It was interesting to note that VH-QOC has retained its original name of 'Mackay'.
VH-QOC is the third and latest Dash-8-Q400 to be re-painted into the new Qantas livery at the Flying Colours facility at Townsville Airport.
At present, VH-QOA and VH-QOB are the other Dash-8-Q400 turboprops to be re-painted with VH-QOB operating out of Cairns and Townsville since it emerged from the paint-shop in mid-January. It has however, completed a couple of runs between Cairns and Hamilton Island on the QLK2503/2504 service with its first visit shortly after it emerged in new colours back on Wednesday 17 January.
I believe VH-QOB should also have retained its original name of 'Yeppoon'.
Currently, Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOD 'Emerald' is in the Flying Colours paint shop at Townsivlle Airport.
As reported on our Facebook page, VH-QOD, VH-QOE and VH-QOF are the final three QantasLink Dash-8-Q400s to wear the very old 1984-style Qantas livery and will all soon be re-painted in the new and updated livery and kangaroo logo, which was introduced to coincide with the introduction the Boeing B787 Dreamliner into service late last year. One other Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOH, which is currently adorned in the attractive pink Breast Cancer Awareness colour scheme, is also due to be re-painted into the new livery soon after. It too was spotted at Gladstone Airport during a recent visit.
Of interest, the tail design currently on VH-QOH is from the 2007 revision of the Qantas livery and is speculated to be the first of the numerous QantasLink Dash-8-Q400s to be re-painted into the new 'Dreamliner' livery.
All photos taken by Col B ©