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QANTAS News & Information October 2011.

31st December 2011 - VH-OJT Antarctica Flight.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJT is this year’s New Years Eve Antarctica Scenic Flight aircraft operating QF2903 Sydney - Melbourne and then as QF2904 for the Melbourne - Melbourne Antarctica overflight.

31st December 2011 - VH-TJO Back in Service.

Boeing 737-476 VH-TJO, thought to have been withdrawn from service on 20 December, returned to traffic today operating QF618 Melbourne - Brisbane.

30th December 2011 - VH-OJN Positions to Victorville.

After overnighting at Los Angeles Boeing 747-438 VH-OJN positioned Los Angeles - Victorville today as QF6019 for storage pending re-sale.

29th December 2011 - VH-OJN Final Passenger Flight.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJN operated its final passenger flight today as QF107 Sydney - Los Angeles. On arrival the aircraft will ferry to Victorville, CA for storage.

28th December 2011 - VH-VZW on Delivery.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZW departed Boeing Field on delivery today as QF6024 initially routing to Honolulu and expected to continue via Nadi to Melbourne.

26th December 2011 - VH-OQL MCG Flyover.

Airbus A380 VH-OQL positioned Sydney - Melbourne this morning as QF6017 performing several low circuits of the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Boxing Day Test crowd en route.

26th December 2011 - Heathrow QF10 A380 Switch.

Due to continued technical issues with Airbus A380 VH-OQC yesterday’s delayed QF10 to Singapore and Melbourne was operated today as QF10D by sister VH-OQH, which arrived into Heathrow this morning as QF31 from Sydney and Singapore. VH-OQC was able to return to service this evening to operate today’s QF10 to Singapore and Melbourne.

26th December 2011 - Post Christmas Positioning Flights.

The following positioning flights operated today:

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBO QF6001 Melbourne - Sydney

JetConnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQE QF6051 Auckland - Sydney

Boeing 747-476 QF6111 Melbourne - Sydney

Boeing 737-838 VH-VYJ QF6121 Melbourne - Adelaide

Boeing 737-838 VH-VYG QF6131 Brisbane - Cairns.

25th December 2011 - VH-OQC Heathrow Issue.

Airbus A380 VH-OQC arrived into London Heathrow this morning as QF9 from Melbourne and Singapore but its return flight QF10 has been delayed until tomorrow suggesting a technical issue with the aircraft.

25th December 2011 - Melbourne - Weather Diversions & Cancellations.

Severe weather in Melbourne today caused the following diversions:

QANTASLink flight QF2292 Launceston - Melbourne diverted via Devonport.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXT operated QF703 Cairns - Melbourne diverted via Sydney.

Boeing 767-336ER VH-ZXB operating QF447 Sydney - Melbourne diverted via Canberra.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXJ operating QF1051 Broome - Melbourne diverted via Adelaide.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZA operating QF625 Brisbane - Melbourne diverted via Canberra.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXD operating QF1012 Hobart - Melbourne returned to Hobart and then operated later.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXF operating QF839 Darwin - Melbourne diverted to the RAAF base at East Sale.

This is not the first Boeing 737-388 appearance at East Sale as JetConnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQC diverted to East Sale on 15 November 2009 due to a medical emergency whilst en route Auckland - Melbourne as QF26.

The following flights were cancelled:

QF458 Melbourne - Sydney

QF462 Melbourne - Sydney

QF653 Melbourne - Perth

QF701 Melbourne - Adelaide

QF2287 Melbourne - Launceston

QF2288 Launceston - Melbourne

QF2289 Melbourne - Launceston.

24th December 2011 - ZK-ZQD Domestic New Zealand Tag.

JetConnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQD operated a domestic Wellington - Christchurch tag to QF47 Sydney - Wellington as QF8045 today. The aircraft then positioned Christchurch - Wellington as QF6172 before  operating QF38 Wellington - Melbourne.

