay 152, about to depart as JQ110 to Denpasar, which pushed back at 7:06am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, parked at Bay 147A at 7:00am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VFD Airbus A320-232 (MSN 4922) of Jetstar and PK-GPO Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1588) of Garuda Indonesia, at Perth Airport - Wed 22 March 2017. VH-VFD is seen during pushback and engine start at 7:06am as it departs Bay 152 at Terminal 1 International for flight JQ110 to Denpasar. PK-GPO is parked at Bay 155 at Terminal 1 International, departed as GA727 to Denpasar at 7:58am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, parked at Bay 147A at 7:00am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VFD Airbus A320-232 (MSN 4922) of Jetstar and PK-GPO Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1588) of Garuda Indonesia, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
VH-VFD is seen during pushback and engine start at 7:06am as it departs Bay 152 at Terminal 1 International for flight JQ110 to Denpasar. PK-GPO is parked at Bay 155 at Terminal 1 International, departed as GA727 to Denpasar at 7:58am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, during pushback and engine start from Bay 147A at 7:05am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VFD Airbus A320-232 (MSN 4922) of Jetstar and PK-GPO Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1588) of Garuda Indonesia, at Perth Airport - Wed 22 March 2017. VH-VFD is seen during pushback and engine start at 7:06am as it departs Bay 152 at Terminal 1 International for flight JQ110 to Denpasar. PK-GPO is parked at Bay 155 at Terminal 1 International, departed as GA727 to Denpasar at 7:58am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, parked at Bay 147A at 7:00am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VFD Airbus A320-232 (MSN 4922) of Jetstar and PK-GPO Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1588) of Garuda Indonesia, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
VH-VFD is seen during pushback and engine start at 7:06am as it departs Bay 152 at Terminal 1 International for flight JQ110 to Denpasar. PK-GPO is parked at Bay 155 at Terminal 1 International, departed as GA727 to Denpasar at 7:58am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, during pushback and engine start from Bay 147A at 7:06am. Photo © David Eyre

At 7:05am, we began pushback and engine start from Bay 147A, then taxied out along taxiways T and C. Along the way, we passed a number of  aircraft, including Virgin Australia A330-200, Boeing 737-700 and -800s and Fokker 100s; a Fokker 70 and Fokker 100s of Alliance Airlines, Rex Saab 340B and an all-white Virgin 737-300 freighter (leased from Airwork).

Control Tower and Bay 151 at Perth Airport - Wed 22 March 2017. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, during pushback and engine start from Bay 147A at 7:06am. Photo © David Eyre
Control Tower and Bay 151 at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, during pushback and engine start from Bay 147A at 7:06am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named 'Gnaraloo Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA556 to Sydney, parked on Bay 148, which departed at 10:39am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:07am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Gnaraloo Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA556 to Sydney, parked on Bay 148, which departed at 10:39am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:07am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named 'Gnaraloo Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA556 to Sydney, parked on Bay 148, which departed at 10:39am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:09am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Gnaraloo Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA556 to Sydney, parked on Bay 148, which departed at 10:39am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:09am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named 'Gnaraloo Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA556 to Sydney, parked on Bay 148, which departed at 10:39am. Control Tower and Terminal 1 Domestic in the background. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:10am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Gnaraloo Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA556 to Sydney, parked on Bay 148, which departed at 10:39am. Control Tower and Terminal 1 Domestic in the background. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:10am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named 'Gnaraloo Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA556 to Sydney, parked on Bay 148, which departed at 10:39am. Control Tower and Terminal 1 Domestic in the background. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:10am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Gnaraloo Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA556 to Sydney, parked on Bay 148, which departed at 10:39am. Control Tower and Terminal 1 Domestic and International in the background. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:10am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFC Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 39413/3592), of Virgin Australia, named 'Bondi Beach', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. VH-YFC has just pushed back from Bay 147B for engine start, and the tug is being disconnected for it to depart as VA463 to Brisbane. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:10am. In the background is the Control Tower and the walkway from Terminal 1 Domestic to Terminal 2. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFC Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 39413/3592), of Virgin Australia, named ‘Bondi Beach’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
VH-YFC has just pushed back from Bay 147B for engine start, and the tug is being disconnected for it to depart as VA463 to Brisbane. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:10am. In the background is the Control Tower and the walkway from Terminal 1 Domestic to Terminal 2. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VUK Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 36602/2353) of Virgin Australia, named 'Seaford Beach', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Parked near Terminal 2. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:11am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VUK Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 36602/2353) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Seaford Beach’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Parked near Terminal 2. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:11am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VUK Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 36602/2353) of Virgin Australia, named 'Seaford Beach', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Parked near Terminal 2. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:11am. Control Tower in the background. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VUK Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 36602/2353) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Seaford Beach’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Parked near Terminal 2. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie at 7:11am. Control Tower in the background. Photo © David Eyre
VH-QQR Fokker 70 (MSN 11564) of Alliance Airlines at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. QQ950 to Leonora, seen during pushback and start at 7:11am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-QQR Fokker 70 (MSN 11564) of Alliance Airlines at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
QQ950 to Leonora, seen during pushback and start at 7:11am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taxying out as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre

