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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Singapore A333 9V-SSC

Singapore Airlines A330-343 9V-SSC msn 1544 made its first visit today operating SQ235/256 to/from Singapore. Singapore now has 28 A330-300s in service.

Pullman and Ibis hotels to be built at BNE

Following from our previous post here, further details have emerged about the two new hotels to be constructed near the domestic terminal.

Accor have announced they will open a Pullman and a Ibis Hotel at Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal Precinct with construction to be completed in November 2016.

The new five star Pullman Hotel will feature 130 rooms, leisure and lap pools, 24 hour room service and extensive business facilities including an executive gym and top floor executive club lounge and bar.

The new three and a half star Ibis will offer 243 rooms, alfresco restaurant and bar, roof top bar and lounge.

With a rooftop bar and lounge planned for the Ibis hotel, maybe some plane spotting opportunities will be available while enjoying the views and a cold beverage.

Source: ETB News

Photo by Accor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Qantas B738 VH-XZL

Qantas Boeing 737-838 VH-XZL msn 44573 arrived BNE today on delivery from Nadi as QF6024.

Global 5000 N933ML

Global 5000 N933ML msn 9504 arrived from Port Moresby.

Monday, July 28, 2014

2 Military visitors today.

RNZAF 757 and Aeronavale Falcon 20 were visitors today.

Both are welcome and reasonably regular visitors to BNE.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New China Airlines special livery

China Airlines A330-302 B-18361 msn 1539 operated today's CI053 service wearing a special "Cloud Gate Dance Theatre" livery. The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is a modern dance group based in Taiwan.

Photos above by a contributor

Qantaslink Dash 8 C-GWRF

Qantaslink Dash-8 Q402 C-GWRF was delivered to Qantaslink today when it operated Saipan - Port Moresby - Cairns - Brisbane as "Bombardier 05". C-GWRF will become VH-LQO.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update on Beech A36 N20TC

This is a special update on Beech Bonanza A36 N20TC which passed through Brisbane on Friday 18th July Darwin - Brisbane and then continued to Noumea on July 20th. (Original Post Here)

It is with great sadness to report that the Beech Bonanza crashed shortly after take-off from Pago Pago in American Samoa. Haris Suleman, 17, was trying to complete a round the world flight in less than 30 days and was due back home in Indiana within days. Joining him was his father Babar Suleman, who is also a pilot. It is confirmed that the body of Haris Suleman has been recovered however his father is still missing.

Babar Suleman and Haris Suleman in the cockpit of the Beech Bonanza. Photo credit:

Investigators are still trying to locate the aircraft however emergency beacons were transmitting signals. A plane has been dispatched to help in the search for Babar Suleman.

Our condolenses to the family for the loss of Haris Suleman who was a promising young aviator and we hope Babar Suleman is found alive and well!

To follow the Suleman's blog for updates click here

Challenger 850 VP-BNY

Challenger 850 (CRJ-200) VP-BNY msn 8097 arrived BNE this morning from Davao City via Darwin.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Singapore Airlines increases flights over Xmas

From 22NOV14 to 31JAN15 Singapore Airlines will increase Brisbane services from 21 to 23 weekly flights. The additional two services operate each Friday and Sunday with A330-300 equipment. Schedule as follows (new service in orange):

Singapore - Brisbane
SQ255 SIN0045 – 1045BNE 333 D
SQ265 SIN0650 – 1650BNE 333 57
SQ245 SIN0930 – 1930BNE 333 D
SQ235 SIN2115 – 0715+1BNE 333 D

Brisbane - Singapore
SQ256 BNE0910 – 1510SIN 333 D
SQ236 BNE1440 – 2040SIN 333 D
SQ266 BNE1805 – 0005+1SIN 333 57
SQ246 BNE2345 – 0545+1SIN 333 D

Source: Airline Route

USAF MC-130H 89-0280

United States Air Force Lockheed MC-130H Hercules 89-0280 msn 5236 operated Kadena AB - Koror - Cairns - Brisbane - Auckland Whenuapai as "Tang21".

Photo by Luke

Virgin Australia daily to LAX

From 26 October 2014 Virgin Australia will increase its four times weekly service from Brisbane to Los Angeles up to a daily frequency using Boeing 777-300ERs. Virgin will axe its 3 times weekly non-stop Melbourne to Los Angeles route to provide daily services out of Brisbane.

Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER

Nauru Airlines B733F VH-VLI

Arriving from Subang via Darwin early this morning was Boeing 737-3H6(F) VH-VLI on delivery to Our Airline. Our Airline will be re-named Nauru Airlines from 1st August. VH-VLI is already wearing Nauru Airlines titles.

Photo by Luke

Monday, July 21, 2014

AirAsia X Indonesia A330-300 PK-XRA

AirAsia X Indonesia's first A330-343 PK-XRA msn 716 operated a route proving flight today from Denpasar to Brisbane and return.

