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User currently offlineMegatop From Denmark, joined May 1999, 350 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

Last year in October I was lucky to fly QF 747-200 from DPS to SIN. I was even sitting on the upper deck.

I thought that all QF 742's was out of schedule. I am flying QF from DPS to SIN again on the 26th Oct. When I checked the type of plane 2 weeks ago, the plane was a B767-300.

BUT today a saw it was changed to a B747-200.

Anybody now when the B747-200 is due for pension ??


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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9504 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

QF plans to retire their entire B 747-200 Fleet by November 2002. I heard that a few have already gone. Not sure about that.  Smile

User currently offlineVywh From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2002, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3443 times:

How many 747 and 767 do Qantas have right now??

User currently offlineEC-121K From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

Retirement of the Qantas B747-238 fleet

VH-ECB. Sent to Pinal Airpark, Tucson for scrapping late April 2002.
VH-ECC. Being sent to Pinal for scrapping on 8th August 2002.
VH-EBS. Will depart for Pinal for scrapping roughly 1 November 2002.
VH-EBQ. Has been donated by Qantas to the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, Australia, and expected to flown there for static display on 8th November 2002 ( it's final flight ). The aircraft's last commercial service will be during the last week in October.
VH-EBR will then be the only operational -238 left, and is currently on lease to Air Pacific as DQ-FJE. That lease agreement is up for renewal next year, and it is expected that a -400 will be operated in it's place, again on lease, whereby VH-EBR will also go to Pinal.

User currently offlineUaSyd From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

Wow, just got off this old classic QF banger HNL/SYD this morning,.. got a fright when I saw the spiral staircase and the still fully functional ashtrays in the loos!! Not to mention the old rotary dial channel selector in the armrest! how retro!!
Anyone know about how many 100s and 200s still flying by all airlines worldwide?

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11589 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

Sad to hear. Like the 747SPs the QF Classics have definitely seen their best days, but they´re still too young to die. Between 21 and 23 years old their value on the current market is too low though. I´m especially surprised that the two Combis are about to be scrapped. They´re a lot younger than many of the Cargo planes flying around the planet. Evergreens 747F fleet, all converted pax-aircraft, are 10 years older in comparison!

User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5549 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

VH-ECB and VH-ECC are no longer Combi's I don't think, I'm sure they were converted in the late 80's early 90's to full pax configuration.

I agree it is sad to see such great aircraft leave.  Sad In today's world though there are much more economical aircraft to operate including the newer 747-400 and 777-200!!

I will go to AKL to see the last QF742 flight!

User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3142 times:

Although one would think ECB and ECC would have been ideal freighter convertions because of the combi side cargo door, alas they have RR engines and thus, not as valuable in the secondhand market.

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