Alangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8067 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?
HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4509 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8017 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.
Qantas787 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7918 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.
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!
Ansett Australia - (was) One of the worlds great airlines!
Dalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7326 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.
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.
F27friend From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5878 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
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.
Ecuatoriana707 From Australia, joined Feb 2006, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5149 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.