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Qantas 747-SP Route Question  
User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8154 times:

I know that QF 747-SP operations have been discussed here before, however I am curious to know the final routes that the type operated on just before retirement in early 2002. Thanks for any input.

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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4819 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8105 times:

AFAIK and its a bit of a guess but I think they were operating to JNB.


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User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8077 times:

I know they operated on the QF 019/020 runs to Manila until the very end. That was my experience on the QF's SPs, and I loved it. Still one of my favorite aircraft!


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User currently onlineSydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 3013 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8054 times:



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 1):
AFAIK and its a bit of a guess but I think they were operating to JNB.

I believe that they were used to Taipei as well.


User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7991 times:

During the course of their career, one interesting route pattern operated was PER-BKK-FCO, I think it was twice weekly. PER-BKK is a sector that QF does not operate very often - surely it would be worth an A330 as a connection to London?

User currently offlineMotorHussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3198 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7945 times:

WLG-BNE
WLG-SYD
WLG-MEL

Taking advantage of its relative STOL ability.



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User currently offlineVhqpa From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7945 times:

I know in the later years QF's pair of SP's frequented the QF61/62 rotation CNS-DRW-SIN-DRW-CNS



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User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4503 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7941 times:

We used to get the two remaining B747SPs here in Jakarta right up until their retirement, and as far as I can remember some of the last routes to be served with these aircraft were SYD-CGK-SIN, SYD-MNL and SYD-TPE.

User currently offlineQantas787 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7842 times:

I went on one from BNE-SIN 28/06/01. Took a series of photos of the CX 330 that we were overtaking. I commented on how this old geriatric could show not only faster cruise but we obviously climbed quicker as well. I fondly remember doing it back from HRE as well (quite abit further back in time of course), and thinking how quickly PER came into view.

User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7518 times:



Quoting MotorHussy (Reply 5):
WLG-BNE
WLG-SYD
WLG-MEL

Taking advantage of its relative STOL ability.

Qantas only ever operated the B747SP on services out of WLG for a short period until the B762's arrived. They also operated services to LAX/HNL ex SYD, TSV, CNS.
As stated above they operated to TPE in Australia Asia colours and operated domestically between Sydney and Perth and Melbourne. They were a feature on the Syd-Bne-Sin-Bne-Syd sectors for a while and yes they were also used to HRE, CGK and DPS (I think this only occurred when the -200 was U/S?).

Sure do miss seeing them and sorry I never got to fly in one either!

BZF



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User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7489 times:

This bird also operated SYD-HKG, SYD-CNS-NGO (or NKM?) as QF59, SYD-CNS-SIN,SYD-BNE-SIN


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User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2083 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7345 times:

Did the -SP38s ever make it to LHR?


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User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 548 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7250 times:

In December 1985 I flew on a Qantas 747-SP from PEK-SYD, non-stop.

That was not one of its last flights, but it was one of the more interesting legs. It was the 747-SP that opened up Qantas flights to China, although they were suspended a little after my 747-SP flight.


User currently offlineBraby From UK - England, joined Mar 2007, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6560 times:



Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 11):
Did the -SP38s ever make it to LHR?

I can remember when i was young seeing both of the QF SP's in LHR, probaly in the late 80's, however i seem to remember them only opearting for a short period of time on the evening flights at weekends.


User currently offlineF27friend From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5802 times:

QF also operated the SPs SYD-PER-JNB-PER-SYD in 1984/5. QF3/QF4 SYD-HNL-SFO/HNL-SYD was operated by the SPs before the introduction of the -438s and while QF still operated into SFO in the late 1990s. P was upstairs, J was in the nose and Y in the back aft of L2/R2


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User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5130 times:



Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 11):
Did the -SP38s ever make it to LHR?


There was a once off special flight in 1986 when an SP was used to fly Pope John Paul 2 back to Rome. The plane flew from PER to the Seychelles, and then to Rome, and the plane ferried to London and returned to Australia with a commercial load.


User currently offlineEcuatoriana707 From Australia, joined Feb 2006, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5073 times:

I flew on a SP DRW-SIN in J in 2000 (part of the CNS-DRW-SIN run). We were seated on the upper deck. I recall the classic spiral stairs, and the groovy 70s wallpaper. We were connecting on to Paris (on QF in F) I remember it was the absolute highlight to get an SP on that run. I had flown on another SP in 1994 from AKL to SYD - I had been flying from EZE to SYD on AR when the 742 went unserviceable in NZ and we were transferred to QF.

User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5316 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4507 times:

They appeared in AKL and CHC from time to time aswell.

User currently offlineIrish251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 969 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4461 times:



Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 11):
Did the -SP38s ever make it to LHR?

Well, I can confirm that the day after this photo was taken VH-EAA routed from DUB to LHR, presumably to operate a commercial service rather then fly empty all the way back to Australia!


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