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QF 12th A380 VH-OQL Has Arrived In SYD!  
User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4695 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 15312 times:

Hi All,

QF's 12th A380 has just arrived in SYD tonight @ 18:58...
This will enable QF to operate daily A380 services SYD-LAX and MEL-LAX.
This also raises the question regarding the status of VH-OQA?
Will this bird join the QF fleet soon to introduce the 4 x week QF127-128 SYD-HKG-SYD service?

EK413


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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12328 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 15244 times:

So, how many QF A380s are still left to be delivered in the near future (i.e the next year or two); I know that some have been deferred to later this decade.

User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5554 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15084 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 2):
So, how many QF A380s are still left to be delivered in the near future (i.e the next year or two); I know that some have been deferred to later this decade.

2, numbers 13 & 14 in 2013/14 IIRC

Gemuser



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User currently offlineBP1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15071 times:

Will the LAX-JFK service on QF see an A380 anytime soon?


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User currently offlineZuluAlpha From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14996 times:

Quoting BP1 (Reply 4):
Will the LAX-JFK service on QF see an A380 anytime soon?

In my humble opinion I do no suspect to see the QF 380 operating between LAX / JFK for any time.

The only way I could imagine it would be if say as either promotional / marketing event in NYC to show it off to the media, but unlikely, as the current A330 operating the 107/108 has a pretty quick turn around.



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User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5554 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14989 times:

Quoting BP1 (Reply 4):
Will the LAX-JFK service on QF see an A380 anytime soon?

Who knows?

Not very likely, if it's upgraded it's likely to be back to a B744, which are likely to be on QF107/108 for most of this decade.

Gemuser



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User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2887 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14669 times:

Quoting gemuser (Reply 6):
Not very likely, if it's upgraded it's likely to be back to a B744, which are likely to be on QF107/108 for most of this decade.

Wonder what the difference in operating costs is between the 744ER and the A380? If there's virtually no difference then we could see them running the A380 in the event of a upgauge...

One slightly off topic question that comes from the LAX-JFK thing -- could AA 'charter' a QF aircraft for the LAX-JFK segment as their own flight (hence making it salable it as a domestic flight), with QF retaining their QF107/8 code as a codeshare of sorts? If they could draw domestic pax then it would be an A380 overnight.


User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 14493 times:
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With # 12 only slightly scheduled and 13 & 14 still coming maybe DFW will see he Whale Jet. Santiago, Chile could see it too. Sydney to Sao Pauo would really be awesome, that would be pioneering in the Qantas tradition of ultra long flights.

User currently offlinetayser From Australia, joined Mar 2008, 1123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 14275 times:

South America is probably the least likely destination to see a QF380.

It's Qantas, the only thing they're good at is flying to the two big Ls of the world or former British colonies.


User currently offlinegdg9 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 599 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 11499 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 9):
maybe DFW will see he Whale Jet.

To my knowledge, DFW cannot accommodate the 380 yet until certain adjustments and improvements are made to the field, taxiways etc.


User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5554 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 11452 times:

Quoting gdg9 (Reply 13):
To my knowledge, DFW cannot accommodate the 380 yet until certain adjustments and improvements are made to the field, taxiways etc.

I expect QF to commence A380 SYD-DFW services in 2014 after numbers 13 & 14 are delivered. I understand that the works at DFW are minor and the biggest is some taxiway fillets and could be ready quite quickly when QF advises the airport.

Gemuser



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User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 11241 times:
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Quoting gdg9 (Reply 13):
To my knowledge, DFW cannot accommodate the 380 yet until certain adjustments and improvements are made to the field, taxiways etc.

Have you ever been to Texas, the land of Bigger is better. DFW was built after the 747 was born so it was made for BIG airplanes. IF Qantas wants to fly the A380 to Texas the DFW folks will make it ready.


User currently offlineesdex From Australia, joined Jan 2011, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 10221 times:

Quoting EK413 (Thread starter):
Hi All,

QF's 12th A380 has just arrived in SYD tonight @ 18:58...
This will enable QF to operate daily A380 services SYD-LAX and MEL-LAX.
This also raises the question regarding the status of VH-OQA?
Will this bird join the QF fleet soon to introduce the 4 x week QF127-128 SYD-HKG-SYD service?

EK413

I heard one of the QF32 Captains (the check-captain who had joined the aircraft in Singapore) speak at a charity event last week. He confirmed that VH-OQA is intended to return to the skies and test flights are scheduled in the not too distant future.


User currently offlineAeroplaneFreak From Australia, joined Sep 2006, 532 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9533 times:
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The last two frames prior to six being defered are MSN091 and MSN102, delivery scheduled for Q3 2012.

http://a380production.com/2011/08/qfd2/


User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5554 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9408 times:

I'm suprised no one else has mentioned it (unless I missed it) but this aircraft completes QF first A380 order (12). The next aircraft are from the second order for 8.

Gemuser



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User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 9003 times:

Quoting gemuser (Reply 14):
I'm suprised no one else has mentioned it (unless I missed it) but this aircraft completes QF first A380 order (12). The next aircraft are from the second order for 8.

When were they ordered?


