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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sikorsky S-92 V8-SAR

Noted performing a practice ILS approach into BNE today was Sikorsky S-92A V8-SAR msn 920039 of the Brunei Shell Petroleum company. V8-SAR has been at the Sikorsky Helitek facility since arriving there on October 5th 2013 as V8-SHL. Search and Rescue conversion work has been completed and the Sikorsky should be ready to ferry back to Brunei shortly.

Friday, January 30, 2015

BNE snapshot today.

Air Niugini,Jetstar,Garuda,Nauru and Mineralogy.

Emirates A388 A6-EOE

Emirates A380-861 A6-EOE msn 169 made its first visit to BNE today operating EK434 from Dubai.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Last Virgin Blue painted aircraft departs BNE

Virgin Australia's last Boeing 737-800 painted in the retro Virgin Blue livery departed BNE for Townsville yesterday for re-painting. Boeign 737-8FE VH-VUL was the last aircraft in the Virgin Blue livery which departed BNE for Townsville as VOZ381 yesterday. It is an end of an era for Australian Aviation. Here are some pictures of the old Virgin Blue livery.

Hawaiian A332 N374HA

Hawaiian Airlines A330-243 N374HA msn 1565 made its first visit tonight operating HA443/444.

Gulfstream G550 N89NC

Gulfstream G550 N89NC msn 5049 arrived BNE from Sydney.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAC

Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-382G (C-130) Hercules P2-LAC msn 4676 arrived BNE from Port Moresby as LYB5000.

File Photo

Saturday, January 24, 2015

USN C-130T 165313

United States Navy Lockheed C-130T Hercules 165313/JW msn 382-5383 arrived BNE today as "Convoy 3943".

Garuda B738 PK-GNO

Garuda Boeing 737-8U3 PK-GNO msn 41800 made its first visit operating a very delayed GA720 from DPS early this morning.  Departed as GA721D back to Bali. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gold Coast diversions today

The following Gold Coast flights diverted to Brisbane today due to heavy rain and poor visibility.
  • Virgin Australia VA733 MEL-OOL B738 VH-YFF
  • Virgin Australia VA735 MEL-OOL B738 VH-YIH
  • Virgin Australia VA517 SYD-OOL B738 VH-VUW
  • Jetstar JQ406 SYD-OOL A320 VH-VQZ
  • Jetstar JQ967 CNS-OOL A320 VH-VGZ
  • Jetstar JQ416 SYD-OOL A320 VH-VQQ
  • Jetstar JQ412 SYD-OOL A321 VH-VWY
  • Tigerair TT562 MEL-OOL A320 VH-VNO
  • Jetstar JQ432 MEL-OOL A321 VH-VWX
  • Jetstar JQ162 WLG-OOL A320 VH-VGO
  • Tigerair TT612 SYD-OOL A320 VH-VNC
  • Virgin Australia VA165 AKL-OOL B738 ZK-PBG

This is a developing story, more diversions may be added.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

F-OHRX ...B1900 arrives after maintenance.

This Beech 1900 of Wanair Tahiti has been in CNS maintenance the past few months.

It also transitted BNE on the forward trip as well.

It will depart shortly to NOU on it's return trip home.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gold Coast diversions tonight

The following Gold Coast bound flights diverted to BNE this evening due to Thunderstorms in the Gold Coast area.
  • Virgin Australia VA545 MEL-OOL E190 VH-ZPM
  • Virgin Australia VA1695 CBR-OOL E190 VH-ZPT
  • Virgin Australia VA755 MEL-OOL B738 VH-YFN
  • Jetstar JQ452 ADL-OOL A320 VH-VFX
  • Jetstar JQ450 MEL-OOL A320 VH-VQC
  • Jetstar JQ446 MEL-OOL A320 VH-VFV

Gulfstream 650 N712KT

Gulfstream 650 N712KT msn 6035 arrived BNE tonight from Tokyo Haneda.

