Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Another Diversion - Cathay Pacific Airbus A340

Yesterday morning, another aircraft diverted to Cairns, this time a Cathay Pacific Airbus A340.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A340-300 B-HXH was over the Coral Sea en-route to Auckland (NZAA) from Hong Kong (VHHH) as CX197 when it made the decision to divert to Cairns.

After about an hour on the ground, the 16 year old A340-300 continued to Auckland (NZAA) as CX197 without further incident.

Below are shots of the A340 departing:

Cathay Pacific Airbus A340-300 B-HXH departing Cairns


Monday, 28 April 2014

Qantas 747-400 Diverts to Cairns

This morning, Qantas Boeing 747-400 VH-OJS diverted to Cairns whilst en-route Singapore Changi (WSSS) - Brisbane (YBBN) as QF52.

A few hours later, the 14 year old Boeing 747, fitted with four powerful Rolls Royce RB211 engines, departed to Brisbane (YBBN), still using the Flight Number QF52.

A Qantas Boeing 747-400 at Sydney Kingsford Smith in December last year - file photo

It is unknown as to why the Boeing 747 diverted to Cairns, however, one suggestion is that it diverted because of bad weather in Brisbane.


Monday, 21 April 2014

Planespotting Photos From This Afternoon

A few different aircraft captured this afternoon, including Alliance Fokker 50 VH-FKV and Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-XZJ 'Mendoowoorrji'.

Alliance Fokker 50 VH-FKV

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VXP

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-XZJ 'Mendoowoorrji'

QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 VH-QOC


Friday, 18 April 2014

This Morning's Visitors to Cairns

Two aircraft that rarely visit Cairns arrived this morning, one of them a Boeing 767-300WL, and the other being a Fokker 50.

First to arrive was Air New Zealand Boeing 767-300WL ZK-NCJ from Auckland (NZAA) as NZ173.

Air New Zealand Boeing 767-300WL ZK-NCJ landing in Cairns this morning

The 19 year old 767 which was fitted with 3m winglets in 2009 departed back to Auckland (NZAA) as NZ174 after a one and a half hour turn-around.
Air New Zealand Boeing 767-300WL ZK-NCJ departing Cairns

The other visitor, which is also quite a rarity to see in Cairns, was Alliance Fokker 50 VH-FKV from Brisbane (YBBN) as QQ4460.
Alliance Fokker 50 VH-FKV arriving in Cairns this morning
At the time of posting, the Fokker 50 has departed Cairns and is en-route to Horn Island (YHID), still operating as QQ4460.

Planespotting Photos and Videos From Today

Planespotting photos from earlier today:

Jetstar Airbus A320 VH-VGJ

Jetstar Airbus A321 VH-VWZ

Air Niugini Dash 8 Q300 P2-ANN

QantasLink Boeing 717-200 VH-NXM

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan VH-TFS

QantasLink Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBI

Tigerair Airbus A320 VH-VNP

Jetstar Airbus A320SL VH-VFT

Cessna 402C VH-JOH

Cessna 402C VH-THX

Air Niugini Dash 8 Q400 P2-PXP

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YIE

OK Tedi Mining Dash 8-100 P2-NAX

Qantas Boeing 767-300 VH-OGH

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUZ

Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQK

QantasLink Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBV

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan VH-HLL

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VXO with 'Sharing The Spirit' titles

Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBE

Click play to watch the videos below:
Tigerair Airbus A320 VH-VNB departing Cairns:
QantasLink Boeing 717-200 VH-NXM departing Cairns:
Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBJ departing Cairns: