The third of 10 QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen turboprops has emerged from the paint-shop this week looking resplendent after being re-painted into the new Qantas 'Silver-Roo' colour scheme.
On Wednesday 1 May, VH-LQF emerged from the Flying Colours paint-shop in Townsville and immediately visited Central Queensland. It was noted calling into Moranbah Airport on the QLK2591/2592 closed Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter service from and back to Townville.
Then on Friday 3 May, VH-LQF departed Cairns for Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton Airports as QLK2301 and was photographed (above) departing Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane as QLK2367. It then completed another return service to Moranbah Airport and has landed at Gladstone Airport shortly before this post was prepared.
It appears that VH-LQF has now been named 'Katoomba' having been previously unnamed since it entered service with the airline in 2011.
As mentioned, VH-LQF is the third Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen, joining VH-LQL and VH-LQH as the current aircraft to be re-painted in the new and updated Qantas livery and kangaroo logo. The 'Silver-Roo' livery was introduced to coincide with the introduction the Boeing B787 Dreamliner into service with the airline in 2017.
All of the 'classic' Dash-8-Q400 aircraft have already been re-painted so the new livery is becoming quite a common sight at most Central Queensland Airports.
It now appears that fellow Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-LQD is now in the paint-shop at Townsville and is expected to emerge next week in the new Qantas/QantasLink livery.
All photos taken by 'IAD' ©