It was noted making an early evening arrival into Moranbah Airport on the QLK2593 closed Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight from Cairns. It then departed to Brisbane operating as QLK769 which is another closed FIFO charter flight.
VH-QOV then visited Emerald, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay Airports on Wednesday 18 July before finishing its day back in Cairns where it now appears to have commenced operating from.
At the time of writing, we are unable to confirm the name the VH-QOV has been given (if any).
UPDATE! It is believed that VH-QOV now wears the name 'Ballarat'.
Meanwhile, over the course of this week, the previous QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 to emerge from the paint-shop has been spotted at both Mackay and Emerald Airports (amongst others in CQ).
Finally, it appears that Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOX has entered the paint-shop at Townsville, while it has also been interesting to note that Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOJ arrived into Tamworth in New South Wales earlier in the week and hasn't departed yet - perhaps it too has entered the maintenance hangar / paint-shop??!!
Photos taken by 'JM' ©