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Apparently QF28 on its way back from Santiago is the last ever QF 747 flight

AIRwin

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Saw this on another thread:
 

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It seems unlikely that they'll be retired immediately if everything is back to normal on June 1 - when Qantas resumes its international operations. Although this is no guarantee...
Why would anyone (including a journalist) think everything has any chance of 'being back to normal' by '1 June?'

The Prime Minister, and numerous commentators, have indicated that the vast majority of international flights are unlikely to return until 2021.

AFF aviator jb747 (IIRC) suggested 'October 2021', which to me sounds unduly pessimistic, but who's to say he's incorrect? Time may prove he was on the money, much as none of us who love travel hope that.

Granted, coronavirus is fast changing, but neither the Oz or NZ Prime Ministers have specifically named a date (following the expanded to NZ National Cabinet meeting this week) as to when even Trans Tasman 'normal' flights will resume. It's true that some decisions are made quickly and then announced with not much notice, but so far that's not occurred re this.

Even if Oz was OK (and that's far from certain), whether overseas flights recommence depends upon other nations. Singapore, much of Europe, some other nations in Asia and the Americas north and south are among continents/countries that are arguably in a far worse position than Australia in relation to this virus. For instance, even though Canada is less affected than the USA, it still has roughly 40 times Australia's deaths despite only 1.5 times our population. So even it, as a developed nation, may be slow to reopen its borders (and the Australian Government similarly unwilling to let us travel there, and then perhaps be subject to 14 days' quarantine at Federal Govt expense when we return).
 
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Apparently they are going for storage rather than retirement. OEG is still all dressed up.
 

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Pondering the economics of the exercise.

If one was reasonably confident you would require the plane again, surely storage in Australia (ASP?) would be cheaper than flying it all the way to the US and then back again when you need it. Maybe if there is only a 10-30% chance you will need it then send to the undertakers in anticipation.
 

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An aircraft was meant to be retired about now and the remainder by the end of the year as the next 3 787s are delivered

The first of these 3 is now under construction on the line in Everett, though i suspect delivery will be deferred.
 

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And looks like all 747s will be in MHV by the end of June.
From another post on airliners.net

Tentative dates / times for the three remaining QF 744ER's to depart from Australia.

VH-OEI
Depart SYD 0930/02JUN
Arrive LAX 0620/02JUN

VH-OEE
Depart SYD 0930/16JUN
Arrive LAX 0620/16JUN

VHOEJ
Depart SYD 0930/30JUN
Arrive LAX 0620/30JUN

They will spend approx 24 hrs in LAX before flying to MHV
All have the same flight number QF6001.

Once again these are *tentative* dates / times only, obviously subject to change.
 
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Qantas Source is reporting OEI flew SYD-LAX today. On it’s way out? Only two left in AUS now.
 
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Tough, there is that QFi SYD - HND night flight, is still listed as being a 747, its the one that has the premY fares listed.
If they change that to a 330, it would mean no premY anymore, unless they put onto that flight a 787.
 

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With 747 left the QF fleet. What aircraft will QF put on SYD-HND route ?
Most likely to be 787 I reckon ? Since it still offers PE cabin
 

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