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Farewell Jumbo 747 Joy Flights - Economy $400, Business Class $747 @ QANTAS

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Last flights on the final 747 jumbo.

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

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.

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.

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      • -2 votes

        Profits donated to charity.

        But how much is Alan keep for himself? $20 the staff are all on Jobkeeper,

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      I'm fairly sure it's VH-OEJ
      Tokyo, Santiago, and Johannesburg..
      https://www.flightera.net/en/planes/VH-OEJ/06-Jul-2020_06_27

      Most the others have ended up in Mojave…

    • +12 votes

      Stop using bold. start using italics. it's about time.

        • +22 votes

          Might as well use italian cause your england is bad.

          • -2 votes

            @Nutrino: S'il vous plaît!

    • +5 votes

      Airplane- the movie

      • +5 votes

        Surely you can't be serious!

    • +6 votes

      Snakes on a plane or Air Force One.

    • +7 votes

      One hour flight… Aircrash investigation

      • +1 vote

        Insurance job Joyflight

      • +1 vote

        stress cracks in the fuselage…

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        Pretty sure it's called Mayday.

  • +2 votes

    I hope smoking is allowed.

    (Mile High Clubbers also allowed)

  • +6 votes

    Found this interesting article about QANTAS from last November.

    https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/11/11...

    I think they have achieved their goal 30 years early !!!

    • +6 votes

      I appreciate your ability to find and link relevant info in almost every bargain listed - no matter how well/poorly it's received.

      • +6 votes

        I value the educational aspect of OzBargain.

        • +6 votes

          Pity you don't value the proper formatting aspect of OzBargain.

          • +1 vote

            @KangaDrew: I follow the global ISO standard for formatting.

            • +1 vote

              @jv: No… no you don't.

  • +3 votes

    :( and here I am stranded in Tassie, I'd love to do this, I prefer the 747 over the A380's and 787's :(

    • +1 vote

      Me too on all 3 counts.

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      I flew on a scoot 787 and it was a godly experience. Smooth, spacious cabin, and came off without that "layer of airplane" feeling like I needed a shower.

      I also flew a Qatar 787 and it was hands down the worst flight I've ever been on.

      Go figure, but I still think the best of the 787 has promise!

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        I've only been on the Jetstar 787's to Hawaii, those seats just about killed me, they're narrower than my shoulders and not designed for people my height, I hate them, lol… (the Qantas A380's aren't much better)… The joys of cheap-skate economy travel, lol

        They say the 787 runs different pressure and humidity which is meant to help with jetlag but they're the only aircraft that has ever caused my feet to swell up, odd…

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        Try the japanese 787’s. They only sit 2-4-2 instead of the 3-3-3 which makes a workd of difference. ANA and JAL.

    • +2 votes

      I find this hard to believe. 7 wide in the main cabin business class, climbing over your partner to use the bathroom which always has a wait because it's the worst bathroom to passenger ratio in the sky. IFE on a 10 inch screen with resolution so bad it's a struggle to watch, seats so old that they are nearly falling apart and a cabin so knocked around it's embarrassing. And then with Qantas the food is just so so ordinary. Give me an Asian/ Middle Eastern A380 any day.

  • +5 votes

    this should be in forums - more of a PSA than Bargain imo

  • +1 vote

    Will they ever fly the A380 again? doesn't look like it :(

    • +1 vote

      Not for a few years I think

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      Nope.

  • +2 votes

    Do i get any peanuts with that $400 ticket?

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      nope, you maybe get a few pieces for the $747 ticket.

  • +2 votes

    Wow, $400 for an hour.
    What else costs about that much?

    • +4 votes

      What else costs about that much?

      Your guess is as good as mine Roxanne…

    • +2 votes

      I think the price is quite fair… Look at how much people pay for concert tickets and the likes, each to their own…

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        Depends on the service. If it was $350 then I'd be a lot more inclined but I think it will be sold out. Airlines generally know how to price things just right.

    • +2 votes

      Hookers

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    Based on recent performance by them and their budget airline, I'd be expecting it to be still delayed due to the late arrival of the inbound aircraft - we do apologise for the inconvenience caused.

  • +4 votes

    No good for Vic aviation fans.

    They could at least provide the opportunity to fly from Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Geelong (Avalon) :P

    • +1 vote

      Victorian aviation fans are to busy spreading other things through the air.

