Qantas Boeing 747 flying Sydney to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane

By alexlips99 | Jun 05, 2019, 11:13 PM
Qantas has just scheduled Boeing 747 flights between Sydney and Melbourne/Brisbane/Adelaide on a few dates between November 2019 and Feb 2020. Adelaide and Brisbane get 1 return flight each and Sydney gets 2. Dates and flight numbers here: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284681/qantas-schedules-boeing-747-domestic-service-in-nw19/

I'd love to think QF is doing this as a victory lap for the queen of the skies before she gets put out to pasture but its still several months (at least) before the final 747 will be retired. Does anyone know why they've put on these flights?
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By mrc82 | Jun 06, 2019, 09:25 AM
Positioning for Antarctica flights would be my guess, the dates line up
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By lach64 | Jun 06, 2019, 11:19 AM
Long live the queen.
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By QFP1 | Jun 06, 2019, 01:24 PM
I believe these are domestic legs before Antarctic flights, the actual flight details from that website linked are:

Sydney – Adelaide
QF743 SYD1840 – 2015ADL 744 23NOV19
QF736 ADL1235 – 1500SYD 744 25NOV19

Sydney – Brisbane
QF524 SYD1200 – 1230BNE 744 09NOV19
QF529 BNE1205 – 1440SYD 744 11NOV19

Sydney – Melbourne
QF417 SYD0830 – 1005MEL 744 31DEC19
QF439 SYD1400 – 1535MEL 744 15FEB20

QF438 MEL1400 – 1525SYD 744 01JAN20
QF400 MEL0600 – 0725SYD 744 17FEB20

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By dm12 | Jun 06, 2019, 04:24 PM
Wonder if they’ll extend the 747 on the honolulu run longer
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By mspcooper | Jun 06, 2019, 04:56 PM
would this be out of the domestic terminals? Now, that would be a sight to savour.
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By TJS | Jun 06, 2019, 08:28 PM
would this be out of the domestic terminals? Now, that would be a sight to savour.

Yes. I’ve seen the B747 at Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne domestic terminals. A rare sight these days indeed!
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By Milo | Jun 06, 2019, 09:34 PM
Am on QF743 SYD-ADL, it’s showing departure from T3
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By eminere | Jun 06, 2019, 11:27 PM
would this be out of the domestic terminals? Now, that would be a sight to savour.

Yes all departing from domestic.
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By Carrots | Jun 07, 2019, 03:55 PM
Might've accidentally booked some J reward seats to get on the old girl for a whirlwind romance.
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By Ladtsmt | Jun 08, 2019, 02:10 PM
Mr Joyce, 2021 is the Golden Anniversary of the first 747 flights from Australia. How about keeping at least one to celebrate that great day, or even a few more days in 2021? You'd get more appreciation and love from passengers who dread the squeezy 787 nightmare liner.
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By Mikebeder | Jun 09, 2019, 06:00 PM
Does this mean we’ll finally be seeing the end of the QF63 & 64 747s that are way past their prime? Incredible flying machines, however these particular ladies’ internals have been neglected.
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