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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Cairns Airport APEC 2018 aircraft movements

APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 2018 was held in Port Moresby, PNG between the 15th and 18th of November. It was the first time PNG hosted APEC, Australia assisted significantly with logistics and security for the conference. With Port Moresby airport having limited tarmac space availability for visiting layover aircraft Australia assisted with much of the overflow aircraft parking. This included the cities of Cairns, Darwin, and Brisbane airports.

APEC aircraft at Cairns Airport, International Terminal.

APEC aircraft at Cairns Airport, International Terminal.

Canadian Armed Force CC-150 15001 at Cairns Airport.

Townsville held an important role with the RAAF F/A-18 hornets which operated security operations during the week leading up and during the APEC event. An RNZAF P-3 Orion NZ4206 also supported operations during the event from Townsville.

Darwin was host to the Japanese Airforce Boeing 747-400’s 20-1101 and 20-1102 and Brisbane hosted both the Thai Airforce Airbus 340-500 HS-TYV and Korean Airforce Boeing 747-400 10001 aircraft.

Cairns Airport is the closest Australian city to Port Moresby hosted the majority of the foreign Government aircraft as well as the RAAF KC30 (Airbus A330-200) tanker support aircraft for the F/A-18’s.
RAAF KC30 A39-001 at Cairns Airport.

RAAF KC30 A39-001 at Cairns Airport.

RAAF KC30's at Cairns Airport.

Aircraft listed at Cairns

Brunei Government Boeing 747-8 V8-BKH

V8-BKH B747-8 at Cairns Airport.

V8-BKH B747-8 at Cairns Airport.

V8-BKH B747-8 at Cairns Airport.

V8-BKH B747-8 at Cairns Airport.

V8-BKH B747-8 at Cairns Airport.

Canadian Armed Forces CC-150 (Airbus 310-304) 15001

15001 CC-150 at Cairns Airport.

15001 CC-150 at Cairns Airport.

Chilean Air Force Boeing 767-300 FAC985

FAC985 B763 at Cairns Airport.

FAC985 B763 at Cairns Airport.

Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757-200 NZ7571

NZ7571 B752 at Cairns Airport.

NZ7571 B752 at Cairns Airport.

Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 VN-A868 and 

VN-A868 B789 at Cairns Airport.

VN-A868 B789 at Cairns Airport.

VN-A868 B789 at Cairns Airport.

US Air Force C-32's (Boeing 757-200) 98-0002 and 99-0004.

98-0002 C32 at Cairns Airport.

99-0004 C32 at Cairns Airport.

99-0004 C32 at Cairns Airport.

USAF C32's at Cairns Airport.

98-0002 C32 at Cairns Airport.

In addition, there were numerous US Airforce C-17 Globemaster support flights and 4 x RAAF KC30 tankers were based at Cairns.

07-7175 C-17 at Cairns Airport.

07-7175 C-17 at Cairns Airport.

07-7184 C-17 at Cairns Airport.

07-7175 C-17 at Cairns Airport.

USAF C-17's 07-7175 and 07-7184 at Cairns Airport.

07-7175 C-17 at Cairns Airport.

05-5146 C-17 at Cairns Airport.

05-5146 C-17 at Cairns Airport.

05-5146 C-17 at Cairns Airport.


A39-001 KC30 at Cairns Airport.

Port Moresby airport was able to support a number of aircraft, details of which are to be confirmed. Amongst the countries, the following are believed to have been hosted there: China, Russia, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

APEC aircraft at Cairns Airport.

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