Tuesday, July 28, 2020

FlyPelican (Pelican Airlines) BAe J32 VH-OTQ Pops into Rockhampton Airport – Plus More!

On Tuesday 28 July, a nice surprise visitor to Central Queensland in the form of FlyPelican (Pelican Airlines) British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 3206 (Jetstream 32) turboprop aircraft VH-OTQ which was photographed arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Newcastle (Williamtown) as PE999.

After taking on fuel, VH-OTQ was then noted departing Rockhampton Airport for Julia Creek and Hughenden before it later returned to Rocky as PE998/9.

At the time of writing, it appears that VH-OTQ was spending at least the night at Rockhampton Airport.

Of interest, Fly Pelican (Pelican Airlines) is an Australian regional airline based at Newcastle in New South Wales.  The airline was formed in 2015 by former staff and using former aircraft of Aeropelican Air Services which was also based at Newcastle and was formed in 1968.  The airline was also associated with Ansett Australia Airlines.

Meanwhile, another closed charter flight photographed as at Rockhampton Airport also on Tuesday 28 July was the weekly visit by a Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B.  This week, VH-ZLQ was spotted as it arrived from Brisbane and then later departed to Richmond as RXA9882/9282.  VH-ZLQ later returned to Brisbane but as RXA9883.

While also on Tuesday 28 July, fellow REX SAAB 340B VH-ZRI called into Emerald Airport, flying from and back to Brisbane as PFY9272/3 before it then flew from Brisbane to Richmond and back, again via Emerald Airport but as PFY9280/9881.

All photos taken by Steve Vit  ©️

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