Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Reminder China Southern starts next week

CZ381 from CAN should land at BNE on Tuesday 2 november 2010 from CAN at 0745. Services will be 3 a week with Airbus 330-200 aircraft.Aircraft departs at 0915 back to CAN.

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.

Strategic Airlines loses the ADF contract

2010 Contract for Air Sustainment Services
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.

Virgin adds a extra BNE-HBA flight

From December to March on Saturdays a new flight will operate out of BNE at 0930 and returning at 1530.This will be operated by 737 along with the other daily flights which are operated by E-190'S.
2 flights on a Saturday and daily on the other days.

Tiger to start BNE-SYD from 7 Feb 2011

Tiger Airways announced on Monday they will start a twice daily service between the 2 cities.
Schedule below.
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 announces seasonal BNE-HBA

20 October 2010

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
tourism industry”.

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.

Phillipine Airlines Temporarily suspends BNE

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.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Beaver at OOL

Beaver N317DH in the hangar at OOL.Shortly to become VH-ZDA

Sunday, October 17, 2010

AI,TG,JQ logo jet and more at BNE today

Brindabella J41 VH-TAI at BNE today
Germania F100 VH-XWS at BNE
Tiger Airways A320 at BNE today VH-VNJ
VT-ALU operated the Air India BNE-DEL flight today .This was the 2nd special charter carrying Commonwealth Games Athletes.

Air Niugini P2-ANH operating BNE-POM today
Jetstar A320 (Powderfinger logo jet) VH-VGP today operating JQ81 BNE-DRW

Friday, October 15, 2010

BNE movements today

N55AL at BNE GA today

9V-SFP of Singapore Cargo today at BNE
Brindabella J41 VH-TAI today
P2-ANB in it's new colours on departure RWY 01 today

2 Canadian Air Tractors at BNE GA today.Registrations are under the wing.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

BNE based Strategic Airlines news

BRISBANE-based Strategic Airlines is living up to its name.

It is pushing ahead with a targeted network expansion after the Australian regulator recently granted it a three-year unrestricted air operators certificate.

The full-service niche carrier had been operating on a restricted 12-month AOC issued when it started operations last year and sees the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as a seal of approval for its safety performance.

"We're really happy about that," head of commercial Damien Vasta said yesterday. "It gives our market a little bit more confidence that they're dealing with a more established Australian carrier that's got a clean bill of health from CASA."

The airline, which has three Airbus A320s and a wide-body A330 registered in Australia, currently flies from Perth to Derby and Denpasar as well as Brisbane-Port Hedland-Denpasar.

The International Air Services Commission gave Strategic 1514 seats -- the biggest share of the 4000 seats available to the three airlines -- on the grounds it would help promote competition.

Mr Vasta said Strategic had enjoyed a strong response to the its existing services and said passenger traffic to Bali had risen from 400,000 people a year two years to more than a million.

"It's not just Perth, the east coast has gone crazy for Bali again -- they seem to have fallen in love with it," he said. "We just thought that while the sun's shining we'll make hay and we'll put the A330 on some of those east coast direct services. And if we get the capacity to do it we'll be able to offer Melbourne and potentially Brisbane direct."

The new carrier is now looking at potentially acquiring a second A330 and has applied for capacity to Thailand with idea of filling the void left by V Australia when the Virgin Blue long-haul carrier redeploys its Boeing 777 aircraft.

Other potential destinations include Ho Chi Minh City and Honolulu.

Strategic also runs a charter operation using three A320s in Europe and has just successfully transferred its base from France to Luxembourg

A330 MRTT at BNE 12oct doing test flights

PHOTO Mick Raftery

Monday, October 11, 2010

Special movements past few days

AMSA Do328 VH-PPJ has been busy along with Customs Dash 8's VH-ZZB and VH-ZZP the past few days out of BNE .
Bizjet N360SL CL600 and New Biz VH-WIO a Falcon 2000EX have been in.Also new B200 for RFDS was in today.VH-FDS was the reg.

Also yesterday French Air Force CN-235 flew in and out of YBBN.No tail number advised.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

QFlink increases BNE-Mining centres flights

QantasLink Boosts Capacity to Queensland Mining Regions
Source: Qantas

QantasLink today announced an expanded flying schedule covering the key Queensland mining destinations of Emerald, Moranbah and Roma from 18 October 2010.

QantasLink Executive Manager, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the increased capacity was in anticipation
of growing demand from the mining and resource sectors.

“QantasLink is very pleased to be able to support the Queensland economy and in particular cater to
the changing needs of these communities,” he said.

“We have consulted with the mining industry, and have added some ongoing extra capacity and
some peak period capacity which will operate from 18 October-18 December.”

The new flights will add more than 706 seats per week across the three destinations during this
period, including:
- an increase from 27 to 30 weekly return Brisbane-Emerald services , operating on Sundays,
Mondays and Thursdays, adding 396 seats to the route each week;
- an increase from 15 to 18 weekly return Brisbane-Roma services, operating on Mondays,
Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, adding 216 seats to the route each week; and
- one additional Brisbane-Moranbah return service, increasing the number of return services on the
route each week to 12, adding 94 seats to the route each week.

Mr Kumar added that 28 out of 30 weekly return services on the Brisbane-Emerald route would be
operated by the new 74-seat Q400 aircraft. In addition, 15 of the 18 weekly return Roma services and
11 of 12 weekly Moranbah services would be operated by the 50-seat Q300 aircraft.

QantasLink has invested over $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft since 2006 and recently
announced acquisition of seven next-generation Q400 aircraft to commence delivery from early 2011.
These aircraft will operate alongside the airline’s fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft,
currently providing around 2000 flights each week to 54 metropolitan and regional destinations
throughout Australia and to Papua New Guinea.

Another Germania photo

Germania in the rain today.VH-XWS.

A330 MRTT at BNE today

MRTT003 doing a taxy past the viewing area this morning prior to a heavy rain shower.This aircraft has spent many months at BNE being worked on.Notice the boom at the rear for this tanker.It should be off to France in the next week justlike the previous ones.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Germania F100 at BNE yesterday

VH-XWS at BNE yesterday.Another F100 for Alliance in Germania Colors.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Air India on Wednesday

VT-ALU 29SEP landing RWY 19 at BNE


New Virgin Blue 737-800 VH-VUX DJ 9080 arrived from NAN and LIH yesterday at 1640 hrs on delivery to BNE.Also yesterday was C208 caravan N747LE which arrived from NOU and Dornier 228 V7-0811 of Marshall Islands Airways(photo on this page).The caravan then flew onto Sunshine Coast.
Alliance charter flights yesterday with the Fokker 50's were BNE-Middlemount and BNE-Charleville.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Marshall Islands Dornier at BNE

V7-0811 arriving RWY 01 today.It is in the colours of GAM not Marshall island Airways.