Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Canadian Convair water bombers at BNE today

CRC 442 from Albury landing 19
Photo (Mick Raftery)
CRC 452 arriving BNE today from Albury.
Photo (Mick Raftery)

Today BNE had a visit from 2 rare Convair water bombers which have been based in Victoria for past 2-3 months for the fire season.This year thankfully they werent needed due to the wet conditions down there this summer.

P2-KDA at Archerfield earlier this week.
Photo Terry Magee

RP-C5998 at BNE earlier this week.
Photo (Terry Magee)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Smaller metal at BNE today

N36LG Global Express taxing to the GA terminal today at BNE.
C208 Caravan VH-LMZ of Seair of OOL at BNE today
PA-31 Navajo VH-PJU of Aircraft Solutions of Toowoomba today at YBBN
PC12 of Tom Browne Aviation of Dubbo taxying to the GA terminal.
Beech 200 Of EMS pty ltd of Toowoomba VH-HPP taxying for 19

BNE photos this afternoon.

VH-VUY 737-800 of Virgin Blue displaying AFL stickers .
V8-BLC 777-200 of Royal Brunei departing RWY 19 today
China Airlines of Taiwan A330-300 with 50 yrs titles .Ready to depart to AKL.
YJ-AV1 73H of Air Vanuatu arriving RWY 19 today
Air New Zealand 77W ZK-OKN departing 19 for AKL
Thai 777-200 HS-TJT landing RWY 19 today at YBBN

PT-PYV at OOL last week

Phenom 300 PT-PYV at OOL last week.The aircraft was a demonstrator and had visied MCY,BNE and OOL that week.
PHOTO Terry Magee

Saturday, March 19, 2011

EVA and Our Airline today

Our Airline 733 VH-INU now carries small Air Kiribati titles and logo on left side only.

Innaugral BNE-DPS non stop with STRATEGIC

VH-SSA operated VC226 AT 10AM today in wet conditions.
It will return tonight at 2345 as VC227 from Bali.
The service will operate twice weekly as well as a weekly BNE-TSV-DPS with a A320 service.
Well done Strategic.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Aeropelican VH-OTE J32 today
Sharp metro VH-UUB today at BNE.
REX saab VH-SBA in City of Wagga Wagga titles at BNE today
REX VH-ZRI was one of 3 charters today from Charleville

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

AirNiugini proposed changes to BNE

From 27 March 2011 Air Niugini will add a 14th flight to BNE with a new Friday F100 flight POM-BNE-POM arr 11am and dep at noon.
Unfortunately the beautiful 757 will be removed from their fleet and a 3rd 763 obtained from Iceland.It will be sad to see the 757 go.


Very recent OOL special movements

VH-ZPQ in new AFL logo jet livery(Terry)
N985FM at OOL(Terry Magee)
Lear 60 N355AP at OOL(Terry Magee)

Monday, March 7, 2011

More Qantaslink and another Q400 from April

Capacity Growth for QantasLink in Queensland

Brisbane, 07 March 2011

QantasLink today announced it would add approximately 5,000 seats across a range of Queensland regional routes, with the arrival of another new flagship Bombardier Q400 aircraft from 6 April 2011.

Over coming months, Barcaldine, Blackall, Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Longreach, Mackay, Moranbah, Rockhampton and Roma will all benefit from additional and upgraded services to and from Brisbane, with many flights operated by the 74-seat jet-like Q400s.

QantasLink Executive Manager, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the increase in capacity would support the recovery of many central, western and south east Queensland communities affected by the recent devastating floods.

"QantasLink operates to 21 destinations across Queensland, more than any other airline, and more than any other state across our network," Mr Kumar said.

"Regional Queensland has always been central to our operations and, following recent capacity increases for Barcaldine, Blackall, Horn Island and Weipa, we are ready to extend this across even more of our network, to meet travel demand from local communities and industries, including the resources sector."

The arrival of yet another new Q400 will see 12 of these 74-seat aircraft based in Queensland. With 10 other Dash 8 aircraft dedicated to Queensland flying, QantasLink's Queensland Dash 8 fleet will total 22.

