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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jetstar A320SL VH-VFN

Jetstar's newest A320-232 VH-VFN msn 5566 made its first visit in daylight to BNE today operating JQ816/817 to/from Sydney. The aircraft features the new 2.4 meter sharklets on the wing tips and 100th aircraft special livery. The aircraft made it's first visit to BNE back on the 20th April story here.

Hawker 800XP VH-MEP

Visiting BNE today was Hawker 800XP VH-MEP msn 258712 operated by Marcplan Charter P/L. The same company operate Gulfstream 4 VH-MBP.

ACCC ranks BNE no 1 again.

BNE ranked No.1 for customer service for 9th year by ACCC
Source: Brisbane Airport


Brisbane Airport (BNE) retained its first place ranking as Australia’s best airport for overall Quality of Service for the ninth consecutive year in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) 2011-12 Airport Monitoring Report.

BNE also received the highest rating out of five airports for Quality of Service by passengers for the fourth consecutive year, and a rating of second out of five airports for airport services and facilities by airports.

Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, said since 2001 Brisbane Airport’s Quality of Service indicators have been consistently rated as satisfactory to good.

“At Brisbane Airport we continually strive to develop our infrastructure, facilities, and customer service approach in an effort to improve the experience for passengers and airlines using the airport.

“Retaining the number one ranking nine years in a row is a credit to the 20,000 workers at BNE who strive to improve the efficiency and quality levels of their own facilities and operations, as well as our partners in business, government and the local community who assist us in improving infrastructure and services overall,” she said.

Acknowledging the past year had been particularly challenging for all of Australia’s major airports, Ms Alroe said, “While we’re pleased with this result, we recognise that there will always be room for improvement.”

Qantas 744 VH-OJN in Victorville

Special thanks to Jochen Hoenle from Germany for sending us this pic of Qantas 747-438 VH-OJN msn 25315 which was ferried from Los Angeles to Victorville CA on 30th December 2011 for storage. The aircraft had flown 94,727 hours to date. Lets hope she returns to the skies!

VH-OJN stored at Victorville, CA - Photo by Jochen Hoenle

Citation 650 VH-SSZ

Cessna 650 Citation III VH-SSZ msn 650-0158 operated by Sundyne P/L arrived BNE late last night from Sydney. The aircraft will depart to Mcarthur River Mine NT this morning.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jetstar A332 VH-EBS departs

Jetstar Airbus A330-202 VH-EBS msn 1258 departed Brisbane today for Manila as QF6025. It will be re-painted into Qantas colours in Manila.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Learjet 35A VH-LJJ

Noted today at BNE was Learjet 35A VH-LJJ msn 0324 operated by Jet City P/L. The aircraft arrived from Darwin at 0329 and returned to Darwin this afternoon at 1400.

Learjet 35A VH-LJJ

Friday, April 26, 2013

Qantas Boeing 738 VH-XZE

Brand new Qantas Boeing 737-838WL VH-ZXE msn 39369 made its first visit to BNE tonight arriving from Adelaide as QF656. The aircraft was only delivered to Qantas in Melbourne on April 21st.

Trips: China Aviation Museum 2012

32 photos from my visit to the China Aviation Museum in Datangshan, Beijing in July 2012. enjoy.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

RAAF ANZAC day flypast

A little off-topic however here is a picture of the RAAF ANZAC day flypast of the CBD which included F/A-18F A44-220 and A44-223 Call-sign "Cannon One-One". Photo by Mick Raftery.

Photo Mick Raftery

Flashback: First A380 visit to BNE

Tonight we look back at the first A380 to visit Brisbane which was Airbus Industrie's F-WWOW A380-841 msn 001. The aircraft arrived into Brisbane on November 12th 2005 as "Airbus 102" from Singapore on demonstration to Qantas.

F-WWOW msn 001 being pushed back for departure

The impressive 80m wingspan

F-WWOW rolling on runway 19

US Navy C-130T 165351 arrives back

US Navy Lockheed C-130T Hercules serial 165351 msn 382-5409 arrived back into Brisbane this evening as "Convoy 3024".

*Departed at 0947 26/4

Airwork NZ B733 ZK-FXT

Airwork New Zealand Boeing 737-3B7/SF ZK-FXT msn 23862 arrived Brisbane from Auckland as AWK 1958 at 1121 and continued to Port Moresby departing at 1242.

Photo by Lloyd

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Skytrans Dash-8 100 landing video

An excellent video by Andrew Waller capturing the moment he landed into Brisbane from Toowoomba onboard a Skytrans Dash-8 100 series aircraft.

Gulfstream 450 VH-MBP

Noted today at the Logistics apron today is Gulfstream 450 VH-MBP msn 4185 operated by Marcplan Charter P/L.

Gulfstream 450 VH-MBP

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cessna 680 N448RT

Cessna 680 citation sovereign N448RT msn 680-0017 arrived BNE tonight from Manila via Cairns. This aircraft is operated by the Cessna Aircraft Corp.

