Gordon Reid lists the key commercial, business and military aircraft movements from around the region in his latest Traffic column. Traffic also appears in the Australian Aviation bi-monthly print edition.
QANTAS GROUP NEWS
A380-842 VH-OQB ferried from Sydney to Abu Dhabi on May 14 for planned maintenance (Traffic/September) before returning to Sydney on August 24 as QF6010. Later the same day it returned to service when it operated QF1 from Sydney to Singapore and London/Heathrow.
A380-842 VH-OQF ferried into Sydney from Abu Dhabi as QF6011 on August 24 on completion of planned maintenance.
A380-842 VH-OQK which was the first of type in the Qantas fleet to be fitted with a new interior departed Dresden for London/Heathrow as QF6006 on September 30. It returned to service on September 30 when it operated QF2 from London to Singapore and Sydney.
A380-842 VH-OQL operated QF1 from Sydney on September 29 to Singapore and London where it arrived on September 30. Later that day the aircraft ferried from London to Dresden as QF6005 for fitment of a new interior.
Qantas retired 747-438 VH-OJU Lord Howe Island from service on October 13 when the aircraft operated the QF99 from Sydney to Los Angeles. On October 15, it was ferried to Moses Lake where it was handed over to new owner Rolls-Royce, which is converting the aircraft into a flying testbed.
747-438ER VH-OEE which was operating a “Constellation Journeys” tour flight departed Sydney as QF6031 on September 30 for Seoul and Tel Aviv.
787-9 VH-ZNI msn 66073 line number 921 was delivered to Qantas on October 15 when it was ferried from Everett to Los Angeles. The aircraft was then ferried to New York where it operated the QF7879 Project Sunrise research flight to Sydney on October 18. The next 787-9 VH-ZNJ line number 929 featuring Qantas centenary livery was expected to be delivered in November, followed by 787-9 VH-ZNK line number 941 before the end of the year.
Qantas Freight has leased two 747-8F aircraft from Atlas Air as replacements for two 747-400F aircraft that were previously leased. 747-8F N856GT operated its first service for Qantas Freight into Sydney on August 27 as QF7554 from New York/JFK, Chicago and Honolulu with the aircraft then departing later that day as the QF7521 to Chongqing, Shanghai, Anchorage and Chicago.
747-8F N854GT operated its first service for Qantas into Sydney from Auckland as the QF7552 on September 2 and departed on September 3 as the QF7521 to Chongqing and Shanghai.
Qantas Freight has announced it will add three A321P2F aircraft to the fleet with the first A321P2F reported to be msn 835. This aircraft which was previously operated by Onur Air as TC-OBJ is planned to enter service with Qantas Freight by October 2020 after its conversion to an A321P2F.
Qantaslink/Network Fokker 100 VH-NHO as QF6682 departed Perth on September 28 for Port Hedland, Surabaya, and Seletar for planned maintenance.
In this issue we report the delivery of nine aircraft these being an A321neo to Air New Zealand, an ATR 72-600 to ANZ Link/Mount Cook, three Fokker 100s and a Fokker 70 to Alliance Airlines, two 737-300E/SF to Airwork NZ and a BAe 146-300 to Pionair Australia. Departing were a 777-200 and an A320-200 of Air New Zealand and a BAe 146-100 of Pionair.
Air New Zealand took delivery of A321neo ZK-NNG msn 8908 at Auckland on September 19 after the aircraft which was operating as ANZ6091 arrived from Kuala Lumpur and Cairns. ZK-NNG entered service on September 27 when it operated NZ729 from Auckland to Melbourne.
ZK-NNG landed in Muscat an hour ago for fuel and crew stop on a delivery mission to New Zealand 🇳🇿 ✈️ https://t.co/q98vtaWr6o
— Hafedh Al Ghannami (@Hafedh955) September 16, 2019
777-219ER ZK-OKJ was withdrawn from service on August 30 after operating NZ273 from Tonga. The aircraft, which had earlier been leased to cover engine problems in the 787-9 fleet, ferried out of Auckland on September 16 to Victorville, California where it was placed in storage.
