May 30, 2016

Etihad Airways inaugural B787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLF operates today's EY486/487 services from / to Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways 1st B787-9 Dreamliner to Perth
Monday 30th May 2016

Photos: Mark Lynam
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Photo: Jim Woodrow
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Photo: Haydn Jones
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Etihad Airways first B787-9 Dreamliner service from Abu Dhabi to Perth touched down this afternoon, arriving as flight 'EY486' landing RWY06 at 13.47hrs after a flight time of 10hrs.04mins to ITB gate150.

Departed at 17.16hrs returning to the Middle East as flight EY487, the reason for today's Dreamliner flight was explained as being as a result of a shortage of A332 due engine change at Abu Dhabi.

Today's inaugural B787-9 service was operated by the airline's sixth Dreamliner aircraft A6-BLF c/n 39651. Hexcode: 896464

Note: The airline's last A330-243 service to Perth operating on 31st May 2016, was operated by A6-EYT c/n 1486

May 27, 2016

RAAF A330-203 (MRTT) A39-005 arrives ex: Darwin via Adelaide as 'Dragon 21'

RAAF A330-203 (MRTT)

Photo: Richard Suidak
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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 (MRTT) A39-005 c/n 1183 seen here above arriving into Perth Airport (YPPH) landing RWY06 at 16.10hrs as flight 'Dragon 21' ex: RAAF Darwin (YPDN) via Adelaide Intl Airport (YPAD) & departed at 09.46hrs Saturday 28th May as same. Hexcode: 7CF868 

May 26, 2016

Garuda Indonesia A330-343E PK-GHA GA728/727 (1st visit to Perth)

Garuda Indonesia A330-343E PK-GHA c/n 1709 operated today's GA727/728 services from / to Ngurah Rai Intl Airport (WADD) Denpasar Bali, Indonesia arrived 22.59hrs & departed at 07.49hrs 27/05. Hexcode: 8A05AC (Delivered 25.03.16 / 1st visit to Perth)

USAF C-17A 00-0185 'Trek 20' In & Out (RODN-YPDN-YPEA-YPDN-RODN)

Photo: Richard Suidak
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USAF C-17A Globemaster III 00-0185 c/n P-85 Elmendorf 'White Fin Band' coded 'AK' (seen here above) arriving into RAAF Pearce (YPEA) ex: Kadena AFB (RODN) Okinawa Japan via RAAF Darwin (YPDN) as flight 'Trek 20' & departed at 10.42hrs 27/05 returning as same. Hexcode: AE08CF 

Skytraders Pty Ltd A319-132 (LR) VH-VCJ 'SND2' (In & Out) YSSY-YPPH-YPXM-YPPH-YMML

Skytraders Pty Ltd A319-132 (LR) VH-VCJ c/n 1880 arrived 15.43hrs ex: Sydney 'Kingsford Smith' Airport (YSSY) as flight 'SND2' landing RWY24 & departed at 16.44hrs to Christmas Island (YPXM) as same. Hexcode: 7C6AA1

The return flight from Christmas Island (YPXM) to Perth Airport arrived 13.00hrs 27/05 as flight 'SND2' then departed again at 14.24hrs returning to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (YMML) as same. Hexcode: 7C6AA1

May 25, 2016

Surveillance Australia Dash-8:315 (MPA) VH-ZZE 'BDF44' (In & Out)

Surveillance Australia Dash-8:315 (MPA) VH-ZZE c/n 640 arrived 15.28hrs ex: Carnarvon (YCAR) as flight 'BDF44' c/sign: Border Force 44' & departed at 10.213hrs 26/05 as same. Hexcode: 7C8218

US Army C-560 Citation Ultra (UC-35) 96-0109 ' Ninja 64' arrives ex: YPDN via YPPD

US Army Cessna C-560 Citation Ultra (UC-35) 96-0109 c/n 560-0415 arrived 14.30hrs ex: RAAF Darwin (YPDN) via Port Hedland (YPPD) as flight 'Ninja 64'. Hexcode: ADFEBF

Conoco Phillips G-550 N793CP arrives ex: Brisbane

Conoco Phillips Gulfstream G-550 N793CP c/n 5473 arrived 11.55hrs ex: Brisbane Intl Airport (YBBN) Queensland landing RWY06. Hexcode: AAC36A

May 24, 2016

USAF MC-130J 13-5775 'SHRED 17' returning to YPEA after sortie

Photo: Richard Suidak
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United States Air Force Lockheed MC-130J Hercules 13-5775 c/n 5775 seen here above returning back into RAAF Pearce (YPEA) today at 17.44hrs after a sortie as flight 'SHRED 17' landing on RWY18L. Hexcode: AE54D6

Update: Thursday 26th May 2016:

USAF MC-130J 13-5775 c/n 5775 departed RAAF Pearce (YPEA) at 11.48hrs to RAAF Darwin (YPDN) as flight 'SHRED 17' & departed RAAF Darwin (YPDN) next day as same.

