N16999 initially popped into Townsville Airport on Sunday 5 November on what appeared to be a diversion from Mopah International Airport, Merauke, Indonesia, while enroute to Brisbane. After almost an hour on the ground, N16999 continued to Brisbane where it was photographed arriving by local plane spotter Lloyd F. During the delivery flight it was noted using the rather appropriate flight number and callsign of JG145 ("JetGo 145").
VH-JGR / N16999 (cn 145307) is the first of (possibly) four 50-seat ERJ-145LRs due for delivery to JetGo. Information suggests that a second aircraft - which has been identified as N14923 (cn 145318) which will wear the Australian registration marking of VH-JGK - is expected to arrive in Australia in December.
Presently, JetGo flys two 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135LRs - VH-JGB and VH-JZG - and two 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140LRs - VH-ZJE and VH-ZJG - on its regular public transport (RPT) and Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) networks across three states along Australia’s east coast.
Photo taken by Lloyd Fox ©