Friday, 21 September 2018

Sunshine Coast Airport

I had to come up to the Sunshine Coast for the weekend as I am photographing a wedding here tomorrow, and since we were (my wife and I) up this far we thought we would check the airport as it has been over 3 yrs since I was here last.
Sunshine Coast Airport (formerly Maroochydore Airport) (IATA: MCY, ICAO: YBSU) is an airport serving Sunshine Coast. It is the gateway to holiday destinations such as Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, and Caloundra. There are direct daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne. In addition, Air New Zealand serves the city seasonally, with three weekly return flights from Maroochydore to Auckland.  Sunshine Coast Airport is situated in Marcoola 10 klms (6.2 miles) north of Maroochydore, (110 Klms north or Brisbane) and is owned, operated, managed and developed by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, which assumed the powers of the former Shire of Maroochy. It is the principal airport for the Sunshine Coast and is the only airport in the region capable of servicing jet aircraft operations. Sunshine Coast airport has two runways, the main one 18 / 36 is asphalt and is 1,797 metres (5,896 feet long). The second one, 12 / 30, is a paved runway and is 650 metres long (2,133 feet long). The airport sits 5 metres (15 feet) AMSL
The airport master plan proposes building a new 2,450 m (8,040 foot) runway, 13/31, which is currently under construction. This would replace the 650m (2,133 foot) runway 12/30 and allow operation of aircraft larger and with longer range than the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 with minimal impact on nearby residents. Use of wide body aircraft such as Airbus A330 and Boeing 777, 787 would allow for direct flights to Southeast Asia, China and Hawaii, as well as additional domestic flights.
(Source Wikipedia)



PIPER PA 31 / A1 VH-WHE (CN 31 - 691)

JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VFD (CN 4922)


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VH-KEP (CN 28 - 7305562)


PIPER PA 28 -151 VH-BNW (CN 28-7515381)





JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VFD (CN 4922)

Turkish Airlines wants Istanbul-Sydney flights by June 2019

This is exciting news, lets hope it goes ahead this time.

Turkish Airlines is putting Australia back on its route map, with the airline's CEO confirming plans to launch flights to Sydney next year. Speaking today at the annual Corporate Club business travel conference in Istanbul, as reported by Airways Magazine, Turkish Airlines Chairman İlker Aycı said the Star Alliance member planned to begin flying to Sydney by June 2019. "It’s going to happen," Ayci affirmed. It's believed the route could be flown by the airline's new Boeing 787s, which will also see the debut of an all-new business class seat with a 1-2-1 layout for direct aisle access and a strong focus on privacy.

Speaking with Australian Business Traveller earlier this month, Turkish Airlines Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmuştur said "we would like to start direct flights to Sydney as soon as possible, as you may know."
"We are still working on some solution methods to start flights directly to there in a most optimal way. If we do not able to reach such an ideal solution in our short-term planning, which is our priority, we may focus on connecting flights."
With Turkish Airlines already flying from Istanbul to Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, one of those routes could act as stopover for an add-on leg through to Sydney, although the airline could also bite the bullet on non-stop flights.
Sydney has long been an on-again off-again destination for Turkish Airlines. In June 2015, then-CEO Temel Kotil told Australian Business Traveller that flights between Istanbul and Sydney would begin in June 2016, with Melbourne to follow. "We are coming, and that's final," Kotil enthused. However, in February 2016 the airline pushed back on those plans.
Turkish Airlines has been approached for comment on this latest executive announcement.

Story sourced from here

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Brisbane and Adelaide win bids to host major aviation conference

The Liberal National Government’s Business Events Bid Fund Program has helped Brisbane secure the rights to host the 2019 International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the IATA conference would bring more than 1,200 aviation professionals from 230 airlines to Brisbane next year. 
“An aviation event of this size is great for local businesses and the local economy but also provides Queensland with the chance to show off to the world’s airlines,” Minister Birmingham said.
“Having the big hitters from the world’s largest airlines in Brisbane next year as they discuss flight times and schedules is a big opportunity for the state to highlight why airlines should add a Brisbane route or increase services.
“With Queensland home to some of the most beautiful beaches, top notch food and unforgettable experiences, I wouldn’t expect airlines to have any trouble filling seats if they offer more flights or new routes.”
Queensland continues to grow its aviation capacity — with around 5.3 million inbound seats available into Queensland’s international airports in 2017-18. Malaysia Airlines has also recently introduced a Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane route and Air New Zealand will soon kick-off flights from Queenstown.
Brisbane’s bid for the IATA conference was supported through the Liberal National Government’s Boosting Business Events Bid Fund Program which gives Australian industry bidding for international business events a competitive edge against other international destinations.
The $12 million program was launched in March 2018 and has already helped Australia secure six major international events, including the SportAccord 2019 conference on the Gold Coast.
The successful bid was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Story sourced from here

The exciting news doesn't stop here, Adelaide has also been a winner

The world’s largest aviation forum will head to Australia next year with Adelaide set to host the 25th annual World Aviation Routes conference.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the global trade event would see around 3,000 aviation professionals from 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities gather to discuss and develop new aviation routes and strategies.
“This is a unique opportunity for Australia and also South Australia to take centre stage and have the biggest players in world aviation in our own backyard,” Minister Birmingham said.
“By hosting this conference, we’ll be front of mind when the biggest aviation companies have discussions about new air routes or expanding capacity on existing routes.
“Whilst international aviation capacity to Australia now exceeds 25 million seats per year, further increasing this capacity will only strengthen and help sustain our tourism industry in the long run.”
South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway — who is in Guangzhou, China for the official handover — said the conference is expected to inject more than $20 million into the state’s visitor economy and would be an opportunity for South Australia to showcase why it is a growing destination of choice for international travellers.
“The more international travellers who fly into Adelaide, the better it is for local businesses and the local South Australian economy,” Minister Ridgway said.
“More flights into Adelaide means more people dining in our local restaurants and more people staying in our hotels.
“There have been good recent signs for SA with Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and China Southern all putting on additional Adelaide services and Singapore Airlines also upgrading its Adelaide aircraft to the next-generation Airbus, but we need to keep the momentum going.”
A record more than one million international passengers passed through Adelaide Airport in the year to the end of June, 2018.

This story sourced from here

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

First 777 goes into retirement

I just received this alert, this is the very first Boeing 777 ever built. It has just departed Hong Kong for the last time. It is heading into retirement at the Pima Air and Space Museum at Tucson Arizona. B-HNL entered service in June 1994 making it 24 yrs old.

          CATHAY B777-267 B-HNL (CN 27116)      Image Flightradar24

The Pima Air & Space Museum, located in Tucson, Arizona, is one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. The museum features a display of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres (320,000 m²) on a campus occupying 127 acres (610,000 m²). It has also been the home to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame since 1991.