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The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:47 am

Does anybody remember flying/working on the British Airways 747 leased by Qantas as VH-NLH between around 2001 and 2003?

Did it have complete British Airways interior? Did this make it a particularly difficult/unpleasant aircraft to work on for QF crew?

It seems it was mostly used on SYD-HKG, AKL-LAX and SYD-CNS
 
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The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:29 am

I was lucky to pax back to SYD on this bird from CNS in Y when she was flying downunder.

From what I remember...

It had the 'blue' Y class seats of QF at the time, unsure of the pointy end.
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Safety cards were the standard QF 744 card, no differences.
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The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:21 am

Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
It seems it was mostly used on SYD-HKG, AKL-LAX and SYD-CNS

For more than a few days at a time, it was doing SYD-CGK-SIN...

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The photo was taken before the "regular period"... Qantas seem to have tried tried put it on the Jakarta run, enough Y pax complained, so they took it out, and sent back the 742/3/SP/763... as they were more spacious in Y... but then, the ground agents could have simply told me porky pies!
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The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:46 am

Hi All,

From memory, it didn't have 'datalink', so it was HF communications across the Pacific.

There were some other differences too, but I can't readily recall them.

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The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:43 am

Apparently she was fairly unreliable so a few wags said NLH stood for Never Leaves Hangar.
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The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:07 am

Quoting tullamarine (Reply 4):
Apparently she was fairly unreliable so a few wags said NLH stood for Never Leaves Hangar.

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RE: The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:43 am

Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
Does anybody remember flying/working on the British Airways 747 leased by Qantas as VH-NLH between around 2001 and 2003?

She was a nightmare of an aircraft for crew and ground staff... She mainly operated the Pacific routes SYD-LAX-SYD and SYD-HKG-SYD routes...
The aircraft at one point created confusion with the ATC crew at LAX due to the aircraft operating in the BA World Tail scheme with QF titles... QF was requested to remove the scheme as a result...

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RE: The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:45 am

There is a photo of the Y cabin of VH-NLH on the 'other site', which shows standard BA Y layout for the time but with QF seat covers. I believe QF leased the plane to cover PTV refits on its own 747s.
 
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RE: The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:32 pm

It was a PITA when the inevitable aircraft change occurred and NLH was put on the flight because of the different config as compared to all the other 744s.

I can't remember for the life of me now what the config was. Maybe I've just erased that period from my mind  
 
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RE: The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:00 am

It operated SYD-AKL-EZE for the last few months of that service in 2002 then was on BNE-AKL-LAX regularly until it returned to BA in early 2003 IIRC. Initially it was on mainly SYD-HKG with the odd SYD-AKL run. As others said it turned up at a few other places aswell.
 
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RE: The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:01 am

I remember it spending its last months flying mostly domestic CNS-SYD-CNS-SYD-CNS rotations and I believe SYD-PER-SYD.

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RE: The History Behind VH-NLH - Qantas' BA 747?

Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:51 pm

Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
Did it have complete British Airways interior?

Before it was leased to QF it was ferried from LHR to CBG as BA9173E on 31 October 2000. There it entered the Marshalls of Cambridge hangar. I always assumed - but certainly did not know - that this was for a cabin refurbishment. My reason for this assumption was that at that time BA were regularly ferrying 744s to CBG for the installation of their then new first generation J Class lie flat seats.

To return to G-BNLH, it was registered to QF as VH-NLH on 13 November while still at CBG. By then it had had "QANTAS" titles applied. That day it was ferried CBG-FRA where it entered service operating QF6018 (FRA-BKK-SYD). The day before this sister ship G-BNLI was ferried from LHR to CBG. It replaced 'LH in the Marshalls' hangar. When it returned to LHR on 3 December it had had its J Class cabin refurbished with the new lie-flat seats.

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