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743 Mel-per

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mgalbraith

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Guys,

Is there any reason in particular such as high loads that QF are running 743 on the MEL-PER domestic route?

Went to do a web checkin last night and didnt realise until then that its a 743....

Are loads to Perth getting that heavy????

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Could be a few reasons.

Aircraft are available, high loads, extra freight capacity and the most unlikely reason, a more comfortable plane for this long flight with better J class and personal IFE in Y.

Was it full?
 

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As maninblack says, there are a variety of reasons for the 743 operating that route. One of the major reasons is that the A330-200s are moving to Jetstar International and QF is short of widebody aircraft for the east/west coast services. The 743 is available for the route and loads are good enough to warrant using it while keeping other aircraft to operate the east coast, trans-Tasman and other international routes.
 

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maninblack said:
Could be a few reasons.

Aircraft are available, high loads, extra freight capacity and the most unlikely reason, a more comfortable plane for this long flight with better J class and personal IFE in Y.

Was it full?
Load MEL-PER on a 743 today are showing as:
Code:
QF481: J5  D5  I0  U0  Y9  B9  H9  W9  K9  M9  R9  L9  V9  S9  N0  Q0  O0  G0  T0  X0  E0
So I would say quite a few seats are left. This is indicated by availability down to S9.

On Friday it's showing as:
Code:
QF481: J0  D0  I0  U0  Y9  B9  H9  W9  K9  M9  R9  L9  V9  S2  N0  Q0  O0  G0  T0  X0  E0
So quite a bit more utilisation there.
 
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And to keep it in context, the QF 747-300 config is 50J 398Y making a total of 450 seats. That is 90% of the capacity of QF's A380s when they are delivered. Its by far the largest capacity aircraft operating in Australia. So to fill the 743 is quite a task. I would suggest that seeing S9 on EF availability listings may still mean there are over 400 people being carried! And that would just about fill a QF 2-class 744 aircraft.

The 743 can carry about 200 more passengers than a QF domestic config 767-300 and about 150 more than a QF A330-200. But of course it costs a lot more to get the big bird across the country.

And of course the 743 has a big belly and a huge appetite for carrying freight if available.
 

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NM said:
And to keep it in context, the QF 747-300 config is 50J 398Y making a total of 450 seats. That is 90% of the capacity of QF's A380s when they are delivered. Its by far the largest capacity aircraft operating in Australia. So to fill the 743 is quite a task. I would suggest that seeing S9 on EF availability listings may still mean there are over 400 people being carried! And that would just about fill a QF 2-class 744 aircraft.
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The last time I did MEL-PER (about a month ago), it was a 743, when I asked the FA how many people was on board, she said about 380 ... so not quite full, but still a reasonable number of people on board.
 
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