Etihad Airways A330-243 A6-EYH EY486/487 delayed due ill crew member

Etihad Airways A330-243 A6-EYH c/n 729 arrived 14.05hrs ex: Abu Dhabi Intl Airport (OMAA) UAE & departed (delayed) 06.09hrs 25/05 as flight EY487. Hexcode: 89613D

May 21, 2016

Air Asia X A330-343E 9M-XXU X-Men Apocalypse Logo Jet (1st visit to Perth) with logos!

Air Asia X A330-343E 9M-XXU c/n 1581
X Men Apocalypse Logo Jet

Photo: Air Asia Australia
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Photos: Mark Lynam
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Photo: Air Asia Australia
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Travellers to Perth were treated seeing the characters as featured in Twentieth Century Fox's latest movie X Men Apocalypse aboard there flight from Kuala Lumpur to Perth today.

The airline's Airbus A330-343X 9M-XXU c/n 1581 adorns the movies logos externally on the aircraft's fuselage (as seen in the photos above) it operated flights D7232 arrived at 14.59hrs & departed at 16.53hrs returning to Malaysia. 

This was the aircraft's Iinaugural service since X-Men Apocalypse decal's were applied to the aircraft on 19th May 16. Hexcode: 75002B

Pratt Aviation BD-700-1A10 Global Express VH-VGX arrives ex: Adelaide

Pratt Aviation BD-700-1A10 Global Express VH-VGX c/n 9079 arrived 13.58hrs ex: Adelaide Intl Airport (YPAD) South Australia landing RWY24. Hexcode: 7C6B3F

May 20, 2016

French Naval Ships visit to Port of Fremantle & HMAS Stirling 20th to 25th May 2016

FNS Guepratte F174
Port of Fremantle
20th to 25th May 2016

Photo: Richard Suidak
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French Navy La-Fayette Class Frigate FNS Guepratte F174 arrived into Port of Fremantle Friday 20th May 2016 ex: Manila, Philippines berthing at 10.00hrs, & sailed at 14.10hrs on Wednesday 25th May 2016. This frigate was noted not to be carrying any aircraft onboard.

FNS Tonnerre L-9014
HMAS Stirling, Fleet Base West
Garden Island, WA
20th to 25th May 2016

Photos: Royal Australian Navy F
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French Ambassador & Ship's captain

Photos: supplied

French Navy Amphibious Assault Helicopter Carrier FNS Tonnerre L9014 arrived into HMAS Garden Island, Fleet Base West, Rockingham WA, on Friday 20th May 2016 ex: Manila, Philippines arriving 10.00hrs & sailed Wednesday 25th May 2016.

Some of the aircraft noted on-board included: 1x SA-31B Aloutte III (Navy), 2x SA-342M Gazelle (Army), 1x SA-330B Puma (Army) * note this is not a Super Puma*

There were no aircraft on the deck of the ship, all aircraft were stowed below deck.

Express Freighters Aust Pty Ltd (Qantas Cargo) B737-376 VH-XMB departs to Singapore as flight QFA7301'

Express Freighters Australia Pty Ltd B737-376 (SF) VH-XMB c/n 23478 departed at 07.28hrs to Singapore Seletar Airport (WSSL) Singapore, as flight 'QFA7301' for scheduled maintenance & re-branding with added 'Skytrack Express' decals, the aircraft arrived in Singapore at 12.38hrs (LT) after a flight time of 5hrs.00mins. Hexcode: 7C7621

May 18, 2016

Cathay Pacific A330-343X B-LAK CX171/170

Cathay Pacific Airways A330-343E B-LAK c/n 1196 operated today's CX171/170 services from / to Chek Lap Kok Intl Airport (VHHH) Hong Kong, China arrived 22.43hrs & departed at 00.24hrs +1 returning to Hong Kong, China. First visit into Perth of a Cathay Pacific aircraft now wearing the airline's revised corporate colours.

Air Asia X A330-343E 9M-XBA debut visit to Australia today (D7236/D7237)

Air Asia X A330-343E 9M-XBA c/n 1670 operated her first revenue services today to Perth, operating the airline's flight's D7236/237 from / to Kuala Lumpur, arrived 05.46hrs & departed at 07.06hrs returning to Malaysia. Hexcode: 7503E0 (1st revenue service / 1st visit to Australia)

May 17, 2016

Virgin Australia B737-8FE (W) VH-VUP returns after scheduled maintenance at Singapore Seletar Airport

Virgin Australia B737-8FE (W) VH-VUP c/n 36604 named 'Holly Hunter' arrived 15.22hrs ex: Singapore Seletar Airport (WSSL) as flight 'VOZ9942' after a flight time of 5hrs.17mins after having undergone scheduled maintenance. Hexcode: 7C6D2F

May 16, 2016

Jet Aviation Business Jets BD-700-1A10 Global Express VP-CES arrives ex: Jakarta

Jet Aviation Business Jets BD-700-1A10 Global Express VP-CES c/n 9311 arrived 22.14hrs ex: Halim Perdanakusuma Intl Airport (WIHH) Jakarta, Indonesia landing RWY21. Hexcode: 424774

