It's definitely too early. I wonder what the passengers would think if we delayed an hour for some more sleep? No time to think about happy thoughts of bed, time to get flight planning. Today we are operating three flights; Brisbane-Sydney-Cairns-Sydney (total distance of 2580nm or 4800km), so we gather all the information, weather forecasts and flight plans for all the flights. After digesting the information we look at the fuel orders and weather we need to order more than the minimum required and send the information to the dispatchers. This takes about twenty minutes, forty minutes to take-off.
The delay onto the gate has cut into our 40 minute turn around time, but the crew and cleaners work quick to get ready to depart. The same ballet goes on on the flight deck and around the aircraft. Cleaners, caterers, engineers, re-fuelers, ground staff, cabin crew and of course ourselves get the job done and start getting the passengers back on. The last flight was mainly business people heading South, this time its mainly holiday makers searching for some sun and the atmosphere is a little more relaxed, though we are now nearly 20 minutes late.
(again for the geeks a distance of 1096nm (2030km) with a fuel order of 18400kg and burn of 13000k, take-off weight 131000kg and 241 passengers, flight time 2hours 52 minutes).