• VH-FID Beech D18S (cn A-458) owned by Adamson Holdings Pty Ltd, Geraldton, WA, named "Dinky Di", at Jandakot Airport – 26 January 2016.
    VH-FID Beech D18S (cn A-458) owned by Adamson Holdings Pty Ltd, Geraldton, WA, named "Dinky Di", at Jandakot Airport – 26 January 2016. Photographed here taking off to take part in the Air Race as part of the Air Show Although it wears RAAF blue/white WW2 style-roundels, it never served with the military. Built in 1948, ex N628B. This aircraft was imported into Australia in 1961 by Flinders Island Airlines (hence the 'FI' in the registration), to replace their aging Avro Ansons. Photo © Keith Anderson.
VH-WAH MBB-Kawasaki BK117B-2 (MSN 1051) of the WA Police Air Wing at Jandakot Airport – 15 May 2015.

VH-WAH MBB-Kawasaki BK117B-2 (MSN 1051) of the WA Police Air Wing at Jandakot Airport – 15 May 2015.
Photo © Keith Anderson.

VH-WPX / POLAIR 62 Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2 (MSN 6936, ex F-WWOX) of WA Police Air Wing, displaying at the WA Police Academy Expo in Joondalup – 2 May 2015.

VH-WPX / POLAIR 62 Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2 (MSN 6936, ex F-WWOX) of WA Police Air Wing, displaying at the WA Police Academy Expo in Joondalup – 2 May 2015.
Photo © Matt Hayes.

4 February 2016 © David Eyre

Western Australia Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan told The West Australian newspaper that the Police are considering a more manoeuvrable helicopter to replace their Kawasaki BK-117, VH-WAH / POLAIR 61.

Police in Western Australia and Victoria are proposing helicopters to stop offenders escaping or injuring innocent people by avoiding car pursuits.

The BK-117 was built in 1990 and purchased second hand from Japan in 1992, and requires replacement.

In May 2009, WA Police ordered a new $24 million Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2 helicopter, VH-WPX/POLAIR 62, as an additional helicopter. This was delivered in September 2011 and engineers spent over 5,000 hours designing and integrating various systems, including communications, sensors, a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) camera, Tasking and Dispatch Information Systems (TADIS), special lighting, a rescue winch and other equipment. It entered service in July 2012.

The Police will retain the Dauphin 2, but it is considered better suited to special operations, as it is large (carries up to 10 passengers), expensive to run, slow to launch and not manoeuvrable enough.

In the next 12 months, the WA Police will consider purchasing two smaller, more manoeuvrable helicopters, which can monitor high speed car pursuits, searches and conduct other missions.

VH-KAN North American T-28B Trojan taking off the take part in the Australia Day 2016 Air Show.

VH-KAN North American T-28B Trojan taking off the take part in the Australia Day 2016 Air Show.
Photo © Keith Anderson

23 January 2016 © David Eyre

The annual City of Perth Australia Day Air Show 2016 was held over the Swan River in Perth on Tuesday 26 January 2016.

AAWA Vice President Keith Anderson was aboard Beech 18 VH-FID as an operational lookout – his photos and article can be viewed under AIRCRAFT PHOTOS in the menu.

AAWA President David Eyre was aboard Tiger Moth VH-BTP/A17-744 (these photos will be uploaded soon).

The display schedule and participating aircraft are listed below, where known.

