Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQA crossed the tasman as QF6021 MEL-AKL on Wednesday 16-September-2009. It then entered Jetconnect service as QF116/115 AKL-BNE-AKL on Thursday 17-September-2009.
Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQB was noted making a test flight MEL-test-MEL on Monday 21 September-2009, before positioning MEL-AKL as QF6021 on Wednesday 23-September-2009. It then entered Jetconnect service as QF142/43 AKL-SYD-AKL on Thursday 24-September-2009.
Boeing 737-376 ZK-JNC underwent unplanned maintenance from Saturday 19-September-2009 until Wednesday 30-September-2009 when it was noted making a test flight AKL-test-AKL as QF6003. It then re-entered Jetconnect service as QF142/47 AKL-MEL-WLG on Friday 02-October-2009
Boeing 737-376 ZK-JND flew its last revenue service as QF131 MEL-AKL on Monday 28-September-2009. It has since remained parked in AKL but is scheduled to fly AKL-APW-HNL Saturday 10-October-2009 as QF6024 on the first leg of its trip to storage in the Californian desert.
Boeing 737-878 VH-VZH arrived into MEL as QF6020 from NOU 08-September-2009 and was noted operating QF6020 BFI-HNL-NOU 06/07-September-2009. It will become ZK-ZQC and is scheduled to enter service as QF25 MEL-AKL on 22-October-2009. The entry of ZQC into service will hopefully see ZK-JNC retired.
The following flight changes have been noted during this period.
- Sunday 20-September-2009 Boeing 737-838 VH-VXR QF47/48 MEL-WLG-MEL
- Tuesday 22-September-2009 QF142/43/117 canceled
- Tuesday 22-September-2009 QF48 WLG-SYD (ZK-JTS) diverted to BNE due dust storms in SYD
- Wednesday 23-September-2009 QF142/47/43/38/133 canceled - due dust storms in SYD
- Monday 05-October-2009 ZK-ZQB went unserviceable in SYD
- Tuesday 06-October-2009 Boeing 737-838 VH-VXQ QF141/26 SYD-AKL-MEL
- Tuesday 06-October-2009 QF133 MEL-AKL canceled
- Wednesday 07-October-2009 Boeing 737-838 VH-VXR QF115/126 BNE-AKL-BNE
- Wednesday 07-October-2009 QF116 AKL-BNE canceled, ZK-JNC AKL-BNE as QF6018
- Thursday 08-September-2009 ZK-ZQB SYD-AKL as QF6018
Airport Codes used in this post
AKL: Auckland, New Zealand
APW: Apia, Samoa
BFI: Boeing Field, USA
BNE: Brisbane, Australia
CHC: Christchurch, New Zealand
HNL: Honolulu, Hawaii
MEL: Melbourne, Australia
SYD: Sydney, Australia
WLG: Wellington, New Zealand
Ironic that JNC should operate the final Domestic QF service here, and supposedly the last QF733 flight ever as well.
Yes it is a bit.
I still don't understand why QF decided to retire the two business class equipped 733's before the all economy one! I'm assuming airframe hours/cycles must've had something to do with it.
But its a bit of a difference if your flight one way over the tasman is in one of the new ZQ babies and the other direction your lumped with JNC.
It certainly is weird, mind you in the last few weeks I believe, although it isn't confirmed that JNC had JNN's business seats placed into it. I don't know if this actually happened or not; it's possible since JNN was heading to the desert but I have no idea how long it would take to reconfigure a 733 in this manner. But like you say it is bizarre that JNC wasn't reconfigured right from the start - obviously QF didn't anticipate JNN and JND going when they did or ZQA/ZQB/ZQC have all been delayed in their delivery schedule a wee bit. At any rate JNC has become a slightly famous aircraft for QF in their 733 ops...
Last 733 flight for QF is QF113 SYD-AKL Wednesday 21st October...
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