Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Rex Begins Flights to Bamaga and Announces Mt Isa Service

On Monday 30th March, Rex Saab 340B VH-ZRH operated the inaugural Rex service from Cairns to Northern Peninsula (Bamaga) (YNPE) as ZL5516.

A few hours later, the Saab returned from Northern Peninsula (YNPE) as ZL5517.


Rex Saab 340B - file photo

Rex will operate the service every week day.

Yesterday, Rex also announced that they would start services from Cairns to Mt Isa beginning in May. 

In a media release (which can be viewed HERE), Warrick Lodge, General Manager Network Strategy and Sales, stated:
"Today I am pleased to announce that Rex will commence a direct Regular Public Transport (RPT) service between Cairns and Mount Isa with effect from Monday 25 May 2015."
He went on to say:
"Rex will initially base three aircraft in Cairns from 25 May and is prepared to increase the fleet as new opportunities arise in the new financial year. We invite the communities in the Cape region as well as elsewhere in North Queensland to contact us if they believe that they have a case for a viable air service."

Monday, 30 March 2015

Inaugural Jetstar Service to Bali Takes Off!

During the late hours of Sunday 29th March, the inaugural Jetstar flight from Cairns to Bali became airborne.

Jetstar Airbus A320SL VH-VFQ had the honours of the operating the inaugural service to Bali Denpasar (WADD) as JQ90.


Jetstar Airbus A320SL VH-VFQ - file photo

On Monday 30th March, the A320 returned from Bali Denpasar (WADD) as JQ91.

Jetstar will operate the service three times a week.

Ilyushin IL-76 Returns

For the second time in less than a week, Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin IL-76 RA-76511 visited Cairns from Guam (PGUM) as VI6128.


Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin IL-76 RA-76511 - file photo

FlightAware suggests that it will depart to Bauerfield (NVVV), Vanuatu as VI6128 this morning.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Air New Zealand Seasonal Services Begin!

This morning, the first Air New Zealand seasonal service from Auckland touched down at Cairns.

Air New Zealand Airbus A320 ZK-OJK operated the 5 hour flight from Auckland (NZAA) as NZ775.


Air New Zealand Airbus A320 ZK-OJK - file photo


The 10-year-old A320 departed back to Auckland (NZAA) as NZ776 after spending about an hour and a half on the ground.

It is believed that this thrice-weekly service will run until October.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin IL-76 Visits Cairns

Just after sunrise on Thursday 26th March, Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin IL-76 RA-76511 landed at Cairns.

It arrived from Guam (PGUM) as VI6124.


Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin IL-76 RA-76511 at Cairns on Thursday



During the very early hours of Friday 27th March, the Ilyushin departed Cairns for Bauerfield (NVVV), Vanuatu as VI6124.

Recent Movements Over the Past Week - Including USAF C-40

Arriving at Cairns from the Gold Coast (YBCG) on Monday 23rd March was Business Aviation Solutions Cessna Citation 650 VH-DHN.

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


Business Aviation Solutions Cessna Citation 650 VH-DHN parked at Cairns on Wednesday


On Tuesday 24th March, United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-40 166696 touched down at Cairns.


United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-40 166696 landing



Finally, passing through Cairns on Wednesday 25th March was Canadair CL604 Challenger M-AAEL arrived from Mactan-Cebu (RPVM)

It later departed bound for Auckland (NZAA).

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUP

On Saturday 21st March, Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUP (ex. ZK-PBK) made its first visit to Cairns since returning to the Australian register.

It arrived from Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as VA1413.

Less than an hour later, the 7-year-old 737 was airborne again, operating the return service to Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as VA1416.


Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 ZK-PBK at Sydney in January 2014 in the Pacific Blue livery


On Sunday 22nd March, it made a second visit.

It was operating the afternoon service from Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as VA1421:


Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUP




-VUP was the final New Zealand-registered Virgin Australia aircraft to be transferred to the Australian register.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Icelandair Boeing 757-200 TF-FIW Visits Cairns

On Friday 20th March, Icelandair Boeing 757-200 TF-FIW landed at Cairns from Nadi (NFFN) as FI1300.


