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QANTAS News and Information May 2012.


31st May 2012 - VH-OJG to Avalon Maintenance.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJG positioned Sydney - Avalon this evening as QF6195.

31st May 2012 - VH-QPF Positioning Flight.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPF positioned Melbourne - Sydney this evening as QF6018. The aircraft had arrived into Melbourne this morning as QF30 from Hong Kong and remained at Melbourne all day.

31st May 2012 - VH-QPB Positioning Flight.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPB positioned Sydney - Melbourne as QF6004 before taking up service as QF29 Melbourne - Hong Kong.

31st May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF441 Sydney - Melbourne

QF448 Melbourne - Sydney

QF469 Sydney - Melbourne

QF1473 Sydney - Canberra

QF1474 Canberra - Sydney

QF1493 Sydney - Canberra

QF2275 Adelaide - Port Lincoln

30th May 2012 - VH-OEB Departs on Captain’s Choice Tour.

Boeing 747-48E VH-OEB departed Sydney for a Captain’s Choice Tour of South America today. The itinerary is:

30/5 - Sydney - Papeete - Havana

2/6 Havana - Panama City

4/6 Panama City - Guayaquil

7/6 Guayaquil - Lima

8/6 Lima - Cuzco

11/6 - Cuzco - Rio de Janeiro

14/6 Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires

16/6 Buenos Aires - Easter Island

17/6 Easter Island - Sydney.

30th May 2012 - VH-OEE Positioning Flight.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEE positioned Sydney - Brisbane this morning as QF6013 before taking up service as QF51 Brisbane - Singapore.

30th May 2012 - VH-QPG Positioning Flight.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPG positioned Sydney - Melbourne as QF6003 before taking up service as QF29 Melbourne - Hong Kong.

30th May 2012 - VH-VYH Melbourne - Brisbane Extra.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VYH operated an extra Melbourne - Brisbane rotation this morning as QF1362/QF1363.

30th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF406 Melbourne - Sydney

QF413 Sydney - Melbourne

QF450 Melbourne - Sydney

QF457 Sydney - Melbourne

QF1479 Sydney - Canberra

QF1480 Canberra - Sydney

QF2421 Brisbane - Newcastle

QF2422 Newcastle - Brisbane.

29th May 2012 - VH-QPC Positioning Flight.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPC positioned Melbourne - Sydney this evening after operating QF776 Perth - Melbourne. This balances the positioning flight of sister VH-QPF into Melbourne earlier in the day.

29th May 2012 - VH-OGP Returns from Avalon Maintenance.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGP, which has been under maintenance at Avalon since 2nd May, positioned Avalon - Sydney as QF6112 today.

29th May 2012 - VH-QPF Positioning Flight.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPF positioned Sydney - Melbourne as QF6018 early this afternoon. The aircraft then operated QF29 Melbourne - Hong Kong.

29th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:


QF1419 Sydney - Canberra

QF1422 Canberra - Sydney

QF1460 Canberra - Sydney

QF1466 Canberra - Sydney

QF1475 Sydney - Canberra

QF2010 Sydney - Tamworth

QF2011 Tamworth - Sydney

QF2019 Armidale - Sydney

QF2171 Port Macquarie - Sydney

QF2420 Newcastle - Brisbane

QF2421 Brisbane - Newcastle

QF2426 Newcastle - Brisbane.

28th May 2012 - VH-OGR Positioning Flight.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGR positioned Perth - Sydney this evening as QF6121.

28th May 2012 - Further VH-OGO Brisbane Test Flight.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGO undertook a further Brisbane - Brisbane test flight this morning as QF6111.

28th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF1460 Canberra - Sydney

QF1495 Sydney - Canberra

QF1736 Brisbane - Rockhampton

QF1737 Rockhampton - Canberra.

28th May 2012 - VH-OEJ Positions from Brisbane.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEJ positioned Brisbane - Sydney this morning as QF6014 after arrival into Brisbane as QF52 from Singapore.

27th May 2012 - VH-OGO Brisbane Test Flight.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGO, which has been under maintenance at Brisbane since 10th March undertook a Brisbane - Brisbane test flight this morning as QF6160.

27th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF1479 Sydney - Canberra
QF1480 Canberra - Sydney

QF1493 Sydney - Canberra.

