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Sunday, December 29, 2013

T'storms cause flight diversions

A line of thunderstorms which passed over Brisbane Airport tonight has disrupted some inbound flights causing diversions. Known diversions are as follows:

  • JQ566 A321 VH-VWX MEL-BNE diverted to Coolangatta
  • VA378 B737 VH-VBZ TSV-BNE diverted to Rockhampton
  • QF632 B738 VH-VZU MEL-BNE diverted to Coolangatta
  • VA786 B738 VH-YFC CNS-BNE diverted to Rockhampton

Atlas Air 744F N477MC

Atlas Air Boeing 747-47UF N477MC msn 29255 arrived BNE from Los Angeles early this morning as GTI8130 and returned direct to Houston early this afternoon as GTI8131.

Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC

Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-382G (C-130) N403LC departed BNE early this morning for Alice Springs and Karratha, WA.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Vincent Saab 340 VH-VNA

Vincent Aviation Saab 340B msn 301 made its first visit arriving from Mt Isa as VIN340.

Friday, December 27, 2013

NEW Charter Terminal approved

This will be built where the GA terminal and vacant block currently stand.

Brisbane Airport's New Terminal Gets Government Green Light A A A Media Release WT049/2013 23 December 2013 Brisbane Airport's new multi-million dollar charter terminal has been given the all clear for construction by the Australian Government.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new terminal will bring General Aviation operators together into a single building, improving useability for charter and Fly-In Fly-Out operators, and enabling smoother operations within the General Aviation precinct.

“Construction of the new General Aviation terminal will begin in early 2014 with completion expected in 2015,” Mr Truss announced today.

“Works will include a two storey terminal building with four gates for passenger departures and arrivals, five interchangeable passenger lounges and a VIP lounge. There will also be parking for staff and a passenger drop off/pick up zone for taxis, buses and private vehicles.

“This new terminal is part of the Brisbane Airport Corporation's $4.2 billion 20-year infrastructure program to meet bourgeoning demand.

“The airport is a vital transport and business centre, as the gateway to South East Queensland that expedites tourism, trade and economic activity across the region and, indeed, for the state and nation.

“By 2015, yearly passenger movements through this new facility are expected to top 119,000, rising to 270,000 a year by 2028.

“These works are essential to ensure for Brisbane Airport to cater for this passenger growth. Once completed, this new terminal will be a lasting boost for travellers, workers and to the city of Brisbane.

“The charter terminal development will create 20 new jobs during the pre-construction phase and 50 jobs during the construction phase—adding to the existing 20,600 jobs across the airport.” Brisbane Airport has 50 business days to make the major development plan public.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jetstar A320 VH-VFX

Jetstar A320-232 VH-VFX msn 5871 arrived BNE for the first time from MEL as JQ560.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

AN-12 at BNE today.

Photo below.

Merry Christmas!

Antonov 12 UR-CAH arrives

Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov 12BK UR-CAH msn 8345604 arrived BNE last night from Auckland as "UKL7889".

Airwork NZ 734 ZK-JTQ

Airwork NZ Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTQ msn 24442 arrived BNE yesterday as AWK100 from Adelaide. This aircraft used to wear full Alliance Airlines livery however now only has a blue tail.


Photo by a contributor

Monday, December 23, 2013

Global Express XRS N528MP

Global Express XRS N528MP msn 9307 arrived BNE today from Honolulu.


File Photo

Pacific Air Express a Brisbane based Cargo Airline.

Pacific Air Express currently damp leases TOLL 733F and 734F aircraft with 7 departures a week and 7 arrivals.

The 2 routes are Honiara(Solomons) 4 a week and POM(PNG) 3 times a week.

Their 2 letter and 3 letter codes are PE(IATA)and PAQ (ICAO) with "SOLPAC" as their callsign.

Their schedule is 4 times a week usually Tuesday,Wednesday,Fridays and Sundays ex BNE to HIR at approx 0600 am as PAQ 523 and to POM as PAQ 531 at approx 0800 on Wednesday,Fridays and Sundays.

They have grown their schedule dramatically over the past 12-18 months.

