Saturday, 31 October 2015

Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBF Lands

This afternoon, Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBF arrived as BY982 from Apia (NSFA).


Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBF


Airlines PNG Dash 8-100 P2-MCT Arrives at Cairns

On Thursday 29th October, Airlines PNG Dash 8-100 P2-MCT touched down from Port Moresby (AYPY) as CG800.


Airlines PNG Dash 8-100 P2-MCT on Friday 30th October

Of interest, this Dash 8 previously flew for Skytrans as VH-QQH, until it was transferred to Airlines PNG in 2008.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Air Philippines Dash 8 Q300 Departs

This morning, Air Philippines Dash 8 Q300 RP-C3020, which has been at Cairns receiving maintenance for the past month, departed to Darwin (YPDN) as PR6002.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin IL-76TD RA-76950 Touches Down at Cairns!

At 8:00pm, Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin IL-76TD RA-76950 arrived from Nauru (ANYN) as VI6493.


Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin IL-76TD - file photo

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Recent Spotting Photos

Spotting photos over the past month:


Customs/Border Force Dash 8-200 VH-ZZJ on Saturday 19th September


Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YFH also on Saturday 19th September



SilkAir Boeing 737-800 9V-MGC on Thursday 24th September




Hevilift ATR 42-500 P2-KSL on Friday 25th September




Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YFS arriving on Saturday 10th October



Customs/Border Force Dash 8 Q300 VH-ZZN on Friday 16th October


Toll Aviation ATR 42-300 VH-TOX also Friday 16th October

Friday, 16 October 2015

Air Niugini Fokker 70 P2-ANS - First Visit

This evening, Air Niugini Fokker 70 P2-ANS touched down from Port Moresby (AYPY) as PX98.

This was its first visit to Cairns since being delivered to the airline earlier this month.


Air Niugini Fokker 70

According to FlightAware, the 19-year-old Fokker 70, which previously operated for Vietnam Airlines, is scheduled to depart to Port Moresby (AYPY) as PX91 tomorrow morning.

This is Air Niugini's second Fokker 70.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Aero Acquisitions Boeing 737-400 N232AG Makes a Quick Stop at Cairns

On Sunday 11th October, Aero Acquisitions Boeing 737-400 N232AG touched down from Marshall Islands (PKMJ), using its registration as its callsign..

One hour later, the 25-year-old 737 was airborne again, bound for Brisbane (YBBN).

This aircraft previously flew for Qantas as VH-TJG until late 2012, when it was retired and stored at Victorville, California.

It is believed that it will now be operated by Toll Freight.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Jetstar Airbus A320 Birdstrike at Cairns

On Friday 9th October, Jetstar Airbus A320 VH-VFH was departing Cairns as JQ978 bound for Perth (YPPH) when it struck a bird.

From the Aviation Herald:
"A Jetstar Airbus A320-200, registration VH-VFH performing flight JQ-978 from Cairns,QL to Perth,WA (Australia), was climbing out of Cairns' runway 15 when the crew reported a bird strike, stopped the climb at 6000 feet and returned to Cairns for a safe landing on runway 15 about 30 minutes after departure.
The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights, some the next morning."

Screenshot from FlightAware showing the A320's flightpath


Jetstar Airbus A320 VH-VFH in May 2013

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

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBD Lands at Cairns

This afternoon, Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBD arrived as BY981 from Apia (NSFA).


Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBD arriving this afternoon


Learjet 36A N82GG Passes Through

On Friday 9th October, Learjet 36A N82GG arrived from unknown.

This morning, the 37-year-old Learjet departed Cairns.


Learjet 36A N82GG departing this morning

Interestingly, as shown in the photo above, this Learjet carries a camera pod under the fuselage.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKB Operates Inaugural Fukuoka Service

On Wednesday 7th October, Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKB departed Cairns bound for Kansai (RJBB) as JQ15.

It was then ferried to Fukuoka (RJFF) as JQ7991.

This morning, it returned to Cairns as JQ996 from Fukuoka (RJFF).


Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKB - file photo

Later, the Boeing 787 departed to the Gold Coast (YBCG) as JQ26.

According to the Jetstar Source, this was the inaugural Fukuoka - Cairns service, adding that the service, "Will run for a limited period only."

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Ex. Qantas Boeing 767-300 VH-OGU Transits Through Cairns

On Saturday 3rd October, ex. Qantas Boeing 767-300 VH-OGU touched down from Alice Springs (YBAS) as QF6027.

A short while later, the 767 departed as QF6027 direct to Southern California Logistics Airport (KVCV), Victorville.


Qantas Boeing 767-300 VH-OGU landing at Cairns in October 2014