Saturday, January 29, 2011

VH-VUY and Heavylift today at BNE

BNE movements today

Lynden Air Cargo N402LC operated BNE-NOU today after arriving from PNG the night before.
G550 N933H arrived tonight from Macau.
Beech 36 N336W arrived this arvo from NOU.
Virgin Blue logojet VH-VUY was in and out of BNE a few times today.Skytraders A319 VH-VHD arrived from DRW this arvo and continued to Sydney.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Heavylift 734F VH-JWL arrived BNE today

HVY001 from INU,HNL,MIA arrived BNE this afternoon.This is the first 734F in Australia.
Photo (Mick Raftery)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Malaysia new 333'S to BNE from MAY 15

Airbus as announced that Malaysia Airlines has placed an order for 17 new Airbus A330 aircraft, the order is made up of 15 Wide body A330-300 Wide body aircraft for use for passenger operations as well as 2 A330-200F to be used for freighter operations.

The aircraft will be configured in a two class configuration, will seat 283 passengers and will begin to be delivered from the first half of 2011.

Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 17 A330 widebody aircraft. The contract firms up a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding for 15 A330-300 passenger aircraft, plus an additional order for two A330-200F Freighters for operation by the carrier's subsidiary MASkargo. Deliveries of the passenger aircraft will begin in the first half of 2011, with the first freighter joining the MASkargo fleet later the same year.

Seating 283 passengers in a high comfort two class layout, the A330-300 will become the mainstay of the carrier's medium haul passenger fleet and will be used on services to destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to the Middle East. In the freight market, MASkargo will fly the aircraft on sectors of up to 3,200 nautical miles, with the capability to carry payloads of almost 70 tonnes.

Malaysia Airlines is a long-standing customer of Airbus and currently operates 14 A330s, comprising 11 A330-300s and three long range A330-200s. In addition to the latest A330 order, the carrier also has six A380s on firm order for future operation on its busiest long haul routes.

The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the various versions of the aircraft. More than 650 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with over 80 operators worldwide. The new A330-200F freighter variant is currently at an advanced stage of its certification process and is set to enter commercial service later this year.

MALAYSIAN will commence these new aircraft on the 5 times weekly KUL-BNE route from 15 may 2011.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

BNE today special movements

THAI brought in a old coloured 773 in today from Bangkok.
Virgin( Blue boy) in town today
Pacific Blue VH-VUM carrying new titles .
Cobham Perth based 146-300 VH-NJL at BNE today carrying relief workers to help out cleaning up after the Brisbane floods.
VP-CBH returning home after maintenance in Asia.
ATI 762F operated AKL-BNE-SYD today.Seen at BNE today.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Aeropelican to start BNE flights next month

Schedule below

It will be a J32 which will take 18 pax .This is great news for BNE and Narrabri.
2 new carriers so far.

19.77 million pax in 2010

BNE airport recorded this amount of pax in 2010 a 4.65% increase.The past 6 months of the year showed a growth rate of 7.2%.2010 was made up of 4,246,542 international pax and 15,512,765 domestic.Looking very much like the 20 million mark will be passed in the 2010-2011 financial year.

Sharp Airlines to Brisbane

Starting Monday 31 jan Sharp Airlines will start a weekly Essendon-Orange-Brisbane closed mining charter flight.Aircraft will be a Metroliner arriving BNE at 0900 hrs out at 10am.
Sharp will be a new airline for Brisbane.
Airlines that now operate mining charters through BNE airport include Alliance,Rex,Pelair,Skytrans,Hardy Aviation,Sharp,GAM,GWA,Central and Wagners.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Timor saab at BNE today

ZK-VAA formerly VH-UYN of Macair at BNE today bound for Timor.

A long way from home for this visitor

Britten Norman islander F-GDHD arrived from ISA yesterday.

DFW-BNE in 2011

Qantas will commence a 4 times weekly 747 service from 16 may 2011 SYD-DFW-BNE-SYD.This will test the range of the 744ER, therefore the need for a stopover in BNE as headwinds will be a big issue.
In regards to BNE QF008 will arr BNE at 0500 on Mon,wed,fri,sun.

Yearly movements totals till November 2010

From January to November BNE has recorded 172,230 movements with December expected to see another 16,000 making around 188,000 plus movements a new record.The figure for the calendar 2010 year should be confirmed in another 1month.
Year 2011 should see further increases as we near 200,000 movements.

Brisbane airport stays open

Well after the terrible floods of the past few days BNE airport stayed open.During this period BNE handled a record 630 movements on Wednesday (not official) due to the increased helicopter and light aircraft movements .Up to 10 helicopters were flying over the Brisbane river at any one time.January is usually the quietest month for aircraft movements.

Well done Brisbane Airport.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Virgin Blue orders 18 Turbo props

Virgin Blue group and Skywest entered into a 10 year deal to service regional Australia with Skywest operating 18 turbo props in Virgin Blue branding.They will operate to existing destinations and to new ports around Australia. SOURCE(ASX)

There has been much speculation on Aviation boards today that the aircraft are either Q400's or ATR-72's.We will have to await this announcement.
No doubt we will see these aircraft at BNE as numerous regional ports ex BNE only have one carrier presently and cry out for competition.BNE is of course Virgin Blue's head office port.
We await with anticipation.

OOL airport photos

Phenom VH-PNM at OOL about to land (photo Terry M)
VH-EBJ at ool earlier this month.First visit in Jetstar colors as it was originally in Qantas livery.
Photo Terry M

Monday, January 3, 2011

China Airlines commences BNE-AKL

Yesterday 2 Jan China Airlines entered the Trans-Tasman market by commencing BNE-AKL flights 3 times a week.CAL 053 BNE-AKL and CAL 054 AKL-BNE.Aircraft are A330-300'S with B-18317 operating the inaugral flight.Previously the China Airlines flights terminated in BNE.

Special movements due to floods in Sth QLD

In past week there has been lot's of flooding in ROK(Rockhampton)EMD(Emerald)BDB(Bundaberg) and a further 19 towns across the state.
ROK airport is now closed to air traffic .In the past few days Skytrans have operated up to 6 departures a day from BNE to ROK, before it was closed, EMD ,Blackwater.Some flights were for evacuations and some for bringing in provisions.
Today we have a ATLAS 744F N492MC operating between BNE and CNS in support of provisions for these floods which are amongst the worst ever seen.N492MC is expected to operate 3 flights today and again tomorrow.
GAM DO228 has also operated at least one flight to Blackwater.GWA Navajo's have also been doing flood flights as well out of BNE.