VH-IXN Extra EA300/LC 330LX (MSN LC-007, built 2011) flown by Mark Jefferies, photographed from VH-YXN Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) flown by Tom Cassells, aircraft owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Avalon Air Show, Victoria – Sat 28 February 2015. The WA-based Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team performing their display at the 2015 Avalon Air Show. Photo © Awesome Aviation/Tom Cassells

VH-IXN Extra EA300/LC 330LX (MSN LC-007, built 2011) flown by Mark Jefferies, photographed from VH-YXN Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) flown by Tom Cassells, aircraft owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Avalon Air Show, Victoria – Sat 28 February 2015.
The WA-based Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team performing their display at the 2015 Avalon Air Show.
Photo © Awesome Aviation/Tom Cassells

VH-IXN (background) Extra EA300/LC 330LX (MSN LC-007, built 2011) flown by Mark Jefferies, photographed from VH-YXN Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) flown by Tom Cassells, aircraft owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Avalon Air Show, Victoria – Sat 28 February 2015. The WA-based Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team performing their display at the 2015 Avalon Air Show. Photo © Awesome Aviation/Tom Cassells

VH-IXN (background) Extra EA300/LC 330LX (MSN LC-007, built 2011) flown by Mark Jefferies, photographed from VH-YXN Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) flown by Tom Cassells, aircraft owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Avalon Air Show, Victoria – Sat 28 February 2015.
The WA-based Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team performing their display at the 2015 Avalon Air Show.
Photo © Awesome Aviation/Tom Cassells

VH-YXN Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) flown by Tom Cassells, aircraft owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Avalon Air Show, Victoria – Sat 28 February 2015. The WA-based Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team performing their display at the 2015 Avalon Air Show. Mark Jefferies is the other pilot, flying VH-IXN. Photo © Awesome Aviation/Tom Cassells

VH-YXN Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) flown by Tom Cassells, aircraft owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Avalon Air Show, Victoria – Sat 28 February 2015.
The WA-based Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team performing their display at the 2015 Avalon Air Show. Mark Jefferies is the other pilot, flying VH-IXN.
Photo © Awesome Aviation/Tom Cassells

VH-IXN (background) Extra EA300/LC 330LX (MSN LC-007, built 2011) flown by Mark Jefferies, photographed from VH-YXN Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) flown by Tom Cassells, aircraft owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Avalon Air Show, Victoria – Sat 28 February 2015. The WA-based Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team performing their display at the 2015 Avalon Air Show. Photo © Awesome Aviation/Tom Cassells

VH-IXN (background) Extra EA300/LC 330LX (MSN LC-007, built 2011) flown by Mark Jefferies, photographed from VH-YXN Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) flown by Tom Cassells, aircraft owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Avalon Air Show, Victoria – Sat 28 February 2015.
The WA-based Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team performing their display at the 2015 Avalon Air Show.
Photo © Awesome Aviation/Tom Cassells

Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team. VH-YXN (lower) Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) and VH-IXN (upper) Extra EA300/LC 330LX (MSN LC-007, built 2011), owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Rockingham - Thu 19 February 2015. Pilots are Mark Jefferies and Tom Cassells. The Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team were busy training at Murrayfield in preparation for the Avalon Air Show - they departed for the show on 21 February 2015. VH-YXN is brand new, built in 2014 and registered on 1 December 2014. Photo © Awesome Aviation

Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team. VH-YXN (lower) Extra EA-300/SC (MSN SC052) and VH-IXN (upper) Extra EA300/LC 330LX (MSN LC-007, built 2011), owned by Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd / Awesome Aviation, over Rockingham – Thu 19 February 2015.
Pilots are Mark Jefferies and Tom Cassells. The Awesome Global Stars Aerobatic Team were busy training at Murrayfield in preparation for the Avalon Air Show – they departed for the show on 21 February 2015. VH-YXN is brand new, built in 2014 and registered on 1 December 2014.
Photo © Awesome Aviation

21 February 2015 (UPDATED with video clip & photos 28 February 2015)

Copyright © David Eyre

The WA-based aerobatic team, Awesome Global Stars, will be performing at the 2015 Avalon Air Show, which runs from 24 February to 1 March 2015 in Avalon, Victoria.

Pilots Mark Jefferies and Tom Cassells will fly the Awesome Global Stars’ pair of Extra 330 aerobatic aircraft – both pilots are British national aerobatic champions in the UK in a number of categories and perform displays at airshows around the world. They both performed displays at the 2014 Fanrborough Air Show, and Mark Jefferies displayed at the 2013 Avalon Air Show.