File Photo

Monday, January 19, 2015

Korean Air A333 HL8003

Korean Airlines Airbus A330-323 HL8003 msn 1590 operated its first flight to BNE this morning KAL123/124.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Air New Zealand Link ATR72 arrives.

ZK-MVF arrived today at BNE from KOE.(WATT)on delivery to NZ.

It arrived as SXI 1503 at 1800 hrs.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Garuda B738 PK-GME

Making its first visit today was Garuda 737-800 PK-GME msn 30157 operating GA720/721. As stated in a previous post, Garuda will cease Brisbane flights at the end of January.

USN C-130T arrives

The 2nd USN C-130 Herc arrived last evening.

164762 coded as CW arrived at 1830 last evening.

Friday, January 16, 2015

BNE airport 2014 pax growth.


16 Jan 2015

Passenger growth continues at BNE in 2014 All up 22,254,600 pax through both terminals. Brisbane Airport (BNE) has recorded the fastest rate of growth in international passengers since 2005, with more than 4.92 million international travellers in 2014, equating to an increase of 5.5 per cent (or an additional 256,000 passengers) on 2013 figures.

Domestic passenger figures also increased modestly by 1 per cent to 17.08 million, or 173,000 more travellers than the previous year. Combined, total passenger numbers through BNE in 2014 grew by 1.9 per cent to more than 22 million.

Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, said that overall 2014 was an exceptional year for the airport, defined by a number of key milestones, launches, events and developments.

“2014 was an extremely busy year at Brisbane Airport on all fronts, notably 18 international airlines increased frequency of services to/from Brisbane or up gauged aircraft on popular routes during the year and the establishment of a Tigerair base at BNE was very positive news for travellers.

“Major events hosted in Brisbane, Queensland and abroad including the G20, Australian Tourism Exchange in Cairns, FIFA World Cup in Rio and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow all contributed to increased passengers through BNE,” Ms Alroe said.

“While business as usual continued at the terminals we significantly ramped up our infrastructure program in 2014 with our commitment to invest more than $3.5 billion over the next decade building critical infrastructure and upgrading current facilities.

“Everywhere you look there are upgrades happening at Brisbane Airport including new aprons, cycle and pedestrian access improvements and our New Parallel Runway, which is now fully surcharged and being stabilised ready for the next phase of construction.

“The $45 million redevelopment of the International Terminal is also rapidly nearing completion and the $10 million upgrade of the Common User check-in at the Domestic Terminal continues, among some 50 other projects currently being delivered,” she said.

“We look forward to an equally busy 2015 and working with our airline, industry and business partners in attracting more flights to the city so we can continue to grow Brisbane and Queensland’s profile as a major gateway to Australia and an exciting and progressive city and state,” Ms Alroe said.

International Review

The overall 5.5 per cent growth in international traveller numbers in 2014 was greater than previous years including 2013’s growth of 4.8 per cent. The busiest day on record for international travel in 2014 was on 20 December with 18,846 arrivals and departures, exceeding the 2013 record by 1,286. Average weekly flight frequency was up 7.7 per cent year-on-year from 560 to 603, with an additional 353,100 seats on offer in 2014 compared to 2013, equating to an increase of 5.2 per cent.

Double digit growth was experienced in visitor markets such as China (11.9 per cent), USA (10.5 per cent), India (11.9 per cent), Taiwan (13.9 per cent), Hong Kong (14.4 per cent), Japan (28.4 per cent) and Indonesia (19.8 per cent).

The availability of additional seat capacity was one of the reasons for international passenger growth with greater passenger choice and value resulting.The capacity growth trend is set to continue in 2015 with notable recent announcements including the launch of direct services between Abu Dhabi and BNE in June 2015 and between BNE and Tokyo in August 2015.

Ms Alroe commended the continued dedication by the BAC team and local partners to attracting new carriers and boosting capacity to connect Brisbane to the world. “We are always looking for new opportunities for Brisbane Airport and striving to forge strong partnerships with airlines and tourism groups to expand our network and make our airport one of the world’s most connected,” Ms Alroe said.

