Yesterday, February 9, 2020, Qantas had a pretty interesting day of operations…
1. Qantas Retires Its First Boeing 747-400ER
VH-OEF’s final departure from Australia
Image by @www16Right
Qantas has retired another Boeing 747, this time its their first -400ER variant. VH-OEF flew its final revenue service from Sydney to Los Angeles before it heads off to the desert (Victorville I think?)
The aircraft arrived in Los Angeles at around 1:52 p.m. local time.
VH-OEF, named “Sydney”, features the Oneworld livery. This aircraft is relatively young as it was delivered to Qantas in October 2002, making it 17.4 years old.
Now, only 4 Boeing 747s (all -400ERs) remain in the fleet.
2. Qantas Inaugurates Brisbane To San Francisco Route
Yesterday, Qantas inaugurated its newest long-haul route: Brisbane to San Francisco.
The flight, operated by VH-ZNI, departed Brisbane at 8:43 p.m. local time and arrived in San Francisco at 3:21 p.m. local time.
- The 12-hour 40 minute, 11,367km Brisbane to San Francisco represents the first time the two cities have been linked.
- According to Qantas, forward bookings on this route are doing well.
3. Qantas 787-9 Suspected Tail Strike Upon Takeoff From London
(Image by Victor Pody on JetPhotos)
Wrote about this earlier in the Storm Ciara topic. VH-ZND, the Yam Dreaming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, had a suspected tail strike upon takeoff.
The aircraft held over the U.K. for about an hour before making a successful landing back in London Heathrow at 1:57 p.m. local time.
The aircraft was inspected and they found no significant damage but QF#10 from London Heathrow to Perth was cancelled for the day.
It’s unconfirmed if VH-ZND is out of service at the moment.
So… fun day of ops for Qantas. Technically everything occurred within 12 hours.