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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Global Express XRS M-BTAR

Global Express XRS M-BTAR msn 9250 arrived from Melbourne as TBJ53.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vincent Aviation Australia into receivership

Vincent Aviation's Australian division today has gone into receivership and ceased all flights within Australia. Vincent Aviation Australia mainly operated out of Darwin using a fleet of Saab 340s and Beechcraft 1900s however also operated fly-in fly-out operations from Brisbane using a BAe-146-200 and Saab 340s. The airline had also recently commenced RPT services from Sydney to Narrabri in February following the collapse of the previous licence holder, Brindabella Airlines in December. Vincent's BAe-146-200 ZK-ECO departed Brisbane for Wellington today which looks to be it's last visit.

The following images are courtesy of Mick Raftery of ZK-ECO departing BNE today.

Gulfstream 5 N83CW

Gulfstream 5 N83CW msn 649 arrived BNE this evening from Sydney.

File Photo

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Jetstar's new 10th year anniversary A320 jet arrives BNE today.

VH-VGF arrived BNE today from MEL as JQ 572.

Falcon 7X G-STMT

TAG Aviation Falcon 7X G-STMT msn 148 operated Singapore - Brisbane - Mackay this morning.

Photo by Luke

Monday, May 26, 2014

Jetstar B788 VH-VKE

Jetstar's latest Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKE msn 36230 made its first visit today as JQ46 from DPS.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Jetstar celebrates 10 years

Ten years today Boeing 717-231 VH-VQI touched down in Melbourne from Newcastle as JQ371 completing Jetstar's inaugural flight. Set up as Qantas's low fare airline Jetstar commenced operations with a fleet of 14 Boeing 717 aircraft, some of which Qantas had acquired through the acquisition of Impulse Airlines. The carrier with its home base in Melbourne was set up with the backing and expertise of it's parent company Qantas to help compete against other low cost airlines.

An early ad campaigne with the airline's mascot, Julie The Jetstar Girl, was played by actress Magda Szubanski.

Flights from Brisbane commenced on June 2nd with Boeing 717-231 VH-VQF operating JQ331/338 Brisbane - Avalon - Brisbane service. The first of initially 23 Airbus A320 aircraft VH-JQG arrived in Melbourne on June 21st 2004. The fleet today now consists of Airbus A320s, A321s, A330-200s and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The Jetstar brand has also expanded to include Jetstar Asia (Singapore), Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam), Jetstar Japan and more recently Jetstar Hong Kong.

Low Fares are just part of the story

The editor was invited to attend Jetstar's 10th birthday celebrations in Melbourne which also unveiled a new special livery on Airbus A320 VH-VGF. Please enjoy the following pictures of Jetstar's celebrations and fleet over the years.

Jetstar's 10th Birthday celebrations

Jetstar's fleet

Boeing 717 VH-LAX arriving at Coolangatta in 2005.

Airbus A320 VH-VFN equipped with Sharklets and wearing the special 100th aircraft livery.

Airbus A321 VH-VWW arriving at Darwin in 2009.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBF operating JQ12 Tokyo - Gold Coast in 2013.

Jetstar's first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKA in 2013.

McDonalds to open at BNE tomorrow

A new McDonalds restaurant will open along Nancy Bird Way at Brisbane Airport tomorrow. The new restaurant will certainly become a hit with plane spotters, cab drivers, airport shuttles and airport workers now having somewhere close to grab a bite to eat without having to drive a further 6km down the road to Toombul Shopping Center.

McDonalds Brisbane Airport almost ready to serve it's first Big Mac.

A new service center currently under construction next to MacDonalds will open mid year and will feature Shell, Coles Express, a car wash and a food court which includes KFC, Hungry Jacks, Subway and The Coffee Club.

Brisbane Airport's service center under construction.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Boeing 737-72T BBJ N50TC msn 29024 operated by the Tracinda Corp arrived BNE today from Honolulu.

File photo

Etihad A332 A6-EYU

Etihad Airways A330-243 A6-EYU msn 1521 made its first visit to BNE today operating EY473 from Abu Dhabi via Singapore.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fokker 70 VH-NKH

Noted at the logistics apron today was Alliance Fokker 70 VH-NKH msn 11549 ex OE-LFG of Tyrolean. The aircraft was being used as a prop for an AFP training exercise.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Citation 650 VH-SPJ

Noted at Brisbane today was Cessna 650 Citation III VH-SPJ msn 650-0101 operated by Flight Options. SPJ over the last few days has operated Sydney - Brisbane - Mt Isa - Mcarthur River Mine - Brisbane - Bankstown.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Learjet 36 N363PJ

Premier Jets Learjet 36A N363PJ msn 038 arrived Brisbane from Majuro.

Emirates A380 A6-EDC departs

Emirates A380-861 A6-EDC msn 16 departed at 1545 this afternoon as EK435D to Dubai after being unserviceable since she arrived on Monday morning. Emirates SkyCargo 777F A6-EFJ arrived last night to drop off components required to return the aircraft to service.

Emirates SkyCargo B772 A6-EFJ

Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777-F1H A6-EFJ msn 35610 operated Sydney - Brisbane - Hong Kong last night as UAE9820. The reason for the stop in BNE was because A380 A6-EDC went technical yesterday morning after arriving from DXB as EK434.

Monday, May 19, 2014

USN C-130 165158 departs

United States Navy C-130T 165158 departed BNE today as "Convoy 3022". On May 16th it flew Brisbane - Woomera - Brisbane.

165158 is Coded CW-158, VR-54, a reserve squadron based at JRB New Orleans.

Garuda B738 PK-GMJ

Garuda Indonesia B737-8U3 PK-GMJ msn 30144 made its first visit today operating GA720 from DPS.

