747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2 Posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3603 times:
I just fond out that QF has started to sale of some there 747 300, and one is getting broken up. I could not see these beauty go with out giving them a tribute. Most who have read my past post know that I grew up near LAX, and in the 80's QF flew there 747 300 into LAX. Qantas was one of my favorite airlines at the time, and 747 300 was my favorite plane. In the 90 QF used there 747 300 on LAX-HNL-SYD and LAX-PPT-SYD routes, in 2005 and 2006 QF used 747 300 on LAX-ACK routes. When I visit Singapore and Hawwii in 2004, I was trying to find some QF 747 300 at there airport but I just did not see them. The deep sound there engine made at start up is going to be missed at SYD.
747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3099 times:
Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 5): The 743's will still be around for a few more years yet, infact they will be on QF25/26 MEL-AKL-LAX from June 15th to July 28th 3x weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Thank you ZK-NBT
If anybody is in the Los Angeles area at that time and have video camera, please make a video of one of these QF 747300 taking off from LAX, and please send it to www.flightlevel350.com? Due to me living on the other side of the country and my job, I will be able to see it. Thank You
UNITED905 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
Hi all.My lasting memoires of the QF 743 was a flight from SYD HNL.I was looking foward to this flight so much.My first classic.Well i can say it was the worst flight ever the turbulance was hurendouse and i spent over a hour bing sick in the rear tolete.Half the crew went bad saying it was the worst flight theyd had for a long time.Still love the 743.
Flyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 736 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
The good old 747-300. My last flight on it was QF20 from MNL-SYD.A very interesting flight, not because of the actual flight but more of the circumstances surrounding the flight.The flight was late arriving into MNL because it was late departing SYD because a volcano erupted somewhere Papua New Guinea, and it had to divert around it.I t had to go around it on its way to MNL and on the way back to SYD.It left about 1hr 15 minutes late, but we arrived only 30 minutes late. It was a pretty good flight with the upgraded interior. The 747SP is still my favourite aircraft though
CX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 291 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
I was a big fan of the pre-refitted QF743 cabins when they had the seemingly bigger, softer more comfortable dark coloured Y seats. I flew them back and forth NRT-SYD a few times. The cabin ambiance was much nicer and "sophisticated" before the gaudy slimline Y seats went in.
Flyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 736 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
As Quetzal has pointed out, it is the 747SP that had a reduced capacity for increased range and speed. It could get to higher initial cruising altitudes quicker. Check out the database here for more information.
PM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6817 posts, RR: 65 Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2689 times:
Quoting 747400sp (Reply 1): I believe QF 747 300 was also the only 747 300 to be power by RR RB 2:11 524 D4
What about the 747-300s with Saudi Arabian Airlines? They still have -D4s.
Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 14): I thought the 747-300 was a reduced capacity 400 to enable it to fly further
No, the -300 was essentially a -200 with a stretched upper deck. The -400 came later and looked much the same (ignoring the winglets) but was in many ways a New Generation 747 (with a two-person cockpit etc.)
The 747-300 wasn't a great success in terms of sales but I too have fond memories of it. SR flew two all-PAX versions and three combis. I flew on all five from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Americas and I still kind of miss it.
Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7427 posts, RR: 63 Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2425 times:
Well we were over in Australia in July 2006, and the 743 was flying PER-SYD.
It was our first and only time on QF's 743. NIce cushy upper deck seats (I forget if it was considered Business. Actually yes, Domestic J class.)
Beautiful silvery RR engines as seen from our seats. If I recall correctly, there were only 3 of them in service at the time. Is that still true? The teal/blue painted one....EBU I think, was in Avalon where I assume she still is.
I recall seeing EBT and EBV whilst in Australia. Actually we flew on EBT. Is there just one other 743 in service there?
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VH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 796 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2318 times:
Qantas still operate the classic B747-300 up to 3 times per day Syd-Per-Syd & up to twice daily Mel-Per-Mel. Apart from the Mel-Akl-Lax sectors coming up it's hard to see QF utilising these birds anywhere else, because they don't have the sky beds (as mentioned above) & therefore QF try not use them for international flights! Having said that htey are still used for last minute maintenance changes & additional frequencies, like the recent Mel-Hkg-Cns & Mel-Nrt-Syd flights.
Cheers - BZF
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25 Jfk777: These 743 used to operate the Sydney - BKK-LHR route daily in the pre 744 era. I saw them at LHR several times.
26 Mirrodie: What are the registrations of the 747-300s that are left flying for QF?
27 Mendaero: When thousands of people loose their jobs, Yes When people are still waiting for their entitlements, Yes When people have taken their own lives due t
28 FlyingClrs727: It didn't have to be a huge sucess. It just had to keep the 747 line moving while Boeing developed the 747-400.