The Global Stars’ display sequence includes extreme aerobatic manoeuvres, designed to show the capabilities of the Extra 330 aircraft.

The team is sponsored by Perth-based aircraft leasing company Awesome Aviation. Awesome Aviation’s CEO Dieter Ebeling is himself an accomplished aerobatic pilot, winning two medals at the 2014 FAI Intermediate World Aerobatic Championships.

The Awesome Global Stars aerobatic team departed

More photos are available in the February 2015 page of our Aircraft Photos section of the website.

A25-223 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1432) named 'Patriot', of 171st Aviation Squadron, 6th Aviation Regiment, Australian Army, over Dumas House, West Perth at 2:56pm on Thu 29 May 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes

A25-223 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1432) named ‘Patriot’, of 171st Aviation Squadron, 6th Aviation Regiment, Australian Army, over Dumas House, West Perth at 2:56pm on Thu 29 May 2014.
Six Blackhawks were flown in from their base at Luscombe Army Airfield, Holsworthy, NSW, to participate in a counterterrorism exercise in Perth and Bindoon from 5 May – 5 June 2014.
Photo © Matt Hayes

A25-210 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1348) named 'Dragoon', A25-223 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1432) named 'Patriot', and A25-110 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1146) named 'Apocalypse', of 171st Aviation Squadron, 6th Aviation Regiment, Australian Army, over Dumas House, West Perth at 3:42pm on Thu 29 May 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes

A25-210 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1348) named ‘Dragoon’, A25-223 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1432) named ‘Patriot’, and A25-110 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1146) named ‘Apocalypse’, of 171st Aviation Squadron, 6th Aviation Regiment, Australian Army, over Dumas House, West Perth at 3:42pm on Thu 29 May 2014.
Six Blackhawks were flown in from their base at Luscombe Army Airfield, Holsworthy, NSW, to participate in a counterterrorism exercise in Perth and Bindoon from 5 May – 5 June 2014.
Photo © Matt Hayes

20 February 2015, Copyright © David Eyre

Five Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters from the Australian Army’s 6th Aviation Regiment have been flown in from New South Wales for a six-week counter terrorism training exercise.

A similar exercise was held in May 2014, with Blackhawks performing a simulated hostage rescue from the top of Dumas House in West Perth (insert link)

In the 2015 exercise, flights will again occur mainly during the afternoon and evening, with most being completed by 11pm or midnight but some flights may occur in the early hours of the morning.

The flights are often at low altitudes, to enable the crews to practice using night-vision goggles in a city environment.

The Army has again publicised the exercise in advance, to warn residents of the noise. Despite this, last year’s exercise resulted in noise complaints, including noise from helicopters and explosives, mainly from residents in the western suburbs, which were focal points for the exercise.

A41-210, a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III of 36 Squadron, RAAF and A97-450 a Lockheed-Martin C-130J-30 Hercules of 37 Squadron (which also features special tail markings commemorating 50 years of RAAF C-130 operations), were sighted during 16 – 20 February 2015, dropping SAS soldiers into the sea off the coast near Campbell Barracks at Swanbourne, home of the Australian SAS.

Blackhawks were sighted over West Perth on Thursday 19 February 2015. The Blackhawks training around Perth and the Bindoon Training Area will continue from 20 February to 25 March 2015.

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
N130FF / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 131 Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules (MSN 382-4901, ex 161495) of Coulson Aviation at Perth Airport – 5 Feb 2015.
This aircraft has been flown to Perth from Victoria to help fight the devastating fires in WA’s South West, and is seen here parked on the domestic apron and departing Perth Airport at 3:34 pm for the short flight to RAAF Base Pearce
Photo © Keith Anderson.

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
N130FF / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 131 Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules (MSN 382-4901, ex 161495) of Coulson Aviation at Perth Airport – 5 Feb 2015.
This aircraft has been flown to Perth from Victoria to help fight the devastating fires in WA’s South West, and is seen here departing Perth Airport at 3:34 pm for the short flight to RAAF Base Pearce
Photo © Matt Hannigan.

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
N355AC / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 162 British Aerospace Avro RJ 85 (MSN E2293) of Conair at Perth airport – 5 Feb 2015.
This aircraft has been flown to Perth from Victoria to help fight the devastating fires in WA’s South West, and is seen here on approach for runway 24 at 11:33 am.
Photo © Keith Anderson.

