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Qantas Flight A/C Changes Between Sydney And HK  
User currently offlineJokestar From Australia, joined Apr 2008, 123 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5361 times:

Hi everyyone!

Just a quick question.....I was planning on booking a trip to HK from Sydney for the christmas break at the end of this year with the preference of ether flying Qantas or Cathay ex Sydney. I do know that Cathay has increased its frequency to 4 flights per day/ 3 days a week of which are all serviced by A330-300 which i dont have a problem with...

BUT.....i was really hoping to fly on Qantas because i have done this before to HK on one of their twice daily flights..Either QF 127 or QF 187. I know that 187 has always been either a 767-300ER or A330-300 but i have noticed that lately Qantas have changed 127 after alll this time to a A333 from the 744! That was actually the only reason why i am biased for this flight coz i love the 747!

Can anyone tell me if this is a permanent aircraft change because if so i think i would rather fly Cathay...?

Thanks,

Jokestar

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User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5168 times:



Quoting Jokestar (Thread starter):

Can anyone tell me if this is a permanent aircraft change because if so i think i would rather fly Cathay...?

No just a temp change. Due to a shortage of 744s.


User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4972 times:



Quoting Jokestar (Thread starter):
but i have noticed that lately Qantas have changed 127 after alll this time to a A333 from the 744!

QF127 still shows 744 on most days in Dec (7th & 14th Dec are 330), just the occasional substitute I think. If you have a slight flexibility on dates, you can easily avoid the 330 and get on the 744.


User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2544 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

Hello there,

We currently have 3 Jumbos out of service.

One in MNL, One in LHR and one for refit of Y+...

We were recently told they are basing a 744 in SIN and flying it between SIN-LHR/FRA with the 333/743 operating between SYD/MEL-SIN.

I recently operated a sector between SYD-HKG and many First and business passengers were re routed via MEL the night before...

Enjoy your flights with which ever airline you choose.


User currently offlineSydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 3189 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4442 times:



Quoting Jokestar (Thread starter):
Can anyone tell me if this is a permanent aircraft change because if so i think i would rather fly Cathay...?

I recently did SYD-HKG and got the 744 on the way there and A332 on the way back. There must have been a 744 shortage on my return trip, as Airnewzealand has said, because all of the QF departures that night to MEL, SYD and BNE were A330's.

Quoting Airnewzealand (Reply 3):
We were recently told they are basing a 744 in SIN and flying it between SIN-LHR/FRA with the 333/743 operating between SYD/MEL-SIN.

I'll bet QF can't wait to commence A380 services to the US so they can free some 744's!


User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 740 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4420 times:



Quoting Airnewzealand (Reply 3):
Hello there,

We currently have 3 Jumbos out of service.

One in MNL, One in LHR and one for refit of Y+...

What happened to the aircraft at LHR?

Quoting Sydscott (Reply 4):
Quoting Airnewzealand (Reply 3):
We were recently told they are basing a 744 in SIN and flying it between SIN-LHR/FRA with the 333/743 operating between SYD/MEL-SIN.

I'll bet QF can't wait to commence A380 services to the US so they can free some 744's!

Free aircraft that will go straight to Argentina  Big grin



#proudtobeabulldog
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1946 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4372 times:

I am here at SYD now waiting for my connecting flight to SFO... which is delayed due to this shortage of 744...

Both HKG bound flights are operated by Airbus A330-300 today.

VH-QPJ as QF 188
VH-QPD as QF 128

Carfield


User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4351 times:



Quoting Carfield (Reply 6):
Both HKG bound flights are operated by Airbus A330-300 today.

The only way to fly a QF 744 from SYD to HKG at the moment is to fly to MEL and take a connecting flight (QF29) from there.


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4339 times:



Quoting Dalavia (Reply 7):
The only way to fly a QF 744 from SYD to HKG at the moment is to fly to MEL and take a connecting flight (QF29) from there.

Some/most SYD-HKG flights QF127/128 are 744s still just not all.


User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4310 times:



Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 8):
Some/most SYD-HKG flights QF127/128 are 744s still just not all.

Until the end of Oct, most QF127/128 flights are scheduled with 333.

How long can we expect this 744 shortage thing will last for?


User currently offlineSydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 3189 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4237 times:



Quoting Cchan (Reply 9):
How long can we expect this 744 shortage thing will last for?

Probably until the 1 in MNL is fixed and back in the schedule. Anyone know what's wrong with the 744 stuck at LHR?


User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4193 times:



Quoting Cchan (Reply 9):
Until the end of Oct, most QF127/128 flights are scheduled with 333.

And this is good news.

At least they aren't using 763s again on SYD-HKG flights as happened early this year.


User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 941 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4111 times:



Quoting Airnewzealand (Reply 3):

is the one at LHR an mx issue? do you know the rego of such ac? can you confirm the info re basing 744 in Singapore, if so, has the retirement date of end year for the 743's been extended?



remember the t shirt "I own an airline"on the front - "qantas" on the back
User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4105 times:

Wonder why QF don't make arrangements to lease the NZ 744 that's soon to be parked up....


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User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3943 times:



Quoting TG992 (Reply 13):
Wonder why QF don't make arrangements to lease the NZ 744 that's soon to be parked up....

