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Sunday, March 31, 2013

USAF KC10 87-0123

USAF KC-10A 87-0123 arrived Brisbane today as Reach 070. This same tanker visited Brisbane last month.

File Photo

MORE FLIGHTS over the next 4 months

Starting this weekend and ending on 01 August there are approx another 200 aircraft movements a week being reinstated for the peak period or new flights altogether.

Jetstar and Qantas will add approx 66 movements a week to cities and towns such as Roma,Newcastle,Mackay,Darwin,Townsville,Perth,Melbourne and Sydney.Some of these flights commenced  last week.

Virgin will add up to 70 movements a week from next month with Bundaberg and Moranbah receiving new flights and Rockhampton,Gladstone and Melbourne getting increased frequencies.

On the international front a further 66 movements a week are programmed to commence from June although some of these flights will be seasonal only .

Virgin are planning on adding another 24 movements a week mostly seasonal June-Sep period .These will operate to Port Vila ,Auckland,Denpasar and Queenstown.

New carriers such as Phillipines,Garuda and increases from Malaysian,Qantas(Hong Kong and Queenstown) and China Southern and Air New Zealand (seasonal to Queenstown and Christchurch) complete the increases. 

PS: Movements definition in this article is the total of both arrival and departures .

Jetstar Flight of the Comedians

On Wednesday 27th March, Jetstar operated a special "Flight of the Comedians" charter from Brisbane to Melbourne onboard A321 VH-VWY. The entertainment onboard included comedians Peter Helliar, Tommy Little and Karl Chandler. The video below features some of the highlights, enjoy!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Virgin/Skywest AT76 VH-FVY

Virgin Australia/Skywest ATR-72-600 VH-FVY msn 1073 is making its first visit to Brisbane tonight arriving from Perth via Kalgoorlie as VOZ933A. It was delivered to Skywest in Perth on 5/3/13.

Stored or scrapped airframes at BNE

The list below contains current stored and recently scrapped airframes at Brisbane Airport

A4-159 DHC-4 Caribou

A4-159 msn 159 of the RAAF was built in 1964 and served with No. 35 Sqn in Vietnam and 38 sqn at Richmond upon returning to Australia. After retirement the aircraft was stored at the fire training area located north of runway 14/32. The fuselage without wings and landing gear was noted in 2006 however the cockpit section was salvaged in March 2010 and is now at the Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra, QLD. The rest of the fuselage was scrapped by Pacific Hunter Aviation.

A4-204 DHC-4 Caribou

A4-204 msn 204 was delivered to the RAAF in late 1964 and was used by 38 Sqn based at Richmond. It was noted parked outside the Australian Aerospace hangar on the Eastern side of Brisbane Airport in November 2009 partly dismantled. The aircraft is still located in front of the Qantaslink hangar on the Eastern side with a few bits missing.

A4-204 parked at BNE since 11/2009

EP-IDC Fokker 100

EP-IDC msn 11267 was built in 1990 and delivered to Iran Air. The aircraft was involved in an incident on 15/01/1998 where it landed in a dry river bed 10km from Isfrahan, Iran. The aircraft sustained major damaged and was eventually transported to Tehran for storage. The aircraft was purchased by Flight West Airlines and transported to Brisbane onboard a Polet Cargo Antonov 124 on 11/09/1999. After usable parts were salvaged, the remaining fuselage section was transported to the fire training area north of runway 14/32 where it lies today.

EP-IDC at the fire dump - Photo by Patrick Hill

VH-FKE Fokker 100

VH-FKE msn 11358 was built in 1991 and delivered to US Air as N889US. It was sold to Alliance Airlines and became VH-FKE on 07/2004. The aircraft was later leased to Air Niugini and was re-registered P2-ANA. The aircraft was damaged on a flight to Mt Hagan after a volume of mercury was spilt causing a major corrosion problem. The aircraft returned to Alliance and was noted stored outside the Alliance hangar as VH-FKE in 09/2006. The aircraft was transported to the fire training area north of runway 14/32 where it remains today largely intact.

P2-ANA departing Cairns in 2005

VH-FKL Fokker 100

VH-FKL msn 11380 delivered to US Air in 1992 as N895US and purchased by Alliance Airlines in 09/2007 has been stored at Brisbane since its arrival. The aircraft has been stripped of parts over the years and currently resides on the old runway now taxiway Papa.

VH-FKL collecting dust on taxiway Papa

VH-JJQ BAe 146-200

VH-JJQ msn 2038 delivered to Ansett in 1985 and was undergoing heavy maintenance in Brisbane when Ansett collapsed in 2001. The aircraft was parted-out and the stripped fuselage was donated to the Aviation Australia training college at Brisbane Airport. The airframe has since been scrapped.

