Saturday, 24 January 2015

Antonov Airlines (Antonov Design Bureau) An-124 Transits Through Cairns

Arriving during the late evening on Friday 23rd January was Antonov Airlines (Antonov Design Bureau) Antonov An-124 UR-82027.

It arrived from Perth (YPPH) as ADB238F.

Antonov Airlines UR-82027 arriving yesterday evening

After a short stopover, the Antonov continued on to Honolulu (PHNL) as ADB288F.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Hinterland Aviation Takes Over Two Routes Previously Operated by Skytrans and West Wing Aviation Adds Another B1900

On Wednesday 21st January, Hinterland Aviation began services from Cairns to Kowanyama (YKOW) and Pormpuraaw (YPMP).

From Hinterland Aviation's Facebook page:
"Hinterland Aviation can now confirm that scheduled services between Cairns, Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw have received full approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and will commence as scheduled on Wednesday 21st January 2015."

They are utilizing Cessna 208B Caravans on the routes.

A Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan - file photo

Also, it appears that West Wing Aviation have added another 19-seat Beechcraft 1900. It is believed that VH-EMK - a Beechcraft 1900C - has joined the fleet.

-EMK arrived from Perth (YPPH) via Alice Springs (YBAS), Mount Isa (YBMA) and Townsville (YBTL) on Tuesday 13th January.

In a media release published on Wednesday 14th January (which can be found HERE), West Wing Aviation stated that "An additional 19 seat aircraft arrived yesterday".

Beechcraft 1900C VH-EMK at the Hawker Pacific on Tuesday 13th January

-EMK increases West Wing Aviation's fleet of Beechcraft 1900s to two.

The media release also states: "it is expected two 36 seat aircraft will be introduced during February 2015".

It is currently not known as to what type the 36-seat aircraft is, nor where they will come from, but there is speculation that it might be two ex. Skytrans Dash 8-100s, which can seat 36.

A Skytrans Dash 8-100 - file photo

Monday, 19 January 2015

Recently Repainted Virgin Australia 737-700 VH-VBZ Shows Up at Cairns

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-700 VH-VBZ made its first visit to Cairns on Sunday 18th January since being repainted into the Virgin Australia livery. It arrived from Brisbane (YBBN) as VA779.

After spending less than an hour on the ground, it departed back to Brisbane (YBBN) as VA782.

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-700 VH-VBZ departing Cairns yesterday

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-700 VH-VBZ in its previous livery - file photo

This leaves just two aircraft left in the Virgin Blue livery - VH-VUL and VH-VUK.

It is believed that -VUK is currently being repainted in Townsville, and it is expected that -VUL will soon follow once -VUK is back in service.


Qantas Airbus A330-300 Makes a Quick Stop at Cairns

During the early morning of Monday 19th January, Qantas Airbus A330-300 VH-QPJ made a transit at Cairns.

It was operating Shanghai Pudong (ZSPD) - Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as QF130.

Qantas Airbus A330-300 VH-QPJ arriving this morning

Taxiing into the Bay

After a quick stopover, the nine-year-old A330 departed for Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as QF130.

Qantas Airbus A330-300 VH-QPJ departing Cairns this morning

It appears that this was a planned transit (See FlightAware).


Saturday, 17 January 2015

JetGo Embraer ERJ-135 Visits Cairns

Recently, JetGo Embraer ERJ-135 VH-JTG has made two appearances at Cairns. It is believed to be transporting ALP Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.

JetGo Embraer ERJ-135 - file photo

The Embraer's first visit was on Tuesday 13th January from Townsville (YBTL) as JG32.

The next day, -JZG departed bound for Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast (YBPN) as JG33.

On Saturday 17th January, it was back again, this time from Gladstone (YGLA) as JG31.

FlightAware shows that it is expected to depart for Townsville (YBTL) tomorrow as JG32.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Skytrans Aircraft Movements

With the closure of Skytrans Airlines, all 9 Dash 8's have been flown to Cairns, where they are currently parked at various locations around the airport.

Below is a list of all 9 Skytrans Dash 8's, along with their final known movements:

Dash 8-100's:

Registration Route Callsign Date
VH-QQA Normanton (YNTN) – Cairns (YBCS) SKP55 29th December 2014

VH-QQB Northern Peninsula (YPNE) - Cairns

SKP23 2nd January 2015
VH-QQC Mount Isa (YBMA) - Cairns  SKP67 31st October 2014

VH-QQF Mount Isa (YBMA) - Cairns  SKP61 2nd January 2015


(Ferry Flight)
Toowoomba (YTWB) - Birsbane (YBBN)

Brisbane (YBBN) - Cairns


31st December 2014

2nd January 2015 
VH-QQI Kowanyama (YKOW) - Cairns

SKP85 2nd January 2015

Skytrans Dash 8-100 - file photo

Dash 8 Q300's:

Registration Route Callsign Date

(For planned maintenance)

Brisbane (YBBN) - Cairns SKP9086 29th October 2014


(Ferry flight)

Brisbane (YBBN) – Cairns VH-QQN 9th January 2015

(Ferry flight)

Brisbane (YBBN) – Cairns VH-QQP 9th January 2015

Skytrans Dash 8 Q300 at Brisbane in January 2013

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Recent Plane Spotting Photos - Including Air Niugini Fokker 100 and China Eastern A330!

Some spotting photos over the past few weeks:

Air Niugini Fokker 100 P2-ANE photographed arriving on 24th December 2014

Some photos from 1st January 2015:

Royal Flying Doctor Service Beechcraft Kingair 200 VH-FDL

GSL Aviation Gippsland GA-8 VH-NOQ

Tigeriar Airbus A320 VH-VNR

Cessna 206G Amphibian VH-MQX with its new paint job 

Jetstar Airbus A320 VH-VGQ

And a couple of aircraft photographed arriving on 7th January 2015:

Jetstar Airbus A320 VH-XSJ

China Eastern Airbus A330-200 B-6123