QF A332 refurbished flying to Asia

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Husk

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Hi,
I have a trip to Vietnam in September (not sure north or south yet!) and looking to book QF via BKK, SIN or HKG. When searching for flights on QF website most flights are pushing me outbound on an A332 via BKK or SIN. After getting switched last month from a 333 to an unrefurbished 332 was hoping to avoid that again. Leaving from Sydney but happy to go via Brisbane or Melbourne. I think the SYD-BKK will be the old fit out when offering a 332 but what about the other routes....hoping not to spend an overnight anywhere so I understand that limits my options but happy to arrive late in VN. Can reach out to travel agent if you think that will give me more options for this routing but keen to hear anything you can suggest
Thanks

ThePerthTrav

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Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if your aircraft will be changed at the last minute

Husk

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Thanks TPT, understand that is part of the T&C's but when I look at the outbound options there appears to be 332's on multiple routes on the same day but QF only have 2 with old config? So was hoping to see if they are flying the new config to Asia from a particular port...no guarantees of course.

TJS

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I don’t think QF97 from BNE to HKG is ever a 332. Safe to say it will be a 333

GregXL

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You can see where the 2 non refurbished A332s are being used by looking on TheQantasSource jet tracker page. They are VH-EBL and VH-EBG. SYD-BKK appears a few days in a month. I didn’t see any SYD-SIN or BNE to anywhere in Asia. The good news is that refurbishments are planned for both these aircraft, but I couldn’t find the announcement that had the dates.

Last editedby GregXL at Jun 14, 2018, 10:28 PM.

Husk

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Thanks GregXL, will bookmark this for future.

koji

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You can see where the 2 non refurbished A332s are being used by looking on TheQantasSource jet tracker page. They are VH-EBL and VH-EBG. SYD-BKK appears a few days in a month. I didn’t see any SYD-SIN or BNE to anywhere in Asia. The good news is that refurbishments are planned for both these aircraft, but I couldn’t find the announcement that had the dates.
Last edited by GregXL at Jun 14, 2018, 10.28 PM.

Looks likes every flight to PEK uses non refurbished A332. Pity.

Traveller14

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The PEK flights are supposed to use these unrefurbished A332s as the flight attendants (or pilots, or both) have more suitable rest areas on these. SYD - PEK is also longer than most A333/ A332 routes and these two planes have larger galleys if I remember.


There is however occasional use of an A333 as it's not possible for these two A332s to be in use every day: like all, they need maintenance.

mannej

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You can see where the 2 non refurbished A332s are being used by looking on TheQantasSource jet tracker page. They are VH-EBL and VH-EBG. SYD-BKK appears a few days in a month. I didn’t see any SYD-SIN or BNE to anywhere in Asia. The good news is that refurbishments are planned for both these aircraft, but I couldn’t find the announcement that had the dates.
Last edited by GregXL at Jun 14, 2018, 10.28 PM.
Looks likes every flight to PEK uses non refurbished A332. Pity.

There are reasons for this

koji

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The PEK flights are supposed to use these unrefurbished A332s as the flight attendants (or pilots, or both) have more suitable rest areas on these. SYD - PEK is also longer than most A333/ A332 routes and these two planes have larger galleys if I remember.

There is however occasional use of an A333 as it's not possible for these two A332s to be in use every day: like all, they need maintenance.

Yeah, I do remember that considering the highly competitive market on this route and long distance, the old version of 332 is the best/only available aircraft for pek-Syd. But does the refurbishment affect ability of the aircraft delivering this route?

moa999

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As I understand it SYD-PEK (and SYD-HNL) is long enough that it requires a specialised type of crew rest. This is only present on EBG/EBL and the 333s.


QF is planning on refurbing 6 332s (EBS is in BNE maintenance now) to add these seats, additional galley space (will result in a seat reduction) and cloth J seats.

In conjunction with this EBG/EBL will be refurbed to domestic 332 standard (iPads and leather J business suites)

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