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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Airside busses for BNE?

Noted at BNE recently was a new Carbridge Duo airside transport bus which has been parked at the logistics apron for about a month or two. The bus may have been on demonstration to the airlines or maybe BAC for the purpose of ferrying passengers around airside to remote parking stands.

The bus is pictured below loaded onto a flatbed ready to be hauled away.

Convair 580 VH-PDX

Pionair Australia Convair 580 VH-PDX msn 126 built 1953 arrived BNE today from Sydney and later departed to Noumea.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jetstar 787 production update

An updated video below showing Jetstar's first 787 VH-VKA in the final 3 and 4 stages of assembly.

Medical & Rescue flights at BNE

This is a summary of medical and air rescue aircraft which frequent Brisbane Airport.

Royal Flying Doctor Service

The RFDS Queensland division has a large base at BNE operating from the general aviation apron. Their fleet of King Air 200s and the occasional PC-12 come and go all hours of the day. King Air's from the RFDS New South Wales and sometimes Victoria divisions are also occasional visitors.

King Air 200 VH-FDW outside the RFDS hangar in BNE

King Air 200 VH-FDO at the RFDS base in Mt Isa

RFDS NSW division King Air VH-AMQ at Sydney Airport

Careflight QLD

Based on the Gold Coast, Careflight QLD operates frequent flights through BNE with a fleet of two Learjet 45 aircraft. The division performs both rapid response and scheduled medical transports 24/7 covering both domestic and international.

Learjet 45 VH-VVI arriving into BNE

Learjet 45 VH-CXJ at the GA.

AMSA Rescue

Australian Maritime Safety Authority's fleet of Dornier 328 turbo-prop aircraft are frequent visitors performing search and rescue operations covering 53 million square kilometres of the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans, and across the Australian continent and Antarctica.

AMSA Dornier 328 VH-PPV

Overseas Medevac flights

Overseas based medevac aircraft are also regular visitors flying patients to Australia to recieve medical treatment. Some recent visitors are listed below:

Learjet 35 HS-CFS of Chiron Flight Services operating express medical assistance flights

Hawker 800SP N838JL of Birmingham, AL based AirMed.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cessna 208 N506EX arrives back

Cessna 208B N506EX msn 208B5006 arrived back into Brisbane today from Coolangatta and departed shortly after for Maroochydore. The aircraft is on a promotional tour visiting several Australian airports. Original story here.

Fiji Airways B738 DQ-FJG

Operating today's FJ921/922 was Boeing 737-8X2 DQ-FJG msn 29968 in full Fiji Airways livery.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Gulfstream 550 N3050

Gulfstream 550 N3050 msn 5096 arrived BNE this evening. Operated by GC Air LLC.

*Departed 28/6 1437

File Photo

BNE airport 27th June Snapshot

China Southern A330-200 B-6531

Philippines A320 RP-C8620

Hi-Fly A340 CS-TQM

JetGo ERJ 135 VH-JZG

Air Niugini leased 757-200 TF-FIW

Virgin Australia ATR-72 VH-FVQ landing 19

FIJI Airways official launch today

Air Pacific's official changeover to it's 1958 name of Fiji Airways comes into effect today, the airline says "The new identity will involve exciting changes to the customer experience, uniforms and the airline’s new website –" (Fiji Airways).

Travellers from Brisbane to Nadi have already been treated to the new product with the airline's new Airbus A330-200s operating four of seven flights per week to Fiji.

Fiji Airways current BNE schedule:

FJ921/920 ARR 1030 DEP 1130 B738 DAY 5
FJ921/920 ARR 1030 DEP 1145 B738 DAY 4
FJ922/923 ARR 2155 DEP 2255 B738 DAY 6
FJ922/923 ARR 2155 DEP 2310 A332 DAYS 1,2,3 & 7

A332 DQ-FJT arriving into BNE

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Citation 650 VH-LYM

Noted at BNE today was Cessna 650 Citation VH-LYM msn 650-7095 operated by Business Aviation Solutions P/L.

File Photo

Skywest A320 VH-FNP

Skywest Airbus A320-231 VH-FNP msn 429 arrived BNE today from RAAF Curtin. Certainly a rare sight on this side of the continent and still wears Skywest colours after the merger with Virgin Australia.

Jetstar A320SL VH-VFO

Jetstar's newest A320 equipped with sharklets VH-VFO msn 5631 made its first visit to BNE today arriving from Cairns as JQ929. It then operated BNE-PPP-BNE-CNS.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Airbus A319CJ VH-VHD msn 1999 operated by Skytraders P/L operated Darwin-Brisbane-Darwin today as "Snowbird 1".