User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5554 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 8641 times:

Quoting SSTeve (Reply 15):
When were they ordered?
QF A380 orders:
6 Mar 2001 - 12. Order completed 17 Dec 2011, 10 years 9 months 11 days!
21 Dec 2006 - 8
Dates orders firmed.

Gemuser

[Edited 2011-12-18 02:34:57]


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User currently offlinegdg9 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 599 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 8394 times:

Quoting gemuser (Reply 10):
I expect QF to commence A380 SYD-DFW services in 2014 after numbers 13 & 14 are delivered. I understand that the works at DFW are minor and the biggest is some taxiway fillets and could be ready quite quickly when QF advises the airport.

Yes, I've heard that as well.

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 11):
Have you ever been to Texas, the land of Bigger is better. DFW was built after the 747 was born so it was made for BIG airplanes. IF Qantas wants to fly the A380 to Texas the DFW folks will make it ready.

Lived here for 13 years. I'm looking forward to seeing the QF 380 at DFW. Maybe a 787 on occasion too!


User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 8317 times:

Quoting gdg9 (Reply 17):
Lived here for 13 years. I'm looking forward to seeing the QF 380 at DFW. Maybe a 787 on occasion too!

I would say you will wait a few more years for the A380 but B787 your going to be waiting a long time... Probably another 13 years... Unless of course your waiting to see the B787 in general and not QF colors...

EK413



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User currently offlinesydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 2807 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7990 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 18):
I would say you will wait a few more years for the A380 but B787 your going to be waiting a long time
http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-plans-boeing-787-from-sydney-to-dallas

I think you'll see a 787 before an A380.


User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5554 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7834 times:

Quoting sydscott (Reply 19):
I think you'll see a 787 before an A380.

We shall see. I actually think you'll see an A380 first then B789s from MEL/BNE, when maybe SYD will go B789. IMHO the power of that DFW hub is that strong.

Gemuser



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User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4361 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7523 times:

Quoting tayser (Reply 8):
It's Qantas, the only thing they're good at is flying to the two big Ls of the world or former British colonies.

.. and FRA, which never was a British colony.


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2887 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7491 times:

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 21):
.. and FRA, which never was a British colony.

And NRT, SCL, DFW, PVG, BKK, MNL and so on...


User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

Quoting sydscott (Reply 19):
Quoting EK413 (Reply 18):
I would say you will wait a few more years for the A380 but B787 your going to be waiting a long time
http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-plans-boeing-787-from-sydney-to-dallas

I think you'll see a 787 before an A380.

Wonderful news considering it was rumored the B787 fleet would join the new offshoot RedQ... Very good news... Except for the delayed deliveries...

EK413



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User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 822 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7005 times:

Quoting EK413 (Thread starter):
This also raises the question regarding the status of VH-OQA?

Nancy Bird, I've been told by a friend of mine at QF engineering, will return to QF service in March 2012.

BZF



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25 thegeek : Fully agree. Going daily has already been announced. There is no way there will be a capacity reduction on SYD-DFW. I don't see more than 7x weekly o
26 ABpositive : What are the chances for a "dream-time" livery for an A380?
27 Post contains images SA7700 : Forgive my ignorance but why is it taking so long to get this bird back in the air again? Thanks, SA7700
28 Post contains images qf002 : Big engine explosion, hole in wing (remember?)... They probably sat around arguing about what to do, how to do it, who should do it, who should pay,
29 EK413 : Certainly good news to hear.... What's important is the fact the aircraft will return to revenue service and not written off which was rumored... EK4
30 Zkpilot : and will probably be doing SYD-HKG runs for the rest of its life (as its not a real long haul flight which OQA will be less efficient on due to extra
31 qf002 : 744's have had similar scale repairs and returned to lead happy and fulfilling lives flying across the entire network... I do get your logic though -
32 Post contains images EK413 : I see the logic too, however let's not forget the extensive repairs VH-OJH underwent due to the overrun incident in BKK (old) airport... This aircraf
33 Post contains images SA7700 : Sorry for taking the discussion slightly off topic. But thanks for the update on "Nancy Bird-Walton" guys. I appreciate it. Take care, SA7700
34 AngMoh : I saw Nancy parked outside on the apron this morning. I did not have a good look but it seems only the inboard engines are installed (without cowling)
35 Post contains links and images lightsaber : There seems to be a bunch of 'little work' for Category VI aircraft: http://www.dfwairport.com/vfr2030/airfield/P1_027127.php DFW has submitted to th
36 mikey72 : That's a bit harsh. Can't be easy 'these days' running QF from a country as geographically out on a limb as Australia with the competition there is o
37 na : With the delivery of OQL another 744 has been wfu. VH-OJN (the third 747-438 from of the original batch that has been retired) has been ferried to Vic
38 QFFlyer : Wow so an extra 200kg, means it is no longer suitable for long haul? ..and yes this is the added weight of the repairs, its not a guess.... Before QF
39 Post contains images EK413 : I'm happy to tell you 2 RR powerplants have been sent to singapore over the weekend EK413
40 ZuluAlpha : That is good to hear EK .. I am guessing they were sent is something like an Antonov fully assembled, not in parts ?
41 EK413 : SQ freighter service over the weekend picked up the powerplants... EK413
42 Post contains images N14AZ : Thanks for all the info - it's really nice to hear how they are preparing her return. This looks really amazing!!! Where did you took this photo from
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