Qantas brings forward final Boeing 767 flight, waives change fees

By Chris Chamberlin, October 9 2014

UPDATE | Qantas' final Boeing 767 flight from Melbourne to Sydney on December 27 will no longer run as the 8pm QF490 service, having been brought forward to the 5pm QF452 flight.

The three-hour change will make for more of a razzle-dazzle arrival into Sydney in the summer daylight hours at 6.25pm, including a water cannon salute to honour the Boeing 767, its crew and passengers as the aircraft approaches the Qantas terminal gates for the last time.

Given that a large number of aviation enthusiasts had already booked QF490 with the specific intention of travelling on the Boeing 767's farewell flight, Qantas is thoughtfully allowing QF490 passengers to rebook onto QF452 at no charge.

In addition, a Qantas spokesperson advised Australian Business Traveller that Qantas flights booked from other cities to Melbourne to connect to the Boeing 767's last hurrah – along with onward flights from Sydney – can also be changed at no cost in conjunction with a swap to QF452 "if their agenda was to be part of Qantas' last commercial Boeing 767 flight."

Those free flight changes can be made until October 19 2014 by calling Qantas on 13 13 13.

PREVIOUS | It’s ‘final call’ for the Boeing 767 fleet as Qantas maps out a retirement plan for its nine remaining aged jets, which are being put out to pasture by the year’s end.

A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that QF490 from Melbourne to Sydney on December 27 2014 will be the airline’s last Boeing 767 passenger flight – a fitting send-off for an aircraft that spends most of its time zipping in between the two business capitals.

That’s up to nine months earlier than originally planned and comes as the airline attempts to stem the flowing tide of red ink though an accelerated ‘Qantas transformation program’.

Qantas’ Boeing 767s have already disappeared from international service, with Honolulu (Hawaii) – the last remaining offshore Boeing 767 destination – having switched to newer and more fuel-efficient Airbus A330s from September 14.

The 767 fleet underwent multi-million dollar refurbishments just two years ago, including new charcoal leather seats in business class and iPads for use as inflight entertainment via the wireless Q Streaming system:

Q Streaming can now also be found on selected Boeing 717 flights to Canberra and Hobart, and from next year, on Qantas’ older Boeing 737 aircraft as well.

Hitching one last ride on the Boeing 767

While the Red Roo’s final Boeing 767 flight will run from Melbourne to Sydney, residents in other cities still have one last chance to score a ride on the big bird.

Subject to last-minute aircraft swaps, the Boeing 767s will do an informal ‘Australian tour’ – covering every mainland capital city before disappearing from Australian skies.

Here’s your last chance to fly on the jet by route:

  • Sydney-Adelaide-Sydney: November 3, QF741 & QF752
  • Brisbane-Perth: November 17, QF651
  • Perth-Canberra: November 17, QF718
  • Melbourne-Canberra-Melbourne: November 30, QF822 & QF821
  • Brisbane-Adelaide-Brisbane: December 9, QF663 & QF656
  • Brisbane-Melbourne: December 9, QF635
  • Melbourne-Adelaide-Melbourne: December 17, QF683 & QF686
  • Melbourne-Brisbane: December 25, QF636
  • Brisbane-Darwin-Brisbane: December 26, QF824 & QF825
  • Sydney-Brisbane-Sydney: December 27, QF508 & QF517
  • Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney: December 27, QF447 & QF490

If you’re flying on Qantas’ Boeing 767s through December, also check out our business class review from Sydney to Brisbane.

Read: Qantas Boeing 767 business class review

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

watson374

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2221

Looks like QF421 SYD-MEL on 29/11/14 is going to be my last ever QF 767 run (bar substitution).

abudhabi1

abudhabi1

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

Total posts 279

Sydney to Bali was my second time internationally on a Qantas 767 in 2000.I'll miss the old girl.It's hard to believe with the exception of a handful of A330 services dometically we are going back to the before wide body era existed days in some ways.

Rocky J

Rocky J

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Feb 2014

Total posts 7

I flew on one of the first Qantas 767 flights from Wellington to Sydney in 1985.  I sitll have a commemorative bottle of port from the flight. 

 

Merc25

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jun 2013

Total posts 367

Sorry to see the 767 go it was my favourite airline of the past .it was was intruduced when flying was still an experience and people dressed up to fly.

drpurpleturtle

drpurpleturtle

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Jun 2012

Total posts 40

I'm on the "last" 767 flight (QF490) on the 27th Dec, just hoping there isn't a last minute aicraft change as i upgraded to J too...  Gonna miss these workhorses! 

crosscourt

crosscourt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 347

not me, happy to see the back end of them. waste of time and money upgrading their seats. should have been retired ages ago.

travelator

travelator

QFF Gold QC gold

26 Nov 2012

Total posts 56

Does anyone know if QF are replacing every 767 with a 330 or will we fly in more 737 aircraft?

