Saturday, February 26, 2011

Photos at YBBN yesterday Friday

G-STRX Yesterday landing at BNE
AFL logo jet for Virgin Blue
Tiger VH-VNO at YBBN
HS-TKC 777-300 THAI
Maroomba dash 8-100 VH-QQE

Special movements at BNE this week

This week saw new Biz VH-URR a Challenger 604 .Also American Global Express N324SM and Falcon 900 N960SF and ERJ 135 N580ML.
Sunday saw Korean bring in a new 332 HL-8227 from SEL.
New Virgin Blue E-190 VH-ZPQ arrived on Tuesday on delivery.
Special and star visitor this week was Astreus 757-200 G-STRX in Iron Maiden colours which arrived yesterday.
At the GA apron yesterday was Maroomba Dash 8-100 VH-QQE .French B300 F-GICA was in from NOU yesterday and out to CNS.
The earthquake in CHC brought us two relief RAAF C17'S .A41-208 Was in Wednesday and A41-206 was in Thursday.
A quite interesting and busy week for BNE.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BNE biz today

N324SM Global Express at BNE today
New CL604 VH-URR at YBBN today.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Strategic to Gladstone

BNE based airline Strategic Airlines will commence twice daily MON-FRI flights from BNE to GLT from 18 april.Services will depart BNE at 0610 and 1445 from Mondays to Fridays to cater for the growing population and workforce required for the massive LNG plants which are being built in Gladstone.A320 aircraft will give GLT a jet service to compete against Qantaslink Q400'S .

Aircraft changes at BNE for the NS 2011 season

Jetstar will be finally adding a daily A321 service into BNE from beginning of April with the 1525 arrival daily from SYD and departing back at 1605 will be a A321 service.

Qantas will also from 30 may 2011 operate a domestic A330-200 Service PER-BNE-PER Dly flight arriving at 1350 and departing back to PER at 1450.

This is great news as both these airlines have not operated these aircraft into BNE on regular scheduled domestic flights before.

Gold Coast movements last week

9M-XXH today at OOL
TOLL metro on close right base at OOL for RWY 14
AIR NORTH E-170 VH-ANV on short finals for RWY 14
9M-XXD landing RWY 14
AIR ASIA X 9M-XXD departing RWY 32 at OOL
All the photos were taken from my apartment balcony
VH-VWU on short finals RWY 14

Saturday, February 12, 2011

BNE aircraft this week and next.

This past week we have had a first visit by DHL coloured 757-200F G-BMRJ.
First visit of GLEX VH-FMG a new addition to the Australian register.N712KT a G550.RAAF C130J A97-467 .Atlas 744F N499MC.

Next week are expecting Emirates Sky Cargo 744F N415MC.

This site will be closed till Tuesday 22nd Feb as i am away on HOLS.


This Falcon 2000 arrived at 10am today at Gold Coast airport.M-SNER looked splendid in it's beautiful livery.This aircraft will be hangared at OOL
PHOTO Terry Magee

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


BNE airport handled 19,747,462 pax in 2010 a RECORD
BNE airport handled 188,309 movements (unofficial) most likely 188,500 when official figures are out in 3 months time.Also a RECORD.

TIGER starts new routes out of Brisbane

Brisbane set to soar in February 2011


  • Travel between Brisbane and Sydney has never been easier or more affordable – thanks to Tiger Airways’ three x daily return services commencing from 07 February 2011, providing close to 400,000 additional visitor seats through Brisbane airport annually!
  • Fares on sale now from just $35.00* one way!! (
  • Tiger Airways also launches new Brisbane - Melbourne (Avalon Airport) services tomorrow! Fares on the new Brisbane – Melbourne (Avalon Airport) are on sale now from $35.00*! (These are in addition to existing daily Brisbane – Melbourne Airport Tullamarine services).
  • Tiger Airways soon to commence new Sydney – Sunshine Coast daily services commencing 27 March 2011 – also on sale now from $38.95*.
  • With the commencement of new services, Tiger Airways will be providing close to one million visitor seats through Brisbane Airport annually!

Monday 07 February 2011: Tiger Airways is celebrating a number of significant milestones with three new daily return flights between Brisbane and Sydney commencing today ahead of new regular services between Brisbane and Melbourne (Avalon Airport) commencing tomorrow (08 February 2011) and new daily flights between Sydney and Sunshine Coast launching on 27 March 2011.

