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QF To Use A380 Domestically Tomorrow  
User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3213 posts, RR: 10
Posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 13078 times:

To help with the backlog that will be created by tomorrows strike action, according to news ltd
QF will be using the A380 domestically tomorrow.

So the big question is, Where and When? My guess is it either does a SYD-PER return early in the morning,
freeing up some A330s for east coast flights, or, its gonna do SYD-MEL/BNE. (or Both)

Anybody got any goss? This could be a great chance for some yet to fly the A380 to give it a go.

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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8997 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13085 times:
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Quoting Lufthansa (Thread starter):
This could be a great chance for some yet to fly the A380 to give it a go.

And I am sure many try using this chance. Flights will be crowded I guess. How many passengers fit in the QF 380?

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User currently offlineSandgroper From Australia, joined Mar 2008, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13031 times:

Quoting Lufthansa (Thread starter):
My guess is it either does a SYD-PER

PER not capable of handling A380 yet, runway can take plane but have no capable airbridges for disembarking passengers as far as I understand



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User currently offlineikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21511 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12932 times:

Quoting Sandgroper (Reply 2):
PER not capable of handling A380 yet, runway can take plane but have no capable airbridges for disembarking passengers as far as I understand

If the can board a 747 they can board an A380. Just not directly to the upper deck. And PER saw 743s daily.



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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4822 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12771 times:

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 3):
Quoting Sandgroper (Reply 2):
PER not capable of handling A380 yet, runway can take plane but have no capable airbridges for disembarking passengers as far as I understand

If the can board a 747 they can board an A380. Just not directly to the upper deck. And PER saw 743s daily.

Exactly, just need to use the good old stairs onboard. Any business class wheelchair pax can just be put in F since F isn't sold domestically.



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User currently offlineteamspeedy From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12608 times:

According this article it was used on syd-mel flight. The a380 then continued on from Melbourne as QF9 to Singapore and London
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busi...ather/story-e6frg95x-1226151411130



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User currently offlinecwalt2 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12599 times:

Is this in addition to today's domestic A380 flight?

QF6161 operated between Sydney and Melbourne earlier today, moving 300 people to help clear last night's backlog caused by bad weather, according to Qantas.


User currently offlineAirvan00 From Australia, joined Oct 2008, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12488 times:

There is usually a ferry/training flight SYD-MEL on Thursdays. Looks like they decided to use it in passenger service as it was going to MEL anyway. There is a corresponding MEL-SYD on Tuesday morning.

User currently offlinegrozzy From Australia, joined Oct 2007, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12177 times:

Was this the first revenue domestic A380 flight for any airline?

User currently onlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2967 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12136 times:

Quoting grozzy (Reply 8):
Was this the first revenue domestic A380 flight for any airline?

Apparently there was another one in March? I didn't hear about it but someone on this forum mentioned in a few weeks ago.


User currently offline5MillionMiler From Australia, joined Sep 2011, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11732 times:

I was stuck in SYD for over 4 hours this morning trying to get to MEL for a meeting. Was wondering why they did not use a 747 or an A380. I was at the airport from 7AM to after 11:30 and only saw the 744 to Perth (regular service). But it makes sense. I have been on a 744 sub before on SYD-MEL around Grand Prix or Melbourne Cup.

With it being Grand Final weekend (Australian Rules Football's "super bowl") you can be sure Qantas will have a plan B... and Virgin will have plan B-orghetti. Wonder if they will put their 332s on MEL-SYD.


User currently offlineditzyboy From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 718 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11732 times:

Quoting qf002 (Reply 9):
Apparently there was another one in March?

BNE-SYD sector due to QF32 diversion during Ash Cloud issues in Sydney. It was used to move affected customers.


User currently offlinetayser From Australia, joined Mar 2008, 1130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11583 times:

QF6161 today: http://www.flightradar24.com/#!/2011-09-29/03:43/QFA6161

User currently onlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2967 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11574 times:

Quoting ditzyboy (Reply 11):
BNE-SYD sector due to QF32 diversion during Ash Cloud issues in Sydney. It was used to move affected customers.

I'm wondering if this was a saleable service though? The QF Source is reporting that this is the first domestic A380 operation, and they tend to be pretty reliable.


User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 11393 times:

Quoting 5MillionMiler (Reply 10):
With it being Grand Final weekend (Australian Rules Football's "super bowl") you can be sure Qantas will have a plan B... and Virgin will have plan B-orghetti. Wonder if they will put their 332s on MEL-SYD.

IIRC it was used by QF to help in clearing 0the backlog at MEL from the rain and thunderstorms yesterday.



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User currently offline5MillionMiler From Australia, joined Sep 2011, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 9666 times:

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 14):
IIRC it was used by QF to help in clearing 0the backlog at MEL from the rain and thunderstorms yesterday.

Would have made perfect sense. Was it MEL-SYD or SYD-MEL? Airport was packed and they cancelled lots of flights from SYD. I did not see the A380 at Sydney Domestic so maybe the flew them from MEL into SYD INT terminal.

I think we could see it this weekend though because there is still backlog and it is grand FInal weekend in Melbourne... and there is industrial tension looming which tends to impact frequencies. Now of course the engineers may choose not to sign-off the A380 either. Last time they had the industrial issues I was on an A330-300 they would not sign off so everyone went to ADL in a couple 737s. So they would sign off two small planes, but not the one that needed to position for a Singapore leg as that caused the company the most grief.


User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3213 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 9591 times:

it said in the press the pax were bussed to the A380 so I assume it was behind one of the hangers near domestic (there are some parking spaces there) or it was over towards cargo/at international.

User currently offline5MillionMiler From Australia, joined Sep 2011, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 9451 times:

Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 16):
it said in the press the pax were bussed to the A380 so I assume it was behind one of the hangers near domestic (there are some parking spaces there) or it was over towards cargo/at international.

Oh OK -- there was an A380 by the hangars and one on a remote stand over at cargo... and an announcement made for flight that was 2020 or something unusual like that, so maybe that went from the international bus gate. Terminal was so packed I would not have noticed whether 200 or 500 people shuffled that way. I bet that was it!

For a lot of people getting to ride the A380 would have been a treat and eased the hassle of being late. Wonder what time it left?


User currently onlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2967 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8802 times:

Quoting 5MillionMiler (Reply 15):
Was it MEL-SYD or SYD-MEL?

SYD-MEL -- this is the usual ferry flight (usually ferried emptily), which then went on to operate to SIN and LHR.

Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 16):
it said in the press the pax were bussed to the A380 so I assume it was behind one of the hangers near domestic (there are some parking spaces there) or it was over towards cargo/at international.

There were shots on Channel 10 tonight of pax boarding with stairs at SYD at what looked like the cargo parking area (they might be file shots, but I can't remember another occasion when an A380 has needed to load remotely in weather that matched todays)


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