TIME EVENT DETAIL
15:35 Oldtimer Fly By Vintage aircraft display (9 aircraft planned)

VH-YDF / 4269 / 591 Boeing B75N1 (N2S-3) Stearman US Army Air Corps markings Werner Buhlmann
VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” Boeing E75 (N2S-5) Stearman US Navy markings Carl Ende
VH-URC Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17 Kaydet) US Army Air Corps markings Rod Edwards
VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann Painted to represent a Kokusai Ki-86 in Imperial Japanese Army Air Service Bert Filippi
VH-LJN Cessna 170 Gail Neylan
VH-XBS De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.20 Warren Reynolds
VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer Franc Smit
VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C Archie Dudgeon
VH-FID Beech D18S Expeditor “Dinky Di” – RAAF markings Stuart Adamson
15:45 Seven Above Helicopter towing Channel 7 flag
16:00 Beautiful Biplanes Biggest gathering of biplane aircraft in WA

VH-CKF / A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth RAAF markings Trevor Jones
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth RAAF markings Clark Rees
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth RAAF markings Barry Markham
VH-BAR / A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth RAAF markings Kevin Bailey
VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann Painted to represent a Kokusai Ki-86 in Imperial Japanese Army Air Service Bert Filippi
VH-USJ De Havilland DH-83 Fox Moth Phil Smith
VH-AMW / A17-208 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth RAAF markings Chris Shine
VH-YDF / 4269 / 591 Boeing B75N1 (N2S-3) Stearman US Army Air Corps markings Werner Buhlmann
VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” Boeing E75 (N2S-5) Stearman US Navy markings Carl Ende
VH-URC Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17 Kaydet) US Army Air Corps markings Rod Edwards
VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C Archie Dudgeon
VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer Franc Smit
VH-BQO Christen Eagle II Adam Gibbs
VH-VLF Steen Skybolt Roberto Franco
VH-ZUZ Culp Special Peter Cash
16:15 Flying Circuit Fixed wing aircraft and helicopter with smoke:

VH-MRI Victa Airtourer 115 Sue Clark
VH-JHM Robinson R22 Adrian Thomas
16:30 Mix On High Eurocopter AS350 Squirrel helicopter towing MIX 94.5 flag
16:45 Speed & Stealth Large and fast aircraft handling display:

VH-??? Fokker 100 Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, callsign “Virgin 9999” Greg Meechan
17:00 RACWA Formation Formation flying display with a variety of high wing aircraft: Cessna A152 Aerobats and Cessna 172s of Royal Aero Club of Western Australia

VH-FWM Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Trevor Jones
VH-UWC Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Jake Sanders
VH-BFT Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia James Roberts
VH-RWY Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Marco Surace
VH-RWJ Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Martin Granville
VH-RWQ Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Michael Chlopek
VH-IBP Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Michael Stenson
VH-RCF Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Michael Thomas
VH-TNO Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Mike Watts
VH-JBX Cessna A152 Aerobat Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Mitchell Wells
VH-EWC Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Robert Van Hamersveld
VH-EEN Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Andrew Eldridge
VH-EEP Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Brad Gilchrist
VH-ZDR Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Adam Gibbs
VH-BOF Cessna 172P Skyhawk II Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Mick Harcourt
VH-CAR Cessna 172R Skyhawk Royal Aero Club of Western Australia David Rockich
VH-TQO Americam Champion 8KCAB Decathlon Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Gary Evans
17:15 Australia Day Salute Helicopter towing large Aussie flag
17:30 David & Goliath Formation Aerobatics in Harmony:

VH-MRI Victa Airtourer 115 Sue Clark
VH-BQO Christen Eagle II Adrian Thomas
17:45 Colourful Canopies Skydiving display over Langley Park with Perth Skydiving Display Team

VH-CYY Piper PA-31-310 Navajo B Air Australia International Megan Gray
18:00 Smoky Chopper / Seven Above Special effects chopper / helicopter towing Channel 7 flag

VH-JHM Robinson R22 Beta II Werner Buhlmann
VH-RLO Robinson R22 Beta II
Newton Pellatt
18:10 Perth Air Race High performance aircraft match up

VH-KAN / 140016 North American T-28B Trojan US Navy markings Stephen Robinson
VH-MAN / 232003 / 85 Nanchang CJ-6A Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) markings Chris Robinson
VH-WWA / 106 / A North American AT-6D Texan US Navy markings Adrian Thomas
VH-FUC Pitts S-1D Painted in Italian Schneider Trophy race livery of the 1920s Carl Ende
VH-FID Beech D18S Expeditor “Dinky Di” – RAAF markings Stuart Adamson
18:20 Aerorescue / RFDS VH-PPG Dornier 328 of Aerorescue and Pilatus PC-12s of the Royal Flying Doctor Service

