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QANTAS News August 2011.

31st August 2011 - VH-VZS First Flight.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZS made its first flight today from Renton to Boeing Field.

31st August 2011 - ZK-JTQ Stay of Execution.

JetConnect Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTQ re-appeared in service today operating QF44 Auckland - Sydney and scheduled to return tomorrow as QF55.

31st August 2011 - VH-VZR on Delivery.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZR began its delivery flight from Boeing Field today as QF6024. The delivery route will be Boeing Field - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne with an overnight stop in Honolulu.

28th August 2011 - VH-OEF QF8 Nadi Diversion.

QF8 Dallas-Fort Worth - Brisbane (depart DFW 26th August) operated by Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEF diverted to Nadi today due to fog in both Brisbane and Noumea. The crew subsequently ran out of hours meaning a ten hour delay before another crew could be brought in. As a result of the delay Boeing 747-438 VH-OJB flew Brisbane - Sydney as QF14 in the  timings of QF8 returning to Brisbane as QF6007. This suggests that more Domestic passengers were booked on the Brisbane - Sydney sector of QF8 than could be accommodated on normal domestic flights.

28th August 2011 - Hurricane Irene Cancellation.

The QF107/QF108 Los Angeles - New York JFK rotation was again cancelled today due to Hurricane Irene.

27th August 2011 - Hurricane Irene Cancellation.

The QF107/QF108 Los Angeles - New York JFK rotation was cancelled today due to Hurricane Irene.

27th August 2011 - Sydney Fog Diversions.

QF12 and QF108 from Los Angeles - Sydney, operated by A380 VH-OQH and Boeing 747-438 VH-OJU respectively, both diverted via Brisbane due to fog in Sydney this morning.

26th August 2011 - VH-QPI Brisbane Test.

A330-300 VH-QPI, under maintenance at Brisbane since 11th July undertook a test flight from and to Brisbane today as QF6020. It later departed Brisbane for Sydney as QF6021.

25th August 2011 - ZK-JTQ Withdrawn.

JetConnect’s final Boeing 737-400 ZK-JTQ was withdrawn from service today after operating QF134 Auckland - Melbourne. After decommissioning work including having all titles and logos painted out it is expected to ferry to Budapest where it will join ZK-JTP, VH-TJM and VH-TJT.

25th August 2011 - VH-OQD Leaves Frankfurt.

Airbus A380 VH-OQD, under C Check with Lufthansa Technik since 4th August departed Frankfurt tonight as QF6022 to Singapore and Sydney.

25th August 2011 - VH-OQB back in Australia.

Airbus A380 VH-OQB, out of service in Los Angeles since 15th August arrived in Melbourne this morning as QF6003, having departed Los Angeles on the evening of 23 August and took up service as QF9 to Singapore and London Heathrow. The aircraft underwent an engine change to the #2 engine in Los Angeles following an oil leak in the transfer gear box.

24th August 2011 - 2010/2011 Financial Results Released.

QANTAS released its financial results for 2010/2011 today. Headline figures are a profit before tax of A$323 Million, up 81%. This despite claimed losses of A$224 due to natural disasters and A$200 by the International Division. For full details please click here.

24th August 2011 - ZK-ZQH Enters Service.

JetConnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQH “Charles Upham” entered service today as QF25 Melbourne - Auckland.

24th August 2011 - VH-TJT Leaves Australia.

Withdrawn Boeing 737-476 VH-TJT departed Melbourne today as QF6023 to Darwin. The aircraft will route to Budapest via Singapore, Dubai and Larnaca. The aircraft has had all QANTAS titles and logo removed.

23rd August 2011 - QF29/QF30 A330 Schedule.

Melbourne - Hong Kong schedules from 25 March 2012 are now released. The Airbus A330-300 service operates as follows:

QF29 Melbourne 1415  Hong Kong 2145  Daily

Hong Kong  1855   Melbourne  0710+1  Daily

Operationally this means aircraft operate a Hong Kong - Melbourne rotation rather than originating in Australia. Unless there are further timetable changes the aircraft operating QF29 will night stop in Hong Kong.

22nd August 2011 - Bangkok Becomes QF23/QF24.

