The complete guide to Qantas’ domestic Boeing 747 flights later this year.

VH-OEE, Boeing 747-400, Sydney Airport. © Aussie Weekend Traveller (Bradley Hogg) 2019

Qantas News
Date Posted: 09/06/2019

Following on from the once off Boeing 747 flight into Adelaide later this year, Qantas has also added another three domestic services which are now available to book online via Qantas.com.

This means that both aviation enthusiasts and spotters will have the opportunity to travel on board the ‘Queen of the Skies’ which is usually seen operating long haul services from Sydney.

Destinations where the Boeing 747 still operates with Qantas include Johannesburg, Tokyo-Haneda, Santiago, San Francisco and Honolulu. From the 28 August 2019, the Boeing 747 flights will be taken off the Honolulu route and will be replaced with the smaller Airbus A330 aircraft which used to operate this route prior to the jumbo being assigned this sector.

But thankfully you won’t need to travel overseas to experience the ‘Queen of the Skies!’

Qantas Domestic B747-400 Flights (Full Summary)
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 BRISBANE
9 NOV 2019 – 11 NOV 2019

Brisbane will receive just the one return service in early November this year.

On 9 November 2019, a Boeing 747 aircraft will operate in lieu of the usual Boeing 737-800 service on QF524.

The flight departs Sydney Airport around midday at 1200hrs (12:00pm AEDT), arriving into Brisbane at 1230hrs (12:30pm AEST). The flight has a scheduled duration of 1hrs and 30mins, but on average the flight should take less than this.

If you are looking at using your points, there are 5 Economy Award Seats and 0 Business Award Seats available at the time of posting.*^

The next day, 10 November 2019 the jumbo will take off on its Antarctica scenic flight, taking in various sights over the often-remote region. The sightseeing flight departs at 0730hrs (7:30am AEST), and touches back down in Brisbane at 2230hrs (10:30pm AEST).

On the 11 November the same aircraft departs back to Sydney as QF529. The flight will take off at 1205hrs (12:05pm AEST) and arrives into Sydney at 1440hrs (2:40pm AEDT).

If you are looking at using your points, there are 9 Economy Award Seats and 0 Business Award Seats available at the time of posting.*^

Qantas Domestic B747-400 Flights (Brisbane)
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ADELAIDE
23 NOV 2019 – 25 NOV 2019

On 23 November 2019, a Boeing 747-400 aircraft will operate in place of the usual Boeing 737-800 service on QF743. The flight departs Sydney at 1840hrs (6:40pm AEDT) and arrives into Adelaide at 2015hrs (08:15pm ACST). The flight has a scheduled duration of 2hrs and 5mins, but on average the flight should take less than this.

If you are looking at using your points, there are 9 Economy Award Seats and 0 Business Award Seats available at the time of posting.*^

The following day, the jumbo will take off on a thirteen hour round trip to Antarctica, taking in various sights over the four hour tour. The sightseeing flight departs early on Sunday morning at 0800hrs (8:00am ACST), and touches back down in Adelaide at 2100hrs (9:00pm ACST).

On the 25 November, the Boeing 747 will head back to Sydney as QF736. The flight will depart just after midday at 1235hrs (12:35pm ACST) and arrives later that day in Sydney at 1500hrs (3:00pm AEST).

If you are looking at using your points, there are 9 Economy Award Seats and 2 Business Award Seats available at the time of posting.*^

Qantas Domestic B747-400 Flights (Adelaide)
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MELBOURNE
31 DEC 2019 – 1 JAN 2020

Lucky for the Melbourne spotters and enthusiasts, as they will receive two Boeing 747-400 services one in 2019 and another in 2020.

The first jumbo flight takes place over the festive period, allowing guests on board to fly into Melbourne on New Year’s Eve and fly out on New Year’s Day. Departing Sydney Airport around mid-morning at 0830hrs (8:30am AEDT) on New Year’s Eve, arriving into Melbourne at 1005hrs (10:05am AEDT). The duration of the flight should take around 1hr and 25mins.

This service will have the flight number of QF417.

If you are looking at using your points, there are 9 Economy Award Seats and 9 Business Award Seats available at the time of posting.*^

Later that day, the Boeing 747 loads up once again with passengers looking at bringing in the new year over Antarctica. There will be lots of celebrations and a countdown on board so you won’t miss out on the New Year’s Eve parities while you’re in the sky.

The sightseeing flight departs at 1730hrs (5:30pm AEDT), and touches back down in Melbourne the following day at 0630hrs (6:30am AEDT).

On 1 January 2020, the same aircraft will depart Melbourne and head of back to Sydney at 1400hs (2:00pm AEDT) and arrives into the Harbour City at 1525hrs (3:25pm AEDT). This flight will replace the usual Boeing 737-800 service that operates as QF438.

If you are looking at using your points, there are 9 Economy Award Seats and 9 Business Award Seats available at the time of posting.*^

Qantas Domestic B747-400 Flights (Melbourne1)
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MELBOURNE
15 FEB 2020 – 17 FEB 2020

The second domestic Boeing 747 flight will occur on 15 February 2020. The aircraft will fly down from Sydney as QF439, it departs Sydney Airport at 1400hrs (2:00pm AEDT) and arrives into Melbourne at 1535hrs (3:35pm AEDT). The flight has a scheduled duration of 1hr and 25mins.

If you are looking at using your points, there are 9 Economy Award Seats and 9 Business Award Seats available at the time of posting.*^

The next day the flight heads off on its scenic flight over Antarctica at 0800hrs (8:00am AEDT) and touches back down in Melbourne at 2100hrs (9:00pm AEDT).

The day after arriving into Melbourne from the Antarctica flight, 17 February,  the aircraft takes to the skies once again to head back home to Sydney.  The departing flight will have the flight number QF400, departing Melbourne Airport at 0600hrs (6:00am AEDT) and arrives into Sydney at 0725hrs (7:25am AEDT).

Both of these flights will replace the current Boeing 737-800 services that would usually operate these routes.

If you are looking at using your points, there are 0 Economy Award Seats and 3 Business Award Seats available at the time of posting.*^

Qantas Domestic B747-400 Flights (Melbourne2)
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At this stage, this is the final scheduled flight into Adelaide and Brisbane on board the Boeing 747-400 before all the air frames are retired in late 2020.

Bringing in 2020 marks the final year of Qantas operating the iconic jumbo. The final flight to the United Sates will occur on the 4 December 2019, flying from Sydney to San Francisco (QF73). Flights will still continue to operate to Johannesburg, Santiago and Tokyo by the looks of the current timetables but being so far ahead I would only be using this as a guide and keep an eye on any future announcements from Qantas.

VH-OEE, Boeing 747-400, Sydney Airport. © Aussie Weekend Traveller (Bradley Hogg) 2019

DISCLAIMER: Details are correct at time of posting this article, departure times may change without notice from the airline and those changes may not be reflected on here. This information should only be used as a guide. For up to date departure information and pricing please check with the operating airline. 
Pricing and award availability current as of 10/06/2019.
*^there will be an additional charge of $36 or $43 for points bookings.

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