Air New Zealand A320-232 ZK-OJC was withdrawn from service on June 20 after the aircraft operated NZ888 from Sydney to Christchurch. Note that in Traffic/August we incorrectly reported the registration of this aircraft as ZK-OKC and not ZK-OJC as it should have been. A320-232 ZK-OJC which was then registered to Pan Pacific Airlines as RP-C7937 had its Air New Zealand titles and Koru removed before it departed Christchurch for Cairns on August 30 and after overnighting continued to Clark International.
A320-232 ZK-OJE was withdrawn from service on September 22 after operating NZ555 from Auckland.
Air New Zealand Link/Mount Cook took delivery of ATR 72-600 ZK-MZA msn 1576 in Christchurch on September 27 after it ferried in from Toulouse via ports. It entered service on October 5 when it operated NZ5616 from Christchurch to Hamilton.
ATR 72-500 ZK-MCX was withdrawn from service on August 8 after the aircraft operated NZ5752 from Dunedin to Christchurch.
Air North Regional withdrew EMB-170LR VH-ANF from service on September 13 after the aircraft operated TL183 from Toowoomba/Wellcamp to Townsville and Darwin.
Airwork NZ took delivery of 737-36E/SF TF-BBF of Bluebird Cargo at Auckland on August 24 after the aircraft ferried in from Bandar Seri Begawan, Darwin and Brisbane. It was later registered to Airwork NZ as ZK-FXJ on August 28. Also delivered to Airwork NZ in this period was 737-36E/SF TF-BBE which was delivered to Auckland on September 30 as BBD290 from Darwin and Brisbane.
Alliance Airlines took delivery of Fokker 100 HB-JVG msn 11478 at Brisbane on August 11 after the ferry which was operated by Southern Cross as SXI1946 arrived from Bratislava via Hurghada, Muscat, Surabaya and Townsville. The aircraft, which is the first of five Fokker 100 aircraft to join the Alliance fleet from the Swiss operator Helvetic was later registered to Alliance as VH-VKP on August 26.
Fokker 100 HB-JVF msn 11466 which was ferried by Southern Cross as SXI1947 departed Bratislava for Hurghada and Muscat on September 5 and later arrived in Perth from Penang and Surabaya on September 8.
Fokker 100 HB-JVC msn 11501 which was ferried by Southern Cross as SXI1948 was delivered to Brisbane ex Surabaya, Darwin and Townsville on October 1. The Fokker 100 which was later registered VH-VKQ was ferried in the colours of Helvetic Airways.
It is reported that the other two Helvetic Fokker 100 planned to join Alliance are HB-JVE msn 11459 and HB-JVH msn 11324.
Alliance took delivery of Fokker 70 VH-NUU at Brisbane on August 20 after the aircraft ferried in from Norwich, UK. The ferry flight which was contracted to Southern Cross as SXI 1912 operated from Norwich to Brisbane via Bratislava-Hurghada-Al Ain-Nagpur-Subang-Kupang and Townsville. VH-NUU which entered service on September 2 as UTY4078 from Brisbane to Maroochydore and Emerald carries a special pink colour scheme which gives support to the BCNA (Breast Cancer Network of Australia).
Fokker 100 VH-UQP msn 11359 ex OE-LVJ which was registered to Alliance Airlines on August 17 was noted at Norwich on August 22 now in Alliance colours.
Alliance Fokker 70 VH-QQW while in the United Kingdom for maintenance was painted in a special colour scheme commemorating 100 years of flight between England and Australia. Resplendent in its new scheme, it arrived in Perth from Surabaya as Southern Cross SXI 1915 on September 26.
Alliance Fokker 50 VH-FKY msn 20284 which last operated on August 28 ’15 as QQ2605 from Olympic Dam to Adelaide was cancelled from the register on July 31 ’19 as withdrawn from use.
Airwork NZ took delivery of 737-36F/SF TF-BBF msn 25264 at Auckland on August 24 after the aircraft ferried into Auckland as BBD290 from Delhi, Saigon, Bandar Seri Begawan, Darwin and Brisbane. It was then registered to Airwork NZ on August 28.
Fiji Airways has leased 737-8GP/W 9M-LNV from Malindo Air and on September 15 as “Malindo Air 5107” it was delivered to Nadi from Denpasar.
