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The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?  
User currently offlineJackbr From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 666 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4813 times:

Does anybody remember flying/working on the British Airways 747 leased by Qantas as VH-NLH between around 2001 and 2003?

Did it have complete British Airways interior? Did this make it a particularly difficult/unpleasant aircraft to work on for QF crew?

It seems it was mostly used on SYD-HKG, AKL-LAX and SYD-CNS

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User currently offlineaussiebrat From Australia, joined Jan 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

I was lucky to pax back to SYD on this bird from CNS in Y when she was flying downunder.

From what I remember...

It had the 'blue' Y class seats of QF at the time, unsure of the pointy end.
Bulkheads were the BA grey with stripes.
Safety cards were the standard QF 744 card, no differences.



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User currently offlinemandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6872 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4402 times:

Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
It seems it was mostly used on SYD-HKG, AKL-LAX and SYD-CNS

For more than a few days at a time, it was doing SYD-CGK-SIN...

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The photo was taken before the "regular period"... Qantas seem to have tried tried put it on the Jakarta run, enough Y pax complained, so they took it out, and sent back the 742/3/SP/763... as they were more spacious in Y... but then, the ground agents could have simply told me porky pies!



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User currently offlineNostalgair From Australia, joined Mar 2008, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4340 times:

Hi All,

From memory, it didn't have 'datalink', so it was HF communications across the Pacific.

There were some other differences too, but I can't readily recall them.

Cheers

Owen



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User currently offlinetullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4209 times:

Apparently she was fairly unreliable so a few wags said NLH stood for Never Leaves Hangar.


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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4011 times:

Quoting tullamarine (Reply 4):
Apparently she was fairly unreliable so a few wags said NLH stood for Never Leaves Hangar.

Do you think aircraft are like washing machines ?

Sometimes you get sold a duff one !!

Most airlines seem to have aircraft that spend more than their fair share of time in engineering.



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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4921 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
Does anybody remember flying/working on the British Airways 747 leased by Qantas as VH-NLH between around 2001 and 2003?

She was a nightmare of an aircraft for crew and ground staff... She mainly operated the Pacific routes SYD-LAX-SYD and SYD-HKG-SYD routes...
The aircraft at one point created confusion with the ATC crew at LAX due to the aircraft operating in the BA World Tail scheme with QF titles... QF was requested to remove the scheme as a result...

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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3660 times:

There is a photo of the Y cabin of VH-NLH on the 'other site', which shows standard BA Y layout for the time but with QF seat covers. I believe QF leased the plane to cover PTV refits on its own 747s.

User currently offlinev jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3533 times:

It was a PITA when the inevitable aircraft change occurred and NLH was put on the flight because of the different config as compared to all the other 744s.

I can't remember for the life of me now what the config was. Maybe I've just erased that period from my mind  


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5334 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2607 times:

It operated SYD-AKL-EZE for the last few months of that service in 2002 then was on BNE-AKL-LAX regularly until it returned to BA in early 2003 IIRC. Initially it was on mainly SYD-HKG with the odd SYD-AKL run. As others said it turned up at a few other places aswell.

User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 838 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2607 times:

I remember it spending its last months flying mostly domestic CNS-SYD-CNS-SYD-CNS rotations and I believe SYD-PER-SYD.

BZF



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7538 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
Did it have complete British Airways interior?

Before it was leased to QF it was ferried from LHR to CBG as BA9173E on 31 October 2000. There it entered the Marshalls of Cambridge hangar. I always assumed - but certainly did not know - that this was for a cabin refurbishment. My reason for this assumption was that at that time BA were regularly ferrying 744s to CBG for the installation of their then new first generation J Class lie flat seats.

To return to G-BNLH, it was registered to QF as VH-NLH on 13 November while still at CBG. By then it had had "QANTAS" titles applied. That day it was ferried CBG-FRA where it entered service operating QF6018 (FRA-BKK-SYD). The day before this sister ship G-BNLI was ferried from LHR to CBG. It replaced 'LH in the Marshalls' hangar. When it returned to LHR on 3 December it had had its J Class cabin refurbished with the new lie-flat seats.


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