na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11004 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 15832 times:
According to http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Qantas-active-b737.htm they have 18 734s left in the main fleet. Built between 1993 and 1996. Jetconnect has 2 from 1992 and 1 stored since last month. Together that are the 21 being talked about.
Average age around 17 years then, a good age if they want to sell highcycled shorthaul-planes to someone else than the scrappers.
safe, I was think along the same lines. Vision, Xtra, Skyking, since these guys fly for Direct Air. I would love to see Direct Air get its own planes. they could base some of them at KLAL from their new service.
It would be fabulous for Qantas to honour the 'T-Jet' heritage of its profitable domestic arm by retaining the TJx regos. Sadly, I am not too optimistic (but remain completely happy to be proven wrong!).
I hope the 734s will still be around after my two year secondment to Long Haul. It is my favourite aircraft to work on (the international 763s coming a close second). The 734s just seem to have that bit more 'space' from a cabin crew perspective. I wonder what Qantas will do to replace them? Start a subsidiary to operate Bombardier C-Series aircraft (or the like)? The 73H is too big for some markets.
The aircraft is just at home operating MEL-PER-SYD rotations as it is doing CBR-SYD shuttles. Not to mention the extensive use of the fleet to DPS (from DRW and PER), NOU and Tasman flying. The final 3 class configuration was 8F 20J 101Y. These aircraft remind me of the more glamourous times in Australian aviation. Recently, Engineering started removing the old magazine stowages in the lockers above row 5. It's been a while since they were last used!
EK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5121 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12233 times:
Good to see these old birds finally being sold off... Never understood the concept of having the B734/B73H operate along side each-other when the newer and much more advanced B73H is more than capable of filling in the gap... Also nice to see QF retire aircraft from their fleet while they are worth a few $$$...
These birds would be perfect for a low-cost start-up...?
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We are tonight’s entertainment!
par13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 7999 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11840 times:
If they have C6- registration check out UP, they need some jets to replace their 200's.
Govt. won't spit for new build a/c and yes they are looking at Q400 for the MIA runs, but that won't last long if history is any indication.
UP did go all Dash 8's for a few years and cargo / freight operators made a killing, we tend to travel a bit heavy.
smi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1596 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11354 times:
How many 738 do QF have on order? I was under the impression it was 33? Furthermore the just extended the lease on a few too? I have a very very vague recollection 6 are due this financial year and will be based in PER and 15 next financial year, however that could be completely wrong.
eraugrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11300 times:
My favorite 737 "classic" birds were the -400. I always thought these would make a great replacement for the MD-88's at G4. These are much more fuel effecient and have about the same capacity. I'm sure they'll get sold fast.
"Qantas will receive delivery of 9 Next Generation B737-800 aircraft by the end of 2011, and another 19 in 2012 and 2013 ... By June 2013 Qantas will be operating 34 Next Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft"
Which show QF already has 38 + 6 B737-800. VH-VXA-VXV, VH_VYA-VYL & VH-VZA-VZE, plus six on the ZK register for Jet Connect. If we add the 19 for 2012 & 2013 we get 63 by 2013 plus however many remain for this year. So presumably the replacements are already in the pipe line.
Quoting zeke (Reply 15):
Been hearing rumours of an order for another 12 or so 738s.
Would seem to fit, but may be not be as soon as Paris.