China Southern Airlines begins Guangzhou-Adelaide flights

China Southern Airlines today commenced 3 flights a week from Guangzhou to Adelaide. These flights have been a long time in the making and a handful of charters in previous years operated by A330-300’s and B777-200ER’s today marked a momentous occasion for Adelaide Airport. These new flights will be the 1st flights connecting Adelaide to mainland china.

The 1st flight was operated by A330-200 B-6135 arrives from Guangzhou at 09.25hrs as ‘China Southern 663’. The aircraft departed back to Guangzhou as ‘China Southern 664’ departing at 11.50hrs. This was the aircraft’s 1st visit to Adelaide.

With the commencement of China Southern services it takes Adelaide to 56 International flights a week covering 8 destinations.

RB Aircraft Leasing Co. Global Express N801KF (1st visit)

(RB Aircraft Leasing Global Express N801KF taxiing for departure) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2016)

RB Aircraft Leasing Co. Global Express N801KF arrived ex. Sydney at 13.55hrs. After a very short stay the aircraft departed to Melbourne-Essendon Airport at 17.35hrs,

This was the aircraft’s 1st visit to Adelaide.

United States Air Force C17 07-7183 (1st Visit)

(United States Air Force C17 07-7183 parked on Taxiway Hotel fr its stay in Adelaide) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2016)

United States Air Force C17 Globemaster 07-7183 ‘Charleston Air Froce Base’ arrived ex. Brisbane at 21.30hrs as ‘Reach 540’. The aircraft departed to Canberra at 09.00hrs on 1/12/16 using the same callsign.

This was the aircraft’s 1st visit to Adelaide. It is the 3rd USAF C17 to visit Adelaide Airport and the 3rd foreign Air Force C17 to visit the airport in the past 12 months.

Jetcraft Global 6000 N599CH (1st Visit)

Jetcraft Global 6000 N599CH arrived from Perth at 12.10hrs. The aircraft did not hang around to long and departed to Queenstown, NZ at 14.20hrs.

This was the aircrafts 1st visit to Adelaide.

Gulfstream 550 N5000X arrives (1st visit)

(Teraton Gulfstream 550 N5000X parked at Taxiway Golf on its long visit at Adelaide) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2016)

Teratorn LLC Gulfstream 550 N5000X arrived from Essendon at 10.40hrs. The aircraft departed on 17/11/16 at 12.00hrs bound for Hobart. This is its 1st visit to Adelaide.

Qatar Airways A350-900 A7-ALL (1st Visit)

(Qatar Airways A350-900 A7-ALL on pushback ready for its flight to Doha as ‘QR915’) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2016)

Qatar Airways A350-900 A7-ALL arrived at 17.25hrs ex. Doha operating ‘QR914’. The aircraft departed back to Doha at 21.45hrs.

This was ALL’s 1st visit to Adelaide, it was ALL’s 1st revenue flight since being delivered to the airline on Wednesday.

Cessna Citation 680 Latitude N613CL makes a quick visit (1st Visit)

(Cessna Citation 680 Latitude N613CL parked at Bay 101 after its demonstration flight) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2016)

Cessna Citation 680 Latitude N613CL arrived from Perth at 16.30hrs. After performing a 1hr test flight around South Australia, the aircraft departed to Essendon at 19.15hrs.

This was the aircraft’s 1st visit to Adelaide.

Business Aviation Asia Falcon 7X B-8023 (1st Visit)

Business Aviation Asia (Ovation Travel Group) Falcon 7X B-8023 arrived from Darwin at 22.15hrs. The aircraft spent a couple of days in Adelaide before departing to Sydney at 14.55hrs on 15/10/16.

This is the aircraft’s 1st visit to Adelaide. It is also only the 6th different Falcon 7X to ever visit Adelaide.

Etihad Airways A380 A6-APC diverts to Adelaide (1st Visit)

Etihad Airways A380-861 A6-APC operating ‘EY460 Super‘ encountered unexpected head winds whilst en route from Abu Dhabi-Melbourne diverted to Adelaide arriving at 17.50hrs. After a quick refuel the aircraft continued its trip to Melbourne departing Adelaide at 19.15hrs.

This was the aircraft’s 1st visit to Adelaide, it was the 1st Etihad A380 to visit Adelaide as well as the 1st Etihad aircraft in new livery to visit to Adelaide.

Emirates Sky Cargo B777-200LRF A6-EFD (1st Visit)

Emirates Sky Cargo B777-200LRF A6-EFD arrived from Dubai World Centre via Singapore at 09.25hrs as ‘Emirates 9826‘. After dropping off its precious cargo, the aircraft departed to Sydney at 12.20hrs using the same flight number.

The aircraft dropped off a new General Electric Engine for Emirates B777-300ER A6-EGA which has been stranded in Adelaide since last Wednesday when it diverted to Adelaide whilst operating ‘EK432’ from Dubai-Brisbane.

This aircraft made 3 records upon arrival into Adelaide. It was the 1st visit of a Emirates Sky Cargo, it was the 1st visit of A6-EFD, also it was the 1st visit of a B777F to visit Adelaide.