Friday, April 20, 2012


It is with great sympathy that i will be closing this blog down .

At this stage i may restart a new one at some later stage however if i do, it will be only for BNE movements only, not SE QLD.

I am currently on many other aviation groups as a member and things have been getting quite difficult lately in that regard.
I plan to reduce these boards down from 7 or 8 to just a few, over the next week or so.

Again many thanks to Mike who originally set up this blog and to all the contributors such as Terry,Francis,Bert etc.

To the people who know me personally i feel i need a break away from Aviation for at least a month or 2. I have been following aircraft for the past 53 years from the age of 5. I have 2 big overseas hols coming up in September and October-November which hopefully will push me back into doing a blog again.

Cheers to you all for now.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Massive intrastate growth out of BNE

Thanks to BAC

Qld intrastate travel booming


Brisbane Airport’s recent passenger figures indicate intrastate travel between Brisbane and regional Queensland is growing at more than double the rate of interstate travel.

So significant is the growth that once popular interstate routes are being pushed out of Brisbane’s top 20 city pairs.

Launceston and Hobart have dropped out of the top 20 to make way for Moranbah and Roma, with Gladstone and Emerald also moving up the rankings.

The fastest growing intrastate routes in passenger volume terms for Brisbane Airport include Gladstone, Mackay, Moranbah, Cairns, Emerald, Roma, Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine), Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and Townsville.

Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said after Sydney, Brisbane has the next best domestic network of all Australian airports in terms of the number of destinations offered.

“Brisbane Airport currently has 44 domestic destinations in its network, 25 of which are Queensland towns or cities,” she said.

With over 1,300 flights and almost 140,000 seats to and from intrastate destinations each week on average, Brisbane Airport continues to play an important role in keeping the State connected.

“In the last 12 months we’ve seen 22 per cent growth in flights and 20 per cent growth in seats offered to and from intrastate destinations and we expect this trend to continue,” she said.

As well as keeping regional communities connected to the capital city, Brisbane Airport’s extensive intrastate network also helps take international visitors in Brisbane to regional destinations.

The International Visitor Survey conducted by Tourism Research Australia noted that last calendar year 42 percent of all international visitors to Queensland’s tourism regions entered Australia at Brisbane Airport.

“Brisbane Airport is the front-door to Queensland for many international visitors.

“This is why BAC’s commitment to investing in development including upgrading existing airport infrastructure and building for the future is so important for Queensland as a whole,” Ms Alroe said.

In March, total passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport increased by 7.9 per cent, with an additional 127,000 travellers through the Domestic and International Terminals compared to the same time last year.

Separately, international passengers increased by 11.1 per cent year-on-year, with domestic traffic up 7.1 per cent for the same period.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DID YBBN reach 21 million pax

BAC last year announced that just under 20.6 million pax passed through it's terminals.Well so far this year the first quarter has seen a 9% growth in pax over 2011 figures for the corresponing 3 months.
JAN 2011 1,582,903
FEB 2011 1,413,900
MAR 2011 1,593,252

or a total of 4,593,055

So far in 2012 those months are

or a total of 5,006,667 which is a extra 413,612 pax for the March quarter this year so adding this to the 20.6 million pax in 2012 and you get around 21 million pax for the 12 months from April 2011 to March 2012.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

BNE today

VH-YVC of Virgin Australia rolling on RWY 19.
Red Nosed VH-VUF
ZK-PBJ the first Pacific Blue NZ registered aircraft in the new Virgin livery.
The aircraft returned to the gate.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

OOL the past week.

G5 N780W (530) at OOL 12 April

Cirrus SR22GTS N424AB (1914) at the GA apron.
Baron N8103U arr OOL 11 April.
3 Interesting movements at OOL this past week.
Thanks to Terry Magee for the photos.

Toowoomba on Friday

TWB is a thriving airport for Queensland's resources boom and several carriers operate daily B200-B300 or PA-31 flights to the Roma area or up to CQ Mines.It is definitely well situated to meet the needs of the FIFO industry of Toowoomba.

Sister ship VH-HPP of Easternwells.
photo F.Nickelson

Easternwells Group B200 VH-EWG at TWB
photo F.Nickelson

BNE-Moranbah route expansion over recent times

Last week this busy RPT and Fifo route had 43 flights each way.This is a new record as 40 has been the norm recently.The route operates mainly dash 8-200 or 300 aircraft and has had a massive expansion over the past 1-2 years.
Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri had 7 departures each way with Thursday 9,Sat and Sun 3 each.