We held on taxiway C6 for the Air New Zealand 787 to take-off from runway 03.

ZK-NZI Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (MSN 37965/456) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport - Wed 22 March 2017. Flight NZ178 to Auckland, taking off from runway 03 at 7:12am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, at the holding point on taxiway C6. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-NZI Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (MSN 37965/456) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight NZ178 to Auckland, taking off from runway 03 at 7:12am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, at the holding point on taxiway C6. Photo © David Eyre

After crossing runway 03 along taxiway V, we lined-up on Runway 06. As we began the take-off roll, Qantas 737-800 VH-XZJ ‘Mendoowoorrji’, in Aboriginal art livery, was holding on the opposite taxiway, awaiting its turn to take-off.

VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39365/4669) of Qantas, named 'Mendoowoorrji', in Aboriginal art livery, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. QF576 to Sydney, at the holding point on Taxiway V, waiting to line-up for take-off on runway 24 at 7:16am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taking off from runway 24 as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39365/4669) of Qantas, named ‘Mendoowoorrji’, in Aboriginal art livery, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
QF576 to Sydney, at the holding point on Taxiway V, waiting to line-up for take-off on runway 24 at 7:16am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taking off from runway 24 as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39365/4669) of Qantas, named 'Mendoowoorrji', in Aboriginal art livery, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. QF576 to Sydney, at the holding point on Taxiway V, waiting to line-up for take-off on runway 24 at 7:16am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taking off from runway 24 as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39365/4669) of Qantas, named ‘Mendoowoorrji’, in Aboriginal art livery, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
QF576 to Sydney, at the holding point on Taxiway V, waiting to line-up for take-off on runway 24 at 7:16am. Seen from aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE of Virgin Australia, whilst taking off from runway 24 as VA1849 to Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre

At 7:16am, we began our take-off roll from runway 06 and were above the clouds at around 10,000 feet four minutes later.

Clouds over the Darling Range hills east of Perth, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. View facing north at around 16,000-17,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:22am. Photo © David Eyre
Clouds over the Darling Range hills east of Perth, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
View from seat 7A, facing north at around 16,000-17,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:22am. Photo © David Eyre

We headed to the AMANA waypoint, near Spencers Brook, about 65 kilometres northeast of Perth Airport. Our flight planned route took us along airway Y31 to KARAB waypoint, then along Y69 to BOSLI, and Y67 to a point just northwest of Kalgoorlie, for the approach to runway 11.

We passed to the south of the town of Northam at 7:24am, by which time we had reached 21,000 feet.

Northam, east of Perth, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. View facing NNW at around 21,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:22am. The Avon River can be seen passing through the town centre, just left of centre in this photo, with Northam Racecourse at far right and Northam Airport close to it. Photo © David Eyre
Northam, east of Perth, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
View facing NNW at around 21,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:22am. The Avon River can be seen passing through the town centre, just left of centre in this photo, with Northam Racecourse at far right and Northam Airport close to it. Photo © David Eyre

At 7:31am, we reached our cruise altitude of 33,000 feet, north of Kellerberrin.