Pionair Australia took delivery of BAe 146-300QT D-AJAM msn E-3150 at Bankstown on September 27 after the aircraft ferried in from Darwin and Alice Springs.
Pionair Australia BAe 146-200QC VH-SAZ was ferried from Bankstown to Christchurch via Sydney and Auckland as SFZ801 on July 9 to commence a short term lease to Parcel Air in New Zealand. It entered service with Parcel Air on July 10/11 when it operated Airpak 31/32 from Christchurch to Auckland and return.
VH-SAZ terminated its lease on August 17 when it operated Airpak 32 from Christchurch to Auckland and the same day ferried from Auckland to Sydney and Bankstown as SFZ802.
Cobham Aviation BAe 146-100 VH-NJR msn E-1152 was withdrawn from service on June 27 after the aircraft operated Cobham 5500 from Perth to Adelaide. On August 29 it was trucked out of Adelaide airport with its destination reported as being Sims Metals at Port Adelaide.
Cobham Aviation added Dash 8-402 OE-IIO msn 4538 ex D-ABQR to its fleet after ferrying from Saarbrucken to Shannon for painting in Cobham colours.
VIRGIN GROUP NEWS
Virgin Australia is in the process to modifying five of its 737-800 aircraft with split scimitar winglets and these aircraft will be operated on flights between Australia and the Pacific islands.
737-8FE/W VH-YIV was the first in the fleet to be modified with the change carried out at Christchurch. On
August 7 it departed Christchurch for Melbourne as VOZ9947.
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) Fokker 100 VH-FSQ, which had been in Seletar for planned maintenance, operated VOZ9942 from Seletar to Port Hedland and Perth on August 3. It returned to VARA service on August 6 when it operated VOZ712 from Perth to Adelaide.
VARA Fokker 100 VH-FWH having completed its planned maintenance at Seletar departed there on September 14 as VOZ9942 for Port Hedland and Perth.
Virgin Australia has transferred the operations of 737-8FE/W VH-VUX to Tigerair Australia. It was ferried from Melbourne to Townsville as VOZ9939 where the aircraft was painted in the Tigerair colours. It then ferried as VOZ9939 from Townsville to Melbourne on September 19 but returned to service with Virgin Australia on September 22 when it operated VOZ733 from Melbourne to the Gold Coast.
REGIONAL AIRLINE NEWS
In this issue we report the delivery of a Saab 340B to C and L Aerospace of Alderley, Queensland while a JetGo ERJ-135LR departed after a period of storage. Finally we note that Air Freight NZ has parted out one of their Convair 580 aircraft.
Air Freight NZ Convair 580 ZK-KFH msn 42 was cancelled from the New Zealand register on August 7 with the aircraft being parted out at Auckland.
JetGo ERJ-135LR VH-JGB msn 145728 which had been in storage at Sydney since June 22 ’18 was registered N135PP to TVPX Aircraft Solutions of North Salt Lake, Utah on July 19. On August 16 it left Sydney for Port Moresby and Guam where it arrived in the early hours of August 17. It then continued its ferry flight round the North Pacific to Cincinnati where it arrived on September 1 from Adak and Anchorage.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Cessna 208 N617MF msn 20800617 was cancelled from the USCAR on July 17 with the aircraft later being registered to MAF as P2-MEW.
MAF has withdrawn DHC-6-300 P2-MFT from service with the aircraft ferrying from Horn Island to Cairns on August 16. It is reported that MAF are planning to withdraw DHC-6-300 P2-MFB and DHC-6-300 P2-MFU from service by mid-October.
Saab 340B VH-BCP msn 378 was registered to C and L Aerospace of Alderley, Queensland on August 16 however to date the aircraft has yet to be reported in Australia. Prior to purchase by C and L Aerospace the Saab 340B was operated by Japan Air Commuter as JA8900 and they retired the aircraft from service on May 28 after it operated a flight from Matsuyama to Kagoshima.
In this issue we report the delivery of a Global Express and two King Air B200s while departing were two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger 604s, a Learjet 35A and a Beechjet 400A.