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bizjets today

Cessna Citation 510 Mustang VH-NEQ msn 510-0029 operated by Skypac Aviation arrived BNE this evening from Armidale.

File Photo

Also popping in and out was Clive Palmer's 'Palmer United' liveried Global Express M-ATAR msn 9060.

M-ATAR parked at OOL

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jetstar's first 787 taking shape

Jetstar's first Boeing 787-8 is taking shape at Boeing's Everett facility with the aircraft currently undergoing final assembly. The first aircraft VH-VKA is expected to be delivered towards the end of September and will initially operate domestic flights for crew training and familiarisation.

Brisbane will be a key diversion port for the Jetstar 787s in the event of adverse weather conditions at Gold Coast Airport (YBCG/OOL) from which Jetstar operates several international routes.

Images courtesy of Jetstar Airways

Please enjoy the following video showing the assembly of VH-VKA at Boeing's Everett facility in Seattle.

BNE Today

Air New Zealand NZ135 today was operated by Boeing 747-419 ZK-NBV which is the first visit by an Air NZ B747 since November 2012. Air New Zealand currently have only two 747s left in service.

Emirates EK434 today departed 3.5 hours late at 1130 for Auckland. EK434 was operated by Boeing 777-31HER A6-ECU seen below taxiing for departure.

BAe 125-700B RP-C5998

Philippines registered BAe 125-700B RP-C5998 msn 257166 arrived BNE early this morning from Darwin.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Gulfstream 4 N688TF

Gulfstream 4SP N688TF msn 1220 arrived BNE from Davao City this evening.

*Departed 26/6 to Palau

Gulfstream 5 VH-CRQ

Gulfstream 5 VH-CRQ msn 603 operated by Crown Melbourne Ltd arrived BNE from Melbourne this afternoon. Due to depart back to MEL tonight.

Fog in BNE diverts flights

Brisbane Airport experienced partial fog this morning causing the following flights to divert.

  • Qantas QF16 Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS LAX - BNE diverted to Noumea
  • Qantas QF8 Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEG DFW - BNE diverted to Noumea
  • Virgin Australia VA473 A330-243 VH-XFE PER - BNE diverted to Coolangatta
  • Emirates EK434 Boeing 777-31HER A6-ECW DXB - BNE diverted to Sydney

All other flights arrived as per schedule.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jetstar A332 VH-EBF departs

Jetstar Airbus A330-202 VH-EBF msn 853 departed today for Sydney as JST 7983 after spending a month in the Qantas 3 hangar for maintenance.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Virgin Australia B738 VH-YFQ

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-8FE VH-YFQ msn 41010 arrived from Nadi on delivery as VOZ 9502.

Hawker 850XP VH-BMW

Noted at BNE today was Hawker 850XP VH-BMW msn 258895 operated by Gojet P/L.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

More terminals in 2033 Masterplan.

Brisbane Airport could have a new terminal for low-cost airlines, more public transport facilities and a passenger lounge for resource sector workers by 2033 if a new master plan wins approval.

The developments are contained in a draft 20-year strategy document the airport corporation is currently finalising with key stakeholders including state and local governments.

BAC CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe said the new plan, required by law, provided a vital planning blueprint for the booming operation.

Ms Alroe said passenger numbers were forecast to grow from 21,500,000 in 2012 to around 48,700,000 in 2033/34, fuelled in part by growth in Queensland’s resources sector.

“This level of growth demands that we plan ahead to ensure appropriate and sustainable infrastructure and services, such as roads, terminals and technology are in place,” she said.

“We consider the Master Plan to be the most important planning document for the airport.”

And while the 2033 strategy builds on the 2009 Master Plan, Ms Alroe said there were some key new developments brought about by a boom in minerals not previously considered.

Those developments could include a stand-alone passenger lounge with gates for regional aircraft separate to the main terminal according to BAC Head of Airport Development Mark Willey.

Though customers such as fly-in/fly-out mining workers would be processed in the main terminal, Mr Willey said, they would be bussed out to the regional lounge for boarding.

He said the lounge could be delivered within one to five years after the plan’s approval by the federal government.

The facility would be matched by another new terminal north of the domestic building designed to cater to low-cost carriers.

“That would also the full service carriers like QANTAS and Virgin to grow into the main terminal,” Mr Willey said.

“It could be finished within five to 10 years.”

However operations expanded by extra gates and construction of a yet-to-be-funded parallel runway meant better transport access to the airport was also necessary Mr Willey said.

