|File photo taken by Lloyd Fox ©
VH-YQW was initially positioned to Rocky as QJE6200 and then departed back to Brisbane just after midnight on Saturday 13 December as QJE1745 - a very much delayed scheduled service from the beef capital.
It appeared that fellow QantasLink B717-200 VH-NXJ broke down at Rockhampton after operating the inbound QJE1744 service from Brisbane earlier in the evening.
As seen above, VH-YQW wears very unique decals and is named 'The Tassie Devil'. It is also one of five QantasLink B717 aircraft that has a 2-class configuration with 110 seats, along with Q-Streaming - Qantas' wireless entertainment system. It is a fairly regular visitor to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport, but this visit to Rockhampton was a great surprise!