I noticed today that Qantas is upgrading the QF107 to an A380 on 6 days of the week during January and February.

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Austline

Member since 23 Aug 2011

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I noticed today that Qantas is upgrading the QF107 to an A380 on 6 days of the week during January and February. Does anyone know were they are getting the aircraft from my only thought is that they may terminate one of the LHR flights in DXB?

qfflyer

Member since 26 May 2012

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I think they are using a combination of A380 and 747. 

e.g. A380 to LAX and 747 to JFK. Presumably the 747 would come in from BNE before onward travel to East Coast. 

AndrewYes

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This is due to them sending aircraft to Victorville, CA (plane graveyard) aswell as ongoing maintainence works. The terminal they use in JFK is not A380 equipped. 

AndrewYes

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Additionally, you will find that there is no scheduled QF11 service as the A380 will only run on one SYD - LAX flight per day. 

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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Not sure what replacing 2 B747 services a week to a return A380 (for a short period) has to do with 747 retirements to Victorville?

hutch

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This is from Qantas:

QF107/QF108 Upgrades 15 October 2013

Qantas flights QF107/QF108 between Sydney and Los Angeles have been upgraded to an A380 on Fridays and Sundays for the period 3 January – 26 January 2014.
 
Ordinarily operated by a B744 aircraft, the upgrade will accommodate almost 2000 additional customers over the school holiday period and allow more customers the opportunity to experience the award-winning Qantas A380 aircraft.  To accommodate the larger aircraft, QF108 will arrive into Sydney 15 minutes later at 0955.
 
QF107/108 between Los Angeles and New York will continue to be operated by a B744 aircraft.

So they are upgrading QF107 from the 747 to A380 on Fridays and Sundays. According to the timetable QF11 is still running as the purpose of this appears to be to increase capacity.

MikeM

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Member since 18 Oct 2012

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How much longer do you think until this becomes an all A380 route?

hutch

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Assuming QF gets it A380's, it'll need another 4 to do BNE-LAX, SYD-LAX... however, I'd suggest SYD-DFW is a higher priority for the next 2 A380's due in FY16-17 (I think)

Joshb

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I'd imagine DFW would be a higher priority, however if they had an A380 from BNE/MEL & two from SYD they would have 4 sitting in LAX awaiting return services 15 hours after they all arrived - I guess there would be planes available (there are now even) but I think its more of a question of loads/terminal investment at JFK

hutch

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Yes, it would be interesting to see whether the LAX-JFK route could get enough load to justify an A330. Perhaps when QF has refurb A330 fleet the AKL -LAX -JFK route could be re-born?

Worth noting that in QF's fleet report last week they mentioned that the do line maintenance on the A380's at LAX whilst they are waiting for the return to Australia. So it's not completely wasted time.

hutch

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Sorry, the first A330 should be an A380

PK

Member since 03 May 2012

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I think the opposite is more likely. There is a distinct possibility that once AA updates its LAX-JFK route to the A321 "Transcontinentals"  that QF will pull out of the LAX-JFK route.  It doesn't make money for QF.   I'd also say that there is little to no chance of the AKL-JFK route being reborn. I wish, like you, that the opposite was true. It would be lovely to take a QF A380 all the way to JFK. 

hutch

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Yes, I fear you are correct. 

AndrewYes

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How come you can not purchase QF11 tickets online?

hutch

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I don't know... I just did dummy booking for Q11 on all Fridays in Jan and they worked fine. 

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