Tuesday, December 28, 2010
BNE has had 2 AirAsia X diversions from OOL(Same plane plus numerous REX from BNA and Jetstar and Tiger and Virgin Blue from OOL.
OOL have had diversions from BNE and BNA.MCY have received diversions from BNE as well.
The weather is improving and there is a glimmer of sunlight from tomorrow?
Friday, December 24, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Int pax were 344,607 3.2% growth
Dom pax were 1,347,139 a 8.2% growth and 1,151 transits which totals 1,692,897 a 7.5% total growth.
Looking very much like 19.75 million pax this calendar year-just awaiting December figures.
Friday, December 10, 2010
New airline to fly Brisbane to Bali route
New international airline Strategic Airlines has announced a new Brisbane to Denpasar, Bali, route, starting in March 2011.
Strategic will fly the route every Wednesday and Saturday with a dual-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft featuring 30 business class seats and 243 economy seats.
Spokesman Damien Vasta said most airlines were offering a no-frills service on what was a reasonably long flight.
"We believe our passengers will really enjoy flying on a wide-bodied Airbus A330 with the comfort and customer service of a full service carrier, at very affordable fares," he said.
The first flight departs on March 19 but went on sale on Friday from $359 one-way, or $671 return, including taxes.
Strategic Airlines, part of the Strategic Aviation Group, is Australia's newest international carrier.
It employs more than 200 people, and expects to more than double its worldwide staff over the next 12 months.
On Saturday 19 March 2011, Strategic Airlines will commence 2x weekly (WED/SAT) A330 services BNE/DPS/BNE.
Timings are as follows
VC226 BNE/DPS 08:50L/13:00L WED/SAT
VC227 DPS/BNE 14:45L/22:25L WED/SAT
Thursday, December 9, 2010
30th November 2010
The Board of Solomon Airlines Ltd today announced approval of a proposal to dry lease an Airbus A320-212 aircraft for its international and regional operations.
The new lease has been arranged through a major capital management consortium and will be effective from the end of the current ACMI lease with Strategic between 24th February 2011 and 27th March 2011. This will also correspond with the normal change of schedules for the Northern Summer period as is the case with all International Airlines.
The new arrangement gives Solomon Airlines far greater control over its future destiny including use of “Solomons” livery but more importantly allows the airline to comply with recent amendments to IATA membership qualifications.
The move also coincides with the significant progress being made within the airline following Governments approval to implement the initial restructure plan put forward by the Board in December 2008 and thereby has placed the airline in a far better financial position to take up the dry lease option.
The cabin will be exclusively manned by Solomon Airlines personnel who have already been trained on this aircraft type by Strategic Airlines. Similarly attention is being given to the important customer service areas both in-flight and throughout the operation as a whole.
Solomon Airlines currently operates three services per week out of Brisbane moving to a fourth service from next Sunday (5th December 2010). The move has been taken to meet the projected increase in passenger numbers. Under the existing lease arrangements with Strategic, the airline would have to meet significantly higher additional service costs to cover the extra flight whereas operational costs reduce proportionately the more the airline utilises its own aircraft.
Seating arrangements for the new aircraft differ in providing for 20 business class seats, as opposed to 12 on the Strategic aircraft and provides cabin cupboard space forward of business class compartment. The number of economy seats reduces from 144 to 120 to give greater leg room in this class. In-flight entertainment including movies, music and destination service information will also be available on the new service in addition to the high standard in-flight catering service.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Brisbane, 6 December 2010: QantasLink announced today it would launch its flagship Bombardier Q400
regional aircraft on its Blackall and Barcaldine routes from early February 2011.
QantasLink Executive Manager, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the introduction of the Q400 service would increase
frequency from two services per week to three per week. The additional flights would also reduce flying times
to and from Brisbane to less than two hours on these services.
“This is a significant increase in flight frequency and capacity for these important Western Queensland
centres,” Mr Kumar said.
“Our new schedule will offer more choice and greater convenience – for travel to and from Brisbane and
connections to the broader Qantas Group domestic and international networks.”