Kununoppin (lower right of photo), Cowcowing Lakes and Lake Wallambin (centre of photo), seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. View facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:41am. Photo © David Eyre
Kununoppin (lower right of photo), Cowcowing Lakes and Lake Wallambin (centre of photo), seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
View from seat 7A, facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:41am. Photo © David Eyre
Lake Brown, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. View facing north at 33,000 feet, on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:36am. Lake Brown is north east of Nungarin, roughly midway between Perth and Kalgoorlie. It is a salt lake and when full, it covers 3,000 acres and is used for water skiing. The disused Lake Brown (Brady) gypsum mine can be seen along the right edge of the lake. Photo © David Eyre
Lake Brown, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
View facing north at 33,000 feet, on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:36am. Lake Brown is north east of Nungarin, roughly midway between Perth and Kalgoorlie. It is a salt lake and when full, it covers 3,000 acres and is used for water skiing. The disused Lake Brown (Brady) gypsum mine can be seen along the right edge of the lake. Photo © David Eyre
Baladjie Lake Nature Reserve, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. View facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:41am. The lake covers an area of around 9,000 hectares. Photo © David Eyre
Baladjie Lake Nature Reserve, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
View from seat 7A, facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:41am. The lake covers an area of around 9,000 hectares. Photo © David Eyre
Baladjie Lake Nature Reserve, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. View facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:41am. The lake covers an area of around 9,000 hectares. Photo © David Eyre
Baladjie Lake Nature Reserve, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
View from seat 7A, facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:41am. The lake covers an area of around 9,000 hectares. Photo © David Eyre

However, we only stayed at cruise height for 12 minutes, as by then we were north of Southern Cross and it was time to commence the descent to Kalgoorlie.

Clouds over Koolyanobbing, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. 424 km East of Perth; 54 km North North East of Southern Cross. View facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:45am. Photo © David Eyre
Clouds over Koolyanobbing, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
424 km East of Perth; 54 km North North East of Southern Cross. View from seat 7A, facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:45am. Photo © David Eyre
Clouds over Koolyanobbing, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. 424 km East of Perth; 54 km North North East of Southern Cross. View facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:45am. Photo © David Eyre
Clouds over Koolyanobbing, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
424 km East of Perth; 54 km North North East of Southern Cross. View from seat 7A, facing northwest at 33,000 feet on flight VA1849 from Perth to Kalgoorlie at 7:45am. Photo © David Eyre

We landed on runway 11 at Kalgoorlie at 8:02am, 46 minutes after our take-off from Perth.

Kalgoorlie Aerodrome was built during 1928-1929. Ownership was transferred from the Commonwealth Government to the Shire of Boulder in 1989 and a new terminal and runway was opened in November 1992.

Terminal, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Passengers disembarking after arrival, at 8:14am. Kalgoorlie Aerodrome was built during 1928-1929. Ownership was transferred from the Commonwealth Government to the Shire of Boulder in 1989. A new terminal and runway was opened in November 1992. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal, seen from VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Passengers disembarking after arrival, at 8:14am. Kalgoorlie Aerodrome was built during 1928-1929. Ownership was transferred from the Commonwealth Government to the Shire of Boulder in 1989. A new terminal and runway was opened in November 1992. Photo © David Eyre
Business Class seats aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Business Class seats aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Photo © David Eyre
Economy Class cabin aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Economy Class cabin aboard VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Disembarking after arrival, at 8:18am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Disembarking after arrival as flight VA1849 from Perth, at 8:18am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. After arrival as flight VA1849 from Perth, at 8:18am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
After arrival as flight VA1849 from Perth, at 8:18am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. After arrival as flight VA1849 from Perth, at 8:18am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
After arrival as flight VA1849 from Perth, at 8:18am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named 'Turquoise Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. After arrival as flight VA1849 from Perth, at 8:18am. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41037/5978) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Turquoise Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
After arrival as flight VA1849 from Perth, at 8:18am. Photo © David Eyre

Kalgoorlie to Perth: flight VA1858

Route flown by VH-BZG Boeing 737-800 of Virgin Australia on flight VA1858 Kalgoorlie to Perth - 22 March 2017. Took off from Kalgoorlie runway 11 at 6:20pm, landed at Perth runway 24 at 7:23pm.
Route flown by VH-BZG Boeing 737-800 of Virgin Australia on flight VA1858 Kalgoorlie to Perth – 22 March 2017.
Took off from Kalgoorlie runway 11 at 6:20pm, landed at Perth runway 24 at 7:23pm.

