Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday's Highlights from Rockhampton Airport - QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 in Special Colours and Airline of Virgin Blue Boeing B737-800

A spectacular and highly enjoyable plane spotting day was had at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 2 March. First up, QantasLink (Cobham Aviation-operated) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXN popped into Rockhampton Airport briefly again using the flight number QFA6272.

It is pictured arriving from, and soon after, departing back to Brisbane. The B717-200 is expected to return to Rockhampton, as well as Gladstone, on Monday 4 March, when it will again operate crew training flights.

Noted at Rockhampton Airport later in the day was Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100s VH-XWR and VH-FKF, which were both operating on behalf of QantasLink.

Meanwhile, QantasLink itself operated its specially coloured Dash-8-Q400 through Rockhampton in the afternoon. VH-QOI carries a special colour scheme that celebrates 40 years of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Also noted was Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-VUM. This aircraft features a modified Pacific Blue livery and wears 'Airline of Virgin Blue' titles - which incidentally have been recently modified - see photo from 2011 HERE.

Lastly, on the General Aviation apron, Whitsunday Helicopter Group Bell 206 (III) VH-SWI arrived and seemed to be parking for the night.

What a great day - and how lucky were the Rockhampton Spotters today!

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