Qantas 747 Farewell Jumbo Joy Flights From Sydney, Canberra & Brisbane (Book July 8, 2020)

Qantas 747 super jumbo had its last scheduled passenger flight back in late March, but the airline will give the last opportunity for you to fly the iconic Queen of the Skies.

Qantas End 747

Qantas will have three “farewell jumbo joy flights” from Sydney, Canberra, and Brisbane in July, and they will go on sale tomorrow (July 8).

You can access Qantas here.

The flight dates:

  • Sydney – Monday, July 13
  • Brisbane – Wednesday, July 15
  • Canberra – Friday, July 17

Price

  • Economy – 400 AUD
  • Business – 747 AUD

Here’s the announcement from Qantas:

Qantas has announced a program of events to farewell its last remaining Boeing 747 and provide Australians the opportunity to say goodbye to the much loved “Queen of the Skies” ahead of its retirement from the national carrier’s fleet.

The airline will operate three one-hour “farewell jumbo joy flights” departing from Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane, in response to requests from employees and customers for one final chance to fly on the aircraft.

Qantas 747 Fleet Captain Owen Weaver said the 747 has a special place in the hearts of many Australians.

“The 747 has been a magnificent aircraft and it’s fitting that we celebrate the end of five decades of history-making moments for the national carrier and aviation in Australia,” Captain Weaver said.

“Since the first 747 joined the Qantas fleet in 1971, these aircraft have operated numerous rescue flights to bring Australians home during times of crisis and provided a safe passage for many travellers taking their first international flight to or from Australia.

“These three flights will offer the final opportunity to fly on the Qantas 747 before it leaves, with some of our frequent flyers and aviation enthusiasts as fond of the aircraft as we are, having spent thousands of hours onboard over the years.

“There is an enormous amount of nostalgia and affection associated with our 747 and for those who miss out on a seat on the flight, they will at least be able to catch a glimpse of the aircraft as it takes to Australian skies for the last time.”

The flights will go on sale at midday on Wednesday 8 July on Qantas.com and will operate on Monday 13 July (Sydney), Wednesday 15 July (Brisbane) and Friday 17 July (Canberra). Economy fares cost $400 and a small number of Business Class tickets will be available for $747 with additional extras included.

Seats will be limited to maximise passenger comfort (in line with other previously operated joy flights).

The flights will be operated on a cost-recovery basis and profits will be donated to the HARS Aviation Museum at Albion Park (Wollongong) and the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach to support their efforts to preserve and promote the 747 legacy for future generations. Both museums have a Qantas 747 on public display.

The final 747-400 in the fleet will depart Sydney at approximately 2pm on 22 July 2020 as flight QF7474.

Prior to its final departure on the 22nd July, Qantas will host a hangar farewell event for employees.

Note: The farewell jumbo jet joy flights will operate with Fly Well protocols in place.

Conclusion

Airlines have been sending Boeing 747s and Airbus A380s to storage (or their final resting place) due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has decimated the demand for international long and medium-haul travel due to all restrictions in place.

It is already a few years from my most recent Qantas 747 flight. I was supposed to fly in first from Johannesburg to Sydney, but the aircraft was swapped to two class version due to only two ticketed passengers on the class of service I had bought (one of those Yangon-specials).

Sad to see most airlines discontinuing their mega jumbos. The 787s and A350s just don’t feel the same as the smaller upper deck on the 747 or the smoothness of the A380.

I am glad that aviation enthusiasts will have the last opportunity to fly the Qantas 747 that has been an integral part of the airline’s fleet since the early 1970s.

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