Qantas special coronavirus charter

Old Jan 31, 20, 12:59 am
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Qantas special coronavirus charter

I just found out that China has been given the go-ahead for Qantas to send a special coronavirus charter flight to Wuhan tonight. Here is how the flight path will go:

SYD-HKG (operating as usual QFA128 flight)-WUH-DRW

The aircraft is a 747-400, which upon arrival at HKG, will be carefully sanitized once all passengers have alighted. Then the plane will fly to Darwin because XCH is too small to handle a 747. On arrival in DRW at 0230, they will hop on a smaller aircraft (maybe the 737, 717 or 320) to XCH, where they will be placed in quarantine for 2 weeks.

If you have any information, such as the flight on FlightAware, the rego and any other info, big or small, can be added here. Thanks!
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Old Jan 31, 20, 1:12 am
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Most likely an a320 or 737; 717 has additional diversion requirements and while DRW-XCH is within range it would need a fuel stop at ?BME/DPS if it takes a full pax load

of course complicated for QF by the fact they have no base in DRW anymore. I donít even think anything routinely night stops there (apart from the F100)

my gut feeling is most likely an A320 up from Perth

if I hear anything more concrete than that Iíll pass it on


also Iím being told itíll be into DRW Tuesday morning

edit: now Monday 0230 departure WUH arriving DRW 1000. Something of a fluid situation so may change again

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Old Jan 31, 20, 3:49 am
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What's the flight number?
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Old Jan 31, 20, 7:05 am
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https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/qantas-frequent-flyer/2006950-qantas-special-coronavi

QF127 the usual outbound ex-syd (128 the inbound).

FR24 still showing A380 operating the 127 and 332/333 on QF117.
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Old Jan 31, 20, 5:25 pm
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Qantas will reportedly be sending a crew to Hong Kong tonight in the first step of the plan to evacuate Australians from Wuhan, China.

The plane is expected to stop in Hong Kong before continuing on to Wuhan on Sunday, according to Nine News.

Up to 600 people are expected to be evacuated from the city, with the flight expected to arrive in Darwin at 2.30am on Monday.

This comes after Scott Morrison announced the government’s plan to take evacuees from Wuhan to Christmas Island where they would be detained for 14 days.
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Skytraders is contracted by the government to operate flights to Christmas Island. I'd suggest they would operate the DRW-XCH flight with one of their A319s.

VH-VHP is enroute to DRW now.
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Old Jan 31, 20, 8:01 pm
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Skytraders is contracted by the government to operate flights to Christmas Island. I'd suggest they would operate the DRW-XCH flight with one of their A319s.

VH-VHP is enroute to DRW now.
Makes sense. I wonder how many takers theyíll have? Potentially at least x2 A319 runs if the 747 is full? Wonder what plans they have to house the customers in Darwin in the interim? I assume the air force base but have no confirmation of that
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Old Jan 31, 20, 8:25 pm
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Qantas has done this evacuation situation before, where they evacuated Australians from Lebanon in 2006, and again in 2011, where they evacuated Australians stranded in Cairo.
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Old Feb 1, 20, 1:17 am
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Originally Posted by lucas.zhu View Post
Qantas has done this evacuation situation before, where they evacuated Australians from Lebanon in 2006, and again in 2011, where they evacuated Australians stranded in Cairo.
They also did it with a 747 in 1974 when Cyclone Tracy destroyed the city. They managed to fit 4 people in most 3 seat clusters just to get people out ASAP.
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QF6031/6032 VH-OEF
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Old Feb 1, 20, 1:39 pm
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That's a flight route from MEL to SYD. What does that have to do with the Wuhan charter?
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Old Feb 1, 20, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by lucas.zhu View Post
That's a flight route from MEL to SYD. What does that have to do with the Wuhan charter?
Thats the aircraft that will fly the flight to Wuhan. It's not sitting idle until then.
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Old Feb 1, 20, 3:09 pm
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https://www.flightstats.com/v2/fligh...tId=1030054534
https://www.flightstats.com/v2/fligh...tId=1030099995

VH-OEE actually.

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Hearing now that itís going WUH-LEA-XCH, possibly a last minute protest from the NT government meaning itís diverted away from a civilian airport (that part is speculation). There was briefly talk of it going via RAAF Tindal (KTR) instead but Iím not sure how realistic that was
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Originally Posted by nancypants View Post
Hearing now that itís going WUH-LEA-XCH, possibly a last minute protest from the NT government meaning itís diverted away from a civilian airport (that part is speculation). There was briefly talk of it going via RAAF Tindal (KTR) instead but Iím not sure how realistic that was
FWIW I heard that they will not fly the 747 to Christmas Island if there's any chance of rain because the runway isn't grooved, and that the last leg will be flown by 2x RAAF C-17's.
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