This blog is very proud to have Pacific Air Express as a Brisbane based cargo airline operating essential freight services to the South West Pacific neighboring counties.

I personally can remember the early days of wet leased AN-12F aircraft and later the 727-200F and then more AN-12'S.

Many thanks for calling BNE your home and we wish you continuing success in the future.

PAQ 522 on short finals yesterday from Honiara.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tasman Cargo Airlines 757 VH-TCA

Tasman Cargo Airlines (DHL) Boeing 757-236(PCF) VH-TCA msn 25620 operated Auckland - Brisbane - Singapore today as "Tasman 95". This is TCA's first visit to BNE after being re-registered from G-CSVS.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Citation 560 VH-MMC

Flight Options Australia Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-MMC msn 0332 operated Sunshine Coast - Brisbane - Hobart today. This is MMC's first visit since being re-registered from VH-SJP.

Falcon 900EX N47EG

Dassault Falcon 900EX N47EG msn 154 operated Nadi (NAN) - Brisbane - Gladstone today.

Douglas DC-8-73F OB-2059P

Skybus Jet Cargo leased to Transpacific Heavylift DC-8-73F OB-2059P msn 45990 arrived BNE 2253 last night from Port Moresby. Ex N807DH with Astar Air Cargo (DHL).


Photo courtesy of Sean Gregory

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tigerair A320 VH-VNR

Tigerair A320-232 VH-VNR msn 5900 made its first visit to BNE today arriving from MEL as TT344.

Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC

Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-382G (C-130) N403LC operated Brisbane - Noumea this morning after a two month stay. N403LC is returning from Noumea later tonight.


N403LC departing today

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Singapore A333 9V-STZ

Singapore Airlines A330-343E 9V-STZ msn 1477 made its first visit to BNE today arriving from Singapore as SQ255.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Falcon 2000EX C-FVMW

Dassault Falcon 2000EX C-FVMW msn 258 arrived BNE today from Papeete, Tahiti. Later departed to Hamilton Is.

Jetstar announce 787 flights to BNE

Jetstar have announced non-stop flights from Brisbane to Denpasar (Bali) four times per week to be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner commencing April 15th 2014. The new flights will take advantage of Jetstar's growing Boeing 787 fleet, which saw a second Dreamliner VH-VKB delivered over the weekend with two more due early next year.


Jetstar 787-8 Dreamliner

Emirates A388 A6-EEP

Emirates A380-861 A6-EEP msn 138 made its first visit to BNE today operating EK434 from Dubai.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

USN C-130 165313

United States Navy C-130T Hercules 165313 msn 5383 arrived BNE today from Pago Pago as CNV3844.


File Photo

Monday, December 16, 2013

Brindabella Airlines suspends flights

Regional Airline Brindabella Airlines has been put into receivership and all flights suspended indefinately following the grounding of much of its fleet by CASA for failing to do timely safety inspections.

CASA grounded four of the airline's 10 aircraft last month because engine inspections had not been completed ontime. Two aircraft returned to the air however another six aircraft were grounded this weekend.

Brindabella operated flights from Brisbane to Tamworth, Coffs Harbour and Narrabri using Jetstream 41s and Metro aircraft.


Newly aquired Jetstream 41 VH-XNE at Brisbane


Metro III VH-TAO at Brisbane

Sources: The Australian, Brindabella Airlines

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Qantas B738 VH-XZK

Qantas Boeing 737-838 VH-XZK msn 39366 made its first visit to BNE last night arriving from Perth as QF594. After overnighting she departed for Sydney as QF503.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Air Niugini B738 P2-PXE

Air Niugini Boeing 737-8BK P2-PXE msn 33024 arrived BNE today wearing additional 2015 Pacific Games titles.

Challenger 605 VT-APL

Challenger 605 VT-APL msn 5787 arrived BNE today from Jakarta.

Malaysian AF BBJ M53-01

Royal Malaysian Air Force Boeing 737-7H6(BBJ) M53-01 msn 29274 arrived BNE today from Cairns.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Qantaslink B712 VH-YQT

Qantaslink Boeing 717-2BL VH-YQT msn 55179 arrived BNE today from Adelaide as QJE6201. This is YQT's first visit to BNE and is ex N917ME with Mexicana Click.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cessna 208B N81549

Cessna 208B N81549 msn 208B5057 arrived BNE this evening from the Marshall Islands (PKMJ).