With the QF1/QF2 flight number being switched to the Sydney - Singapore - London Heathrow service from 25 March 2012 the truncated Sydney - Bangkok service will take on the flight numbers QF23/QF24. Timings are as follows:

QF23 Sydney 1355  Bangkok 1855

QF24 Bangkok 2055   Sydney 1000+1

Flights operate with Boeing 747-400s offering four class service.

22nd August 2011 - A330-300 Hong Kong Efficiency Schedules.

With QANTAS’s own Hong Kong - London Heathrow service ending the need to have Perth and Brisbane - Hong Kong schedules connecting with the London service ends. These currently require an A330-300 to sit on the ground all day in Hong Kong. From 25 March 2012 new A330-300 schedules will operate from Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as follows:

QF87 Sydney 1400  Hong Kong 2200   Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

QF88 Hong Kong 2330  Sydney 1045+1    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

QF97 Brisbane 1205   Hong Kong 1900   Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

QF98 Hong Kong 2030   Brisbane 0735+1   Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

QF67 Perth 1110   Hong Kong 1900   Monday, Wednesday, Friday

QF68 Hong Kong  2030   Perth 0445+1   Tuesday, Thursday,  Sunday

22nd August 2011 - QF1 to London Lives On.

Despite the withdrawal of the Bangkok - London Heathrow service the QF1/QF2 flight number will live on as from 25 March 2012 it will be applied to the current QF31/QF32 flights. Sydney - Bangkok flights have currently been removed from the system. Melbourne - Hong Kong flights are still showing as operating on 747-400s but First and Premium Economy Classes have been removed from sale, indicating that this will become an A330 route.

21st August 2011 - VH-OEE to Far East Maintenance.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEE operated QF87 Sydney - Hong Kong today and will remain in the Far East for maintenance and repaint.

21st August 2011 - VH-OJI heads back to Sydney.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJI, out of service in Singapore since returning to Singapore whilst operating QF52 to Brisbane on 14th August departed Singapore tonight as QF6005 to Sydney minus the left hand main gear door.

20th August 2011 - VH-OJM due back to Australia.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM is scheduled to arrive into Sydney tonight from Singapore having undergone maintenance in Guangzhou. The aircraft is wearing the new QANTAS livery.

20th August 2011 - ZK-ZQH on Delivery.

JetConnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQH is due today having routed Boeing Field - Honolulu - Nadi - Auckland - Melbourne as QF6024.

20th August 2011 - Melbourne Fog Diversions.

Airbus A380 VH-OQG operating QF94 Los Angeles - Melbourne (depart Los Angeles 18th August) diverted via Sydney today. The aircraft was close to Wagga Wagga before turning back to Sydney.

QF605 Brisbane - Melbourne operated by Boeing 737-838 VH-VZM diverted to Sydney.

QF1010 Hobart - Melbourne operated by Boeing 737-838 VH-VYD diverted to Canberra.

QF132 Auckland - Melbourne diverted to Canberra.

15th August 2011 - VH-OQB QF12 Cancellation.

Airbus A380 VH-OQB arrived into Los Angeles today as QF11 from Sydney but the return QF12 was cancelled indicating a technical problem with the aircraft.

15th August 2011 - VH-OQC QF10 Delay.

Tonight’s QF10 departure London Heathrow- Singapore - Melbourne has been delayed until tomorrow due to a technical problem with scheduled aircraft A380 VH-OQC.

15th August 2011 - Adelaide Visitors.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBN operating QF597 Brisbane - Perth routed Brisbane - Adelaide - Perth today. This routing was announced before departure from Brisbane which was two hours late at 1635. The later QF665 Brisbane - Adelaide due to depart at 1845 was cancelled.

Meanwhile QF718 Perth - Canberra operated by Boeing 737-838 VH-VXT also diverted via Adelaide.

15th August 2011 - New Zealand Snow Cancellations.

The following flights were cancelled due to heavy snow in New Zealand:

QF45 Sydney - Christchurch

QF46 Christchurch - Sydney.

14th August 2011 - VH-OJI QF52 Bursts tyres and returns to Singapore.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJI operating QF52 to Brisbane burst the #7 tyre on take off from Singapore and so dumped fuel and returned for a safe landing. The burst tyre caused extensive damage to the area around the left main undercarriage completely ripping off the undergear door and damaging hydraulic lines and the body to wing fairing.

14th August 2011 - VH-VXL Caught in Queenstown Snow.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXL operated QF121 Sydney - Queenstown today but was unable to operate the return QF122 due to Queenstown airport being closed due to heavy snow.

