EC-121K From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3052 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.
UaSyd From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2997 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?
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11178 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2906 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!