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Flight with Skytrans – Experience of Franziska Steinicke – Tourism Marketing Intern at Out the Back Australia, Cunnamulla

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

My experience with Skytrans

Last year I decided to complete an internship at Out the Back Australia, a tour operator which guarantees the real Outback experience and that is located in Cunnamulla. Of course I was really excited so I prepared everything carefully for my 6-month-stay in the Outback.

The real Australian adventure started soon: It was the 3rd of February when I arrived in Brisbane for a stop-over before travelling to Cunnamulla. The atmosphere and the sights including the famous South Bank of Brisbane caught my interest immediately so I enjoyed wonderful days in the biggest city of Queensland.

After staying two nights in the YHA in Brisbane I packed my bags for the next stage.  Therefore I had to wake up very early in the morning. It was 5.30 am when I checked-out and said goodbye to Brisbane in order to get my flight with Skytrans at 07.45 am to get to my next home for the next months. At first I was a little bit worried about the flight because I guessed that it might be a very small plane. But as you will read later in this article my worries were not justified – quite the contrary!

So I went to the Check – In point of Skytrans where I talked to a nice woman.  She gave me the boarding pass and showed me directly the way to the gate that I achieved very easy and comfortable and without any problems.  Because the boarding time was not until 07.30 am I decided to have a hot chocolate at the gate and to relax before the flight departs.  So after the drink I gave my boarding pass to the women of the ckeck-in point so that I could go through the tunnel which led directly to the aircraft of Skytrans.

 

 

The aircraft was not as small as I expected at first so I was really relieved and happy. It looked very safe instead. In the aircraft I was friendly greeted by the attendant Gilian Davison (picture below) and the captain Scott Heywood (picture below) as well as by his co-pilot Jordan Frazer. They also familiarized the passengers very straight with the safety instructions and all necessary information. Gilian was very polite and asked us the entire flight if we would like to have some drinks so I never felt thirsty at all. She also gave us a breakfast with a delicious fruits salad. Later this day we all got another meal with a Muffin and some crisps.

The flight was also very calm and comfortable. There were not a lot of turbulences as I had expected before.  Although I had to fly more than 7 hours it has never got boring. Gil gave us little snacks and drinks as well as a headset so that we could watch a series on the screens.  We needed 7 hours to arrive in Cunnamulla because of the flood entering the area these days so that our captain decided to change the flight route. We stopped at first at Thargomindah and Windorah instead of Cunnamulla but because of the service on board it was alright.

 

 

 The flight was absolutely comparable with an international one except the nice view I could enjoy because the aircraft did not fly too high. As you can see I took a lot of nice pictures especially of the flood and water that gave me really an impression what I would expect in the Outback.

 

 

All in all, it was really a great experience to fly with Skytrans that I have never experienced in this way in my life before – the little airports in the Outback, the nice views and the friendliness of the crew are really unforgettable!

 


‘Strangers’ No More

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The Kowanyama LARR-YANVMRR Skytrans Strangers travelled to Rockhampton this Australia Day Weekend to compete in the Central Queensland city’s annual Rugby League Reconciliation Carnival.  The carnival is designed to promote Reconciliation and Indigenous Culture by bringing together teams from throughout the state to compete for around $30,000 in prize money for the eventual winners.    From all accounts the ‘Strangers’ impressed many opponents and spectators by playing their own style of tough and running Cape York Rugby League.  The Strangers also surprised many by reaching the semi-finals of the carnival only to go down to the Purga Wagtails 4 – 12.  The Strangers Squad of 30 consisted of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the small Cape York community coming together in the spirit of Reconciliation to represent Kowanyama.

Skytrans will always look at giving back to the communities that give to us.  Making Social Investments into events, programs and activities that improve the quality of life that people enjoy is both extremely satisfying and important to the company.  Skytrans would like to congratulate the Kowanyama Strangers on their success at this year’s Reconciliation Carnival and know that when the boys return to compete again in 2013 they may be Strangers by name but not in nature…   

                                         

Strangers Captain Tony Daniels & Skytrans Community Develpment Manager Billy Gordon with the teams’ playing strip