VH-PPF Dornier 328-100 Aerorescue Andrew Jackson & Matt Day
VH-??? Pilatus PC-12-47E
Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations) Michael Blues
VH-??? Pilatus PC-12-47E Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations) Matt Granger
18:30 RAAF Hawk Jets Flying in formation with solo aerobatics: BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF

A27-10 BAE Systems Hawk 127 RAAF, 79 Squadron, RAAF Pearce – callsign RAPTOR 1
A27-16 BAE Systems Hawk 127 RAAF, 79 Squadron, RAAF Pearce – callsign RAPTOR 2
A27-30 BAE Systems Hawk 127 RAAF, 79 Squadron, RAAF Pearce – callsign RAPTOR 3
18:40 Rotorvation / Mix On High Rotor display, including one helicopter towing MIX 94.5 flag

VH-JHM Robinson R22 Beta II Adrian Thomas Werner Buhlmann
VH-RLO Robinson R22 Beta II
Rotorvation Helicopters Newton Pellatt
VH-RAS Robinson R22 Beta II Rotorvation Helicopters Sean Marais
VH-RTQ Robinson R44 Raven I
Rotorvation Helicopters Troy Shier
VH-IDW Robinson R44 Raven II Robi44 Investments Pty Ltd James Gralton
VH-NFL Robinson R44 II
DSL Contracting Pty Ltd Graydn Doak
VH-EDP Eurocopter EC120B Roesner Pty Ltd Nick Stielow
18:50 T6 Stunts
VH-WWA / 106 / A North American AT-6D Texan US Navy markings Adrian Thomas
18:55 Mile High Message Skywriting PERTH @ 10,000 feet above

VH-FUC Pitts S-1D Painted in Italian Schneider Trophy race livery of the 1920s Carl Ende
19:00 DFES Aerial Fleet Firefighting water drop demonstration (subject to change):

VH-DUA / BOMBER 608 Air Tractor AT-802 Dunn Aviation Phil Dunn
VH-DUN / BOMBER 604 Air Tractor AT-802A Dunn Aviation Neville Dunn
VH-EOG / BOMBER 602 Air Tractor AT-802 Dunn Aviation Nicolas Long
VH-NID / BOMBER 612 Air Tractor AT-802AF Dunn Aviation Scott Powell
N154AC / HELITACK 739 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane “Georgia Peach” Erickson Air Crane, USA Benjamin Lessard & Ross McGuigan
VH-SMI / HELITACK 418 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter McDermott Aviation Jason White
C-FXNI / HELITACK 677 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter McDermott Aviation Clifford White
N49732 / HELITACK 672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter McDermott Aviation Kevin McCormick
N234PH / HELITACK 673 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter McDermott Aviation Michael Lacy
P2-MBH / HELITACK 671 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter McDermott Aviation Ronald Batty
P2-MLJ / HELITACK 674 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter McDermott Aviation Taniie McCromick
N217PJ / HELITACK 415 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter McDermott Aviation Wade Young
P2-MSA / HELITACK 676 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter McDermott Aviation John Rocks
VH-XRQ/FIREBIRD 625 Eurocopter Canada (MBB) Bo-105LS A-3 Heliwest Elaine Cadzow
19:10 Spiraling Angles Aircraft trailing smoke

VH-JHM Robinson R22 Beta II Adrian Thomas Werner Buhlmann
VH-CKF / A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth Royal Aero Club of Western Australia “Shirley Adkins” Mick Harcourt
VH-URC Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17 Kaydet) US Army Air Corps markings Rod Edwards
VH-MRI Victa Airtourer 115 Sue Clark
VH-BQO Christen Eagle II Adam Gibbs
VH-WWA North American AT-6D Texan US Navy markings Adrian Thomas
19:20 Aerobatic Stunts Tumble & Turn & Twist

