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Monday, September 30, 2013

Gulfstream 550 N550JD

Gulfstream 550 N550JD msn 5032 operated by John Deere arrived BNE early this morning.

Garuda yesterday with a sticker

This wonderful photo taken yesterday shows the 123rd 737 delivered to the Garuda fleet sticker. Rego was PK-GFR.

Photo from a contributor.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Falcon 900EX N980SF

Falcon 900EX N980SF msn 224 arrived BNE tonight.

Gulfstream 550 VH-PFL

Pacific Flight Services Gulfstream 550 VH-PFL msn 5287 arrived BNE tonight from Queenstown NZ. Due out to Beijing shortly.

*Our 500th post!*

Falcon 900EX N970SF

Dassault Falcon 900EX N970SF msn 194 arrived Brisbane today.

File Photo

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Virgin Australia to start BNE - Cloncurry

Virgin Australia have announced twice weekly flights from Brisbane to Cloncurry (QLD) commencing November 27th. Schedule as follows:

VA493 BNE 1000 CNJ 1230 E190 WED/FRI
VA494 CNJ 1300 BNE 1500 E190 WED/FRI
Source: Virgin Australia

Qantaslink DH8D VH-LQM

The latest Dash-8 Q400 VH-LQM for Qantaslink arrived into BNE on delivery today. It ferried in from Guam via Port Moresby and Cairns as Qlink 673D. Meanwhile Dash-8 Q400 VH-LQL entered service today operating a return service to Gladstone. VH-LQL arrived into BNE on Sep 12th as C-GVRK.

G20 Summit BNE 2014

In 2011, Australia was asked to host the 9th G20 heads of government meeting which is to be held in late 2014. Brisbane was chosen due it's capability to handle extra aircraft arrivals aswell as ample parking space for large aircraft. The G20 Summit will be held on the 15th -16th November 2014 attracting up to 4000 delegates and approximately 2500 media representatives. A public holiday has been declared on the 14th November to help ease congestion on the roads during the peak of arrivals into the city.

The G20 Summit will also be a major attraction for plane spotters with a large amount of exotic VIP aircraft expected to inundate Brisbane Airport. Due to the large amount of VIP aircraft arriving, security will be greatly increased around the airport which may include but not limited to road blocks and the closure of some viewing spots.

In terms of exotic aircraft, I have compiled a rough list of potential visitors which have visited previous G20 meetings that we may see in BNE next year. (List is a guide only!)

  • United Kingdom - Virgin Atlantic or British Airways long haul aircraft
  • Japan - Japan Air Self Defence Force 747-400s
  • South Korea - VIP 747-400
  • China - Air China long haul aircraft
  • Indonesia - Garuda Indonesia A330
  • India - Air India long haul aircraft
  • South Africa - 737BBJ
  • Germany - Luftwaffe A340/A310
  • France - A319CJ/Falcon 7X
  • Spain - A310
  • Turkey - A319CJ
  • Italy - A319CJ/Falcon 900EX
  • Russia - IL76/IL96/IL62
  • Brazil - E190
  • Saudi Arabia - 747-400
  • Argentina - 757-200
  • Mexico - 757-200
  • Canada - A310/CL604
  • USA - VC25/C32/C40/C37/C17/C5/Helicopters
  • Other - Other countries invited to attend, Media chartered aircraft and a swarm of visiting Gulfstreams/Global Express/Falcons etc.

Legacy 650 B-3099

Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 B-3099 msn 14501161 arrived BNE yesterday evening from Essendon.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Qantas QF4 Diversion

Qantas flight QF4 from Honolulu to Sydney diverted to Brisbane tonight due to holding times at Sydney Airport. The flight was operated by Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGS and arrived at 2030.

Falcon 7X VQ-BSP

Shell Corporation Falcon 7X VQ-BSP msn 83 arrived BNE from Port Moresby late last night.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Flashback: Sunshine Express Airlines

Sunshine Express Airlines commenced operations on 25th October 1998 and was owned by Aeromil Pacific. Although based on the Sunshine Coast, the majority of its services were from/to Brisbane. A number of aircraft were used which included the Shorts 360, Metro III, Metro 23 and Embraer 110. Sunshine Express was also a Qantas partner airline.

Sunshine Express route map

Sunshine Express ceased all scheduled flights from 1 October 2006 to focus on charter operations. Sunshine Express Airlines was the last operator of the Shorts 360 to Brisbane.

