Alliance Aviation Services’ Fokker 70 featuring a pink livery in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has landed in Australia.
The Fokker 70 VH-NUU, arrived in Townsville on Monday evening, following its ferry flight from the United Kingdom.
The aircraft features a pink tail with the Alliance logo in a lighter shade of pink, as well as the BCNA’s website aft of the wing.
Forward of the wing, the fuselage has the BCNA’s Pink Lady silhouette, the airline’s name in pink on a white background and the words “Supporting Australian Affected by Breast Cancer” under the windows.
The ferry flight from Norwich in the United Kingdom to Townsville began on August 15 and included stops in Bratislava in Slovaka, Hurghada in Egypt, Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, Nagpur in India, Kuala Lumpur Subang in Malaysia and Kupang in Indonesia, data from flight tracking website Flightradar24 showed. After spending the night in Townsville, VH-NUU was flown to Brisbane on Tuesday morning.
Photographer Dave Parer got a close look at VH-NUU while in Townsville. His photographs can be seen below:
The aircraft, which is configured with 80 seats in a single-class configuration is the second aircraft in the airline’s fleet to have a special livery in recent times. In 2018, Alliance Aviation Services’ Fokker 100 VH-FGB celebrated Sir Charles Kingsford Smith’s successful Pacific crossing in 1928.
Alliance Aviation Services said earlier in August it planned to take delivery of two Fokker 100s and five Fokker 70s in the 2019/20 financial year. These were the last of the 21 aircraft purchased from Austrian Airlines in 2015.
In July 2019, it purchased five Fokker 100s from Switzerland-based Helvetic Airways, as well as all tooling, spare engines and parts.
At June 30 2019, the fleet stood at 38 aircraft – five Fokker 50s, 10 Fokker 70s and 23 Fokker 100s.
The company said at its full year results presentation in August it expected high commodity prices and increasing mining production levels would lead to more flights for resources clients.
There would also be growth in the tourism sector, such as the upcoming flights between Melbourne and Kunnanurra it will operate on behalf of Virgin Australia, as well as more wet lease flying.
Alliance Aviation Services posted net profit of $22.7 million for 2018/19, an improvement of 25.5 per cent from the prior year.