Garuda B738 PK-GNA

Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-8U3 PK-GNA msn 41310 made its first visit today operating GA720/721.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lynden C-130 N403LC

Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-382G (C-130) N403LC operated Port Moresby - Brisbane today as LYC627.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beech A36 N20TC

Beech A36 Bonanza N20TC msn E-873 arrived BNE tonight from Darwin as part of a round the world flight piloted by father and son pilots, Babar and Haris Suleman. They are hoping to break a number of world records but the main one will be the 'Youngest Pilot to Fly as Pilot in Charge around the World in a Single Engined Aircraft'. You can follow their blog Here.

Old International Terminal to be transformed for G20

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Old International Terminal will be used to process passengers during the upcoming G20 Summit to be held in Brisbane. 50 percent of the terminal was demolished some months ago however the second half will be transformed into a $3 million custom-built, high security processing facility for G20 visitors.

Everybody except for the world leaders will pass through the facility which will welcome the dignitaries to Australia. The facility is expected to be finished by mid September and will be demolished once the last world leader has departed.

Source: Courier Mail

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

USAF MC-130 88-0191

Unites States Air Force Lockheed MC-130H 88-0191 msn 5130 operated Cairns - Brisbane - Auckland last night as "Tang 12".

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

China Airlines 747s to return from DEC

From 05 DEC 2014 China Airlines Boeing 747-400 aircraft will replace Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the Taipei - Brisbane - Auckland and return service. The aircraft change will be seasonal only and will revert back to A330 equipment on 28 FEB 2015. A fourth weekly flight is also being added.

CI053 TPE2350 – 1045+1BNE1225+1 – 1840+1AKL 744 x237
CI054 AKL2045 – 2125BNE2315 – 0600+1TPE 744 x134

Source: Airline Route

Our Airline to rebrand as Nauru Airlines

Nauru's national airline carrier, Our Airline, is rebranding and changing its name to Nauru Airlines.

Its chief executive, Geoff Bowmaker, says the new name will apply from August the 1st. He says the Our Airline name has served the company well for the past eight years but he says the new name recognises the proud history of Nauru's aviation and the natural and primary role of its airline in servicing the people of Nauru.

The change comes as the airline prepares to bring a 737 freight aircraft into service.

Source: Radio NZ International

USAF MC-130 90-0162

United States Air Force Lockheed MC-130H Hercules msn 5266 operated Kadena AB - Cairns - Brisbane today as "Tang 11".

Photo by Luke

Jetstar B788 VH-VKF

Jetstar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKF msn 36231 made its first visit operating JQ46/47 today.

Monday, July 14, 2014

BNE Service center now open

The new 24hr BNE service center opened today at BNE just off Nancy Bird Way. Refuel and check out the tasty dining options including: KFC, Coles Express, Hungry Jacks, Coffee Club, Subway, SushiMi and Airport Kebabs! An UltraTune Service Centre and Sparkles Car Wash are coming soon also.

Embraer Legacy 650 VT-AML

Indian registered Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 VT-AML msn 14501144 operated by Karnavanti Air arrived into BNE from Jakarta.

Emirates A380 FIFA World Cup scheme

Emirates A380-861 VH-EEQ operated todays EK434 Dubai - Brisbane - Auckland service sporting the FIFA 2014 World Cup mural and Emirates’ Global Ambassador PelĂ©'s signature. This is EEQ's first visit wearing the mural.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Last known visit of Air New Zealand's 747-400

Tomorrow morning will be the last known visit to BNE of Air New Zealand's Boeing 747-400 aircraft with ZK-SUH due in from Macau at 0310 as NZ1945 as part of a Flight Center charter. The aircraft will depart BNE at 0540 for Auckland.

Friday, July 11, 2014

China Airlines A333 B-18361

China Airlines A330-302 B-18361 msn 1539 made its first visit to BNE today operating CI053 from Taipei.

Common User Terminal upgrade commences

A $10m upgrade to the Common User Terminal is underway which will be completed in April 2015. The upgrade affects the Jetstar, Tiger and Skytrans check-in area. Once completed the Common User Terminal will feature: state of the art bag drop facilities, more baggage reclaim facilities, new x-ray machines for oversize luggage and new security inspection gates.

Common User Terminal check-in area

BAC signage

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gulfstream 550 N662CP

ConocoPhillips Gulfstream 550 N662CP msn 5107 arrived tonight from Honolulu. G550 N662CP joins G550 N661CP and G450 N664CP currently at Brisbane.

File Photo

Etihad announces non-stop BNE-AUH service

From 01st June 2015 Etihad Airways will launch a daily non-stop service from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane using their brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The service will replace the existing 1-stop operation via Singapore. Schedule as follows:

EY484 AUH2200 – 1815+1BNE 789 D
EY485 BNE2150 – 0600+1AUH 789 D

Source: Airline Route, Etihad.

Air New Zealand Macau charter

Air New Zealand Boeing 747-475 ZK-SUH operated NZ1944 Auckland - Brisbane - Macau tonight as part of a Flight Center charter.

Gulfstream 5 N5616

Gulfstream 5 N5616 msn 616 arrived BNE today from Sydney.