Qantaslink appear to be the only player on this route currently.It will be very interesting to see how many flights will operate by this year's end.

BNE past few days.

On friday both Hi Fly 340's CS-TQL and CS-TQM were together at BNE.
CS-TQM had arrived early FRI from MNL.CS-TQL left later in the day direct to Sharjah.
G550 ZK-KFB arrived from SYD.
Global N50XC departed also on Friday to whereabouts unknown.

Yesterday Air Tractor VH-FFU arrived from Victoria and today departed to NLK as it heads across the pacific.
Qantaslink(Cobham) changed their 717 yesterday with VH-NXQ arriving from ASP.
Also Phenom 300 PT-TRT made a brief visit on the way to Port Moresby .


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More movements from today.

Skytrans Dash 8-100 departing 19

Metroliner VH-UZS taxying to the GA.

VH-VGA A320 landing 19.

A321 VH-VWX departing 19

Virgin new colours 737-800

Alliance Fokker 70 departing 19

Busy BNE this morning

N50XC today at BNE.

TOLL ATR-42F now in new colours.

VH-HJH PA-31 from Coffs .



VH-FVM ATR 72 landing 19

B717-200 VH-NXN

TF-FIC B757-200 landing 19

Virgin Australia 777-300 departing RWY 19

BNE was a hive of movements from PA-31's to 747's here is a selection of some of those above.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Past few days at BNE

Over the Easter weekend we had some movements by the USN with C-40A 166694 operating BNE-Pearce and return and then departed to PPG yesterday.
On Easter Saturday C130 164998 arrived from Pearce and departed the next day to PPG.

Alliance had Fokker 50 VH-FKW arrive last night and depart today as part of a tour to Central Australia.

Australian Biz VH-LAW and MBP spent Easter at BNE.
Today we are expecting Global 5000 M-ATAR to make it's first visit to YBBN.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

BNE airport is NO 1 again in customer service.

BNE ranked No.1 for customer service for 8th year by ACCC


Brisbane Airport retained its first place ranking as Australia’s Best Airport for Quality of Service for the eighth consecutive year in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) 2010-11 Airport Monitoring Report.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) also welcomes today’s Productivity Commission (PC) Report into the Economic Regulation of Airport Services which broadly accepts that the current system of regulation for airports should be maintained, as well as the Government’s positive response to the findings.

BAC CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said since privatisation the regulatory environment had undergone significant change.

“The growth of Brisbane Airport, and the significant investment in it over recent years, is a direct result of the regulatory pricing regime originally proposed by the PC in 2002.

“The recent PC findings support the view that the current regulatory environment and dual-till approach to price monitoring allows for stable, long-term investment in critical airport infrastructure to deliver improved facilities and meet growing demand.

“We welcome the Government’s recommendation that there be no change to the current regulatory environment.

“Findings from the ACCC’s annual Airport Monitoring Report also reinforce this position,” she said.

The results from the report focus on quality of service relating to the supply of aeronautical services and facilities at Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airports, as well as aeronautical prices, costs and profits.

Brisbane Airport achieved:

• the highest overall rating for quality of service for the eighth consecutive year;

• a rating of first out of five airports for quality of service by passengers for three consecutive years;

• a rating of first out of five airports for airport services and facilities by airlines; and

• the highest rating for airport services and facilities by border agencies.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said BAC was pleased to rank so highly year after year.

“At Brisbane Airport we are constantly striving to achieve our vision to be world-best for passengers, airlines, business and the community, which means we’re on a never-ending quest to find ways to do things better.

‘I give credit to the thousands of workers on airport who have given the airport an international reputation for quality facilities, efficient operations and customer-friendliness,” Ms Alroe said.

Since privatisation in 1997, BAC has invested approximately $1.5 billion in upgrading airport facilities and building new infrastructure, with an additional $2.4 billion forecast for investment over the next decade.

Recent infrastructure projects such as the $250 million Domestic Terminal upgrade included expansion to the Domestic Terminal Common User Satellite, a new nine-level under cover car park and Skywalk to and from the terminal face, as well as upgrades to the Domestic Terminal road network.

