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The final flight of QANTAS’ historic Boeing 747-438 VH-OJA will be on March 8

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has confirmed its plans to ferry its first Boeing 747-400, the pictured 747-438 VH-OJA (msn 24354), on Sunday, March 8 to the Historical Aviation Restoration Society (HARS) facility for on-going display. VH-OJA will be ferried to Albion Park (near Wollongong) at the Illawarra Regional Airport as flight 6121 from Sydney. The last flight is expected to take around 20 minutes.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. VH-OJA is pictured at Los Angeles.

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TUI AG to sell Corsair to Groupe Dubreuil, the owner of Air Caraibes

Corsair International (Paris-Orly), the French airline unit of TUI AG, will be sold to Groupe Dubreuil, the owner of Air Caraibes. Both carriers will be operated separately according to this report by Bloomberg.

According to Bloomberg, “Dubreuil, who sold French carrier Regional Airlines to Air France in 2000, said he plans to sign a lease deal for three A350s from an unspecified supplier, adding to six of the wide-body twinjets that are already due to arrive from 2016 through 2023 — three ordered outright for Air Caraibes and three to be leased from ILFC, now owned by AerCap Holdings NV.”

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Top Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. The three Corsair 747-400s are currently configured in a high-density two-class 533 seat layout and are too big for the current routes and will be retired in 2017. Boeing 747-422 F-GTUI (msn 26875) taxies at the Paris (Orly) base.

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Below Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Caraibes’ Airbus A330-223 F-OFDF (msn 253) holds short of the runway at London (Gatwick).

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Southern Air retires its last Boeing 747

Southern Air (2nd) (Cincinnati) has retired its last Boeing 747 freighter. According to ch-aviation, the former World Airways Boeing 747-412 (F) N743WA (msn 26562) was retired to Marana, Arizona on February 3.

Previously Southern Air retired its last Boeing 747-200F freighter (N783SA) on January 5, 2013.

Southern Air streamlined its fleet as part of its Chapter 11 reorganization.

Southern Air now operates a fleet of four Boeing 777F freighters and four 737-400 freighters mainly for DHL.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Boeing 747-4EVF ER N558CL (msn 35171) lands at Anchorage.

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QANTAS Airways to return to Vancouver with seasonal services

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has announced it will return to Vancouver for the northern hemisphere summer season on the Sydney-Vancouver route starting on June 20. The restored route will be operated three days a week.

QANTAS will operate 33 roundtrip flights between Sydney and Vancouver – 13 in June/July, and 20 from mid-December to late January 2016, operated by a three-cabin, 364-seat refurbished Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

In other news, QANTAS is also making improvements to its Honolulu services with schedule changes to improve arrival and departure times in Honolulu. The new times will open up more onward connections to other Hawaiian Islands, and will also facilitate a fifth weekly service to operate on Mondays during peak seasons, from September 7 – October 19, 2015 and November 30, 2015 – January 25, 2016.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-438 ER VH-OEJ (msn 32914) in the special “Proudly Supporting the Socceroos” livery arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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QANTAS Airways to preserve its first Boeing 747-400 in Australia

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has saved historic Boeing 747-438 VH-OJA (msn 24354) from a Victorville scraping. Instead, the first QANTAS Jumbo will be preserved with the Historical Aviation Restoration Society (HARS) at Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park, south of Wollongong.

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In a coup for New South Wales tourism, QANTAS will donate its first Boeing 747-400, known as City of Canberra, to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) in March.

It will be the first 747-400 in the world to be preserved for public display and the biggest aircraft by far to be on show at the HARS facility at Illawarra Regional Airport, Shellharbour.

HARS is home to the largest collection of both flying and static heritage aircraft in Australia and run by more than 450 volunteers, including dozens of retired QANTAS employees, who dedicate their time to the maintenance and restoration of some of aviation’s most iconic aircraft.