23rd December 2011 - VH-OEI back from Avalon in 56J/40W/270Y Configuration.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEI, which has been at Avalon since 10 November, positioned Avalon - Brisbane today as QF6196. This is the second aircraft to appear in 56J/40W/270Y configuration with A380 style product.

23rd December 2011 - VH-OJM QF64 Melbourne Diversion.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM operating QF64 Johannesburg - Sydney (depart Johannesburg 23 December) diverted via Melbourne this afternoon.

23rd December 2011 - ZK-ZQC QF45 Wellington Earthquake Diversion.

Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQC operating QF45 Sydney - Christchurch was on approach at around 7,000 feet when Christchurch airport was closed due to multiple earth tremors and the aircraft diverted to Wellington. The return QF46 Christchurch - Sydney was cancelled and the aircraft instead positioned Wellington - Sydney as QF6172.

22nd December 2011 - VH-OQL Enters Service.

Airbus A380 VH-OQL entered service today operating QF11 Sydney - Los Angeles.

22nd December 2011 - VH-VXD Melbourne Test Flight.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXD, which has been under maintenance at Melbourne since 10 November, was test flown Melbourne - Melbourne as QF6124 today.

20th December 2011 - VH-VXR Sydney - Christchurch Extra.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXR operated an extra Sydney - Christchurch rotation today as QF6054/QF6003.



7th December 2011 - Weather Positioning Flights.

Following the weather disruptions the following additional flights operated today:

QF6113 Melbourne - Adelaide - Boeing 737-838 VH-VZB.

QF6114 Adelaide - Melbourne - Boeing 737-838 VH-VXA.

QF6123 Sydney - Melbourne - Boeing 737-838 VH-VXM.

QF6133 Canberra - Adelaide - Boeing 737-838 VH-VZD.

QF6143 Darwin - Melbourne - Airbus A330-200 VH-EBN.

QF6153 Perth - Adelaide - Boeing 737-838 VH-VYE

QF6163 Perth - Melbourne - Boeing 737-838 VH-VXU.

QF6173 Perth - Melbourne - Boeing 767-336ER VH-ZXA.

QF6183 Perth - Melbourne - Airbus A330-200 VH-EBP.

QF8582 Perth - Melbourne - Boeing 747-438 VH-OJD.

7th December 2011 - VH-QPJ Operates Perth - Darwin.

The QF792/QF793 Perth - Darwin rotation was operated by Airbus A330-300 VH-QPJ today.

7th December 2011 - Perth Weather Disruptions.

Services to and from Perth were again subject to lengthy delays today and the following flights were cancelled:

QF571 Sydney - Perth

QF773 Melbourne - Perth

QF910 Perth - Karratha

QF911 Karratha - Perth

QF1090 Perth - Newman

QF1091 Newman - Perth.

7th December 2011 - VH-OJL Positions to Melbourne to cover QF29.

With the delay to the inbound QF30 due to Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM encountering a technical issue in Hong Kong sister VH-OJL positioned Sydney - Melbourne today as QF6003 in order to operate QF29 Melbourne - Hong Kong - London Heathrow.

6th December 2011 - VH-OJM QF30 Hong Kong Technical Issue.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM arrived into Hong Kong today as QF30 from London Heathrow (depart Heathrow 5 December) but the onward sector to Melbourne has been delayed by 24 hours indicating a technical issue with the aircraft.

6th December 2011 - VH-EBN Darwin Visit.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBN operated QF792 Perth - Darwin today. This is the first recorded use of the type on this route and the first recorded visit of this aircraft to Darwin. As the return QF793 was cancelled the aircraft will position to Melbourne tomorrow as QF6143.

6th December 2011 - VH-OJH Fiji Night Trip.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJH operated a Sydney - Fiji charter late tonight as QF6030 returning tomorrow morning as QF6031.

6th December 2011 - VH-OQF Returns.

Airbus A380 VH-OQF which has been under C Check at Lufthansa Tecknik in Frankfurt since 17 November departed today as QF6022 routing Frankfurt - Singapore - Sydney.

6th December 2011 - Perth Storm Cancellations.

