Tom’s excellent adventure on Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

Up and coming documentary director Thomas Meadmore returned to London last week from Australia and put Qatar Airways ‘ award-winning business class to the test.

Tom’s verdict? “Sensational. I have been in Perth, Australia for nearly two months, working very hard on a film project and what a lovely surprise waiting for me at the airport – an upgrade to business class. Extremely happy news,he said.

Tom came out to Perth in economy class but was delighted to find that he had three seats to himself. “Qatar Airways was great. The food was the same. All of the staff were wearing PPE and I had three seats to myself the whole way. What was really impressive for Tom was the airline was taking “safety very seriously, and I felt extremely comfortable.”

For the trip back Tom was on an Airbus A350-900 with the previous business class product and then the award-winning QSuite on an Airbus A350-1000.

“The first leg was tremendous – incredible service coupled with perfect comfort and I had a great sleep.”

Tom explains that he was so taken by the service on the first leg he only had limited space left for filming the Qsuite. So Tom has put experience that into words…..

“On the final leg to London, an incredibly friendly host asked me if I would like something to drink, and eat. Within seconds I had an orange juice in my hand and delicious cookies and snacks to nibble on. We hadn’t even taken off yet.

“The Qatar Airways’ COVID-19 pack was very comforting and had all the things you needed to add your own touch of protection.

“When alone I found myself sitting in what can only be described as a ‘pod’, a small roofless room which contains a chair that becomes a bed, a large video screen, all manner of compartments for me to put my things and of course, a sliding door.”

Qatar airways
Qatar Airways QSuite. The photo was taken before COVID-19.

“I felt so secure, so cocooned. I was amazed by the space. I was thrilled with the privacy. And I was taken with the service – above and beyond. That’s the thing that really gets me over the line – the service.

“While I was in the Qsuite (and on the first leg as well) I was made to feel like nothing would be a problem. There was nothing that couldn’t be done or provided for me. I felt… free. A strange thing to say, but for anyone whose flown before might know what I mean.

“And every time a host brought me something to eat or drink, it was nothing but smiles and generosity and a sense that they were really happy to be making me feel comfortable. I haven’t felt this kind of service in a very long time.

“Doha airport was understandably quiet due to COVID, but it was comfortable and above all else, everywhere I went I felt welcome and that it was a pleasure for them to help me. How can you beat that kind of experience?” said Tom.

Qatar is leading the industry in COVID-19 compliance and has been going above and beyond most airlines in ensuring passenger protection and confidence.

Here are the details.

 

 

 

Find the heart of New England in Armidale

Armidale
Open-door-helicopter-in-front-of-Dangars-Falls-Oxley-Wild-Rivers-National-Park-image-Fleet-Helicopters.jpg

Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, the historic city of Armidale sits up high in the Northern Tablelands where farmland gives way to dramatic wild gorges.

Australia’s highest city feels more like a big country town that has been enjoying a new lease on life in recent years. As well as having an evolving local food and drink scene, visitors can discover local artisans and designers at The New England Collective,  a recent addition to the open-air Beardy Street Mall.

Home to one of the most impressive art collections in Australia, the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), is a must for art lovers. The Hinton Art Collection includes works by Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, Norman Lindsay, and other Australian greats, with 132 pieces on permanent display.

Heritage-listed buildings can be found throughout Armidale, including the Cathedral and Post Office, and just outside the city, you can join a tour of the 30 room Edwardian mansion, Saumarez Homestead. Now operated by the National Trust, the homestead dates back to 1888 and has a heritage rose garden with more than 600 roses that were mostly bred before 1930.

Saumarez is found 3km down the road from the Armidale Airport, which now comes complete with a departure lounge and luggage belt after a $10.5 million expansion was completed in December 2017.

While I usually prefer an aisle seat as a regular QantasLink passenger to Armidale I’ve discovered it’s best to go for a window for the 1hr 20min hop from Sydney. Here you can be rewarded with views of the rose garden from above and if you’re lucky you may even see a waterfall or two in the gorges.

For guaranteed views of flat farmland giving way to steep cliff faces and waterfalls take Fleet Adventures helicopter from the Gara Gorge to Wollomombi where the second tallest waterfall in Australia drops more than 220m below you.