File Photo

Philippines plans for BNE announced

PAL Expands Down Under
Downgrades Equipment to Boeing 757

Philippine Airlines will expand its Australia Network by expanding services to Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane effective from October says its President.

PAL President and COO Ramon S. Ang said yesterday that it will also open back Perth to its route network.

The airline will fly daily direct services to Sydney, Melbourne, and Darwin while Brisbane and Perth will see three and four flights operating direct from Manila respectively while other flights operate via Darwin. Perth will be relaunched on the 27 of October.

The airline will operate a fleet of five Boeing 757-200 for this route leased from Boeing Capital Corporation until 2016 where it will be replaced by Airbus A321 NEO's.

PAL is also finalizing plan to launch services to Auckland via intermediate points in Australia.


BNE Airport 2 new hotels about to be built.

The 2 new hotels and a Conference centre at the domestic car park are due to see construction start later this month.

A 3.5 star and a 5 star hotel both 9 and 10 storeys high, will be constructed over the next 20 months with a opening date planned for March 2016.

The new hotels at the domestic Terminal area will be at least 5-7 minutes closer than the current hotel.

BNE will finally have accommodation that is within walking distance from the Domestic Terminal and hopefully will be much used by passengers.

350 rooms will be available from both hotels when completed in 2016.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Security Breach diverts flights

Just before 10pm last night a 37 year old woman drove her car through the perimeter fence and onto the airport prompting all landing flights to be delayed or diverted and delays to departing aircraft. Australian Federal Police responded and the woman was treated by paramedics and taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital. The following diversions are known:

  • JQ816 A320 VH-VQU SYD-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • SQ245 A333 9V-STC SIN-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • QF594 B763 VH-OGJ PER-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • QF977 B738 VH-VXE TSV-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • TT536 A320 VH-VNB MEL-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • QF2523 DH8 VH-QOK MOV-BNE Div to Hervey Bay
  • VA993 B738 VH-YFR SYD-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • QF636 B763 VH-OGU MEL-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • VA161 B738 VH-VOX AKL-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • VA353 B738 VH-YFK MEL-BNE Div to Gold Coast
  • FD401 BE20 VH-FDA ROK-BNE Div to Toowoomba
  • QF556 B763 VH-OGK SYD-BNE Div to Gold Coast

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gulfstream 550 N661CP

ConocoPhillips Gulfstream 550 N661CP msn 5104 arrived BNE tonight from Honolulu.

Gulfstream 450 N664CP

ConocoPhillips Gulfstream 450 N664CP msn 4047 arrived BNE from Nadi.

Falcon 7X N55LC

Dassault Falcon 7X N55LC msn 38 arrived BNE this afternoon from Hamilton Is. Operated by Lowes Corporation.

Lynden herc back again

Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-382G (C-130) N403LC operated Port Moresby - Brisbane today as LYC608.

Qantas 12 Diversion

Qantas flight QF12 from Los Angeles to Sydney made a fuel stop in BNE this morning. The flight was operated by A380 VH-OQL "Phyllis Arnott".

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC

Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-382G (C-130) N403LC operated Port Moresby - Brisbane - Port Moresby yesterday as LYC606.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beech 1900D ZS-EAA

Beech 1900D ZS-EAA msn UE-435 ex Air New Zealand Link ZK-EAL ferried Hamilton - Norfolk Island - Brisbane today on its way to South Africa. The Beech was due to continue to Mt Isa and Darwin later today.

Beech Bonanza N367HP

Beech Bonanza 36 N367HP msn E-1811 arrived BNE last night from Darwin. The Bonanza is piloted by 19 year old Matt Guthmiller who is attempting to break the world record for the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. To view Matt's website click here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

China Airlines B744 B-18203

China Airlines Boeing 747-409 B-18203 msn 28711 operated CAL's CI053 Taipei - Brisbane - Auckland service today in lieu of the usual A330-300. The aircraft features a special "love and hug" livery.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Emirates A388 A6-EEV

Emirates A380-861 A6-EEV msn 150 made its first visit today as EK434 from Dubai.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RAAF Hawks transit Coolangatta

Totally off topic however we generally don't see many fighter jets visiting civilian airports within the greater Brisbane area except for RAAF Amberley. When I heard the RAAF BAe Hawk 127 Lead-in Fighters were making a fuel stop at the Gold Coast enroute to exercise High Sierra in Townsville, I couldn't resist the opportunity to soak up the noise and get up close with these high performance aircraft.

The BAe Hawk 127 Lead-in Fighter is used for initial training to prepare aircrew for operational conversion to the F/A-18 Hornet fighter. Powered by a single Adour Mk 871 turbofan engine the BAe Hawk 127 is an advanced trainer with a two-man tandem cockpit and a low-mounted cantilever wing.

Please enjoy these pictures taken at Coolangatta (YBCG) on the 13th June and 27th June.

King Air 300 VH-WCN

Avcair P/L Beech 300 Super King Air VH-WCN msn FA-46 operated Toowoomba to Brisbane today making its first visit to BNE. VH-WCN was delivered to Toowoomba as N888YY in April.