Thursday, 5 March 2015

Aussie Troop Carriers

The Australian Air force for years have been using wet leased aircraft from Hi Fly to transport our troops when travelling overseas.
Hi Fly is a European airline based in Portugal, they are a FAA approved, EASA and IOSA certified company who operates 14 last generation fly-by-wire aircraft: 1 x A310; 1 x A321; 6 x A330´s and  6 x A340´s exclusively available for wet lease worldwide. Wet leasing (supply the aircraft with crew, maintenance and insurance) is Hi Fly's core and sole business.
Over the years we have see different aircraft pass through Brisbane as they move troops around.
When these aircraft fly for the Air Force they use the call sign "Aussie"

Hi FLY A340-322 CS-TMT (CN 096)       HERE 2006

Hi FLY A340-313 CS-TQM       HERE 2010

Hi FLY A340-300 OY-KBM (CN 450)     HERE 2011

On the 6th of January this year a Qantas 747-400 (VH-OJM) was used to transport troops from Sydney - Singapore via Brisbane and Darwin, the same aircraft returned to Sydney via Darwin and Brisbane on the 8th January.

QANTAS 747-438 VH-OJM (CN25245)

Then on the 20th January 2015 Air Tahiti Nui took over flying
the troops around.
This aircraft has been into Brisbane 8 times since the start and
today is the first time I have actually got a chance to see it
come in.
Air Tahiti Nui; with the call sign AUSSIE Five (ASY5)
departed Darwin at 7.32am (Darwin) and arrived runway
01 in Brisbane at 11.35 (local) 
AIR TAHITI NUI A340-313 (CN 668)



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