VH-OQF. Airbus A380-842. c/n 029.

 

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

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

Rolled off Airbus production line at Toulouse as 'F-WWSA' - February 18, 2009

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

This aircraft was the third of the 'Wave 2' aircraft to have the redesigned electric harness fitted and powered up

First flown at Toulouse as 'F-WWSA' - March 30, 2009

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - April 05, 2009

The cabin interior was fitted at Hamburger (Finkenwerder)

Rolled out at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) in the Qantas livery and test flown - November 28, 2009

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OQF - December 01, 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-029B - December 15, 2009

Test flown at Toulouse - December 20, 2009

Accepted by Qantas Airways at Toulouse - January 08, 2010

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia as QF6028 - January 11, 2010

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - January 13, 2010

Delivery route: Toulouse - Singapore - Sydney

The aircraft was named 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith'

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Los Angeles as QF11 - January 17, 2010

Scheduled to operate Los Angeles - Sydney when the A380 fleet was grounded as QF12 - November 04, 2010

Ferried Los Angeles - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF6002 - November 22 - 24, 2010

Returned to service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Singapore - London (Heathrow) as QF31 - November 27, 2011

This was the first A380 to resume normal services following the grounding order

Operated last service in original livery Dallas (Fort Worth) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF8 - March 22, 2018

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Dubai for repainting into the new corporate livery as QF6053 - March 24, 2018

The repaint was carried out by Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre, Dubai

This was the first Airbus A380 to acquire the 'Silver Roo' livery

Departed Dubai on the ferry flight to Australia as QF6012 - April 10, 2018

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the ferry flight - April 11, 2018

Returned to service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Dallas (Fort Worth) as QF7 - April 14, 2018

Current with Qantas Airways

 

VH-OQF. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith' in the standard livery at London Heathrow Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0380-060.)

VH-OQF. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith' in the standard livery at Los Angeles Airport, March 2010.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0380-061.)

VH-OQF. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith' in the standard livery at London Heathrow Airport, August 30, 2010.

(R. Shaw Copyright Image 0380-062.)

VH-OQF. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 14, 2012.

(R. Finlayson Copyright Image 0380-024.)

VH-OQF. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 14, 2012.

(R. Finlayson Copyright Image 0380-025.)

VH-OQF. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 28, 2014.

(G. Louis Copyright Image 0380-052.)

VH-OQF. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 28, 2014.

(G. Louis Copyright Image 0380-051.)