Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hevilift Australia ATR 72-500 VH-FVH Pops into Rockhampton Airport - Plus ATR 72 VH-FVI Delivered and Re-Painted!

With school returning, it is suspected that Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 72-500 VH-FVH operated a closed charter flight carrying students into Rockhampton Airport from Horn Island in Far North Queensland on Thursday 30 January.  It was noted flying as HT706

File photo

After an hour on the ground, VH-FVH returned to Brisbane again as HT706.

VH-FVH had flown North from Brisbane the previous day but as HT705.

Meanwhile, back on Tuesday 14 January and Wednesday 15 January, fellow ATR 72-500 VH-FVI was noted flying back into Australia via Brisbane from Nelson in New Zealand before it then continued to Cairns.  It was noted flying using the Virgin Australia flight number and callsign of "VOZ9943".

It has been that VH-FVI has been acquired by Hevilift and flew into Cairns for re-painting.

VH-FVI was one of may ATR 72 turboprops that were ferried across to Nelson for storage by Virgin Australia in 2017.

As these recent photos show, four Virgin Australia ATRs remain stored at Nelson with most of them having their props removed.

Photos taken by Zac Fitzgerald and Kynan Schneider  ©️


  1. Nice to see some of them heading back home to Oz...

  2. Nice to see some of them returning back to Oz! Any idea if they will all be going to Hevilift?