Shorts 360 VH-SEO msn SH3728 at BNE unloading passengers.

Shorts 360 VH-SEG msn SH3760 in full Sunshine Express livery


Metro 23 VH-KDJ was aquired from Regional Express Airlines

Metro III VH-SEZ parked outside company headquarters at Sunshine Coast Airport.

Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante VH-SJP parked at Brisbane

Sunday, September 22, 2013

EVA Air Celebrates 20 years of service to BNE

Today marks 20 years since the first EVA Air service operated by Boeing 767-35E B-16605 landed in BNE from Taipei. Since then we have seen MD11s, Boeing 747-400s and now Airbus A330-200s operating the return journey from Taiwan. We wish EVA all the best for the next 20 years!

EVA Air A330-200 B-16307 landing 01

Cathay Pacific A333 B-LBC

Cathay Pacific A330-343E B-LBC msn 1443 made a first visit today operating CPA 146 Cairns - Brisbane - Hong Kong.

United UA839 diverts to BNE

United Airlines flight UA839 from Los Angeles to Sydney diverted to BNE this morning. Flight was operated by Boeing 747-422 N175UA. It is due out to Sydney at 0640.

Hawaiian HA452 Diversion

Hawaiian Airlines flight HA452 from Sydney to Honolulu made a two hour stop in Brisbane tonight arriving at 2345 and departing at 0150. The flight was operated by A330-243 N393HA.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

BNE aircraft movements last month

BNE still remained as the 2nd busiest Capital city airport in Australia last month however it was also the 2nd busiest airport in the whole of Australia.

Brisbane passed the GA airports of Bankstown, Jandakot and Moorabbin for the first time.

SOURCE: Air Services Australia.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Singapore Airlines A330-300 9V-STW

Singapore Airlines A330-343X 9V-STW msn 1447 made its first visit to BNE today operating SQ255/236

9V-STW landing today.

Citation 525 F-ONYY

Cessna Citation 525 CJ2 F-ONYY msn 320 arrived BNE late last night from Noumea and returned early this morning. This is a rare Citation for Brisbane however it's a frequent visitor to Coolangatta.

File Photo

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Flashback: Concorde visits BNE

On this day in 1996, British Airways Concorde registration G-BOAF arrived into BNE enroute from Sydney to Guam on a round the world charter. The aircraft made a refuelling stop in Brisbane due to adverse weather conditions in Sydney. After approximately one hour on the ground, Concorde departed off runway 01 infront of hundreads of spectators bound for Guam with a cruise altitude of 64,000ft. A Seven news video of the event below:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Global 5000 N50XC

Global 5000 N50XC msn 9275 arrived Brisbane tonight. This Global 5000 used to be based in BNE as VH-KTG.

N50XC at BNE

VH-KTG at BNE in 2009

Disney's Planes special Qantas 767 visits BNE.

Qantas Boeing 767-338 VH-OGG wearing a special livery for Disney's new movie 'Planes', arrived BNE today from Sydney as QF510 and departed to Perth as QF651. This was OGG's second visit in the special livery.

Gulfstream G400 N50EE

Gulfstream G400 N50EE msn 1500 arrived BNE late last night and departed today to an unknown destination.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Gulfstream 5 N524AG

Gulfstream 5 N524AG msn 686 arrived BNE today from Christchurch.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Falcon 2000 M-ABCD

Falcon 2000 M-ABCD msn 98 made a refuelling stop in BNE today enroute from Nadi to Essendon.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Cobham VH-NJZ 146F today

VH-NJZ arrived yesterday from Sydney.

Photo of N168KS today

Taken at Hawkers today

Emirates 77W A6-ENL

Making its first visit to BNE last night was Emirates B777-31HER A6-ENL msn 41370 which arrived from Dubai via Singapore as EK432.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Learjet 60 N168KS

Learjet 60 N168KS msn 395 arrived BNE tonight from Denpasar via Darwin.

*Departed 15/9 1310

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Qantaslink DH8D C-GVRK

Qantaslink Dash-8 Q400 C-GVRK arrived BNE today from Port Moresby via Cairns as "BBA26" on delivery to Qantaslink.

