When will qantas stop flying the 747 between Sydney and Santiago?

By brettepi | Feb 04, 2019, 01:03 PM
Was hoping it would be this year before my next trip.
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By LatteLaptopLoon | Feb 04, 2019, 01:27 PM
Don’t know if CASA has given the all clear for Qantas to fly their 787s to South America.
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By patrickk | Feb 04, 2019, 02:45 PM
I suspect when 787s get ETOPS for that range; or they get replaced with A380s (~3 days week) late in 2020 when more 787s are around to free up A380s of Jo'burg and Santiago when the last 747s go
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By whoppersandwich | Feb 04, 2019, 02:52 PM
Word on the street is that CASA will be inclined to wait until a suitor is selected for Project Sunrise before making ETOPS recommendations to potentially allow for a reduction in their workload evaluating GE engines etc.
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By Red Cee | Feb 04, 2019, 04:26 PM
I suspect that SAntiago and Jo’burg will be the last ports to loose the 747, due to CASA restrictions.
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By markpk | Feb 04, 2019, 07:21 PM
Bugger of a dilemma for Qantas - flog the 747's into the ground but tick off customers OR pick up some low cost A380's but face the risk of no crew to fly them OR try and bring 787 deliveries forward but struggle to train pilots without impacting domestic operations...
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By patrickk | Feb 05, 2019, 07:00 AM
I think by the end of next year (when the 747s will depart) they will have enough 787s (6 more at least) to free up A380s for Joburg and Santiago.
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By brettepi | Feb 05, 2019, 08:28 AM
I really enjoyed my last flight on LATAM with their 789 planes. Feels like a big downgrade to have to fly on the Qantas 747 now..
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By tommygun | Feb 05, 2019, 08:51 AM
I really enjoyed my last flight on LATAM with their 789 planes. Feels like a big downgrade to have to fly on the Qantas 747 now..

This, and the OP's question, raise an interesting point. Is it the knowledge that the 747 is old that makes it feel less attractive that a 789? Or is it that Qantas, and others, have so neglected the interiors of the 747 that compared to a 789 they are just a poor cousin. Without doubt the 747 remains a good airframe, albeit with thirsty engines. But that matters little to passengers. It's the amenity, the comfort and the "look and feel" of the cabin that most of us use to judge an aircraft. Qantas has extended the productive life of the 747's by failing to spend much on keeping them in good condition inside. I'd say that's something of a "finger" to passengers by the national carrier. The old birds should have all been better refreshed (OEB in particular is a joke) or have all been gone before now.
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By Timmy22bc | Feb 05, 2019, 12:33 PM
I really enjoyed my last flight on LATAM with their 789 planes. Feels like a big downgrade to have to fly on the Qantas 747 now..

This, and the OP's question, raise an interesting point. Is it the knowledge that the 747 is old that makes it feel less attractive that a 789? Or is it that Qantas, and others, have so neglected the interiors of the 747 that compared to a 789 they are just a poor cousin. Without doubt the 747 remains a good airframe, albeit with thirsty engines. But that matters little to passengers. It's the amenity, the comfort and the "look and feel" of the cabin that most of us use to judge an aircraft. Qantas has extended the productive life of the 747's by failing to spend much on keeping them in good condition inside. I'd say that's something of a "finger" to passengers by the national carrier. The old birds should have all been better refreshed (OEB in particular is a joke) or have all been gone before now.

What are you taking about, the just splashed out for new seat covers! 😂
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