12th August 2011 - ZK-JTP Final Flights?

JetConnect Boeing 747-476 ZK-JTP operated QF131 Melbourne - Auckland today and is not expected to operate any further services unless there are technical issues with other members of the fleet.

12th August 2011 - VH-VZR rolled out.

The next Boeing 737-838 for QANTAS has been rolled out at Renton. This aircraft will become VH-VZR.

11th August 2011 - VH-OEJ Operates Melbourne - Singapore return.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEJ operated Melbourne - Singapore as QF6407 today, returning overnight to Melbourne as QF6408 on behalf of JetStar and covering the JQ7/JQ8 service.

11th August 2011 - Q400 Perth Services Announced.

QANTAS announced today that it will commence services between Perth and Geraldton on 21st November. Timings are:

QF2432 Perth 0700 - Geraldton 0805 except Sunday

QF2433 Geraldton 0830 - Perth 0930 except Sunday

QF2438 Perth 1635 - Geraldton 1740 except Saturday

QF2439 Geraldton 1805 - Perth 1905 except Saturday

The Dash 8-Q400s will also operate twice per week between Perth and Exmouth. Timings are:

QF2428 Perth 1015 - Exmouth 1235 Monday and Wednesday

QF2429 Exmouth 1305 - Perth 1530 Monday and Wednesday

8th August 2011 - JetConnect fined for late Wellington arrival.

JetConnect was fined NZ$12,000 plus costs in Wellington District Court today for arrival into Wellington at 0147 on 18th September 2010 of Boeing 737-400 ZK-JTR operating QF117 from Sydney. Wellington has a 0100 curfew with a 30 minute grace period. The aircraft had the opportunity of diverting into Christchurch but the airline and crew took the decision to continue to Wellington as there were no personnel in Christchurch to deal with the arrival.

7th August 2011 - VH-OJS Back in service.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS positioned from Avalon - Sydney as QF6196 today and immediately re-entered service as QF1 Sydney - Bangkok - London Heathrow. The aircraft no longer carries Socceroos decals.

7th August 2011 - New Dash 8-Q400 arrives.

A new Dash 8-Q400 was delivered to Sunstate Airlines at Canberra today. The delivery registration was C-GJKV and this aircraft is expected to become VH-LQF.

6th August 2011 - Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQH First Flight.

Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQH made its first flight from Renton to Boeing Field today.

5th August 2011 - Domestic A330-200 Goes International Again.

Domestic configuration Airbus A330-200 VH-EBN operated the QF77/QF78 Perth - Singapore rotation again today.

4th August 2011 - Domestic A330-200 VH-EBN Operates International Services.

Domestic configuration Airbus A330-200 VH-EBN operated the QF77/QF78 Perth - Singapore rotation today.

3rd August 2011 - VH-QPH back in service.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPH returned to service late tonight operating QF568 Perth - Sydney.

3rd August 2011 - Avalon 747 Maintenance Swap.

3 Class Boeing 747-438 VH-OJE positioned Sydney - Avalon as QF6195 with 4 Class sister VH-OJL positioning Avalon - Sydney as QF6196.

3rd August 2011 - VH-OQD Heads for C Check.

Airbus A380 VH-OQD departed Sydney today as QF31 to Singapore and London Heathrow. After arrival at London Heathrow on August 4th the aircraft will position to Frankfurt as QF6023 to undergo a C Check at Lufthansa Technik. This means that there is no QF32 London Heathrow - Singapore - Sydney tomorrow.

3rd August 2011 - VH-OEI QF8 Diversions.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEI operating QF8 Dallas-Fort Worth - Brisbane - Sydney (depart Dallas 1st August) was off the California coast south west of Los Angeles when it turned and diverted into Los Angeles, indicating a medical issue. After just over an hour on the ground in Los Angeles it got underway again but the flight crew would not have been able to reach Brisbane within legal hours. The flight therefore operated to Auckland where a new crew was able to take the flight forward to Brisbane and Sydney.

3rd August 2011 - New Dash 8-Q400 arrives.

A new Dash 8-Q400 was delivered to Sunstate Airlines at Canberra today. The delivery registration was C-GJLE and this aircraft is expected to become VH-LQH.