Global Express XRS N433DC

Global Express XRS N433DC msn 9262 operated Sydney - Brisbane - Perth today.


Global Express msn 9262 wearing previous registration N962TS

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

RP-C9901 Philippines A321 today.First visit.

Today Philippines brought in their A321 without sharklets.

Photo taken on short finals RWY 01.

N168PK G4 arrives

Today N168PK arrived from Avalon.Photo on short finals for RWY 01.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Malaysia A333 9M-MTN

Making its first visit to BNE tonight is Malaysia Airlines A330-323E 9M-MTN msn 1470 arriving from KUL as MH135.

Flashback: Air New Zealand Holidays B733

In October 2007, Air New Zealand painted its Boeing 737-3U3 ZK-FRE (msn 28742) in this special green livery to promote its holiday packages. ZK-FRE is shown below making a rare visit into Brisbane. ZK-FRE is now flying for VivaAeroBus (Mexico) as XA-VAD.


Photo by Lloyd

Sunday, December 8, 2013

QF94 diversion

Qantas A380-842 VH-OQF msn 29 made a two hour stop in Brisbane today enroute from Los Angeles to Melbourne as QF94 due to crew hours limitations. The aircraft arrived at 12:32 and departed at 14:24 for Melbourne.



Photos by Luke

CAL 744 B-18201

China Airlines B747-409 B-18201 msn 28709 made its first visit today operating CI53 from Taipei.


Photo by Luke

PAL A321 RP-C9905

Philippines A321-231SL RP-C9905 msn 5820 made its first visit today arriving from Darwin as PR221.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Falcon 900B N898TS

Falcon 900B N898TS msn 95 landed BNE this afternoon from Sydney.

CAL B744 B-18202

China Airlines B747-409 B-18202 msn 28710 made its first visit today operating CI53 from Taipei.

Garuda B738 PK-GMZ

Garuda Indonesia B737-8U3 PK-GMZ msn 38072 made its first visit today arriving from Denpasar as GA720.

Runway 19 threshold surface damage

Following the departure of Emirates EK434 to Auckland today, operated by Airbus A380 A6-EDE, it was reported that there was surface damage to the threshold area of runway 19. Runway 19 was subsequently closed to all landing traffic after 08:46 causing several flights to divert. Only aircraft up to and including Boeing 737-700 size continued to land on the smaller cross runway 14. Departing aircraft were unnafected by using an intersection departure at taxiways A3 or A4. A displaced threshold was installed south of A3 allowing a Virgin 737-800 VA1114 VH-VUZ to land on runway 19 at 10:08. The airport is currently still operating with the displaced touchdown point for arrivals on runway 19.

List of known diversions as follows:

  • TT817 A320 VH-VNG SYD-BNE diverted to the Gold Coast
  • JQ482 A320 VH-VGN NTL-BNE diverted to the Gold Coast
  • VA313 B738 VH-YIA MEL-BNE diverted to the Gold Coast
  • QF950 B738 VH-VXB CBR-BNE diverted to Sydney
  • QF510 B738 VH-VXC SYD-BNE diverted to the Gold Coast
  • QF608 B738 VH-VZD MEL-BNE diverted to the Gold Coast
  • QF512 B738 VH-VXA SYD-BNE diverted to the Gold Coast
  • FJ921 B738 DQ-FJM NAN-BNE diverted to the Gold Coast

Global 5000 N755RA

Global 5000 N755RA msn 9468 arrived BNE tonight from Essendon.


File Photo

Thursday, December 5, 2013

ALOHA more Hawaiian

SOURCE Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian Airlines to Add Fourth Flight to Weekly Brisbane Service HONOLULU - December 4, 2013 - Travelers from Hawai'i and the U.S. Mainland who want to visit Australia's "Sunshine State" will have some extra schedule options next year. In response to booming demand from both U.S. and Aussie travelers, Hawaiian Airlines will be adding a fourth flight to its weekly non-stop service schedule between Honolulu and Brisbane, beginning March 31, 2014. The expansion will add more than 20,000 seats to the Australia-Honolulu travel markets in 2014.

