Qantas announced that they would cease their 3x weekly QF81/82 Sydney-Adelaide-Singapore-Adelaide-Sydney service, and make the route a daily Sydney-Singapore-Sydney service. Today , marked a very historic event at Adelaide Airport with the last Qantas International flight departing Adelaide for Singapore This service marks the end of 31 years of Qantas International flights between Adelaide-Singapore, with the 1st flight way back in November 1982 operated by B747-200B VH-EBF 'City of Adelaide'. Over the years this route has been operated by 747-200B, 747-300's, 747-400, 767-200 , 300's and A330-200's and -300's and the routing has changed many times over the years, for the past 10+ years the routing has been Sydney-Adelaide-Singapore, there was a short time that it routed Melbourne-Adelaide-Singapore.
Today's flight was given to Qantas A330-300 VH-QPC arrived from Sydney at 13.53hrs as 'QF81'. The aircraft later departed to Singapore for the last time as 'QF81' at 15.10hrs. The aircraft is scheduled then to return to Adelaide tomorrow morning 14/4/13 arriving as QF82 from Singapore, before continuing onto Sydney.
|(Qantas A330-300 VH-QPC. QF81 crossing the runway threshold for the last time.) Photo by Stefan Perkas (Copyright 2013)|
|(Qantas A330-300 VH-QPC. Taxiing for departure as QF81 for the last time) Photo by Stefan Perkas (Copyright 2013)|