Sunday, July 24, 2016

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 Jet VH-QQY Touches Down at Longreach Airport - Plus More!

Certainly an interesting arrival into Longreach Airport on Friday 22 July with Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet touching down from Brisbane on what looked to be a charter flight as UTY3380.

It remained on the ground at Longreach for much of the weekend and returned to Brisbane on Sunday 24 July as UTY3381.

Meanwhile, also spotted on the ground at Longreach Airport on Friday 22 July soon after it arrived from Cairns and Charters Towers was Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-JVL which has recently taken up operations with Victoria-based Sharp Aviation.

Of interest, VH-JVL previously operated for the Darwin-based charter company Hardy Aviation.

It appears that VH-JVL is operating a tourist charter flight around Queensland from Melbourne (Essendon) with it noted visiting various towns particularly around Far North Queensland and even to Groote Eylandt.  On Saturday 23 July VH-JVL departed Longreach for Rolleston.

UPDATE!  On Monday 25 July, VH-JVL departed Rolleston for Scone and Essendon.

Also calling into Longreach Airport but on Saturday 23 July on yet another tour from Adelaide to Far North Queensland was Dick Lang's Dessert-Air Safaris' Beech B200 VH-ODI.  It touched down from Undara.  On Sunday 24 July, VH-ODI departed Longreach Airport for Innamincka, Leigh Creek before returning to Adelaide.

Finally, locally-based Air Central West Beech 58 Baron VH-TNR returned home from Charleville and Augathella on Friday 22 July, while Piper PA-31-350 VH-TWR was noted departing its Archerfield base on Sunday 24 July.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

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