Qantas Boeing 747 back on Sydney-Perth?

By whoppersandwich | Jun 30, 2018, 05:52 AM
Word on the street is that we could see the return of domestic 747 services between SYD - PER (rumoured to commence once the HNL service is upgraded from A330 to 747). The freed up domestic A330 will then be used to run the PER - SIN leg!
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By reno | Jun 30, 2018, 06:50 AM
There is absolutely no demand for a fuel sucking out dated 747 on this sector.
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By Rod H | Jun 30, 2018, 10:38 AM
There is the same rumour going around in the Pilot's Forums. Very strong rumour. Even though it's a gas guzzler one would think that if QF have a spare B747 sitting around doing nothing they may as well use it as it would cost an awful lot more to buy a new or even used fuel efficient aeroplane.
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By ManHa | Jun 30, 2018, 02:34 PM
There is the same rumour going around in the Pilot's Forums. Very strong rumour. Even though it's a gas guzzler one would think that if QF have a spare B747 sitting around doing nothing they may as well use it as it would cost an awful lot more to buy a new or even used fuel efficient aeroplane.
You're right. Refurbing second hand A380s/A330s would be more expensive than using an old product like the 747 for regional routes - plus it also increases QFs market share and makes the PER-SIN route more competitive - tho SQ>QF .

Good news for plane spotters - tho I'd prefer the newer A330 to the dated 747 products when it comes to travelling (even in economy class). I'd been on the 747s coming back from LAX and it was horrible (tho my previous flight was the QF A380)

747 >737 tho on regional flights.
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By johnaboxall | Jun 30, 2018, 03:35 PM
There's some twisted logic to this. Extra freight capacity SYD-PER, might as well have the old girl flying than gathering dust, even in Y it's a better flight than a 737 - you can walk a lap around the cabin, last chance to take the kids on a 747, avgeeks will love it, PER-SIN gets a boost with A330, J will suck with Skybed II, QF has some money to spend. Interesting test for a month or two at least. If it's true I'd do a weekend out and back just for the memories.
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By brinkers | Jun 30, 2018, 05:29 PM
The word on the street is that this is about freeing up the 737s that are running PER-SIN. Keeping a 747 around a bit longer helps with this.
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By GBRGB | Jun 30, 2018, 06:46 PM
Would be good if QF did some domestic runs on the 747 before retiring it anyway, like they did when the 787 arrived they could do the same for the departing 747’s , many never get a chance to fly overseas but would love a trip on one before they go.
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By mannej | Jun 30, 2018, 10:04 PM
There's some twisted logic to this. Extra freight capacity SYD-PER, might as well have the old girl flying than gathering dust, even in Y it's a better flight than a 737 - you can walk a lap around the cabin, last chance to take the kids on a 747, avgeeks will love it, PER-SIN gets a boost with A330, J will suck with Skybed II, QF has some money to spend. Interesting test for a month or two at least. If it's true I'd do a weekend out and back just for the memories.

I think you will find the rumour is that OEB will be running this leg, just like OJD the last time around.

That being the case, it is MkI in J, but with old F for those able to select it.
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By Jedi | Jul 01, 2018, 01:28 PM
There's some twisted logic to this. Extra freight capacity SYD-PER, might as well have the old girl flying than gathering dust, even in Y it's a better flight than a 737 - you can walk a lap around the cabin, last chance to take the kids on a 747, avgeeks will love it, PER-SIN gets a boost with A330, J will suck with Skybed II, QF has some money to spend. Interesting test for a month or two at least. If it's true I'd do a weekend out and back just for the memories.

I think you will find the rumour is that OEB will be running this leg, just like OJD the last time around.

That being the case, it is MkI in J, but with old F for those able to select it.

Yes put the oldest 747 in the fleet on this route. OEB must be going to put out to pasture soon
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By henri9 | Jul 01, 2018, 02:15 PM
http://www.yssyforum.net/board/showthread.php?t=7947&page=65

Post in the above thread claims that OEB will be around until calendar 2019 and that the one 744 retired in calendar 2018 will be another.
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By ThePerthTrav | Jul 01, 2018, 05:40 PM
I have my doubts as to the likeliness of this. However, if it does happen, I’ll try taking my chances on the route.
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By Geoffair | Jul 01, 2018, 07:21 PM
Makes sense to use the capacity if the route is busy and the aircraft available, they're cost effective because known (low?) maintenance and still licensed and probably no buyer unless scrapped.
Pilots enjoy flying them and usually better, if older, seats too. PAL kept their B747s on domestic routes awhile and ofcourse BA use them untill 2024 where appropriate.
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By DownSouth | Jul 01, 2018, 09:33 PM
Ridiculous are we in 1970.
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By Contract3 | Jul 01, 2018, 10:58 PM
Wow I never knew they used to operate them domestically. I do 80% of my travel in Y but have never traveled in a 747 in Y. Strangely I have done QF, TG and BA 747 flights but they were In J & by chance. I used to Frequent PER-SYD flights a lot would be great to see a 747 on that route.
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By whoppersandwich | Jul 02, 2018, 02:44 AM
At the very least, we had 743s to both SYD and MEL not even 10 years ago. Was only a young fella back then so there could’ve been more!
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By PERflyer | Jul 02, 2018, 08:01 AM

Word on the street is that we could see the return of domestic 747 services between SYD - PER (rumoured to commence once the HNL service is upgraded from A330 to 747). The freed up domestic A330 will then be used to run the PER - SIN leg!


Qantas 71/72 PER/SIN, now showing in system as a 332. Happy!
Last edited by PERflyer at Jul 02, 2018, 08.01 AM.
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