To mark the celebration of new services launching today between Brisbane and Sydney, Tiger Airways Australia's Managing Director, Crawford Rix, will be welcomed by Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe, as the inaugural mid-morning Sydney - Brisbane - Sydney flight arrives at Brisbane Airport at around 11:10am and departs for Sydney at around 11:40am. (See media event details below).

Domestic travel to and from Queensland’s capital city is set to get a whole lot more convenient and affordable with the launch of an early morning, mid morning and afternoon/evening flight every day linking Brisbane with Sydney – the second busiest route in Australia and one of the busiest routes in the world.

Tiger Airways’ Australia’s Managing Director, Crawford Rix, says “This is indeed great news for all Brisbanites. Tiger has recently committed to increasing flights across Australia by around 20% in the coming year and we are delighted that Queensland’s capital city is first to benefit from our expanding services in 2011.

"The new Brisbane - Sydney route adds more choice and convenience for travelers but it also signifies a tremendous boost in air travel for Queensland at a time when it's needed most. Today’s news goes to show that if you provide the opportunities for people to travel by air to Australia’s sunshine state for the cost of a carton of beer, they'll snap up the airfares, in turn, providing more jobs and low fares for everyone," Mr. Rix said.

Mr Rix adds that “it’s an exciting time for the airline - not only is Tiger Airways launching new services between Brisbane and Sydney today, tomorrow we commence new regular services between Brisbane and Melbourne (Avalon Airport) and next month, we start up new services on the nation’s ninth busiest route between Sydney and Sunshine Coast.

“With Tiger Airways, domestic air travel has never been more affordable – so jump online today to snap up airfares from Brisbane to Sydney; Brisbane to Melbourne (Avalon Airport) and Sydney – Sunshine Coast – all from under $40.00,*” Mr Rix urges.

The secret to securing the cheapest flight deals with Tiger Airways is to book early to fly cheaper. For information and booking details, visit

Key facts:

  • Tiger Airways is Australia’s fastest growing and newest major domestic airline, with 10 aircraft currently operating – and more on their way in 2011! Aircraft 11 due to arrive in April 2011.
  • Tiger Airways operates the newest fleet of aircraft in Australia.
  • Since Tiger Airways commenced operations in Australia in November 2007, the airline has carried well over 6.5 million passengers around Australia.
  • Tiger Airways’ network currently spans every state, territory and major city in Australia with 21 different low fare routes currently on sale.
  • Tiger Airways operates out of three bases – Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine); Melbourne (Avalon Airport) and Adelaide Airport. Tiger Airways is currently scoping out locations for a fourth Australian base – to be announced in due course.
  • Tiger Airways new season flight schedule (for period from 27 March – 29 October 2011) provides more than 500,000 visitor seats through Brisbane Airport.
  • With the addition of the new Brisbane – Sydney and Brisbane - Melbourne (Avalon Airport) routes, Tiger Airways will provide around one million visitor seats through Brisbane Airport annually.


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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Gold Coast special movements 4 feb 2011

N993SC B200 Kingair operated ASP-OOL-LHI
Photo Terry Magee
Lear 60 N355AP on short finals RWY 32 at OOL
Photo Terry Magee
Phenom VH-YYT at OOL 4 feb Photo Terry Magee

Aeropelican route proving flight today

VH-OTP operated Narrabri-BNE today.

QANTAS VH-OEB in Formula 1 scheme

Photos of VH-OEB taking off to LAX today off RWY 01 in tropical midday heat.

Garuda looking at possible OOL flights

Article below advises Garuda looking at Gold Coast flights this year.

INDONESIA'S national carrier, Garuda, will join other airlines in ramping up flights to Australia during the next six months.

Virgin Blue's subsidiary, Pacific Blue, and Qantas and its offshoot, Jetstar, have increased capacity to Indonesia to cater for stronger holiday demand and Strategic Airlines, based in Brisbane, has boosted flights to Bali.

Garuda will increase flights between Melbourne and Jakarta by the middle of the year and is considering starting services to the Gold Coast. Some of the A330s the full-service airline will take delivery of this year will fly to Australia.
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The chief executive, Emirsyah Satar, said he was more focused on increasing capacity between Australia and Indonesia than opening new routes but was interested in starting services to the Gold Coast.

The Indonesian route has become increasingly dominated by low-cost airlines such as Jetstar and Pacific Blue but Mr Satar said he believed the market was big enough to offer growth for full-service carriers. Garuda forecasts annual passenger growth for the Australia-Indonesia market of 5 to 8 per cent.

