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Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:17 pm

With QF recent retirement of their Boeing 747s fleet, and the with drawing of their LAX-AKL route, ( A330 operated) I wonder, is QF an all A380 operation, at LAX? Also, do QF still flies between LAX and JFK?
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:22 pm

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
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With QF recent retirement of their Boeing 747s fleet,

This has not happened. There are several 747s still operating for QF. A quick glance at their online schedule shows quite a few 747 flights ex LAX for SYD alone.

You may wish to check on this before telling everyone QF have retired their 747 fleet.
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:23 pm

QF 15/16 BNE-LAX-BNE is a 744.

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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:33 pm

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):

This was a false report by an poorly informed OP. He equated taking the 744 off MEL-LHR to SQ retiring the whole fleet.

QF will have 744s for years. The 744ER has a good 8-10 years left...
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:01 pm

QF107/108 SYD-LAX-SYD and QF15/16 BNE-LAX-BNE are still operated by 744.
The LAX-JFK route is still operating and once AKL-LAX ceases for QF on 6th May, it will be an extension of the BNE-LAX service to be operated by 744
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:13 pm

I thought there was a trend about QF operating their last 747 flight, I mush have misread the trend, please forgive.

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 4):
The LAX-JFK route is still operating and once AKL-LAX ceases for QF on 6th May, it will be an
extension of the BNE-LAX service to be operated by 744

It is going to be a 747 again, thank god.
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:46 pm

QF operates an A332 from LAX-JFK no?
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:51 pm

I wonder when we/if we will ever see an A380 LAX-JFK. That would be awesome to see. Though I doubt it is very economical. When I flew it a couple years back the load factors in Y were horrible. Up front wasn't much better. Though from what I understand the cargo revenue keeps it going.
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:57 pm

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 4):
QF107/108 SYD-LAX-SYD and QF15/16 BNE-LAX-BNE are still operated by 744.
The LAX-JFK route is still operating and once AKL-LAX ceases for QF on 6th May, it will be an extension of the BNE-LAX service to be operated by 744

Wasn't the plan for both SYD-LAX-SYD to be A380s? If so, has it remained a combination operation with the 744ER & A388 because of the issues with the A380s engine and wing problems? Will 107/108 eventually become a A388.

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 5):

It is going to be a 747 again, thank god.

Was the A332 an uncomfortable ride? It would seem the A332 to be much more economical to operate on this flight, but since AKL got the axe, they have no need to have a A332 at LAX anymore.

What are the load factors like on LAX-JFK-LAX considering they don't allow local traffic in this market?
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:19 am

Quoting laca773 (Reply 9):
Wasn't the plan for both SYD-LAX-SYD to be A380s? If so, has it remained a combination operation with the 744ER & A388 because of the issues with the A380s engine and wing problems? Will 107/108 eventually become a A388.

(1) No it wasn't the plan for this year.
(2) The "issues" have not changed long term fleet planning.
(3) Yes, but don't forget the 744ERs are being reconfigured with an A380 interior, and will be in use for a further 8 to 10 years.
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:22 am

Quoting N126DL (Reply 6):
QF operates an A332 from LAX-JFK no?

As i said, it is currently operated by A332 as an extension of AKL-LAX, but when AKL-LAX-AKL ceases on 6th May, the LAX-JFK tag-on will be an extension of BNE-LAX to be operated by 744

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 8):
I wonder when we/if we will ever see an A380 LAX-JFK.

It will be interesting to see what happens to LAX-JFK for QF once the 744's time is up. Maybe it will switch to SFO-JFK? There have been rumours that QF will return to SFO when their 787's are delivered

Quoting laca773 (Reply 9):
Wasn't the plan for both SYD-LAX-SYD to be A380s? If so, has it remained a combination operation with the 744ER & A388 because of the issues with the A380s engine and wing problems? Will 107/108 eventually become a A388.

Yes, i think that is the eventual plan, but as far as i know nothing has been set in stone in terms of QF107/108, and up to the furthest booking dates March 2013 its still showing as a 744
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:54 am

Quoting laca773 (Reply 9):
Was the A332 an uncomfortable ride? It would seem the A332 to be much more economical to operate on this flight, but since AKL got the axe, they have no need to have a A332 at LAX anymore.







No, from what I read, an A330 should be a very comfortable ride, but as a 747 fan, I love to read that the original Queen of the skies, is flying between the two biggest and best city in the United States. The only thing better QF wise, would be if QF started using A380s on the LAX-JFK route.          
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:20 am

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 4):
AKL-LAX ceases for QF on 6th May

The discontinuation of the AKL-LAX flight will mean that the world's longest A-332 flight will become

5585nm DTW-HND Delta 332x7 (currently suspended but scheduled to resume on 26 April),

or, baring a delay or a change in a/c to the above,

5433nm MAD-EZE Air Europa 332x7 will be the longest.

