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Re: QF 747 Retirement

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:43 am
by Cointrin330
zululima wrote:
Cointrin330 wrote:
Am flying SFO-SYD on QF in November and wondering if anyone would know if this route is usually served by a 747-400(ER) and if the QF74 service is generally featuring the A380 interior style?


I'm in the same boat, but doing SYD-SFO, specifically to get an ER while I can. Now that OJT is gone the odds are better, at least until the next retirement. A few months ago it was an even 1-1 split of ER birds, but has lately come up to 2-1 or so. 19 of the last 28 have been ERs, with every QF 744 touching SFO at least once in that span.

You can see the fleet's activities by route, plane type, etc at The QANTAS Source:
http://theqantassource.com/routetracker.html


This is great. Thank you!

Re: QF 747 Retirement

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:43 am
by Cointrin330
HM7 wrote:
Cointrin330 wrote:
Am flying SFO-SYD on QF in November and wondering if anyone would know if this route is usually served by a 747-400(ER) and if the QF74 service is generally featuring the A380 interior style?

It will very likely have A380 interior style, as VH-OEB is the only bird with the old interior and she usually serves JNB/SCL/NRT. However, it could go either way with the ER vs RR aircraft


Thanks very much.

Re: QF 747 Retirement

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:21 am
by vorellanaj
jfk777 wrote:
vorellanaj wrote:
No data of retirement about specific aircraft could be retrieved.

First, Qantas will retire the sole oddball 747 configured (OEB , ex-OZ , could be perfectly this year), then the 3 RR-powered last standard 747-438 and finally the 6 -ER.

I think withdrawn dates could be accelerated or postponed , depending :
    787-9 delivery schedule
    fuel prices
    360 minute ETOPS approval from CASA to Australian registered aircraft. Quads must be used to Johannesburg and Santiago. If CASA denied ETOPS 360, maybe Qantas would be switch 747 to A380 to those routes. Santiago airport can't handle A380 ops today but to end 2020 could be a different story.

I don't like 747 retirement (I love unique design of this aircraft), but I think Qantas plans retire them with a bit of life remaining (BA plans retirement in 2024 but BA 747 are all older than QF 747 (not counting oddball)


IF LATAM can fly 787 to Sydney why would Qantas have to fly A380 to Santiago ? Qantas should fly a 787 too. Qantas will fly a twin of some type depending what the future fleet plan is which could include an A350 or 777. Doubtful that a quad would fly it South America and South Africa as they would be too big,


QF 787 are not flying under ETOPS-360 rules. CASA doesn't approve it yet. CASA rules are more strict than FAA and EASA rules. DGAC (Chilean authority) follows FAA rules.

Do you remember VA 77W case on SYD-JNB route?