Late on Sunday 25 February, JetGo Australia Embraer ERJ-145LR regional jet VH-JGR was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport from the Gold Coast on the scheduled JG73 service. It appears that the larger 50-seat ERJ-145LR was a late substitute aircraft for the usual 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140LR which normally operates these flights. VH-JGR then departed to Townsville.
Then on Monday 26 February, VH-JGR returned to Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Townville on the scheduled JG70 service. Local plane spotter Kayanne H was on hand and was able to capture some of the first photos we've featured of VH-JGR in Central Queensland.
VH-JGR then continued to the Gold Coast.
Of interest, ERJ-140LR VH-ZJG operated the return JG73 service from the Gold Coast to Rocky and Townsville.
VH-JGR continues to operated one-to-two times each week from Brisbane to either Emerald or Middlemount Airports and back on a closed Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight on behalf of Middlemount Coal. Some flights have been noted landing at Emerald Airport due to reported runway works at Middlemount Aerodrome.
Finally, it is believed that JetGo will soon take delivery of their next Embraer ERJ-145LR regional jet which will be registered VH-JGK (ex N14923) (cn 145318).
Sincere thanks to Kayanne for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman ©