Saturday, February 24, 2018

QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOE Calls into CQ Airports Now in New Colours

After emerging from the paint-shop during the latter part of this week, QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOE made its first visit into Central Queensland wearing its new colours on Thursday 22 February when it operated into Hamilton Island Airport on the QLK2503/2504 service from and back to Cairns.

Then, on Friday 23 February, VH-QOE ventured South and called into Mackay and Rockhampton Airports twice during a big day of flying which saw it start and finish the day at Cairns.

It is unclear whether VH-QOE has now acquired a name is I believe it has been unnamed since it entered service in 2006.

VH-QOE is the fifth QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 that has been re-painted into the new Qantas livery at the Flying Colours facility at Townsville Airport.  It joins VH-QOA, VH-QOB, VH-QOC and VH-QOD (pictured below at Gladstone Airport this week) in the new and updated Qantas livery and kangaroo logo, which was introduced to coincide with the introduction the Boeing B787 Dreamliner into service with the airline late last year.

The final Dash-8-Q400 to wear the very old 1984-style Qantas livery - VH-QOF - has now entered the paint-shop at Townsville.

VH-QOF in its very old 1984-style Qantas livery  (File photo)

It has been reported that sister-ship VH-QOH - which still currently wears its distinctive 'Breast Cancer Awareness' colours - will then be re-painted into the new Qantas/QantasLink livery.

Photo taken by Col B  ©

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