That is probably the last 744 QF wants to lease ... isn't good to the QF brand considering NZ is one of their major competitors.

Quoting Sydscott (Reply 10):
Probably until the 1 in MNL is fixed and back in the schedule.

Looks like that will take some time.


User currently offlineFlyingroo From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3915 times:



Quoting Dalavia (Reply 11):
Quoting Cchan (Reply 9):
Until the end of Oct, most QF127/128 flights are scheduled with 333.

And this is good news.

At least they aren't using 763s again on SYD-HKG flights as happened early this year.

Well SYD may have dodged the 763 bullet but not so lucky for MEL-HKG-MEL. QF85 & 86 will be operated by a 763 until Nov 15 (when the A333 will be back servicing the route).


User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3339 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3817 times:



Quoting Dalavia (Reply 7):
The only way to fly a QF 744 from SYD to HKG at the moment is to fly to MEL and take a connecting flight (QF29) from there.

That's what I was going to suggest.
If you don't mind it being an overnight flight, connect on the 11pm departure ex-MEL to HKG.


User currently offlineAlexA340B777 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2008, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3744 times:



Quoting Sydscott (Reply 10):
Probably until the 1 in MNL is fixed and back in the schedule.



Quoting Cchan (Reply 14):
Looks like that will take some time.

Does anyone have more information about the status of VH-OJK in MNL?
Any re-entry of service scheduled yet?



So far travelled to 65 countries on 5 continents on 410 flights
User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6639 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3703 times:



Quoting Dalavia (Reply 11):
At least they aren't using 763s again on SYD-HKG flights as happened early this year.

The 767s are still coming in, just not from SYD.


User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2544 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3625 times:



Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 18):
The 767s are still coming in, just not from SYD.

767 are operating from MEL/BNE-HKG.

Aircraft in LHR apparently has APU issues or something to that matter.

Spoke to 747-300 Engineers yesterday...aircraft operating AKL-LAX until end of December now. So maybe next year they will be gone. Also apparently -EBT has been sold.

Cheers


User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5009 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3520 times:



Quoting Cchan (Reply 9):
How long can we expect this 744 shortage thing will last for?

The shortage of B744 aircraft will continue until the A380 fleet arrive... QF will have 3 A380 aircraft in service by years end which will free up approximately 2-3 B744 aircraft for the NEW South America route...

Quoting Cchan (Reply 14):
Looks like that will take some time.



Quoting AlexA340B777 (Reply 17):

Does anyone have more information about the status of VH-OJK in MNL?

The work on OJK was expected to take approximately 1-2 months to repair...

EK413



Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We are tonight’s entertainment!
User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3488 times:



Quoting Airnewzealand (Reply 19):
Spoke to 747-300 Engineers yesterday...aircraft operating AKL-LAX until end of December now. So maybe next year they will be gone. Also apparently -EBT has been sold.

Good for spotting not so good for J class pax.

EBT left the fleet in Jan 07, I thought it was sold sometime ago?


User currently offlineQFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3446 times:



Quoting EK413 (Reply 20):
The work on OJK was expected to take approximately 1-2 months to repair

Even longer with the Boeing engineers who were supposed to be making the repairs, now on strike.

Cheers


User currently offlineJamie86 From New Zealand, joined Sep 2007, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3403 times:

yeah i think VH-EBT went already. i believe the 4 remaining are EBV, EBW, EBX and EBY


JAMIE
User currently offlineGarethW From New Zealand, joined Apr 2006, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3362 times:



Quoting Jamie86 (Reply 23):
yeah i think VH-EBT went already. i believe the 4 remaining are EBV, EBW, EBX and EBY

Correct about EBV, W, X & Y. I've just been searching around the net regarding EBT and it looks like it was retired and sold sometime in mid 2007. Can anyone confirm?



How good is it?
25 TN486 : Thank you
26 Post contains links Flyboysp : VH=EBT is definitely gone. I just did a search on the CASA register and EBT is now an experimental aircraft. http://www.casa.gov.au/casadata/regs..._
27 AlexA340B777 : Thanks for the info. So we might barely see her fly again this year. Anyway, good to hear that OJK will be repaired and that damage wasn´t unfixable
28 AerorobNZ : The horse has bolted there at least in the NZ market place IMO. That's what happens when big delays become the norm and not the exception. Personally
29 PRFLYER : A team from Boeing arrived in Manila last week and have started the repair work on the B744. I'll try to get pictures and post them here.
30 Airnewzealand : Sorry guys,...wasnt -EBT...it is a diff one...Jamie86...werent you in the galley when the engineer was speaing to us...?? what was the rego?? ... Chee
31 Post contains links and images PRFLYER : Here's VH-OJK when we were taxing for take-off in Manila.
32 AlexA340B777 : Thanks for the update PRFLYER! Cheers
33 Smi0006 : Looking at the pic fingers crossed we will get another 747 painted in the new paint scheme a bit quicker now perhaps?
34 XaraB : Please excuse my ignorance, but is what happened to these 744s public knowledge? If so, would anyone care to elaborate or post some links? Thanks in a
35 Post contains links Flyboysp : [ If you mean what happened to the QF 744 above, please follow the link below. http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...4080260&s=QF30+Emergency#ID40802
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