The newly retired 747 represents a key part of both Australian aviation and QANTAS history after it blazed its way in to the record books in 1989 for the longest nonstop commercial flight from London to Sydney in 20 hours, 9 minutes and 5 seconds. The record still stands.

Ironically, QANTAS will deliver the aircraft, registration VH-OJA, in early March on what will be the airline’s, and perhaps the world’s, shortest ever delivery flight with an expected flying time of approximately ten minutes from Mascot in Sydney to Illawarra.

The delivery flight from Sydney International Airport to Illawarra Regional Airport will be the first time a Boeing 747 has landed at the regional port. The QANTAS pilots operating the final flight will undergo special simulator training to prepare for the delivery and the airline is working with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to finalize approvals for the special landing.

Over the past few years, QANTAS has been gradually retiring its older Boeing 747s. Nine of its newest jumbos, the last of which was delivered in 2003, have been refurbished and will continue flying into the future. Since 2008, the QANTAS Group has taken delivery of almost 150 new aircraft, lowering its fleet age to an average of just over seven years.

The aircraft will join an impressive lineup of famed aircraft now located at HARS including a Lockheed Super Constellation, Catalina, Douglas DC-3 and DC-4 and a Desert Storm US Army Cobra.

The official handover will take place on March 15, 2015 to coincide with HARS monthly open days.

QANTAS Boeing 747-400 VH-OJA facts:

· 25.3 years in service

· 13,833 flights

· 4,094,568 passengers carried

· This aircraft has flown nearly 85 million kilometers, which is equivalent to 110.2 return trips to the moon

· VH-OJA was QANTAS’ first Boeing 747-400 aircraft and was named the City of Canberra

· It was delivered to QANTAS on August 11, 1989 and made its debut flight on August 16, 1989 from London to Sydney

· On Thursday August 17, 1989, it set the record for having flown the longest nonstop flight (London-Sydney) of any commercial airline (flight number QF 7441)

· The flight and subsequent media attention around the world at the time underlined QANTAS’ role as the leader in long-range commercial aviation.

· All of QANTAS’ Boeing 747-400 aircraft were named ‘Longreach’ as a tribute to our place of origin and to demonstrate the long-range of the aircraft.

In other news, QANTAS together with Samsung Electronics Australia has launched a new trial entertainment service that uses Samsung virtual reality (VR) technology to give customers a spectacular three dimensional experience in a 360 degree style interactive format.

QANTAS’ VR headsets will transport customers to an immersive virtual world at the click of a button and showcase the sights and delights of network destinations, new QANTAS products and the latest inflight blockbuster movies.

As part of the trial, a number of Samsung Gear VR headsets will be made available to customers in Sydney and Melbourne International First Lounges as well as in the First Class cabins on select A380 services. QANTAS will be the only airline to offer a virtual reality entertainment experience inflight.

The trial will run for three months to assess customer feedback on how this kind of VR offering might add to their overall travel experience on long-haul flights.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. VH-OJA (msn 24354) was a frequent visitor to Los Angeles before the Airbus A380s.

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Centurion Cargo to return to Amsterdam

Centurion Cargo (Miami) will restore the Miami-Amsterdam route on February 19 with Boeing 747-400F freighters per Cargo Facts. The carrier dropped its only European route last year. The company is restoring services and redeploying its previously parked aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-4R7F N901AR (msn 25868) taxies in the past at Amsterdam.

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Delta to bring the Boeing 717 to the West Coast, will resume Atlanta-Honolulu Boeing 747-400 flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is bringing its leased Boeing 717-200s to the U.S. West Coast on four routes. Los Angeles-Las Vegas, Los Angeles-Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City-Kansas City and Salt Lake City-Las Vegas will be changed to Boeing 717-200 equipment starting on June 4 per Airline Route.

In other news, Delta is bringing back the Boeing 747-400 on the Atlanta-Honolulu route starting on May 1.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 717-231 N927AT (msn 55077) departs from Montreal (Trudeau).

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