Have You Flown Overseas On These Qantas Aircraft?

Author: Australis Gifts   Date Posted:14 February 2020 

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Are you interested in the size or maybe how far Qantas aircraft can fly. A short article for frequent flyers and model aircraft collectors on how the Qantas International aircraft compare.

 

Qantas was the first airline to fly regular jet services across the Pacific, the first airline to fly around the world through both hemispheres, the first airline to fly non-stop London to Sydney (B747 delivery flight), and the first airline to introduce Business Class.

Qantas currently fly variants of four aircraft type on their international routes, namely the A330, B787-9, B747 and the superjumbo A380.

The A330-300 built by Airbus was first delivered to Qantas in November 2003. The first A380 was delivered in September 2008 and the first B787-9 was delivered in October 2017. The queen of the skies the B747 was first delivered to Qantas in August 1989 in the B747-400 variant (named City of Canberra). Whilst that particular B747-400 aircraft has retired there are still six in the fleet due to be retired by the end of 2020.

How do the different aircraft compare?

As best we can we have compiled the following specifications for the current Qantas fleet (as at 14/2/20):

 

                    A330-303

                       B787-9

              B747-438ER

                    A380-842

No. In Fleet

10

11

6

12

Average Age

15.6 yrs

1.4 yrs

17.1 yrs

10.5 yrs

Engine

2x GE CF6-80E1A2

2x GEnx-1B74/75

4x GE CF6-80C2B5F

4x Rolls Royce Trent 972-84

Take-off Thrust

292.7kN - 310.5kN

329.6kN

232.2kN - 275.6kN

341.4kN

Cruising Speed

880km/h

1,050km/h

920km/h

925km/h

Cruise Altitude

8,500-11,800m

10,600-13,100m

8,800-13,100m

10,600m-13,100m

Range with full payload

7,000km

14,498km

12,971km

14,800km

Seating

297 (0F/28J/0W/269Y)

236 (0F/42J/28W/166Y)

364 (0F/58J/36W/270Y)

485 (14F/70J/60W/341Y)

Wingspan

60.3m

60.12m

64.94m

79.8m

Length

63.7m

62.81m

70.4m

72.57m

Height

16.84m

17.02m

18.96m

24.1m

Cabin Width

5.28m

5.49m

6.1m

6.54m (main)/5.8m (upper)

Max. Take-off Weight

233,000kg

254,000kg

412,000kg

560,000kg

Max. Landing Weight

187,000kg

193,000kg

295,000kg

386,000kg

Payload

47,400kg

42,722kg

48,208kg

64,500kg

Wheels

10

10

18

22

Take-off Distance (indicative)

2,220m

2,800m

3,090m

2,900m

 

Looking at the specs you have to marvel at the size of the A380 and the speed and range of the B787-9 in comparison.

The Qantas A330 flys to Asia and Hawaii (USA). The B787-9 flies to Los Angeles then on to New York, also to Chicago and San Francisco in the USA, and to London in the UK. The B747 is retiring later this year but in the meantime can be flown on to Los Angeles/New York and San Francisco in the USA, Santiago (Chile), Hong Kong (SAR China), Tokyo (Japan) and seasonally to Johannesburg (South Africa) and Vancouver (Canada). The Qantas A380 flys to Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth in the USA, London (UK), Singapore, and seasonally to Hong Kong (SAR China)

If you have any comments we would love to hear them. Also, have a look at the model Qantas aircraft and other aircraft we have for sale.

 


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