Farewell Qantas B747 flight
Qantas has waved goodbye to its B747-400 fleet having flown its last commercial flight from Santiago to Sydney on 29th March 2020. This marks the end of a 48 year old relationship between the B747 and Qantas. We had earlier elaborated on the retirement of the B747.
Qantas currently has a fleet of 5 B747 which are being retired now. For more details you can see Qantas Retirement of B747. The aircraft used today was a B747-400ER registered as VH-OEE which flew its last commercial flight from Santiago to Sydney as QF28.
The aircraft is a B747-400ER and Qantas is the only operator of such type. This gives its aircraft extra range of around 925Km. This flight was scheduled to depart at 13:35 and departed at 14:13 local time. The distance between the two cities are 11,574 Km. It took a total of 13 hours 17 minutes to reach Sydney and after a brief low pass over Sydney Downtown it arrived at Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport.
Footage of Qantas B747-400 flight QF28
Seen here is the footage courtesy of 9News of Qantas B747-400ER registered as VH-OEE doing a low pass over Sydney and then landing at active runway 34L
Images of Qantas B747-400
You can find exclusive pictures of Qantas B747-400 taken at Brisbane and Sydney. Ironically we had taken picture of Qantas B747-400ER registered as VH-OEE which is the aircraft used as QF28 from Santiago to Sydney operating its last commercial flight for the airline.
Qantas adds to the list of airlines retiring their B747. The queen of the sky will and has always been the icon of Aviation. It is hard to imagine aviation without having a thought about the B747. As an aviation enthusiast all we hope for is the other airlines such as Lufthansa, Thai, Korean Air etc give it some more time up in the air so that passengers can feel what it is like to fly in the aircraft lovingly known as ‘Queen of the sky’.