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Qantas Fleet Review: A different look at an all Boeing affair.

Qantas’ Sydney Jet Base hosted a Qantas Group fleet review on the weekend to showcase Jetstar’s new Boeing 787-8. An all Boeing affair, on display were 717 VH-NXG, 737-800 VH-XZB, 747-400 VH-OJM, 767-300ER VH-OGG, and 787-8 VH-VKA, with unprecedented access to explore the aircraft.

The 747 and 787 were parked in Hangar 416, which can hold two B747 sized aircraft parked at a 45 degree angle to each other. Visitors were given the chance to compare the leap in engine technology with the cowlings on the B747-400’s Rolls Royce RB211-524G and a General Electric GEnx engine on the 787 open for inspection. Continue reading “Qantas Fleet Review: A different look at an all Boeing affair.” »

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Qantas’ 14th 717 is on its way to Australia.

Qantas’ 14th Boeing 717 and first aircraft to be configured in a domestic two-class configuration is on its way to Australia. After technical acceptance of the aircraft in the US earlier this week, the aircraft is currently scheduled to arrive in Adelaide on Friday for final acceptance by Cobham.

Rescued from the Californian desert, the aircraft was previously operated by Midwest Airlines, and more recently Mexicana Click but has been in storage in the US since Mexicana went bankrupt in 2010. The delivery flight is being undertaken under the aircraft’s US registration N406BC, with the aircraft to be registered VH-YQS upon arrival in Australia.

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Air New Zealand Boeing 767-319ER ZK-NCJ. Image: Les Bushell.

Air New Zealand’s 767s heading south for summer.

On October 5 Air New Zealand is returning to Antartica. The carrier has been invited by Antartica New Zealand to conduct a Boeing 767-300ER route proving flight from Auckland to the blue ice runway at Pegasus Field, McMurdo Sound in Antartica to test the suitability of potential charter services.

If successful the route proving flight could be followed by an additional two services this summer season.

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