A Few pics from yesterday.

Fiji Airways 737-700 and a US Navy C130 and Careflight Lear 45.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Virgin applies for 6th flight BNE-PNG per week.

According to IASC web site Virgin Australia has applied for a 6th flight from July 6 on the busy BNE-POM route.

The new flight subj to approval already shows in the timetable section of Virgin's web site.

The new flight if approved will operate on Sundays and compliment their Monday to Friday schedule.

The new flight VA 189 departs BNE at 0955 arr POM at 1315 and returning as VA 188 departing POM at 1400 hrs arr BNE at 1710.

Hawaiian upgrades from 767's to 330's from Dec 5.

Hawaiian, the only U.S. carrier that flies to Brisbane Airport (BNE), also announced that beginning Dec. 5, 2014, travelers on its HNL-BNE route will enjoy more legroom and on-demand, seatback entertainment when the airline up-gauges service from the 264-seat Boeing 767-300ERs to the 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

"Australia has become an important part of our network and over the last decade has become an increasingly important part of the overall tourism base in Hawaii," said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer of Hawaiian Airlines. "There has been particularly strong demand for travel to Honolulu from Brisbane and we are pleased to be adding additional capacity and comfortable new aircraft to the route. This allows even more Aussie travelers to visit the Hawaiian Islands via Honolulu and connect to any of our 11 U.S. destination gateways."

Brisbane Service

In 2013, Hawaiian transported more than 65,000 passengers between Brisbane and Honolulu. Following strong demand from both U.S. and Aussie travelers, on March 31 this year the airline launched a fourth non-stop flight between Brisbane and Honolulu, adding more than 20,000 new seats to the travel markets. With the planned up-gauge to an A330 this December, more than 6,200 additional seats will be added in 2015.

SOURCE:Hawaiian Airlines news.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

BNE today

A snapshot of a a few movements today at BNE.

US Navy C-130 165158

United States Navy Lockheed C-130T Hercules 165158 msn 382-5341 arrived BNE from Majuro as Convoy 3022.

Air Niugini F100 P2-ANJ

Air Niugini Fokker 100 P2-ANJ msn 11472 made its first visit today operating PX4003 from Port Moresby. P2-ANJ is ex PH-OFP of KLM Cityhopper. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Korean Air A333 HL7709

Korean Air A330-323X HL7709 msn 484 made its first visit today as KE123 from Seoul.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

01L/19R Dredging and Reclamation Works

Dredging and land reclamation works for the new parallel runway 01L/19R are set to commence soon with the dredge boat, Charles Darwin expected to arrive from Singapore late this month. The Charles Darwin will scoop up sand from an area called Middle Banks in Moreton Bay and transport it to a temporary mooring at the mouth of the Brisbane River. From there the sand slurry is pumped to the parallel runway site along a 5km steel pipeline which will run along the north or runway 19 and under runway 14/32.

Dredging will take approximately 18 months transporting 13 million cubic meters of sand required to fill and consolidate the parallel runway site for pavement and runway construction. Photos will be posted on this blog of the parallel runway site every 4-6 months.

Emirates B77W A6-ENP

Emirates Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-ENP msn 41362 made its first visit tonight operating EK432 from DXB via SIN.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Qantas International changes

A summary of upcoming changes to Qantas's international services.

QF51/52 to/from Singapore
Effective 13MAY 747-400 aircraft are replaced with A330-300 aircraft and departure time ex BNE changes to 1000. Boeing 747-400s are planned to return for 2 flights per week during July and then return to all A330 services from August.

QF15/16 to/from Los Angeles
Effective 02NOV departure time ex BNE changes to 1130 and arrival time back into BNE ex LAX changes to 0800. Service remains daily with 747-400s. Effective 29SEP this will be BNE's only 747 scheduled service.

QF8 from Dallas & cont to Sydney
Current daily schedule Dallas - Brisbane - Sydney service cancelled from September 28th in lieu of direct A380 services from Dallas to Sydney.

Qantas B747-438ER VH-OEJ.

Global Express XRS G-SANL

Global Express XRS G-SANL msn 9333 arrived BNE today from Sydney.

Beech 200 King Air F-GIJB

Beech 200 King Air F-GIJB msn BB-13 operated Noumea Magenta - Brisbane - Alice Springs today.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

QF8 Changes

Qantas's QF8 service from Dallas Fort Worth to Brisbane and Sydney will cease on September 28th when Qantas introduces the A380 on non-stop return services between Sydney and Dallas. The Boeing 747-400ER required a tech-stop in BNE enroute from Dallas to Sydney for fuel.

The A380 will bring a net 10 per cent increase in capacity on the route, as well as introducing First Class to DFW services. The QF8 service has been popular with aviation enthusiasts having been able to fly from Brisbane to Sydney on a Boeing 747-400ER.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Snapshot at BNE today

Plenty of 77W pics,a MRTT 332, and a rare biz today.

China Southern A333 B-5917

China Southern A330-323 B-5917 msn 1392 made its first visit operating CZ381 from CAN.

Singapore Airlines A333 9V-SSB

Singapore Airlines A330-303 9V-SSB msn 1517 made its first visit to BNE today arriving from SIN as SQ235.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Tigerair A320 VH-VNP departs for maintenance

Tigerair A320-232 VH-VNP msn 2952 departed BNE today for Clark (Philippines) as TGW9024 for maintenance.

Austrian F70 OE-LFG

Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Fokker 70 OE-LFG msn 11549 arrived BNE today from Darwin via Mt Isa on delivery to Alliance Airlines.

Global Express XRS N18WF

Westfield Aviation Global Express XRS N18WF msn 9215 arrived BNE from Sydney.