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by QF744ER
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1162
Views: 323709

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

Wouldn’t be surprised if National, Western Global and possibly even Sky Lease Cargo are sniffing around these 3 74M’s. KL is also under pressure to cut costs throughout the entire company in order to stay afloat. The last three 74E's are not exactly the most fuel efficient ones either. Behind the fo...

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by QF744ER
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF/Omega procuring ex RSAF KC-135R’s?
Replies: 2
Views: 1374

USAF/Omega procuring ex RSAF KC-135R’s?

Apologies if this has been mentioned before and/or is embedded in another thread. Have seen a image taken yesterday (on a rival site) of N573MA which is a former RSAF KC-135, ex 753 and the photo narrative mentions something along the lines of these being acquired, along with 3 sister-ships to count...

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by QF744ER
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 526
Views: 69684

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Hearing that National has pulled a third 744BCF after being stored at MZJ for over 10years!

N729CA has been ferried to SAT.

Ex KA/CX and was originally delivered to SQ as 9V-SMJ.

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by QF744ER
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 391
Views: 90766

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Any idea if this includes the 1-2 CI 744F’s sat basking in the Californian desert?

Think one is B-18703 which is painted all white?

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by QF744ER
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 526
Views: 69684

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Have seen elsewhere that apparently WGN have purchased a KLM B744 (think it was PH-BFL) no doubt for spares, guessing engines possibly for 497MC or future acquisitions, currently sat in AMS missing a couple of her GE’s.

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by QF744ER
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1443
Views: 174640

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Whilst on the topic of engines, I recall seeing something recently that GE had purchased those ex QF and KLM 744’s especially for their engines to support US registered 767’s, I have a vague recollection they were for the FedEx fleet, but it could’ve also been for ATSG/CAM birds. Was it FedEx that w...

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by QF744ER
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 391
Views: 90766

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

The most recent photo I saw, one was parked engineless and the other missing 2 of her engines. There’s factory B744F’s sitting in the desert with a rumoured price tag of around $12.5million a piece, the sums just don’t add up, especially as a factory freighter will always be more capable than a conv...

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by QF744ER
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, 747 fleet retired
Replies: 455
Views: 104396

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

In the images I’ve seen recently of the parked BA 744’s their engines are removed quite quickly, is there actually any worldwide demand for the RB211’s anymore? All I can think of is US registered B757’s.

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by QF744ER
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 51502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

After NWK receives ex JQ A320 -JQX the following 4 are ex 3K birds currently stored, not confirmed but believed to be/include 9V-JSB/F and H.

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by QF744ER
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 526
Views: 69684

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

So for those who are following my reports on the smaller-fleet 747 and MD11 operators in the time of Covid, I noticed one thing today. I had lauded VT Aero in SAT for getting National's N919CA turned around and back in service rapidly the other day, as it was the only aircraft they had that wasn't ...

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by QF744ER
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53797

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Is this the airbus ones? Was it a 321 freighter? Yep I was also curious about this - thought it should've been delivered long time ago as it can be helpful during this period Michael According to the following it’s due for delivery in October https://twitter.com/r_wall/status/1296216768487145473?s=...

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by QF744ER
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 526
Views: 69684

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

So National Airlines has been flying its aircraft hard during the Air Bridge period and now as extra lift in a still-strong cargo market. Their crews have been working hard (as they have a reputation for always doing), and they took a lot of pride in those long duty days to bring in PPE from China....

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by QF744ER
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 526
Views: 69684

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Things must be looking up at National as they ferried N756CA MZJ-SAT for paint on the 27/7

Ex SQ/CX and KA B744BCF, quite remarkable as records show this frame has been stored since 04/2013, most recent photos of it show it engineless too.

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by QF744ER
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 391
Views: 90766

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Qantas's last in-service B744, VH-OEJ, has just operated the type's final passenger service - a farewell joy flight around Canberra and the Snowy Mountains. Will position back to Sydney later today before heading to the CA desert next week. All have been sold to GE for their CF6’s which are ultimat...

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by QF744ER
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 P2F first flight
Replies: 119
Views: 30560

Re: A321 P2F first flight

Interestingly the first EFW converted A321PCF, which we know is destined for Express Freighters/QF is now shown as stored in XSP.

Still yet too see a photo of it post painting into the touted QF/Australia Post livery.

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by QF744ER
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14190

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Don't underestimate how capable the A330 fleet is, remember several of the A332's were up-rated to operate LAX flights a number of years ago. The A333's are also incredibly versatile birds, whether it be hauling pax/freight or both. They can also operate PER-JNB-PER flights. Thinking outside the box...

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by QF744ER
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14190

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Unofficially...have heard there's some talk of converting some 738's to freighters too.