Though road access and parking facilities remain central to operations, the new strategy will have a strong emphasis on public transport.

Currently state bus services drop passengers off at the Skygate precinct, Airport South the mixed industry and business precinct at the Australia TradeCoast gateway, and the airport’s maintenance area, though a number of private shuttles operate from the main terminals.

“At the moment [bus services] are quite limited into the terminals,” Mr Willey said.

“We need to see a significant shift to public transport usage.”

To that end, the plan’s Ground Transport Strategy allows for the development of more bus and parking facilities near the Kedron Brook floodway, west of the International Terminal, currently used by waiting taxis.

There’s also a new “people mover system” to help ferry passengers between terminals and the new transport areas.

Mr Willey said the corporation would also be looking to work with the private operators of the AirTrain to expand existing operations.

The plan will be open for public comment from early next year before going to the Federal Government for approval in September 2014.

SOURCE Brisbane Times.

Global Express N36LG

Global Express N36LG msn 9225 arrived BNE early this morning from Sydney and later departed to Honolulu.

File Photo

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cessna 208 VH-JOZ

Noted today at Brisbane was Cessna 208B VH-JOZ msn 208B2033 operated by the Harvey Black Group P/L based at Toowoomba.

Citation Mustang VH-KJG

Cessna Citation 510 Mustang VH-KJG msn 510-0398 arrived Brisbane today from Bankstown. Operated by M & G Hoskins Sales P/L.

Challenger 300 N167RD

Challenger 300 N167RD msn 20363 arrived BNE today from Emerald. Operated by Island Park Aviation LLC.

Falcon 2000EX N2000A

Falcon 2000EX N2000A msn 255 was noted at Brisbane today.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Queensland Government Airwing

The Queensland Government Airwing is based at Brisbane Airport and shares a hangar on the Eastern side with the Queensland Police Airwing. From the base they operate many flignts per week flying the Queensland Premier, Ministers and other QLD Govermnent staff around the state.

The Queensland Government Airwing uses the following aircraft:

Raytheon Hawker 850XP VH-SGY msn 258780 was delivered in July 2006. VH-SGY is the flagship in the fleet and operates VIP flights to every corner of the state.

Hawker 850XP VH-SGY at BNE

Raytheon Beechcraft B300 King Air VH-SGQ msn FL-461 was delivered in February 2006. VH-SGQ also operates extensively accross the state and can allow access to airports with short runways.

Beechcraft B300 King Air VH-SGQ

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK

Brisbane based Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK msn 1265 operated by Revesco Aviation P/L was noted arriving back home today. This Gulfstream was registered in Australia on 14th February 2013.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Air New Zealand new livery

Today was the first visit by Air New Zealand's partial new livery which features black 'Air New Zealand' titles and black tail with the iconic Koru symbol remaining. The enitre fleet will be re-painted with a fern on the rear fuselage being added when the first 787s are delivered in mid 2014. Some of the fleet will still feature an all black fuselage with a white fern and Koru on the tail.

Air NZ's new livery from mid 2014 - Photo Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJC arrived into BNE this morning from Christchurch as NZ803 sporting the new black tail and titles.

The old livery with blue tail, titles and pacific wave

Friday, June 14, 2013

All Blacks B77W ZK-OKQ

Its been a while since we last displayed photos of this aircraft with it's amazing livery, so here it is again. Boeing 777-319ER ZK-OKQ msn 40689 operating NZ135/136 today.

Qantas B738 VH-XZG

Making its first visit to BNE this afternoon was Qantas Boeing 737-838/W VH-XZG msn 39371 which arrived from ADL as QF662. XZG was delivered to QF on 7/6.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

TOLL Express and TOLL freight at BNE

TOLL express Code TFX and Toll Freight code TFR operate up to 20 movements a day on weekdays.

BNE is their home base

Toll Express operate the Metro as well as ATR-42F and Toll Freight operate the 733F and 734F out of BNE weekdays and nights.

Weekday schedules as below:


TFR 42 MEL 0100 hrs 733F

TFX 102 ROK 0245 Metro

TFX 102 ROK 0250 Metro

TFX 006 MKY 0300 ATR

TFX 145 BWU 0315 Metro

TFX 162 ROK 0345 Metro

TFX 110 THG 0515 Metro

TFX 701 OOL 1630 Metro

TFR 21 SYD 1930 733F

TFX 147 BWU 2230 Metro.

I have listed the Departures only and these operate Mon-Thurs for the 1800 hrs-2359 hrs time frame period or TUE-FRI for the remaining period of the day.

Above the 733F,Metroliner and ATR-42F of TOLL