2nd August 2011 - Domestic A330-200 VH-EBP Operates International Services.

As a result of scheduled aircraft Airbus A330-300 VH-QPD having operated QF67 Perth - Hong Kong in place of VH-QPH Domestic configuration Airbus A330-200 VH-EBP operated the QF77/QF78 Perth - Singapore rotation today.

2nd August 2011 - VH-OGK Adelaide Technical Issue.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGK operating QF754 Adelaide - Darwin was boarded today and then de-boarded due to a technical issue. The flight operated twelve hours late by a Boeing 737-838 that appears to have been VH-VXH.

1st August 2011 - A330-300 VH-QPH Perth Technical Issue.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPH suffered a technical issue prior to operating QF772 Perth - Melbourne resulting in the cancellation of the flight. The return QF773 Melbourne - Perth was operated by Airbus A330-200 VH-EBP. That aircraft’s scheduled flight, QF481 Melbourne - Perth was in turn operated by Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGG.

VH-QPH was not repaired in time to operate its scheduled evening departure from Perth as QF67 Perth - Hong Kong which was delayed until 0200 on 2nd August and was operated by VH-QPD inbound off QF78 Singapore - Perth.

19th August 2011 - VH-QPE Covers QF51 Delays.

With yesterday’s QF51/QF52 Brisbane - Singapore rotation operating 24 hours late due to technical issues encountered by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJC, Airbus A330-300 VH-QPE positioned Sydney - Brisbane as QF6000 today in order to operate today’s QF51/QF52 rotation which was also scheduled to be flown by VH-OJC.

18th August 2011 - VH-VZR First Test Flight.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZR made its first test flight from Renton to Boeing Field today.

18th August 2011 - VH-OJC Technical Issues Cause QF51/QF52 Delays.

QF51 Brisbane - Singapore was delayed for 24 hours when Boeing 747-438, which had arrived from Los Angeles as QF16 encountered technical problems. The aircraft was able to operate the flight, and the return QF52 on 19th August as QF51D and QF52D respectively.

18th August 2011 - QANTAS applies for JetStar Asia codeshares.

QANTAS today applied to applied to the Australian International Air Services Commission to apply the QF code onto four return JetStar Asia services daily between Singapore and Bangkok and Singapore and Phuket. Reports state that applications to codeshare on all other JetStar Asia services will follow shortly.

17th August 2011 - Boeing 737-476 VH-TJT Withdrawn.

Boeing 737-476 VH-TJT was withdrawn from QANTAS service today after it arrived into Melbourne as QF821 from Canberra.

16th August 2011 - VH-VXL escapes Queenstown.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXL, stuck by snow in Queenstown since 14th August, operated QF122 Queenstown - Sydney today, this being the scheduled flight from August 14th.

16th August 2011 - VH-OGT operates extra Christchurch flight.

With Christchurch airport operating normally following the snow disruptions QANTAS operated an extra Sydney - Christchurch rotation today as QF65/QF66. The flights were operated by Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGT.

16th August 2011 - QF10D Operated by VH-OQE.

Yesterday’s QF10 London Heathrow - Singapore - Melbourne departed London at around 1700 UK Time today operated by A380 VH-OQE which arrived into London this morning as QF31 from Sydney. The scheduled QF10 from London departed on time operated by a repaired VH-OQC.

16th August 2011 - A New Spirit Announcement.

The expected 24th August announcement was made today by Alan Joyce and in an accompanying statement.

Bullet points are:

Buenos Aires to be replaced by Santiago from 2012.

Bangkok - London Heathrow and Hong Kong - London Heathrow services to be axed. QANTAS will offer codeshares on British Airways services. The two unused Heathrow slots to be initially leased back to British Airways.

The final six A380s to be deferred for six years.

JetStar Japan to be launched.

A new full service Far East carrier to be launched.

Mega order for A320s to go to carriers other than QANTAS.

The first 747-400 with A380 style product will be flying within three months with seven of the nine to be completed by October 2012. Interesting the remaining two of the nine aircraft 747-400 fleet will not be outfitted until June 2014.

With the previous announcement that from VH-OQL (#13) onwards the A380s would be configured as three class aircraft and the new announcement that aircraft VH-OQN (#15) onwards will be delayed until 2019 there exists the possibility of a 2 aircraft subfleet of 3 Class A380s for several years.


