Aug 31, 2012

Open Day at Polytechnic West - YPJT today!

Polytechnic West opened its doors yesterday, Friday August 31st 2012 to the public for its annual 'Open Day', visitors were treated to an overview of their 38 year old Boeing 737-229 (Adv) N732HV msn 21137 / 421 ex: (OO-SDM, G-CEAD, VH-OBN ex: Ozjet Airlines). The aircraft is in remarkable condition considering its age, with the aircraft's cabin interior now limited to just under 2 dozen seats, its powered by both GPU outside hangar and also 240V power supply. All the hydraulic fluid still in flaps, spoilers still all operational. The aircraft's APU to be refitted into the aircraft with the coming weeks. A great night out considering the weather.

Siyanqoba...Springbok 280/281 A343 ZS-SXD

Landing sequence images taken by Mark Lynam
(copyright images 2012)

South African Airways A340-313E ZS-SXD msn 643 "Olympic Games" logojet named 'Siyanqoba' - We conquer operated today's 'SAA280/281' Johannesburg to Perth and return services, arrived at 12.58hrs (LT) landing RWY03 'as seen here above'. The outbound return flight 'SA281' departed at 00.08hrs returning to Johannesburg (FAJS). Hexcode: 00B1F2 

Photos: Mark Lynam
(Copyright Images)

ZS-SXD's last prior visit  to Perth (as seen here above) was on Sunday 12th August 2012, when on this occassion she operated the airline's final 'SA282/283' services which operated on Sunday's only.

All of SAA's services operating between South Africa to Perth and return fly under the 'SA280/281' flight numbers effective from Monday 13th August 2012.


A320-231 VH-FNP 'OZW9001' PER-KGI-PER

Skywest Airlines A320-231 VH-FNP msn 0429 departed 11.56hrs departing off RWY 03 to Kalgoorlie (YPKG) as flight 'OZW9001' arriving at 12.39hrs LT. The return sector departed Kalgoorlie at 13.28hrs, arriving back  into Perth Airport landing at 14.27hrs. Hexcode: 7C1B33

A321-231 VH-VWU 'JST986/987' A321-231 VH-VWU msn 3948 operated today's 'JST986/987' SYD-PER-SYD services, arrived 10.01hrs and departed at 11.06hrs returning to Sydney. Hexcode: 7C6D7C

Aug 30, 2012

Terminal WA - New Home For Skywest in 2013

In early 2013, Skywest Airlines will relocate to the newly built Terminal WA which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of air travel for regional Western Australia.

The $120 million domestic terminal is the first to be built in WA for 25 years and is within walking distance of the current International Terminal.

The new terminal will feature self-service and bag drop technology for faster and easier check-in, large central security screening zone, spacious departure lounge with more food & beverage choices, 14 aircraft gates with quality covered walkways, three large baggage reclaim belts minimising waiting times, dedicated pick up and drop off lanes, greater parking options and improved access to taxis and buses.

Info source: Travel Daily

Skywest Airlines Derby (Curtin) 12 month extention granted

Photo: Mark Lynam (2012) FP

Skywest Airlines Derby (Curtin) 1 year operating extention

Since February 2012, Skywest Airlines has been providing air services between Perth and Derby (Curtin) and has now been granted an additional 1 year contract to continue servicing the region effective from 19th August 2012. Skywest use mainly Airbus A320 VH-FNP msn 0429 to service this route operating as flight 'XR241/242', the airline's other mainstay Fokker 100 jets, have also occasionally operated on the route.

New Qatar Airways B77W drops in for a 1st visit!

Photo: Mark Lynam (copyright image)

Qatar Airways B777-3DZ (ER) A7-BAO msn 36011 operated today's Doha to Perth and return flights 'QR900/901' arrived at 17.13hrs landing 'RWY03' and departed at 23.33hrs for the return flight back to Doha. Hexcode: 06A064 (1st visit to Perth)  

B777-312 (ER) 9V-SWR (1st visit to Perth)

Photos: Mark Lynam (copyrighted images)

Singapore Airlines B777-312 (ER) 9V-SWR msn 34583 operated today's 'SQ223/226' Singapore to Perth and return afternoon flights, 'as seen here above' arriving at 14.43hrs and departing at 16.24hrs for the return flight back to Changi Airport (WSSS). Hexcode: 76CEF2 (1st visit to Perth)

Aug 28, 2012 A321-231 VH-VWX A321-231 VH-VWX msn 3899 operated  today's 'JST986/987' Sydney to Perth and return domestic services. Arriving at 10.40hrs landing RWY 21 and departed at 11.42hrs returning to the eastcoast. Hexcode: 7C6D7F

Note: Operated to Perth again on Wednesday 29th August as same.