VH-JJQ at Aviation Australia before it was scrapped

VH-TBS Boeing 727-77C

VH-TBS msn 20278 first delivered to Ansett in 1969 as VH-RMS and later operated by Air Nauru as CN-RN7, Australian Airlines as VH-TBS, National Jet, Australian Air Cargo, DHL and Australian Air Express. After retirement the aircraft was stored at Brisbane Jan/2004. The aircraft was later donated to the Aviation Australia training college at Brisbane Airport where it remains today.

VH-TBS parked at Aviation Australia

VH-XNG Fokker 28-1000

VH-XNG msn 11038 first delivered to Fairchild-Hillier as PH-EXM in 1972 and later operated by Transair Canada as CF-TAY and C-FTAY before being sold to Air Niugini as P2-ANF in 1979. The aircraft was retired in 2004 and flewn to Brisbane where it was sold to Aviation Australia as VH-XNG. The aircraft is still inside the Aviation Australia training college hangar today.

Photo by Mike Bridge

Ex Ozjet B732 VH-OBN update

Following on from our recent post about the ex Ozjet fleet, we have this photo taken by Brenden Scott which shows Boeing 737-229 N732HV (ex VH-OBN) parked at Jandakot in Polytechnic West titles and tail design. It is to be used as a ground trainer.

Link to photo on

Photo by Brenden Scott

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Skyforce planning BNE Cargo flights

As mentioned previously I believe that 5-6 new airlines will be flying here in 2013. Since then Fiji Airways, Phillipines, Garuda have announced BNE and now the 4th airline Skyforce Aviation have applied for a weekly BNE-NOU BAe 146F service.

Skyforce have applied for a once a week service using a 146-200. This aircraft is due next month to Australia .

Source IASC

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alliance B734 ZK-JTQ

Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTQ msn 24442 operated by Alliance has been flying for Solomon Airlines over the past week covering for H4-BUS which has been in Manila for maintenance. Now that H4-BUS has returned, ZK-JTQ now is parked on taxiway Papa awaiting its next flight.

Solomons A320 H4-BUS arrives back

Solomons A320 H4-BUS has returned from maintenance arriving this morning at 0430 from Manila via Cairns as SOL 6002. It left for Manila on 3rd March.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ex Ozjet Fleet update

An update on where the ex Ozjet fleet of Boeing 737-229s are today after the demise of the airline in May 2009.

VH-OBN Boeing 737-229 msn 21137

The aircraft was grounded in Perth after the collapse and was re-registered N732HV. It was later sold to Polytechnic West and ferried to Jandakot Airport to become a ground trainer aircraft. The aircraft had flewn 65,729 hours and 43,854 cycles. The aircraft remains in Jandakot today with only its tail visible poking out the back of the Polytechnic West hangar.

VH-OBN at Brisbane

N732HV at Jandakot with Polytechnic titles - Photo Michael Dawson

VH-OZD Boeing 737-229 msn 20911

VH-OZD operated flights on behalf of Norfolk Air mainly from Brisbane and Sydney to Norfolk Island. The aircraft was also painted in Norfolk Air livery. At the time of the collapse OZD was in Jakarta (CGK) for maintenance. The aircraft it still in Jakarta today. The aircraft had flewn 71,055 hrs and 48,709 cycles.

VH-OZD at Brisbane in the colourful Norfolk Air livery

VH-OZQ Boeing 737-229 msn 20907

OZQ operated for Ozjet until January 2007 when the aircraft was re-registered G-GPFI to European Aircraft Charter, UK. It departed Melbourne on January 14th 2007 for Europe where it later operated for Flybe and Skybus. In November 2008 European Air Charter ceased all operations and the aircraft was stored at Bournemouth, UK. OZQ is still at Bournemouth today with its wings and tail removed. It is used as a ground trainer aircraft.

VH-OZU Boeing 737-229 msn 21176

OZU was in Perth at the time of the collapse and was re-registered N733HL to Red Cloud Assets LLC. The aircraft is still stored at Perth today.

VH-OZU arriving in Brisbane

VH-OZX Boeing 737-229 msn 21177

Stored in Perth after the airline's demise and was re-registered N737HL to Red Cloud Assets LLC. The aircraft is still stored at Perth alongside ex VH-OZU. The aircraft had flewn 63,613 hrs and 43,497 cycles.

G-CEAJ later re-registered VH-OZX parked at Coolangatta

Three stored Ozjet aircraft at Perth with US registrations - Photo Zach Liepa

Falcon 50 N750LQ

Falcon 50 N750LQ msn 162 operated by QMC Aviation LLC arrived Brisbane from Papeete.

*Departed at 1730

French AF CN-235 065

French Air Force Airtech CN-235-200M serial 065 arrived from Noumea mid morning as "cotam 1161".

*Departed at 2pm back to Noumea.

