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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EK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5437 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 days ago) and read 4916 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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ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5542 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3681 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.
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.