A319-115 (CJ) VH-VHD 'SND1'

Skytraders Pty Ltd A319-115 (CJ) VH-VHD msn 1999 arrived 11.05hrs ex: Melbourne (YMML) as flight 'SND1' landing RWY21 to ITB 64A, and departed at 05.50hrs 29/08 to Christmas Island (YPXM) as same. Hexcode: 7C6B4F

Aug 26, 2012

A321-231 VH-VWW 'JST986/987' today! A321-232 VH-VWW msn 3916 "seen here above" arriving into Perth ex: Sydney (YSSY) today at 10.28hrs as flight 'JST986' and departed at 11.27hrs returning to Sydney as flight 'JST987'. Hexcode: 7C6D7E commenced the upgrade of equipment from  A320 to A321 aircraft, operating on this service from Friday 17th August, and has operated daily since.

Aug 25, 2012

B737-3YO VH-INU 'RON901'

Our Airline B737-3Y0 VH-INU msn 23684 arrived 12.20hrs ex: Broome (YBRM) as flight 'RON901' and departed at 13.47hrs to Christmas Island (YPXM) via Port Hedland (YPPD) as same. Hexcode: 7C2A68

Air New Zealand's B777s Perth bound soon.

Photo: Greg Wood (copyright 2012)

Air New Zealand is set to introduce the  Boeing 777 aircraft onto the Auckland to Perth route from September, with the first service due to arrive on Monday 3rd September.

Air New Zealand will operate all flights thereafter on there Auckland to Perth v.v services 'NZ175/176' and seasonaly operated 'NZ177/178' services, with both variants likely to be seen in Perth.

Aug 23, 2012

Air Services Australia Perth Airport ILS upgrade

Air Services Australia has this week begun upgrading works on the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Perth Airport, with pilots having to instead use other navigation aids such as VHF and RNAV procedures during the project.

The upgrade has been timed to minimize disruptions, taking place before the peak season and during the most favorable weather season. ILS at Perth Airport is expected to be back fully operational by early November 2012.

New Tiger A320 roars into Perth for the 1st time!

Tiger Airways (Australia) A320-232 VH-VNQ msn 5218 arrived 17.17hrs ex: Melbourne (YMML) landing RWY21 as flight 'TGW184' and departed at 18.33hrs returning to Melbourne (YMML) as flight 'TGW185' (New aircraft / 1st visit to Perth) Hexcode: 7C6C34

Qatar B777-2DZ (LR) A7-BBB (1st visit today)

Photos: Mark Lynam (copyright images 2012)

Qatar Airway's B777-2DZ (LR) A7-BBB msn 36013 made her debut visit to Perth today operating flight's 'QR900/901'  from / to Doha (OTBD). Today's 10hrs.23mins flight arrived at 16.53hrs (WST) landing RWY21 and departed at 23.06hrs (WST) returning to Doha with a flight time of 10hrs.55mins, arriving 05.00hrs (AST). Hexcode: 06A068

A342-211 ZS-SLF 'SAA280/281' today

Photos: Mark Lynam (copyright images all rights reserved)

South African Airways A340-211 ZS-SLF msn 006 operated today's 'SAA280/281' services from / to Johannesburg (FAJS) South Africa, and can been "seen here above" on final approach to Perth Airport's RWY 21, arriving at 13.21hrs (WST) Hexcode: 00B0BC  to be further updated!

CL-600-2B16 (CL604) N-604AU

Anza Aviation's CL-600-2B16 (CL-604) N604AU msn 5434 arrived 12.09hrs ex: Melbourne's Essendon Airport (YMEN) as flight 'November - Six Zero Four Alpha Uniform' and departed at 13.06hrs 24/08 to Melbourne's Essendon Airport. Hexcode: A7D63E

Perth's Viewing Area improvements coming soon.....

Perth Airport operators WAC are set to commence upgrades to the Perth Airport Viewing Area soon, those improvements are said to include the placement of toilets and the possibility of vending machines (TBC). This follows from a meeting held between Westralia Airports Corporation  and Geoffrey Thomas,  Aviation Editor :- West Australian Newspapers / 7 media held on 29th April 2012. The airport is also keen for a second site, although this would not be up and running before 2014.

Aug 22, 2012

Cayman Island G450 VP-CTH returns ex: WIHH

Cayman Islands registered Gulfstream G450 VP-CTH msn 4248 departed at 17.39hrs (LT) ex: Halim Perdanakusuma Intl Airport (WIHH) Jakarta, Indonesia as flight 'Victor Papa- Charlie Tango Hotel' arrived into Perth landing (RWY 21) at 22.13hrs.  Hexcode: 4241D4

Aug 21, 2012

Lammeroo Beach (1st visit to Perth) today.

Virgin Australia's latest Boeing 737-8FE (WL) VH-YIO msn 38714 named 'Lammeroo Beach' arrived 18.00hrs ex: Denpasar Bali (WADD) Indonesia as flight 'VBH4135' and departed at 19.49hrs returning to Denpasar Bali as flight 'VBH4138' (New aircraft / 1st visit to Perth) Hexcode: 7C7AAE

A340-211 A7-HHK QAF004 'OTT' to YMML

Over flying Perth today between 06.40hrs to 07.20hrs was State of Qatar's Amiri Flight A340-211 A7-HHK msn 026 en-route from Doha (OTBD) to Melbourne (YMML) operating as flight 'QAF004' and arrived 11.35hrs (LT). Hexcode: 06A001

Aug 20, 2012

New Perth based bizjet arrives on delivery.