AJW

AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 501

More 737's, with some A330's for good meassure.

drpurpleturtle

drpurpleturtle

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Jun 2012

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There are/were 31 767's including the seven ex BA aircraft (VH-ZXA-G) and the Freighter aircraft (VH-EFR).

There will be 30 A330's once the final four are handed back from JQ (though two aircraft are to be retuned to their lessors in 2015/16) 

Even though there will be the same amount of A330's replacing 767's, I think most aircraft will serve the SYD-MEL-BNE-PER routes rather than the SYD-MEL-BNE triangle! Also i believe only certain gates at SYD/MEL/BNE can accept the A330!

So it looks like more 737-800 flying for those who live on the east coast :(

crosscourt

crosscourt

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01 Sep 2011

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More than happy to see the termination of this noisy plane.

woganfan

woganfan

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13 Sep 2011

Total posts 182

I agree, there is a lot of fondness for these aircraft but have always thought they were really nasty to fly on. I expect a lot of red arrows for sharing my opinion but I will not mourn their passing.

Ross

Ross

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10 May 2014

Total posts 91

I am on QF 443 SYD-MEL on the 27 Dec and it is listed as a 767

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

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Looks like that'll be your last Qantas 767 flight! The list above shows the last B767 flights by route – there are a fair few between Melbourne and Sydney that day.

crosscourt

crosscourt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 347

just took an 767 from JFK to CDG on AA. Plane past its use by date ... and most definiteley the cabin crew.

Darkavid99

Darkavid99

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21 Dec 2012

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Anyone know where they are going? Would any other airline buy them and make use of the new seating?

AWA2602

AWA2602

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29 Jul 2013

Total posts 209

I'll miss the old girls, having crossed the country thousands of times in the B767's there's a special place in my heart for this aircraft. I certainly don't look forward to the cramped confines of the B737 :-(

DK

DK

30 May 2011

Total posts 37

once wished that QF installed winglets like NZ did. Flew on the 767 from SYD-BNE right after the industrial lockout and have to say it was in a very neat condition. The roaring engine power on take off was amazing. 

aussieboyaussie

aussieboyaussie

20 Aug 2012

Total posts 114

Hate this plane, happy to see it go. 

whipper

whipper

17 Feb 2012

Total posts 121

Give me a 767 over a 737 anyday - great the widebody aircraft and extra space.... Looks like they won't be directly replacing each one of them with the A330.  Pity.

AusFlyer

AusFlyer

10 Mar 2011

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Slightly sorry to see the 767 go. Much as it is now considered old... it was still a great plane in its day. I also always preferred it to the 737's between Sydney and Melbourne!

peteshep

peteshep

15 Feb 2013

Total posts 134

It's sad to see them go, but it is probably time as they are getting a bit long in the tooth.

Wonder if there's going to be a sale on ebay for a bunch of used iPads?

AJW

AJW

16 Nov 2011

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As previously annouced by Qantas they will go to the early 738's.

In fact this article amuses me that it mentions the cost of the refurb, when most of it was the IFE system, which is basically a bolt in module and the IPads that can now be moved to the 738's. I suspect Qantas knew they were going to move them elsewhere after the 767's were retired when they first purchased them.

Hugo

Hugo

12 Jun 2013

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Stupid question: why is Qantas often called the Red Roo, when the roo is quite clearly white?

brinkers

brinkers

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16 Jun 2011

Total posts 67

Names stick. Take a look at the retro livery ( http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-to-unveil-retro-livery-on-boeing-737 ). It once was red.

Ross

Ross

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10 May 2014

Total posts 91

Looks like my SYD-MEL flight on the 27th may now be the second last revenue flight?!?!

eminere

eminere

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25 Sep 2013

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OK?!?!

Ross

Ross

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2014

Total posts 91

Bugger, QF have changed our flight to a 738, I was hoping for one last go on the 767...

AirportAddict

AirportAddict

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

05 Jan 2012

Total posts 335

When they were in operation: when will they replace these crappy old timers??

Now they are giving them the boot: such a shame to see the good old workhorse retire.

tlitzow

tlitzow

27 Nov 2014

Total posts 1

I am trying to see that the SYD - MEL - SYD flights are the last QF 767 flights... i cannot find the last flight QF 452 anywhere ??

can you confirm that this will be the last 767 flight ??


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