After watching brumbies gallop below us on an open-door helicopter tour I saw another unexpected sight. A huge, tree-covered heart in the valley below. Known as The Heart of New England the formation has been created by two rivers and can only be seen by those lucky enough to fly above.

As well as doors on and off helicopters, Fleet Adventures offer a Warbird tour in an open cockpit Boeing-Stearman biplane and acrobatic twists in both the Stearman and a T6. If Fleet’s Managing Director Lachie Onslow is around you can also ask him about the time he won the 2018 Reno Silver Jet Races in his L-39 jet Drop Bear.

If you’re traveling by car just 32km east of Armidale you can stand on a viewing platform at the edge of one of Australia’s largest gorge systems and look out at the Wollomombi Falls. For more spectacular waterfalls including Ebor Falls and Dangar Falls make a road trip of it and head on down the Waterfall Way scenic drive through Dorrigo and Bellingen to Coffs Harbour.

Eat and Drink

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all winners at the Goldfish Bowl Bakery. Here the exposed brick wood-fired oven helps to keep organic sourdough and other artisanal bread on the shelves and tempting pastries in the cabinet. On Fridays, it turns to pizza making mode with wild boar and truffle salami toppings on the changing menu.

Goldfish Bowl Cafe exterior, Armidale, image Amanda Woods

At Bistro On Cinders delicious bento boxes and Matcha crepe rolls are waiting in a renovated Post Office sorting room with a large sunny courtyard.

For modern country pub fare, the Whitebull Hotel is a winner, while the fine dining restaurant in the Tattersalls Hotel has a focus on local produce led by French chef Jean-Luc Morcellet who previously led teams at The Savoy in London and the Shangri-La in Doha.

Whitebull Hotel, Armidale image Amanda Woods

Get a taste for one of Australia’s youngest wine regions at Peterson’s Armidale cellar dooror try local craft beers and ginger beers with a kick at the Welders Dog.

Sit back and listen to live music with a seasonal or classic cocktail at Charlie’s Last Stand.

Cocktails at Charlies Last Stand Armidale Image Amanda-Woods

And tea lovers shouldn’t leave town without a local blend from the Daily Ritual. Their New England Breakfast mix of China Golden Yunnan and China Keemun with a hint of vanilla won bronze in the 2017 International Tea Expo, while their Saumarez Smooth green tea with lime petals and lemongrass is among their other award-winning blends.

Daily ritual New England tea blends. Image Amanda Woods.

Stay

Following a $24 million refurbishment, the Tattersalls Hotel is Art Deco luxury in the heart of town.

And for a special B&B stay Loloma Luxury Bed and Breakfast is a two suite B&B in a 19th century home with a tennis court and pool.

Travel writer Amanda Woods can be found sharing tips and reviews on her blog Adventures All Around including the time she hoarded all of her frequent flyer miles to fly Singapore Airlines Suites.

 

Boeing cuts production rates to weather the COVID-19 storm

Boeing
Boeing's 777X gets its engines installed.

Boeing has reported significant cuts to production rates but better than expected cash reserves with a loss of US$2.39 billion for the 2nd quarter and US$3.03 billion for the 1st half of 2020.

The company has an operating cash flow of US$5.3 billion, cash and marketable securities of US$32.4 billion and a backlog of $409 billion, including more than 4,500 commercial airplanes.

READ: IATA says traffic will not recover till 2024.

Boeing is to produce the 737 MAX at a rate of 31 a month by 2022 and may reduce it depending on the market demand. At its peak, the 737 rate was 57 and was tipped to go higher.

The 787 production rate is to be reduced to 6 per month in 2021 – down from 13 –  and the 777/777X combined production rate will be gradually reduced to 2 per month in 2021, with 777X first delivery targeted for 2022.

Boeing
Boeing 777X

However, the production rate assumptions have not changed on the 767 and 747 programs.

Boeing President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun said “we remain focused on the health of our employees and communities while proactively taking action to navigate the unprecedented commercial market impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

David Calhoun

“We’re working closely with our customers, suppliers, and global partners to manage the challenges to our industry, bridge to recovery, and rebuild to be stronger on the other side.”

“The diversity of our balanced portfolio and our government services, defense, and space programs provide some critical stability for us in the near-term as we take tough but necessary steps to adapt for new market realities,” Calhoun said.

