Sunday, September 24, 2023

Exercise Wallaby 2023 - Garuda Indonesia Boeing B777-300 PK-GIF & Royal Brunei Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLA at Rockhampton Airport

The second wave of heavy jet passenger charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Forces Exercise Wallaby 2023 (XWB23) started just before dawn on Sunday 24 September with Garuda Indonesia Boeing B777-3U3(ER) PK-GIF arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Jakarta and then Singapore’s Changi Airport, as GIA8242/7760.

It looked to bring in a load of personnel and equipment.

PK-GIF then departed Rockhampton Airport for Jakarta as GIA7761. It has since flown back to Singapore again as GIA8242 and is expected to return to Rockhampton airport again before dawn on Monday 25 September.

Meanwhile, after dark, also on Sunday 24 September, Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLA made its first ever visit to Rockhampton airport, arriving from Brunei as RBA4285.

It was loaded with personnel and equipment and then later departed to Singapore as RBA4286.

V8-DLA is also expected to return to Rockhampton airport late on Monday 25 September, with another Royal Brunei Dreamliner, V8-DLB, looking like it will also visit Rockhampton Airport, also on Monday 25 September.

It also appears that a Qantas Airways aircraft (possibly an Airbus A330-200) will also complete a charter flight from Rockhampton Airport to Singapore in the afternoon also on Monday 25 September.

A busy day ahead! 

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Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of a couple of great visitors to Rockhampton Airport.

Photos taken by John Lee  ©

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