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
N355AC / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 162 British Aerospace Avro RJ 85 (MSN E2293) of Conair at Perth airport – 5 Feb 2015.
This aircraft has been flown to Perth from Victoria to help fight the devastating fires in WA’s South West, and is seen here departing Perth Airport at 3:34 pm for the short flight to RAAF Base Pearce, note the bulging tank that has been added to the bottom of the fuselage and the retardant stains under the aircraft.
Photo © Matt Hannigan.

A41-207 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-173/AUS2) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Richmond, NSW, Fri 6 February 2015. Being loaded with fire retardant chemicals for use by the C-130 and RJ85 operating from RAAF Base Pearce, where it arrived later that day. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence, CPL David Said (20150206raaf8540638_0075.jpg)

A41-207 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-173/AUS2) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Richmond, NSW, Fri 6 February 2015.
Being loaded with fire retardant chemicals for use by the C-130 and RJ85 operating from RAAF Base Pearce, where the C-17 arrived later that day.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence, CPL David Said (20150206raaf8540638_0075.jpg)

VH-ZMP Beech 200 King Air (MSN BB259) Firescan 371 of Australasian Jet at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.

VH-ZMP / FIRESCAN 371 Beech 200 King Air (MSN BB-259) of Australasian Jet at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Photo © Ian Moy.

VH-XAU Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0137)of Kennedy Aviation, for the NSW Rural fire service at Jandakot Airport - 7 Feb 2015.

VH-XAU Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0137)of Kennedy Aviation, for the NSW Rural fire service at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Sent over from NSW to help fight the devastating bush fires in South West WA.
Photo © Nick Stubbs-Ross.

VH-XAV Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0377)of Kennedy Aviation, for the NSW Rural fire service at Jandakot Airport - 7 Feb 2015.

VH-XAV Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0377)of Kennedy Aviation, for the NSW Rural fire service at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Sent over from NSW to help fight the devastating bush fires in South West WA.
Photo © Nick Stubbs-Ross.

N189AC Sikorsky S-64C Erickson Air-crane (MSN 641001) named “Gypsy lady” at Jandakot Airport - 7 Feb 2015.

N189AC Sikorsky S-64C Erickson Air-crane (MSN 641001) named “Gypsy lady” at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Sent from the other side of Australia to help fight the devastating bush fires in south West WA.
Photo © Keith Anderson.

N957AC Sikorsky S-64C Erickson Air-crane (MSN 64098) named “Ichabod” at Jandakot Airport - 7 Feb 2015.

N957AC Sikorsky S-64C Erickson Air-crane (MSN 64098) named “Ichabod” at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Sent from the other side of Australia to help fight the devastating bush fires in south West WA.
Photo © Keith Anderson.

5 February 2015 (UPDATED 11 February 2015) – copyright David Eyre

Major bush fires burning at Northcliffe in the southwest of WA and at Boddington south of Perth, together with a number of smaller fires in other locations, have used up all of Western Australia’s firefighting resources.

Extra firefighting aircraft have been flown in to help:

