Saturday, 4 April 2020

Qantas, Virgin start repatriation flights for April

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Routes to four popular international destinations will temporarily re-open to help bring stranded Australians home.
Qantas and Virgin Australia will mount a series of repatriation flights to London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Auckland as part of the Federal Government's push to bring home Australians who remain stranded overseas. The special flights will run across this month, and passengers will have to to pay their own airfares. It's been suggested that flights may depart Australia empty of passengers, with the government subsidising the cost of fuel and crew, although below decks the aircraft are expected to be loaded up with outbound cargo to assist the Australian export market, with imported freight and medical supplies on the return leg. Virgin Australia will run two flights a week between Brisbane and Hong Kong, on Mondays and Fridays, with one weekly flight between Brisbane and Los Angeles (departing LAX on Thursday) – both will operate on a Boeing 777-300ER.
Further details of the flights have not yet been released.
“We are continuing our constructive discussions with Qantas and Virgin on flights to less accessible destinations, including South America and the Pacific," says Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, whose office led the initiative after Qantas and Virgin wound down all international flights last week.

Homeward bound

“Many Australians will be able to get to one of these four destinations. They can do so knowing there will be an Australian airline to get them home,” Payne adds. “We recognise that, in some cases, this will not be possible. We will continue to work closely with airlines and our overseas consular assistance network in these situations." “Where there are no commercial options available, the Government will consider supporting, on a case-by-case basis, non-scheduled services to other overseas destinations." Qantas has also been in discussions with the UK Government about flights to London, which were suspended last week following a brief re-routing from the long-standing Singapore stopover to Darwin. “We are liaising with Qantas to keep flights operational” noted Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner to Australia, in an email sent on March 29 to British travellers still in Australia. “We are working tirelessly with airlines to ensure planes keep flying, as well as with the Australian Government and international partners to keep commercial routes to the UK open.”





Full story taken from here
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-virgin-repatriation-flights-to-london-lax-hong-kong-nz

Friday, 3 April 2020

Australian's coming home locked down in hotel


NEPAL AIRLINES A330-243 9N-ALZ (CN 1878)
















Last Tuesday the Australian authorities cleared Nepal Airlines to fly to Brisbane, to repatriate Australian tourists stuck in Nepal. The 250 Australian and New Zealand tourists aboard a Nepal Airlines flight that landed at Brisbane Airport yesterday have gone straight into quarantine. They were lucky they got back into the country before today's tough new border restrictions come into effect. State Disaster Co-ordinator Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the passengers were treated like any other international flight, but he noted that come Friday, any international visitors arriving by plane who do not have an exemption or residency will be turned around on the air bridge.  They are being put through the process of understanding who they are, if they have an exemption to come back into Queensland or not, if they are a resident, and ... they are being placed into quarantine." The Nepal Airlines flight was the the first and final flight to Australia from the south-east Asian nation for the foreseeable future, according to the Australian Embassy. It's not clear on whether any passengers were showing novel corona-virus symptoms upon their arrival in Brisbane. The carrier had originally planned to land at the Sydney airport but the plan changed after the Australian government refused to issue landing permit citing poor quarantine facility in Sydney, which has reported most infected cases of Covid-19.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Another rear visitor to Brisbane

On the back of Qatar calling into Brisbane for the very first time a few days ago, Brisbane was once again treated to another very rare visitor. Nepal Airlines performed a repatriation flight from Kathmandu via Kuala Lumpur bringing home stranded Australians and New Zealanders.


NEPAL AIRLINES A330-243 9N-ALZ (CN 1878)

















Due to work commitments I was unable to attended this rare event so my beautiful amazing wife went out on my behalf. Below are some more photos she took today.




QANTAS A330-303 VH-QPJ (CN 0712)




VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-YFR (CN 41012)

SKYTRADERS A319-132 VH-VHP (CN 3757)

CORPORATE SAAB 340B VH-VEO (CN 340B-366)

ROYAL FLYING DOCTORS BEECHCRAFT B200 VH-FDO (CN BB-2020)

LIFEF LIGHT LEARJET 45 VH-CXJ (CN 152)

ALLIANCE FOKKER F28 MK 70 VH-JFE (CN 11545)

JET CITY LEAR JET 45 VH-LJX (CN 056)

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VXJ (CN 33480)

LIFE FLIGHT AUGUSTAWESTLAND AW 139 VH-XIH (CN 41430)

AIR NEW ZEALAND B787-9 ZK-NZI (CN 37966)


JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VFK (CN 5334)

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VZK (CN 34204)

QANTASLINK DASH 8 Q400 VH-LQD (CN 4371)



                VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VUH (CN 34440)






Special thanks to my wife for spending a few hours out at the airport for me today getting these photos






Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Qatar calls into Brisbane for now

As the worlds airlines are winding down and laying off staff  QATAR airways has increased its flights into Australia thanks to the Australian government asking them to increase their flights for the next few weeks performing repatriation flights. Yesterday a QATAR 777 landed in Brisbane direct from Doha for the first time ever.