26th May 2012 - VH-VXF Positioning Flights and Charter.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXF positioned Brisbane - Rockhampton this morning as QF6102 in order to operate a Rockhampton - Darwin military charter flight as QF1350. The aircraft then positioned Darwin - Brisbane as QF6103.

26th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF2167 Port Macquarie - Sydney

QF2400 Brisbane - Emerald
QF2401 Emerald - Brisbane

QF2567 Brisbane - Canberra

QF2568 Canberra - Brisbane.

25th May 2012 - VH-OJD Positioning Flights and Charter.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJD positioned Sydney - Rockhampton this morning as QF6160 in order to operate a Rockhampton - Darwin military charter flight as QF1350. The aircraft then positioned Darwin - Sydney as QF6161.

25th May 2012 - VH-OJL to Avalon Maintenance.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJL positioned Sydney - Avalon this afternoon as QF6195.

25th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF411 Sydney - Melbourne

QF450 Melbourne - Sydney

QF451 Sydney - Melbourne

QF1427 Sydney - Canberra

QF1428 Canberra - Sydney

QF1460 Canberra - Sydney

QF1463 Sydney - Canberra

QF1744 Brisbane - Rockhampton

QF1745 Rockhampton - Brisbane

QF1761 Mackay - Brisbane

QF2084 Melbourne - Mildura

QF2132 Melbourne - Canberra

QF2133 Canberra - Melbourne

QF2280 Launceston - Melbourne

QF2336 Brisbane - Gladstone

QF2337 Gladstone - Brisbane

QF2342 Brisbane - Gladstone

QF2410 Brisbane - Emerald

QF2411 Emerald - Brisbane

QF2415 Emerald - Brisbane

QF2467 Moranbah - Brisbane

24th May 2012 - Sydney - Perth 747s to Recommence.

GDS changes today showed Boeing 747-400 operation of the QF581/QF582 Sydney - Perth rotation will recommence on 9th July.

24th May 2012 - VH-TJG Positioning Flight.

Following the cancellation of QF763 Canberra - Melbourne Boeing 737-476 VH-TJG positioned Canberra - Melbourne as QF6114.

24th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF448 Melbourne - Sydney

QF763 Canberra - Melbourne

QF1111 Port Hedland - Perth

QF1124 Perth - Port Hedland

QF1419 Sydney - Canberra

QF1422 Canberra - Sydney

QF1464 Canberra - Sydney

QF1493 Sydney - Canberra

QF2010 Sydney - Tamworth

QF2011 Tamworth - Sydney

QF2289 Melbourne - Launceston

QF2312 Townsville - Cairns.

































































































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11th May 2012 - VH-VYD Newman Technical Issue.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VYD operated QF1088 Perth - Newman this afternoon however it appears to have encountered a technical issue at Newman as it was unable to operate the return QF1089. Sister VH-VZM positioned Perth - Newman as QF6115 and operated QF1089 with a delay of around seven hours.














11th May 2012 - VH-OEE Returns Reconfigured from Avalon.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEE positioned Avalon - Sydney as QF6196 today. The aircraft has been reconfigured to 58J/36W/270Y configuration with A380 style seating.

10th May 2012 - Flight Cancellation.

QF2289 Melbourne - Launceston did not operate today. As this aircraft overnights at Launceston this will result in QF2280 Launceston - Melbourne being cancelled tomorrow.

10th May 2012 - VH-OGK Sydney - Sydney Flight.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGK undertook a Sydney - Sydney flight as QF6160 this afternoon making several large circuits close to Wagga Wagga at 41,000 ft before returning.

8th May 2012 - VH-EBH Operates QF81.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBH operated today’s QF81 Sydney - Adelaide - Singapore service. This is the first recorded appearance of an A330-200 on this service.

8th May 2012 - QANTASLink 717 VH-NXJ Arrives.

QANTASLink Boeing 717-200 VH-NXJ arrived in Adelaide from Darwin today wearing registration N902ME having made an eight stop three day delivery flight from Miami.

8th May 2012 - VH-ZXF Positioning Flight.

Boeing 767-336ER VH-ZXF positioned Adelaide - Melbourne this morning as QF6112.

8th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF1836 Perth - Paraburdoo

QF1837 Paraburdoo - Perth

QF2010 Sydney - Tamworth

QF2011 Tamworth - Sydney

QF2114 Sydney - Coffs Harbour

QF2115 Coffs Harbour - Sydney.