  • VH-IWU / BOMBER 716 Air Tractor AT-802A (MSN 802A-0558) of R & M Aircraft Pty Ltd (operated for Tasmania Fire Service): Arrived at Manjimup on ??. Photographed operating from Manjimup on 8 & 9 February 2015.
  • VH-XAU / BOMBER 255 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0137) of Kennedy Aviation (operated for NSW Rural Fire Service): Arrived at Jandakot Airport on ?? Photographed operating from Jandakot on 7 February 2015.
  • VH-XAV / BOMBER 266 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0377) of Kennedy Aviation (operated for NSW Rural Fire Service): Arrived at Jandakot Airport on ?? Photographed operating from Jandakot on 7 February 2015.
  • VH-XAY / BOMBER 299 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0176) of Kennedy Aviation (operated for NSW Rural Fire Service): Arrived at Manjimup or Jandakot on ??.
  • N130FF / BOMBER 390 / TANKER 131 Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules (MSN 382-4901, ex 161495) of Coulson Aviation: Arrived at Perth Airport from Avalon on 5 February 2015, and later the same day flew to RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth. Flew first mission 6 February 2015. Later operated from Pearce to Busselton, flying operations from Busselton and returning to Pearce each night. Departed Pearce on 9 February 2015, returning direct to Avalon.
  • N355AC / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 162 British Aerospace Avro RJ 85 (MSN E2293) of Conair: Arrived at Perth Airport from Adelaide on 5 February 2015, and later the same day flew to RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth. Flew first mission 6 February 2015. Later operated from Pearce to Busselton, flying operations from Busselton and returning to Pearce each night. Departed Pearce on 9 February 2015, returning to Avalon via Adelaide.
  • VH-LVG / BIRDDOG 376 Rockwell Turbo Commander 690B (MSN 11551) of AGA Services Pty Ltd: Arrived at Perth Airport from Avalon via Ceduna on 5 February 2015, and later the same day flew to RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth. Flew first mission 6 February 2015. Later operated from Pearce to Busselton, flying operations from Busselton and returning to Pearce each night. Departed Pearce on 9 February 2015, returning to Avalon via Kalgoorlie.
  • VH-ZMP / FIRESCAN 371 Beech 200 King Air (MSN BB-259) of Australasian Jet Pty Ltd: Arrived at Jandakot Airport from Essendon via Ceduna on 5 February 2015. Flew first mission 6 February 2015. Operated from Jandakot. Departed Jandakot on 10 February 2015 via Ceduna to Essendon.
  • N189AC / HELITAK 731 / ‘Gypsy Lady’ Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (MSN 64100) of Erickson Air-Crane: Arrived at Jandakot from NSW via multiple refuelling stops on 7 February 2015. Departed Serpentine 11 February 2015 via multiple stops back to NSW.
  • N957AC / HELITAK 738 / ‘Ichabod’ Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (MSN 64065) of Erickson Air-Crane: Arrived at Jandakot from Essendon, VIC via multiple refuelling stops on 7 February 2015. Operated from Manjimup and Serpentine. Staying at Serpentine until March 2015, in addition to the WA-based Skycrane, N154AC / HELITAK 739 ‘Georgia Peach’.

In addition:

  • A41-207 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-173/AUS2) of 36 Squadron, RAAF: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from RAAF Richmond on 6 February 2015 with a cargo load of fire retardant chemicals for use by the C-130 and RJ85 operating from Pearce.

The fires were started by natural causes, as a result of lightning from thunderstorms.

  • The Northcliffe fire was reported at 10am on Friday 30 January 2015, and had burned through about 80,500 hectares, with the fire perimeter around 300 kilometres long by 6 February 2015.  Over 200 firefighters from WA and Victoria were fighting this fire, but luckily the weather conditions have reduced the fire’s progress. The WA Premier Colin Barnett declared the fire to be a natural disaster. By 9 February 2015, it had burnt through a total of 91,000 hectares, with a perimeter of 364 kilometres, but had been downgraded to a “Watch and Act” alert.
  • The Boddington fire started about 3pm on Saturday 31 January 2015, west of Lower Hotham Road and north of Harvey-Quindanning Road. It was burning in forest and pastoral land, with a fire perimeter which was 145 kilometres long by late on Friday 6 February 2015.  More than 52,000 hectares was burnt before the fire was downgraded to an advice.

 

 

B-2735 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (MSN 34928 / 119) of China Southern, landing at London-Heathrow Airport - 17 July 2014. Photo © Ian Moy

B-2735 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (MSN 34928 / 119) of China Southern, landing on runway 09L at London-Heathrow Airport – 17 July 2014.
Photo © Ian Moy

8 February 2015 – Copyright David Eyre

China Southern services between Guangzhou and Perth (flight CZ319/CZ320) will see the current Airbus A330-200 aircraft replaced by new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners from 31 March 2015 (arriving in Perth on 1 April 2015).

The airline commenced services to Perth on 9 November 2011 on the Beijing – Guangzhou – Perth route, which operated three times per week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings.

Aircraft types used on the route have changed as follows (dates are arrival dates in Perth):

  • Airbus A330-300 (9 November 2011 – 1 April 2013): 287 passengers (4 First Class, 24 Business Class, 48 Premium Economy, 211 Economy seats).
  • Airbus A330-200 (3 April 2013 – March 2015): 218 passengers (4 First Class, 24 Business Class, 48 Premium Economy, 142 Economy seats).
  • Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (1 April 2015 onwards): 228 passengers (4 First Class, 24 Business Class, 200 Economy).

