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What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:14 pm

I understand that Qantas has spent over 9.5 billion dollars replacing the aged B737-300s,B767-200s & B747-200, BUT,which aircraft is replacing the B747-300 when Qantas phase it out of the fleet?

B737-300 replaced by the B737-800
B767-200 replaced by the A330-200
B747-200 replaced by the A330-300
B747-300 replaced by the B747-400ER???

Any information would be great.
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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:19 pm

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.

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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:33 pm

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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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:57 pm

i certainly hope they would have the sence to go with the 773ER over the 346


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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:42 pm

EK413 - if it follows the current Qantas trend, the 747-300s will be replaced by 747-400 (not the ER models) which have been themselves replaced by the A380s...

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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 3:33 pm

Would Qantas phase out the aged B744s ( some examples have been in the fleet since 1989 ) when they begin to take A380s as of 2006?
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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 4:43 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:04 pm

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!!)
 
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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:29 pm

The B747-338 is not getting the Skybed, it is being refurbished with Dreamtime Business Class seats.
 
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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:47 pm

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.
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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 9:42 pm

Dreamtime Business Class???? Is that flat bed???
 
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RE: What Is Qantas B747-300 Replacement Aircraft?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 10:21 pm

United - Dreamtime is the current flagship Business Class offering, which has been in the cabins since the late 1990s. It is not a flat bed. It is being replaced by the SkyBed, which is the new lie flat seat. More information can be found at http://www.qantas.com.au/info/flying/travelClasses/internationalBusiness

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