It appeared that VH-YQW 'replaced' fellow QantasLink B717-200 VH-NXQ which was originally scheduled to operate the flight.
VH-NXQ was operating a delayed QJE1760/1761 service to Mackay. Earlier, another B717-200 VH-NXL was operating from Brisbane to Mackay as QJE1760 but turned back to Brisbane mid-flight with a technical problem.
As shown above, VH-YQW wears very unique decals and is named 'The Tassie Devil'. It is also one of five QantasLink B717 aircraft that has a 2-class configuration with 125 seats, along with Q-Streaming - Qantas' wireless entertainment system. It is a fairly regular visitor to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport, but this visit to Gladstone was a great surprise!
Finally, over the course of Monday 11 January to Wednesday 13 January, Virgin Australia operated Embraer E-190 jets on the early morning VOZ1707/1710 service from and back to Brisbane with VH-ZPF, VH-ZPM and VH-ZPE (shown below on Wednesday) calling in.
Sincere thanks to Col for sending through these great photos!
All photos taken by Col ©