“We are taking the right action to ensure we’re well-positioned for the future by strengthening our culture, improving transparency, rebuilding trust, and transforming our business to become a better, more sustainable Boeing. Air travel has always proven to be resilient – and so has Boeing.”

In the second quarter, Boeing restarted production operations across key sites following temporary pauses to protect its workforce and introduce rigorous new health and safety procedures. Despite the challenges, Boeing continued to deliver across key commercial, defense, space and services programs.

Following the lead of global regulators, Boeing made steady progress toward the safe return to service of the 737, including completion of FAA certification flight tests.

IATA says air traffic will not recover till 2024

Air travel will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels till at last 2024 according to the airline industry’s peak body.

In a sobering assessment, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that recovery in traffic as measured by Revenue Passenger Kilometres has been slower than expected with this year’s traffic forecast at a 46 per cent decline blown out to 55 per cent decline from 2019.

IATA says that a recovery in short-haul travel is still expected to happen faster than for long haul travel.

As a result, passenger numbers will recover faster than traffic measured in RPKs but the passenger number figure will also slide from 2022 to 2023.

IATA said that the more pessimistic recovery outlook is based on a number of recent trends led by the slow virus containment in the US and developing economies.

However, IATA said while that “developed economies outside of the US have been largely successful in containing the spread of the virus, renewed outbreaks have occurred in these economies, and in China.”

It noted that there is little sign of virus containment in many important emerging economies, which in combination with the US, represent around 40 percent of global air travel markets.

IATA’s report also noted that corporate travel budgets are expected to be very constrained as companies continue to be under financial pressure even as the economy improves and video conferencing makes significant inroads as a substitute for in-person meetings.

Of great concern is weak consumer confidence and while pent-up demand exists for VFR (visiting friends and relatives) and leisure travel, consumer confidence is weak in the face of concerns over job security and rising unemployment says IATA.

Passengers are also cautious on the risks of catching COVID-19 with some 55 percent of respondents to IATA’s June passenger survey saying don’t plan to travel in 2020.

IATA says its new modelling shows passenger numbers rising 62 percent in 2021 of the depressed 2020 base, but still will be down almost 30 per cent down compared to 2019.

A full recovery to 2019 passenger levels is not expected until 2023, one year later than previously forecast.

However due to the fact that short-haul travel will dominate because passengers want to stay close to home RPKs will recover more slowly, with that traffic measure expected to return to 2019 levels in 2024, one year later than previously forecast.

IATA says that “scientific advances in fighting COVID-19 including the development of a successful vaccine, could allow a faster recovery. However, at present, there appears to be more downside risk than upside to the baseline forecast.”

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s chief executive said “for airlines, this is bad news that points to the need for governments to continue with relief measures—financial and otherwise.”

Boeing set to delay 777X deliveries

777X
VH002 First Flight Takeoff

Boeing is set to delay the delivery of its flagship 777X jet by between six and 12 months according to sources in Dubai.

Emirates the plane’s major customer has suggested that 2022 is a more likely introduction date.

Boeing has told Reuters that it is continuing 777X flight tests and “working closely with our customers around the world as they continue to adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation.”

The 777X is a major upgrade of the popular 777-300ER and incorporates 787 composite technology and a new engine from General Electric.

The program has been delayed by engine issues and increased scrutiny from the US regulator the Federal Aviation Authority.

Boeing has sold 309 777X planes – worth US$442M each at list prices – but some industry observers have questioned its dependence on Middle East carriers, which are scaling back orders says reporting agency Seeking Alpha.

The 777X has been sold to blue-chip airlines; Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways, and Lufthansa.

But all of these airlines have had their traffic slashed by COVID-19, particularly for long-haul for which the 777X is designed.

While traffic is recovering overseas and is up to 45 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels, it is mainly China and US domestic travel as well as intra-Europe – not the province of the 400-seat 777X.

Qatar Airways’ chief executive Akbar Al Baker told West Business last month that the airline had notified Boeing and Airbus that it will not be taking any aircraft this year or next.

“All the other aircraft that we have on order that was supposed to be delivered to us within the next two or three years will now be pushed back to as long as 8 to 10 years,” Mr Al Baker said.

However, the shining light for the 777X are its economic and environmental credentials and with the grounding of the A380 and 747 jumbos across the globe it is now the premier aircraft in the size matters stakes.

