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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Qantas 767 Tail Strike

Qantas B767-300

A Qantas Boeing 767-336 VH-ZXF operating QF 545 from Brisbane to Sydney made an emergency landing back into Brisbane 19 minutes after departure due to the tail striking the runway on rotation. The aircraft made a safe landing onto runway 01.

Record movements

YBBN (Brisbane Airport) had approx 714 movements on Tuesday, due to BNE delays the days prior through wild weather, and a combination of flood relief flights to towns nearby. Today also from 0001 to 1159 a new record of 308 movements

Air Niugini B738 P2-PXC Delay

Air Niugini's new Boeing 737-800 P2-PXC which made its first visit last night into BNE has had engineering problems. Its departure back to POM has been delayed till 1400 today. In addition Fokker 100 P2-ANH (in new colours) will land from POM at approx 1215 as PX 4003 to pick up the stranded passengers. Not a good start for PXC.

Two RAAF A330-203 MRTTs at BNE

Two RAAF Airbus A330-203 MRTT (KC-30A) aircaft arrived BNE this morning from Amberley. Regos were A39-002 "ASY 408" and A39-005 "ASY 407". Both aircraft are parked at the International Terminal and will depart shortly.

OOL Diversions Today

Two Jetstar A330s have just landed BNE due to low cloud over their destination Gold Coast (YBCG/OOL). The first one was VH-EBB operating JST 12 from Tokyo and VH-EBE operating JST 20 from Osaka. VH-EBB should depart at 0830 for OOL as JST 7991 and VH-EBE should leave at 1100 direct to Tokyo as JST 7993.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Air Niugini B737-86Q P2-PXC

Air Niugini's new Boeing 737-800 P2-PXC cn 30290 is making its first visit to BNE today operating PX 25 from Port Moresby. The aircraft was delivered to POM on 21/12/12.

China Southern Skyteam livery

The Inaugural CSN 335 service CAN - BNE - CNS flight has arrived into Brisbane and is operated by A330-223 B-6528 in full Skyteam Alliance livery.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N404LC

Lynden Air Cargo (USA) Lockheed L-382G (C-130) N404LC cn 4763 arrived tonight from Cairns (CNS) using callsign "Lynden 451".

Extra International services commence tomorrow

Reminder China Southern operate daily for the next month commencing tomorrow with the new services operating on Wed,Fri and Sundays .Arr BNE at 0755 from CAN and then depart at 0930 to CNS and CAN. CZ335 and 336 are the flight numbers. CZ381 and 382 will continue to operate the other days with 333 equipment.

ALSO commencing a daily rotation this Sun is Etihad which will add a extra 4 flights a week on Tue,Wed,Fri and Sundays.This is a permanent increase and will still operate via SIN in both directions with 332 equipment.

Bundaberg Airlift

Due to rising flood waters in Bundaberg from ex tropical cyclone Oswald, the main hospital in Bundaberg is in threat of going under from the rising Burnett River. As a result a massive airlift has commenced involving the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Careflight to evacuate patients to hospitals in Brisbane. Pictured below is the RAAF C-130J Hercules used on the flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg today.

Lockheed C-130J Hercules A97-448

China Airlines Skyteam livery

China Airlines today was operated by Airbus A330-302 B-18311 cn 752 wearing the Skyteam Alliance scheme. The aircraft operated CAL 053/054 TPE - BNE - AKL - BNE - TPE.

Monday, January 28, 2013

BNE Pax figures for 2012

International Terminal interior

The following info is from BAC

Brisbane Airport acheived a record 21.5 million passengers in 2012. This was an increase of 4.5 percent over 2011. Domestic travellers grew by 5 percent and International by 1.4 percent.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said, “Brisbane Airport’s 2012 passenger figures are very pleasing given it was another challenging year for the industry both nationally and globally.

Temp closure of Acacia Street Viewing Area

The Acacia Street Spotting Area

The following info is from BAC

"Update as at 12:30pm Monday 28/1/13: the 'Plane Spotters' area at Acacia Street at Brisbane Airport is currently closed due to trees across the road. It is unlikely the debris will be cleared until tomorrow."

Intl Diversions from Coolangatta

Today saw two International diversions from Coolangatta Airport (YBCG) the first Jetstar 12D A330-200 VH-EBF arrived from Tokyo Narita at 2330 due to curfew and Scoot B777-200 9V-OTC SCO6 arrived at 0948 after making a missed approach into YBCG. 9V-OTC is due to depart direct to SIN at 1610 and VH-EBF departed to OOL.