Revesco Air Gulfstream G-IV VH-TXS msn 1115 arrived 16.15hrs ex: Melbourne's Essendon Airport (YMEN) today.This aircraft arrived into Essendon ex: USA on August 13th.  Hexcode: 7C637E (New aircraft / 1st visit to Perth)

Australia Day 2013 'Qantas Antarctica Flight'

Croyden Travel announced today a one off Qantas Airways B747-400 sight seeing day flight to Antarctica. The flight scheduled to depart Perth at 08.00hrs (WST) on "Australia Day"  26th January 2013, returning at 20.30hrs to Perth Airport.

The Boeing 747-400 aircraft to be used for this flight will reposition into Perth the day prior.

Prices start from: Economy Class (Centre)  $1199; Economy Class (Standard) $1,899; Economy Class (Superior) $2,699; Premium Economy $2,999; Business Centre $3,599; Business Deluxe $6,599; Ice Class $6,999.

Adelaide will also get an opportunity to go to the ice, with their chartered Qantas B747-438 departing on 20th January 2013, departing at 06.30hrs (LT) and returns at 19.00hrs (LT).

Aug 19, 2012

VA B738 'Seventy-Five Mile Beach's' (1st visit)

Virgin Australia B737-8FE VH-YIL msn 38713 named 'Seventy-Five Mile Beach' arrived 18.17hrs ex: Ngurah Rai Intl Airport (WADD) Denpasar Bali, Indonesia as flight 'DJ4135' then departed at 19.38hrs returning to Bali as flight 'DJ4138', new aircraft operating her debut services into Perth today. Hexcode: 7C7AAB

A321-232 VH-VWW returns ops 'JST986/987' A321-232 VH-VWW msn 3916 returned to Perth today operating the airline's Sydney to Perth 'JST986/987' and return services.

Operating for the third consecutive day, today's morning arrival landed at 09.54hrs on RWY 21, and depart at 11.02hrs returning to the east coast. Hexcode: 7C6D7E

Aug 18, 2012

ATR-72:500 VH-FVP 'Wategos Beach' VOZ831A

Virgin Australia ATR-72-212A (ATR-72:500)  VH-FVP msn 1025 named 'Wategos Beach' departed at 15.33hrs (WST) to Brisbane (YBBN) via Kalgoorlie (YPKG) as flight 'VOZ831A' .

The aircraft arrived into Kalgoorlie at 16.40hrs (WST) then departed at 17.28hrs (WST) for the 5hrs.52mins onward flight to Brisbane, arriving into the Queensland capital at 01.22hrs (EST) Sunday 19th August. Hexcode: 7C1C53

A330-323X 9M-MTH (1st visit) MH125/124

Malaysia Airlines A330-323X 9M-MTH msn 1336 operated today's Kuala Lumpur to Perth and return 'MH125/124' services. Departing earlier today at 10.05hrs (LT) as flight 'MH125' arrived into Perth landing at 15.18hrs after a flight time of 5hrs.13mins, and departed at 16.46hrs for the return flight 'MH124' back to KL.

Hexcode: 75025B  (1st visit to Perth)

A321-232 VH-VWW JST986/987 again today!

Today operating for the second day in succession was's A321-232 VH-VWW msn 3916 on the Sydney to Perth and return 'JST986/987' services, today's flight's arrived at 09.27hrs,  then departed at 11.11hrs for the return leg back to Sydney. Hexcode: 7C6D7E

Alliance's Perth based 734 to be replaced soon!

 Photo: Mark Lynam

Alliance Airline's B737-476 ZK-JTQ msn 24442 is set to be replaced this September upon termination of its current leasing arrangements, sources say that another B737 albet it a -300 series aircraft being aquired from Europe to replace this aircraft on is services from Perth to Karratha. The replacement aircraft will arrive ex: New Zealand and be ZK registered. (No further details avail at this time)

Aug 17, 2012

CL-600-2B16 VH-LVH (1st visit)

Cape York Airlines CL-600-2B16 (CL-604) VH-LVH msn 5814 arrived 17.20hrs ex: Singapore Seletar (WSSL) Airport. Hexcode: 7C3AAB (New aircraft / 1st visit to Perth).  

Gulfstream G-450 VP-CTH (1st visit to WA)

Corporate Gulfstream G450 VP-CTH msn 4248 ex: N348GA arrived 17.10hrs ex: Halim Perdananakusma Intl Airport (WIHH), Jakarta Indonesia as flight "Victor Papa-Charlie Tango Hotel" after a flight time of 3hrs.38mins, and departed at 02.50hrs 22/08. Hexcode: 4241D4 (1st visit to Perth)

Skytraders A319-115 (CJ) VH-VHD 'SND1'

Skytraders Pty Ltd A319-115 (CJ) VH-VHD msn 1999 arrived 14.21hrs to no doubt operate yet another  flight up to Christmas Island (YPXM) then departed at 15.55hrs. Hexcode: 7C6B4F