*Departed 24/4 1450

NATS to help BNE with their air traffic Delays.

NATS who are the UK air traffic control provider have been invited last year to do a report on Brisbane Airport to help speed up air traffic and reduce the delays.

The recommendations made are as follows:

The strategic plan - approved by Brisbane Airport Corporation - follows an assessment of the current performance by NATS, which runs air traffic control at 16 British airports including Heathrow and Gatwick.

Key measures include:

• Setting standard terminal arrival speeds to reduce the average time between landing from 156 seconds to "a world's best practice" 120 seconds;

• Building two new high-speed runway exits to get landing aircraft out of the way;

• Building dual entry points to runways to create flexibility;

• Reducing line-up times and pilot reaction times to speed up take-offs;

• Improving use of the small cross-runway;

• Changes to the air traffic control structure to create an "approach director" role;

• Closer liaison with the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley;

• Daily performance reports and reviews.

USAF C-146A arrives back

United States Air Force Dornier C-146A (Dornier 328-120) serial 10-3077 arrived back into Brisbane this afternoon after first visiting BNE back on the 13th April when it flew in company with Beech C-12J Huron 86-0082. The Dornier arrived using the callsign "Magma 1".

Dornier C-146A 10-3077 at BNE

Vincent 146-200 ZK-ECO arrives back

Arriving back from Sydney today was Vincent Aviation BAe-146-200 ZK-ECO msn E2130 which landed at 1212. The aircraft then departed this afternoon for a return flight to Roma.

ZK-ECO at Brisbane

Monday, April 22, 2013

FIJI Airways A332 DQ-FJT

Making its inaugural flight to Brisbane this evening was FIJI Airways (ex Air Pacific) A330-243 DQ-FJT msn 1394 landing onto runway 01 at 1810 as FJ923. The A332 will operate 6 times a week from 23 April till 31 July. It will operate daily ex Fri arr 2255 out at 0010 daily ex Sat. Welcome to BNE FIJI Airways!

Photo curtesy of Lance Broad

Gulfstream 550 N712KT

Gulfstream 550 N712KT msn 5134 landed this evening from Tokyo Haneda.

US Navy C-130T 165351

US Navy Lockheed C-130T Hercules serial 165351 msn 382-5409 arrived Brisbane this afternoon and parked at the Logistics apron.

*Departed 0950 24/4

Photo curtesy of Lance Broad

VH-EBS update

Noted outside the QF hangar today was Jetstar A330-202 VH-EBS after getting it's interior changed to Qantas domestic layout. The aircraft was due to fly south for painting into Qantas colours however it seems to have gone tech after an engine run yesterday. The number 1 engine seems to be the issue and is shown in the photo below opened up for inspection.

Gulfstream 4 VH-TXS

Gulfstream 4 VH-TXS msn 1115 operated by Revesco Aviation P/L is visiting again. This aircraft is based in Perth.

Global 5000 N50XC

Global 5000 N50XC msn 9275 arrived Brisbane late last night and parked at the Logistics apron. This global used to be based in BNE as VH-KTG.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Snapshot: 21st April at BNE

Celebrating 200 posts and 20,000 visitors! Thankyou for your support!

To celebrate we have an excellent selection of pictures taken today at BNE by local spotter Robert Frola. Thankyou Robert.

Singapore Airlines A330-300 departing to Singapore as SQ256

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER A6-ECT departing to Auckland as EK434

Etihad A330-200 A6-EYL arriving from Abu Dhabi

China Airlines A330-300 B-18359 departing for Auckland

Cathay Pacific A330-300 B-HLS going back to Hong Kong

Korean Air A330-300 HL7587 going back home to Seoul

Air Niugini B737-800 P2-PXC returning to Port Moresby

Jetstar A330-200 VH-EBE awaiting its turn outside the Qantas 3 hangar

King Air VH-FIZ was doing ILS calibration testing most of the day

Qantas 747-400ER VH-OEF "Oneworld" departing to Singapore as QF51

Qantas 747-400ER VH-OEH departing to Sydney as QF8

Qantas 767-300 VH-OGP being towed from the hangars

Qantas 747-400 VH-OJU "Boxing Kangaroo" arriving on rwy 19

Qantas 747-400 VH-OJU "Boxing Kangaroo" departing as QF15 to LAX

Qantaslink Dash-8 400 "Tamworth country music festival" departing rwy 19

Qantas A330-300 VH-QPI QF97 from Hong Kong

Hawker 800XP VH-SGY of the Queensland Government preparing for its next flight

Jetstar A320 VH-VFJ departing 19

Virgin Australia 777-300ER VH-VPE

Jetstar A321 VH-VWU

Qantas 737-800 VH-VYI outside the maintenance hangar

Vincent Aviation BAe-146 200 ZK-ECO departing to Sydney

Boeing 737-300F ZK-TLE of Toll Freight departing rwy 19