Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Diversions and FIFO Flights Galore - Emerald Airport Movements on Tuesday Morning

As posted late yesterday, I spotted three of four Skytrans diversions to Emerald Airport, plus a few other very interesting scheduled Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) and fly-in fly-out (FIFO) movements at Emerald Airport on Tuesday 26 June.

When I arrived, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWR was preparing for departure to Brisbane as UTY651.  The F-100 had arrived the night before, and as previously mentioned on the Blog, the FIFO charter that VH-XWR was operating was on behalf on AERgO.

As VH-XWR was departing, another Alliance F-100 arrived.  This time, VH-FKK arrived into Emerald operating from Brisbane on behalf of QantasLink as UTY2400.

VH-FKK returned later in the day, again operating for QantasLink from and back to Brisbane.  I believe that Fokker F-70 VH-QQX also popped into Emerald Airport on Tuesday 26 June, operating as UTY400/401, which seems to be a FIFO charter.

Other scheduled RPT arrivals at Emerald Airport included Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines-operated) ATR 72-500 VH-FVU, which is pictured arriving as DJ1255 (or "Virgin 255 Alpha").

Also QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QON arrived from Brisbane as QLK2402.

Also on the FIFO scene, there was the four Skytrans Airlines Dash-8s that diverted from Clermont Aerodrome, and all later departed to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.  Dash-8-300s VH-QQP and VH-QQM, as well as Dash-8-100s VH-QQL and VH-QQI all passed through.

One last FIFO movement - which is a fairly recent arrival to Emerald Airport on a Tuesday morning - was Air Link Beech 1900D VH-RUE.

The Beech arrives from Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport where it operates to from Brisbane every Monday evening.  VH-RUE collect a few passengers, and then departed to Brisbane.  It's great to see a new aircraft and airline at Emerald!

Lastly, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-FDZ arrived from Roma as "FlyDoc 458", and parked for the day.  I believe the aircraft transported health care professionals to Emerald for the day.

Not bad for a murky day weatherwise!

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