Sunday, 30 November 2014

Rex Saab 340B Movements

On Friday 28th November, Rex Saab 340B VH-EKH arrived at Cairns (See blog post HERE).

Yesterday, the Saab was carrying out short local flights, presumably preparing for the commencement of Rex operations from Cairns in January 2015.

Below are photos of one of the Cairns - Cairns flight it did yesterday as ZL9702.

Rex Saab 340B VH-EKH at Cairns yesterday

Rex Saab 340B VH-EKH departing

Rex Saab 340B VH-EKH arriving after its short flight

Saturday, 29 November 2014

This Morning's Plane Spotting Photos

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUG

Jetstar Airbus A320SL VH-VFU

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VYC

Jetstar Airbus A320SL VH-VFN


Rex Saab 340B Lands at Cairns

During the evening of Friday 28th November, Rex Saab 340B VH-EKH arrived at Cairns from Normanton (YNTN) as ZL9416.

Rex Saab 340B VH-EKH at Cairns yesterday

At the time of posting, it is still parked at Cairns.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Antonov An-124 Makes One More Visit

On the morning of Monday 24th November, Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82046 made another visit to Cairns from Rockhampton (YBRK) as VDA2138.

After a two-hour stopover, the Antonov departed for Paya Lebar Air Base (WSAP) as VDA2138.

Volga-Dnepr Antonv An-124 RA-82046 departing on Monday


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Qantas Boeing 737-800 'Retro Jet' Makes its First Visit to Cairns!

A short time before midday on Tuesday 25th November, Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-XZP made its first visit to Cairns from Melbourne Tullamarine (YMML) as QF702.

This is Qantas' 75th Boeing 737-800, and features the 'Retro Jet' livery.

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-XZP arriving at Cairns on Tuesday

It later departed back to Melbourne Tullamarine (YMML) as QF703.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Antonov An-124 Visits Cairns Again

On the afternoon of Friday 21st November, Antonov An-124 RA-82046 arrived at Cairns.

It arrived from Paya Lebar Air Base (WSAP) as VDA2137.

Antonov An-124 RA-82046 arriving at Cairns on Friday

This morning, it departed for Rockhampton (YBRK) as VDA2137.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Two Very Different Boeing 737 Movements

On Thursday 20th November, Indian Air Force Boeing 737-700 K5014 transited through Cairns. It arrived from Nandi (NFFN) as IFC54.

It later departed for Singapore Changi (WSSS) as IFC54.

Indian Air Force Boeing 737-700 K5014 departing Cairns

Also transiting through Cairns on Thursday 20th November, was ex. Air New Zealand Boeing 737-300 ZK-NGH. It arrived from Christchurch (NZCH) as SXI1431.

After a short stopover, the 15-year-old 737 departed for Lombok (WADL) as SXI1431.

Ex. Air New Zealand Boeing 737-300 ZK-NGH departing Cairns


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Antonov An-124 Operates to Rockhampton and Back

On Wednesday 19th November, Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82046 departed Cairns as VDA2427 to Rockhampton (YBRK).

Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82046 departing Cairns yesterday

Early this morning, the Antonov returned from Rockhampton (YBRK) as VDA2136.

CQ Plane Spotting reports that it was loaded with multiple Royal Singapore Air Force helicopters whilst at Rockhampton.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Tuesday's Plane Spotting Photos

Nautilus Aviation Bell 407 VH-VHU

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YFI

Nautilus Aviation Robinson R44 VH-ERH

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VXK

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YIE


Antonov An-124 Lands

On Monday 10th November, Volga Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82046 arrived from RAAF Base Curtin (YCIN) as VDA2427.

Volga Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82046 arriving on Monday

At the time of posting, the Antonov is still parked at Cairns.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Cessna 210 Emergency Landing at Cairns

During the early afternoon of Tuesday 11th November, Wrightsair Cessna 210 VH-JGA conducted an emergency landing at Cairns. Thankfully, no-one was seriously hurt.

According to The Cairns Post it was "returning from a sightseeing tour with four passengers when the single engine Cessna’s main landing gear failed."

Wrightair Cessna 210 VH-JGA after conducting the emergency landing yesterday afternoon

It is believed that the aircraft conducted the emergency landing on the grass parallel to the main runway.

The aircraft was towed to the Yates Aero Engineering' hanger

Wrightsair Cessna 210 VH-JGA departing Cairns on a local scenic flight last month - file photo