Air Panama Fokker 70 HP-1732PST

Photo by Lloyd

Air Panama Fokker 70 HP-1732PST cn 11545 arrived Brisbane at 2308 last night from Kupang WATT on delivery to Alliance. This is Alliance's fifth Fokker 70.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Brisbane Extreme Weather

Brisbane Airport is currently experiencing extreme weather due to ex-tropical cyclone Oswald. Below is a copy of the current weather conditions at the field.

Brisbane Airport current ATIS:

QNH 1001

Maroochydore Airport (YBSU) north of Brisbane remains closed since 0845 this morning. There have been some diversions from Coolangatta (YBCG) however the airport remains open.

Brisbane Airport still remains open at this time. Travellers should check with their airline for possible delays or cancellations.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Australia Day Fly-over

To celebrate Australia Day 2013 26/1/13 the Royal Australian Air Force will once again fly over the city with 3 x F/A-18F Super Hornets at approximately 12pm for a short flying display.

The Fly-over is weather pending!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Virgin ATR-72-600 VH-FVQ

Virgin Australia/Skywest ATR-72-600 VH-FVQ named "Christies Beach" arrived from Perth via Kalgoorlie as VOZ 926A. The aircraft was delivered to Skywest on 3/12/12. 1st visit to BNE

Etihad A330-200 Manchester City FC

Etihad Airways A330-243 A6-EYE in "Manchester City FC" special scheme is operating todays ETD 470/473 flight Singapore - Brisbane - Singapore

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Embraer Legacy 600 N818HR

Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 N818HR cn 14501105 arrived Brisbane from Majuro PKMJ and continued to Melbourne Essendon.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Antonov Design Bureau Antonov 124 UR-82009

Antonov Design Bureau Antonov 124 UR-82009 arrived from U-Tapao Intl Thailand.

Corporate Air Metro VH-VEK

Gulfstream 550 N661CP

Gulfstream 550 N661CP cn 5104 arrived. Owned by ConocoPhillips.

Falcon 2000LX VH-WIO

Photo by Lloyd

Falcon 2000LX VH-WIO cn183 made a rare appearance at BNE today operating Bankstown - Brisbane - Hamilton Island. Delivered Sep 2010.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Advance Airlines B200 at BNE today

VH-WJK B200 serial no BB-1083 arrived at BNE at 0650 today from MCY.This aircraft is based in Emerald and is available for both FIFO and Charter.Advance received the B200 King Air back on 28 th May 2012.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Carpatair Fokker 70 YR-KMB

Fokker 70 YR-KMB of Carpatair arrived into BNE from Darwin via Townsville on delivery to Alliance.

Air Vanuatu back in service.

YJ-AV1 operated AVN 0 at 0240 am from YBBN to Port Vila this morning, so it appears as VH-FWI will no longer be required.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Global Express M-ATAR

Global Express M-ATAR cn 9060 operated OOL - BNE - PPT tonight.

File Photo M-ATAR at OOL

Citation 550 P2-EUV

Cessna Citation 550 P2-EUV cn550-0241 landed from Cairns. 1st visit.

IS JAL coming BACK ??

When JAL pulled out in 2010 they stated to BAC, that when they returned to prosperity, they planned to return to our skies.In 2010 the Japanese government told them to get rid of their old 747's and A300's and because of this the BNE ROUTE  767's would be needed on those routes which supported the 747's and A300's.

Well the nearest thing we have heard since then was a article in the Gold Coast bulletin last week.

Link to source:

Gold Coast Tourism closely follows Brisbane Airport's movements and flight plans. It is, as GCT boss Martin Winter said, the city's "unsung hero".

He said additional carriers from growing markets such as Indonesia and Japan would be a positive for the city, with Garuda and Japan Airlines coming or in talks about coming back to Brisbane.

This signals that the southeast is being seen as a destination that the burgeoning Indonesian market is interested in, as well as the recovering Japanese sector.

Brindabella Metro emergency landing

Brindabella Airlines Metro III VH-OZV operating EVA553 BNE - CFS made an emergency landing back into BNE 15 minutes after departure with reports of engine vibration on the right propeller. The aircraft with 7 onboard made a safe landing onto runway 01 at 10:45am.

File Photo: VH-OZV Metro III at Canberra

China Southern to increase BNE flights

As already known that CZ will operate daily throughout February 2013 with a new Wed,Fri and Sunday flight CAN-BNE-CNS-CAN  however from the start of Northern Summer from late March 2013, CZ will increase BNE from 4 a week to 5 a week with A330-300 equipment.

The new flight is on Wednesday.

