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.
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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