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Foxxster 3rd Mar 2022 10:39

QF6013 Sydney to LA returning
 
Just flew overhead. A380 Sydney to LA. Took off, just done a loop what seems to be a few hundred km out to sea and returned to Sydney.

Interesting to see what the issue was. Doesn’t happen often.

actually that’s an odd flight number. Is is mislabeled and simply a scheduled test flight.

there is a Qantas Sydney to LA scheduled for a 21.40 departure. Which was two minutes ago. But nothing prior. But that is qf11

Capt Fathom 3rd Mar 2022 10:43

There was no issue. The flight plan was SYD - SYD. Test flight, training, who knows?
Several of these flights today.

Foxxster 3rd Mar 2022 10:48


Originally Posted by Capt Fathom (Post 11193849)
There was no issue. The flight plan was SYD - SYD. Test flight, training, who knows?
Several of these flights today.

ah ok thanks. Probably testing itís still water proof..

regional_flyer 4th Mar 2022 05:21


Originally Posted by Foxxster (Post 11193846)
Just flew overhead. A380 Sydney to LA. Took off, just done a loop what seems to be a few hundred km out to sea and returned to Sydney.

Interesting to see what the issue was. Doesn’t happen often.

actually that’s an odd flight number. Is is mislabeled and simply a scheduled test flight.

there is a Qantas Sydney to LA scheduled for a 21.40 departure. Which was two minutes ago. But nothing prior. But that is qf11

You were using Flightradar24? It has a glitch where it assumes the re-use of a flight number is for a specific route, so test/ferry flights will tend to appear as whatever the last use of that flight number was. I'd wager that the last time QF6013 was used it was indeed on SYD-LAX.

EDIT: FlightAware confirms this, previous QF6013 was SYD-LAX on 27/02.

RampDog 4th Mar 2022 09:57


Originally Posted by Foxxster (Post 11193846)
Just flew overhead. A380 Sydney to LA. Took off, just done a loop what seems to be a few hundred km out to sea and returned to Sydney.

Interesting to see what the issue was. Doesnít happen often.

actually thatís an odd flight number. Is is mislabeled and simply a scheduled test flight.

there is a Qantas Sydney to LA scheduled for a 21.40 departure. Which was two minutes ago. But nothing prior. But that is qf11

QF operated several crew training/maintenance check flights on Thursday 3/3.
Not at all unusual as they did exactly the same with VH-OQB previously, and definitely only doing circuits.
Those QF60** flight numbers have even before Covid, designated either ferry, repositioning or training flights.
Hope that helps explain any randomness :-)


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