VH-OQE. Airbus A380-842. c/n 027.

 

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

This was the fifth aircraft ordered by Qantas Airways - March 06, 2001

Major structural sections arrived at Toulouse for fitting - January 2008

Rolled off Airbus production line at Toulouse as 'F-WWSY' - February 06, 2008

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

Observed at Toulouse in an all-white livery - April 14, 2008

This aircraft was the second of the 'Wave 2' aircraft to have a redesigned electric harness fitted

First engine run performed at Toulouse - March 11, 2009

Carried out rejected take-off test at Toulouse - March 22, 2009

First flown at Toulouse as 'F-WWSY' - March 22, 2009

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) as AIB027A - March 22, 2009

The cabin interior was fitted at Hamburger (Finkenwerder)

Rolled out at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) in the standard Qantas livery - November 14, 2009

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OQE - November 25, 2009

Registered to QF ECA 2008-2 Pty Ltd, Sydney

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Ferried Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - Toulouse as AIB-027B - November 27, 2009

Test flown at Toulouse - December 03, 2009

Accepted by Qantas Airways at Toulouse - December 19, 2009

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia as QF6022 - December 19, 2009

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - December 20, 2009

Delivery route: Toulouse - Singapore - Sydney - Melbourne

Diverted to Melbourne as the delay in departing Singapore meant that it was unable to land Sydney due to curfew

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF6022 - December 21, 2009

The aircraft was named 'Lawrence Hargrave'

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Singapore - London as QF31 - December 24 - 25, 2009

Scheduled to operate Los Angeles - Melbourne when the A380 fleet was grounded as QF94 - November 03, 2010

Boeing 747 VH-OEG was substituted instead with VH-OQE which was grounded at Los Angeles

Ferried Los Angeles - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF6003 - November 23 - 25, 2010

Returned to service Sydney - Singapore - London following engine checks as QF31 - November 30, 2010

Current with Qantas Airways

 

VH-OQE. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at London Heathrow Airport, July 2011.

(R. Shaw Copyright Image 0380-018.)

VH-OQE. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at London Heathrow Airport, November 2011.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0380-059.)