Friday, August 1, 2014

Global 5000 N50XC

Global 5000 N50XC msn 9275 arrived Brisbane early this morning from Honolulu

File Photo

Our Airline B733 VH-INU retires

Our Airline's Boeing 737-3YO VH-INU msn 23684 departed BNE today for the last time destined for storage in Alice Springs. The aircraft with an age of 27.4 years has flown for Corsair, Air Europa, America West Airlines and finally Our Airline.

VH-INU departing BNE today - Photo by Luke

USAF C-130 Hercules pass through

Three United States Air Force Lockheed MC-130H Hercules aircraft operated the return flight Auckland Whenuapai - Brisbane - Cairns today after each passing throught BNE a few weeks ago. 89-0280 msn 5236 operated as "Tang 21", 88-0191 msn 5130 as "Tang 12" and 90-0162 msn 5266 as "Tang 11". Photos below.

88-0191 arriving as "Tang 12".

88-0191 departing for Cairns

89-0280 arriving as "Tang 21"

89-0280 departing

90-0162 arriving as "Tang 11"

All photos by Luke

Nauru Airlines commences services

Nauru Airline Cargo 733F VH-VLI operated it's first freight flight today.

RON 400 departed to INU at 0100 hrs and returned around noon.

Photos below of it landing on RWY 01.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Singapore A333 9V-SSC

Singapore Airlines A330-343 9V-SSC msn 1544 made its first visit today operating SQ235/256 to/from Singapore. Singapore now has 28 A330-300s in service.

Pullman and Ibis hotels to be built at BNE

Following from our previous post here, further details have emerged about the two new hotels to be constructed near the domestic terminal.

Accor have announced they will open a Pullman and a Ibis Hotel at Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal Precinct with construction to be completed in November 2016.

The new five star Pullman Hotel will feature 130 rooms, leisure and lap pools, 24 hour room service and extensive business facilities including an executive gym and top floor executive club lounge and bar.

The new three and a half star Ibis will offer 243 rooms, alfresco restaurant and bar, roof top bar and lounge.

With a rooftop bar and lounge planned for the Ibis hotel, maybe some plane spotting opportunities will be available while enjoying the views and a cold beverage.

Source: ETB News

Photo by Accor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Qantas B738 VH-XZL

Qantas Boeing 737-838 VH-XZL msn 44573 arrived BNE today on delivery from Nadi as QF6024.

Global 5000 N933ML

Global 5000 N933ML msn 9504 arrived from Port Moresby.

Monday, July 28, 2014

2 Military visitors today.

RNZAF 757 and Aeronavale Falcon 20 were visitors today.

Both are welcome and reasonably regular visitors to BNE.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New China Airlines special livery

China Airlines A330-302 B-18361 msn 1539 operated today's CI053 service wearing a special "Cloud Gate Dance Theatre" livery. The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is a modern dance group based in Taiwan.

Photos above by a contributor

Qantaslink Dash 8 C-GWRF

Qantaslink Dash-8 Q402 C-GWRF was delivered to Qantaslink today when it operated Saipan - Port Moresby - Cairns - Brisbane as "Bombardier 05". C-GWRF will become VH-LQO.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update on Beech A36 N20TC

This is a special update on Beech Bonanza A36 N20TC which passed through Brisbane on Friday 18th July Darwin - Brisbane and then continued to Noumea on July 20th. (Original Post Here)

It is with great sadness to report that the Beech Bonanza crashed shortly after take-off from Pago Pago in American Samoa. Haris Suleman, 17, was trying to complete a round the world flight in less than 30 days and was due back home in Indiana within days. Joining him was his father Babar Suleman, who is also a pilot. It is confirmed that the body of Haris Suleman has been recovered however his father is still missing.

Babar Suleman and Haris Suleman in the cockpit of the Beech Bonanza. Photo credit:

Investigators are still trying to locate the aircraft however emergency beacons were transmitting signals. A plane has been dispatched to help in the search for Babar Suleman.

Our condolenses to the family for the loss of Haris Suleman who was a promising young aviator and we hope Babar Suleman is found alive and well!