QATAR B777-3DZ A7-BES (CN 64089)



















I mentioned in a post a few days ago, Qatar Airways would be adding an extra 48,000 seats on services from Doha to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane starting the 29th March until mid-April. The airline said it has put on the extra capacity to help bring people home.
The Oneworld member launched Brisbane-Doha flights at the same time using a Boeing 777-300ER. However, Brisbane is – for now – only a short-term addition, with flights running through to mid-April. Qatar was able to make the move after the Australian government relaxed a long-standing treaty that limited the number of services it could provide.



While I was at the airport I thought I would drive around and have a look at the aircraft parked up.






Monday, 30 March 2020

Plane explodes on take-off

Just heard this on the news, this is so sad..
A medical supply plane travelling from Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL/RPLL) Philippine to Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan has crashed while taking off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila last night, killing all eight on board. All passengers on board Lion Air Flight RPC 5880 died after the plane caught fire as it was taking off from the airport. An American and Canadian were on board the flight, according to the flight's passenger manifest. The other six on board were Filipino. This consisted of three medical personnel, three flight crew, a patient and a companion,  The plane was also carrying medical supplies and was about to take off when the plane caught fire on the runway.
Indonesian carrier Lion Air has no affiliation and is unrelated to Manila-based Lionair.


Aircraft Information
Airline: Lionair Inc.
Aircraft: IAI 1124A Westwind II
Registration: RP-C5880
Serial Number: 353


OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYES GO OUT TO THE IMMEDIATE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND THE STAFF OF LIONAIR.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

QANTAS makes heartbreaking descsion to retire 747 fleet early

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OJM (CN 25245) 
















Qantas announced last year they would be retiring the "Queen of the skies" late 2020 but then extended that retirement to February 2021. Due to the covid 19 virus, which has hit the airline industry very hard, with passenger demand dropping to unprecedented levels and ban travel to and from their nations in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, Qantas has decided to retire the remaining 5 aircraft as of tonight.
Qantas has been an operator of the Boeing 747 since 1971 when it received its first 747-238 (VH-EBA CN 2009) in September that year, and has operated every version of the aircraft except for the 747-8. The airline is also the sole customer of the extended range variant 747-400ER, of which it operated six aircraft until its retirement today. The 747-400ER could fly 500 nm / 925 km farther than the standard -400 model, and it allowed Qantas to operate Melbourne to Los Angeles flights with a fully loaded aircraft, where the conventional 747-400 would have had to operate with restricted weights for such a distance. Qantas retired its last standard Boeing 747-438 in October 2019. VH-OJU (CN 25566) was the aircraft and it was delivered to Qantas on the 24th January 2000 . The 747 has no direct replacement in its fleet in terms of capacity, but that may change with Project Sunrise, when the airline wants to introduce Airbus A350-1000 into its fleet. Most of the 747 routes have been replaced with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Qantas' last 747 flight was tonight, QF28 from Santiago de Chile (SCL/SCEL) to Sydney (SYD/YSSY) and was operated Boeing 747-406ER (VH-OEE CN 32909) a 17 year old aircraft.

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OEE (CN 32909)
















My family and I had the pleasure of flying on her from Dallas to Brisbane back in December 2013.




















This plane was the test plane for the Boeing 747-400ER. However, this was the second Boeing 747-400ER delivered to Qantas. Qantas has operated the iconic Boeing 747 for almost fifty years. The last Qantas 747 flight to London was in 2010 and to San Francisco was in early December 2019. The fleet was sold to an unknown buyer a few days ago and will ferry to Mojave in California in the upcoming weeks.


















The remaining 5 that retired today were
747-438ER VH-OEE 32909 06/12/2002 Named Nullarbor
747-438ER VH-OEG 32911 20/12/2002 Named Parkes
747-438ER VH-OEH 32912 09/02/2003 Named Hervey Bay
747-438ER VH-OEI 32913 26/06/2003 Named Ceduna
747-438ER VH-OEJ 32914 30/07/2003 Named Wunala


Below are some of the different liveries Qantas has worn in the past


QANTAS B747-438ER VH-OEF (CN 32910)
ONE WORLD

QANTAS B747-438ER VH-OEI (CN 32913)
GO WALLABIES

QANTAS B747-438ER VH-OEJ (CN 32914) 
SOCCER WORLD CUP 2017

OEJ WUNULA DREAMING 2011

EOJ SUPPORTING THE SOCCEROO'S 2015

QANTASB747-438 VH-OJO (CN 25544)
GO QANTAS WALLABIES 2012

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OJS (CN 25564)
QANTAS SOCCEROO'S 2011

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OJU (CN 25566)
SUPPORTING THE AUSTRALIAN OLYMPICS 2012

QANTAS B747-48E VH-OEB (CN 25778)
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2011