How to fly a Qantas 787 without leaving Australia.

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Saulfong3

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Mar 2020

Total posts 6

For those missing the 787, or any long-haul aircraft for that matter it is now possible to book a commercial flight on the Qantas 787. The 787 appears on DRW - SYD flights on the days it arrives in Darwin from overseas after bringing Australians home. It is running under flight number QF847 leaving at varying times. Interestingly on the days, it runs there is no QF840 or QF842, meaning there is no SYD - DRW service on those days. Tickets start at about $357 for a one way "Red e Deal," pretty standard for a DRW - SYD leg. premium economy is not open to purchase but does appear on the seat map, likely for high-tier FF's to select. whilst lacking the wow factor of the scenic flight there is no doubt that flying such a large aircraft on a domestic flight during covid times isn't amazing.

MrT

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Aug 2015

Total posts 63

Hope it gets a deep clean before loading passengers on for the SYD leg!

XWu

Member since 09 May 2020

Total posts 41

@MrT

Exactly what I thought.

Mind you, considering there is no official QF international flight, unless they are changing over their equipment or getting the planes serviced that cannot be done at DRW, why should they send the 787 back to SYD if they are still being used as the shuttle service for repatriation flights? Isn't flying from SYD to other repatriation collection points in India, UK much further, need more fuel and more stops?

Unless they are in fact shuttling their crews to Sydney for quarantine as well which meant the plane may still have exposed personnel on board those flights (rather than using another smaller plane?)

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Saulfong3

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Mar 2020

Total posts 6

@XWu ,

I get the feeling they return to Sydney for maintenance or storage as there is only a limited number of these flights to get Aussies home and with up to 3 weeks between I imagine it is better for Qantas to keep them in Sydney until they're sent off for the next repatriation flight. For instance, the next of these flights are on Tuesday the 10th (10/11/2020) but after there is nothing until Tuesday the 24th (24/11/2020) exactly 2 weeks apart.

Anyhow I will be traveling on one in the coming weeks so I'll be sure to ask the crew.

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