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When the Chook comes to town.

This fire season, a return of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook has seen it working on fires in New South Wales and Victoria. The Chook returned to be operated by Helimax Aviation Inc, in conjunction with local Camden based operator United Aero Helicopters, under a non-contracted call as required arrangement. Helimax[…]

SilkAir’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 slips into Darwin

  On Sunday 7th January 2018 the Top End monsoon wasn’t enough to dampen the arrival of SilkAir’s inaugural Boeing B737 MAX 8 passenger service to Australia. The event opens a new chapter in the ongoing 6th year partnership between SilkAir – The Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines, and Darwin International[…]

Air to Air with a Beaver

Last week I had the opportunity to capture some images of the latest production from Luskintyre Aircraft Restorations, a magnificent Beaver seaplane for Blue Sky Airways. The aircraft is surprisingly large, and even more so on a pair of floats, and it towered above everything else in the hangar. We[…]

Melbourne Airport welcomes it’s 12th non-stop Chinese route

Xiamen Airlines launched its inaugural service from Hangzhou to Melbourne today, thus becoming the 12th non-stop route from China.  This brings a conclusion of a very busy year of new flights and airlines at Melbourne Airport.   Xiamen Airlines’ new route is on top of routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,[…]

Air Canada comes back to Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport has become the third port of call in Australia for Star Alliance member Air Canada. The airline launched its seasonal Melbourne-Vancouver flights on December 3 2017, and will continue until February 2018.  The service will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:40am landing in Vancouver at 7:30am[…]

Colombo to Melbourne, SriLankan returns to Australia.

Departing as Flight UL604 from Colombo the Airbus A330-300 4R-ALM Touched town approximately at 3:20pm at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. Making a welcome return to Australia for the airline which stopped operating to Australia in 2001. The flight takes nearly 11 hours and will be operated daily connecting the large Sri Lankan[…]

LATAM Airlines comes to Melbourne with their 787-9

VIVA CHILE!! LATAM South American airlines flight LA805 arrived at Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport at approximately  18:39 pm local time. This being their first service into the Melbourne and operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner  CC -BGN for the inaugural service.  The Oneworld alliance member will be bringing their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner[…]

Thai Airways brings the Airbus A350 to Melbourne.

October 1st at approximately 1:03pm HS-THH touched down on its 1st visit and 1st international revenue service for Thai Airways. Thus becoming the third operator of the new generation Airbus A350 into Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. While Singapore Airlines was the first to operate to the airport, Thai’s Airbus A350 service will[…]

Japan Airlines comes to Melbourne Airport.

In the early to mid 1990’s passenger travel between Australia and Japan was at an all time high. With some two and a half million seats sold between the two countries. The SARS crisis and the Global Financial Crisis dramatically slowed traffic there after. Fast forward to today and Traffic[…]

Honeywell Veteran brings its new tricks to town.

Honeywell, a name ceremonious with aviation across the world for more ways than one. Producing aircraft engines, cockpit systems and displays, inflight entertainment, gas turbine auxiliary power units and avionics to name a portion of the company’s business. Recently Honeywell brought a rare type to Melbourne as part of a demonstration[…]