Friday, January 7, 2022

Hevilift Australia (former Virgin Australia) ATR 72-500 VH-FVL Calls into Moranbah Airport

New year, new aircraft to spot!

On Friday 7 January, Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 72-500 VH-FVL was noted visiting Moranbah Airport on one of their week-daily Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights from and back to Brisbane as HT721/2.

File photo

VH-FVL had only flown down to Brisbane from Cairns and Townsville the previous day after spending the previous couple of months in Far North Queensland since it entered service with charter airline in October.

The former Virgin Australia ATR 72 had departed Australia in July 2017 for storage at Nelson in New Zealand.  It returned to Australia via Brisbane and then Cairns in early March 2020.  

VH-FVL remained parked at Cairns and was photographed in June 2021 looking slightly worse for wear.

VH-FVL was then photographed in late September 2021 (above) soon after being rolled out of the hangar in the full titles and livery of Hevilift Australia.  

It looked to enter service with Hevilift on closed Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights between Townsville and Osborne Mine and also Cairns and Mount Gordon Copper Mine.

Photo taken by Jonathan Williams  ©️

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