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End Of An Era - QF 742's Gone.  
User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4405 times:

VH-EBS has departed JetBase in SYD for the Evergreen centre at Marana. Leaves EBR as the only 742 on the QF books, but it's on lease to FJ in their livery and probably won't be back with QF given the wording in the release.
(At one stage, was thought EBR would return till October, but now "presumed" she will also be despatched to Marana once FJ's 744's come on line in April & June).

For all intents and purposes, QF operations of the 742 have ended.

For the record - last QF 742 revenue service was QF566 PER-SYD on Sun 05 Jan.
(*Caveat - unless something happens with EBR)

EBS "City of Broken Hill" was the last delivered of 22 747-238 orders back in Nov '81. Some 85,178 flying hours and 17,175 landings later, she had the honour of seeing out a sterling 32 (almost) years of QF 742 service.
A shame in many ways QF 742 service ended with nary a whimper or fanfare - unless plans are underway for EBR !!
Like the 747 itself transformed the commercial aviation world and industry, the QF 742's transformed Oz and our people. No longer were we so isolated and unable to travel quickly to literally anywhere else at those exorbitant pre-747 airfares. The QF742's opened a whole new world - literally - to all Australians, and indeed arguably for the first time opened Australia to the world.

Many of my generation would have had their first overseas trips on a QF 742 and they would hold a special place always in our minds. The sight of a QF 742 at an overseas airport back in those days, was always a stirring moment.

To EBS and her sister ships, thanks for the superb years of largely unblemished service and thanks for the memories. You deserve more than becoming soup cans, and you certainly deserved more than being jetted off to Marana with no fanfare or proper farewells.
(Bring EBR home !!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy )

Truly the end of an era.
Cheers/Regards.

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User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10816 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4342 times:

QFs last 4 742s were retired forever at a rather young age (21-24 years old), the two Combis are currently being scrapped at Marana as Sam Chui´s pictures in the library clearly show. I would assume that VH-EBR will directly go to Marana as well when the Fiji lease expires later this year.

But it´s not true that this important milestone for QF leaves without fanfare. VH-EBQ is a museum exhibit since less than two months now. If that´s not an honour I don´t know what more QF should do.



User currently offlineAllee From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4261 times:

I just booked QF 518 Perth-Sydney last week, scheduled equipment being a 742. What aircraft will this flight be replaced with now?

User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4215 times:

I just booked QF 518 Perth-Sydney last week, scheduled equipment being a 742. What aircraft will this flight be replaced with now?

Both the PER-SYD big wide bodied flights are now showing up as 743's. I guess the A330's will eventually displace them as they come on line and the 743's go in for re-furb.

But it´s not true that this important milestone for QF leaves without fanfare. VH-EBQ is a museum exhibit since less than two months now. If that´s not an honour I don´t know what more QF should do.

Oh I agree totally with you - I was alluding more to the fact that there was no fanfare or "last call" for the 742's. We all knew their time was coming, but there was no mention of final flight or anything similar to give us a chance to "do" a last one or anything like that. Last we'd heard was 742's would be in service till October.



User currently offlineTsv From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

Saving a 742 was one thing they did right but they should have saved one of the SPs. Seeing the photos of those being broken up was just heart breaking.


"I told you I was ill ..." Spike Milligan
User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4114 times:

When I checked the schedules they were on the SYD-AKL route till March, then I checked again and found that the last flight was mid December! I went out to the airport to see the last one only to have a 744 do QF44 instead!  Sad Hopefully EBR might return for a few months while the 743's are refitted or something.

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