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by QF744ER
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 P2F first flight
Replies: 119
Views: 30560

Re: A321 P2F first flight

Does any know the MSN of the next A321 that will be converted for Express Freighters tbf Qantas? Had read that JQ A321’s VH-VWY and -VWZ were to undergo conversion. MSN 1408, VH-VWY as far as know will come from KeyStone Holding. THE LOI was signed earlier this year. Scheduled to be re-delivered to...

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by QF744ER
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 P2F first flight
Replies: 119
Views: 30560

Re: A321 P2F first flight

Does any know the MSN of the next A321 that will be converted for Express Freighters tbf Qantas?

Had read that JQ A321’s VH-VWY and -VWZ were to undergo conversion.

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by QF744ER
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69209

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

qf789,

Any idea why VA’s recently converted box/package freighter B738 -VUC isn’t flying? Would’ve expected it to be the highest utilised 737 in our skies with the current demand for freight.

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by QF744ER
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69209

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Read earlier that VA have converted one of their 738’s into a parcel freighter by removing the seats from memory it was -VUC or -VUD.

Anyone know more?

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by QF744ER
Sun May 10, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary
Replies: 66
Views: 13288

Re: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary

[quote="EDP] For anyone interested, the two 777s being "converted" to freighters (having the seats taken out) will be G-YMMG and G-YMMK.[/quote] By "converted" is it just a temp conversation (just economy seats out) or as talking full on fright conversion here.[/quote] Has ...

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by QF744ER
Mon May 04, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this (MASKargo) the first time a passenger Airbus A380 is used as an all cargo aircraft?
Replies: 13
Views: 5160

Re: Is this (MASKargo) the first time a passenger Airbus A380 is used as an all cargo aircraft?

I never understood why MASKargo didn’t extend the lease of the 4th A332F they had -MUC as unlike other MH widebodies the freighters always seem to be active.

-MUC went on to have a diverse career, being NTU by Royal Jordanian then ending up in the Californian desert before being taken by TK!

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by QF744ER
Mon May 04, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lionair 739 with parcel.com titles
Replies: 5
Views: 1242

Lionair 739 with parcel.com titles

There’s a photo knocking about which was taken in MEL today of JT B739ER PK-LJT which is now wearing Lionparcel.com titles with a belt loaded offloading boxes at R1. Looking at the aircrafts recent history it looks to of flown several trips to MEL, CAN and SZX, but spent 5 days on the ground at Jaka...

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by QF744ER
Sun May 03, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 77L freighter conversions
Replies: 5
Views: 1774

77L freighter conversions

I believe first 77W aircraft destined for conversion to a SF (Special freighter) has recently been re-registered from its EK rego A6-EBB to OE-IHW and will commence conversion in Q4 of 2020 for GECAS. With the sheer popularity and demand for widebody and relatively modern freighters, especially 77F’...

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by QF744ER
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1542
Views: 22446

Re: Emirates Fleet Status - 2020

Further to this has EK actually started dismantling any A380’s for parts yet?

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by QF744ER
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 P2F first flight
Replies: 119
Views: 30560

Re: A321 P2F first flight

I agree that high resale values of the A320 and in particular A321 stopped this from happening. I speculate the A321NEO economics is freeing up frames at values that tip the scale. I also agree the MASSIVE parts availability virtually guaranteed for 30+ years on the A32x family makes this an attrac...

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by QF744ER
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT to take some ex SQ772’s
Replies: 22
Views: 6743

Re: LOT to take some ex SQ772’s

Based on data available LOT appears to have the following B788’s out of active flying schedules: LRE and LRH. B789’s LSA appears to of been in AUH for a number of days after being ferried there and LSE and LSF also appear to be grounded.

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by QF744ER
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT to take some ex SQ772’s
Replies: 22
Views: 6743

LOT to take some ex SQ772’s

https://www.pasazer.com/news/42999/do,f ... i,777.html
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Did a quick search and found no reference this this being previously posted.

From this article it would appear LOT is looking at taking 3 former Singapore Airlines B772’s.

https://www.pasazer.com/news/42999/do,f ... i,777.html

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by QF744ER
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF9 Perth to London took ~18 hours
Replies: 17
Views: 5882

Re: QF9 Perth to London took ~18 hours

JW...the cabin crew who operate QF2 only as far as SIN and QF10 only as far as PER are all UK based. From memory they have 24hrs layover in each city before operating the return duty. The flight deck crews were Aussie based.

Cheers

Tom/PER

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by QF744ER
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 65025

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

qf789 wrote:
VARA will expand their A320 fleet in 2020 by 3 more aircraft, the first arriving in March, this will take the fleet up to 9 by the end of 2020


QFLink/NWK are also due a 4th ex JQ A320 in March.

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by QF744ER
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 65025

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

No way they'll get rid of any 788's completely, at worst they'll end up in QF colours. I think it is clear that JQ doesn't need anymore 787's though and once the A321XLRs arrive they'll probably give some (5-6) back to QF. You probably already know this, the JQ 788s don’t have crew rest. This will ...

