Where Did My Skybed Go?

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Old Jan 22, 09, 3:42 am
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Where Did My Skybed Go?

It seems that Qantas has pulled a last-minute equipment change for my flight down to Melbourne tomorrow. My first taste of the acclaimed Skybed is going to have to wait.

My flight back to Sydney on Australia Day is meant to be on an A330-200, but referring to qflyer's excellent Qantas Fleet Information site I notice there are two planes with Millennium seats.

Does anyone know whether QF452 will be Skybed-equipped or regular domestic configuration?
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Old Jan 22, 09, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by Coathanger View Post
It seems that Qantas has pulled a last-minute equipment change for my flight down to Melbourne tomorrow. My first taste of the acclaimed Skybed is going to have to wait.

My flight back to Sydney on Australia Day is meant to be on an A330-200, but referring to qflyer's excellent Qantas Fleet Information site I notice there are two planes with Millennium seats.

Does anyone know whether QF452 will be Skybed-equipped or regular domestic configuration?
No substitution here, QF 452 is, and always has been, a domestic flight, and if in J, you will get eiother a Millenium Seat or a Dreamtime seat. If on an A330-200, you will get a millenium seat, which isn't bad for a ninety minute sector.

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Old Jan 22, 09, 5:18 am
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Are you sure. The flight is scheduled to depart MEL at 17:00.

At 17:00 QF802 will be operating MEL-PER and is a 332
At 17:00 QF580 will be operating SYD-PER and is a 332

So at 17:00 we have 3 A332's operating domestically. One of them must be an int config. But I don't know which!
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Old Jan 22, 09, 12:50 pm
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I'd guess one of the PER flights would be in international config as thye have been using them on the west coast routes a fair bit since the end of 743 flying.
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Old Jan 22, 09, 1:44 pm
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I'd guess one of the PER flights would be in international config as thye have been using them on the west coast routes a fair bit since the end of 743 flying.
I would say OP's flight is more likely to be operated by an Skybed equipped
A332. The reason is that the aircrafts the PER runs sort operate a 'fixed rotation' (e.g. MEL-PER-MEL-PER-MEL/SYD or SYD-PER-SYD-PER-MEL/SYD) on most days of the week except Saturday.

In addition, it appears OP's aircraft would come from SYD as QF 439 which strongly indicates the aircraft is not taken from the PER runs. Besides, an international config A332 would represent too much of a drop in capacity compared to the domestic config A332 (205/207 vs 299) if it was to operate MEL/SYD-PER.

My 2 cents worth of analysis.
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Old Jan 22, 09, 2:37 pm
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Today's QF452 is scheduled to be operated by "Mackay" a millennium equipped 763.

The following flights are to be operated by 333 (with Skybeds):

QF409 SYD 0700 MEL 0830
QF575 SYD 0810 PER 1105
QF420 MEL 0930 SYD 1055
QF431 SYD 1200 MEL 1330
QF580 PER 1210 SYD 1820
QF440 MEL 1430 SYD 1555
QF583 SYD 1920 PER 2215


Only the PER-SYD redeye this morning was operated by a skybed equipped 332.

Disclaimer: Some or all the above may be subject to change.

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Old Jan 22, 09, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by serfty View Post
Today's QF452 is scheduled to be operated by "Mackay" a millennium equipped 763.

The following flights are to be operated by 333 (with Skybeds):
I guess it's too early to know which of the flights will have int config 332's on Monday then?
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Do remember that there is surplus A330 capacity currently, so none of what s occurring comes as a surprise. Incidentally, a 332 was in CNS yesterday operating what must have been a HKG Chinese New Year flight.

Thanks for the kind comments Coathanger.

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Old Jan 25, 09, 2:24 am
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Two A330-300s operating out of Perth today, QF580 and QF566 both to Sydney.

Does anyboy want to share their tips on finding out exactly what aircraft (eg. rego/name) is operating a particular flight? It's nice to know, for example, what type of J seat you have or whether it's a domestic or international 767 etc before you get on.
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Originally Posted by perthite View Post
I guess it's too early to know which of the flights will have int config 332's on Monday then?
The following domestic flight today are scheduled to be operated by skybed equipped aircraft:

333: 565 574 925 439 452 583 648
332: 435 458

485 802 481 are scheduled for millennium equipped 332's.

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Tomorrow:

333: 485 802 481
332: nil

568 575 580 583 648 are all scheduled for Millennium equipped 332.

Schedules are subject to change.
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485 802 481 are scheduled for millennium equipped 332's.
Well, they're not doing much work today then. And 580 (per-syd) has morphed into a 767....
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Does anyboy want to share their tips on finding out exactly what aircraft (eg. rego/name) is operating a particular flight? It's nice to know, for example, what type of J seat you have or whether it's a domestic or international 767 etc before you get on.
It appears QF sometimes get into habit of swapping different types of B763 on domestic routes. I recall one time, my flight was swapped from a ZX* series Millenneium a/c -> OG* series Millenium a/c -> Dreamtime a/c. So the short answer to that is, it would be pretty hard to find out excat which a/c would operate one's flight.


As for the influx of A333 on the PER-SYD/MEL routes, it can be explained by the fact that VH-EBJ is out of action at the moment (maintenance perhaps?) and the A333 is the closest substitution as it offers almost the same amount of seats (295 on the A332 compared to 297 on the A333).
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Old Jan 25, 09, 7:12 pm
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-> OG* series..
My favourite aircraft . I just hope they transfer the regos to new airframes as they appear (just to keep "me" (AKA OG) in the loop.
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Old Jan 25, 09, 8:22 pm
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Is there a bulk way to see the assigned aircraft type for a given day, excepting amadeus or other booking systems?

I'm due to fly MEL - SYD on the 2nd and then SYD - MEL on the 4th, and would love to get myself a taste of skybed if i can
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