Is the Qantas 747 used on the Sydney-Santiago route upgraded to A380-equivalent standard?

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MEL Traveller

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Member since 10 Dec 2014

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Is the Qantas 747 used on the Sydney-Santiago route upgraded to A380-equivalent standard? What is the best business class seat on this route?

msport2012

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Member since 14 Apr 2013

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Recently flew QF to Santiago and they used a refreshed B747-400 with the A380 interior. The best seats in business class are row 5B and 5J.

Lala295

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Member since 10 Dec 2014

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It was definitely a refurbished B747-400 without first class on my last SYD-SCL recently

maddenlionel

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Member since 06 Jun 2014

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14a is also a great seat on the refurbised 747. You have the storage locker and it's an exit row seat, so you have a large amount of room and you don't have to "jump" over the seat next to you if they are in lie flat mode as you have about 1/2m of room between his fully reclined seat and the row in front. 

smit0847

Member since 30 Aug 2013

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Are there 12 747s now or 11? How many are refurbed?

For normal operations, they need 2 for BNE-LAX, 1 for SYD-HKG, 1 (I think) for SYD-SCL, 2 for SYD-JNB, 2 for SYD-LAX and 2 for SYD-NRT.

I thought the two LAX services and HKG ALWAYS had the refurbed birds (so thats 5 refurbed gone) - aren't the others just allocated based on what aircraft are available? I thought SCL and JNB usually for non refurbed?

moa999

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We are now at 13.

6 refurbed 747-400ERs (OEE-OEJ, 02/03 deliveries)
3 refurbed 747-400s (OJS-OJU 99/00 deleiveries)
4 non-refurbed 747-400s (OJA, OJI, OJM, 89/90/91 deliv OEB 93 ex Asiana. OJM/OEB still have old first)

OJA is scheduled for last flight in late-December, which will leave 3 non-refurbs

FrequentFlyer

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Member since 20 Mar 2012

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Santiago is serviced only by the ER 747s, as the route requires the extra range capacities. This mean that all the flights are on refurbed planes

Fonga

Member since 12 Feb 2014

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And it is easily the most scenic flight in all the Qantas network. You get to see both the Andes on the way over and back, the NZ Alps on the South Island and a long period flying over the sea ice of Antartica. It is one of the truly unique and loneliest flights on the planet.

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