Like other airline companies that run the Boeing, Qantas is gradually retiring the Queen of the Skies from its fleet in favor of smaller sized, more fuel-efficient airliners. But not all of the Kangaroo-outfitted jumbo jets are investing their retirement in the California desert waiting to be ditched.
Last week after it brought its last load of travelers from Sydney to Los Angeles, a 747 called Lord Howe Island flew to Moses Lake, Washington, where it will begin a fresh profession screening brand-new jet engine innovation for Rolls-Royce. With a brand-new paint task and an interior loaded with tracking devices, the airplane will bring the engines under advancement either on underwing pylons or on a little wing connected to the side of the fuselage.
It will look a little strange, no doubt, however in a declaration, Gareth Hedicker, Rolls-Royce’s director of advancement and speculative engineering, stated the airplane will be doing essential operate in the business’s $70 million test program. “This is a significant investment that will expand our world-leading test capabilities even further and will allow us to obtain more flight test data than ever before.”
Lord Howe Island is finishing a 20-year career with Qantas after flying more than 70 million kilometers, or about 43.5 million miles. Qantas says it will replace its remaining 747-400s by end of 2020 with Boeing 787s.