Friday, July 13, 2012

Some Colourful Aviation Trivia!

Following on from May's CQ Plane Spotting Blog 'Historic Spot' post about Boeing B717-200 operations in Central Queensland (link HERE), Jamie C has pointed out that one of the aircraft featured is back flying again in CQ, but with a new livery and registration!

In the post, we pointed out the 'colourful' past of Jetstar Airways' Boeing B717-200 VH-VQH - which later became VH-YQH.  After being painted gold, VH-VQH wore short-lived titles for a men's deoderant, before eventually wearing 'Happy Christmas' and 'Happy New Year' titles.

After being re-registered VH-YQH, the B717-200 then wore colour and titles for Domino's Pizza - and in particular their 'puffection' guarantee.

Eventually, VH-YQH was withdrawn from Jetstar service and placed in storage at Tamworth Airport - along with a couple of its sisterships - until National Jet Systems (now Cobham Aviation) took over the operation of the Boeing B717-200 fleet for QantasLink.  It was later to be re-registered VH-NXM, and still flys with QantasLink today.

I think it's rather topical that we point this out, as VH-NXM has recently returned to operations in Central Queensland after being 'rotated' through Brisbane last weekend, and was spotted at Gladstone Airport earlier in the week.

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