VH-OQA. Airbus A380-842. c/n 014.


 

Order for twelve aircraft first announced by Qantas Airways - November 29, 2000

Order firmed up with Airbus by Qantas Airways - March 06, 2001

Rolled off Airbus production line at Toulouse as F-WWSK

Engines first run at Toulouse - January 16, 2008

Performed rejected take-off trials - January 21, 2008

First flown at Toulouse as F-WWSK in green primer with old Qantas tail livery - January 25, 2008

Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 972-84 engines (-842 series)

Ferried as AIB014B (Airbus) Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - January 30, 2008

Cabin interior fitted at Hamburger (Finkenwerder)

Rolled out at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) in full new Qantas livery - May 31, 2008

Flown Hamburg (Finkenwerder) in full Qantas configuration after outfitting - August 19, 2008

Ferried as AIB014F (Airbus) Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - Toulouse - August 30, 2008

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OQA - September 04, 2008

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Undertook aerial photographic shoot from Toulouse - September 05, 2008

Accepted by Qantas from Airbus at Toulouse - September 19, 2008

Departed Toulouse as QF6008 on the delivery on delivery flight to Australia - September 19, 2008

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - September 21, 2008

Flight crew: Captains Murray Crockett, Peter Probert, Steve Ager, Cameron Herbet, and John Killingback

Delivery route: Toulouse - Singapore - Sydney

Registered to QF BOC 2008-1 Pty Ltd - September 24, 2008

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Aircraft was named 'Nancy-Bird Walton' at Sydney by Nancy-Bird Walton - September 30, 2008

Operated inaugural Qantas A380 service Melbourne - Los Angeles as QF93 - October 20, 2008

Flight crew: Captains Mal Steward and Alan Hennesy

Operated inaugural Qantas A380 service Sydney - Los Angeles as QF11 - October 24, 2008

Flew Memorial Flight QF6601 Sydney - Sydney for State Funeral of Nancy-Bird Walton - January 21, 2009

Flight crew: Captain M. Crocket; F/O T. Kramer, D. Pudney

Ferried London (Heathrow) - Frankfurt as QF6020 for 'C' Check with Lufthansa Technik - September 14, 2010

Ferried Frankfurt - Singapore - Sydney as QF6020 on completion of 'C' Check - October 06 - 08, 2010

Returned to service Sydney - Los Angeles as QF11 - October 10, 2010

Badly damaged when it sustained an uncontained engine fire in Number 2 engine - November 04, 2010

Aircraft was operating London - Singapore - Sydney service as QF32

It had taken off from Singapore and was flying over Batam Island, Indonesia when the engine exploded

Was under the command Captain Richard Champion de Crespigney and 5 technical crew

No injuries were sustained by the 440 passengers and 24 cabin crew

Aircraft landed safely at Singapore having suffered multiple systems failures

Extensive damage caused to engines, wings and fuselage from the engine explosion and fire

Placed in storage at Singapore pending further investigations and possible repairs

Aircraft had flown 8,533 hours with 1,843 cycles at time of accident

Accident investigation found that an oil fire in the HP/IP structure cavity had caused failure of IPT disc

Fire was result of faulty oil pipe fracturing in the Number 2 engine resulting in the fracture of turbine disc

Shrapnel punctured the wing cutting fuel and hydraulic lines and controls to landuing flaps

Jet's anti-lock brakes failed causing Number 1 & 4 engines into degraded mode

Repairs commenced at Singapore - May 2011

Over 50 technicians from Airbus, Qantas and Singapore Engineering were involved

All engines were removed and replaced with modified units

Cost of repairs given by Airbus and Rolls Royce as being over $AUD 139 million

Work undertaken involved 87,000 hours of repair work on the aircraft itself

50,000 hours of design work with over 100 related design drawings created and 6.1 kilometres of wiring replaced

150 tonnes of air freighted parts including 220 different types of tools weighing 110 tonnes

14 forty-tonne truckes required to move 18 aircraft jacks and related equipment to Hamburg Harbour

One month sea voyage required to move jacks and related equipment to Singapore

Aircraft received a repaint where necessary by Singapore Airlines - April 2012

Rejected take-offs were carried out at Singapore - April 14, 2012

Test flown as QF6001 at Singapore - April 15 - 16 - 18 - 19, 2012

Departed Singapore as QF32 on ferry flight to Sydney - April 21, 2012

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of ferry flight to a water cannon welcome - April 22, 2012

Captains Richard de Crespigny and David Evans, flight crew from original flight were guests on this ferry flight

Cabin crew who were aboard the original QF32 flight and were onboard this ferry flight included:

Customer Service Manager Michael von Reith, Customer Service Supervisors Annie Jostons and

Paul Wason along with 16 of the original cabin crew

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and a large press contingent were also on board this flight

To view and download accident report click 'HERE'

Test flown at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF6001 - April 23, 2012

Returned to service Sydney - Hong Kong as QF127 - April 28, 2012

Current with Qantas

 


 

F-WWSK. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Hamburg Airport, August 2008.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 2, 2008.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 2, 2008.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 2, 2008.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 7, 2008.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at London Airport, January 2009.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at London Airport, January 2009.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at London Airport, January 2009.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Los Angeles Airport, November 2009.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - damage to the aircraft following incident, November 4, 2011.

VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - damage to the aircraft following incident, November 4, 2011.
VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - damage to the aircraft following incident, November 4, 2011.
VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - damage to the aircraft following incident, November 4, 2011.
VH-OQA. Qantas Spirit of Australia - damage to the aircraft following incident, November 4, 2011.
536 Days - The Return of VH-OQA