|Qantas Ends its Long Affair With the Boeing 747. Photo: Sam Chui
At the beginning of the year, Qantas was still operating its last six 747-400ERs. All of the jumbos were eventually going to be retired before 2021 rolled around.
The carrier had said that these aircraft have already been sold and will not return to passenger service, though they might be used for rescue flights due to the coronovirus crisis and worldwide grounding of the Qantas international flight.
Qantas, completed its final Boeing 747 flight from Santiago, Chile to Sydney on March 29th. The flight departed Santiago at 2:12 p.m. local time and arrived in Sydney at 5:30 p.m. local time.
Qantas B747-400 in OneWorld livery Photo: Sam Chui
|Qantas has also decided to ground entire fleet of A380s until 2023. Photo: Sam Chui|
Though, the airline were expected to resume its A380 operations in September, now the aircraft will be grounded for at least 2023. They are heading to California for long term storage.
Half Decade Rich History
|Qantas is the sole operator of extended range passenger B747-400ER. Photo: Sam Chui
The Queen did wonders for the Australian flag carrier and helped the airline shape new industries in the nation.
The Boeing 747 jumbos was so popular among the Australians and the airline that the airline was only operating 747s by the end of 1970s.
|Qantas operated 37 Boeing 747s in 2000. Photo: Sam Chui|
As of 31 December 2000, there were a total of 680 passenger Boeing 747s in service with airlines across the globe.
Qantas’s 37 Boeing 747s accounted for 5.4% of the global 747 fleet. Qantas and All Nippon Airways (ANA), tied as the fourth largest operators of the type after British Airways (71), Japan Airlines (68), and United Airlines (44).
|Boeing 747 allowed Qantas improve its global presence. Photo: Sam Chui|
These premature aircraft are already sold by the airline. However, the new owner is not disclosed yet. These aircraft are being ferried to Majove in California.
The Qantas 747 has no direct replacement in Qantas fleet in terms of capacity. But this may change with Project Sunrise, when the carrier will introduce Airbus A350-1000 into its fleet.
|Qantas selected the Airbus A350-1000 for its Project Sunrise. Photo: Qantas|
Most of the carriers former Boeing 747 routes have already been replaced by the newer, fuel-efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
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