Storms in Perth caused delays and the cancellation of the following flights today:

QF476 Perth - Melbourne

QF481 Melbourne - Perth

QF566 Perth - Sydney

QF568 Perth - Sydney

QF580 Perth - Sydney

QF582 Perth - Sydney

QF583 Sydney - Perth

QF584 Perth - Adelaide

QF592 Perth - Adelaide

QF598 Perth - Brisbane

QF648 Perth - Melbourne

QF668 Perth - Adelaide

QF762 Perth - Melbourne

QF793 Darwin - Perth

QF802 Perth - Melbourne

QF913 Karratha - Perth

QF914 Perth - Karratha

QF915 Karratha - Perth

QF916 Perth - Karratha

QF917 Karratha - Perth

QF1000 Perth - Karratha

QF1001 Karratha - Perth

QF1064 Perth - Kalgoorlie

QF1065 Kalgoorlie - Perth

QF1088 Perth - Newman

QF1089 Newman - Perth

QF1096 Perth - Newman

QF1097 Newman - Perth

QF1112 Perth - Port Hedland

QF1113 Port Hedland - Perth

QF1116 Perth - Port Hedland

QF1806 Perth - Paraburdoo

QF1807 Paraburdoo - Perth

QF1835 Pararburdoo - Perth

QF1836 Perth - Paraburdoo

QF1837 Paraburdoo - Perth

QF1840 Perth - Paraburdoo

QF1841 Paraburdoo - Perth

QF1920 Perth - Karratha

QF1921 Karratha - Perth

QF1922 Perth - Ayers Rock

5th December 2011 - Sydney Airport Masterplan.

A new masterplan for Sydney airport was unveiled today under which all QANTAS operations, both International and Domestic, would move to the current QANTAS Domestic Terminal which would have a new arm added on the site of the current QANTAS Jet Base. The Jet Base would be moved to a new position.

2nd December 2011 - VH-OGH Returns to Traffic.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGH positioned Avalon - Melbourne today as QF6105 and re-entered service as QF452 Melbourne - Sydney.

2nd December 2011 - VH-OGT Solomon Islands Awayday.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGT operated a Sydney - Honiara return charter today as QF6029/QF6030.

2nd December 2011 - VH-OJT Back in Service.

Johannesburg technical issue aircraft Boeing 747-438 VH-OJT departed for Sydney in the early hours of this morning as QF64D.

1st December 2011 - VH-OGH Avalon Test Flight.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGH operated an Avalon - Avalon flight today as QF6115.

1st December 2011 - QF19 Brisbane A330 Swap.

The once weekly QF19 Sydney - Brisbane - Manila swapped aircraft at Brisbane today with Airbus A330-300 VH-QPF operating Sydney - Brisbane then giving way to sister VH-QPI.

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20th December 2011 - VH-OQJ QF10 Singapore Nose Wheel Incident.

Airbus A380 VH-OQJ operating QF10 London Heathrow - Singapore - Melbourne (depart London 19 December) was towed off the runway at Singapore due to an indication of nose gear steering problems. The aircraft continued to Melbourne after around 5 hours on the ground at Singapore.

20th December 2011 - VH-OGJ Freight Run.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGJ operated the following freight flights overnight on 19/20 December: QF7321 Sydney - Melbourne, QF7339  Melbourne - Brisbane, QF7341 Brisbane - Sydney.

20th December 2011 - VH-TJO Final Passenger Flight.

Boeing 737-476 VH-TJO operated what is expected to be its final flight in passenger service today as QF637 Brisbane - Melbourne.

19th December 2011 - VH-VZR Sydney - Auckland Extra.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZR operated an extra Sydney - Auckland rotation today as QF6052/QF6001.

19th December 2011 - VH-OEE QF17 Santiago Diversion.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEE operating QF17 Sydney - Buenos Aires diverted via Santiago today in what appears to have been a medical diversion.

19th December 2011 - QANTAS and ALAEA Reach Agreement.