The Domestic Terminal Upgrade Project follows the completion of Brisbane Airport’s Moreton Drive in 2009. This four and a half kilometre, multi-lane road was fully funded by BAC as part of an ambitious $4.2 billion infrastructure program.

BAC has also commenced preparations for the construction of a new parallel runway. The $1.3 billion project, due for completion in 2020, will be the first privately funded new runway in the world.

Source BAC


Skytrans TWB-SYD

Skytrans will commence services from SE QLD'S largest inland city of Toowoomba.

Schedules below.

TWB-SYD will start 02JUL. Ops by DH3.

TWB/SYD 07:15L/09:30L Q60014 Mon/Wed/Thu
SYD/TWB 10:15L/12:30L Q60015 Mon/Wed/Thu

TWB/SYD 13:45L/16:00L Q60016 Tue/Wed/Fri
SYD/TWB 16:45L/19:00L Q60017 Tue/Wed/Fri

Operated by a Dash 8-300.

Etihad daily within 12 months

Part of the extract.

The carrier has already flagged it will step up frequencies to Brisbane from three times weekly to daily in the next 12 months with Perth expected to be added within two years.
Hogan said revenue targets and budgets were hit in the first quarter despite challenging global conditions. But while load factors hit record highs, he warned that yields remain a challenge, particularly in premium cabins.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gulfstream from last week

Photo D.Wilson.
N505D was in last Thursday at BNE.

BNE the past few days

The past few days have brought YBBN a few special movements.
On Monday N788LS a 737-300 cn 24220/1602 operated SIN-DRW-BNE.
Yesterday Tuesday USN 166694 cn 40573 a C-40A arrived as Convoy 4747 .
Today we are expecting local Challenger VH-VLC which is very rare in SE QLD skies.
G5 N3050 also landed yesterday.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Clear view from Loop Rd to the domestic again

View to the domestic terminal and Apron from our viewing area.

Over the past year sand piles have resulted, as works for the domestic apron expansion and the new link taxyway for the new runway continued.Over the past week most of this has now been flattened and views from our viewing deck to the domestic terminal apron are now unhindered.
The area to the east of this still blocks the view of aircraft coming up from the international and at the holding point for 01 however over time this also should be cleared.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

BNE this morning-some foreign Biz+others

C-GOAG Falcon 900 at BNE GA apron today.
2 Canadian Biz side by side.

C-GCUL Cit 750 at BNE GA apron today

JetGo ERJ-135 is back in BNE again.

Citation VH-MXD at BNE today.

Eclipse 500 N580WC normally based at Archerfield was at BNE today

Sunday, March 25, 2012

SWISS Global at BNE

HB-JGH cn 9320 at BNE this morning.The aircraft arrived late yesterday afternoon from whereabouts unknown.

Friday, March 23, 2012

BNE this am

TF-FIC operating it's first flight to Australia for Air Niugini today.

V Australia 77W now wearing Virgin Australia titles .

Unidentified B200 at BNE GA apron today

King AIR VH-ZMW at the GA apron today

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More pax growth for BNE last month

BNE airport had a 8.2% pax growth in Feb 2012 .Of course there is a extra day this year being a leap year.This however is still good.

INT 318,776 up 6.3 %

DOM 1,209,167 up 8.6%

Domestic on Carriage Transits 1,805

TOTAL 1,529,748.

Source BAC.

More pax growth for BNE last month

Monday, March 19, 2012

Russian Beauty at BNE this morning.

IL-76 RA- 76952 at BNE today .This Russian Classic arrived from NRT just after 0800 local.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Islander at Archerfield

Par Avion Islander VH-RQW at Archerfield this morning.
Photo Francis Nickelson.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

JetGo ERJ 135 at BNE yesterday

Looking splendid in the wet conditions.

VH-JTG arrived MCY on Tuesday evening and then flew to YBBN on Wednesday morning.

The aircraft flew Langkawi-DPS-DRW a few days earlier.

Photos above.

Bizjets galore at OOL

Citation 560 VH-WFE at OOL (0335)
(0521) Citation 525 VH-YNE
Caitation 525 VH-TFW (0442)
Challenger N605PS
All photos by Terry and all taken in past day or 2.