QantasLink currently operates two flights per week to each town. The airline will add the extra service each
week to Blackall from 9 February and to Barcaldine from 12 February.
The Blackall schedule will cover flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the new Q400 services to
operate every Wednesday. The Barcaldine schedule will cover flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays,
with the new Q400 service operating every Saturday.
The move will follow the completion of upgrades to the airports at both Barcaldine and Blackall.
Mr Kumar said the Blackall and Barcaldine airport upgrades were a collaborative funding effort by the
Queensland Government in partnership with Blackall-Tambo and Barcaldine Regional Councils.
“QantasLink has been flying to these communities for just over nine years, and in Qantas’ 90th year, this
increase in services and capacity is a firm indication of our commitment to the Western Queensland regulated
routes and the growth of these regions,” he said.
“I would like to thank both the Blackall-Tambo and Barcaldine Regional Councils for ensuring the recent airport
upgrades were completed in time for the airline’s Q400 expansion plans. Modern airport infrastructure is so
important to the ongoing viability of regional air services.”
As the country’s largest regional airline, QantasLink is embedded in regional Australia. With a network of 53
metropolitan and country destinations across all states and territories.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
The $299* one-way or $598* return “Thai-riffic!” launch fares are also inclusive of taxes and go on sale from next Wednesday 24 November on the airline’s web site www.flystrategic.com and via participating travel agents, until sold out. The fares are available for travel from Brisbane to Thailand from 24 February, 2011.
The new flights will depart Brisbane on Thursdays and Sundays and will be operated by the airline’s dual-aisle 274 seat Airbus A330 aircraft.
Thailand is the latest destination in STRATEGIC AIRLINES’ expanding Queensland network.
“Queenslanders have thrown their support behind our new airline and our Brisbane-Bali services launched last year,” said STRATEGIC AIRLINES Head of Commercial Damien Vasta.
“So much so we are thrilled to add Thailand to our network complementing our new twice-weekly Brisbane to Townsville and Bali services starting next month,” he said. “Phuket has been long time favourite for Queensland holidaymakers wanting to get away to an attractive overseas destination. We are now making this great location easily accessible with direct services for the leisure market,” he added.
STRATEGIC AIRLINES, which launched in September 2009, is a two-class, full service carrier offering complimentary food and beverages and in-flight entertainment. The privately owned airline is a division of the Strategic Aviation Group formed in 2005.
STRATEGIC AIRLINES’ Brisbane-Phuket schedule is as follows:
VC 246 BNE Thursdays and Sundays at 11am arr HKT t 1645
VC 247 HKT 1905 Tuesdays and Fridays arr BNE next day at 0645.
Aircraft is 332
Monday, November 22, 2010
Domestic pax were 1,432,123 which was a 6.3% growth
International were 375,275 a 3.3% growth
transits were 942 pax
total 1,808,290 a 5.6% increase.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Brisbane Airport breaks passenger records
Continued passenger growth at Brisbane Airport has produced a flurry of records in recent months, including the highest monthly total at both the Domestic and International Terminals and the highest ever combined annual total of over 19 million passengers.
In October 2010, domestic passenger numbers exceeded the monthly record set only three months earlier by 3.2%, with 1.43 million passing through the terminal. Year-on-year, domestic traffic increased by 6.3%.
A new monthly international traffic record was set in July, the first time more than 400,000 passengers passed through the newly expanded facility. October traffic was also very healthy at over 375,000 passengers.
This financial year, growth is tracking at 6.9% (domestic up 7.2%, international up 5.9%).
According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, Brisbane Airport has seen average annual growth of 6% in the last 10 years, and even stronger average annual 8.2% growth over a 20 year period.
Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said the high passenger growth was important for Queensland’s health as a tourism and business destination and reflected the airport’s cost and operational advantages for airlines.
She said Queensland’s strong resources sector continued to drive regional aviation growth, which was also reflected in the record Domestic Terminal numbers, which would continue to perform in coming months.
