I agree with you. I cant understand why they are ditching it either. Its bad for Perth Spotters to.
Less QF 747's!
My source is a couple of travel agent contacts.
They definently wont be doing direct SYD-JNB with the 744's.
"Qantas will discontinue its Sydney/Perth/
Johannesburg QF63/64 services from 3/01.
With QF 23/24 finishing on THU26OCT/FRI27OCT.
It is almost certain that from this date South African Airways flights SA280/281, will terminate in Perth when Qantas eventually pulls off the route.
Rumour has it that South African Airways may also uplift the aircraft size to B744, and that services could run daily. "
Possible codeshare I suppose?
I dont understand why they are handing it all to SAA. But if the SAA 744 terminates in Perth, QF must be flying the PER-SYD sector with 747 classic or 763 aircraft?
Should make for some interesting observations.