Friday, December 30, 2016

A Virgin Cancellation and Extra Flight - A Jetstar Breakdown - Extra Qantas Flights - All at Hamilton Island Airport

The action at Hamilton Island Airport over the Christmas and New Year's period hasn't been confined to the corporate visitors.

On Wednesday 28 December, Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 VH-VQZ arrived into Hamilton Island Airport on the JST846 scheduled service from Sydney.  It appears to have had problems with its undercarriage and the return JST849 service back to Sydney looked to depart much later in the day during the early evening.

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It was also interesting to note that Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-MRZ flew from Townsville to Hamo and back as HND720 - this possibly ferried an engineer to clear the Jetstar A320 to fly, or it was simply a charter flight.

On Christmas eve, Saturday 24 December, the scheduled Virgin Australia VOZ1281/1280 flight into Hamo from and back to Sydney was cancelled for some unknown reason.  It was interesting to note then on Tuesday 27 December, an extra Virgin Australia flight was operated into Hamo from and back to Sydney with Boeing B737-800 VH-YVD operating as VOZ1283/1282.  This flight operated along with the usual VOZ1281/1280 which was operated by fellow B737-800 VH-YVC.

Finally, over the Christmas period, Qantas Airways operated four extra flights into Hamilton Island Airport from and back to Sydney using Boeing B737-800 aircraft with VH-VXE, VH-VXA, VH-VXL and VH-VXP all noted operating the extra QFA1172/1173 flights.

The usual 'mix' of Qantas and QantasLink flights into Hamo from and back to Sydney continued to also operate along with these extra flights above.

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