Airlines have grand plans for the 777X interior and in the post-COVID-19 travel world airlines will be scratching for the slightest advantage to lure business passengers.

While COVID-19 has pushed back the environment as a hot topic it is expected to be front and center next year with travelers more discerning than ever before about their safety and CO2 impact.

The 777X uses about 40 percent less fuel and thus CO2 per passenger than the 747-400.

New airline health and safety era takes-off

airline

Firstly, thank you very much for subscribing to AirlineRatings.com enhanced Safety and Product Rating, it’s great to have you on board and your support is very much appreciated.

We are entering a new era in travel where health is now front and center and personal safety has been brought into sharp focus by such events as the Pakistan fake pilot license scandal, which extends much further than Pakistan itself.

As I am sure you are aware COVID-19 is an incredible challenge for the airline industry and the entire business model has been turned on its head.

While many are fearful of travel, most want to keep traveling as it’s in our DNA. Surveys have shown that the majority want to start traveling within the next six months but want to be assured it’s safe.

Our team has spent months working on the criteria for a COVID-19 rating, first defining what is important and then collecting and analyzing the data from almost 400 airlines that we rate.

We are updating that data on a weekly basis and may increase the criteria. Already some airlines, such as Emirates and Qatar Airways are going above and beyond and offering sanitizer kits for passengers that include masks, gloves, and wipes.

Combined with the COVID-19 rating we have revised our safety rating system to capture changes in the industry that have come to light over the past two years.

Our global team has been working with industry experts and airline training pilots to refine and refocus our safety rating system on outcomes rather than audits.

There is increasing concerns that in some areas of the world airlines may complete a safety audit then revert to its old ways because the culture at the airline has not changed.

By focusing on outcomes, rather than audits, our safety rating system is more reflective of the level of safety and the culture at an airline.

However, rather than just taking all the incidents into account our team has examined 11,000 over five years to remove weather, bird strikes, and incidents that are of no fault of the airline.

We will continue to refine this system as new trends or issues appear and in this weekly commentary, we will bring to your attention any airline industry safety concerns we have.

But this exclusive commentary will not just be about safety.

It will cover a wide range of topics such environmental issues, inflight service, the latest aircraft types, and the best deals around the globe.

So, fasten your seat belt and let’s take-off.

Safe travels,

Geoffrey Thomas (GT)

Editor-in-Chief

Etihad Airways requires COVID-19 test for entry to Abu Dhabi

COVID-19
Image: US Food and Drug Administration.

From August 1, all travelers flying Etihad Airways from around the world to Abu Dhabi, and those transferring via Abu Dhabi onto other flights will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a list of approved testing facilities listed on www.etihad.com/destinationguide, alongside their ICA approval if Abu Dhabi is their end destination.

The PCR test must be carried out within 96 hours prior to arrival in Abu Dhabi and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate from one of the approved clinics listed must be shown for approval to board. Children under the age of 12 and people with mild to severe disabilities are currently exempt from this PCR test requirement.

Etihad says it strongly advises all travelers to visit www.etihad.com/destinationguide for detailed information on country-specific PCR testing requirements, lists of applicable medical testing facilities, and entry regulations.

Travelers leaving the UAE from Abu Dhabi to any country in the European Union, the United Kingdom, or to any country where it is mandatory by the authorities at the destination, a negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be required within 96 hours prior to departure. To help facilitate this process, Etihad Airways is collaborating with Mediclinic Middle East to offer departing travelers the option of convenient PRC testing, for a fee, at their home, or at Mediclinic facilities in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Dubai prior to their travel.

The gradual return to more international flying to, from, and via Abu Dhabi is being greatly supported by the Etihad Wellness sanitization and safety program, which ensures the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at every stage of the customer journey. This includes specially trained Wellness Ambassadors, a first in the industry, who have been introduced by the airline to provide essential travel health information and care on the ground and on every flight, so guests can fly with greater ease and peace of mind. More information on the stringent measures being taken by Etihad Airways to provide healthy and hygienic travel experience is available at www.etihad.com/wellness.