“Brisbane is coming into a summer of major sporting and cultural events, including the Ashes and Australia’s most exciting new tennis event, the Brisbane International. With the city’s growing reputation for art, music, theatre and food, and its role as the gateway to tourism drawcards such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Brisbane is becoming an important destination in its own right,” Ms Alroe said.
Ms Alroe said while the strong Australian dollar was not conducive for international tourism in Australia, the domestic market was looking healthier as existing and new airlines steadily increased capacity and services.
“It is pleasing to note more airlines coming to Brisbane Airport due to our 24 hour operations, highly competitive pricing, well-connected terminals and proximity to the CBD and of course the coastal holiday playgrounds.
“Internationally, the successful commencement of China Southern services is, we hope, the first of many new markets for Brisbane, which would provide a boost to Queensland’s international tourism.
"Brisbane Airport is committed to the future of Queensland tourism and recognises the importance of an efficient, airline-friendly and passenger-friendly airport.
“That is why we continue to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in critical aviation infrastructure, including the Domestic Terminal and the $1.4 billion New Parallel Runway, which is due for operation around 2020.
“Over the next five years Brisbane Airport will invest more than $2 billion in capital works projects to cater for the rapidly growing for Brisbane and Queensland market and remain ahead of demand,” Ms Alroe said.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tue,Thurs,Sundays are the 3 days of operations at BNE.
We are excited by their return to BNE.In the 1990'S they operated twice weekly with 763'S ON Monday's and Friday's.
to the Middle East Area of Operations
Defence has entered into a two year contract with Adagold Aviation Pty Ltd for the provision of air sustainment services to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). The contract was signed on 22 October 2010 and will commence on 23 November 2010.
The rumor is that Adagold may use Hi Fly with a Airbus 340-500.As Adagold is a BNE based company we may assume the aircraft would be BNE based.
2 flights on a Saturday and daily on the other days.
TT6101 Dep SYD 0800 Arr BNE 0825
TT6102 Dep BNE 0855 Arr SYD 1130
TT6107 Dep SYD 1645 Arr BNE 1710
TT6108 Dep BNE 1740 Arr SYD 2015
This will give BNE 6 flights a day by Tiger with BNE-MEL and BNE-ROK being the other 2 routes.Unfortunately BNE-ADL ceases early next month.
Qantas today announced that they will be introducing two return services per week
from Brisbane to Hobart from 12 December 2010 through to 25 January 2011.
This new capacity adds significant travel options for visitors and locals to travel
between these two great destinations at a traditionally busy time of the year.
Hobart Airport Chief Executive Officer Brett Reiss welcomed the announcement
saying “Qantas’ additional capacity at this time of the year will be welcomed by
“The new flights show further commitment from the Qantas Group to the Tasmanian
He added “Qantas currently fly from Hobart to both Sydney and Melbourne, the
addition of Brisbane as a new service is fantastic news for travellers”.
The flights will operate on Tuesdays and Sundays on the following schedule –
Depart Brisbane 0930; Arrive Hobart 1315
Depart Hobart 1355; Arrive Brisbane 1530.
Service will be by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
October 14, 2010
PAL streamlines Australian operations
PAL Media Release
MANILA - Philippine Airlines (PAL) is realigning its Australian operations starting with the temporary suspension of flights to and from Brisbane effective October 31, 2010.
Consequently, the flag carrier’s five times a week flights to Melbourne will be adjusted to thrice weekly, while flights to Sydney – one of PAL’s most popular Australian destinations – remains unaffected with five times (5x) weekly services, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said.
In a news release, Villaluna said the decision to temporarily halt Brisbane services was due to marketing considerations.
Passengers to be affected by the flight realignments shall be properly notified by
PAL’s contact center and advised on the best options to proceed to their respective destinations, she said.
Villaluna stressed that Australia remains an important market for Philippine Airlines. Recognizing the route’s growth potential, she reiterated PAL’s long-term commitment to the island-continent. She stressed, however, that market conditions and the onset of the lean season necessitated some changes in the number of destinations and frequency of flights the flag carrier mounts to Australia.
There will be aflight on 18 december 2010 and agin on 27 jan 2011.