I was on QF485 to Perth on an A332 (sorry rego unknown) on Tuesday 21 March. The aircraft was delayed on departure for an hour due to a "technical reason". When we boarded and closed the door, the Captain announced that the landing gear would remain down for 2-3 minutes longer than normal after take off. He also went on to mention that this aircraft had a mandatory engine inspection in Melbourne hence the delay.
Now this was really odd because given the way QF
are cycling the A332's through the domestic network, this aircraft could only have been on ground overnight or flown the redeye from PER
arriving in around 0515.
So not to discredit the earlier poster, but I don't think brake heat was an issue here. If anyone can shed light on it, I would be keen to know. I am a Platinum flyer with QF
and fly 3-4 times a week, and this has never happened before.