VH-WFX Extra EA 300L Bill Waterton Bill Waterton
19:30 Australia Day Salute Helicopter towing large Aussie flag
19:40 Night Lights High performance piston aircraft formation fly past

VH-PNT Partenavia P.68B Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Trevor Jones
VH-IXE Partenavia P.68B Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Marco Surace
VH-WZG Partenavia P.68B Ross Campbell Andrew Eldridge
VH-JXC Mooney M20J 205 Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Brad Gilchrist
VH-AKF Mooney M20J 201 Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Mitchell Wells
VH-DJU Mooney M20J 201 James Sturrock Jake Saunders
19:50 Lighting the Way Emergency rescue helicopter: VH-EWA Bell 412EP “RAC Rescue”

Police Helicopter with lights: VH-WPX / POLAIR 62  Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2

9M-MRL Boeing 777-2H6ER (MSN 29065) of Malaysia Airlines at Perth Airport – 21 Dec 2015.

9M-MRL Boeing 777-2H6ER (MSN 29065) of Malaysia Airlines at Perth Airport – 21 Dec 2015.
About to push back from the International Terminal at 4:39 pm.
Photo © Ben Cambridge.

21 January 2016 © David Eyre

Malaysia Airlines is to bring forward their last regular scheduled Boeing 777-200ER flights to 26/27 January 2016 (instead of 27 March 2016) as part of the planned retirement of the type from the fleet.

From an original fleet of 17 Boeing 777-200ERs, six remain in service (9M-MRA/E/L/M/P/Q) and these are 15 to 19 years old. All will be sold.

Seven of Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777s have already been returned to the leasing companies (9M-MRB/C/F/G/H/I/J), one is stored (9M-MRN), and one was scrapped (9M-MRK).

Two 777s were tragically lost with the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 (9M-MRO) and the shootdown of MH17 over Ukraine (9M-MRD).

Following last year’s major reform of Malaysia Airlines under new CEO Christoph Mueller, the airline has cut staff, reviewed routes and its aircraft fleet, and will rely on codeshare arrangements with airline partners to serve some destinations. Tha airline had accumulated debts of nearly $1.5 billion since 2011.

As part of this review, the airline announced that it would end its Paris and Amsterdam flights from 26 January 2016. Some of the 777 pilots are leaving, whilst others have been offered options including: awaiting possible future vacancies on other types in the fleet; secondment to other airlines; or unpaid long-term leave.

It was originally planned that the 777s would continue on the Kuala Lumpur-Guangzhou route until 27 March 2016. However, the airline decided to change the Guangzhou service to use Boeing 737-800s from 26 January, enabling the full withdrawal of 777s from regular service in January.

Two of Malaysia Airlines’ six Airbus A380s are also being sold, with the remaining four to be used for its double-daily London flights. These four remaining A380s will be replaced from late 2017 by four Airbus A350-900s being leased from Air Lease Corporation. The airline also has options to lease two additional A350-900s and two A330-900neo aircraft.

 

A6-EEP Airbus A380-861 (MSN 138) of Emirates, over the Swan Valley, Perth - 2015.

A6-EEP Airbus A380-861 (MSN 138) of Emirates, over the Swan Valley, Perth – 2015.
Flight EK420 from Dubai, turning onto the approach path for Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 5:36 pm.
Photo © Geoff Selby.

14 January 2016 – copyright © David Eyre

Emirates today announced that it will start a second daily Airbus A380 service from Dubai to Perth on 1st August 2016, replacing the current Boeing 777-300ER aircraft operating on the early morning EK424/EK425 service.

Emirates was the first airline to operate scheduled A380 services to Perth, starting from 1 May 2015 on the evening EK420/EK421 service. Prior to this, several Emirates A380s made unscheduled visits, from 15 August 2009.