Global Express N540CN msn 9055 was cancelled from the US register on August 27 as exported to Australia. On September it was registered VH-UBX with the owner Adventure Holdings of Singapore and the operator Seletar Jet Charter P/L of Cammeray, NSW.
Gandel Investments of Essendon Fields, Victoria changed the registration of their Global Express from VH-TGG to VH-XGQ on August 2.
Gestair Global 6000 EC-MKH arrived at Melbourne from Cairns and Ayers Rock on September 22 before continuing to Sydney on September 26.
RAAF Challenger 604 A37-002 call sign ASY347 departed Canberra on September 1 for Burbank, California where it arrived on September 2 via Apia and Hickam AFB. On September 3 it was registered VH-OFB with the owner/operator being SPA Leasing #4 P/L of Sydney.
RAAF Challenger 604 A37-003 operated its last flight for the RAAF on August 22 when it flew from Port Moresby to Canberra. On September 26 it was registered VH-OFC to SPA Leasing #5 of Sydney.
Bit busy at #Rockhampton Airport Wednesday morning with a visiting #RAAF Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 “Wisdom 01” and a Pel-Air SAAB freighter possibly broken down(?). Thanks ‘IAD’ for the pic! pic.twitter.com/qvwNwAQiam
— cqplanespotting (@cqplanespotting) August 14, 2019
Learjet 60 N118CP msn 60-108, which was delivered to Nowra from the United States on March 14, was later flown to Essendon on April 18 where it was registered VH-LJZ to Astra Aerospace on May 6 (Traffic/July). It returned to Nowra from Essendon on August 14.
Air Affairs (Australia) Learjet 35A VH-LPF msn 653 was cancelled from the register on August 6 after being sold in Canada. VH-LPF, which had arrived at Halifax/Nova Scotia from Rochester/Minnesota on May 22 (Traffic/July), was registered C-GTXS to Top Aces of Dorval, Quebec on August 13.
Learjet 35A N10AH 35A-657 arrived Jandakot on September 18 from Merced/CA, Honolulu, Apia, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
Learjet 36 B-4185 arrived Darwin from Davao City on September 11.
Citation CJ-3+ N211ML registered to Roney Leasing of Saint Petersburg, Florida arrived at Jandakot from Cocos Island and Port Hedland on August 3 (Traffic/September). It then departed on August 7 for Ayers Rock and was later noted at Alice Springs, Parafield and Hobart before arriving at Essendon on August 14. It was still resident at Essendon in early October.
Socratis Citation CJ-4 OO-SCT arrived at Cairns from Noumea on August 15 before continuing the same day to Darwin.
Citation Sovereign N3099 arrived at Perth from Jakarta on September 12 before returning the same day.
Minsheng International Jet Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy B-603T arrived at Essendon from Denpasar on September 16 before continuing to Sydney on September 18. It later visited Auckland on September 20 before departing Cairns for Macau on September 24.
Gulfstream 300 N363DC arrived Perth from Subang on September 20 before continuing to Hobart on September 21. It later visited Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane before departing Sydney on September 29 for Port Hedland and Subang.
US Air Force Gulfstream 550/C-37B 10550 departed Cairns for Newcastle on August 20.
Sweatmore Air of Scottsdale, Arizona Gulfstream 500 N499JB msn 72031 arrived into Learmonth from Majuro and Darwin on September 3.
Beechjet 400A VH-BZL which was registered to Helistar Aviation of West Beach, South Australia has reportedly been sold for spare parts. The Beechjet 400A was noted at Sydney/Bankstown in late August being dismantled for shipment to the United States. Flight Recorder shows that the last time VH-BZL operated a flight was on May 24 ’13 when it arrived at Bankstown.
In propjet news, King Air B200 LN-LTK msn BB-2004 was delivered to Maroochydore on August 11 after it ferried in from Surabaya via Darwin and Mt Isa. On September 25 it was registered VH-ZSY with the owner Machjet of Cooroy, Qld and the operator Machjet International of Cooroy.
King Air B200 LN-LTF msn BB-2008 which carried the name ‘LUFTAMBULANSETJENESTEN’ on its roof was delivered to Adelaide on September 18 from Surabaya and Broome. Later registered VH-XBZ the King Air B200 was ferried to Essendon for painting on October 4.
