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Qantas Boeing 747-200

Mon Jul 15, 2002 9:13 pm

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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RE: Qantas Boeing 747-200

Mon Jul 15, 2002 11:56 pm

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
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RE: Qantas Boeing 747-200

Tue Jul 16, 2002 12:38 am

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

RE: Qantas Boeing 747-200

Tue Jul 16, 2002 6:04 am

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.
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RE: Qantas Boeing 747-200

Wed Jul 17, 2002 12:49 pm

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?
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RE: Qantas Boeing 747-200

Wed Jul 17, 2002 10:45 pm

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!
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RE: Qantas Boeing 747-200

Thu Jul 18, 2002 2:42 pm

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!
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RE: Qantas Boeing 747-200

Thu Jul 18, 2002 6:05 pm

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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