UPDATE | Qantas' final Boeing 767 flight from Melbourne to Sydney on December 27 will no longer run as the 8pm QF490 service, having been brought forward to the 5pm QF452 flight.
The three-hour change will make for more of a razzle-dazzle arrival into Sydney in the summer daylight hours at 6.25pm, including a water cannon salute to honour the Boeing 767, its crew and passengers as the aircraft approaches the Qantas terminal gates for the last time.
Given that a large number of aviation enthusiasts had already booked QF490 with the specific intention of travelling on the Boeing 767's farewell flight, Qantas is thoughtfully allowing QF490 passengers to rebook onto QF452 at no charge.
In addition, a Qantas spokesperson advised Australian Business Traveller that Qantas flights booked from other cities to Melbourne to connect to the Boeing 767's last hurrah – along with onward flights from Sydney – can also be changed at no cost in conjunction with a swap to QF452 "if their agenda was to be part of Qantas' last commercial Boeing 767 flight."
Those free flight changes can be made until October 19 2014 by calling Qantas on 13 13 13.
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A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that QF490 from Melbourne to Sydney on December 27 2014 will be the airline’s last Boeing 767 passenger flight – a fitting send-off for an aircraft that spends most of its time zipping in between the two business capitals.
Qantas’ Boeing 767s have already disappeared from international service, with Honolulu (Hawaii) – the last remaining offshore Boeing 767 destination – having switched to newer and more fuel-efficient Airbus A330s from September 14.
The 767 fleet underwent multi-million dollar refurbishments just two years ago, including new charcoal leather seats in business class and iPads for use as inflight entertainment via the wireless Q Streaming system:
Hitching one last ride on the Boeing 767
While the Red Roo’s final Boeing 767 flight will run from Melbourne to Sydney, residents in other cities still have one last chance to score a ride on the big bird.
Subject to last-minute aircraft swaps, the Boeing 767s will do an informal ‘Australian tour’ – covering every mainland capital city before disappearing from Australian skies.
Here’s your last chance to fly on the jet by route:
- Sydney-Adelaide-Sydney: November 3, QF741 & QF752
- Brisbane-Perth: November 17, QF651
- Perth-Canberra: November 17, QF718
- Melbourne-Canberra-Melbourne: November 30, QF822 & QF821
- Brisbane-Adelaide-Brisbane: December 9, QF663 & QF656
- Brisbane-Melbourne: December 9, QF635
- Melbourne-Adelaide-Melbourne: December 17, QF683 & QF686
- Melbourne-Brisbane: December 25, QF636
- Brisbane-Darwin-Brisbane: December 26, QF824 & QF825
- Sydney-Brisbane-Sydney: December 27, QF508 & QF517
- Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney: December 27, QF447 & QF490
If you’re flying on Qantas’ Boeing 767s through December, also check out our business class review from Sydney to Brisbane.
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