Friday, April 20, 2012


It is with great sympathy that i will be closing this blog down .

At this stage i may restart a new one at some later stage however if i do, it will be only for BNE movements only, not SE QLD.

I am currently on many other aviation groups as a member and things have been getting quite difficult lately in that regard.
I plan to reduce these boards down from 7 or 8 to just a few, over the next week or so.

Again many thanks to Mike who originally set up this blog and to all the contributors such as Terry,Francis,Bert etc.

To the people who know me personally i feel i need a break away from Aviation for at least a month or 2. I have been following aircraft for the past 53 years from the age of 5. I have 2 big overseas hols coming up in September and October-November which hopefully will push me back into doing a blog again.

Cheers to you all for now.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Massive intrastate growth out of BNE

Thanks to BAC

Qld intrastate travel booming


Brisbane Airport’s recent passenger figures indicate intrastate travel between Brisbane and regional Queensland is growing at more than double the rate of interstate travel.

So significant is the growth that once popular interstate routes are being pushed out of Brisbane’s top 20 city pairs.

Launceston and Hobart have dropped out of the top 20 to make way for Moranbah and Roma, with Gladstone and Emerald also moving up the rankings.

The fastest growing intrastate routes in passenger volume terms for Brisbane Airport include Gladstone, Mackay, Moranbah, Cairns, Emerald, Roma, Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine), Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and Townsville.

Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said after Sydney, Brisbane has the next best domestic network of all Australian airports in terms of the number of destinations offered.

“Brisbane Airport currently has 44 domestic destinations in its network, 25 of which are Queensland towns or cities,” she said.

With over 1,300 flights and almost 140,000 seats to and from intrastate destinations each week on average, Brisbane Airport continues to play an important role in keeping the State connected.

“In the last 12 months we’ve seen 22 per cent growth in flights and 20 per cent growth in seats offered to and from intrastate destinations and we expect this trend to continue,” she said.

As well as keeping regional communities connected to the capital city, Brisbane Airport’s extensive intrastate network also helps take international visitors in Brisbane to regional destinations.

The International Visitor Survey conducted by Tourism Research Australia noted that last calendar year 42 percent of all international visitors to Queensland’s tourism regions entered Australia at Brisbane Airport.

“Brisbane Airport is the front-door to Queensland for many international visitors.

“This is why BAC’s commitment to investing in development including upgrading existing airport infrastructure and building for the future is so important for Queensland as a whole,” Ms Alroe said.

In March, total passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport increased by 7.9 per cent, with an additional 127,000 travellers through the Domestic and International Terminals compared to the same time last year.

Separately, international passengers increased by 11.1 per cent year-on-year, with domestic traffic up 7.1 per cent for the same period.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DID YBBN reach 21 million pax

BAC last year announced that just under 20.6 million pax passed through it's terminals.Well so far this year the first quarter has seen a 9% growth in pax over 2011 figures for the corresponing 3 months.
JAN 2011 1,582,903
FEB 2011 1,413,900
MAR 2011 1,593,252

or a total of 4,593,055

So far in 2012 those months are

or a total of 5,006,667 which is a extra 413,612 pax for the March quarter this year so adding this to the 20.6 million pax in 2012 and you get around 21 million pax for the 12 months from April 2011 to March 2012.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

BNE today

VH-YVC of Virgin Australia rolling on RWY 19.
Red Nosed VH-VUF
ZK-PBJ the first Pacific Blue NZ registered aircraft in the new Virgin livery.
The aircraft returned to the gate.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

OOL the past week.

G5 N780W (530) at OOL 12 April

Cirrus SR22GTS N424AB (1914) at the GA apron.
Baron N8103U arr OOL 11 April.
3 Interesting movements at OOL this past week.
Thanks to Terry Magee for the photos.

Toowoomba on Friday

TWB is a thriving airport for Queensland's resources boom and several carriers operate daily B200-B300 or PA-31 flights to the Roma area or up to CQ Mines.It is definitely well situated to meet the needs of the FIFO industry of Toowoomba.

Sister ship VH-HPP of Easternwells.
photo F.Nickelson

Easternwells Group B200 VH-EWG at TWB
photo F.Nickelson

BNE-Moranbah route expansion over recent times

Last week this busy RPT and Fifo route had 43 flights each way.This is a new record as 40 has been the norm recently.The route operates mainly dash 8-200 or 300 aircraft and has had a massive expansion over the past 1-2 years.
Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri had 7 departures each way with Thursday 9,Sat and Sun 3 each.

Qantaslink appear to be the only player on this route currently.It will be very interesting to see how many flights will operate by this year's end.

BNE past few days.

On friday both Hi Fly 340's CS-TQL and CS-TQM were together at BNE.
CS-TQM had arrived early FRI from MNL.CS-TQL left later in the day direct to Sharjah.
G550 ZK-KFB arrived from SYD.
Global N50XC departed also on Friday to whereabouts unknown.

Yesterday Air Tractor VH-FFU arrived from Victoria and today departed to NLK as it heads across the pacific.
Qantaslink(Cobham) changed their 717 yesterday with VH-NXQ arriving from ASP.
Also Phenom 300 PT-TRT made a brief visit on the way to Port Moresby .


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More movements from today.

Skytrans Dash 8-100 departing 19

Metroliner VH-UZS taxying to the GA.

VH-VGA A320 landing 19.

A321 VH-VWX departing 19

Virgin new colours 737-800

Alliance Fokker 70 departing 19

Busy BNE this morning

N50XC today at BNE.

TOLL ATR-42F now in new colours.

VH-HJH PA-31 from Coffs .



VH-FVM ATR 72 landing 19

B717-200 VH-NXN

TF-FIC B757-200 landing 19

Virgin Australia 777-300 departing RWY 19

BNE was a hive of movements from PA-31's to 747's here is a selection of some of those above.