Schedule will continue to be Wed/Fri/Sun: CZ319 arrives Perth at 0600 / CZ320 departs Perth at 0830.

WA provides about 70% of Australia’s exports to China. In 2011, when China Southern commenced services to Perth, China was ranked as the 12th largest source of international visitors for WA, but in 2014 China had risen to 6th place (3rd biggest in terms of money spent).

China Southern is the world’s 6th largest airline measured by passengers carried. It also operates to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

China Southern has had links to Western Australia since 1993, when it started the China Southern WA Flying College, with bases at Jandakot and Merredin.

B-6500 Airbus A330-343X (MSN 954) of China Southern at Perth Airport - 9 November 2011. First service to Perth by China Southern. Flight CZ319 from Guangzhou, landing on runway 03 at 6.31am. Photo © David Eyre

B-6500 Airbus A330-343X (MSN 954) of China Southern at Perth Airport – 9 November 2011.
First service to Perth by China Southern. Flight CZ319 from Guangzhou, landing on runway 03 at 6.31am.
Photo © David Eyre

B-6516 Airbus A330-223 (cn 1129) of China Southern Airlines at Perth Airport – Wed 3 April 2013. ** FIRST CHINA SOUTHERN A330-200 SERVICE TO PERTH ** The service switched to using the shorter A330-200 on this date. B-6516 is seen parked at Bay 55 after arriving at 05:49 as flight CZ319.  Photo © David Eyre

B-6516 Airbus A330-223 (MSN 1129) of China Southern Airlines at Perth Airport – Wed 3 April 2013.
** FIRST CHINA SOUTHERN A330-200 SERVICE TO PERTH **
The service switched to using the shorter A330-200 on this date.
B-6516 is seen parked at Bay 55 after arriving at 05:49 as flight CZ319.
Photo © David Eyre

*** 1st Visit to Perth and Australia ***

*** 1st Visit to Perth and Australia ***
9V-OJA Boeing 787-9 DreamLiner (MSN 37112) of Scoot at Perth airport – 5 Feb 2015.
On finals for runway 21 at 6:10 pm.
Photo © Nick Stubbs-Ross.

*** 1st Visit to Perth and Australia ***

*** 1st Visit to Perth and Australia ***
9V-OJA Boeing 787-9 DreamLiner (MSN 37112) of Scoot at Perth airport – 5 Feb 2015.
On finals for runway 21 at 6:10 pm.
Photo © Keith Anderson.

5 February 2015 – Copyright David Eyre

Scoot Airlines commenced Boeing 787 Dreamliner operations on 5 February 2015, with Singapore – Perth as the airline’s inaugural route with the type.

9V-OJA (MSN 37112/240),  named “Dream Start”,  was delivered from Everett, Seattle (USA) on 31 January via Osaka Kansai (Japan) to Singapore, where it landed on 2 February 2015. The delivery flight lasted 18 hours, including a 1.5 hour tech stop at Osaka Kansai Airport for fuel and crew change.

The Scoot 787 entered service on the TZ008 service from Singapore to Perth, departing from Singapore at 1.34pm, and landing on Perth’s runway 21 at 6.14pm, after a flight time of 4 hours 39 minutes.

The aircraft was greeted by a water cannon salute from the Perth Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, and parked at Bay 51.

The return flight TZ007 took off from runway 21 at  7.48pm (38 minutes late), landing at Singapore at 12.25am the following morning, after a flight of 4 hours 37 minutes.

Scoot has 20 Boeing 787s on order, including 10 787-8 and 10 787-9 models. The aircraft were originally ordered by Singapore Airlines, but the whole order was then transferred to Scoot, which is their low-cost long haul subsidiary company. The 787s will replace Scoot’s six former Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ERs by the end of August 2015.

Scoot’s Boeing 787s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines which were built at Rolls-Royce’s Singapore facility.

Scoot commenced its Singapore – Perth services in December 2013, using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft acquired from parent company Singapore Airlines (SIA).

The Scoot Boeing 787-9s are configured with 375 seats: 340 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration and 35 leather recliner seats in business class in a 2-3-2 layout.

The first of the smaller 335-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners will be delivered in mid-2015. The current Boeing 777-200ER fleet with then be retired and Scoot will become an all-787 operator.

Scoot’s schedule will be as follows, although they will continue to use the older Boeing 777-200ER on Wednesdays until March 2015, when the 787 will be operated daily:

(daily)

  • TZ008 Depart Singapore 1310 – Arrive Perth 1815
  • TZ007 Depart Perth 1910 – Arrive Singapore 0010 +1 (the following day).

