Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Jetstar Regional Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBI Arrives Whilst VH-TQM Departs

On Monday 24th August, Jetstar Regional Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBI touched down from Townsville (YBTL) as QF713.

Like -TQM, -SBI was repainted into the Jetstar livery whilst at Townsville.

Jetstar Regional Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBI at Cairns on Wednesday 26th August

Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBI departing Cairns last year

On Wednesday 24th August, fellow Jetstar Regional Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQM departed Cairns bound for Brisbane (YBBN) as QF713.

Jetstar Regional Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQM departing this afternoon

Friday, 21 August 2015

Recent Bizjet Movements

On Monday 17th August, Raytheon Premier 1 VH-VHP arrived at Cairns from Roma (YROM).

Raytheon Premier 1 VH-VHP on Thursday 20th August

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

On Tuesday 18th August, Dassault Falcon 900EX N146EX touched down from Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY).

Dassault Falcon 900EX N146EX on 20th August

This afternoon, it departed to Auckland (NZAA).

Arriving on Thursday 20th August, was Gulfstream G280 B-8280 from Sam Ratulangi (WAMM) as MJC282.

This afternoon, it departed as MJC283 to Auckland (NZAA).

Friday, 14 August 2015

Jetstar Regional Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQM Arrives

On Wednesday 12th August, Jetstar Regional Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQM touched down from Townsville (YBTL) as QF6672.

The Dash 8, which previously operated for QantasLink, was repainted into the Jetstar livery whilst at Townsville.

Jetstar Regional Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQM at Townsville (Photos by Jetstar)

By the end of this year, the Dash 8 will be operating services to regional destinations in New Zealand.

From Jetstar's Media Release:
"In addition to the new livery, the Q300s are being given an interior refresh to match the Jetstar onboard product. 
Further details of the new services, including the four regional destinations they’ll be flying to in New Zealand, will be announced in a few weeks.
Regional New Zealand flights on the Q300s will be operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar Airways."
Jetstar Regional will operate five Dash 8 Q300 aircraft in New Zealand.

Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQM departing Cairns in September 2013

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Raytheon Premier 1 VH-TGQ Overnights at Cairns

During the afternoon on Wednesday 12th August, Raytheon Premier 1 VH-TGQ touched down from Toowoomba (YTWB).

Early this morning, it departed bound for Frans Kaisiepo (WABB), Biak.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKK - First Visit

On Sunday 2nd August, Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKK made its first visit to Cairns from Melbourne Tullamarine (YMML) as JQ25.

A few hours later, the Boeing 787, delivered new to Jetstar last month, departed bound for Tokyo Narita (RJAA) as JQ25.

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKK departing on Sunday

Monday, 3 August 2015

Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL ZK-OXJ Delivery Flight

During the late hours of Sunday 2nd August, Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL ZK-OXJ arrived at Cairns from Kuala Lumpur (WMKK) as NZ6097.

This afternoon, it departed bound for Christchurch (NZCH) as NZ6097.

Air New Zealand Airbus A320SL - file photo

This is Air NZ's 10th A320 featuring Sharklets.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Pair of Cessna Citations Pass Through Cairns

Recently, Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-EXG arrived.

Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-EXG today

Unfortunately, its movements are unknown, however, at the time of posting, it is still on the ground at Cairns.

This afternoon, Cessna 525 CJ4 Citation F-ONCP passed through from Nouméa Magenta (NWWM).

Cessna 525 CJ4 Citation F-ONCP this afternoon

Later, the Citation departed to Darwin (YPDN).

United Airlines to End Services to Cairns

Next month, United Airlines will end its Guam - Cairns service.

From the Australian Aviation magazine:
"The last service between Cairns and Guam, which are operated by Boeing 737s with flight numbers UA94 and UA95, will be on September 26 and 27, United said in a statement.
The Star Alliance member is also cancelling its daily Guam-Seoul Incheon flights from September 30.
“We have taken this decision because the services’ financial performance did not meet our expectations,” United said.
The Cairns-Guam route, which according to the Airline Route website began in 1998 with Boeing 727 aircraft, was inherited from Continental Micronesia when United and Continental merged in 2010."

United Airlines Boeing 737-800 landing at Cairns last month - file photo

As noted by a reader on Australian Aviation, this was the only flight between Australia and Micronesia.

Hong Kong Airlines Announces Cairns & Gold Coast Flights

Yesterday, Hong Kong Airlines announced a triangular service between Hong Kong, the Gold Coast and Cairns. Commencing 8th January 2016, the airline will operate Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the route.

According to their Press Release (which can be found HERE):
"The new service is a triangular service starting from Hong Kong to Gold Coast, and continuing to Cairns enroute back to Hong Kong. Airbus A330 aircraft with 292 seats including 32 business class seats will be deployed on the route, operating on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Hong Kong Airlines and Gold Coast Airport today held an agreement signing ceremony in Gold Coast."

Flight no.
Departure/Arrival time*
Hong Kong to Gold Coast
21:30/ 08:30+1
Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
Gold Coast to Cairns
10:30/ 12:45
Every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
Cairns to Hong Kong
13:50/ 19:10

 *All local time; subject to regulatory approval