Kalgoorlie Airport Terminal was quite busy for its size, with our flight and a QantasLink Fokker 100 also due to arrive and depart almost simultaneously.

For this flight, my aircraft was Boeing 737-800 VH-BZG, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ (MSN 37822/3385). This aircraft was almost 7 years old, having made its first flight on 19 July 2010 and being delivered to Virgin Blue (as the airline was then known) on 1 August 2010.

Originally, this aircraft was intended to be registered as VH-VUW, but was instead registered as VH-BZG (Brett & Zahra Godfrey) after Virgin Blue’s retiring CEO and his wife, and was also named ‘Brett’s Jet’. In September 2014, it was repainted in standard Virgin Australia livery and renamed ‘Vivonne Bay’. The nose cone seemed to have some paint peeling off.

I boarded the aircraft at 5:40pm, 20 minutes before the scheduled 6:00pm departure time.

VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Arrived at 5:14pm as flight VA1855 from Perth, see here at Stand 1 at 5:26pm. Departed as VA1858 back to Perth at 6:03pm (took off 6:20pm). Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Arrived at 5:14pm as flight VA1855 from Perth, see here at Stand 1 at 5:26pm. Departed as VA1858 back to Perth at 6:03pm (took off 6:20pm). Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:40pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:40pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:41pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:41pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. My seat 13A is located at the first of the two emergency overwing exits visible in this photo. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:41pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. My seat 13A is located at the first of the two emergency overwing exits visible in this photo. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:41pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. My seat 13A is located at the first of the two emergency overwing exits visible in this photo. The engine is a CFM International CFM56-7B26/3 of 26,300lbs thrust. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:41pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:41pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:41pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Boarding the aircraft at Stand 1 at 5:41pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre

My seat was 13A, a window seat in the forward overwing emergency exit row on the left side. This was my first time in the emergency exit row on any aircraft, and the extra legroom was most appreciated – it reminded me of the glory days of airline flying, when your knees were not knocking the seat in front of you. The Flight Attendant checked that passengers in the emergency exit rows were fit and able to operate the emergency exit in the unlikely event that we would need to use it, and gave us instructions on how it worked.

Seat 13A aboard VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. My seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Flight VA1858 back to Perth. Photo © David Eyre
Seat 13A aboard VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
My seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Flight VA1858 back to Perth. Photo © David Eyre
Seat 13A aboard VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. My seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Flight VA1858 back to Perth. Photo © David Eyre
Seat 13A aboard VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Lots of leg room in the emergency exit row! My seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Flight VA1858 back to Perth. Photo © David Eyre
Airport Terminal, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Viewed from seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Awaiting engine start at 5:44pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
Airport Terminal, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Viewed from seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Awaiting engine start at 5:44pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
Airport Terminal, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Viewed from seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Awaiting engine start at 5:44pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
Airport Terminal, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Viewed from seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Awaiting engine start at 5:44pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
Airport Terminal, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Viewed from seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Awaiting engine start at 5:44pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre
Airport Terminal, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Viewed from seat 13A. the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Awaiting engine start at 5:44pm for flight VA1858 back to Perth. Engines started at 6:03pm, but we remained there with engines running as air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system. We eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm and were airborne at 6:20pm. Photo © David Eyre

There is no need for pushback tugs at Kalgoorlie, as aircraft are angle parked and turn under their own power on departure.

The engines were started by 6:03pm, but we remained at Stand 1 with the engines running. The crew then announced that air traffic controllers claimed that the flight plan was not showing in their system, despite the crew having a copy in front of them. We waited for the flight plan to be re-lodged and eventually started taxying out at 6:18pm.

