I was wondering how long did Qantas operate a routing between Honolulu and Cairns? I went to Australia in 1987 and flew a LAX-HNL-Cairns routing, one way on a 747-200 (with a two day layover in Hawaii) and the return trip on a 747SP. At that time, my father told me that Cairns had just recently been opened up to international flights and that it was cheaper to fly that way because Qantas was offering a special. Cairns at that time was a very sleepy town, with only a couple of hotels. Now I hear it is a major vacation destination for the Japanese and that there are many resort hotels there.
However, Qantas' route map does not show the HNL-Cairns routing anymore. Does anyone know when this service began and when it ended?
I remember the aircraft had really 1970s cabin furnishings and that the flight attendants (I believe almost all men) wore these really bright red blazers. The food, however, I remember as being really good for economy class. Does anyone know how many classes Qantas was offering during that period (1987)?
Also, does anyone know the breakdown of Qantas 747-200B fleet in terms of RR and P&W engines? I do believe that the 747-200s I flew on Qantas were all P&W (the SP was, of course, a RR version).