Domestic Review

Overall demand for domestic travel was modest throughout 2014 however records were broken in October when 1.57 million passengers passed through the Domestic Terminal, an increase of 24,900 on the prior record set in October 2013.

Weekly flights increased from approx. 3,200 to 3,260, with an additional 176,000 seats on offer to travellers throughout the year. Total domestic seat capacity increased by 0.8 per cent (+ 176,000 seats) compared to 1.4 million seats added in 2013, which improved load factors and yields for the two main domestic carriers.

The busiest day was on Thursday 17 April (the day prior to the Easter long weekend) with a record 62,842 arrivals and departures through the Domestic Terminal. Ms Alroe said similar domestic growth to 2014 is anticipated in 2015. “The airlines are reaching equilibrium with demand and seat capacity and I expect they will continue to focus on load factors and yield while keeping a close eye on demand and tweaking schedules and services as required throughout the year,” Ms Alroe said.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BNE today so far.

VH-VHD A319-115(LR)arrived around 1430 hrs today.

Unfortunately i am unable to ascertain from which port it arrived.Callsign was Snowbird one.

Also in this afternoon was G550 N818LF up from Sydney.

Air Niugini brings in a Fokker 100 last evening.

P2-ANH operated POM-BNE as ANG 4005 last evening and then over nighted and departed back to POM this morning as ANG 5006.

USN C-130 back again.

US Navy C-130 Brisbane 165159 was back again last evening around 1900 hrs, Callsign Convoy 3083..... It arrived back from Pearce in WA.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Garuda says goodbye for the second time.

GA720/721 DPS-BNE-DPS will cease on 01 February.

The service commenced on 01August 2013 and operated mostly daily with the 737-800 flying the route.Just the other day they operated a one off A330-200 on this service.

SOURCE:Australian Business Traveller.

Below a few file photos attached over the past 18 months.

Some file photos of aircraft attached below

Garuda have sent to BNE 31 different 737-800 registrations since commencing flights in August 2013 and 1 A330-200.

Monday, January 12, 2015

US Navy C-130 arrives today and a few Biz as well.

USN C-130.. 165159 arrived earlier this afternoon from PPG as Convoy 3083.The inclement weather meant no photos unfortunately.Also arriving during the rain was Palmer United Global Express M-ATAR from OOL.

Also in and out today were VH-LEP Global Express from Essendon and out to Sydney and P2-ANW Falcon 900 which operated Sydney to Brisbane onto Port Moresby.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

3 American biz past few days.

Global 5000 N933ML arrived in the very early hours of 9 January and departed shortly there after.

Citation 680 N680NA of Noevir Aviation Inc.arrived this morning from NOU and departed to Perth shortly there after.

Global 6000 N797CT in a world map livery is owned by Caterpillar Inc and arrived earlier this afternoon.

Photo attached by myself landing RWY 01.

Aircalin A330-200 yesterday.

Aircalin put the A330-200 F-OHSD on yesterday's ACI152/153B flights NOU-BNE-NOU.

Our contributor was out there yesterday to capture some great photos.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

VH-OGO also leaves today.

VH-OGO Qantas 767-300 departed to ASP today as QF6126 at 0618am.

This was the last of the 2 767's brought to BNE to have their livery and titles removed before going to storage.

Photo above from a contributor of it's departure this morning to ASP..

Friday, January 9, 2015

3 Emirates A380 's on the deck this evening.

A6-EDP,A6-EDO,A6-EDM were all in this evening.

A6-EDP operating AKL-BNE last evening failed to depart BNE to DXB and remains here as at 1915 hrs this evening.

A6-EDM arrived around 6pm from DXB this evening as EK 3434 the replacement aircraft.

A6-EDO operated tonight's AKL-BNE-DXB service arriving around 1900 hrs as EK 435.

This is the first time 3 Emirates A380 aircraft have been on the deck at BNE at once.

Garuda sends in a A330-200

First visit of a Garuda A330-200 today.