TSC Government Services of Arlington, Virginia had King Air 200 N625BW msn BB-1090 and King Air 200 N280RA msn BB-53 working out of Cairns in early September.
Beech A36 F-GAPZ arrived in Darwin from Kupang on September 13 before continuing to Maroochydore on September 14 and to Wollongong and Moorabbin on September 15.
Textron Aviation Cessna 208B N522EX msn 208B5522 was demonstrated in Australia and New Zealand in the period under review. It arrived at Darwin from Kupang on September 13 before continuing to Normanton and Cairns on September 14. The aircraft was later noted at Archerfield, Hobart, Essendon and Sydney before departing on September 21 for Lord Howe, Norfolk Island and Auckland.
Cessna 208B VH-TLZ 208B0789, which was registered to Colville Aviation Services of Archerfield, was cancelled from the register on August 20 after being exported to Peru.
Cessna 208 N657TD msn 20800657 which was registered to Gateway Air Center of Merced, California arrived at the Gold Coast on August 27 from Merced via Honolulu and Apia. It was later registered VH-LYI to Brutair of Runaway Bay, Queensland on August 30.
Diamond DA-42 HS-MAR arrived at Broome from Seletar and Surabaya on September 12 and after overnighting continued to Jandakot via Learmonth and Geraldton.
Diamond DA-42 N25HS arrived into Essendon from Forrest on March 18 before continuing to Bankstown on March 19 and Parkes on March 20.
EMB-820C VH-HVA which was cancelled from the Australian register on July 31 (Traffic/September) was registered ZK-DSY to Oceania Aviation of Papakura on August 1.
P-750 XSTOL ZK-EPL msn 225 which was registered to Pacific Aerospace of Hamilton, New Zealand on August 16 was ferried to the Gold Coast on August 18 before continuing to Alice Springs, Port Hedland and Cocos Island where it arrived on August 24.
Pilatus PC-21 HB-HWM, call sign PCH72T in company with Pilatus PC-21 HB-HWO, call sign PCH74R and Pilatus PC-21 HB-HWP, call sign PCH75N were delivered to RAAF East Sale on August 26 after ferrying in from Stans, Switzerland via Denpasar, Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide. PC-21 HB-HWM, which carried Roulettes colours, was later allocated the RAAF serial A54-039 while HB-HWO and HB-HWP were allocated the RAAF serial numbers A54-041 and A54-042, respectively.
Pilatus PC-21 HB-HWQ call sign PCH76T was delivered to East Sale on September 23 after ferrying in from Denpasar, Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide. HB-HWQ was later allocated the RAAF serial number A54-043.
Pilatus PC-21 HB-HWR call sign PCH77N was delivered to East Sale on September 26 after ferrying in from Denpasar, Darwin and Alice Springs. HB-HWR was later allocated the RAAF serial number A54-044.
Karatamoglou of Bunbury PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian VH-AFK has been sold in New Zealand and on August 8 it departed Jandakot for Ceduna and the Gold Coast before continuing the following day to Lord Howe Island and Auckland.
TBM 700 N700RU msn 92 which is registered to the Aircraft Guaranty Corporation of Onalaska, Texas
departed Archerfield on August 28 for Birdsville and Ayers Rock and after overnighting continued to Kununurra. It later departed El Questro for Alice Springs on September 2 before returning to Archerfield on September 3.
Qatar Amiri Flight A340-313 A7-AAH arrived in Sydney on August 29.
We only see one charter A340 at Sydney Airport these days, so the arrival of Qatar Amiri Flight A340-300 A7-AAH was bound to create some interest. Qatar Amiri Flight is a VIP Airline, owned and operated by the Qatar Government for the Royal Family and Government VIP Staff ✈️💙📷 pic.twitter.com/OKkhn8LaB3
— 16Right Media (@www16Right) August 30, 2019
Singapore Air Force A330-200 760 was noted arriving in Darwin on September 26.
Volga Dnepr An-124 RA-82044, as VDA2203, departed Rockhampton for Paya Lebar on September 17.