Etihad says it continues to follow UAE and international government, regulatory and health authority directives, and is playing its part in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Those wishing to book are advised to visit www.etihad.com for information on the latest developments, to view their options, and to remain informed on the appropriate entry regulations at their end destination. Flights are also available for booking through the mobile app, by calling the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 600 555 666 (UAE), or through a local or online travel agency. A list of other local Etihad contact centers is available on the following link:

www.etihad.com/contacts.

Emirates to cover costs if passengers get COVID-19

Emirates

In a massive boost to passenger confidence, Emirates will cover costs if passengers get COVID-19.

In the interests of accuracy for this important story we copy and past Emirates press release in full:

Dubai, UAE, 23 July 2020 – Emirates customers can travel with confidence, as the airline will cover medical expenses of up to approximately $245,000 (AUD) and quarantine costs of approximately $160 (AUD) per day for 14 days, should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel, while they are away from home. This cover is provided by the airline, free of cost to its customers.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive said: “Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Emirates is proud to lead the way in boosting confidence for international travel. We know people are yearning to fly as borders around the world gradually re-open, but they are seeking flexibility and assurances should something unforeseen happen during their travel.”

COVID-19

He added: “Emirates has worked hard to put in place measures at every step of the customer journey to mitigate the risk of infection, and we have also revamped our booking policies to offer flexibility. We are now taking it to the next level, by being the first in the industry to offer our customers free global cover for COVID-19 medical expenses and quarantine costs should they incur these costs during their travel. It is an investment on our part, but we are putting our customers first, and we believe they will welcome this initiative.”

This cover for COVID-19 related medical expenses and quarantine costs is offered by Emirates free of cost to its customers regardless of class of travel or destination. This cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 October 2020 (first flight to be completed on or before 31 October 2020). It is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey. This means Emirates customers can continue to benefit from the added assurance of this cover, even if they travel onwards to another city after arriving at their Emirates destination.

Customers do not need to register or fill in any forms before they travel, and they are not obligated to utilise this cover provided by Emirates.

Any impacted customer who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel simply has to contact a dedicated hotline to avail of assistance and cover.

The hotline number, and details of what COVID-19 related expenses are covered, is available on www.emirates.com/COVID19assistance.

Flexibility and assurance:

With the gradual re-opening of borders over the summer, Emirates has revised its booking policies to offer customers more flexibility and confidence to plan their travel. Customers whose travel plans are disrupted by COVID-19 related flight or travel restrictions can simply hold on to their ticket which will be valid for 24 months and rebook to fly at a later time; request travel vouchers to offset against future Emirates purchases or request refunds via an online form on Emirates’ website or via their travel booking agent.

Emirates currently serves over 60 destinations in its network, facilitating travel between the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific through a convenient connection in Dubai for customers across the world.

Dubai is open: Customers from Emirates’ network can now book to travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for business and leisure visitors with new air travel protocols that safeguard the health and safety of visitors and communities. For more information on entry requirements for international visitors to Dubai, visit: www.emirates.com/flytoDubai

Health and safety first: Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes to all customers. For more information on these measures and the services available on each flight, visit: www.emirates.com/yoursafety

Travel restrictions: Customers are reminded that travel restrictions remain in place, and travelers will only be accepted on flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. Visit: www.emirates.com/travelrestrictions

Dubai residents can check the latest travel requirements at: www.emirates.com/returntoDubai

COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rise and rise of Kam Air

Kam Air

The rise and rise of Kam Air is the story of perseverance and dedication to provide top quality air service to Afghanistan.

With the comprehensive International Air Transport Association, Operational Safety Audit completed the airline is now looking to expand with flights to the US, UK, Iraq, Germany, China and Azerbaijan on the radar.

The IOSA audit, the industry’s most comprehensive safety audit took one year in preparation and passing of all of the formalities. The airline’s pilots receive their training through certified and appropriately approved outsourced training organizations, including simulator training.

Captain Ravil Aksianov Chief Executive Officer and Accountable Manager said that Kam Air has always considered the safety and security of passengers as its utmost priority.

“We are delighted to announce that we are now an IOSA registered airline, the first operator in Afghanistan to be certified as such, and we will continue working hard to ensure we maintain the highest levels of operational safety and security.”

The airline fleet is made up of four A340-300s, and six Boeing 737s with two ATR 42-500s. Future plans call for the purchase of 747 freighters.

