Details of the Qantas Boeing 787 delivery flight

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David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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Does anyone in these delivery programs get a preview and experience to sleep in the crews' quarters?
Maybe for an hour or so?

We sometimes get to see them – that was the case on a CX B777 delivery flight I was on – but not to sleep in them, no.

Traveller14

Member since 17 Sep 2015

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Why are QF's 789s news?  There are more than 22 airlines flying them, including operators such as Scoot who come to Australia.  


Qantas is never on my list of international carriers, and in June 2017 only carried 16.2 per cent - less than a sixth - of passengers to and from Australia in total (international flights) with Jetstar carrying a further 9.3 per cent.  So almost three in every four passengers choose a non-QF group airline (although some of the 8.4 per cent of total passengers Emirates carried would be on a QF codeshare ticket.) 

Bob Burgess

Member since 13 Sep 2016

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They're news because it's a new aircraft for the fleet, it's the future of Qantas for both international and domestic flights and it's also the future for longer-range flights such as Perth-London and no doubt some other Perth-Europe route along with other new routes. If you don't like reading about them, here's an idea: don't read about them.

traveller99

Member since 18 Nov 2015

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They're news because it's a new aircraft for the fleet, it's the future of Qantas for both international and domestic flights and it's also the future for longer-range flights such as Perth-London and no doubt some other Perth-Europe route along with other new routes. If you don't like reading about them, here's an idea: don't read about them.

I think the issue is that the QF 787 has consumed Ausbt for a couple of years. First the rumours, then the confirmation, then the livery, then the seating, then speculation about the routes, then speculation about the delivery date, then speculation about how many planes will be based in Brisbane + the list never ends.

flychrisfly

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Member since 09 Jun 2011

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Did the Boeing factory tour today and saw no Skippies on tails :(
How long does the Tour take? I'm thinking of going in Oct, but haven't booked it yet.

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Allow 6 hours pickup to drop off in downtown Seattle. 90 min tour itself

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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They're news because it's a new aircraft for the fleet, it's the future of Qantas for both international and domestic flights and it's also the future for longer-range flights such as Perth-London and no doubt some other Perth-Europe route along with other new routes. If you don't like reading about them, here's an idea: don't read about them.

I think the issue is that the QF 787 has consumed Ausbt for a couple of years. First the rumours, then the confirmation, then the livery, then the seating, then speculation about the routes, then speculation about the delivery date, then speculation about how many planes will be based in Brisbane + the list never ends.

Traveller99, for what it's worth:
* we didn't report on QF 787 'rumours' as stand-alone stories
* of course we'd report when the aircraft were confirmed, as any respectable media in this field would do
* we didn't report on the livery (because we no longer cover livery, safety videos etc)
* of course we'd report on the seating, which is core to the experience and which we did in greater detail than any other publication, which our readers appreciated and were the most widely-read stories of that month
* of course we'd report on routes, this is what having aircraft is all about (ya gotta fly 'em somewhere)
* we didn't run stories of speculation on the delivery date
* we didn't run any story on the Boeing 787s being based in Brisbane

There are other QF787 stories we haven't run (eg rolling out of the paintshop, as that's very aviation/avgeek) and there are stories on which we've been the only publication to really cover (eg shared lavs between business class and premium economy, as that's very relevant to the premium passenger experience and that's what AusBT is all about)

In short, the Qantas 787 has far from 'consumed' AusBT coverage, and the coverage that has been presented is entirely relevant to our readers.

JKH

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Member since 23 Sep 2017

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As long as you’re towards the pointy end it should be nice. The dreaded 3-3-3 in steerage that most airlines opt for definitely makes it the Screamliner as opposed to the Dreamliner.

Bob Burgess

Member since 13 Sep 2016

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I think the issue is that the QF 787 has consumed Ausbt for a couple of years. First the rumours, then the confirmation, then the livery, then the seating, then speculation about the routes, then speculation about the delivery date, then speculation about how many planes will be based in Brisbane + the list never ends.

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I think AusBT has been very measured in its coverage of the Qantas Boeing 787, only reporting what really matters, if you want 'over the top' check out AirlineRatings which treats every Qantas press release as if it's Big News and can't get enough of the breathless prose. At least AusBT 'filters' the nonsense from the news, so to speak, and has called Qantas out on issues such as it's claimed 'revolutionary' 787 premium economy seat and the already-mentioned shared WCs in business class.

John Phelan

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David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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A wee update: according to the latest schedule, QF7879 is estimated to land at Sydney at 7.10am (and pull into Hangar 96 for the welcome event around 7.45am).

Timmy22bc

Member since 18 Oct 2015

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Hi David,

Do I recall correctly the 787 competition is due to be drawn/announced today?

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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Hi David,

Do I recall correctly the 787 competition is due to be drawn/announced today?


Yes, we were just waiting for the winners whose names were drawn to all confirm their attendance – that was sorted late yesterday afternoon, so we'll be in a position to share them today. :)

Joe

Member since 03 May 2013

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Also it is good to have the press fresh on arrival. Even in business class a 14hour flight zonks you out a bit.

Especially if it's a Boeing where jet lag, even on a 787, is more evident than an A380/A350.

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