Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Spotting in Melbourne

The good thing about our office here in Melbourne is it is right on the flight path and when they are using runway 34 arriving aircraft come in low and slow over our office.
While I worked I was watching the flight radar and I had my eye on the Emirates A380, (my favorite aircraft) I rang my family in Brisbane to say good morning and much to my disappointment Emirates flew right over the top of me. I was really angry with myself for missing it, but then I couldn't believe what happend. Emirates performed a missed approach and went around so I got it on the second go. Sometimes you can be lucky...


















EMIRATES A380-861 A6-EUC (CN 214)

















Below are some of the heavies I got this morning.

GARUDA A330-343 PK-GPW (CN 1585)

UNITED B787-9 N35953 (CN 0269)

HAINAN A330-343 B-5935 (CN 1438)

AIR ASIA X A330-343 9M-XXI (CN 1411)

MALAYSIA A330-323 9M-MTK (CN 1388)

VIETNAM B787-9 VN-A865 (CN 38761)































































































All day I have been hearing heavies coming in over our roof teasing me so after work I went out to the airport for some more spotting, but mainly for the Etihad A380 and the Qatar 777.

ETIHAD B777-3FX A6-ETS (CN 44548)

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OEG (CN 39211)

TIGERAIR B737-8FE VH-VUD (CN 34015)

AIR NEW ZEALAND B787-9 ZK-NZH (CN 37964)

SINGAPORE B777-212 9V-SVI (CN 32316) CITY IN BACK GROUND


JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKK (CN 36327)

AIR NORTH EMBRAER 170 VH-ANT (CN 17000357)

REX SAAB 340 VH-SBA (CN 311)    CITY OF WAGGA WAGGA

ETIHAD A380-861 A6-APC (CN 176)



QATAR B777-3DZ A7-BED (CN 60330)




SUNSET


VIRGIN AUSTRALIA A330-243 VH-XFD (CN 1306)


QANTAS A330-202 VH-EBF (CN 853)











Monday, 27 March 2017

Brisbane to Melbourne Flight (March Trip)

Once again I found myself at the airport as I was heading to Melbourne for two weeks straight, as both the customer service supervisor and the new sales rep where both heading overseas for two weeks. One is off to South Africia and the other Vietnam, so I have to run the shop while they are away. My flight was at 5am and boarding was at 4.40am so I got up at 3am and arrived at the airport at 3.50am. Qantas is trialing a new check in format for their frequent flyer members in Platinum One, Platinum, Gold and Qantas Club. Members go through sliding glass doors to a new designated area where you can check in your luggage and after being checked by security you go up an escalator directly into the Qantas Club lounge. Personally I didnt think it was any quicker; but anyway after I had a quick bite to eat I headed to gate 20 where my aircraft was waiting after resting all night. At 4.41am we boarded and I took my seat which was 11F. The aircraft for todays flight was a 737-838 and the registration was VH-VXG (CN 30901). To my surprise the flight only half full. The last cabin door was closed at 4.51am and we pushed back 4.55am, we commenced taxiing at 4.58am and we taxied out for runway 01. Due to night time operations runway 19 is used for arrivals and 01 is used for departures. We had to hold at the holding point for 12 mins while we waited for two arriving aircraft to land. We then lined up and got airborne at 5.15am, after airborne we banked right and flew back abeam the airport and as I looked out of my window at the city lights I thought, "it was only a month ago it was daylight at 5am". Our track took us down over Beaudesert, passing abeam Tamworth and Dubbo. We continued on to a place called Tocumwal where we were put in a holding pattern for one 5 min loop. We began our descent at 7.03am and after passing down the western side of the airport we traveled out to the bay before banking left and coming back in passing the city, Randwick Race Course and Essendon Airport before landing on runway 34 at 7.35am.
Due to daylight savings we had to add an hour so our offical arrival was 8.35am.


AVALON AIRPORT

MELBOURNE CITY

RANDWICK RACE COURSE

ESSENDON AIRPORT

SINGAPORE B777-312 9V-SWL (CN 34577)




QANTAS A380-841 VH-OQF (CN 029)

HAINAN A330-243 B-6116 (CN 875)

QANTAS A330-201 VH-EBB (CN 522)

Saturday, 25 March 2017

BBJ Tripple Play (Featuring KC 135)

When Adele arrived in Australia her 737 BBJ flew into Brisbane and has been on the ground here since 16th February. We have another BBJ on the ground which arrived from Shenzhen two days ago then last night we had another BBJ bound for Sydney divert here as it wasn't going to make Sydney in time for the curfew at 11pm. I also knew there was a U S Air Force KC 135 on the ground and it was due out at 10am. So I headed out to the airport this morning for the departure of the two BBJ's and KC 135 and to see the other BBJ parked up.


ORIENT GLOBAL B737-74T VP-BEL (CN 29139)



ACM AIR CHARTERS B737-8JM D-AACM (CN 37663)




NANSHAN B737-7GJ B-5286 (CN 41658)
































Below are some other aircraft I saw today including a hi flying Bombardier BD 700 travelling from Dunedin NZ to Vienna via Darwin and Bangkok..


ION TIRIAC AIR BOMBARDIER BD 700 YR-YIK (CN 9229)

SOLOMONS A320-211 H4-BUS (CN 0302)

JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKJ (CN 36236)

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VOR (CN 33799)


CATHAY PACIFIC A330-343 B-LAP (CN 1343)


CHINA EASTERN A330- 243 B-5941 (CN 1484)

EVA AIR A330-203 B-16311 (CN 693)

AIR NEW ZEALAND B777-219 ZK-OKC (CN 34377)

EMIRATES A380-861 A6-EOM (CN 187)





CHINA SOUTHERN A330-323 B-5970 (CN 1645)


SINGAPORE AIRLINES A330-343 9V-SSD (CN 1562)

LIFE FLIGHT AUGUSTA WESTLAND 139VH-XIH (CN 41403)

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B777-3ZG VH-VPD (CN 37938)


QANTAS A330-303 VH-QPJ (CN 712)

SUPPORTING SYDNEY GAY MADI GRAS


AIR CANADA B787-9 C-FGEI (CN 37174)


CATHAY PACIFIC A330-343 B-LAP (CN 1343)


CHINA EASTERN A330- 243 B-5941 (CN 1484)

EVA AIR A330-203 B-16311 (CN 693)

PHILIPPINE A320-214 RP-C8613 (CN 3579)

The U S Air Force KC 135 didn't depart and was still parked up when I left.


U.S AIR FORCE KC 135 ANG 91500