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    The flights will be operated on a cost-recovery basis and profits (sic) will be donated.

    Huh? They can't mean the cost-recovery method (all tickets are paid as cash, so revenue would be recognised immediately). If they mean that they are recovering just their costs, then how can there be profit?

    • -2 votes

      exactly what I was thinking… and wouldn't it be better to not do this and have no costs to recover?!

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      There's no profit. It's a tax strategy. Giving to charity is tax deductible :P

    • +3 votes

      Surely they just mean that they're selling the tickets at a profit but once their internal costs are recovered the profits go to charity. That's how heaps of organisations run their charitable events. I don't see what the fuss is about.

    • +2 votes

      It's because at $X dollars they need to sell Y seats to break even. They expect to sell Y seats, but how many over that they're unsure of. Also the pricing isn't exactly to a profit model but rather a novelty, so if they sell out then there's going to be a profit expected.

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      It means that once Qantas has recovered their costs they will donate any extra revenue.

    • -2 votes

      Please get off the internet.

  • +1 vote

    Interesting, are the 747 actually considered the "queen" of the sky? I think I preferred flying airbus.

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    V1, rotate and press Z.

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      Press F to Pay Respects

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    Fun fact, Qantas were a 747-only airline for a period of time.

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      Is that before they merged with TAA?

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        Must be, because TAA didn't have any 747's at the time of the merger, let alone a whole fleet of them.

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    nothing for WA?
    thanks, McGowan

  • +2 votes

    Title should include: [Exclude VIC]
    We will be officially an isolated state from Tue midnight lol

  • +1 vote

    Looks like there's a bug in the thumbnail scraper…

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    Do you get status credits?

  • +4 votes

    I heard they were doing the same with Taxis. One last journey around the city and then they will take them out the back to be put down.

    • +5 votes

      I took a taxi for the first time in years the other day. OMG what a step back in time. Crusty old stinky Falcon, a driver asking for directions, and I had to transact currency at the end of trip. The experience gave me the shivers…

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    Do we have access to cockpit for some selfies?

    • +3 votes

      Mines always open for unwanted selfies

      • +2 votes

        Username doesn't check out

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        Joysticks are generally only on the Airbus's…

  • +2 votes

    Am I the only one that found the comments better than the deal?

  • +1 vote

    Would have considered if the flight was NZ return

  • +4 votes

    Am I the only one really disturbed that the image isn't a 747?

    • +2 votes

      That's what coxymia was alluding to in his comment not far above. Wouldn't it be funny to book a flight to honour the old bird and the flight gets transferred to another type of aircraft?

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        Qantas has done that to me a few times when flying to Singapore. Just change planes without notice :P

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    People are complaining about being in lockdown an unable to leave home, bt are will to pay hundreds to be tied to a seat, in a confined area whilst you fly straight back to where you started.

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      What if they declare emergency and force land in SA? Will they get shot down?

  • +1 vote

    How many status credits do I get for this?!

  • +1 vote

    Will social distancing be enforced on the plane? What about inside the toilet? Asking for two friends who want a joy flight on the last 747 ;-)

    • +1 vote

      Barrel roll while people inside the toilet

      • +4 votes

        That might make them the only couple to have successfully performed Kama Sutra position 166.

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          Or adopt the yoga position: "mid flight barrel roll on the toilet pose"

    • +1 vote

      I would think there wouldn't be enough time but, is one of your friends a two stroke?

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    This sure will get attention of environmental scientists.

  • +4 votes

    My dad has been a pilot since 1975 and a 747 captain for God knows how long now. He is losing his job a year or two earlier than planned retirement.

    Wonder if he will get to have one last go instead of the boring return trip to Johannesburg that turned out to be his last.

    • -2 votes

      For years he banged loads of flight attendants and some female ones too. He hasn't done too badly.

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      FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I HATE posts like these! I do consulting work and one of my ideas for a certain business was to install a flight simulator to raise funds (particularly with FS2020 coming out).

      Shame I haven't heard back from the bastards otherwise I'd hire your dad as an instructor tomorrow!

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    I’m waiting for 737-max farewell

    • +1 vote

      Wouldn't want to be on that one

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      Wasn't that on March 10, 2019?

  • +5 votes

    747 and joy are not 2 words I would associate. 3 years ago I was forced to spend 14 hours of hell on a 747 and it was like being stuck on a 1980s school bus.