Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Qantas Airways Boeing B767-338(ER) VH-OGG - "City of Rockhampton" - Departs Australian Shores Tuesday

Qantas Airways Boeing B767-338(ER) VH-OGG - named "City of Rockhampton" - departed Australian shores for good on Tuesday 12 August.

Local plane spotter Bernie P was on hand at Sydney Airport and captured this great photo as VH-OGG received a fitting send-off from the Sydney Airport firefighters.  It departed directly to Los Angeles as QFA6021.

As we've mentioned, VH-OGG was ordered by Qantas in April 1989, and rolled off the production line at Boeing's Everett factory in November 1990.  VH-OGG was registered and accepted in December 1990.  It is powered by a pair of General Electric CF6-80C2B6 engines.

VH-OGG's first revenue service was from San Franciso to Sydney via Honolulu on December 12, 1990, arriving in Sydney on December 14.  VH-OGG was named 'City of Rockhampton', and was in fact noted visiting Rockhampton in early October 1993, operating a charter for the Singapore Armed Forces.

In 2011, VH-OGG was re-painted in the new Qantas corporate colours, and in 2013, it was rolled out in Sydney in a special livery to promote the Disney movie 'Planes'.  It then operated a special 'Première Planes Flight' on September 14, 2013.

A great airframe that will be sorely missed.  

Reports suggest that all of the current Qantas B767s will be out of the fleet by year's end.

Thanks to Bernie for allowing us to share his photo!

Additional photo taken by Bernie Proctor  ©

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