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QF LHR-Darwin today.

Old 16th Feb 2021, 08:45
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QF LHR-Darwin today.

In the event that it is already well known that Qantas has resumed nonstop LHR to OZ then I will happily delete thread, but for reference I have just now (Tuesday Feb 16 2021) noticed QF 110 LHR-Darwin overhead us here. Why Darwin by the way? I've managed to miss any prior reference to this if there was any! Perhaps a one-off maybe? Covid repatriation flight?
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 09:23
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Could be to do with plans for all entries into Australia to be quarantined in Darwin?
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 09:57
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Government chartered flight. They are using a federally run quarantine site near Darwin, hence the destination. Believe there will be another on the 18th, with the same flight number. Fun little factoid from earlier on in the pandemic before they went to storage the a380 was able to do the same route nonstop
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 14:31
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Must be nice to have so much space to be able to store all the incomers in a remote area before being delivered to their final destination (covid status depending).

Out of interest, was the A380 that made Darwin-LHR nonstop lightly loaded ?
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 19:53
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
Must be nice to have so much space to be able to store all the incomers in a remote area before being delivered to their final destination (covid status depending)
Youíd think right? We actually send the majority of arrivals to hotel quarantine in capital cities

Donít know they had to have it too light, itís only 40nm further than their regular SYD-DFW. Was back in March last year so might have been limited already. Handily Darwin is only 4nm off the direct track SYD-LHR which was the actual route
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 23:05
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90 minutes to run, ambling along at 440kts at 41,000ft.
This seems rather slow compared to the other long haul aircraft in the region which are doing 480kts plus. I am referring ME3 to Auckland
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 23:29
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There's been a few recently, one or two per month.
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Old 17th Feb 2021, 09:05
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Originally Posted by Oli_Vert View Post
Was back in March last year so might have been limited already.
Umm..... that reminds me.

We were in trail for several hours of one of those particular A380 flights last year, QF LHR- DAR, us LHR to somewhere that was still allowing some restricted transits (pax stayed on, crew straight into hotel quarantine) en-route to Oz.

From what we could glean in a brief conversation we had with them "air to air" they weren't massively limited.

Unfortunately given the reception we got where we landed at our destination we did wonder whether having the conversation at all had been a mistake. It may have been a coincidence, a complete fluke, but we found out that not long after we conversed with our friends over the airways somebody in media and/or high office in a certain country started creating waves over our transit.
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Another operating this morning.
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