Wednesday, August 1, 2012

QantasLink Boeing B717-200 VH-NXO Breaks Down Causing Some Interesting Aircraft Operations at Central Queensland Airports

It appears that QantasLink (Cobham Aviation-operated) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXO broke down early on Saturday 28 July.

This means that only one B717-200 (being VH-NXD) was available to fly Central Queensland services out of Brisbane, and obviously, this saw several disruptions for passengers.  As a result, few additional services popped into several Central Queensland airports over recent days, to transport the stranded passengers.

On Saturday 28 July, Qantas Boeing B737-400 VH-TJS was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Brisbane as QF1348.  This additional flight later departed back to Brisbane as QF1349.

Also, QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOH (which wears Breast Cancer Awareness colours) operated as QLK2950/2951 Brisbane to Gladstone to Brisbane.

On Sunday 29 July, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-FWH operated two return flights to Gladstone Airport from Brisbane - as shown in a Blog post below.

On Monday 30 July, QantasLink Dash-8's were used to fill the void - and interestingly, some of these flights were operated by aircraft either returning from or heading to other airports on fly-in fly-out (FIFO) duties.

From what I can see, Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOH operated as QLK2598/2599 Brisbane to Mackay to Brisbane.

Dash-8-Q300 VH-TQZ operated as QLK2586 flying from Brisbane to Rockhampton and then onto Moranbah, where it operated a FIFO charter back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, Dash-8-Q400's VH-QON and VH-QOP both operated from Moranbah to Rockhampton to Brisbane, after first operating a FIFO charter flight from Brisbane direct to Moranbah.

On Wednesday 1 August, I noted that an additional B717-200 in the form on VH-NXM had ferried into Brisbane direct from Perth to fill the void while VH-NXO is being repaired.

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