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QF In Easter Island Right Now-Captain's Choice Tour  
User currently offlineogre727 From UK - England, joined Feb 2005, 726 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16909 times:

Would you guys know what a QF 747 is doing in IPC? I am spending the week here and was surprised to see it here as I know they don't fly here and its too far from their usual routes.


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User currently offlineJackbr From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16905 times:

Captains Choice Tour

User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4881 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16908 times:

I think it's a Captain's Choice Tour - privately chartered B747 for a world-tour.

Is it VH-OEB?

Edit, beaten by seconds...

[Edited 2011-05-24 16:36:44]

User currently offlinepetrhsr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16766 times:

Yup, it must be a CCT, because IPC is waaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy off track for a DFW or EZE service.

User currently offlineAirvan00 From Australia, joined Oct 2008, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16767 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 2):
Is it VH-OEB?

Most likely. VH-OEB has been coming up on ACARS for the last 16 days as QFA6034.
Wish I could afford one of those Captain's choice tours  

[Edited 2011-05-24 16:55:37]

User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16627 times:

Welcome to Chile, Qantas! I hope there will be photos of QF at the Mataveri International Airport!

User currently offlineAirvan00 From Australia, joined Oct 2008, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16465 times:

And just to make everyone real jealous here is the brochure. They even went to Havana last week. (anyone got pics?? )

http://www.captainschoice.com.au/Tou...erica-Private-Qantas-Jet-2011.ashx


User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3094 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16428 times:

From the brochure (and I am officially jealous):

A b o a r d Yo u r P r i v a t e J e t
Qantas has an international reputation for their outstanding safety record, modern aircraft,
inflight services and facilities. You will travel on a state-of-the-art Boeing 747 aircraft, which
is not filled to capacity to ensure a comfortable and convivial atmosphere onboard. Impeccable service
standards are facilitated by two senior Qantas Captains, a First Officer, additional flight attendants and
Qantas specialists in the areas of Food Service, Engineering, Security and Catering. Flying aboard your
privately chartered Qantas Jet is an incredible experience. The aircraft and specially selected Qantas
crew wait for you in each destination and welcome you back onboard to fly to the next exciting
location. An extraordinary camaraderie develops between fellow travellers, crew and Tour Escorts.

T h e Q a n t a s C r e w
Your aircraft will be commanded by Captain Peter Roberts who has been flying with Qantas for 32
years and is Head of Flying Operations. He will be supported by another experienced Senior Captain
and a First Officer. Captain Roberts and his flight crew are looking forward to an outstanding tour and
putting into practice their vast experience and skill – including special scenic flying over points of
interest allowing maximum viewing pleasure for all passengers.

S p a c i o u s S e a t i n g
Our Private Qantas 747 offers four classes of seating for your air travel. The aircraft is not filled
to capacity and all guests, within their class, rotate seats on each sector to ensure a fair allocation
of positions throughout the cabin. Our itinerary is planned to minimise overnight flights to ensure
your comfort.

First Class features full length, flat bed sleeper seats. Offering you a premier flying experience with
Qantas’ full First Class gourmet meal and bar service including prestige French Champagne.
Business Class features Qantas’ ‘Lie-flat’ Sky Beds. Qantas’ highly regarded Business Class seats offer
you ample space and comfort, accompanied by excellent fine dining and wines.

Premium Economy Class features Qantas’ Premium Economy Class configuration, with additional
space, top quality meals and a private cabin area.

Deluxe Economy Class featuring regular international Economy Class seats. The cabin is not filled to
capacity to ensure all guests have an empty seat between themselves and the next person; each
guest is guaranteed an aisle or a window seat – this ensures the comfort of each person within the
Economy Class cabin. An enhanced bar and meal service is provided, ensuring all guests enjoy
excellent meals plus top quality wines, spirits and French Champagne.


User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4881 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16394 times:

Quoting Airvan00 (Reply 7):
And just to make everyone real jealous here is the brochure.

I saw it a while back after seeing it advertised in a Qantas video. Very nice, but very expensive. But it's worth it being on a privately chartered plane, and having everything organised for you.

Quoting Airvan00 (Reply 4):
Most likely. VH-OEB has been coming up on ACARS for the last 16 days as QFA6034.

VH-OEB has been doing quite a lot of Captain's Choice charter flights if I'm not mistaken, it has done one before as well. Is there some reason they use it instead of other B747 aircraft?


User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16307 times:

Quoting Airvan00 (Reply 7):
And just to make everyone real jealous here is the brochure. They even went to Havana last week. (anyone got pics?? )

Thanks for sharing. Looks like a very nice itinerary indeed! They even got a ride on a "private" LAN Perú a/c into CUZ. I really hope that one day there are scheduled flights between Perú and Australia.  


User currently offlineAirvan00 From Australia, joined Oct 2008, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16274 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 9):
VH-OEB has been doing quite a lot of Captain's Choice charter flights if I'm not mistaken, it has done one before as well. Is there some reason they use it instead of other B747 aircraft?

I suppose it is the "odd one out". It is the only "pacific" configuration aircraft in the fleet that is not an 744ER (it's the only 747-48E). So with the lower seat count it is ideal.