Icelandair Boeing 757-200 TF-FIW at Cairns today


Air Niugini Cargo ATR 72-200 Arrives at Cairns

On Saturday 21st March, Air Niugini Cargo ATR 72-200 P2-PXZ touched down at Cairns from Port Moresby (AYPY) as PX6090.


Air Niugini Cargo ATR 72-200 P2-PXZ yesterday

French Navy Dassault Falcon 20 Passes Through Cairns

On Sunday 15th March, French Navy Dassault Falcon 20 serial 72 arrived at Cairns from Brisbane (YBBN).

A few hours later, the Falcon departed for Darwin (YPDN).

It was heard using the callsign "French Navy 5436".


French Navy Dassault Falcon 20 serial 72 departing Cairns



Andrew

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Lynden Air Cargo L-382 Passes Through and Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VOR Makes its First Visit

On Tuesday 10th March, Lynden Air Cargo L-382 P2-LAC arrived from Port Moresby (AYPY) as LY5004.

A few hours later, it departed to Moro (AYMR) as LY5004.


Lynden Air Cargo L-382 P2-LAC - file photo


And this afternoon, Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VOR (ex. ZK-PBF) made its first visit to Cairns since returning to the Australian register.

It touched down from Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as VA1421.

After a turnaround of one hour, the 11-year-old 737-800 departed back to Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as VA1424.

The NZ Aviation Notes Blog reports Boeing 737-800 ZK-PBL is the final New Zealand-registered Virgin Australia aircraft remaining. It is also expected to transfer to the Australian register shortly.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Bombardier BD-700-1A10 N60XC Makes a Quick Visit

This afternoon, Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 N60XC touched down froChatrapati Shivaji (VABB), India.


An hour later, the Global 6000 departed bound for Hamilton Island (YBHM).

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Yesterday's Spotting Photos


QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 VH-QOM



Customs & Border Protection Dash 8-100 VH-ZZJ


Cape Flattery Silica Mines Cessna 208B Caravan VH-CZF

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUH Shows Up at Cairns

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUH (ex. ZK-PBI) made its first visit to Cairns this morning since returning to the Australian register.

-VUH arrived from Brisbane (YBBN) as VA773.

After a one hour stopover, the 737-800 departed back to Brisbane (YBBN) as VA776.

This was in fact its first flight since returning to the Aussie register.


Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 ZK-PBI photographed at Sydney in December 2014

Monday, 2 March 2015

Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL ZK-OXH Delivery Flight

On Sunday 1st March, Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL ZK-OXH arrived from Kuala Lumpur (WMKK) as NZ6397.

This afternoon, it departed bound for Christchurch (NZCH) as NZ6397.


Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL ZK-OXH departing this afternoon






Sunday, 1 March 2015

Special Livery - China Eastern Airbus A330-300 B-6126 Visits Cairns!

This morning, China Eastern Airbus A330-300 B-6126 operated the daily flight from Shanghai Pudong (ZSPD) as MU731.

This aircraft features the "People's Daily Online" livery.


China Eastern Airbus A330-300 B-6126 arriving this morning





It later departed back to Shanghai Pudong (ZSPD) as MU732.

CareFlight Learjet 45 VH-CXJ Visits

This morning, CareFlight Learjet 45 VH-CXJ arrived from Townsville (YBTL) as AM452.

Three hours later, it departed for Brisbane (YBBN) as AM452.


CareFlight Learjet 45 VH-CXJ departing this morning

Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL ZK-OXG Passes Through Cairns

On Sunday 22nd February, Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL ZK-OXG arrived at Cairns from Kuala Lumpur (WMKK) as NZ6397.


Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL ZK-OXG at Cairns on Monday


On Monday 23rd February, the A320SL departed for Christchurch (NZCH) as NZ6397 on the final leg of its delivery flight.