Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

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Tuesday 31 July 2012

FNQ Yestayear Images - July 1991

 Thanks GAFLIKS for the Yestayear report and pictures!

July 21,  CAA F-28 VH-ATD in the trim of the period, taken from the old tower.  Aircraft went on to POM.

July 17, with just two minutes notice from a helpful tower to this photographer, a modified RAF Canberra took advantage of shooting an ILS and continued to fly down the runway at a respectable height.  This example was WH953 a model B.6 operated by the RAE, Boscombe Down and was wearing what was know as the 'Raspberry Ripple' scheme.  It was on TDY at RAAF Townsville at the time.  The radio c/s was 'Black Box 16'

July 05, PNGDF C-47 P2-004 visited for maintenance before departing for POM but encountered engine problems and returned.  It dep again a few days later.

delivered to POM by AN-22 (yes, not a typo) earlier on, these three KA-32's arr in Cairns from PNG via HID and Weipa on July 28.  They are CCCP 31020, CCCP 31029 and CCCP 31034.  The new Russian identifier RA had not been applied yet.

An early morn wide angle view from the Cairns tower during the dry season in June, showing the domestic terminal as it was then at centre.

07 July, Twin Otter P2-IAA (ex VH-TNM) transitted on delivery to Islands at Rabaul.

July 02, Pelita Air Services operated on behalf of Freeport PK-PJM an F28-4000 for the Timika service in reverse on this day.

Gulfstream G-1159 N10123 heads north

N10123 GLF2 A00B25 Cairns-Port Moresby-Guam

N10123 GLF2 at Cairns

Monday 30 July 2012

Twin Otter P2-SWE

P2-SWE DHC6 Port Moresby-Cairns-Port Moresby

P2-SWE DHC6 at Cairns

Pilatus PK-UCG departs

PK-UCG PC12 Cairns-Horn Is.-Sentani

Saturday 28 July 2012

Gulfstream G-1159 N10123

N10123 GLF2 Cairns-Rockhampton-Cairns

N10123 GLF2 at Cairns

Friday 27 July 2012

Gazpromavia VP-BNZ BBJ departs

GZP9611 VP-BNZ B737 Cairns-Singapore

VP-BNZ B737 at Cairns

P2-DFA B212 Hevilift

P2-DFA B212 Hevilift was noted today at Cairns on a local flight.

P2-DFA B212 at Cairns

C-GNZW Q400 departs

BBA27 C-GNZW DH8D Cairns-Canberra

US Navy C40 pictures

Thanks John for providing these great pictures of the 2 US Navy C40's which recently visited Cairns.

165836 C40 and 165836 C40 at Cairns

165836 C40 and 165835 C40 at Cairns

Thursday 26 July 2012

QLink Q400 delivery

BBA27 C-GNZW DH8D C0699D Saipan-Port Moresby-Cairns, to become VH-LQJ?

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Cathay Pacific delayed service

Operating the delayed service due Typhoon Vicente for Cathay Pacific today was B-HXA A342 as CX102 Hong Kong-Cairns-Brisbane. This service is normally operated by a Airbus A330-300.

Spitfire Replica visit

VH-KPW Spitfire visited Cairns this morning.

VH-KPW Spitfire at Cairns

Monday 23 July 2012

US Navy C-40 last couple of days

22/7 - CNV7001 165835 B737 AE1251 Cairns-Andersen-Kadena, SEL/KRAH
22/7 - CNV7141 165836 B737 AE1252 Cairns-Amberley-Cairns

23/7 - CNV7141 165836 B737 AE1252 Cairns-Andersen

165835 B737 departing Cairns, photo GAFLIKS

Sunday 22 July 2012

Busy week with the C130's in Townsville

RAAF C130's A97-447, A97-448 & A97-468 have had a busy week in Townsville flying daily exercises using callsign MAMB.

Thanks Dave for the picture and report.

A97-468 C130 arriving Townsville

Saturday 21 July 2012

US Navy C-40 activity continues

CNV7001 165835 B737 AE1251 Cairns-Amberley-Cairns
CNV7141 165836 B737 AE1252 Atsugi-Cairns, SEL/KRAL

165836 B737 arriving Cairns

165835 B737 arriving Cairns, photo GAFLIKS

Pilatus PC12 PK-UCG

Noted at G.A. Cairns today PK-UCG PC12.
Aircraft flew 20/7 Sentani-Horn Is-Cairns.

PK-UCG PC12 at Cairns

China Eastern Opens Reservation for New Cairns Service

China Eastern today (20JUL12) begins opening reservation for its new Shanghai Pu Dong – Cairns service, due to start from 30OCT12. The airline will operate three times a week with A330-200 aircraft. Flight schedule was loaded earlier this month (reported on 09JUL12), however it did not open reservation until today.
Note there is a minor modification to planned operational schedule:

MU731 PVG2100 – 0800+1CNS 332 246
MU732 CNS1000 – 1620PVG 332 357

Courtesy of Airline Route. http://airlineroute.net/2012/07/20/mu-cns-w12update2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+airlineroutenews+%28Airline+Route%29

B-6126 A332 at Cairns

Friday 20 July 2012

US Navy 165835

CNV7001 165835 B737 AE1251 Andersen-Cairns

File Picture - 165835 B737 at Cairns

Thursday 19 July 2012

Gazpromavia VP-BNZ BBJ

GZP9611 VP-BNZ B737 424059 Ayers Rock-Cairns

VP-BNZ B737 arriving at Cairns

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Toll freighter ZK-TLE

TFR91/92 ZK-TLE B733 Brisbane-Cairns-Timika-Brisbane

File Picture - ZK-TLE B733 at Cairns

G-1159 N10123

N10123 GLF2 Port Moresby-Cairns, (8/7 Narita-Guam and 9/7 Guam-Port Moresby)

JetGo operate the weekly Osborne Mine FIFO charter

VH-JTG E135 Brisbane-Osborne-Townsville-Osborne-Brisbane

Thanks Dave for the picture and report.