However, this will not actually be the first time that an A380 has operated EK424/EK425, as A380 A6-EOL operated the service on 21 July 2015, which was also A6-EOL’s first revenue service with the airline. A6-EEH also operated EK424-425 on 30 July 2015.

EK424 departs Dubai at 10.10am, arriving in Perth at 12.50am the next day, so the first of the upgraded EK424/425 services will actually arrive and depart Perth on 2nd August 2016. EK425 departs Perth at 6.00am, arriving in Dubai at 1pm same day.

With the new A380 morning service, Emirates will have the capacity to transport over 14,000 passengers per week between Dubai and Perth. Australia is the third largest A380 destination for Emirates globally. From August, 7 of the airline’s 11 daily flights between Dubai and Australia will be operated by an A380.
Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380s, with 72 in service and another 68 on order.
F-WWYB Airbus A350-941 (MSN 005) owned by Airbus, at Perth Airport – Sunday 10 August 2014 First visit to Perth by an A350. This is the 5th development aircraft, which landed on Perth Airport’s runway 21 from Doha (Qatar) at 3:15pm, using callsign 'AIRBUS 402', signifying that it was the second flight in the fourth series of route proving flights. Seen here taxying to park at Bay 56 at 3:23 pm. It departed back to Doha at 11:17pm as 'AIRBUS 403', before continuing on to Moscow (Russia) and Helsinki (Finland), then back to Toulouse. F-WWYB completed its Route Proving trials from 24 July to 13 August 2014. Route Proving trials are required as part of Type Certification, to demonstrate the A350’s readiness for airline operations. Photo © David Eyre

F-WWYB Airbus A350-941 (MSN 005) owned by Airbus, at Perth Airport – Sunday 10 August 2014
First visit to Perth by an A350. This is the 5th development aircraft during the fourth series of route proving flights – it arrived from Doha (Qatar) and departed back there later in the night.
Photo © David Eyre

14 January 2016 – copyright © David Eyre

Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways have both separately announced their intention to use the new Airbus A350-900 on Australian services.

It was originally thought that Qatar Airways would be the first to use A350s to Perth, following announcements on 5 May 2014 by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker that his airline will replace the current Boeing 777 service with the new Airbus A350-900 in early 2015. This would have made Perth it one of the first routes for the new A350. However, the airline instead chose to continue to use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on Perth services.

Singapore Airlines

F-WZFU (to be registered 9V-SMA) Airbus A350-941 (MSN 026) of Singapore Airlines, at Toulouse, France on 14 October 2015. Seen after being rolled out of the paintshop, prior to engines being fitted. Photo © Airbus

F-WZFU (to be registered 9V-SMA) Airbus A350-941 (MSN 026) of Singapore Airlines, at Toulouse, France on 14 October 2015.
Seen after being rolled out of the paintshop, prior to engines being fitted.
Photo © Airbus

Singapore Airlines regional vice-president Mr Tiow Kor Tan recently told Australian Business Traveller that following the initial 10 long-haul A350-900s  being delivered in 2016, subsequent A350s to arrive from 2017 will be configured with fewer business class seats for use on medium-haul routes, including Australian services.

Tan told Australian Business Traveller  that “eventually all (of Singapore Airlines) A330s will be replaced with the A350 medium-haul aircraft in 2017-18-19”

Cathay Pacific

Computer rendering of an Airbus A350-900 in Cathay Pacific's old livery. © Airbus

Computer rendering of an Airbus A350-900 in Cathay Pacific’s old livery.
© Airbus

In a separate article, Nelson Chin, Cathay Pacific’s Regional General Manager for South West Pacific told Australian Business Traveller that the airline is considering increased capacity to Perth and that “within the next 3-4 years, all the A330s would be switched over to A350s, so that would be the new minimum capacity that we’d have on any flight into Australia.”

The first of Cathay’s A350s is expected to make its first flight in March 2016.

