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Qantas 747SP's Being Dropped For A330's?!  
User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

I've heard that Qantas are getting rid of there 747SP's and replacing them with A330's.....ca anyone tell me if there's any truth in this?
EGFF


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User currently offlineCaptain.MD-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

Qantas have ordered A330's in the deal which involves the A380's


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User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

One of Qantas's B747SP has been retired recently, VH-EAB. VH-EAA is scheduled to leave the airline in next Feb.

alvin



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User currently offlineTullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

The 747SPs and eventually all Classic 747s are being retired and A330s are being acquired as part of fleet renewal though replacement isn't one for one.

The A330s are for domestic operations primarily. 763s and 744s are the real replacements for routes previously operated by the SP.

Also slated for retirement within the next year are the 762s which will be replaced by the A330s and 738s.

As stated QF is now down to 1 SP (the other one retired at Marana) and it is not being used very much though it is doing a few domestic routes such as MEL-PER and a few int'l (SYD-NOU, SYD-HNL)


User currently offlineCrosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

While Qantas is to retire their 747sp's and 747-238's, I believe they plan to retain the 6 747-338's they have in their fleet. I even have it on good authority that Qantas plans to give the Classic 747-338's a major upgrade in the cabin, and boy do they need it.

Thanks


User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

If I were Qantas, I would replace the 747-300s with new RR Trent 500 powered A340-500/600s. They will have cockpit commonality with their new A330s.

User currently offlineThe Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2257 times:

The replacements of the B747-SP's (2) and B747-238B's (4) go unit-to-unit with their order of 6 x A330-300's which TEDSKI, have been ordered with GE engines LOL  Smile

The B747-338's don't do that much long-range stuff, only a few FCO and FRA flights. They are otherwise utilised on SYD-AKL, SYD-HNL, SYD-NRT runs and a few domestic runs as well. They're not that old either. The A340-500/600 would not be a real replacement for those routes, only the FCO and FRA routes would be suited to the 345/346 long-range suitability.

The Coachman



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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Coachman, the reason they went with the GE CF6 engine on their new A330s and 747-400ERs is because they have the CF6 engine on some of their 767-300ERs and a few 747-400s.

User currently offlineDynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2242 times:

Tedski, or should I call you Rollski,  Wink/being sarcastic the reason QF picked the CF6 for the B744ER is because the CF6 engine gives QF the best payload/range performance. This is extremely crucial in QF's decision to purchase the B744ER. QF wants no seasonal payload restriction on its LAX-SYD flights. You must be disappointed to find out that RB211-524G/H-T isn't the best engine on the B744.  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

Nothing against the RR RB211, I like the P&W 4000 series engine on the 747-400 & 767-300ER that has more thrust than the GE CF6 & RR RB211.

User currently offlineQFTJT From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2198 times:

The P&W engines on the 767-200s are the worst out of the three types. TEDSKI the RB211 have more thrust the the P&W. Only a handful of airlines have 767's powered by P&W engines, so Qantas will have a hard time trying to sell them. The A300 was a far better aircraft with lower operating cost and a bigger payload.

QFVH-TJT


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2194 times:

VH-EAB 747SP was seen at Marana on December 2nd.

User currently offlineQFTJT From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2182 times:

December 1st post

BON VOYAGE After more than 20 years of high-flying operations, a Qantas Boeing 747 SP (Special Performance) aircraft bade farewell to Sydney yesterday afternoon en route to Arizona in the USA where it is being sold for disposal. VH-EAB, under the command of Captain Wayne Spalding,
operated as QF7571 with a payload of freight but no passengers to Honolulu where Captain Bruce Simpson took command for the final leg to the Marana Airport in the Mojave Desert. The SP was delivered to Qantas on 31 August 1981 and notched up 69,469 hours and 15,098 cycles, operating initially on flights between Australia and Wellington before being switched to non-stop sectors between Australia and the USA West Coast.

The second Qantas SP aircraft, VH-EAA (delivered in January 1981) will be sold for disposal in
February next year. Qantas has also announced that it will retire five
B747-200 aircraft from April next year as part of the fleet renewal program
including 15 Boeing 737-800s, six Boeing 747-400 ERs, 13 Airbus 330s and 12 Airbus 380s, all scheduled for delivery over the next eight years.

QF VH-TJT




User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2165 times:

Kai Tak and Qantas 747SP's

Happy Days.


User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1003 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

to the Marana Airport in the Mojave Desert

Hmmmm... I think this statement is a bit geographically challenged!  Big grin

Andy


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3223 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

Marana is not in the Mojave desert! Mojave is a separate facility in California - Marana is in Arizona.

Trintocan.



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