VH-OQB. Airbus A380-842. c/n 015.

 

The order for twelve aircraft was first announced by Qantas Airways - November 29, 2000

The order was firmed up with Airbus by Qantas Airways - March 06, 2001

Rolled off Airbus production line at Toulouse as 'F-WWSL'

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

Observed at Toulouse in primer but with the old Qantas tail logo and no engines - March 29, 2007

Observed at Toulouse in primer with all-white tail - April 30, 2008

First flown at Toulouse as 'F-WWSL' in green primer with all-white tail - June 25, 2008

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) as AIB015B - June 25, 2008

The cabin interior was fitted at Hamburger (Finkenwerder)

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OQB - November 28, 2008

Registered to QF BOC 2008-1 Pty Ltd

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Ferried Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - Toulouse as VH-OQB in the new Qantas livery - December 03, 2008

Accepted by Qantas Airways at Toulouse - December 15, 2008

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia as QF6008 - December 15, 2008

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - December 17, 2008

Delivery route: Toulouse - Singapore - Sydney

The aircraft was named 'Hudson Fysh'

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Los Angeles as QF11 - December 22, 2008

Operated special charter flight for Croydon Travel (Captains J. Dennis, B Simpson) as QF2903 - December 31, 2009

This flight was a 'New Year Mid-night Sun Sightseeing' flight

Route: Sydney - Melbourne - Antarctica - Melbourne - Sydney

Operated Sydney - Melbourne - Sydney overflying the AFL Grand Final at the MCG as QF6620 - September 25, 2010

It had special decals on the fuselage underside advertising 'Channel 7 Mate' and 'We Love Footy Too'

Returned to service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Singapore - London as QF155 - September 25, 2010

Ferried London (Heathrow) - Frankfurt for 'C' Check with Lufthhansa Technic as QF6022 - October 31, 2010

This aircraft was undergoing maintenance at Frankfurt when the Qantas A380 fleet was grounded - November 2011

Ferried Frankfurt - Singapore - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF6022 - December 21 - 22, 2010

Returned to service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Singapore - London as QF31 - December 22, 2010

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Dubai for repainting into the 'Silver Roo' livery as QF6011 - October 10, 2018

Ferried Dubai - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) in the 'Silver Roo' livery as QF6012/27 - October 28, 2018

Current with Qantas Airways

 

VH-OQB. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Hudson Fysh' in the standard livery at London Heathrow Airport, February 2009.

(R. Shaw Copyright Image 0380-010.)

VH-OQB. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Hudson Fysh' in the standard livery at Los Angeles Airport, November 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0380-013.)

VH-OQB. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Hudson Fysh' in the standard livery at Los Angeles Airport, June 2010.

(R. Shaw Copyright Image 0380-016.)

VH-OQB. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Hudson Fysh' in the standard livery at Los Angeles Airport, August 2010.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0380-015.)