User currently offlinepilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15307 times:

Not that badly priced really. Once in a lifetime experience and I think it would be a great tour and very well organised etc.

Reading through the brochure, seems to be a very well planned tour and some excellent destinations. Might have to copy the itinerary for my trip to South America next year  

First Class is a bit out of reach though :O@ 45k!

Problem would be you would be touring around with Old Rich Snobs..........



Qantas, Still calling Australia Home.........
User currently offlinekeuleatr72 From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15232 times:

I am with catiii and officially jealous. I always wanted to make a trip to Antarctica on QF. But the Captains Choice Tour sounds really great too. I guess that I´ve to write a letter to the North Pole. "Dear Santa....[...]"

Are there any informations about the load factor?


User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4881 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 14851 times:

Quoting pilotdude09 (Reply 12):
First Class is a bit out of reach though :O@ 45k!

But it's awesome though - everything is absolute first class in all respects. Got to be the best way of doing a world tour, short of one of those Concorde World Tours that used to operate back when that amazing plane was still flying.

I hear those tours were around USD$60,000 back then, per seat. I wasn't sufficiently wealthy at the time to fly on that plane before it retired. If it were still operating today, I'd have been able to fulfill that dream. Unfortunately, it'll remain a dream.   


User currently offlineJackbr From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 14560 times:

Must be very popular for the more senior Cabin Crew at Qantas!

User currently offlinenonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 14496 times:

I hope someone took photos of the plane at IPC. That is a rare sight indeed.

User currently offlineColAvionLover From Panama, joined Dec 2008, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 11571 times:
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Too late to know it was going to be here! Awh!
I wanted to meet the B747!
                    



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User currently offlineboacvc10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 624 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 8242 times:

Quoting Airvan00 (Reply 6):
And just to make everyone real jealous here is the brochure.

Is there a large ticket price difference if passengers were to book their own travel on these routes (say, 1 year validity ticket). I just want to see if it is worthwhile to save up money for this.



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User currently offlineditzyboy From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 8207 times:

Quoting Jackbr (Reply 14):
Must be very popular for the more senior Cabin Crew at Qantas!

Each year (maybe every two years?) Qantas creates a pool of cabin crew who wish to be involved in charters. Cabin crew for each charter are selected from this list. The trips sometimes show in the bid packs, but all positions are pre allocated. These charters are not everyone's cup of tea as you often have the obligation of mingling with the customers at dinners and outings - this can be tiring after some sectors. For most cabin crew the opportunity to see destinations and take part in tours that are not part of our usual network outweigh any negative aspects of having to be available outside duty periods. The atmosphere onboard is certainly very different to day-to-day flying.

Antartica flights are filled from an EOI late in the year. Most cabin crew only do them once - they're like a Denpasar flight that never ends!


User currently offlineEXCOASA1982 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 7679 times:

Quoting boacvc10 (Reply 17):
Is there a large ticket price difference if passengers were to book their own travel on these routes (say, 1 year validity ticket). I just want to see if it is worthwhile to save up money for this.

You could probably put together the same trip for a bit less $$$, however, the draw here is not having to deal with any logistics. Especially since it is the same aircraft, operating on charter procedures rather than your typical airline flights!

I would love to see a trip report for one of these!!!!!


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5932 times:

Quoting pilotdude09 (Reply 11):
Problem would be you would be touring around with Old Rich Snobs..........


Why would that be a problem?

Would you rather be with an bunch of Yobs.


User currently offlineogre727 From UK - England, joined Feb 2005, 726 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4438 times:

Quoting nonrevman (Reply 15):
I hope someone took photos of the plane at IPC. That is a rare sight indeed

Sorry it took so long, I just got back from Easter Island last night... trip report coming... in the meantime here is a pic of the bird:

http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/Easter%20Island/IMG_4875.jpg

Will add more in the next few days....



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User currently offlinescl767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (3 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4415 times:

Quoting ogre727 (Reply 21):
Sorry it took so long, I just got back from Easter Island last night... trip report coming... in the meantime here is a pic of the bird:

Awesome Photo!!! Nice to see a Qantas B744 at the Mataveri International Airport! Can't wait to read your TR, hope you had a great time on Isla de Pascua.  


User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2989 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4371 times:
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Why won't a USA carrier do something that wonderful? It has to make money because an airline wouldn't do it for kicks?


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User currently offlinescl767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (3 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4306 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 23):
Why won't a USA carrier do something that wonderful? It has to make money because an airline wouldn't do it for kicks?

Maybe one day they will operate these type of special flights into IPC, it would be great to see a B777 at IPC. U.S. carriers can even operate into IPC on a scheduled basis.


25 Post contains links and images 474218 : You mean you never took the $45,000 ATA (TZ) "round the world" flight, on one of its 88 passenger L-1011 TriStars. ATA claimed a profit of $1,000,000
26 flythere : What a luxe!! But wonder what if turbulence hit would those cart still there.
27 Checo77 : Hi there, thanks for sharing the brochure! Very interesting indeed! One thing that striked me was CUZ. Did they mean the QF 744 landed in CUZ?? Don´t
28 SCL767 : Qantas chartered a LAN Perú A-319 to operate the LIM-CUZ-LIM flights.
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