PK-GPQ (MSN 410)arrived as GA720 from DPS replacing the normal 737-800 service.

Today's photos by a contributor.

Also sad to see Qantas 767-300 leave as well.

QFA 6160 VH-OGU devoid of Qantas markings flew out of BNE to ASP today.

A photo below from a contributor and many thanks for the memories Qantas.

Last 2 Skytrans depart.

The last 2 Skytrans Dash8-300 aircraft departed for Cairns today.

Both VH-QQP and VH-QQN departed this am for CNS.Extremely sad to see this airline cease operations.

Both photos taken earlier this week.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Photos of Philippines RP-C9914

Taken passing the viewing area this am and again on the runway.

Philippines A321 RP-C9914

First time visitor this morning is Philippine Airlines A321-231 RP-C9914 msn 6295 arriving from Manila via Darwin as PAL221.

Hawaiian A332 N391HA

First time visitor last night was Hawaiian Airlines A330-243 N391HA msn 1399 operating HAL443/444.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

AQUIS 757 back again.

VQ-BTF returned to BNE yesterday from storage at ASP.This is it's 5th visit to BNE in recent months.After arrival it went to the Qantas maintenance hangar.

Yesterday's photo of it's arrival at BNE.

Corporate Air takes over Skytrans Fifo Clermont services.

Skytrans on Monday afternoons operated Brisbane-Clermont non stop and one service Brisbane to Maroochydore and Clermont.

On Monday gone Corporate Air VH-VEF and VH-VEO operated those services.

As well on Tuesday am VH-VEM operated BNE-MCY-Clermont and VH-VEF operated BNE-clermont direct.

Corporate Air Saab also operated the Monday BNE-Narrabri service.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Today's snapshot.

Fiji,Philippines,Air New Zealand,Tigerair,euroAtlantic and Qantaslink.

And a few different aircraft types today.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Global 6000 VP-CJC

Bombardier Global Express 6000 VP-CJC msn 9532 operated Maroochydore - Brisbane - Hong Kong today.

Skytrans ceases operations.

Extremely sad news that another airline has ceased operations yesterday.

Skytrans over the past several years or even longer period than that, operated the subsidized West QLD routes as well as FIFO ex BNE.

FIFO included BNE to Clermont,Moranbah,Emerald,Narrabri,Miles and Roma and yes i may have forgotten some?.At it's peak around the middle of last year it had as many as 5 Dash 8 aircraft based at BNE.

Skytrans last RPT service was on 31 Dec from Toowoomba to Brisbane as SKP18 operated by Dash8-100 series VH-QQG in Maroomba Airlines livery.

Their last FIFO to BNE was SKP 671 19Dec Miles to Brisbane.

Best wishes go out to the staff of Skytrans.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Gulfstream 550 VP-CTE

Gulfstream 550 VP-CTE msn 5304 arrived BNE from Maroochydore.

BN2 Islander F-GDHD

Britten Norman BN2 Islander F-GDHD msn 591 arrived into Brisbane from Noumea today.

Emirates B77W A6-ENX

Emirates Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-ENX msn 42318 made its first visit last night as EK432/433.

Hawaiian A332 N383HA

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N383HA msn 1217 made its first visit last night operating HAL443/444.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Philippine A321 RP-C9916

Philippine Airlines Airbus A321-231 RP-C9916 msn 6363 made its first visit today operating PAL221/222.

REX resumed RPT operations from BNE today.

REX 5662 VH-ZRH had the distinction of being the first flight,BNE-Wellcamp and onto further Western QLD ports,a few minutes ago.

REX will operate 4 flights a week to Western QLD ports from BNE replacing Skytrans.

REX several years ago operated RPT on the BNE-Maryborough route which did not last very long.

In the interim REX had up to 3 Saabs based at BNE operating Fifo for Pelair to Miles,Roma,Moranbah and Emerald.

WELCOME back REX to Brisbane and we wish you plenty of success and hopefully more expansion in the coming years.