Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Final Curtain Call For QF B747SPs  
User currently offlineMEA From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 631 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

Red, White And Q Farewell For Qantas Aircraft
Los Angeles, 4 March 2002 :

A Qantas Boeing 747SP (Special Performance) jet performed a fly past today to salute staff from the airline's USA telephone sales centre in Tuscon, Arizona.

The aircraft, VH-EAA, named City of Gold Coast/Tweed, has been retired by Qantas and sold for disposal to a company located in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.

It departed Sydney on Monday, 4 March without passengers and carrying company equipment as freight. On the ferry flight from Honolulu to the USA mainland the aircraft was cleared for a fly past over the Qantas centre at Tuscon before landing at the nearby Marana Airport.

Under the theme "Red, White and Q Day", the 110 Qantas staff organised an Aussie-style barbecue to coincide with the fly past.

VH-EAA was delivered to Qantas from the Boeing plant in Seattle on 23 January 1981 and in more than 20 years' service it accumulated 75,000 air hours and 14,000 cycles.

A second Qantas SP, VH-EAB named City of Traralgon - delivered on 31 August 1981 - flew out of Sydney for the final time on 29 November last year, also for disposal in Arizona.

Qantas initially used the two SPs on services between Australia and New Zealand, particularly to Wellington, because of the landing/take off capability on shorter runways and later on non-stop sectors between Australia and the USA West Coast.

Qantas has also announced that it will retire four B747-200 aircraft later this year as part of the fleet renewal program including 15 new Boeing 737-800s, six Boeing 747-400 ERs, 13 Airbus 330s and 12 Airbus 380s, scheduled for delivery over the next eight years.

*******************************************************************************
Is this the last SP to leave QF's fleet?

9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1323 times:

Yes


NO URLS in signature
User currently offlineMEA From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

Wasn't meant to ask that question, trying to work & read @ the same time.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

Bye, bye.......

User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2743 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1307 times:

How many SP's are currently still in service?

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1290 times:

None, Qantas operated only 2 SP's and that was the last one. It will be sadly missed.

qforever


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

Any truth to John Travolta buying one or no?


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineBaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

Very sad. I love the SP.

User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2743 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

I mean how many are currently flying with other airlines, it said in the article that they only had to SP's

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Per Bill Harms' website, 28 -SPs are still in service.
Per www.747SP.com, 23 -SPs are still in service.
Guess it depends on one's definition of "In service". Regards.



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Final Curtain Call For QF B747SPs posted Tue Mar 5 2002 05:52:48 by MEA
"Final Call For Mr. Al Qaeda And Mr. Terrorist" posted Fri Aug 18 2006 18:41:25 by Singapore_Air
Anyone Work For QF Ticketing/reservations? posted Sun Nov 12 2006 00:14:45 by Gasman
The Final Report From A.A.I.A.S.B For Helios B737 posted Tue Oct 10 2006 08:36:58 by A3
Call For Witnesses At AUH, OBF And LDE posted Wed Aug 2 2006 20:25:40 by Breiz
Close Call For SAA Crew posted Mon Feb 13 2006 09:22:09 by JoKeR
No 773ER For QF... Who's Next Then? posted Wed Dec 14 2005 23:04:03 by FlyingHippo
NW Mechanics Authorize Call For Strike posted Tue Jul 19 2005 22:10:21 by DAYflyer
AF - Which Number To Call For Phone Check-in posted Fri May 13 2005 09:41:43 by Mozart
National Jet Named Prefered Bidder For QF 717s posted Fri Feb 11 2005 04:17:24 by VirginFlyer