As previously posted, Virgin Australia ATR 72-500 VH-FVM popped into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 21 December.
Don W managed to get a quick snap and reports that the ATR appeared to be in town for ground crew familiarization and training.
The Skywest Airlines operated ATRs are most probably coming to Rockhampton Airport to allow the Airline Handling Agency at Rockhampton to train the new Emerald based ground crew ahead of Virgin Australia commencing flights to the Central Highlands in early 2012.
UPDATE!! Perhaps the training is not only for Emerald crews - I have been told by two sources that the word around Rockhampton Airport Wednesday was that Virgin Australia ATRs would be operating flights between Brisbane and Rockhampton on weekends from February 2012.