Erikr From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 108 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1095 times:
Before United, Qantas, and Air New Zealand started using 747-400s, what types of aircraft were used in flying from the US to Australia and New Zealand? Were the older versions of the 747 able to make the trip nonstop? Did they have to make a technical stop en route? What planes were used before the 747?
ChrisEMA From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 45 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
Don't forget that Air New Zealand used DC10-30s from AKL to LAX, via I think, mainly Honolulu. I travelled as a youngster from AKL right through to LHR back in 1977 on one. The flights from LAX to LHR were, for much of the late seventies operated by BA with British crews! A great plane and great service!
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2376 posts, RR: 27 Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 966 times:
Qantas used to operate combinations of the below:
SYD-LAX Boeing 747-38SP
SYD-SFO Boeing 747-38SP
SYD-HNL-LAX Boeing 747-238
CNS/BNE-HNL-LAX Boeing 747-238
SYD-PPT-LAX Boeing 747-238SCD
SYD-NAN-HNL-SFO Boeing 707-138/238
Although after the introduction of the B747-400 another interesting few were:
SYD-HNL-SFO Boeing 767-338ER
SYD-HNL-LAX-SFO Boeing 767-338ER
Jupiter2 From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 757 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 907 times:
The only "classic" 747 to do non-stop across the Pacific from Australia were the SP's. All the QF 200's and 300's (although I can never remember the 300's going to the west coast, to HNL yes but not LAX or SFO, I will stand corrected though) either stopped in HNL or PPT or via NAN and HNL.
I think NZ flew 200's AKL/LAX nonstop before their 400's arrived.
Some others to fly older equipment where CP Air who used DC8's and DC10's and 747's, all before they became Canadian, also AA flew 707's years ago and then DC10's more recently. HA have also used DC8's and L1011's.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5018 posts, RR: 12 Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 884 times:
NZ used to fly 742's AKL-LAX-LHR or FRA until 1998 99.
I remember UA and CO went AKL-HNL-LAX on 741's and 742's. UA, CO and AA all used DC10's aswell AA always did while UA and CO changed between the 10's and 747's. I can't remember what route BA flew when they came to AKL but towards the end I think they flew AKL-LAX-LHR on a 744.