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Qantas 747 SPs

Sun Apr 30, 2000 10:10 am

Does Qantas still have it's 2 SP's. If so, on what routes do they fly? If not, what happened to them? Thanks for any help you can give.
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RE: Qantas 747 SPs

Sun Apr 30, 2000 11:13 am

The two SP38's are still in service. Originally they were the long haul aircraft used on the non-stop Pacific run, nowadays they fly around S.E. Asia on routes to places such as Manila and Indonesian ports. As the QF SPs were among a small number produced with Rolls Royce engines there was never much chance of other SP operators adding the type to their P&W fleets. They continue to soldier on in the QF fleet although the operating costs must be poor compared with B767-338s and even the Classic standard bodied 747s. When the next QF order for aircraft from either Airbus or Boeing eventuates, I dare say the SPs will be among the first to leave the fleet. Personally I'll miss the stumpy Jumbo.