Retro Qantas 737 enters service

VH-XZP arriving at Melbourne at the end of its first revenue flight. (Victor Pody)

Qantas's "retro" painted Boeing 737 has operated its first revenue flights, entering service on Saturday morning operating QF611 from Brisbane to Melbourne. According to flight tracking website FlightAware, VH-XZP departed Brisbane at 8:16am local, touching down at Melbourne 2 hours and 9 minutes later at 11:26am local. It then operated a return service to Brisbane (QF616) … [Read more...]

The Qantas “retro roo” touches down

Touchdown in Sydney. (Seth Jaworski)

Qantas’s first “retro” painted aircraft, 737-800 VH-XZP has arrived in Sydney at the end of its delivery flight from Seattle. The aircraft’s modified retro livery is based on that first introduced on Qantas’s first 747s in 1971, most notably featuring the flying kangaroo on the tail and the ochre cheatline along the passenger windows, and is named after former Qantas CEO, the … [Read more...]

Qantas to consider new narrowbody options in the “medium term”

Qantas's 737 retrojet at Boeing Field on Sunday. (Gerard Frawley)

Qantas will consider its options for new narrobody aircraft in the ”medium term”, says chief financial officer Gareth Evans. Evans was speaking in Seattle where Qantas had just taken delivery of its 75th and last Boeing 737-800 on order, the “retro” painted VH-XZP. That aircraft’s delivery means Qantas mainline currently has no outstanding firm aircraft orders, but that it … [Read more...]

Reduced capacity helped boost load factors in September, figures show

Domestic capacity fell in September. (Seth Jaworski)

Australia’s domestic carriers flew fuller aircraft in September as capacity cuts helped boost load factors, latest figures show. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) said capacity, as measured by available seat kilometres, on regular public transport (RPT) services fell 0.8 per cent in September, compared with the prior corresponding … [Read more...]

Qantas retro jet begins journey to Australia

VH-XZP in Honolulu. (Gerard Frawley)

Qantas's retro painted 737 has begun its delivery flight to Australia. The Boeing 737-800, featuring the airline's iconic ochre livery of the 1970s and early 1980s, took off from Boeing Field in Seattle at 0833 local time on Monday, according to flight monitoring website Flightaware. Operating as QF6024, VH-XZP then made a refuelling stop in Honolulu before a planned … [Read more...]