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by QF744ER
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 257654

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, Update: Final decision on PS delayed to Fe

Could an existing B789 reconfigured with a higher premium seat count, achieve the range required to make this project viable? I’ve always wondered if sacrificing Y seats in exchange for a bigger Y+ cabin and reducing the overall seat count down from the current 236 would extend the range further, th...

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by QF744ER
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 398
Views: 125558

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread

Skyliner is reporting ex SQ A330-343 msn1156 9V-STR is joining the AC fleet as C-GKUH.

That might be the identity of the 5th A330 supposedly joining the fleet.

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by QF744ER
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 82558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Alliance's F70 -QQW has started her return journey to Oz from the UK, she looks absolutely tremendous in her silver 100 year centennial livery, will be arguably one of the most appealing liveries gracing our skies. Just after confirmation which base she is destined for.

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by QF744ER
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest scheduled B737-800 NG flight?
Replies: 26
Views: 6999

Re: Longest scheduled B737-800 NG flight?

As I posted yesterday in the Australian thread for the month, yesterday's Malindo OD172 SYD-DPS had a flight time of 7:10hrs, B738 9M-LNM.

There's no way that took off with a decent payload from SYD!

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by QF744ER
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 82558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Malindo's OD172 flight from SYD-DPS just landed in Bali showing a total flight time of 7:10hrs! That's pretty impressive for a 738.

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by QF744ER
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas one way one-off 744 SYD-LAX 13OCT19
Replies: 45
Views: 13988

Re: Qantas one way one-off 744 SYD-LAX 13OCT19

The later ER's have recently undergone heavy checks in HKG.

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by QF744ER
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32615

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

I've checked status on all the EK A380 greater than 4 years of age and here's the state of play DWC: EDG, EDN and EEK. However EEQ and EER have both been ferried to AUH of recent, this might just be coincidental and being consecutive deliveries, they're due for maintenance at the same time. It still...

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by QF744ER
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32615

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

Does anyone else think this is potentially a ploy to send a strong message to part suppliers and vendors, to reduce the cost of parts acquisitions?

STC playing hard-ball, similar to what Richard Anderson was iconic for.

This whole EK scrapping A380's just doesn't add up.

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by QF744ER
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32615

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

The supposedly being scrapped -EEH is currently airborne from DWC-DXB as EK2552.

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by QF744ER
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83868

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Just something worth mentioning, IF some of the JQ B788's are transferred across to mainline there's a few equations here which could play out. I'm guessing it's safe to say they'll need to be reconfigured into a more QF friendly configuration, however they could be configured into a premium heavy ...

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by QF744ER
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83868

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Just something worth mentioning, IF some of the JQ B788's are transferred across to mainline there's a few equations here which could play out. I'm guessing it's safe to say they'll need to be reconfigured into a more QF friendly configuration, however they could be configured into a premium heavy B...

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by QF744ER
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 67937

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Anyone know what's going on with B789 -ZND?

It's only operated QF127/128 SYD-HKG-SYD rotations for well over the past week, all other Dreamliners appear to be rotationing normal through the system, apart from -ZND.

Is she flying with a MEL which permits long range sectors possibly?

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by QF744ER
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 67937

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

^ Well there is the constantly mentioned option of moving the 11x 788s to QF mainline. With the few routes that can't be moved to the XLR (namely SYD/MEL-HNL) shifted to QF with it. This would mean more than daily on the SYD-HNL route as QF mainline if that scenario was to occur. A less premium hea...

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by QF744ER
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 67937

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Have just arrived home in Perth after a trip to NYC. We were booked on JFK-LAX-MEL (departing Wednesday 12th NY time) however the night before departing we received a notification via the app that QF94 had been re-timed to a 10am departure the following day, however later the evening we received fur...

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by QF744ER
Fri May 03, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest fleet-wide livery repainting?
Replies: 40
Views: 5064

Re: Longest fleet-wide livery repainting?

bhxalex wrote:
MH still have several 738s in the old livery which was officially phased out in 2015, although they'd been receiving new aircraft in an updated livery since 2012.


With the exception of the retro B738 and B744 I don't believe MH have painted an entire aircraft in close to 10 years!

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by QF744ER
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72514

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

What about the potential of JQ using some of their new A321NEO's to launch international routes ex PER to BKK/HKT/KUL/PEN and potentially SGN and HAN?

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by QF744ER
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72514

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Have just been given some more information about the diverted QR908 DOH-SYD to PER yesterday. Due to the tech issue crew timed out. It was suppose to depart for SYD at 1300 today but that got pushed back to 1400 then 1530, aircraft still remains on the ground . Looks like it is finally on the move ...

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by QF744ER
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72514

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

I asked this question on the fleet thread with no response but does anyone know why QF A332 -EBP is grounded in SYD? It's been there since the 9/4, I've heard whispers it's related to a major system. My QF sources are remaining tight lipped on this one.

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