Member since 23 Apr 2013
Total posts 14
Am travelling soon to Dubai from Sydney and have been watching the actual departure times for QF1 from Sydney, in relation to the scheduled time of 4.05pm. More often than not for seemingly the past few weeks, QF1 has departed Sydney seriously late....IE several hours. This seems to be a trend and I cant work out why this happens. Surely its not the late arriving aircraft from LAX or HKG or similar? If it is, there's a problem. Can anyone shed some light?
Qantas - QFF Platinum
Member since 20 Mar 2012
Total posts 123
While I cannot assist with the answer of your question, I was told by a friend that QF1 left SYD at about midnight earlier this month. A serious delay of about 8 hours so it would be interesting to see if there is a systemic problem with the route
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 04 Oct 2012
Total posts 147
How could leave at midnight with curfew?
Member since 02 Jan 2013
Total posts 54
Dispensation from Canberra.Meaning someone from the Government.Rarely given and depending on the situation.
So i'm led to believe!
They didn't give it the day that all those Virgin flights were cancelled a gouple years ago. Why would they give a dispensation for 1 flight???
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 24 Aug 2011
Total posts 384
Probably someone high-up on board.
And I have heard that on a few occasions it has been due to late arriving domestic flights / from nz.
Member since 17 Aug 2012
Total posts 1,285
It was late the other day, retimed to depart at 1800, which ruined the photo I wanted.
Member since 11 Mar 2012
Total posts 115
The only time QF1 was that late was on 3 May according to flightaware.com and it departed at 10:27PM
Member since 31 Jan 2012
Total posts 57
A380 VH-OQI operating QF1 Sydney - Dubai - London Heathrow (depart Sydney 11th May) terminated at Dubai this morning with the Dubai - London Heathrow sector cancelled due to a technical issue. Subsequently today’s QF2 London Heathrow - Dubai is cancelled and the aircraft will pick up the schedule operating the Dubai - Sydney sector on 13th May
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 250
Today at least it departed the gate right on time, with actual take-off at 4.19 pm
Thanks for all your comments. Am no more relaxed about an on time departure than before!
The only time QF1 was that late was on 3 May according to flightaware.com and it departed at 10:28PM. Just google: flightaware QFA1
Member since 30 Dec 2012
Total posts 34
According to Flightware.com QF1 Left Sydney late on the following days (late being 15 mins past the ETD)
1 May - 16.28, 2 May - 22.27, 3 May - 22.28, 6 May - 16.34
7 May - 19.15, 9 May - 16.22, 10 May - 17.23, 12 May - 20.23.
That is 8 days (out of 14 - 57% of flights) have left late. Since QF and EK began their Alliance, it seems that QF is begininng to operater like EK...
And we all know how notorious EK is for lateness...
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