World's Longest Flights 13 April Update (by BNAOWB Apr 4 2012 in Aviation Polls)

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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:28 am

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 5):
I thought there was a trend about QF operating their last 747 flight, I mush have misread the trend, please forgive.

That thread was that QF were operating their last 747 flight from MEL.

I think that the 747 will be at LAX for quite a while. Soon there will be a big gap in A380 deliveries for QF, so I would think BNE-LAX-BNE will continue with a 747 for the forseable future.

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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:36 am

as great as it was seeing that QF a330 tail at JFK
I'd sooner give anything to see Wunala Dreaming at JFK again.. now she was the queen of the skies.

also, am I making this up or is that never going to happen because Wunala was repainted?
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:52 am

Quoting khpn (Reply 15):
am I making this up or is that never going to happen because Wunala was repainted?

Unfortunately she has been repainted back into the standard color scheme. The (blue) 737 is still around though IIRC.
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:23 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 14):
That thread was that QF were operating their last 747 flight from MEL.

And LHR. Thus LHR is an A380 only operation for QF atm although only two daily flight I believe now, down from four.
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:47 am

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 11):
It will be interesting to see what happens to LAX-JFK for QF once the 744's time is up. Maybe it will switch to SFO-JFK? There have been rumours that QF will return to SFO when their 787's are delivered

I doubt very much that QF will ever serve NYC from anywhere other than LAX (unless the was a major change in their strategy, ie switching to Star). The success of the flight depends on its ability to gather passengers from the MEL and BNE flights (and AKL for the next month), and if/when QF returns to SFO, it will be serviced as a secondary destination, not be with service from multiple cities.

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 11):
Yes, i think that is the eventual plan, but as far as i know nothing has been set in stone in terms of QF107/108, and up to the furthest booking dates March 2013 its still showing as a 744

QF107 will remain a 744 until 2019/20 when the final 6 A380's arrive to replace the final 9 744's. Even then it's not a certainty, depending on what the market looks like in a decade. Much as I'd hate it, we could end up with QF11 being supplemented by a JQ 789 flight...
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:04 am

Quoting laca773 (Reply 9):
Was the A332 an uncomfortable ride? It would seem the A332 to be much more economical to operate on this flight, but since AKL got the axe, they have no need to have a A332 at LAX anymore.

I flew up on QF15 on a 744ER with the new interior, and it is light years ahead of what's offered on the 332s.
The 332 is still a great aircraft to fly on, but they are starting to look a little dated. It is still the best way to get from LAX to JFK!

Quoting laca773 (Reply 9):
What are the load factors like on LAX-JFK-LAX considering they don't allow local traffic in this market?

No Idea what the loads are like, but it was pretty much a full house in Y and J 3 weeks ago.
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:25 am

Quoting qf002 (Reply 17):
QF107 will remain a 744 until 2019/20 when the final 6 A380's arrive to replace the final 9 744's.

Whats to say that the 2 A380s due in late 2013 won't go on QF107/108?! I'd say there is a high chance that thats where they may well end up. DFW or JNB are other possibilities IMO.

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 10):
As i said, it is currently operated by A332 as an extension of AKL-LAX, but when AKL-LAX-AKL ceases on 6th May, the LAX-JFK tag-on will be an extension of BNE-LAX to be operated by 744

QF107/108 will switch shortly to a refitted 744, no need to use the BNE aircraft unless the SYD flight is heavily delayed.
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:20 am

Quoting yeogeo (Reply 12):
The discontinuation of the AKL-LAX flight will mean that the world's longest A-332 flight will become

So does this mean that MEL-LAX will be only one flight per day with QF metal?
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:28 am

Quoting planetime (Reply 20):
So does this mean that MEL-LAX will be only one flight per day with QF metal?

Yes. But it pretty much is anyway, QF25/26 MEL-AKL-MEL is a 73H so a change of plane and longish layovers depending on the schedule which varies in the different seasons so hardly great or a direct flight.
 
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RE: Is QF An All A380 Operation @ LAX?

Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:47 pm

Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 19):
Whats to say that the 2 A380s due in late 2013 won't go on QF107/108?! I'd say there is a high chance that thats where they may well end up. DFW or JNB are other possibilities IMO.

It makes so much more sense for QF to use the extra A380 capacity on flights outside of SYD-LAX... You mention JNB and DFW, but taking QF127/8 to daily (which is likely to happen this year using the additional capacity from the return of Nancy Bird IMO), FRA and NRT are all also strong candidates IMO.

And I know it's a weak argument, but there's also the fact that QF needs a 744 in LAX everyday to operate QF107 to LAX. BNE-LAX is 6'weekly, and has been forever with QF very reluctant to increase it to daily. Given how constrained the fleet will soon be, it's unlikely that they will be adding the extra 747 required for the extra weekly flight any time soon.

It just makes more sense for QF to use the A380 elsewhere, especially since the 744's will have virtually the same product inside soon...