Noticed in the 'First Flights To NY By Foreign Airlines' thread that Qantas first appeared in NY in the 50s with Constellations, and with 747 Classics in 1973. Here is my understanding of QF's round-the-world routings, but hoping some of you know more, especially re the 747.
Don't know how the Connies (or 747s) made their way to JFK, but in Qantas' 707 heyday, there were three different RTW routes. The main one converged on NY from two different directions, one flight crossed the Pacific via Auckland, S Pacific, Hawaii, LA (&/or SF), then a US transcon to JFK. The other route was via Darwin, SE Asia, India, M East, across Europe (with, depending on the day, stops at Belgrade, Geneva and others long gone from the QF route map), Frankfurt, Heathrow then across the Atlantic to JFK. There was a third route across Central America to Heathrow, which took in Acapulco, Mexico City, Nassau and Bermuda (honestly).
Hope that's interesting (and if there's any subject that's going to bring J Travolta out of the woodwork, it's this), wondering if anyone has any further details about QF's RTW routings, and the JFK operation.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz