Saturday, December 24, 2016

Some Pre-Christmas Bizjet Action at Hamilton Island Airport and Other Places!

It looks like the annual Christmas corporate action over at Hamilton Island is happening again with a couple of nice bizjets visiting the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Saturday 24 December.

American registered Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 N2QE departed for Sydney.

We have been very fortunate to receive some great photos from the flightdeck of N2QE shortly after it arrived from Sydney on Wednesday 21 December - the bizjet is also photographed in Sydney as it departed to Hamo.

Also visiting on Saturday 24 December was Execujet Australia Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 VH-IEJ which looked to arrive from and later depart back to Sydney.   UPDATE!  We have received some photos of VH-IEJ on the ground at Hamo!

While AAA Aircraft / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 650 Citation III bizjet VH-SPJ arrived at Hamo from Bankstown and Hobart.  It later departed to Bankstown.

Also as we mentioned below, Execujet Australia Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-VSZ departed Hamilton Island Airport for Sydney on Thursday 22 December.  It had arrived from there on Monday 19 December.

Meanwhile, the Christmas rush has seen Qantas Airways operate additional services into Hamilton Island Airport from and back to Sydney.  On Friday 23 December, Boeing B737-800 VH-VXP operated as QFA1172/1173, while on Saturday 24 December, VH-VXL operated as the same.  This was in addition to B737-800 VH-VXP operating the usual QFA866/867 service from and back to Sydney.

And over the last week, Regional Air Piper PA-31-350 VH-RKD has flown into Hamilton Island Airport from its Mackay Airport base three times, visiting on Saturday 24 December, Thursday 22 December and last Sunday 18 December.

Finally, on Thursday 22 December, a couple of familiar bizjets called into other CQ Airports.  The Queensland Government Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY visited Mackay and Rockhampton Airports while on a busy day of flying out of Brisbane. While recently re-registered Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR was noted flying from Longreach Airport to Emerald Airport. It had earlier flown into Longreach from its Archerfield base. After spending a couple of hours on the ground at Emerald, VH-MOR returned to Archerfield.

Photos taken by 'AC'  ©

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