7 September 2014 (UPDATED 5 February 2015)

Scoot Airlines is to replace the current Boeing 777-200ER aircraft used on Singapore – Perth services from 5 February 2015 with a daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service.

Scoot commenced its Singapore – Perth services in December 2013, using a fleet of six Boeing 777-200ER from parent company Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Perth will be the inaugural route for the Scoot 787s.

20 Boeing 787-9s were originally ordered by SIA, but SIA later decided to transfer the 787s to Scoot, which has now split the order into 10 Boeing 787-8s and ten of the larger Boeing 787-9s.

Scoot will take delivery of Boeing 787-9s from November 2014. The Scoot 787s were originally scheduled from 29 March 2015, then it was brought forward to 1 January 2015, delayed it to 16 January 2015, and again to 1 February 2015.

The first of the smaller 787-8 Dreamliners will be delivered in mid-2015. The current Boeing 777-200ER fleet with then be retired and Scoot will become an all-787 operator.

Schedule will be as follows:

(daily)

  • TZ008 Depart Singapore 1310 – Arrive Perth 1815
  • TZ007 Depart Perth 1910 – Arrive Singapore 0010 +1 (the following day).


TIME LAPSE VIDEO: Scoot’s first Boeing 787 being built:

9V-OTA Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28507/67) of Scoot, named ‘Barry’, at Perth Airport - Thu 17 July 2014. ‘SCOOTER 008’ from Singapore, landing on runway 03 at 17:25. Photo © David Eyre

9V-OTA Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28507/67) of Scoot, named ‘Barry’, at Perth Airport – Thu 17 July 2014.
‘SCOOTER 008’ from Singapore, landing on runway 03 at 17:25.
Photo © David Eyre

  • A27-11 (MSN DT11), A27-20 (MSN DT20) and A27-16 (MSN (DT16) BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF, over the Swan River, Perth - Mon 26 January 2015. Performing an air display over the city for the Australia Day Skyshow. Photo © Daniel Kitlar
    A27-11 (MSN DT11), A27-20 (MSN DT20) and A27-16 (MSN (DT16) BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF, over the Swan River, Perth - Mon 26 January 2015. Performing an air display over the city for the Australia Day Skyshow. Photo © Daniel Kitlar
VH-WPX / POLAIR 62 Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2 (MSN 6936, ex F-WWOX) of WA Police Air Wing at Jandakot Airport – Fri 28 November 2014. Delivered in September 2011, entered service at the end of May 2012. Fitted with various systems, including communications, sensors, a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) camera, Tasking and Dispatch Information Systems (TADIS), special lighting, and a rescue winch. Photo © David Eyre

VH-WPX / POLAIR 62 Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2 (MSN 6936, ex F-WWOX) of WA Police Air Wing at Jandakot Airport – Fri 28 November 2014.
Delivered in September 2011, entered service at the end of May 2012. Fitted with various systems, including communications, sensors, a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) camera, Tasking and Dispatch Information Systems (TADIS), special lighting, and a rescue winch.
Photo © David Eyre

VH-WAH MBB-Kawasaki BK117B-2 (MSN 1051) of the WA Police Air Wing, named “Malcolm D Stornoway II”, over Lake Melville - Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes

VH-WAH MBB-Kawasaki BK117B-2 (MSN 1051) of the WA Police Air Wing, named “Malcolm D Stornoway II”, over Lake Melville – Sat 3 May 2014.
Callsign “POLAIR 61″. Based at Jandakot. Used for police patrol, high-speed pursuits, surveillance, search and rescue and officer deployment. Fitted with a Star Safire III FLIR unit with downlink capabilities, Avalex digital recorder, Avalex moving map system, 4 monitors, Wulfsberg tactical radio, Nitesun search light and double lift 600lb rescue winch. Built in 1990, ex JA6607.
Photo © Matt Hayes

4 January 2014 (UPDATED: 6 January 2014)

WA’s two police helicopters (VH-WAH / POLAIR 61 MBB-Kawasaki BK-117 and VH-WPX / POLAIR 62 Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2), which were grounded since 3 January 2015,  have now returned to flying.

