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QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:10 pm

QF7 A380 operating SYD-DFW just diverted to PHX due to a medical offload.

Is this the first instance of an A380 landing in PHX?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/QFA7
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:15 pm

First one as far as I know. Just saw it glide past my apartment.
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:18 pm

Pics or it didn't happen :D
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:12 am

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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:46 am

wn676 wrote:
First one as far as I know. Just saw it glide past my apartment.

It's not. There have been at least two or three A380 diversions to PHX from LAX in the past, all of which I believe were from QF. PHX has been capable of handling A380 diversions for several years now — I remember sitting in on a meeting discussing it around 2011. As far as I know, the APM bridge over Romeo was purposely built to be tall enough to accommodate an A380 passing underneath as part of these provisions. There were no plans to ever convert the facilities to handle an A380 on a regular basis, however. I'm sure that's still the case.
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:29 am

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wn676 wrote:
First one as far as I know. Just saw it glide past my apartment.

It's not. There have been at least two or three A380 diversions to PHX from LAX in the past, all of which I believe were from QF. PHX has been capable of handling A380 diversions for several years now — I remember sitting in on a meeting discussing it around 2011. As far as I know, the APM bridge over Romeo was purposely built to be tall enough to accommodate an A380 passing underneath as part of these provisions. There were no plans to ever convert the facilities to handle an A380 on a regular basis, however. I'm sure that's still the case.


The APM bridge is not capable of handling anything larger than a Group V aircraft. The distance between the taxiway crown and the bottom of the bridge structure is roughly 75 feet. When were these diversions? I have not seen or heard any evidence of a 380 diversion here in the past, including both public and proprietary tracking sources.
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:37 am

I've never heard of a A380 landing at PHX before..I thought I was seeing things when I saw it fly over the house on approach. Left about 6:15pm (MST) so it should be in Dallas real soon.
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:41 am

QF have sent B744s to PHX before, as charter operations. They have never diverted an A380 there as far as I can remember or find.
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:56 am

Here she is VH-OQD...

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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:59 am

DeltaB717 wrote:
QF have sent B744s to PHX before, as charter operations. They have never diverted an A380 there as far as I can remember or find.


The only entries on Qantas Source is 3 744 charters to/from PHX. There are also no photos in the database with a QF A380 in PHX

http://theqantassource.com/?s=phoenix
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:02 am

The QF Diamondback and Dodgers charters left PHX for the Down Under Opening Day a few years ago but they were 744's. I've never heard of a 380 landing before here either. QF may have diverted SYD-DFW here before when it was operated by a 744. That and the LAX-JFK flight are the only ones QF flies that would likely divert here. Transpac flights would be more likely to divert to HNL or possibly ONT if LAX was closed or not accepting arrivals. The bridge over the taxiway was designed for a 744 and I've read in the past it was not tall enough for a 380 but there are another set of taxiways on the other side of T4 it could cross over between north and south if it needed to.
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:45 am

skywaymanaz wrote:
The QF Diamondback and Dodgers charters left PHX for the Down Under Opening Day a few years ago but they were 744's. I've never heard of a 380 landing before here either. QF may have diverted SYD-DFW here before when it was operated by a 744. That and the LAX-JFK flight are the only ones QF flies that would likely divert here. Transpac flights would be more likely to divert to HNL or possibly ONT if LAX was closed or not accepting arrivals. The bridge over the taxiway was designed for a 744 and I've read in the past it was not tall enough for a 380 but there are another set of taxiways on the other side of T4 it could cross over between north and south if it needed to.


HNL is a approved alternate for QF since they operate scheduled service and have staff to properly handle a diversion. Looking back over the past few years it looks like HNL has averaged 6 QF A380 or B747 diversions to HNL per year for multiple different reasons.

HNL has even experienced one of these A380 diversions having to overnight due to crew duty limitations. Luckily most of those diversions are able to continue on to their final destination.

http://hnlrarebirds.blogspot.com/2012/04/qfa94.html
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:46 am

I know two people on this flight. First it departed SYD several hours late due MX then this. It landed in DFW about 2200hrs. I hope the medical passenger is doing ok.
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:23 am

Looks like this flight made the news on Fox 10 Phoenix and back in AUS.

Video and pics of the aircraft while in PHX.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/36756592/qantas-airbus-a380-diverted-to-phoenix-for-emergency-landing/

Customer seems to have suffered a heart attack. Hope the customer is doing well.
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:01 am

Reminds me of the time my LAS-AUS flight was diverted to PHX due to someone suffering from a seizure/seizure-like behavior.

Lucky for those PHX spotters, but hoping for a full recovery of the passenger.
 
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Re: QF7 A380 SYD-DFW Diverts to PHX

Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:21 pm

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wn676 wrote:
First one as far as I know. Just saw it glide past my apartment.

It's not. There have been at least two or three A380 diversions to PHX from LAX in the past, all of which I believe were from QF. PHX has been capable of handling A380 diversions for several years now — I remember sitting in on a meeting discussing it around 2011. As far as I know, the APM bridge over Romeo was purposely built to be tall enough to accommodate an A380 passing underneath as part of these provisions. There were no plans to ever convert the facilities to handle an A380 on a regular basis, however. I'm sure that's still the case.


Apologies...I was wrong. Just curious to the dates of those diversions. I'm coming up with a a couple of diversions from 2016 that were likely 380s (QF7 and QF12). There are a couple of QF7 diversions from 2011 and 2013 but those would have been the 744ER at the time. There is what looks like a charter flight from February 2011. Maybe that was it?
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