8th May 2012 - VH-OJU to Avalon Maintenance.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJU positioned Sydney -Avalon as QF6195 today. This aircraft will be reconfigured and fitted with A380 style seating.

7th May 2012 - VH-EBG Operates QF77/QF78.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBG operated today’s QF77/QF78 Perth - Singapore rotation. With International configuration A330-200s not now needed for the Auckland - Los Angeles service this may become a more frequent occurrence.

7th May 2012 - VH-EBL Operates QF41/QF42.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBL operated today’s QF41/QF42 Sydney - Jakarta rotation. Whilst not the first appearance on an A330-200 on this service it is an indication of the future utilisation of the type following the QF25/QF26 closure.

7th May 2012 - Flight Cancellation.

QF692 Adelaide - Melbourne did not operate today.

6th May 2012 - VH-OJH First 747-400 Back to New York.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJH operated todays QF107/QF108 Sydney - Los Angeles - New York JFK rotation throughout. It had been expected that the aircraft off the QF15 Brisbane - Los Angeles service, in this case VH-OJT, would work the Los Angeles - New York JFK tag.

6th May 2012 - VH-VYB Positioning Flight.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VYB positioned Adelaide - Melbourne this afternoon as QF6117.

6th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF1479 Sydney - Canberra

QF1480 Canberra - Sydney

QF1897 Kalgoorlie - Perth

QF2206 Albury - Sydney.

5th May 2012 - VH-EBH Operates Final Auckland - Los Angeles Service.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBH operated today’s final QF25/QF26 Auckland - Los Angeles service and was also the last Airbus A330-200 to operate the QF107/QF108 Los Angeles - New York JFK Tag. From tomorrow the QF107/QF108 Los Angeles - New York JFK tag will revert to Boeing 747-400 operation.

5th May 2012 - VH-VYD Positioning Flight.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VYD positioned Melbourne - Adelaide this morning as QF6115.

5th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The QF2264/QF2265 Sydney - Lord Howe Island rotation did not operate today.

4th May 2012 - Further A380 Deferrals.

QANTAS today announced that the two A380s scheduled for delivery in 2013 have been deferred until the 2016/2017 financial year, representing a capital saving of A$400 million.

In the same announcement it was made clear that resources will be concentrated on the Domestic market as the QANTAS group defends its 65% market share against Virgin Australia and the slowly re-emerging Tiger Airways. To that end Boeing 747-400s will be reinstated later on the Sydney - Perth route and further A330-300s will be scheduled on the Melbourne - Perth route.

4th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:


QF1462 Canberra - Sydney

QF1471 Sydney - Canberra

QF2132 Melbourne - Canberra

QF2133 Canberra - Melbourne

QF2260 Sydney - Lord Howe Island

QF2261 Lord Howe Island - Sydney

QF2412 Brisbane - Emerald

QF2413 Emerald - Brisbane.

3rd May 2012 - VH-QPC Operates Final QF51/QF52 Mumbai Service.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPC operated today’s final QF51/QF52 Singapore - Mumbai rotation. As a result of this flight disappearing from the timetable all QF81/QF82 Adelaide - Singapore flights will now route to Sydney - Adelaide - Singapore.

3rd May 2012 - VH-OJI QF5 Sydney Return.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJI operating QF5 Sydney - Singapore - Frankfurt was around two hours into the flight when it turned and headed back to Sydney due a failure of the cabin lighting. The flight departed again just prior to curfew operated by sister VH-OJJ.

3rd May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF437 Sydney - Melbourne

QF898 Perth - Karratha

QF899 Karratha - Perth

QF2260 Sydney - Lord Howe Island

QF2261 Lord Howe Island - Sydney.

2nd May 2012 - VH-OGU Returns fron Avalon Maintenance.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGU, which has been under maintenance at Avalon since 21st March, positioned Avalon - Melbourne as QF6143 this afternooon.

2nd May 2012 - VH-OGP To Avalon Maintenance.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGP positioned Brisbane - Avalon this morning as QF6133.

2nd May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The QF87/QF88 Sydney - Hong Kong rotation did not operate today.

