Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) (Skywest Airlines) Fokker 50 VH-FNF at Emerald Airport - Twice!

Late on Tuesday 6 October, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) Fokker 50 VH-FNF was noted calling into Emerald Airport from Brisbane.

VH-FNF at Brisbane Airport in late August

The little Fokker - which is still wearing the colours of Skywest Airlines - has been of late operating Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights out of Brisbane to Miles Aerodrome.  This is its first visit to Emerald, and what I believe to the first ever visit of a Skywest Airlines Fokker 50 at Emerald Airport.

After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-FNF returned to Brisbane.

And what an awesome surprise was that VH-FNF operated another flight into Emerald Airport on Wednesday 7 October, again touching down from and later returning to Brisbane.

Certainly a nice aircraft to look out for!

Finally, while we're talking about Emerald Airport, Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 VH-URJ ferried South from Mareeba via Emerald to Archerfield on Sunday 4 October.  VH-URJ has previously been operated by Seair Pacific / Istlecote on the Gold Coast but now looks to be operated out of Horn Island in Far North Queensland.

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