The full statement reads:

“Qantas International takes up enormous amounts of capital, and our cost base is around 20 per cent higher than that of our key competitors. To do nothing, or tinker around the edges, is not an option.

"We have established a five-year plan that has the objective, first, of returning Qantas International to profitability in the short term. In five years, the Qantas flying businesses, domestic and international combined, will exceed the cost of capital on a sustainable basis.

"It is a huge task but we start from a good position. The Qantas Group is a large, stable and profitable enterprise with exposure to different markets and business models. We have a powerhouse portfolio of brands from Jetstar to Qantas Domestic and QantasLink, Qantas Freight to Qantas Frequent Flyer.

"At the end of this process, we expect that we will be established on a competitive global platform, with high growth potential across all markets. Instead of being restricted to an Australian-based international airline, Qantas International will be participating in regional Asian opportunities, and in the world beyond.

"We will still be the best premium airline for Australia’s global travellers. Our Frequent Flyer program will offer the best incentives and benefits. We will better reward loyal Qantas passengers and attract new ones. At the same time we will be doing things smarter and more efficiently, extending our reach while we lower our costs. And we will be creating value for our shareholders.

"From today, we are building a stronger Qantas for our customers, employees and shareholders."

The plan addresses the challenges facing the Qantas International business and has four elements:
- Opening gateways to the world
- Growing with Asia
- Being best for global travellers
- Building a strong, viable business

These goals will be achieved through a number of major initiatives:

A ‘gateway’ strategy to connect Qantas customers to key global cities in alliance with partner airlines and maximise membership of the oneworld™ alliance, including the following initiatives.
- The launch of direct services to Santiago, which will replace Buenos Aires as the best entry point to South America for Australians, and is home to Qantas’
oneworld™ partner LAN.
- The restructure of Qantas’ Joint Services Agreement with British Airways to strengthen the airlines’ Singapore hub – with daily A380 services from Melbourne and Sydney to London via Singapore.
- The continued development of Qantas’ joint business agreement with American Airlines, based on Qantas’ services to Dallas/Fort Worth.
- Exploring opportunities to work with
oneworld™ member-elect Malaysia Airlines.

Investment in product and service to ensure that the Qantas customer experience continues to meet the highest global standards.
- 12 Airbus A380s will be in service by the end of 2011 and the first of nine Boeing 747s being reconfigured with A380-standard cabins will commence flying within the next three months.
- New premium lounges will be built in Singapore, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
- Continued introduction of next-generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft on trans-Tasman services and the launch of Qantas’ faster, smarter check-in technology for flights between Australia and New Zealand.
- Continued focus on increasing points-earning opportunities and rewards for Qantas Frequent Flyers through bonuses for Qantas’ most regular customers, network improvements, airline partnerships.

An enhanced presence in Asia, the world’s fastest-growing region for air travel.
- The Qantas Group will invest in a new premium airline based in Asia, building on Qantas expertise but with a new name, new aircraft and a new look and feel. The location for the new carrier is being finalised and will be announced at a later date.
- The launch of Jetstar Japan, a new low-cost carrier to begin domestic operations by the end of 2012 and international services within a year, together with iconic Japanese brands Japan Airlines and Mitsubishi.

Ensuring a strong, viable business through capital expenditure focused on growth opportunities. The following changes have been made to the Qantas Group fleet plan.
- The acquisition of between 106 and 110 Airbus A320 aircraft to support Group capacity growth and expansion into new markets, including aircraft for Jetstar Japan and the new premium Asia-based airline.
- Of this order, between 28 and 32 aircraft will be current-generation A320s and the remaining 78 will be the highly fuel-efficient, next-generation A320neo.
- The delivery of Qantas’ final six A380s has been deferred by up to six years, significantly reducing the capital burden on the Group and ensuring the Group maintains a strong balance sheet.
- The retirement of four Boeing 747s as a result of the international network restructure.
- The reconfiguration of B747s with A380 product and the reconfiguration of A380s to improve productivity by matching capacity to demand.

There will be an impact on employment from the retirement of older aircraft and network changes – as a result, around 1,000 jobs will be affected. Employees will be provided with full information as plans develop and are implemented and those affected will have access to all the support required. The Group will be looking to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies wherever possible.

There will also be opportunities to capitalise on Qantas skills and talent as new projects are launched.”

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