Garuda flights between Melbourne and Jakarta will increase from three to seven a week. It also has daily services between Bali and Melbourne, daily flights from Sydney to Jakarta and Bali and three flights a day between Perth and Bali.

Although routes to Indonesia have historically been dominated by leisure travellers, Mr Satar said the airline had noticed a rise in business traffic to Jakarta in recent years.

Mr Satar, who was appointed in 2005 to turn around the trouble-prone airline, said the strength of the Australian dollar had partly increased demand but he believed Indonesia had become a more attractive destination for Australians.

Last month the airline raised 4.8 trillion rupiah ($527 million) to help pay for new aircraft. It plans to increase its fleet from 87 to 153.

Mr Satar said Garuda faced challenges in convincing Australians to fly with his airline because of its poor safety record. ''[But] more and more the market is seeing that Garuda has improved,'' he said.

Garuda resumed flights to Europe in June after the European Union relaxed a ban on Indonesian airlines imposed six years ago after a series of fatal crashes. In 2007 a Garuda passenger jet crashed at Yogyakarta airport, killing 21 people, including five Australians.

Virgin Blue new delivery yesterday

VH-VUZ on delivery at BNE yesterday
PHOTO Mick Raftery.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Some CNS AND TSV aircraft at BNE yesterday

Alliance F100 VH-XWQ was one of 5 F100's moved to BNE to avoid the cyclone.
Townsville based B1900D of Westwing VH-XDY was moved to BNE
The RAAF used 2 C17's and 2 C130's to evacuate Cairns hospital patients.
4 CNS based Skytrans Dash 8's on taxyway Papa.
AAE VH-XMO normally terminates in CNS

Diversions and Evacuations to BNE

Due to cyclone Yasi which approached the Cairns and Townsville cities caused numerous evacuation flights on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

List of flight evacuations to BNE from 1600 hrs yesterday to 0900 am today around 40 flights
JQ 7105 hti 1610 VH-VQQ
DJ 8500 HTI 1627 VH-???
VH-PPV CNS 1740 DO 328
QQ 991 TSV 1825 VH-XWN
DJ 8118 PPP 1930 VH-VUA
QF 1343 CNS 2050 VH-TJF
QQ 993 CNS 2045 VH-XWQ
QQ 994 TSV 2210 VH-XWM
QF 1341 CNS 2150 VH-VYD
REX 9928 TSV 2210 VH-ZLC SF340
QQ 992 TSV 2300 VH-FWH
QF6705 CNS,MKY D8 2300 VH-SBV
JQ 7107 CNS 2327 VH-VGY
QF 2595 CNS 0005 VH-SBG
SKP 1040 CNS 0015 D8 VH-QQJ
SKP 1044 CNS 0050 D8 VH-???
QF 2594 CNS 0005 Q400 VH-???
QF 8401 TSV 0025 738 VH-VYK
QF 8403 CNS 0040 738 VH-VXC
QF 8405 CNS 0050 738 VH-VXM
SKP 1048 CNS 0110 D8 VH-QQL
DJ 8798 CNS 0115 738 VH-VUA
VC 2003 TSV 0120 320 VH-YQB
SKP 1046 CNS 0130 D8 VH-QQK
QQ 727 TSV 0200 100 VH-FKA
TROJAN 56 CNS 0240 C130
SKP 1042 CNS 0400 D8 VH-???
TROJAN 001 CNS 0300 C130 A97-468
JQ 7115 CNS 0300 320 VH-VGZ
JQ 7111 CNS 0230 320 VH-VQM
QF 8407 CNS 0400 ????????????????
STAL 53 CNS 0745 C17 A41-207
STAL 54 CNS 0820 C17 A41-206
Westwing B1900 VH-XDY
As well as that SGY the Qld Govt jet made 2 flights to BNE from Nth Qld .
This list is subj to some errors

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sharp Airlines commenced BNE mining charters

Yesterday VH-??? Metroliner operated MEB-Orange-BNE as SH477 arr at 0955 and departing at 1055 back to Orange.Aircraft parked at the common user terminal.With Aeropelican starting later this month the common user terminal will handle Tiger,Jetstar,Pelair(Rex),Skytrans,Aeropelican,Sharp,Alliance,Strategic and occasionally Our Airline charters.So up to 9 airlines use the common user facility at BNE along with Qantas,Qantaslink,Brindabella,Virgin Blue and Pacific Blue use the remainder of the domestic terminal. At both ends of the main terminal Toll(Virgin Blue end) and Australia Air Express (Qantas end)freighters park at the stand off bays.