2nd May 2012 - VH-EBH Returns from Brisbane Maintenance.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBH, which has been under maintenance at Brisbane since 17th April, positioned Brisbane - Sydney as QF6113 this morning.

2nd May 2012 - VH-OGH Positioning Flight.

Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGH positioned Perth - Melbourne in the early hours of the morning as QF6123 suggesting that a technical problem with this aircraft caused the cancellation of QF480 yesterday.

2nd May 2012 - New Baggage Limits.

New checked baggage limits apply on all QANTAS tickets issue from today. In most cases and especially for Frequent Flyer members these are now more generous. Full details here.

1st May 2012 - VH-EBI Positions to Brisbane.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBI positioned Sydney - Brisbane this afternoon as QF6002.

1st May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF480 Perth - Melbourne

QF542 Sydney - Brisbane

QF559 Brisbane - Sydney

QF1461 Sydney - Canberra

QF1462 Canberra - Sydney

QF1840 Perth - Paraburdoo

QF1841 Paraburdoo - Perth

QF2420 Newcastle - Melbourne.

1st May 2012 - VH-VZZ Enters Service.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZZ entered service today operating QF400 Melbourne - Sydney.


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23rd May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF1460 Canberra - Sydney

QF1463 Sydney - Canberra

QF1466 Canberra - Sydney

QF1495 Sydney - Canberra

QF2010 Sydney - Tamworth

QF2011 Tamworth - Sydney

QF2538 Brisbane - Roma

QF2539 Roma - Brisbane.

22nd May 2012 - QANTAS to Split International and Domestic Divisions.

QANTAS today announced that from July it would split its business into International and Domestic divisions which would each have their own Chief Executive and would report their financial results separately. With International Airbus A330 and Boeing 747 aircraft and crews scheduled to operate on Domestic Australian services and Domestic Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft and crews operating International services to Auckland and Noumea this will have complications.

Current Frequent Flyer Chief Executive Simon Hickey will head QANTAS International whilst current Executive of Operations Lyell Strambi will head QANTAS Domestic. Both will report to CEO Alan Joyce.

Both QANTAS International and QANTAS Domestic divisions will be covered by the QANTAS Sale Act preventing majority foreign ownership.

22nd May 2012 - VH-VXI Positions to Avalon.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXI positioned Melbourne - Avalon late this evening.

22nd May 2012 - VH-NXQ QF1706 Rockhampton Diversion.

Boeing 717-200 VH-NXQ operating QF1706 Brisbane - Gladstone diverted to Rockhampton this morning.

22nd May 2012 - VH-TJS Melbourne Test Flight.

Boeing 737-476 VH-TJS, which has been out of service at Melbourne since 18th May, undertook a Melbourne - Melbourne test flight as QF6122 today before re-entering service as QF818 Melbourne - Canberra.

22nd May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF1000 Perth - Karratha

QF1001 Karratha - Perth

QF1464 Canberra - Sydney

QF1467 Sydney - Canberra

QF1468 Canberra - Sydney

QF1471 Sydney - Canberra

QF1480 Canberra - Sydney

QF1493 Sydney - Canberra

QF1707 Gladstone - Brisbane

QF2022 Sydney - Armidale

QF2023 Armidale - Sydney

QF2332 Brisbane - Gladstone

QF2335 Gladstone - Brisbane

QF2390 Brisbane - Biloela

QF2393 Biloela - Brisbane

QF2431 Learmonth - Perth.

21st May 2012 - Heavy Maintenance Re-Shuffle.

QANTAS today announced that heavy maintenance work on the Boeing 737 fleet would switch from Melbourne to Brisbane with an eventual loss of 500 jobs.

422 of these will be lost at Tullamarine whilst another 113 will be lost at Avalon, which has taken on some Boeing 767 maintenance but is losing work overall with the reduction of the Boeing 747 fleet.

30 new line maintenance jobs will be created at Melbourne and a further 5 at Sydney.

21st May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF402 Melbourne - Sydney

QF407 Sydney - Melbourne

QF455 Sydney - Melbourne

QF464 Melbourne - Sydney

QF2309 Cairns - Townsville

QF2310 Townsville - Cairns

QF2344 Brisbane - Gladstone

QF2345 Gladstone - Brisbane

QF2404 Brisbane - Emerald

QF2405 Emerald - Brisbane

QF2567 Brisbane - Canberra

QF2568 Canberra - Brisbane.

