Saturday, April 30, 2011

Common User Terminal expansion completed

Brisbane’s Domestic Terminal gets a face-lift


Brisbane Airport’s upgraded and expanded Common User Satellite at the Domestic Terminal was officially opened today by Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer, Wayne Swan.

The expansion to the Common User Satellite (mainly used by Jetstar, Tiger Airways and regional airlines) has seen: an increase in the number of passenger gate lounges in this area from two to seven; two additional aircraft parking bays, bringing the total to seven; new food and beverage facilities close to the new passenger lounges; new modern and comfortable furniture in waiting areas; improved energy efficiency of the satellite building, and space for airline offices.

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe, said that the Common User Satellite upgrade was highly anticipated, and the first stage in an overall upgrade of the whole Domestic Terminal Precinct.

“With over 14 million passengers flying through the Domestic Terminal last year, in comparison to the 740,000 passengers flying through in 1988 when the terminal was first built, an expansion and upgrade has been much anticipated, and we are pleased to be able to deliver the first stage of the upgrade today with the Common User Satellite,” she said.

“Both Virgin and Qantas are also completing upgrades to their own sections of the terminal, and with a combined effort I believe we will be well-prepared to meet the demands of this future passenger growth. With growth continuing and 33 million domestic annual passengers forecast for 2029, it is necessary to expand in order to cater for demand,” she said.

Despite the tumultuous start to the year, Brisbane Airport managed to achieve growth in the domestic market with passengers up 5% over March.

Ms Alroe said the growth was encouraging considering the impact of the flood crisis.

“While the domestic market growth over the past couple of months has not been as substantial as July through December statistics, we are encouraged by the numbers which show the strength and resilience of Queensland as a region for tourism and business,” Ms Alroe said.

The next stages of the Domestic Terminal Upgrade will see a new multi-level car park open, upgrades to the Domestic Terminal road network, and an elevated walkway built over the roads, enabling people to walk from the car parks to the terminal without having to cross in front of vehicles.

Ms Alroe said BAC is building a new nine-level, 5,300 bay multi-level car park, which is due to be operational in the second half of 2011. Together with the existing multi-level car park, the new car park will bring the total number of bays at the Domestic Terminal to over 9,000.

“We want to make parking at the Domestic Terminal easier so the car park will be fitted with the latest smart parking technology, making it easy to find the closest available parking space, and will feature speed ramps to upper levels and connections to the existing car park,” she said.

Work has also started on the Domestic Terminal Access Project – an undercover elevated walkway that will connect from the new car park to the terminal face.

The elevated walkway will pass over the terminal road system and will include lifts, travelators and escalators to take patrons to ground immediately outside the Domestic Terminal. The walkway will also provide easy pedestrian access to Airtrain.

“The beauty of the elevated walkway design is that it will separate pedestrians from cars creating a safer passage for passengers, while also reducing traffic congestion on the terminal road system,” Ms Alroe said.

The elevated walkway is planned to open early 2012.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Aircruising Australia Dash 8 at BNE today

VH-QQA retuned from Maroomba Airlines of WA to QLD a few weeks back.It now has Bill Peach expeditions logo on tail and Aircruising Australia titles on the fuselage.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Yesterday at BNE

Air services Australia Flight training beech 350.This unit is BNE based and also has a B200 as well.
AAE doing a rare daylight flight with this 146-300F
VH-VWU A321 operating MEL-BNE
B-2058 at YBBN yesterday

Friday, April 15, 2011

Vincent Aviation new livery at BNE today

ZK-VAB of Vincent Aviation ex Macair arrived AKL-NLK-BNE today.It should depart to DRW tomorrow.Looking splendid in it's new livery.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

More flights starting next week

Thai will increase it's 5 times a week BKK-BNE-BKK to daily.This will commence from 19 april and means Tuesday and Thursdays will now be added to their departures out of here.Aircraft is showing 773 however a 772 may actually operate these services.There could easily be a mixture of equipment.