Movements for 11th Sep

  • Falcon 900EX N146EX departed for Auckland
  • Falcon 2000 VH-KRW departed for Sydney
  • Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK departed for an unknown destination before returning to BNE

30min BNE-BNE flight with Our Airline 737-300

The Brisbane Airport Movements Blog in association with Brisbane Aircraft spotting would like to seek expressions of interest for a 30 minute Brisbane to Brisbane flight on a classic B737-300 operated by Our Airline (Nauru). The flight is pencilled in for the upcoming school holidays around Nov-Dec on a weekend. Price is unconfirmed at this stage depending on how many seats are booked. If interested please email with amount of seats required and names of pax. Seats are limited. **This is expression of interest only ** cheers!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Vincent Aviation Saab 340 VH-VNU

Vincent Aviation Saab 340B VH-VNU msn 340B-357 arrived BNE last night from Darwin via Mt Isa. Today it operated two return flights to Roma.

Vincent Aviation Saab 340 VH-VNU at the GA

Togeather with BAe-146 200 ZK-ECO

Movements 10th Sep

  • Vincent Aviation Saab 340B VH-VNU arrived from Darwin via Mt Isa as "Vincent 341".
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC did a 30 minute test flight BNE-BNE.
  • Air Ambulance NSW King Air 200 VH-AMS flew Kempsey - BNE - Sydney.
  • Hawker 900XP VH-ACE departed for Perth.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Photos from yesterday & today

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBD arriving from Wellington as VOZ65

Virgin Aurstralia Embraer 190 VH-ZPO arriving from Canberra as VOZ1207

Qantas QF124 Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQG arriving from Auckland

Thai TG473 arriving from Bangkok B777-2D7 HS-TJB

Hawaiian B767-33AER N380HA arriving from Honolulu as HA443

Solomon Airlines A320 H4-BUS on finals to 01

Qantas QF98 from Hong Kong landing runway 01

Jetstar A320 VH-VFN landing from Sydney as JQ810

China Southern A330-223 B-6528 in Skyteam livery landing 01

Cathay Pacific A330-343X B-LAM arriving from Hong Kong as CPA103

Alliance Fokker 50 VH-FKY arriving from Adelaide as UTY993

Embraer Legacy 600 VH-VLT parked at the logistics apron

Gulfstream 550 N818LF

Westfield Aviation Gulfstream 550 N818LF msn 5311 arrived BNE today from Sydney

Hawker 900XP VH-ACE

Hawker 900XP VH-ACE msn HA-0049 operated by Remorex P/L arrived BNE from Perth late last night.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Movments 07 SEP

  • Qantas QF108 LAX - SYD diverted to BNE enroute B747-400 VH-OJU (see main post)
  • Falcon 2000EX VH-KRW flew Brisbane - Hamilton Is - Brisbane
  • Falcon 2000EX N818BH departed to Auckland (see main post)
  • Gulfstream 4 VH-MBP arrived as EVY99 and departed shortly after
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAD departed for Port Moresby as LYB2022

Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAD

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Qantas 108 diversion

Qantas 108 from Los Angeles to Sydney made an unscheduled stop in Brisbane this morning. The flight was operated by B747-438 VH-OJU and is currently on its way to Sydney.

Movements 06 SEP

  • Air Vanuatu B737-800 YJ-AVI ferried in from Singapore Seletar via Denpasar as AVN89 on completion of maintenance. It later operated AVN 21 to Port Vila. Airwork NZ B737-300 ZK-SLA had been operating for Air Vanuatu to cover maintenance for YJ-AV1 since August 16th.
  • Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK arrived back at 1730
  • Embraer Legacy 600 VH-VLT arrived.

Air Vanuatu B737-800 YJ-AV1

Friday, September 6, 2013

Virgin Galactic 2nd test flight

Time for something a little different, Virgin Galactic has just completed it's second rocket powered test flight from Mojave, CA. The 20-second burn propelled the spaceship to 69,000 feet. During this time the SS2 achieved a maximum speed of Mach 1.43. Bookings are being taken for 2014 and beyond for a cool $250,000 USD. For more information visit

Movements 05 SEP

  • Movements for 04 Sep were nil
  • Citation 550 VH-CCJ flew Brisbane - Adelaide - Brisbane
  • China Southern CZ381/382 from Guangzhou - Brisbane - Guangzhou was operated by A330-223 B-6528 in Skyteam livery

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Falcon 2000EX N818BH

Falcon 2000EX N818BH msn 57 registered to the Wells Fargo Bank arrived BNE today from Auckland.