QantasLink (Sunstate Airlines) DHC8-402 VH-QOI made its 1st visit to Adelaide yesterday arriving as QF2069 from Melbourne. VH-QOI sports decals promoting the 40th Anniversary of the Tamworth Country Music Festival. After operating 2 flights to Port Lincoln it has since departed back to Melbourne as QF2066 at 10:50hrs. It is scheduled to return operating as QF2069 this afternoon.
QantasLink operate DHC8-400 flights to Port Linvcoln 4 x a day to Port Lincoln (Monday, Thursday and Friday) 3x a day (Tuesday and Wednesday) and twice a day on Weekedns. They also operate 4 flights a week to Melbourne (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday), this is used to swap the aircraft around for maintainance and rotation purposes.
Ex Singapore Air force S-211 VH-DZJ visited YPAD arriving at 12:50 from Mangalore via Horsham. This aircraft type is no stranger to S.A. spotters as there are 2 based at Goolwa.
Heavy fog at both Sydney and Melbourne airports this morning led to some aircraft from both airports being forced to divert to Adelaide.
Qantas A330-301 VH-QPB arrived at 0605hrs as QF 42 enroute Jakarta-Sydney. VH-QPB departed at 08:15hrs to Sydney.
Qantas A380-842 VH-OQG arrived at 06:2hrs as QF2 enroute London-Singapore-Sydney. VH-OQG departed at 08:55hrs to Sydney. This was the 3rd A380 that has been to Adelaide. 2 of which have been diversions. This was OQG’s 1st visit to Adelaide.
Virgin Australia B737-8FE ZK-PBJ arrived at 09:00hrs as PB165 enroute Auckland Melbourne. ZK-PBJ departed as DJ9200 at 12:20hrs. ZK-PBJ is the 1st aircraft in the Pacific Blue New Zealand fleet to wear the new Virgin Australia livery. This was PBJ’s 1st visit to Adelaide.
Jetstar A330-201 VH-EBB arrived at 10:34hrs as JQ8Z enroute Beijing-Singapore-Melbourne. VH-EBB departed as JQ7991 at 18:00hrs to Melbourne.
As part of the airlines expansion into Adelaide, over the past few months Alliance have been doing overhaul maintainance on some of the airlines FK100 fleet.
VH-FKJ which arrived into Adelaide on 13/3/12 completed its maintainence checks today and departed to Brisbane at 16:40hrs as ‘Unity 996’.
It was replaced by sistership VH-FKG which arrived at 20:20hrs this evening from Brisbane as ‘Unity 997’.
A couple of 1st time visitors to Adelaide today.
The 1st being Cessna 525 Mustang VH-JOS which arrived at 09:30hra from Albury, NSW. It departed at 12:30hrs back to Albury.
The 2nd visitor was Falcon 2000 N700FL which arrived at 13:20hrs from Kingscote.
The aircraft arrived in Kingscote from Hobart at 12:15hrs and after a short 30min stoppver daprted for Adelaide.
Adelaide today had the pleasure of being the first destination is Australia for a commercial flight running on Bio-Fuel. The QANTAS A330 aircraft (VH-EBP) made the trip from Sydney to Adelaide running the starboard engine on a 50/50 mix of cooking oil & Jet A1. The aircraft arrived just after 12pm and departed around 1:45pm.
Due to a blanket of fog in Perth this morning, it resulted in
Air Asia X diverting to Adelaide enroute Kuala Lumpur-Perth. The flight was operated by A330-300 9M-XXA. it arrived at 09:50hrs and at 11:00hrs, back to Perth.
This is Air Asia’s 3rd diversion to Adelaide. On the prevcious two occsadions 9M-XXF diverted enroute Kuala Lumpur -Melbourne.
Completing its delviery flight from the U.S taday was new Qantaslink (Cobhma Aviation) B717-200 VH-NXR. The aircraft arrived with its previous operators registration on it which was N904ME. It used the callsign ‘Southern Cross 918’ where it arrived into Adelaide at 12:15hrs.
The aircraft arrived started its delviery flight on 1/4/10 in Miami, then went onto to Billings, logan International Airport, then onto Anchorage. After a delay into Anchorage it departed to Sokol Airport in Russia. From there it went to Manila then finally arriving on Australian soil on 7/4/12 where it night stopped in Darwin. Today 7/4/12 it departed Darwin finally reaching its final destination in Adelaide.