A Blast from the Past #3
1 year ago, I had the chance to visit Sydney for a few days for some plane-spotting. Fortunately, it was a sunny day at Sydney Aiport, and I was able to capture some 34L departures.
Seen here is Singapore Airlines B77W on a rather late rotation. This aircraft (9V-SWI) has a Star Alliance livery with a white vertical stabilizer, unique to Singapore Airlines.
Due to COVID-19, it is now difficult to see a PAX Boeing 747, especially in Australia. Thai Airways plans to retire all of its B747-400s by 2024, but its retirement may be expedited given the current circumstances.
Delta has just announced that they will retire all of its B777 fleet by the end of the year, replacing them with the A350s to reduce cost. The last flight is scheduled for October 31st 2020 for the B777-200.
It was sad news to every Australian aviation enthusiast that the Qantas B747s were to retire in July. VH-OEI was one of the last jumbos that Qantas operated, and it was sent to Mojave in June as QF6001. For a short period, VH-OEI wore a "Go Wallabies" livery to show support for the Australian national rugby team, however, Qantas recently announced that they will end the sponsorship deal with the Wallabies.