According to Flight Aware, Qantas is resuming some selected International Flights

Hi guys,

I was looking at Flight Aware and I just found that Qantas is continuing the following flights.

QF51
QF129
QF97
and surprisingly QF21 has returned but operate an A330

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It’s a bit strange that Qantas had said that they would ground all international flights. If someone knows why this is happening comment down below. Thanks and also what is your opinion on this.

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It would probably be cargo flights

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I’m not so sure about that. They are passenger flights as it wouldn’t normally contain 4 numbers unless it is a codeshare

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Many airlines have been using their passenger planes for cargo to help other people

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Yes but didn’t they ground most of their fleet?

I would agree, probably cargo

it isn’t cargo, they are operating passenger planes if you check flight aware and plus they are only rescuing passengers stuck in the US and the UK.

I will check flight radar, it tells you if they are being used for cargo

Your key word is right there, most. Not all their aircrafts are grounded, most likely being used for equipment and supplies.

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Same reason Cathay are operating there A350-1000 into NZCH and also why Emirates is operating there 777 as well keeping PPE and Exports flying around

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Looks like they aren’t using cargo and even if they were carrying supplies they wouldn’t use a passenger aircraft

That same aircraft did NZAA-NZCH-YSSY the other day they can be used as both

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Yea, but there is not a whole lot of Qantas planes in the air.

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QF129 is scheduled to return to Sydney as they normally would

That sounds great for them

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Well I mean this could be that QF are starting to operate flights as normal again

More and more airlines are starting to use passenger aircraft to transport cargo around, don’t believe me, have a read of the article below:

That could very well be what Qantas is doing.

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It is possible but with people saying there is going to be a second wave, I wouldn’t think so.

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Flights between the USA and Australia

Flights will operate between Melbourne and Los Angeles on the following dates:

Melbourne to Los Angeles on QF93:

  • Fridays: 15, 22, 29 May and 5 June 2020

Los Angeles to Melbourne on QF94:

  • Saturdays: 16, 23, 30 May and 6 June 2020

Flights operated weekly between Brisbane and Los Angeles on the following dates:

Brisbane to Los Angeles on QF15:

  • Thursdays: 9, 16, 23 and 30 April 2020

Los Angeles to Brisbane on QF16:

  • Fridays: 10, 17, 24 April and 1 May 2020

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Flights between the UK and Australia

Flights will operate between Australia and London Heathrow on the following dates:

Melbourne or Perth to London Heathrow on QF9:

  • Sundays: 12, 19, 26 April and 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May 2020
  • Tuesdays 12, 19, 26 May, and 2 June 2020

London Heathrow to Melbourne on QF10:

  • Wednesdays: 15, 22, 29 April, and 6, 13, 20, 27 May, and 3 June 2020

  • Fridays: 15, 22, 29 May and 5 June 2020

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Flights between New Zealand and Australia

Flights operated four times per week between Australia and Auckland on the following dates:

Brisbane to Auckland on QF119:

  • Thursdays: 9, 16, 23, 30 April 2020
  • Saturdays: 11, 18, 25 April and 2 May 2020

Auckland to Brisbane on QF126:

  • Thursdays: 9, 16, 23 and 30 April 2020
  • Saturdays: 11, 18, 25 April and 2 May 2020

Melbourne to Auckland on QF151:

  • Sundays: 12, 19, 26 April and 3 May 2020
  • Mondays: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May 2020

Auckland to Melbourne on QF156:

  • Sundays: 12, 19, 26 April and 3 May 2020
  • Mondays: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May 2020

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Flights between Hong Kong and Australia

Flights operated twice weekly from Hong Kong to Brisbane and Melbourne on the following dates:

Brisbane to Hong Kong on QF97

  • Saturdays: 11, 18, 25 April and 2 May 2020
  • Wednesdays: 15, 22, 29 April and 6 May 2020

Hong Kong to Brisbane on QF98

  • Fridays: 10, 17, 24 April and 1 May 2020
  • Wednesdays: 15, 22, 29 April and 6 May 2020

Melbourne to Hong Kong on QF29

  • Thursday: 9 April 2020

  • Mondays: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May 2020

  • Friday: 17, 24 April and 1 May 2020

Hong Kong to Melbourne on QF30

  • Saturdays: 11, 18, 25 April and 2 May 2020
  • Mondays: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May 2020

Copy and pasted from Qantas

These are passenger services on these dates

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As others have said, these is most likely cargo flights. I feel like you could post this here instead of an entirely separate topic:


While this video is about Cargo Aviation in general right now, it’s an interesting watch because it covers some of what passenger airlines are doing: