Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hainan adds Brisbane to its network from today

On the 1st July this year I posted a story about Hainan Airlines adding Brisbane to its network.
Today the long awaited flight arrived in the river city, touching down on runway 01 twelve minutes ahead of its scheduled arrival time of 9.30am. I have seen this airline in both Sydney and Melbourne but it is exciting to see another airline coming into Brisbane on a regular bases. The aircraft used for the inguinal flight was their A330-243 B-5936 (CN 1573)


HAINAN A330-243 B-5936 (CN 1573)
















Working in the area for the morning I went off and did a few calls before returning for the departure. The aircraft was on the ground for just over two hours pushing back right on time at 11.30am. After taxiing out to the holding point it actually waited there for 22 minutes before lining up, this was due to arriving and departing aircraft.
I was hoping to see the famous water canon salute but I have been informed Hainan requested not to have one.

DEPARTING FOR SHENZHEN


















The times are as follows.
HU411 will depart Shenzhen at 10:35pm on Wednesdays and Sundays arriving in Brisbane and arrive in Brisbane at 9.30am the next morning.

HU412 will depart Brisbane at 11:30am on Mondays and Thursdays to reach Shenzhen at 6:40pm that same evening.

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd. has its headquarters in Haikou, Hainan, People's Republic of China. It is the largest civilian-run air transport company and the fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People's Republic of China.  Hainan Airlines was established in October 1989 as Hainan Province Airlines in Hainan. Hainan Province Airlines became China's first joint-stock air-transport company following a restructuring in January 1993 and began scheduled services on 2 May 1993. In 1996, the provincial airline was renamed Hainan Airlines
Hainan Airlines is part of the HNA Group, a part-owner of Virgin Australia, it's not known yet whether Virgin Australia will codeshare with Hainan.



Below are a few other aircraft I saw today including Air Niugini returning to Brisbane due to an issue and a surprise Atlas Air B747 which I didn't know was in.

JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VFY (CN 6362)

EMIRATES A380-861 A6-EDD (CN 020)

KOREAN AIR A330-323 HL-8002 (CN 1576)

JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKI (CN 36235)

SINGAPORE A330-343 9V-STW (CN 1447)

CHINA EASTERN A330-243 B-5903 (CN 1331)


ATLAS AIR B747-4KZ N407KZ (CN 36134)


ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE B737-7DF A36-002 (CN 30790)

AIR NIUGINI B767- 383 P2-PXW (CN 25365)
RETURNING AFTER CALLING PAN PAN PAN








































Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Fuel crisis in Auckland means diversions for long haul

Travellers heading out of Auckland will have some of their flights cancelled again tomorrow and ticket sales will be restricted, as the airlines deal with the ongoing fuel shortage. The shortage is due to a pipeline that supplies fuel to Auckland Airport being shut off over the weekend after a leak was discovered on Thursday. Air New Zealand also confirmed today it was sending a Boeing 777-200 aircraft to Wellington with just the pilots on board to fill up and return to Auckland for further long-haul flights.

For the second day in a row Brisbane has had diversions due to a fuel crisis in Auckland.
Flights that diverted to Brisbane today are

New Zealand 99   Auckland - Tokyo B787-9 ZK-NZE
New Zealand 245 Auckland - Denpasar B787-9 ZK-NZI
Thai 492 Auckland - Bangkok B777-3AL HS-TKO
and
Cathay 198 Auckland - Hong Kong A350-9 B-LRF

Yesterdays Cathay A350 which landed in Brisbane ended up going tech and is still on the ground today.


CATHAY A350-941 B-LRI (CN 58)

YESTERDAY'S FLIGHT GONE TECH































After work I went out to get a photo of the A350, which is a very rare "daylight" sight for Brisbane. While I was there todays A350 departed as well.

CATHAY A350-941 B-LRF (CN 46)


QANTAS B737-838 VH-XZB (CN 39360)
HIGH SPEED WiFi ON BOARD


MINEROLOGY MD 82 VP-CBH (CN 53577)
MINEROLOGY MD 82 VP-CBI (CN 53581)










Saturday, 16 September 2017

Spotting on the Gold Coast

Due to a family function we need to attend to tonight my family and I headed to the Coast last night. The apartment we are in is very nice and comfortable with lovely water views.
























This morning while the family slept I got up and watch the sunrise and then headed to the Gold Coast Airport, also known as Cooly (for Coolangatta) to do some plane spotting.


















I forgot to bring my ladder but it was ok because they were using runway 14 so aircraft flew in in front of me. Well it WAS ok until they changed runways and then I had to use the holes in the fence.


JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VFO (CN 5631)

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VXO (CN 33485)



JETSTAR A321-231 VHVWQ (CN 7384)

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VOM (CN 33794)


VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-YFS (CN 41027)


ROTORWING ROBINSON R44 VH-VVW (CN 11856)

BOMBARDIER GLOBAL 5000 VQ-BMM (CN 9198)



QANTAS B737-838 VH-VZS (CN 39358)

GULFSTREAM G-V N716AS (CN 687)

BOMBARDIER GLOBAL 5000 VQ-BMM (CN 9198)

KOOKABURRA - HAPPILY SINGING ALL MORNING

AIR NEW ZEALAND A320-232 ZK-OJF (CN 2153)

DIAMOND DA40D VH-YHP (CN D4.309)

CESSNA 172R VH-LUH (CN 17280705)

DIAMOND DA40D VH-YHL (CN D4.307)

DIAMOND DA40D VH-YHM (CN D4.308)

TIGERAIR A320-232 VH-XUH (CN 6749)

JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKB (CN 36228)

SCOOT B787-9 9V-OJA (CN 37112)

SEA AIR CESSNA 208 CARAVAN  VH-LMZ (CN 208-00173)

AIR ASIA X A330-343 9M-XXY (CN 1600)


CESSNA 172R VH-NWZ (CN 17280933)

HONG KONG AIRLINES THROWING UP SOME DUST

HONG KONG AIRLINES A330-343 B-LNO (CN 1384)


AIR ASIA X A330-343 9M-XXC (CN 1048)