Saturday, 30 May 2015

Inaugural SilkAir Service Touches Down!

This morning, the inaugural SilkAir service to Cairns arrived from Singapore Changi (WSSS).

Silkair Boeing 737-800 9V-MGJ operated the six hour flight as MI828.

SilkAir Boeing 737-800 9V-MGJ arriving this morning

Receiving a water cannon salute

Parked at the international terminal

About two hours later, the 737-800, delivered new to SilkAir last month, departed to Singapore Changi (WSSS) via Darwin (YPDN) as MI828.

SilkAir Boeing 737-800 9V-MGJ departing

SilkAir will operate services to Cairns three times per week - Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

On Mondays and Thursdays, the Boeing 737-800 will arrive from Singapore via Darwin as MI822. After a 50 minute turnaround, it will depart to Singapore direct as MI822.

On Saturdays, however, it will arrive from Singapore direct as MI828 and depart 50 minutes later to Singapore via Darwin also as MI828.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Rex to Add More Cairns - Townsville Services

Airline Route reports that Regional Express (Rex) will begin operating weekday services between Cairns and Townsville from early July:
Australian carrier Regional Express (REX) will be expanding service on Cairns – Townsville route starting 06JUL15, as it plans 17 weekly flights on board Saab 340 aircraft. The carrier currently operates this route twice a week on weekends.
ZL5419 CNS0835 – 0940TSV SF3 x67
ZL5421 CNS1040 – 1145TSV SF3 6
ZL5425 CNS1155 – 1300TSV SF3 x67
ZL5443 CNS1915 – 2020TSV SF3 x6
 ZL5418 TSV0700 – 0805CNS SF3 x67
ZL5420 TSV0835 – 0940CNS SF3 6
ZL5424 TSV1020 – 1125CNS SF3 x67
ZL5442 TSV1710 – 1815CNS SF3 x6

Rex Saab 340B - file photo

Recent Spotting Photos

A few aircraft photographed on Sunday 17th May:

Tigerair Airbus A320 VH-VNC

Tigerair Airbus A320 VH-VNG

Air Niugini Fokker 100 P2-AND

Monday, 25 May 2015

Inaugural Rex Service to Mt Isa Departs

This morning, Regional Express (Rex) Saab 340B VH-ZLH operated the inaugural service to Mount Isa (YBMA) as ZL5361.

Rex Saab 340B VH-ZLH - file photo

The return service - ZL5382 - is expected to arrive tonight.  

The flights will operate four times per week.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Lynden Air Cargo L-382 Hercules P2-LAC Visits Cairns

On Saturday 23rd May, Lynden Air Cargo L-382 Hercules P2-LAC touched down as L25017 from Port Moresby (AYPY).

Later, it departed back to Port Moresby (AYPY)  using the same flight number - L25017.

Lynden Air Cargo L-382 Hercules P2-LAC departing yesterday


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Philippine Airlines to Begin Services to Cairns

On December 1, Philippine Airlines will begin services from Manila to Auckland via Cairns using Airbus A320s.

From a Cairns Airport Media Release (which can be found HERE):
"The six-hour flight to Cairns - PAL's fifth Australian destination - departs Manila at 11:45 PM (MNL time) arriving in Australia at 08:00AM (local time) the following day. The one-hour stopover allows PAL to pick up passengers from Cairns for the continuing journey to Auckland. Arrival in New Zealand is at 4:00PM (local time). Flights from Auckland depart on the same days at 6:30 PM (local time), arriving Cairns at 10:30 PM (local time). After a brief stopover, flights depart from Cairns, arriving Manila at 3:30AM (MNL time), the following day."

A larger Philippine Airlines Airbus A340-300 at Sydney - file photo

The flight will be operated four times per week.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Air Niugini Cargo ATR 72-200 P2-PXZ

On Monday 18th May, Air Niugini Cargo ATR 72-200 P2-PXZ departed Cairns for Port Moresby (AYPY) as PX6093.

Air Niugini Cargo ATR 72-200 P2-PXZ - file photo

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Air China A330-200 Diversion

Less than an hour before midnight on Monday 11th May, Air China Airbus A330-200 B-6092 diverted to Cairns whilst operating Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) - Beijing Capital (ZBAA) as CA174.

Screenshot from FlightAware showing the Airbus' flightpath

Air China Airbus A330-200 B-6092 at Cairns on Wednesday 13th May

During the evening of Tuesday 12th May, a fellow Air China Airbus A330-200 - B-6131 - touched down from Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as CA174, presumably picking up stranded passengers.

B-6131 departed for Beijing Capital (ZBAA) a short time later.

On Thursday 14th May, B-6092 departed Cairns for Beijing Capital (ZBAA) as CA174D.

Beechcraft Kingair F-OZEN Departs

On Saturday 16th May, Beechcraft Kingair 350 F-OZEN departed Cairns for the Gold Cost (YBCG).

Beechcraft Kingair 350 F-OZEN at Cairns last month

It is believed that it has been receiving maintenance at Hawker Pacific over the last few months.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 B-LBJ - First Visit

This morning, Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 B-LBJ made its first visit to Cairns.

The A330, delivered new to Cathay at the end of last month, touched down from Hong Kong (VHHH) as CX103. An hour later, it departed for Brisbane (YBBN) using the same flight number.

Later that morning, it returned from Brisbane (YBBN) as CX146, and later continued on to Hong Kong (VHHH).

Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 B-LBJ departed bound for Hong Kong

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Diverts to Cairns

Early this morning, Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZE diverted to Cairns whilst operating Narita (RJAA) - Auckland (NZAA) as NZ90.

It later departed bound for Auckland (NZAA) using the same flight number.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Airfast Indonesia Embraer E135LR PK-OKE Makes a Quick Stop at Cairns

On Wednesday 6th May, Airfast Indonesia Embraer E135LR PK-OKE touched down from Darwin (YPDN).

Less than an hour later, it departed to Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY).

Spotting Photos From Last Tuesday

A few aircraft photographed on Tuesday 5th May:

QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 VH-QOB

Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQB

Alliance Fokker 100 VH-FKA

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUC

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Gulfstream G550 N200A Visits Cairns

On Tuesday 5th May, Gulfstream G550 N200A arrived.

Gulfstream G550 N200A arriving at Cairns

Reports suggest that it departed bound for Port Moresby (AYPY) the next morning.

Another Jetstar Airbus A330-200 Visits Cairns

On Wednesday 6th May, Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBE passed through Cairns.

It arrived from Melbourne Tullamarine (YMML) as JQ19.

A while later, the A330 departed bound for Narita (RJAA) as JQ33.

Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBE - file photo

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Jetstar Airbus A330-200 Passes Through Cairns

At about 9:15pm on Saturday 2nd May, Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBK arrived at Cairns from Narita (RJAA) as JQ32.

This morning, the A330, built in 2008, departed to Melbourne Tullamarine (YMML) as JQ20.

Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBK departing this morning

It is believed that this was a charter for Golden Week celebrations in Japan.