Gulfstream 550 N989AR

Gulfstream 550 N989AR msn 5339 arrived Brisbane from Greeley, Colorado via Honolulu this morning. Registered to Wells Fargo Bank.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jetstar A330-200 VH-EBD

Jetstar A330-203 VH-EBD msn 513 departed BNE today at 0830 for Sydney as JST 7992 on completion of scheduled maintenance.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

ARMY NH90 movements

Here are some recent Australian ARMY NH90 helicopter movements at Brisbane Airport. The helicopters are manufactured at the EADS hangar on the Eastern side of the airport.

NH90 A40-010 returning from another sortie

NH90 A40-024 still in primer colours

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hawker 800 N838JL

Hawker 800SP N838JL msn 258270 operated by Airmed International arrived Brisbane tonight from Kupang, ID. This Hawker is used for medivac flights.

Air Asia X diversion

Air Asia X flight XAX 202 from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast (YBCG) has diverted to Brisbane tonight. The flight is operated by A330-343E 9M-XXE which landed at 2055. No departure details at this stage.

*Departed as XAX 202D for Gold Coast at 2223.

Local Biz Movements today

A couple of local bizjet movements today.

Cessna Citation 550 VH-JLU msn 550-0076 operated by Machjet International P/L.

Challenger 604 VH-URR msn 5439 operated by Avwest P/L.

GARUDA reservations now open

From Travel weekly

Garuda Indonesia has opened reservations for its new Brisbane service which will return to the skies from August 1 after a five-year hiatus.

The daily B737-800 service will fly from Brisbane to Jakarta via Denpasar with seating capacity for 162 passengers - 12 in executive class and 150 in economy.

Vice president Australia and south west Pacific Bagus Y Siregar said the new flight would cater to both the leisure and corporate markets, with onward connections to Jakarta available.

Meanwhile, Queensland's treasurer and minister for trade, Tim Nicholls, said the new service "cements Indonesia as a major economic partner for our state."
"I congratulate Garuda Indonesia on this decision, which will build on our vital trade, tourism and education connections," he said.

Return fares start from $801 including taxes.

Global Express PP-VDR

Global Express PP-VDR msn 9312 arrived Brisbane this morning from Hong Kong. It is operated by Vale Mining which is one of the largest mining companies in the world.

Photo by Lloyd

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Challenger 604 VH-VSZ

Challenger 604 VH-VSZ msn 5411 operated by Execujet Australia flew Sydney - Brisbane - Sydney today. This photo was taken as it taxiied for departure.

Cessna 208B VH-TLZ

Noted on the General Aviation apron this morning is Cessna 208B msn 208B0789 registered to Partridge Nominees P/L which arrived from Mackay yesterday. Registered in Australia on 17/01/2013.

New surface radar at BNE installed

Australia's air navigation service provider Airservices Australia has commissioned a new advanced surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) at Brisbane Airport in a bid to improve reliability and efficiency.

The new system will allow air traffic controllers to view every aircraft across all runways and taxiways, as well as automatically identify all suitably equipped vehicles.

Airservices Air Traffic Control executive general manager Jason Harfield said that the $35m A-SMGCS project would provide an electronic picture of what is happening on the ground at any time through the collection of surveillance data from multiple sources.

"This will lead to improved airport safety and reliability by providing air traffic controllers with an enhanced picture of all movements on runways and taxiway areas," Harfield said.

"The new system offers better conflict detection for controllers and a lower risk of surface collisions.

"The new system will allow air traffic controllers to view every aircraft across all runways and taxiways, as well as automatically identify all suitably equipped vehicles." "It also improves the reliability and efficiency of airport operations during bad weather and at night, when distances from our control tower can make visual monitoring more challenging."

The new A-SMGCS also forecasts conflicts between vehicles and aircraft, and multiple aircraft movements, prior to their occurrence.

The system will also offer both visual and audio alerts to air traffic controllers to take early corrective action.
"While this technology does not replace the visual monitoring our controllers conduct, it adds another layer of safety to our operations at Australia's third busiest capital city airport," Harfield said.

Prior to commissioning, the new system underwent extensive system testing and controller training.

Airservices has already deployed the new A-SMGCS at Melbourne and Sydney Airports, while is expected to be commissioned at Perth Airport during late 2013.

Global Express XRS N375G

Arriving this morning is Global Express XRS N375G msn 9242 operated by General Electric Company.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Airlines servicing BNE

We take a look at the airlines which service Brisbane and the aircraft types used. All photos taken by the Author unless stated.

Adagold Aviation

Adagold Aviation operates a leased Airbus A340-300 from Portugease operator HiFly on charter services on behalf of the Australian Defence Force to the Middle East. The A340 is based in Brisbane.

Airbus A340-300


Aeropelican operates from Brisbane to Narrabri. Flights are operated by parent company Brindabella Airline's Metro III

Brindabella Airlines Metro III

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand operates to Auckland, Christchurch, Norfolk Island and seasonal flights to Queenstown. Flights are operated by a mix of B777-300s, B777-200s, B767-300s, A320s and the odd B747-400.