To follow the Suleman's blog for updates click here

Challenger 850 VP-BNY

Challenger 850 (CRJ-200) VP-BNY msn 8097 arrived BNE this morning from Davao City via Darwin.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Singapore Airlines increases flights over Xmas

From 22NOV14 to 31JAN15 Singapore Airlines will increase Brisbane services from 21 to 23 weekly flights. The additional two services operate each Friday and Sunday with A330-300 equipment. Schedule as follows (new service in orange):

Singapore - Brisbane
SQ255 SIN0045 – 1045BNE 333 D
SQ265 SIN0650 – 1650BNE 333 57
SQ245 SIN0930 – 1930BNE 333 D
SQ235 SIN2115 – 0715+1BNE 333 D

Brisbane - Singapore
SQ256 BNE0910 – 1510SIN 333 D
SQ236 BNE1440 – 2040SIN 333 D
SQ266 BNE1805 – 0005+1SIN 333 57
SQ246 BNE2345 – 0545+1SIN 333 D

Source: Airline Route

USAF MC-130H 89-0280

United States Air Force Lockheed MC-130H Hercules 89-0280 msn 5236 operated Kadena AB - Koror - Cairns - Brisbane - Auckland Whenuapai as "Tang21".

Photo by Luke

Virgin Australia daily to LAX

From 26 October 2014 Virgin Australia will increase its four times weekly service from Brisbane to Los Angeles up to a daily frequency using Boeing 777-300ERs. Virgin will axe its 3 times weekly non-stop Melbourne to Los Angeles route to provide daily services out of Brisbane.

Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER

Nauru Airlines B733F VH-VLI

Arriving from Subang via Darwin early this morning was Boeing 737-3H6(F) VH-VLI on delivery to Our Airline. Our Airline will be re-named Nauru Airlines from 1st August. VH-VLI is already wearing Nauru Airlines titles.

Photo by Luke

Monday, July 21, 2014

AirAsia X Indonesia A330-300 PK-XRA

AirAsia X Indonesia's first A330-343 PK-XRA msn 716 operated a route proving flight today from Denpasar to Brisbane and return.

Garuda B738 PK-GNA

Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-8U3 PK-GNA msn 41310 made its first visit today operating GA720/721.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lynden C-130 N403LC

Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-382G (C-130) N403LC operated Port Moresby - Brisbane today as LYC627.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beech A36 N20TC

Beech A36 Bonanza N20TC msn E-873 arrived BNE tonight from Darwin as part of a round the world flight piloted by father and son pilots, Babar and Haris Suleman. They are hoping to break a number of world records but the main one will be the 'Youngest Pilot to Fly as Pilot in Charge around the World in a Single Engined Aircraft'. You can follow their blog Here.

Old International Terminal to be transformed for G20

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Old International Terminal will be used to process passengers during the upcoming G20 Summit to be held in Brisbane. 50 percent of the terminal was demolished some months ago however the second half will be transformed into a $3 million custom-built, high security processing facility for G20 visitors.

Everybody except for the world leaders will pass through the facility which will welcome the dignitaries to Australia. The facility is expected to be finished by mid September and will be demolished once the last world leader has departed.

Source: Courier Mail

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

USAF MC-130 88-0191

Unites States Air Force Lockheed MC-130H 88-0191 msn 5130 operated Cairns - Brisbane - Auckland last night as "Tang 12".

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

China Airlines 747s to return from DEC

From 05 DEC 2014 China Airlines Boeing 747-400 aircraft will replace Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the Taipei - Brisbane - Auckland and return service. The aircraft change will be seasonal only and will revert back to A330 equipment on 28 FEB 2015. A fourth weekly flight is also being added.

CI053 TPE2350 – 1045+1BNE1225+1 – 1840+1AKL 744 x237
CI054 AKL2045 – 2125BNE2315 – 0600+1TPE 744 x134

Source: Airline Route

Our Airline to rebrand as Nauru Airlines

Nauru's national airline carrier, Our Airline, is rebranding and changing its name to Nauru Airlines.

Its chief executive, Geoff Bowmaker, says the new name will apply from August the 1st. He says the Our Airline name has served the company well for the past eight years but he says the new name recognises the proud history of Nauru's aviation and the natural and primary role of its airline in servicing the people of Nauru.

The change comes as the airline prepares to bring a 737 freight aircraft into service.

Source: Radio NZ International