20th May 2012 - VH-OJS Positioning Flight.

Following its arrival as QF30 from Hong Kong Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS positioned Melbourne - Sydney as QF6007.

20th May 2012 - VH-QPG Positioning Flight.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPG positioned Sydney - Melbourne early this afternoon as QF6117.

20th May 2012 - Flight Cancellation.

QF2021 Armidale - Sydney did not operate today.

19th May 2012 - VH-OJS Hong Kong Appearance.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS operated QF87 Sydney - Hong Kong and QF30 Hong Kong - Melbourne today. These are both now scheduled to be operated by Airbus A330-300s.

18th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF71 Perth - Singapore

QF78 Singapore - Perth.

17th May 2012 - VH-EBI Returns from Brisbane Maintenance.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBI positioned Brisbane - Sydney today as QF6114.

17th May 2012 - Flight Cancellation.

QF2309 Cairns - Townsville did not operate today.

17th May 2012 - VH-VZP Kalgoorlie Excursion.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZP operated a Perth - Kalgoorlie rotation this afternoon as QF6124/QF6134.

16th May 2012 - VH-QPA Positioning Flight.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPA positioned Sydney - Brisbane this evening as QF6113.

16th May 2012 - VH-OJT Operates QF107/QF108 New York JFK Tag.

No QF11 Sydney - Los Angeles flight was scheduled today and as a result QF107 Sydney - Los Angeles was operated by Airbus A380 VH-OQI. The Los Angeles - New York sector was therefore operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJT which had arrived into Los Angeles as QF15 from Brisbane. This is the first time since Boeing 747-400s took over the Los Angeles - New York JFK tag that the Brisbane aircraft has operated the service.

16th May 2012 - VH-VYG Positioning Flight.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VYG positioned Melbourne - Sydney this evening as QF6133.

16th May 2012 - VH-OEH QF27 Christchurch Medical Diversion.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEH operating QF27 Sydney - Santiago de Chile diverted via Christchurch this evening due to a medical emergency on board.

16th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF496 Melbourne - Sydney

QF1419 Sydney - Canberra

QF1420 Canberra - Sydney

QF2010 Sydney - Tamworth

QF2011 Tamworth - Sydney.

15th May 2012 - VH-OEI QF8 Brisbane Terminator.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEI operating QF8 Dallas-Fort Worth - Brisbane - Sydney (depart Dallas-Fort Worth 13th May) arrived into Brisbane this morning however the Brisbane - Sydney leg was cancelled. VH-OEI then operated QF51 Brisbane - Singapore.

15th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:


QF8 Brisbane - Sydney

QF446 Melbourne - Sydney

QF449 Sydney - Melbourne

QF2010 Sydney - Tamworth

QF2011 Tamworth - Sydney

QF2058 Melbourne - Devonport

QF2061 Devonport - Melbourne

QF2084 Mildura - Melbourne

QF2085 Melbourne - Mildura

QF2086 Mildura - Melbourne

QF2390 Brisbane - Biloela

QF2393 Biloela - Brisbane

QF2429 Learmonth - Perth

QF2480 Cairns - Weipa

QF2481 Weipa - Cairns.

14th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:


QF410 Melbourne - Sydney

QF417 Sydney - Melbourne

QF1419 Sydney - Canberra

QF1836 Perth - Paraburdoo

QF1837 Paraburdoo - Perth

QF2050 Devonport - Melbourne

QF2114 Sydney - Coffs Harbour

QF2115 Coffs Harbour - Sydney

QF2132 Melbourne - Canberra

QF2133 Canberra - Melbourne

QF2423 Weipa - Cairns.

13th May 2012 - VH-VXS QF1064 Lightning Strike.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VXS operating QF1064 Perth - Kalgoorlie was on approach to Kalgoorlie when the aircraft encountered a lightning strike. The aircraft returned to Perth where QANTAS have a maintenance base. A replacement flight and the return QF1065 were then operated by sister VH-VZM.

13th May 2012 - Flight Cancellations.

The following flights did not operate today:

QF454 Melbourne - Sydney

QF457 Sydney - Melbourne

QF1480 Canberra - Sydney

QF1483 Sydney - Canberra

QF1484 Canberra - Sydney

QF2061 Melbourne - Devonport.