Kam Air was Afghanistan’s first private commercial airline and is owned by its founder, Mr. Zamaray Kamgar, the well-respected Afghan businessman.

Since its foundation, the airline has enjoyed impressive growth and it carries more than a million passengers each year. But the airline’s mantra is to prioritize passenger demands over profit maximization.

Kam Air has played a major role in the development of Kabul as an important transport hub in the region, supporting Afghanistan’s commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.

The airline offers direct international services from Kabul to: Kuwait; Ankara; Dushanbe; Islamabad; Istanbul; Jeddah; New Delhi; Sharjah; and Tashkent.

It also connects Kabul to 12 domestic destinations: Khost, Bamyan; Bost; Chaghcharan; Faizabad; Farah; Herat; Kandahar; Maimana; Mazar-e-Sharif; Tirinkot and Zaranj.

Kam Air also offers direct international flights from Herat, Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif to: Jeddah; and New Delhi, as well as smooth connections to other international destinations through its hub at Kabul.

Kam Air currently has interline arrangements with APG Airlines, Hahn Air, Air India, Air Vistara, Fly Nas, Qatar Airways, Onur Air, Air Arabia and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Kam Air has an impressive list of clients that include international NGOs such as: Danish Refugee Council; Norwegian Refugee Council; Save the Children; The Asia Foundation; Geneva Call and the Swedish Committee.

Kam Air also provides essential cargo and passenger charter flights to the Afghan Presidency, ANSF, the German Embassy, Tetra-Tech GSSP, the US Army, and the US Embassy, as well as to private companies and NGOs in both Afghanistan and internationally.

Kam Air

The airline’s philosophy is one of continuous improvement and the airline has ambitious plans for the future.

Central to its growth strategy, Kam Air intends to expand its international network and is evaluating potential new routes to: Azerbaijan (Baku); China (Hangzhou and Urumqi); Germany (Frankfurt); Iraq (Baghdad and Najaf); the United Kingdom (London); and the United States.

Facebook:

Instagram:

LinkedIn:

YouTube channel: 

 

Tears, no cheers for last Qantas 747

747

There were tears no cheers for last Qantas 747 to depart Australia on Wednesday, July 22nd.

Across the wide parched land that is Australia, emotions were raw as Aussies said goodbye to a lady and dear friend who had perhaps brought some of us to a new life Downunder, or taken us to the world, or rescued us from disasters or maybe all three.

The Boeing 747 has always been there faithfully serving us and all told 77 have flown for Qantas over almost five decades.

Even thou her time has come and technology in the form of more fuel-efficient aircraft has caught up, it is still a wrench to say farewell.

Pilots, cabin crew, engineers, and passengers all loved her dearly.

Like her designer, Boeing’s Joseph Sutter, she was humble, faithful, honest, and had integrity in spades.

We will miss her and it will never be the same again as the 747 had something very special – she had spirit, the spirit of her designer.

READ: A bittersweet farewell

747 first flight
Joseph Sutter in 1969
jumbo
Joe Sutter in later years.
The crew for the last flight.
The two captains are cheered on board

Qantas' last 747 jumbo jet flies out of Sydney for the final time

The first one flew here nearly 50 years ago, today the last Qantas jumbo flew out into a well-deserved retirement.Australian 747s carried over 250 million people, transforming our ability to fly long distance at a reasonable price.More: 7news.link/2ZMGxcc#Qantas #7NEWS

Posted by 7NEWS Sydney on Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Here is Sam Chui’s tribute.

Here is the final water cannon salute

Here is the farewell from Airservices Australia;

Here is the final 747 drawing the Flying Kangaroo in the sky.

Qantas taxied the 747 passed thousands of spectators for one final photo before backtracking to take-off.

 

SUBSCRIBE NOW!

AIRLINE SAFETY RATINGS
Special Access! The only place in the world to get ALL Airline Safety Ratings in one place! The ONLY airline rating that includes COVID-19 safety ratings! Subscribe Now!

2020 SAFEST AIRLINES

View our special section announcing the 2020 AirlineRatings Safest Airlines in the world!

AIRLINERATINGS NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to have AirlineRatings.com Newsletter delivered to your inbox!

STAY CONNECTED

61,936FansLike
2,336FollowersFollow
4,235FollowersFollow
681FollowersFollow