And immediately after re-entering service, on Wednesday 14 November, VH-QOS made its first visit into Central Queensland at Hamilton Island Airport wearing its new colour scheme. It operated as QLK2503/2504 from and back to Cairns after it had earlier operated as QLK2308 from Townsville to Cairns.
Then on Thursday 15 November, VH-QOS flew down the Queensland coast and at the time of writing, it is currently flying back up towards Cairns after spending the night on Friday 16 November parked at Rockhampton Airport.
It is unclear whether VH-QOS has retained its previous name of ‘Mildura’. It was named in 2010 during a ceremony at Mildura in Victoria.
As mentioned, VH-QOS joins several other Dash-8-Q400s 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. They are becoming quite a common sight at most Central Queensland Airports.
Of interest, fellow Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOT is now in the paint-shop at Townsville and is expected to emerge in the next week or so in the new Qantas/QantasLink livery.
Photos taken by 'JM’ ©