Virgin Blue(Pacific Blue) will increase BNE-Bali flights from 7 a week to 10 a week from next week.
New flights DJ 4196 arr BNE at 2330 on Mon,Tues,Thurs evenings from 19 april.New departures on Tues,wed,fri dep BNE at 1640 hrs.


BNE nearing 20 million

BAC figures released today show a considerable drop in international arrivals for March(No doubt attributed to the January floods and adverse information).Domestic grew and overall a reasonable 2.8% growth in pax numbers for March.
The year to year April 2010 to March 2011 now stands at 19,834,222 pax a record and slowly growing.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New services to start next week and new aircraft

Malaysia will commence their brand new A330-300's on KL-BNE from 20 april.I believe first new aircraft is 9M-MTA.
New seating and mood lighting are some of the features on the new aircraft.It will also sport their new livery.
The aircraft will be 283 seats and operate 5 times a week from next week.

Strategic will commence a new route Brisbane to Gladstone from this Monday 18 april with A320 equipment.2 services a day MON to FRI.Departing at 0610 and 1440 out of BNE.
VC 520 AND VC524 are the 2 departures with VC 521 and VC525 arr 0930 and 1740 accordingly.

Possible new ROUTE Dubbo-Brisbane

Growing support to launch interstate air service

The group behind plans for a Dubbo-based interstate air service says it has received the backing of a national airline to operate the flights.

The Dubbo City Development Corporation has held talks with a New South Wales company to run the air link to Brisbane and Melbourne.

The DCDC says a survey of communities including Orange, Molong, Forbes and Parkes also reveals strong support for the service.

The General Manager, Rorque Poisson, says getting the backing of local mines is vital.

"It's been suggested that I talk to the mining industry just to confirm their interest and availability in getting involved as stakeholders to underwrite the pilot," he said.

Mr Poisson says the service will need to be underwritten by mining companies so it is financially viable.

He says he is confident there will be a lot of demand from mining executives.

"It's a case of economics.

"If you're living in Orange, Molong, Parkes, Forbes etcetera and you're trying to get through to Melbourne it only makes sense to drive through to Dubbo.

"So we believe that they'll be tremendous amount of interest.

"We've really seen that just with the very last survey sample."

Could be REX or Eastern(Qantaslink) or Brindabella.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

BNE today Air China plus others

Air China B-2472 at BNE today.On a trade mission to Queenland.
Gulfstream B-8095 at BNE today.First visit.
Uty 894 VH-FKZ Fokker 50 Taxying out of GA today for a 2 day tour to Lake Eyre.
Linfox CRJ VH-LEF at BNE today

VH-XCK at OOL earlier this week

VH-XCK BELL 412EP at OOL.Previously VT-AZO it arrived ool mid jan.This aircraft was roaded to Caboolture on 7 april .It will be based with Careflight at Roma.
PHOTO Terry Magee

VH-YFC new 737-800 ON DELIVERY

Bluey 9080 arriving BNE earlier this week
PHOTO Mick Raftery.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Brisbane news-more flights from today.

Today Jetstar commenced A321 flights from Melbourne to Brisbane.Along with the daily Sydney flights Brisbane will now see up to 3 A321 flights a day.Jetstar have also increased their flights here with up to 27 arrivals a day.
Tiger Airways also upped the anty today with 7 flights a day both into and out of BNE.Qantaslink will increase their flights later in the week with a extra 18 arrivals and 18 departures a week through BNE.
Qantas commenced a twice weekly BNE-BME (Broome) flight today with VH-VXC operating the innaugral flight.QF 1030-QF1031 are the flight numbers.Qantas are also resuming some flights which were reduced over the summer holidays and the quieter months of February and March. BNE-SYD and BNE-MEL flights will be increased.
Pacific Blue are about to increase their BNE-DPS flights from 7 a week to 10 a week.
Also recently GAM have increased their BNE-CCA(Chinchilla) mining flights MON-FRI from 3 a day to up to 4-5 a day with their 2 Dornier 228's.


BNE today

B-2062 RWY 19 departure this morning.
Brisbane International mid morning today
VQ-BSP of Shell FA7X at BNE today
Falcon 50 N343PM at BNE GA apron today