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Monday, September 14, 2009

Jetconnect's new build Boeing 737-838s

The first two new build Boeing 737-838s for Jetconnect have now arrived in Melbourne, for final EIS (entry into service) work with Qantas, before they begin their Trans-Tasman flying duties.

ZK-ZQA and ZK-ZQB arrived into MEL under Australian registrations VH-VZF and VH-VZG, with VZF arriving on Thursday 03-September-2009 as QF6020 from Nadi. VZG arrived from Nadi on Sunday 06-September-2009 also as QF6020.

ZK-ZQA is the 75th Boeing 737 delivered to the Qantas group (including Australian Airlines) and wears a special commemorative sticker on her nose, for this.

ZK-ZQA is named Jean Batten, while ZK-ZQB is named Sir William Hudson.

ZQA and ZQB will replace current Jetconnect Boeing 737-376s ZK-JNC and ZK-JNN.

JNN is scheduled to be withdrawn today Monday 14-September-2009, although it has not flown since arriving in AKL as QF113 from SYD on Tuesday 08-September-2009. (Jetconnect have been operating VH-VXU on MEL-AKL-SYD-AKL-MEL QF25/114/113/134 during the past week)

*****JNN departed AKL around 0600NZST bound for Apia and Honolulu as QF6024, believed to be on its flight to storage in the Californian desert.*****

JNC
and JND will retire during October. The fates of JNC, JND and JNN are as yet unknown.

ZQA can be seen HERE - note wearing VH-VZF rego, with ZQA on tail and nose gear doors

ZQB can be see HERE - note wearing VH-VZG rego, with ZQB on tail and nose gear doors

Another item of note is the 6 new Boeing 737-838s being built for Jetconnect will be the first in the Qantas fleet to feature individual seat back PTVs for all passengers.

The 3rd 737-838 ZK-ZQC is due for delivery to Qantas/Jetconnect in October and as mentioned will replace ZK-JND.

9 comments:

saabflyer said...

A bit sad to see the last of the 737-300s disappear. Big piece of history at Qantas...and certainly at Jetconnect. Still, they were quite elderly so it's a good thing in that sense.

nzompilot said...

I agree it is a bit sad to see the last 3 733s in QF colours (not including 733Fs) depart. But then again even in 2004 trans-tasman in a Jetconnect 733 was bad.

Its nice to see that QF have finally chosen something that'll give the NZ A320s a bit of a run for their money in the PTV stakes.

saabflyer said...

There's a video of JNN's ferry flight to Tucson on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIufztDLwJQ

nzompilot said...

Thanks for the link unfortunately the video appears to have been removed by the user :(

ZK-JNN continued from HNL to TUS as QF6025 on 15/09/09, for storage next to JNB and other QF metal including 767-338 VH-OGD which retired last week as well.

ZK-ZQA arrived into AKL from MEL as QF6021 on 16/09/09 and entered service on QF116 to BNE this morning, landing here a few minutes ago.

saabflyer said...

Pity there's no photos of JNB or JNN sitting in the Arizona sun...

saabflyer said...

I understand JNC has gone tech and they won't be fixing it - been sitting at AKL since the 18th September. From what I understand it probably won't fly again.

nzompilot said...

Yep she (JNC) did go tech, and also had a bungle with some ground equipment. But she is back in the air.

Operated Oct 01 and 04.
Oct 01 QF132/37/38/133 AKL-MEL-WLG-MEL-AKL
Oct 04 QF116/115/126/125 AKL-BNE-AKL-BNE-AKL

On the other side JNN last flew on September 28th

saabflyer said...

I'm a bit shocked they bothered to put JNC back in the air. It looks awful, paint-wise. I thought with the new 800s, the four 400s and JND (300) they wouldn't have bothered.

saabflyer said...

Is there any idea of when the two remaining 300s will retire? I assume Jetconnect is waiting on ZQC more or less...having al ook through their online timetable QF still list a 733 on AKL-BNE-AKL sectors on Sat/Sun only well into October, otherwise it doesn't appear anywhere else beyond the 15th.

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