A6-BLA Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (MSN 39646/229) of Etihad Airways at Boeing, Paine Field, Washington, USA - 28 September 2014. The first 787-9 Dreamliner for Etihad Airways outside Boeing's paint hangar, painted in the airline’s new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery, which uses colours to represent the desert landscape, and inspired by the culture, Islamic design and architecture motifs of the United Arab Emirates. Photo © Boeing

A6-BLA Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (MSN 39646/229) of Etihad Airways at Boeing, Paine Field, Washington, USA – 28 September 2014.
Photo © Boeing

A6-EYI Airbus A330-243 (MSN 730) of Etihad, at Perth Airport – Tue 24 August 2015.

A6-EYI Airbus A330-243 (MSN 730) of Etihad, at Perth Airport – Tue 24 August 2015.
Lining up ready to depart on runway 03 at 3:47 pm.
Photo © Keith Anderson.

17 December 2015 copyright © David Eyre

Etihad Airways today confirmed that it will upgrade its daily Perth-Abu Dhabi flights to the Boeing 787-9 from 1 June 2016, replacing the current Airbus A330-200 on the route.

The schedule remains unchanged, with flight EY486 from Abu Dhabi to Perth departing Abu Dhabi at 10:25pm local time to reach Perth at 1:50pm the next day, departing at 3:40pm local time to returning to Abu Dhabi for an 11:10pm arrival.

Back on 4 May 2014, at an Etihad media event to showcase their new A380 and 787 cabin features, and prior to Perth services commencing, President and CEO James Hogan originally announced plans to use the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Abu Dhabi – Perth services from around 2016/2017.

Etihad commenced services on the Abu Dhabi – Perth route from 15 July 2014, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft, although the first service used an Airbus A340-600. The Airbus A330-200s currently used on Perth services are configured with 22 Business Class seats, and 240 Economy Class seats for a total of 240 passengers, a total of 262 passengers.

From 1 June 2016, Etihad will use two-class Boeing 787-9s on Perth services, configured with a new layout consisting of 28 Business Class seats and 271 Economy seats (299 passengers in total). These 787s have inflight WiFi and Etihad’s latest ‘Business Studio’ fully flat business class seats, providing 20% more space per passenger than the current A330 business class seats.

Current 787-9s in Etihad’s fleet have 8 First Class Suites, 20 Business Studio seats and 199 Economy seats, a total of 235 passengers. Etihad’s 787-9 was the first type to sport the carrier’s revised livery and entered service with the airline on 1 February 2015, and the first Australian destination was Brisbane from 2 June 2015.

JA826J Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (MSN 34836/37) of Japan Airlines at Singapore - 17 June 2013. Photo © Ian Moy

JA826J Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (MSN 34836/37) of Japan Airlines at Singapore – 17 June 2013.
Photo © Ian Moy

JA815A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (MSN 40899/66) of ANA, at Beijing - 2 October 2015. Photo © Steve Jaksic

JA815A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (MSN 40899/66) of ANA, at Beijing – 2 October 2015.
Photo © Steve Jaksic

3 December 2015 [UPDATED 10 DEC 2015] © David Eyre

Japan Airlines (JAL) and ANA are considering flights between Tokyo and Perth.

JAL Chairman Masaru Onishi stated this in an interview in early December with Kyodo News.

Following this, Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA told Australian Business Traveller that Perth is a likely destination for the airline, is their new Sydney-Tokyo service is successful.

Qantas previously operated Perth-Tokyo services with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, until 8 May 2011.

Like Qantas, JAL is also a member of the Oneworld airline alliance. ANA is a member of Star Alliance.

Japan is Western Australia’s second largest trading partner, but Perth currently has no direct flights to Japan.

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. View of the terminal at 5:14am, 32 minutes before the doors opened. Terminal 1 International is off to the right of this photo. Photo © David Eyre

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
View of the terminal at 5:14am, 32 minutes before the doors opened. Terminal 1 International is off to the right of this photo.
Photo © David Eyre

22 November 2015 – copyright © David Eyre

Virgin Australia and Perth Airport today celebrated the start of operations at the new Terminal 1 Domestic, located between T1 International and T2.