Source Amadeus

Please see Amadeus Timetable display below:

1 CZ 382 X57 BNE CAN 0955 1700 0 01APR13 26OCT13 333 9:05

1 CZ 381 X46 CAN BNE 2115 0825+1 0 31MAR13 25OCT13 333 9:10

I will be posting any new and increased flights by all airlines as they come through.So stand by .


From the tower.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Alliance F100 operates for Air Vanuatu

Alliance Fokker 100 VH-FWI operated AVN8021/8020 BNE - VLI - BNE - SYD today to cover extended maintenance on Boeing 737-800 YJ-AV1 which is still inside the Qantas 3 hangar at BNE. It is unknown how long Alliance will operate these flights.

Qantas Freight VH-EFR

Qantas Freight Boeing 767-381F VH-EFR landed BNE from Melbourne as QF7529

The aircraft continued to Sydney as QF7530

Flashback: Freedom Air

Flashback will hopefully be a regular addition to this blog as we look back at the airlines and aircraft which have flewn through Brisbane over the years.

Freedom Air of New Zealand was founded in 1995 and its aim was to provide low-cost flights accross the Tasman from its NZ base of Hamilton (HLZ). Freedom Air commenced flights to BNE on 16 December 1995 using a leased Boeing 757-28A from Britannia Airways (UK) rego G-BYAF. The Boeing 757 was replaced by a leased Boeing 737-3S1 N371TA from TACA (El Salvador) which visited on 27th April 1996. On 6th April 1997 Freedom Air's first owned aircraft Boeing 737-3M8 ZK-FDM operated the flight from HLZ to BNE. N371TA was returned to TACA.

Freedom Air B737-300 ZK-SJB landing at Gold Coast

By 2004 Freedom Air operated five Boeing 737-300s on flights from Brisbane to Hamilton (HLZ), Palmerston North (PMR) and Dunedin (DUD).

Bright coloured B737-300 ZK-SJC at BNE in 2004

In June 2005 the airline took delivery of their first Airbus A320 ZK-OJK cn2445. By March 2007 the Freedom Air fleet consisted of 12 Airbus A320s.

Freedom Air A320 ZK-OJK

Freedom Air A320 ZK-OJL in Warner Brothers Movie World scheme

On 30th March 2008 Freedom Air ceased all operations and most of the fleet of A320s was intergrated into the Air New Zealand fleet. Their brightly coloured aircraft will be sadly missed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Skytraders A319 VH-VCJ

Making its first visit tonight is Skytrader's new Airbus A319LR VH-VCJ cn1880. The aircraft used to fly for Aegean Airlines (Greece) as SX-DGH. The aircraft arrived as "Snowbird 2" from Darwin.

Falcon 900 N146EX

Falcon 900EX N146EX cn146 arrived BNE from Sydney. This falcon is a regular visitor to Brisbane as its based in Auckland.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Super Hornets

The RAAF has issued a notice that two F/A-18F Super Hornets will be conducting diversion training at Brisbane International Airport on Wednesday 16 January from 2.00pm. The excercise should conclude by 3:30pm. Times are subject to change.

*** EDIT ***

Well we waited and waited but no Rhinos turned up. You win some and you loose some!

Silent MD82s

VP-CBI and VP-CBH sitting idle on taxiway Papa

What does the future hold for these two MD82s purchased by mining magnate Clive Palmer back in late 2007. VP-CBI pictured on the left hasn't flewn since February 2012 and VP-CBH on the right hasn't seen action since September 2011. They are certainly becoming part of the landscape at BNE. Lets hope they return to the skies again soon!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Global 5000 N755RA

Global 5000 N755RA cn 9468 arrived tonight from Sydney via Melbourne Essendon.

Gulfstream 4 N988LS

Las Vegas Sands Corp Gulfstream 4 N988LS arrived today from Singapore

Gulfstream 4 N988LS

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Biz Movements 13 JAN

VH-VHD Airbus A319 of Skytraders arrived and departed for Sydney
A319 VH-VHD climbing away from runway 01

Gulfstream C-37A 01-0030 United States Air Force arrived as "SPAR 34".

Gulfstream C37A 01-0030 taxiing for runway 01

Air New Zealand Specials

Today saw both Air New Zealand special schemed B777-300s arrive operating NZ135/136 and NZ137/138.
ZK-OKQ Operating NZ135/136
ZK-OKP "The Hobbit" special operating NZ137/138

Saturday, January 12, 2013

China Southern B-6057

B-6057 A330-200 Asian Games Special scheme ARR BNE 11:25 From CAN as CZ381.