QANTAS and the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association have reached agreement in their dispute and will present a joint front when they return to Fair Work Australia. The union claims the agreement gives a 3% pay rise per annum for three years and retains licensed engineers conducting visual checks of all aircraft before take off. QANTAS remains in dispute with its pilots and with the Transport Workers Union.

18th December 2011 - VH-VZM Melbourne Test Flight.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZM undertook a Melbourne - Melbourne test flight today as QF6117 including low passes over Avalon.

16th December 2011 - VH-OQL On Delivery.

Airbus A380 VH-OQL departed Toulouse today on delivery to Singapore and Sydney as QF6026.

13th December 2011 - VH-OGN Overnight Freight Runs.

Boeing 767-336ER VH-OGI operated two freight flights through the night of 13/14 December working Melbourne - Brisbane as QF7339 and Brisbane - Sydney as QF7341.

13th December 2011 - VH-VYC Karratha Extra.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VYC operated an extra Perth - Karratha rotation late this evening as QF6132/QF6142.

13th December 2011 - VH-OGN Overnight Freight Runs.

Boeing 767-336ER VH-OGN operated three freight flights through the night of 12/13 December working Sydney - Melbourne as QF7321, Melbourne - Brisbane as QF7339 and Brisbane - Sydney as QF7341.

12th December 2011 - VH-OJM QF2 Delay.

Tonight’s QF2 London Heathrow - Bangkok - Sydney to be operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM has been delayed until tomorrow morning. It is unclear if this is due to a technical issue or an operational problem caused by the high winds at London Heathrow.

13th December 2011 - VH-OEH to Xiamen Maintenance.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEH positioned Sydney - Xiamen for maintenance today as QF6021.

12th December 2011 - Strategy Day Presentation.

The QANTAS Group 2011 Strategy Day presentation was made to the ASX today.

Key is the reduction in total jet aircraft types operated to be reduced from the current seven to just five by 2021 with the eventual elimination of the Boeing 747-400, Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 737-400. This will leave the group operating the Airbus A380, Airbus 330, Boeing 787, Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320.

All Airbus A330s in the group are indicated as going to QANTAS Domestic but there is no firm commitment to replace the International QANTAS A330 fleet with Boeing 787s. Instead the initial 787s are shown as being allocated to JetStar with later deliveries showing “Allocation TBD - based on return measures”.

There is therefore no commitment for QANTAS international to operate the current A330 and Boeing 747-400 services long term. Services could be be served by red tailed, Australia-based 787s, could be axed, could be transferred to JetStar or could be operated by red tailed, Asia-based 787s operated by a separate company much like the current JetConnect operation in New Zealand.  

12th December 2011 - QF/SA Codeshare Extension.

Following a recent ruling that QANTAS and South African Airways must maintain 14 flights per week between Australia and South Africa from 1 January 2012 in order to be permitted to continue their codeshare arrangements, the deadline has been extended unil 31 March 2012 and the current flight level will be maintained during this period.

11th December 2011 - VH-VZW First Flight.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZW made its first flight from Renton - Paine Field today.

11th December 2011 - VH-OJN Prepares to Leave Fleet.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJN arrived into Sydney this morning as QF2 from London Heathrow and Bangkok in what we understand was the aircraft’s penultimate scheduled flight in service. After decommissioning work at the Sydney JetBase the aircraft will operated QF107 Sydney - Los Angeles on 29 December and then position to Victorville. As a result QF108 Los Angeles - Sydney on 29 December will be operated by an A380 and QF12 will be cancelled.

7th December 2011 - VH-OQK Enters Service.

Airbus A380 VH-OQK entered service today operating QF31 Sydney - Singapore - London Heathrow.

7th December 2011 - VH-VZV on Delivery.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZV “Palm Cove” departed Boeing Field today as QF6024 on delivery to Melbourne via Honolulu and Nadi.

7th December 2011 - QF30 New Destination.

The delayed QF30 caused by the technical issue experienced by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM operated as QF30D today but routed Hong Kong - Sydney rather than Hong Kong - Melbourne.