The QF 743s will remain in the fleet until 2006-2008 and are being extensively overhauled(major checks,avionics, eventual Skybeds and Y-class upgrade identical to 744s). I think the 744ER is a good chance to eventually replace them,if the 747 line is open in 2-3 year's time. Otherwise, I see it as a 773ER v 346 battle, that I would expect the 773ER to win.
Thanks for the info. I knew that the aircraft would remain in the fleet for a while considering the money spent on the aircraft upgrade. Just curious on what would be the replacement when they are phased out of the fleet & I hope Qantas is in favor of the A340-500 or -600 & then again I wouldn't mind seeing the B777-200LR or -300ER in the Kangaroo colors!
Thanks once again.
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The 743's will go first, the oldest 744's will likely remain in the fleet until they are 22-23 years old so I think they will start replaceing them in 2011-2012, thats the 744's, I think the 743's will remain in the fleet until around 2009 and should be all retired by sometime in 2010. As for replacement it depends on the market at the time, I wouldn't be surprized if they got more 744's or firmed up some options on the A380.
You will see the 743's being retired when a few a380's would have joined the fleet. The 743's at the moment are being configured with PTV's in Economy, I don't know about the spacebed - maybe not.
I envisage the 743's starting to be phased out in about 4 more years, with the first 744's to be phased out in about 2010. A380's and hopefully 777's to replace these (the only 777 forming committee airline yet to purchase the 777!!)
Please stop to write the 777 into every fleet in this world. Its as useless as the Queen in OZ. And it would make the aviation world boring.
With 744s, A380s, and two sizes of A330s QF doesn´t have a gap to fill.