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Canberra farewells the Qantas 767 as retirement nears

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 1, 2014

VH-OGM, a Qantas 767, lands at Canberra Airport. (Paul Sadler)
VH-OGM lands at Canberra Airport. (Paul Sadler)

Canberra Airport has said farewell to the Qantas Boeing 767 after the airline operated its last flight with the twin-aisle aircraft to the national capital on Sunday night.

The countdown to the eventual exit of all 767-300ERs from the Qantas fleet on December 27 is well and truly underway, with the Flying Kangaroo down to five operating passenger 767s.

It was the national capital’s turn to say goodbye to the 767 on November 30, when VH-OGM operating as QF822 landed from Melbourne at 2039 local time.

The aircraft was on the ground for just under an hour before heading back to Melbourne as QF821.

Qantas Boeing 767 VH-OGM on the ground at Canberra Airport. (Paul Sadler)q
Waiting at the gate ahead of the return flight to Melbourne. (Paul Sadler)
VH-OGM operates the last Qantas scheduled Boeing 767 service from Canberra. (Paul Sadler)
VH-OGM departs Canberra operating the last Qantas scheduled Boeing 767 service from the national capital. (Paul Sadler)

Adelaide Airport gets its turn for one last glimpse at the 767 in Qantas colours on December 17, while Darwin will receive a 767 service from Brisbane on Boxing Day.


Brisbane’s last flight has been set down for December 27th, the aircraft’s final day of passenger operations in Qantas colours.

Qantas’s last scheduled 767 flight on that day was expected to be QF452, departing Melbourne Tullamarine at 1700 local time for an arrival time into Sydney at 1825.

Perth Airport, meanwhile, received an unexpected visitor on November 24 when Qantas 767 VH-OGO landed from Melbourne as QF653.

The aircraft was substituted in as a late replacement after the Airbus A330 due to operate the flight suffered a lightning strike. VH-OGO spent the night on the ground in Perth before returning to Melbourne operating QF476, the lunchtime flight to Melbourne. Perth is not scheduled to receive any more Qantas 767-operated services.

After the last passenger 767-300ERs are retired, Qantas Freight will continue to operate a single 767-300F freighter, VH-EFR, which it uses on trans-Tasman services between Sydney and Auckland.

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Comments (7)

  • Ben


    Perth’s had a few 767’s since the 17th, there’s even one sitting on the ground now.

  • Russell M


    More farewells than Johnny Farnham ever did!

    Like many other farewell tours, last minute changes of equipment can spoil your day if you’re looking for a ride on one, or think you’ve actually been on the last service 🙁

  • Bob


    QF794 Tue 18 Nov Canberra- Melbourne operated by B767 OGL was promoted as the last 767 service ex Canberra. Hence I booked to go to Melbourne for the day. Alas it wasn’t the last 767 service. Never mind we had a fantastic lunch at the Langham.

  • Bob


    Oops typo make that QF 795

  • franz chong


    Sad to see it go.It is hard to believe if we take away a handful of A330 services by both the domestic carriers in Australia We are going back to the days before the A300 AND 767 existed when It was a narrow bodied world except replace the 727’s and DC9’s with a mix of E190,A320 and 737 services now and you get the idea.

  • Charles


    My good lady wife flew BNE-ADL on Monday 1.12.2014, QF661, low and behold it was a 767, she sais it was a beautiful smooth flight in that big old bird!!

  • Colin Chilcott


    Just returned from Brisbane to Darwin today on my final ever Qantas 767 flight. It was QF 824 and VH-OGM. I spoke with a number of stewards and the Captain. They are all going to miss the old girl. Just about all of them remenisced about the days when the 767 was the queen of the Qantas Asia/Pacific network. I for one, always enjoyed my flights on the 767-338s. The leased 336s, not so much.

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