Crosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1564 times:
For those that are interested, there are now 10 Qantas 747-400's online fitted with PTV's in Economy Y Class. Their rego's are as follows
VH-OJB,OJC,OJE,OJF,OJK,OJL,OJP & OJQ
VH-OJR & OJU
You might notice also from this list that aircraft VH-OJP was once Pacific Config aircraft. Obviously Qantas have taken this opportunity to change OJP over to Kangaroo Config. It's possible that OJL or OJQ may also have been Pacific Config, but I don't have this information handy.
Crosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1282 times:
Wunala Dreaming VH-OJB was due back into service on July 2nd with both the new IFE in all classes, and the new cabin colours i.e. new seat fabrics, curtains, carpets, cushions etc.
During this IFE installations Qantas have also taken the opportunity to change aircraft VH-OJL, OJP & OJQ from their Pacific Config to the Kangaroo Config.
It's anyone's guess at this stage which 747-400 aircraft will be changed to the even newer 2 Class (Business & Economy) config. It's probably a good guess that the older Pacific Config aircraft might be an option, as the newer 747-400er's come online later this year. It's been confirmed that these new 747-400er's will be delivered in the Pacific Config of 14F/79J/265Y.
Al From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1203 times:
Wunala is indeed back in service - saw her yesterday on the way to work as she was on short finals onto 34L. Looking very clean and sparkly although the Sun was at the right angle to make her shine. I thought it was the ugly sisters that are coming off the Pacific and being converted to 2 class for Asian routes, but could be wrong.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
Isnt the installation of the PTVs in the QF 744s taking a very long time, about 2 years ago QF leased a BA 744 to allow for the down-time while the QF 744s were being fitted with the new video equipment (and other upgrades, revisions and maintenance), and now, only 10 aircraft are competed?
Crosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1174 times:
It certainly seems to have taken Qantas a long time to get to 10 aircraft fitted with PTV's in Y Class.
I believe however, after Ansett's collapse last September, a good many Qantas 747's were used for Domestic Flying, especially from SYD/MEL to PER, and SYD to CNS. This probably slowed the process down some what.
During the months of June & July 2002, 3 aircraft VH-OJU, OJB & OJK have all been fitted with the new system, and interiors. So lets hope they have now started to speed up the process. Qantas have also began advertising the new Y Class PTV's in Australian Newspapers, saying that the 744 fleet would be completed by the end of the year.
Thadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 396 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1075 times:
Correct, Crosscheck - the whole reason they hired in VH-NLH was to release an aircraft to be reconfigured. The collapse of Ansett saw a redistribution of resources, and we now have 4 (I think it is 4) 747's operating domestic ops each day. This is bound to have an effect on 747 availability, and consequently an effect on the availability to release 747 for cabin upgrades.
Tullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1265 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1043 times:
There are several reasons for the delayed rollout of the Y class PTVs.
- Collapse of AN led to redistribution of resources. Whilst this did delay the rollout to a degree, its effect has been overstated because it is the best reason for PR spin purposes.
- Initial reliability. When first installed (OJE I think) QF had a deal of trouble getting the system operating satisfactorily and the rollout was slowed whilst this was corrected.
- Installation delays Initially all upgrades were done just at Avalon. This has proved too slow and upgrades are now carried out at Avalon, the QF jetbase in SYD and by NZ in AKL. This has now been further delayed by an industrial dispute in AKL meaning a 744 due to have commenced upgrade by NZ last week has remained in service until the industrial problems are resolved.
Thadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 396 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 986 times:
Tullamarine - "- Initial reliability. When first installed (OJE I think) QF had a deal of trouble getting the system operating satisfactorily and the rollout was slowed whilst this was corrected."
There might be some truth to this, on my flight from MEL to LHR on QF9 on 06FEB, they could not get the IFE to work until 90 minutes after take-off - they kept on announcing that they were rebooting it, and it should work shortly.
They eventually got it working on the MEL-SIN sector (which I flew in Y), and it worked from the word go on the SIN-LHR sector, which I flew in J. I specifically asked - whilst they were having problems on the MEL-SIN sector - whether the problems they were having would impact upon my J sector from SIN to LHR - they said that they knew what the problem was, and they would get it sorted. Seems they were right.