VH-OQC. Airbus A380-842. c/n 022.

 

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-WWSR - ?

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

Observed at Toulouse in primer and all-white tail - December 04, 2007

Observed at Toulouse as F-WWSR in primer with all-white tail - April 12, 2008

First engine run performed at Toulouse - July 24, 2008

Carried out rejected take-off test at Toulouse - July 30, 2008

First flown at Toulouse as F-WWSR in green primer with all-white tail - August 01, 2008

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) as AIB022B - August 04, 2008

Cabin interior fitted at Hamburger (Finkenwerder)

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OQC - November 27, 2008

Registered to QF ECA 2008-1 Pty Ltd, Sydney

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Ferried Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - Toulouse as VH-OQC in the Qantas livery - December 16, 2008

Accepted by Qantas Airways at Toulouse - December 16, 2008

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia as QF6022 - December 27, 2008

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - December 29, 2008

Delivery route: Toulouse - Singapore - Sydney

Aircraft was named 'Paul McGinness'

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Los Angeles as QF11 - January 03, 2009

Operated inaugural A380 Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - San Francisco service as QF73 - January 14, 2009

Operated first Qantas A380 Kangaroo service Sydney - Singapore - London as QF31 - January 16, 2009

Operated the inaugural Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Singapore - London service as QF9 - January 18 - 19, 2010

Became first Qantas A380 to visit Dubai when it diverted for a medical emergency - May 16 - 17, 2010

Was operating the Melbourne - Singapore - London service as QF9

Remained overnight at Dubai as London (Heathrow) was closed due to a volcanic ash cloud

Operated Dubai - London (Heathrow) as QF9 - May 18, 2010

Scheduled to operate Sydney - London as QF31 when A380 fleet was grounded - November 04, 2010

Stored at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport awaiting the fitment of new engines

Returned to service Sydney - Singapore - London as QF31 - January 22, 2011

Ferried Sydney - Singapore - Frankfurt for 'C' Check with LH Technic as QF6023 - February 24 - 25, 2011

Ferried Frankfurt - Singapore - Melbourne (Tullamarine) following maintenance as QF6024 - March 14 - 15, 2011

Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Los Angeles as QF93 - March 18, 2011

Current with Qantas Airways

 

VH-OQC. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Paul McGinness ' in the standard livery at London Heathrow Airport, April 2009.

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VH-OQC. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Paul McGinness ' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 08, 2015.

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VH-OQC. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Paul McGinness ' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 08, 2015.

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VH-OQC. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Paul McGinness ' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 08, 2015.

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