Qantas continues retirement of Boeing 747 fleet

On the 30th of July, Qantas Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM (MSN 25245) operated her last revenue flight before being ferried to the Mojave desert for retirement. The retirement of another Qantas 747 means the airline only has 10 examples left in their fleet.

VH-OJM departing Sydney for her last revenue flight ©Noah Mauger

The affectionately named “Gosford” operated its last revenue flight for Qantas as QF73 from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airpirt to San Francisco Int’l Airport. The flight departed at 1:30pm local time, before crossing the International Date Line and arriving in America at 9:04am. The flight time was 12 hours and 24 minutes.

Next, the 26 year old aircraft was ferried to the Mojave Desert, as flight QF6019. VH-OJM’s last ever flight time was just 49 minutes long.

Qantas’ remaining 747 aircraft include 6 -400ERs and 4 -400s. VH-OJM leaves one aircraft (VH-OEB, built in 1998) with the old Qantas First class which is located in the front of the aircraft.

Chart displaying the future of the Qantas fleet ©Qantas

The four remaining non ER variant (VH-OJS, OJT, OJU and OEB) are likely to be retired as Qantas receives its 787-9 aircraft, the first of which is expected in October.


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