EZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2457 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2627 times:
At lunchtime today Qantas' 744ER Wunala Dreaming arrived at London Heathrow Airport, its currently sitting on a remote stand nr BA technical block at the moment, it wont be going out til at least 10:30 tonight, so plenty of times for its fans to get there and get some pics!
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5536 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
If true this would be very suprising, because:
1) With 3 daily services there are simply not enough B744ER's (pax) in existance to cover them. There are only 6, and each daily Oz-UK service requires 3 aircraft, so thats 9 aircraft now and 12 next year if 4 daily goes ahead. (Which seems likely, but who knows?)
2) The ER's were purchased specifically for MEL-LAX & SYD-LAX services which have longer sector lenghts than Oz-UK and hence utilise the greater weights available with these aircraft. While they have shown up in LHR & HKG (& AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA?) before it has not been often and generally has been for one off scheduling reasons. A wholesale shift to the Kangaroo route seems unlikely.
You might see more of them during your summer as the head winds across the Pacific die down a bit during the northern summer, making the extra weight not quite as critical then, as compared to the rest of the year.
JeffDCA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2295 times:
Just information i've heard on the grapevine, whether it actually happens is another matter, but i've heard constant rumours about Qantas expanding on LHR and LAX, as they're the big money makers for them, like LHR-JFK is for BA, for example.
MNeo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1994 times:
saw her at LHR after i arrived from JFK on the 20th. great plane hope i see her on the way back from SOF. i saw it parked on the gate and it looked great. i still wounder y a 744ER was at LHR. but hey good news for me.