Thursday, November 1, 2018

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Royal Brunei Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE at Rockhampton Airport as Third Wave of Troop Charters Wrap-up

On Thursday 1 November, the third 'wave' of (heavy) jet charter flights to and from Rockhampton Airport in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 wrapped up with the larger Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE making an early morning arrival direct from Singapore’s Changi Airport.

It arrived as RBA4271 and as always, taxied in and parked on Gate 6 on the southern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron.

After looking to unload and the re-load full flights of personnel and bags, V8-DLE departed back to Singapore mid-morning as RBA4272. It has since re-positioned back to Brunei.

Of interest, V8-DLE is the airline's youngest of Royal Brunei’s five Dreamliners and made four prior visits to Rockhampton Airport when it operated the second ‘wave’ of troop charters in mid-October!

It is believed that the fourth and final 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 will call into Rockhampton Airport in the coming weeks.

It is also believed that an Antonov AN-124 freighter will touch down at Rockhampton Airport as early as Saturday 3 November with the four visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters spotted this week minus rotor blades and wrapped up all ready for transport back to Singapore.

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Sincere thanks to local plane spotter ‘IAD’ for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of Dreamliner’s arrival!

All photos taken by ‘IAD’  ©

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