VH-JTG E135 arriving Townsville

Tuesday 17 July 2012

C-17 Globemaster movements YBTL

ASY580 A41-209 C17 Townsville-Ohakea
STAL5 A41-207 C17 Townsville-Williamson

Thanks Dave for the pictures and report.

A41-209 C17 at Townsville

A41-207 C17 at Townsville

Monday 16 July 2012

New FIFO charter takes off to Moranbah

New FIFO flight operated by Virgin Australia ATR-72 took off from Townsville to Moranbah.
VOZ702A/703A VH-FVU AT72 operated Townsville-Moranbah-Townsville.

Thanks Dave for the picture and report.

VH-FVU AT72 at Townsville

A41-209 C17 returns

ASY580 A41-209 C17 Port Moresby-Townsville

FILE PICTURE - A41-206 C17 arriving Townsville,
Photo taken by Dave

Saturday 14 July 2012

ASY580 A41-209

ASY580 A41-209 C17 Townsville-Port Moresby-Ohakea

Thanks Dave for the picture and report.

File Picture - A41-209 C17 at Townsville

Lynden Air Cargo P2-LAD departs

LAC857 P2-LAD C130 Cairns-Port Moresby

P2-LAD C130 departing Cairns

Omega74 N624RH departs

OMEGA74 N624RH B703 Cairns-Honolulu

N624RH B703 at Cairns

Friday 13 July 2012

Lynden Air Cargo P2-LAD

LAC857 P2-LAD C130 898080 Lae-Cairns

P2-LAD C130 arriving Cairns, Photo GAFLIKS

Omega 74 touches down in Cairns

OMEGA74 N624RH B703 Amberley-Cairns

N624RH B703 arriving Cairns, Photo GAFLIKS

Thursday 12 July 2012

KIW687 NZ7004 departs

KIW687 NZ7004 C130 C87F05 Cairns-Honiara

NZ7004 C130 at Cairns

NZ7004 C130 at Cairns, Photo GAFLIKS

Wednesday 11 July 2012

South West Air Bandeirante

P2-SWF E110 Cairns-Port Moresby, (10/7 Port Moresby-Cairns)

P2-SWF E110 at Cairns


KIW687 NZ7004 C130 C87F05 Canberra-Alice Springs-Cairns

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Spectrum Air DC-3 returns

ZS-ASN DC3 Ayers Rock-Townsville

ZS-ASN DC3T at Townsville, picture taken by Dave

UC-35 Ninja71 heads back north

NINJA71 96-0109 UC35 Richmond-Cairns-Darwin

96-0109 UC35 at Cairns

Airport ‘reno’ for Virgin

Courtesy of the Northweststar

WORK has started on Mount Isa airport to accommodate Virgin Australia which returns to Mount Isa next month more than a decade after quitting the route.
Qantas has held a monopoly on the Brisbane to Mount Isa route since Virgin withdrew from Mount Isa in 2001, citing competition from Qantas had squeezed it out.


LIFT OFF: The Embraer E190 jet which will be flying the Mount Isa to Brisbane route from next month. - zz

Monday 9 July 2012

E737 A30-005 returns from Japan and Alaska

ASY254 A30-005 Andersen-Townsville-Williamtown, (8/7 Yokota AB-Andersen)

Thanks Dave for the picture and report.

A30-005 E737 arriving Townsville

Sunday 8 July 2012

Another Qantas Link B717 for the paint shop

VH-NXH B712 Perth-Townsville

Thanks Dave for the picture and report.

VH-NXH B712 arriving Townsville

Ninja71 96-0109

NINJA71 96-0109 ADFEBF UC-35 Darwin-Cairns-Richmond

US Army Ninja71 96-0109 at Cairns

Nation Wide Aviation P2-NWA

P2-NWA BE20 A11B21 Cairns-Port Moresby

P2-NWA BE20 at Cairns

Friday 6 July 2012

RAAF Orion at Townsville

RAAF P3 photographed arriving at Townsville.

Photographed by Dave

RAAF P3 at Townsville

Thursday 5 July 2012

Qantas Link Regional Airline of the Year 2012

Qantas Link Q400 VH-LQF was noted today in Cairns with titles "Regional Airline of the Year 2012" as shown below.

VH-LQF DH8D at Cairns

VH-LQF DH8D at Cairns

P2-NWA Kingair

P2-NWA BE20 Cairns-Mareeba-Cairns

P2-NWA BE20 at Cairns

Wednesday 4 July 2012

VH-NXI B717 leaves Townsvile

VH-NXI B717 left the paintshop in Townsville, was Townsville-Alice Springs-Perth

Visit by an Orion

Rare sight at Cairns today was RAAF P3 Striker14 A9-657 passing, with a missed approach then onto Townsville.

A9-657 P3 missed approach at Cairns

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Virgin ATR 72 first service to Cairns & Townsville

VOZ643A VH-FVI AT72 Townsville-Cairns (DJ1643), returning as VOZ644A Cairns-Townsville (DJ1644).

VH-FVI AT72 at Cairns