Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Emerald Airport on Monday

Another trip to Emerald Airport, this time on Monday 5 March. First plane noted was QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOX which was photographed as it departed as QLK2411 which was delayed by a couple of hours.

Shortly after, QantasLink Dash-8-Q300 VH-TQK arrived as QLK2453, which is a Moranbah to Brisbane RPT service. I soon discovered that it had diverted to Emerald solely to take on fuel.

There was reportedly another diversion to Emerald Airport earlier in the day with a Longreach to Brisbane flight also landing for fuel.

Later on the commercial front, Virgin Australia ATR 72-500 VH-FVI arrived from and departed back to Brisbane.

Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340 VH-ZXS arrived from Brisbane on a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) charter and parked on the apron for the night. This is a new schedule that REX operate for Aergo, and will see a REX SAAB arrive every evening of each week day and depart the next morning - except for thursday afternoons and on Tuesday where it will return to Brisbane. There is also a return charter early on a Wednesday morning.

Another FIFO flight into Emerald Airport on Monday, saw Barrier Aviation AeroCommander 500-S VH-WRG arrive, refuel and then depart to the North.

Later, Toll Freight Aviation Metro III Expeditor VH-UZI departed for Thangool as "Toll Freight 111".

Also Argyle Charter Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-WPH - which is pictured parked on the freight apron - later took off after sunset and operated several circuits.

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