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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 06:36
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Farewell Events

For the final QF 747, any ideas what this will look like? Will it be flying to different ports before making her farewell? Sad times, but at least she's getting a farewell.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 07:32
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Straight to the desert I’d say. I don’t think QF have the cash to splash flying an empty plane around the country for the sake of a farewell.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 07:45
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Turn it into a fire tanker we need them.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 08:38
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If they were creative, they could probably get a plane load of paying passengers for the flight.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 08:39
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How about they sell it and divvy up the cash to those on stand down? As a gesture of goodwill. You know, like QANTAS often does.😂😂😂😂
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 10:42
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Originally Posted by ECAMACTIONSCOMPLETE View Post
Straight to the desert I’d say. I don’t think QF have the cash to splash flying an empty plane around the country for the sake of a farewell.
Who is to say it would be empty?
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 10:47
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Who is to say it would be empty?
Possibly staff onboard? Wouldn't be far fetched.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 10:53
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Buy your own coffee at gate 8 coffee shop, while you wave goodbye as it’s towed passed on its way to SIT? They will paused prior to the apron, for effect. Invite only of course. AJ will make a speech I’d imagine.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 12:24
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It’s just a jet. Many jobs are at stake.

Send it to the graveyard and don’t spend one more cent than necessary.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 12:26
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They will have already done the sums on how much the PR is worth to them... particularly if it distracts from all the people getting the boot.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 12:47
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Put remote control on it and crash it into a desert just like the 707 years ago, that would be the ultimate send off, remove QF livery of course before the crash flight.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 12:48
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Sure, put people on it but make sure they pay for the 14 days quarantine on return. A few people here seem to forget why they are being retired early.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 12:58
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Originally Posted by ruprecht View Post
It’s just a jet. Many jobs are at stake.

Send it to the graveyard and don’t spend one more cent than necessary.
I’d say the B747’s place in our fleet earns her the respect of more than ‘just a jet’.

There’s one very well overpaid job that’s safe for another 3 years. How about giving a little back to farewell Qantas’s true ‘Queen’.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 13:09
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Qantas are sacking 6000 people. It is sad to see her go but get a grip.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 13:17
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Originally Posted by Chairmans Lounge View Post
I’d say the B747’s place in our fleet earns her the respect of more than ‘just a jet’.

There’s one very well overpaid job that’s safe for another 3 years. How about giving a little back to farewell Qantas’s true ‘Queen’.
Nope.

I’m all for sentimentality, just not when we’re in deep financial sh!t with jobs on the line.

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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 13:42
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I’m not getting involved in petty politics, but personally I think Alan is doing the best he can in the current circumstances. He’s also quite a reasonable guy in person.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful gesture from him if he paid for the farewell of the 747 out if his own pocket? He certainly can afford it.

It would also bring those back to his cause that he lost sometime ago.

In fact imagine if the entire executive team chipped in?
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 13:54
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I definitely have a grip on the current reality all Qantas staff face, this post isn't meant to take away any grievances QF staff are facing. Merely wanting to know what the go is or may be with the farewell of the 747. No need for ad hominems.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 14:29
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Turn it into a fire tanker we need them.
Actually I take that back. Don't send it to Mojave desert. Leave it in this country. Do what KLM and Lufthansa have done.
Put the thing in a park on concrete blocks so the kids of tomorrow can view the shear size of it. I know their is
one at Longreach and Wollongong. SYD/BNE/MEL can fight for it. In 5 years time say, everyone will be saying we should of kept it.
Treat it like the British/French treat their concords. What say you AJ?
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 22:10
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I would have expected SYD-MEL and SYD-BNE would both be candidates but probably not a lot of confidence about MEL now given the sudden Covid-19 spike. Maybe they'll be more of a scenic flight, spend some lazy time looping over the harbour, maybe the BNE flight could swing over Longreach?
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 22:57
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Do it like Dick Smith once did:
Use the aircraft named Kingsford Smith
Leave from Kingsford Smith airport
Everybody on board is named Smith
Fly over every town in Oz that has Smith in its name.
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