The Police Air Wing’s Chief Pilot and Deputy Chief Pilot suddenly resigned, and this also left only two of the five pilot positions filled. As the Police Air Wing Air Operator’s Certificate was held by the Chief Pilot, his resignation potentially meant that under air safety laws, the helicopters could not fly. The helicopters were therefore voluntarily grounded to clarify the situation with CASA, but could do urgent missions if required.

WA Police held urgent discussions with CASA on finding a way to get the helicopters back into operation, and CASA granted approval for the helicopters to fly under a private licence which covers them for surveillance operations.

If the grounding had been for an extended period, fixed wing aircraft, such as the GippsAero GA-8 Airvan (VH-WPF) would have been needed to provide air patrols and support for ground-based Police. The Airvan is not a well-equipped as the helicopters and does not have a forward looking infra-red (FLIR) turret for night searches. However, WA Police indicated that they already do this whenever the helicopters are unavailable and if necessary, they would hire another helicopter.

Rescue flights are not a primary function of the Police helicopters, so rescue missions could be undertaken by other helicopters, such as the Department of Fire and Emergency Services/RAC Rescue Bell 412EP VH-EWA.

The WA Police admitted that they have had difficulty trying to find suitably-qualified helicopter pilots, with one position vacant for some time, but deny that there are any staff problems within the Air Wing.

VH-OGM Boeing 767-338ER (MSN 25575/451), named 'Bundaberg', of Qantas, at Perth Airport - Tue 23 December 2014. The final Qantas Boeing 767 to visit Perth, operating flight QF576 to Sydney, taking off from runway 06 at 7:50am. It had arrived the previous evening at 7:17pm as QF569 from Sydney. The type is retiring from Qantas service on 27 December 2014. The first 767-200ER entered Qantas service in 1985 and the 767-300ER in 1987. Photo © Louis Hughes

VH-OGM Boeing 767-338ER (MSN 25575/451), named ‘Bundaberg’, of Qantas, at Perth Airport – Tue 23 December 2014.
The final Qantas Boeing 767 to visit Perth, operating flight QF576 to Sydney, taking off from runway 06 at 7:50am. It had arrived the previous evening at 7:17pm as QF569 from Sydney. The type is retiring from Qantas service on 27 December 2014. The first 767-200ER entered Qantas service in 1985 and the 767-300ER in 1987.
Photo © Louis Hughes

VH-OGL Boeing 767-338ER (MSN 25363/402) of Qantas at Perth Airport - Mon 17 November 2014. This was meant to be the final Qantas 767 visit to Perth; aircrew took photos in front of it during turnaround and the fire fighters gave it a water cannon salute as it left, but there were six more visits after this one. However, this was the final visit to Perth by VH-OGL, which also performed the final Qantas 767 service, from Melbourne to Sydney on 27 December 2014. It arrived as QF651 from Brisbane at 2:23pm. It is seen here departing as QF718 to Canberra at 3:43pm. The water cannon salute didn't go quite as planned, perhaps due to the right hand fire truck being too close to the aircraft - he turned off the water cannon before the aircraft got near to him. Photo © David Eyre

VH-OGL Boeing 767-338ER (MSN 25363/402) of Qantas at Perth Airport – Mon 17 November 2014.
This was meant to be the final Qantas 767 visit to Perth; aircrew took photos in front of it during turnaround and the fire fighters gave it a water cannon salute as it left, but there were six more visits after this one. However, this was the final visit to Perth by VH-OGL, which also performed the final Qantas 767 service, from Melbourne to Sydney on 27 December 2014. It arrived as QF651 from Brisbane at 2:23pm. It is seen here departing as QF718 to Canberra at 3:43pm. The water cannon salute didn’t go quite as planned, perhaps due to the right hand fire truck being too close to the aircraft – he turned off the water cannon before the aircraft got near to him.
Photo © David Eyre

26 December 2014 © David Eyre (UPDATED 28 December 2014)

Official ‘final’ Qantas 767 visit to Perth

The Boeing 767 seemed to defy attempts to retire it from the Qantas fleet, as a number of flights were made after the officially announced ‘final’ flight.

On 17 November 2014, VH-OGL operated flight QF651 from Brisbane. The aircraft parked on Bay 15 at Terminal 4 and Qantas crews posed in front of the aircraft for what they thought was the final flight.

One Qantas worker didn’t believe this was the final Qantas 767 visit to Perth. She said “They have said that before, but the 767s are still operating.” She went away to check and another staff member confirmed it. She lamented “That’s so sad! I love the 767s! They have done such a wonderful job.” A few more Qantas staff paused at the window for a ‘last look’ at the 767 parked outside, before resuming their duties.