We taxied a short distance to runway 11 and were airborne by 6:20pm, turning right almost through 180 degrees and left onto a southwesterly heading.

Our flight planned route took us along airway Q41 to HAMTN waypoint, then along Q158 to BEVLY waypoint (near the town of Beverley), then Perth Airport.

We broke through the top of the clouds at 6:27pm at around 18,000 feet, 9km WSW of Coolgardie.

Although I was on the left side of the aircraft and the sunset was on the right, we still had quite a nice view. As we were flying towards the sun at jet speeds, we enjoyed a longer sunset, despite the sun having already slipped below the horizon.

During the climb, we reached the maximum speed for this flight – 813 kilometres per hour. At 6:36pm, we reached our cruise altitude of 34,000 feet – at about 165km SW of Kalgoorlie and 65 km SE of Southern Cross.

Above clouds near Victoria Rock, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 117km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:33pm, 13 minutes after take-off, at 28,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Above clouds near Victoria Rock, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 120km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:33pm, 13 minutes after take-off, at 28,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Victoria Rock, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 120km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:33pm (25 minutes after sunset), 13 minutes after take-off, at 29,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Victoria Rock, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 120km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:33pm (25 minutes after sunset), 13 minutes after take-off, at 29,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 144km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:35pm (27 minutes after sunset), at 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 144km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:35pm (27 minutes after sunset), at 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 144km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:35pm (27 minutes after sunset), at 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 144km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:35pm (27 minutes after sunset), at 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 155km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:36pm, above 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 155km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:36pm, above 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 155km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:36pm, above 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 155km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:36pm, above 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. 155km SW of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, at 6:36pm, above 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Mount Palmer, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 6:36pm, above 33,000 feet. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Marvel Loch Mine, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:38pm. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Marvel Loch Mine, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:38pm. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Marvel Loch Mine, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:39pm. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Marvel Loch Mine, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:39pm. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Marvel Loch Mine, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:40pm. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Marvel Loch Mine, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:40pm. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Marvel Loch Mine, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:40pm. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Marvel Loch Mine, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:41pm. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Southern Cross, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:42pm, around 50 kilometres SSW of Southern Cross. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Southern Cross, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 34,000 feet at 6:42pm, around 50 kilometres SSW of Southern Cross. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre

We remained at this height for 19 minutes, before commencing our descent at 6:55pm around 17km NE of Corrigin.

We reached the HAMTN waypoint (20km WSW of Corrigin) at 6:58pm and turned right onto a WNW heading towards BEVLY.

Sunset above clouds near Brookton, east of Perth, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay' – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 23,000 feet at 7:03pm, around 60 kilometres ENE of Brookton, 265km ESE of Perth Airport. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre
Sunset above clouds near Brookton, east of Perth, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’ – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. At 23,000 feet on descent at 7:03pm, around 60 kilometres ENE of Brookton, 265km ESE of Perth Airport. Viewed from seat 13A, the forward overwing exit seat on the left side. Photo © David Eyre

At 7:17pm at around 5,000 feet near Gidgegannup, we turned left onto the approach for Perth Airport’s runway 24, where we landed at 7:23pm.

Control Tower and Terminal 2, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. After landing on runway 24 at 7:26pm. Photo © David Eyre
Control Tower and Terminal 2, seen from VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 from Kalgoorlie to Perth. After landing on runway 24 at 7:26pm. Photo © David Eyre

We taxied to Bay 147A at Terminal 1 Domestic and the engines were shut down at 7:31pm.

VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 parked at Bay 147A at 7:37pm, after arriving from Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 parked at Bay 147A at 7:37pm, after arriving from Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 parked at Bay 147A at 7:37pm, after arriving from Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 parked at Bay 147A at 7:37pm, after arriving from Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named 'Vivonne Bay', at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017. Flight VA1858 parked at Bay 147A at 7:37pm, after arriving from Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 37822/3355) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Vivonne Bay’, at Perth Airport – Wed 22 March 2017.
Flight VA1858 parked at Bay 147A at 7:37pm, after arriving from Kalgoorlie. Photo © David Eyre