Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1845 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6153 times:
A few years back (3 or 4 years ago) I flew out of BNE on JL on a 747-300 and parked right next to us was the final Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (QANTAS) 747-SP.
It seemed that in the final years, they only had 1 SP used.
This was parked in the international terminal though. Where route did this SP frequently serve?
The SP was a pioneer, I miss it. They were the basis for making the 747-SUD (Stretch upper deck to save fuel) and PanAm used to fly JFK-NRT first before JAL's 747-200B with brand new JT9D-7R4G2 engines came in and started flying the route.
BTW, I saw an NH colored SP a few years back in a Japanese airliners magazine in KIX. I know that they didn't order SP's but Saudi Arabia and Iran Air are the only ones that I know that have them.
Does any other airline have them? Did they come equipped with JT9D-7A or 7Q engines or could you choose from all 3 makers?
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4787 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5592 times:
The reason that the aircraft were deployed on SYD-LAX non-stop was because Pan Am started using their 747SPs on the route. Until Pan Am did it, Qantas didn't use them for that. The advantage for Qantas was that the RR engines were better than the Pratt & Whitney ones, and Qantas could do it non-stop all the time. Pan Am often had to have a tech stop.
I did read that Qantas optioned 2 x DC-10-30s for the WLG service, but eventually went with the SP instead. The model of a QF DC-10 is really weird looking due to the placement of the kangaroo in the top section of the fin above the engine.
More useless trivia
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
QANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5009 times:
Quoting ScandinA340 (reply 14): If I'm not mistaken, QF painted their latter 747SPs in Australia Asia Airlines colours, specifically created for the TPE route (to avoid mainland China issues). Can anyone confirm?
True - although they only ever operated 2 747-SP aircraft. Both were painted in Australia Asia Airlines colours.
I once caught VH-EAA from DPS-SYD in seat 1A. Best flight I have ever had.
Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3373 times:
It was back in 2001 April that it landed at KIX.
The magazine was suprised too and it did not give the registration. But judging from what the engines looked like, it seemed like a CF type. Don't ask me why it was painted in those colors and whose property that was. But there was a small ANA logo on the plane and it in the normal blue colors like NH. THe blue, white, with all the lines.
Has anybody heard anything about this irregular flight?
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16455 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3276 times:
When QF added the SP, it had an all-742 fleet was not good for flexibility and some of the lighter routes. The SP's immediately went on the Wellington and Christchurch routes replacing the 742. The rationale I imagine was the slightly lower overall operating costs of the SP (despite a higher seat cost).
The SP was also used to open the SYD-LAX nonstop route which the 742 could not handle nonstop. I recall seeing a QF SP at LAX in 1981.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5447 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3109 times:
Quoting Yyz717 (reply 22): The SP's immediately went on the Wellington and Christchurch routes replacing the 742.
QF never flew the 742 to WLG that I am aware of, infact only 3 full sized 747's have ever landed at WLG if I recall correctly. CHC may have got the SP but there are/were no restrictions on the 747 landing taking off from there.
Pretty sure they only flew SYD-LAX non-stop 3x weekly for most of the time.
In the latter years they mainly flew SYD-CNS-NGO and were also used on DRW-SIN for a time, and 1 or 2 others, MNL I think was 1.
They visited AKL from time to time, always a pleasure to see, VH-EAA last visited AKL on February 9th 2002 just a few days before her final flight for QF.