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Fokker 100 VH-FNT returns after maintenance & re-paint in Slovakia

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Fokker 100 VH-FNT c/n 11461 arrived 17.24hrs landing RWY21 ex: ex: Bratislava Intl Airport (LZIB) Slovakia, after planned maintenance & re-painting into Virgin Australia c/s, routing via: Trabzon Intl Airport (LTCG) Turkey, Al Ain Intl Airport (OMAL) UAE, Rajiv Gandhi Intl Airport (VOHS) India, Penang Intl Airport (WMKP) Malaysia, Halim Perdankusuma Intl Airport (WIHH) Jakarta, Indonesia, as flight ‘SXI1625’. Hexcode: 7C1B37

May 15, 2016

Historic 1st ever visit to Australia Antonov An-225 Myria UR-82060, Sunday 15th to Tues 16th 2016

Its with much excitement & anticipation that today we welcome into Perth, Western Australia Antonov Airlines An-225 Myria UR-82060 making her debut visit to Australia.

After many tireless hours of planning & preparations, today's arrival into Perth climax's to be the biggest event Perth Airport have ever seen, surpassing previous big events such as the first arrival into Perth by a Boeing 747-238B of Qantas Airways on 3rd Sept 1971, Concorde's maiden visit into Perth on 14th Feb 1985,and first visit into Perth of an  Airbus A380 visit was on the 13th October 2008.

The Journey to Perth, Western Australia commenced on 10th May, when the aircraft departed Gostomel Intl Airport (UKKM/GML) Ukraine repositioning to Ruznye Intl Airport (LKPR/PRG) Prague, Czec Republic as Flight No: ADB310F to uplift her cargo a 117 tonne Brush Electric Generator for Perth resource company Worsley Alumina.

The route: 

Gostomel Intl Airport (UKKM/GML) Ukraine ;Ruznye Intl Airport (LKPR/PRG) 
Turkmenbashi Intl Airport (UTAK/KRW) Turkmenistan ;Rajiv Gandhi Intl Airport (VOHS/HYD) India ; Kuala Lumpur Intl Airport (WMKK/KUL) Malaysia 

Flight Numbers:

ADB310 F Gostomel Airport (UKKM) to Ruznye Intl Airport (LKPR)
ADB3610  Ruznye Airport (LKPR) , Turmenbashi Airport (UTAK); Rajiv Gandhi Airport (VOHS), Kuala Lumpur Airport (WMKK)

The last leg of the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Perth saw the aircraft's departure delayed for some 71mins due to extensive ATC delays in Kuala Lumpur.

The An-225 departed KLIA at 06.10hrs (LT) and arrived into Perth Airport, landing RWY21 at 11.52hrs (as seen here below) after a flight time of 5hrs.41mins.

Photo Gallery

Crowds of people arrived into Perth Airport well before dawn this morning to take up the best vantage points from the airport's Dunreath Avenue Viewing Area (as seen here below)

Photos: Will Carvolth
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Photos: Mike Barlow
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Photos: Greg Wood
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Photo: Duncan Watkinson
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Photos: Geoffrey Thomas
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Photo: Geoffrey Thomas
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Photo: Duncan Watkinson
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Photos: Mark Lynam
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Photos: Jim Woodrow
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Photos: Mark Lynam
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Photo: Stefan Perkas
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Photo: Duncan Watkinson
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Photos: Hayden Lamb
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Photo: Marcus Graff
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Departure details:

The An-225 UR-82060 departed Perth Intl Airport (YPPH/PER) at 21.59UTC/05.59hrs (WST+8) from RWY03 (as seen here above) to Al Maktoum Intl (Dubai World City) Airport (OMDW/DWC) Dubai, United Arab Emirates as flight 'ADB3655', arrived at 14.03hrs (GST) after a flight time of 12hrs.04mins. Hexcode:508035 

Beyond Dubai, the Myria is flight planned to Malpensa Intl Airport (LIMC/MXP) Italy as flight 'ADB3655' also,from Italy the aircraft's next stop is onto Leipzig/Halle Intl Airport (EDDP/LEJ) Germany as flight 'ADB3656' beyond this point the aircraft then continues onto
Cairo Intl Airport (HECA/CAI) Cairo, Egypt before finally ending in  Abu Dhabi Intl Airport (OMAA/AUH) UAE as same. 


Perth Airport Spotters Blog would like to thank all photographers who supplied images for use on this page (with consent & copyright protection) and would like to acknowledge two people in particular AEGWA Patron & 7 West Media Aviation editor Geoffrey Thomas, and Perth Airport Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Fiona Lander & her staff for there planning, assistance & co-operation  in assisting not only the general public of Perth to see this aircraft's historic visit to Perth, but also to the wider Australian aircraft enthusiasts who traveled to Perth to witness this historic event.