"We recently celebrated one year as the only U.S. carrier to offer non-stop service to Brisbane, and the response we've received since then has exceeded our expectations," said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian's executive vice president and chief commercial officer. "The schedule expansion is part of our ongoing plans to grow our Oceania market, allowing more Aussie travelers to visit the Hawaiian Islands via Honolulu and connect to any of our 11 U.S. destination gateways. The expansion also provides U.S. travelers more options and more of a reason to visit Australia."

After the fourth flight is added to the weekly service, Hawaiian Airlines plans to also adjust the days of operation for the Brisbane route beginning Apr. 14, 2014:

Flight Route Departs Arrives From March 31, 2014 to April 13 2014

HA 443 arr BNE 1600 HRS Tue,Wed,Thur,Sun Dep at 1835 as HA 444.

From 14 April 2014 HA 443 arrives Tue,Thur,Saturdays and Sundays at 1600 out at 1835 as HA 444.

Hawaiian Airlines launched non-stop service to Brisbane in November 2012 and at the time projected an approximate 41,000 seats would be added to both travel markets from the route. Thanks to popular demand, Hawaiian Airlines has exceeded that expectation, transporting more than 65,000 passengers between Brisbane and Honolulu to date.

Hawaiian Airlines is the only U.S. carrier that flies to Brisbane, capital city of the State of Queensland and known as the "Sunshine State," which also serves as a key hub for onward travel throughout Australia. Its flight schedule to Brisbane allows travelers to connect with same-day flights throughout Queensland and to other states through a partner airline carrier. The route is operated by Hawaiian Airlines' wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.HawaiianAirlines.com, by calling Hawaiian Airlines' reservations department toll-free at 1-800-367-5320, or through any professional travel agent.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Legacy 650 B-3099

Embraer Legacy 650 B-3099 msn 14501161 arrived BNE today from Osborne Mine.

Air New Zealand B77W ZK-OKO

Air New Zealand B777-319ER ZK-OKO arrived BNE today sporting a new scheme to promote the new Hobbit movie. ZK-OKO arrived from Auckland as NZ135.

Tigerair announces new BNE base

Australian low cost airline Tigerair announced today it would open a new base in BNE commencing in March/April 2014. Two new A320 aircraft will be based in BNE to commence new flights to Adelaide (March 11th), Darwin and Cairns (April 15th). Additional flights from Brisbane to Melbourne and Sydney are also being added to the airline's services. From April, more than half of all Tiger flights will be flying to or from Queensland.

Source: Tigerair

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BNE today

A few pics from today of Garuda,Phillippines and China Airlines.

CAL B744 B-18251

China Airlines B747-409 B-18251 msn 27965 made its 1st visit to BNE today arriving from Taipei as CI053.

PAL A321 RP-C9903

Philippine Airlines A321-231 RP-C9903 msn 5787 made its 1st visit today operating PR221 from Manila via Darwin.

Emirates A388 A6-EEL

Emirates A380-861 A6-EEL msn 133 made its 1st visit to BNE today operating EK434 from Dubai.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Jetstar A320 VH-VFU

Jetstar A320-232SL VH-VFU msn 5814 made its first visit to BNE tonight arriving from Melbourne as JQ566.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hifly A343 CS-TQM departs

Hifly A340-313X CS-TQM msn 117 departed BNE today for Bangkok Don Muang Int'l as HFY751P. It is said the airframe will be scrapped.


CS-TQM taxiing for departure today.

Gulfstream 5 HS-WEH

Gulfstream 5 HS-WEH msn 588 operated by Mjets Thailand arrived BNE today from Newcastle


File Photo

China Airlines B744 B-18205

China Airlines B747-409 B-18205 operated today's CI53 service from Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland. This is B-18205's 1st visit to BNE.

Jetstar A332 VH-EBJ departs

Jetstar A330-202 VH-EBJ departed BNE today for Sydney as JST7991 after completing maintenance with QF.


Photo by Robert Frola