It appears that the Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines) ATR 72-operated Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights between Townsville and Moranbah that started about a year ago have ceased. I've noticed over the last couple of weeks that QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 aircraft have been operating additional flights to Moranbah from Townsville in a similar pattern to the Virgin flights. A Dash-8-Q400 arrives and departs one evening as QLK2591/2592 and again the next morning as QLK2589/2590.
|QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOM on the ground at Moranbah Airport recently|
But any Moranbah-based plane spotters and enthusiasts are about to see a whole lot more of the Virgin ATR aircraft with scheduled services to Moranbah from Brisbane starting next week.
|Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines) ATR 72-500 VH-FVH on the ground at Moranbah Airport last year (file photo)|
The first service is scheduled to touch down at Moranbah on Tuesday 2 April at 7.45am. See you there!