Details of the additional seats and Brisbane return services per week (from 6 April):
* Bundaberg
Additional 384 seats per week (12 per cent growth). More than half of the 27 return services now be operated by Q400 aircraft
* Emerald
Additional 888 seats per week (22 per cent growth). Weekly return services to increase by six to 34 return flights, most operated by Q400 aircraft
* Gladstone
Additional 392 seats per week (six per cent growth). Weekly return services to increase by two to 46
* Hervey Bay
Additional 604 seats per week (30 per cent growth), with more services operated by Q400 aircraft
* Mackay
Additional 148 seats per week (four per cent growth). Weekly return services to increase by one to 25, all operated by Q400 aircraft
* MoranbahAdditional 868 seats per week (86 per cent growth). Weekly return services to increase by nine to 20, including a new early morning flight from Brisbane Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday allowing day return travel
* Rockhampton
Additional 880 seats per week (13 per cent growth). 47 return services per week, mainly operated by Q400 aircraft
* Roma
Additional 472 seats per week (29 per cent growth). Weekly return services to increase by five to 22 per week. Five of these will continue to extend to Charleville alongside two direct services to Charleville per week
Short term capacity upgrades using Q400 aircraft will also be provided for Longreach, Barcaldine and Blackall.

The major expansion of services linking Brisbane and Moranbah is in response to demand from the local coal and resources industries. Further expansion of Moranbah capacity, by upgrading more services to Q400 aircraft, will follow once the local airport upgrade is completed.

Mr Kumar said QantasLink, and the Qantas Group, had supported Queensland communities during the recent flood crisis as well as in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Yasi.

"Our customers and communities across Queensland are heavily reliant on air services, and this is particularly the case during times such as these," he said.

"We operated significant additional capacity to meet demand across a number of routes, supported the movement of emergency services personnel and supplies both into and within Queensland and have donated close to $1 million to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal."

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, the airline also launched its 54th, and first international, destination - Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea - in July 2010. Services linking Perth and Exmouth in Western Australia will also be added from 30 March.

QantasLink has invested more than $850 million in 28 new Q400 aircraft since 2006, with the current fleet of 22 to grow to 28 over the next 18 months. The airline's fleet also includes five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft, with a further two B717s recently announced.

QantasLink is also overseeing the operation of the Qantas Group's recently purchased Western Australian resources charter airline Network Aviation. Its fleet of eight aircraft is also set to grow, with the addition of a further 10 Fokker F100s.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5083)

Aeropelican,Sharp and Cathay Cargo today

Pacific Blue VH-VOQ today
Cathay Cargo 744F at BNE today B-LIB
SHARP metro VH-UUB at BNE today(Again apologies for photo quality)
Aeropelican J32 at BNE today.VH-OTF(Apologies for the picture standard)

Interesting movements last week at BNE

USAF KC10 83-0078 arrived on Monday and departed the next day.
Tuesday saw BBJ N835BA .Wednesday saw the first visit of j32 VH-OTD of Aeropelican.AMSA DO328 VH-PPJ operated BNE-RMA-BNE on Friday.

There were a few charters to Avalon for the airshow on Thursday and Friday with Alliance.On Thursday 2nd visit forB-6515 of China Southern.
N146EX Falcon 900EX was in on Thursday.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Aeropelican commenced flights yesterday

Innaugral flight from Narrabri was VH-OTP.This service will operate weekdays .
Welcome Aeropelican.

USAF KC10 at BNE yesterday

83-0078 Call sign Reach 088 arrived BNE yesterday afternoon.No other details are available.

Some fleet changes soon for BNE

China Southern will replace the A330-200 WITH 777-200ER's from end of March.Service remains 3 a week but a extra 24 seats per flight.B-2056 is painted in the Skyteam colours of interest.As previously mentioned Jetstar will add A321 routes to BNE from SYD,however now another 2 daily MEL-BNE flights will also be A321's from early April giving BNE 3 a day.