Volga Dnepr An-124 RA-82079 as ,VDA2200, arrived at Perth from Kuala Lumpur on August 10 before departing to Qingdao on August 16.
United States of America Boeing E-4B 31676, call sign Jade 99, arrived into Sydney from Bangkok/Don Muang on August 3 before continuing to Auckland on August 5. The Boeing E-4B later departed Auckland for Yokota on August 6.
Onmi Air International 777-2U8 N819AX as OAE326 arrived at RAAF Amberley from Okinawa on August 1. Later the same day N819AX departed to Rockhampton and Okinawa.
Omni Air International 777-2U8 N828AX arrived Townsville from Surabaya on August 19 and after over-nighting returned to Surabaya.
Aeronexus Corporate 767-35D(ER) ZS-NEX as flight ARN 649 arrived Melbourne from Los Angeles and Honolulu on August 19.It departed Melbourne for Sydney on August 24 before continuing to Shanghai on August 28.
US Air Force Boeing KC-46A/767-2LKC 46036 arrived into RAAF Richmond on August 27 and departed the following day. The KC-46A which was delivered to the US Air Force at McConnell AFB, Kansas in May ’19 is reported to be the first of type to visit Australia.
TAG Aviation 757-2K2 G-TCSX call sign Europe Elite 921 arrived in Sydney from Boeing Field, KOA, Papeete and Auckland on September 24 and departed to Denpasar on September 27.
Now there’s Black, and then there’s Really Black, as seen on this Four Seasons #B757-200 @SydneyAirport. G-TCSX is luxury throughout, with only 52 lay-flat Business Class seats in a 2×2 configuration, Global WiFi, and all meals prepared onboard by the Executive Chef ✈️💙📷 pic.twitter.com/B5TiBE9gEB
— 16Right Media (@www16Right) September 25, 2019
US Air Force C-32A/757-200 90004 call sign SAM 297 arrived at Sydney from Don Muang on August 3 before departing to Pohnpei on August 5.
US Air Force C-32B/757-200 25001 arrived into Darwin from Canberra on September 12.
US Air Force KC-135R 10267 AMC/McConnell arrived at Amberley on August 22 before departing to Darwin on August 27.
US Air Force KC-135R 23524 arrived atAmberley on August 22 before departing to Darwin on August 27.
Indonesian Air Force 737-5U3 A-7307 was noted at Darwin on September 1.
SilkAir 737-8MAX 9V-MBA which was grounded at Singapore on March 11 ferried into Alice Springs on September 30 for further storage. It is reported that SilkAir will ferry their other five grounded 737-8MAX 9V-MBB, 9V-MBC, 9V-MBD, 9V-MBE and 9V-MBF from Singapore to Alice Springs for storage.
My Jet Asia 737-7KK/BBJ VP-CAM arrived into Melbourne from Hong Kong on August 25.
Jet Force 737-73Q/BBJ N834NZ call sign Silver Air 934 arrived at Sydney from Nadi on September 17 before departing Sydney for Honolulu on September 21.
United States of America C-40C/737-7DM 50730 arrived and departed Darwin on August 28.
US Air Force C-40C/737-7CP 02-0202 call sign Boxer 41 arrived into Sydney from Pago Pago on August 6 before departing to Wellington on August 9.
US Air Force C-40C/737-7CP 02-0203 call sign Boxer 40 transited Perth on August 8 while en-route from Paya Lebar to Sydney.
Royal Air Force Boeing C-17A ZZ176 was noted at Amberley on August 5.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines Il-76/90VD RA-76511 as flight VDA2246 arrived at Port Hedland from Kuala Lumpur on August 29.
US Air Force Lockheed C-5A 70044 was noted at Townsville on August 7.
French Air Force Lockheed C-130H-30 5119/61-PC arrived into Sydney on August 23 before departing to Darwin on August 25.
French Air Force C-130H-30 5150/61-PG was noted at Sydney on August 10.
US Navy C-130T 165313/JW was noted at Amberley on August 20.
US Marines KC-130J 167926/QD was noted at Darwin on September 13 before continuing to RAAF Amberley on September 14.