VH-OGL pushed back for departure as QF718 to Canberra and Qantas staff announced on the PA system that this was the final 767 service from Perth and that there would be a water cannon salute by the airport fire crews. Things didn’t quite go to plan, as only one of the fire trucks activated its water cannon as the aircraft taxied out to runway 21 and took off.

More ‘final’ flights

However, it wasn’t the final Qantas 767 flight:

  • VH-OGM was substituted on the QF475 service from Melbourne on 24 November 2014 and arrived in Perth at 2.37pm, after an Airbus A330 reportedly suffered a lightning strike and couldn’t operate the service. VH-OGM departed back to Melbourne at 3.48pm as QF476.
  • VH-OGO arrived at Perth as QF653 from Melbourne at 11:14pm on 24 November. Departed at 1.03pm on 25 November back to Melbourne as QF476.
  • VH-OGU arrived at Perth as QF653 from Melbourne at 10.32pm on 30 November. Departed at 3.25pm on 1 December to Sydney as QF566.
  • VH-OGU arrived at Perth as QF569 from Sydney at 6.34pm on 3 December. Departed at 7.26am on 4 December as QF576 back to Sydney.
  • VH-OGM arrived at Perth as QF653 from Melbourne at 9:18pm on 21 December 2014. Departed 10.00am on 22 December as QF576 to Sydney.
  • FINAL QANTAS 767 flight to/from Perth: VH-OGM arrived at Perth as QF569 from Sydney at 7:17pm on 22 December 2014. Departed at 7:50am on 23 December 2014 as QF576 to Sydney.

The very last Qantas 767 services

The final Qantas 767 international service was flown by VH-OGU from Honolulu to Sydney on 13 September 2014.

Qantas’ final Boeing 767 service will operate from Melbourne to Sydney on December 27 as the 5pm QF452 flight, which as a tribute has been renumbered as flight QF767, arriving in Sydney at 6.25pm to a water cannon salute.

The final flight was originally supposed to be QF490, and a large number of aviation enthusiasts had booked that flight to be on the 767’s final revenue service with Qantas. Qantas kindly allowed QF490 passengers to rebook onto ‘QF767′ at no charge.

On 27 December 2014, the final day of Qantas 767 services, there were four aircraft operating. VH-OGL operating Sydney-Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney; VH-OGO Sydney-Brisbane; VH-OGM Melbourne-Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney; VH-OGU Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane.

The final 767 passenger revenue flight was QF452 which was renumbered as ‘QF767′ on this occasion. VH-OGL, flown by Captain Mike Galvin and First Officer Kirrily Zupp, departed Melbourne at 5:59pm with 254 passengers (mostly aviation enthusiasts) and landed Sydney at 6:57pm, after making a number of orbits over Sydney CBD and Harbour.

Qantas 767 retirement

The 767s are being retired nine months earlier than originally planned, as part of the ‘Qantas transformation program’ to stem mounting losses.

Qantas’ 767s were refurbished only two years ago at a cost of millions of dollars, with leather seats in business class and iPads for use as inflight entertainment via the ‘Q Streaming’ WiFi system. The Qantas 767s were quite popular with passengers as it had a comfortable 2-3-2 configuration, which made it quicker to board and exit, with seats that were comfortably wide. Unfortunately, the 767’s increasing maintenance costs and higher fuel consumption with a need to reduce the number of different types in the fleet led to the withdrawal of the type from passenger services. The airline still has a 767-300F freighter, which will continue in service between Sydney and Auckland.

Qantas originally ordered up to 115 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for delivery between 2008 and 2020 to replace the 767s and A330s, and develop new international routes. However, Qantas Group management instead decided to divert the initial 787s to Jetstar, and return Jetstar’s leased A330-200s back to Qantas as 767 replacements.

19 December 2014 © David Eyre

AAWA has again compiled a list of fire fighting and support aircraft in Western Australia for the 2014 /2015 Summer bush fire season (Oct 2014 – Apr 2015). This is located under the Aviation Lists section of our website.

Photos of fire fighting aircraft will be added under the Aircraft Photos section.

Fire fighting in Whiteman Park – Sunday 14 Dec 2014

Fire fighting in Whiteman Park – Sunday 14 Dec 2014
Photo © Matt Hayes.