Boeing 777-300

Boeing 777-200

Boeing 767-300

Airbus A320

Boeing 747-400

Air Niugini

Air Niugini operates from Brisbane to Port Moresby with a mix of Boeing 767-300s, Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 737-700s.

Boeing 767-300

Air Pacific

To be re-named Fiji Airways in mid 2013, Air Pacific currently operates flights to Nadi with B737-800s and Boeing 737-700s.

Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737-700

Air Vanuatu

Air Vanuatu operates to Port Vila and Espiritu Santo using a Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737-800 - Photo by Lloyd

Air Calin

Flights are operated to Noumea with a mix of A320s and A330-200s

Airbus A320

Airbus A330-200


Airlink operates flights to Nyngan and Dubbo using a Beech 1900D and PA-31

Beech 1900D

Piper PA-31 - Photo by Lloyd


Operates a large fleet of Fokker 100s and Fokker 70s on charter flights and FIFO operations

Fokker 70

Fokker 100

Brindabella Airlines

Operates a fleet of Jetstream 41 and Metro III aircraft to Coffs Harbour and Tamworth

Jetstream 41

Cathay Pacific

Services Brisbane regularly from its Hong Kong base with Airbus A330-300s

Airbus A330-300

China Airlines

Operates flights to Taipei and Auckland using Airbus A330-300s.

Airbus A330-300

China Southern

Links Brisbane with its hub of Guangzhou in southern China using A330-300s and A330-200s.

Airbus A330-300

Corporate Air

Corporate Air operates Saab 340s, Cessna 441 and Metros to Moomba, Roma, Rolleston and Springsure

Saab 340 - Photo by Lloyd


Operates daily to Singapore, Dubai and Auckland using Boeing 777-300s

Boeing 777-300

Etihad Airways

Operates daily to Abu Dhabi via Singapore using A330-200s.

Airbus A330-200

EVA Airways

Flights to Taipei using Airbus A330-200s

Airbus A330-200

Garuda Indonesia

Flights will re-commence 01 August 2013 to Denpasar using Boeing 737-800s.


Operates FIFO and charter flights mainly to Chinchilla using Dornier 228s.

Dornier 228 - Photo by Lloyd

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian operates flights to Honolulu using Boeing 767-300s

Boeing 767-300

JetGo Australia

Operates FIFO and charter flights using Embraer 135s.

Embraer 135

Jetstar Airways

Operates a large domestic network from Brisbane using A320s and A321s.

Airbus A321

Airbus A320

Korean Air

Links Brisbane with Seoul using Airbus A330-300s.

Airbus A330-300

Malaysian Airlines

Operates daily flights to Kuala Lumpur with Airbus A330-300s

Our Airline

Our Airline operates flights to Nauru using a Boeing 737-300.

Boeing 737-300

Philippine Airlines

Flights will resume 02 June 2013 with A320 aircraft flying to Manila via Darwin.


Qantas operates a large domestic and International network from Brisbane operating Boeing 747-400s, A330-300/200s, Boeing 767-300s, Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 737-400s.

Boeing 747-400

Boeing 767-300

Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737-400

Airbus A330-300

Airbus A330-200

Qantas (Jetconnect)

Qantas Jetconnect operates daily flights from Brisbane to Auckland with Boeing 737-800s

Boeing 737-800


Qantaslink operates an extensive regional network from Brisbane using Boeing 717-200s and Dash-8 400s.

Boeing 717

Dash-8 400

Regional Express

Regional Express operates charter flights to Emerald and Roma using Saab 340s

Saab 340


Operates Brisbane to Theodore and Gold Coast flights using Cessna 208s.

Cessna 208

Sharp Aviation

Sharp Aviation operates a once weekly flight to Orange using a Metro III


Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines operates daily departures to Singapore using A330-300s.

Airbus A330-300


Skytrans operates both scheduled regional flights and FIFO charters using Dash-8 100s and 300s.

Dash-8 100

Solomon Airlines

Solomon Airlines operates to Honiara with an A320.

Airbus A320

Thai Airways

Thai operates flights to Bangkok using Boeing 777-300s

Boeing 777-300

Tiger Airways

Tiger operates domestic flights to Sydney and Melbourne using Airbus A320s.

Airbus A320

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia operates an extensive domestic network and also flies to New Zealand, the Pacific and Los Angeles using Boeing 737-700s, Boeing 737-800s, Boeing 777-300s, Embraer 190s and ATR-72-500/600 aircraft. Flights with A330-200s will commence in May 2013.

Boeing 777-300

Airbus A330-200

Boeing 737-800

Embraer 190


Virgin Samoa

Virgin Samoa operates from Brisbane to Apia using a Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737-800