The previous night, twelve Virgin Australia aircraft were towed across from Terminal 3 on the west side of the airport, to T1 Domestic on the east side. Terminal 3 will be used by Qantas from 29 November, in addition to Terminal 4.

The front doors opened at 5:46am and first departing passengers entered.

The first flight arrival at the new terminal was Virgin Australia flight VA713 from Adelaide which was operated by Embraer E190 VH-ZPN. It was greeted by a water cannon salute from the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting crews as it taxied in, and parked at Bay 148A at 7:26am, a few minutes earlier than scheduled. The first passengers from the arriving flight were given the honour of cutting a ribbon to enter the terminal.

The first departing flight was the same aircraft departing back to Adelaide as VA714, which pushed back at 8:27am, a few minutes early.

The long-awaited new terminal pier was built specifically for Virgin Australia. T1 Domestic is the most significant project in Perth Airport’s $1 billion redevelopment, and a key milestone in the transition to collocating all airline operations around T1 and T2.

Until today, Virgin Australia had operated from three terminals on opposite sides of the airport, and the new T1 Domestic enables the consolidation of Virgin’s regional/FIFO, mainline intrastate/interstate and international services together on the east side for the first time, making it easier for passengers to transfer between flights.

The terminal was designed by Australian-based international architects, Woods Bagot. It was constructed by Built Environs over three years at a cost of $190 million, but was completed 17 months later than planned. Over 4200 contractors and suppliers worked an estimated 1.8 million man hours to build the 250-metre long terminal. Construction used over 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, 2,000 tonnes of steel, and 35,000 square metres of glazing and cladding to the exterior of the building.

Features:

  • 28 domestic check-in kiosks and bag-drop technology;
  • 12 aerobridge-serviced departure gates, including three A330-capable aircraft gates;
  • a central retail and dining area; and
  • a state-of-the-art Virgin Australia lounge featuring the airline’s signature Espresso and Wine Bar.
  • innovative sustainable design features to reduce energy consumption, including the use of natural light and a façade providing shade during summer.

* LOTS MORE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION IN THE MAIN ARTICLE ON THE FIRST DAY OF OPERATIONS

* ALSO SEE OUR PHOTOGRAPHY/SPOTTING GUIDE FOR TERMINAL 1 DOMESTIC

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. Check-in area inside the terminal at 5:19am, 27 minutes before the doors opened for the first passengers. The orange screens of the self-serve check-in are visible, with the new bag drop systems along the back wall. Virgin Australia staff can assist passengers using the new technology, if required. Photo © David Eyre

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
Check-in area inside the terminal at 5:19am, 27 minutes before the doors opened for the first passengers. The orange screens of the self-serve check-in are visible, with the new bag drop systems along the back wall. Virgin Australia staff can assist passengers using the new technology, if required. The escalators on the left lead up to the departure lounge and security screening area.
Photo © David Eyre

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. The first passenger enters the terminal at 5:46am. Photo © David Eyre

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
The first passenger enters the terminal at 5:46am.
Photo © David Eyre

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. View west along the new Terminal pier, with a bar on the left and toilets on the right. Photo © David Eyre

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
View west along the new Terminal pier, with a bar on the left and toilets on the right.
Photo © David Eyre

VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) (MSN 19000312) named 'Arrawarra Beach,' of Virgin Australia, at Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. The first flight to use the new Terminal 1 Domestic, flight VA713 from Adelaide, is welcomed with a water cannon salute from Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting as it taxies in at 7:24am after landing on runway 03. Photo © David Eyre

VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) (MSN 19000312) named ‘Arrawarra Beach,’ of Virgin Australia, at Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
The first flight to use the new Terminal 1 Domestic, flight VA713 from Adelaide, is welcomed with a water cannon salute from Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting as it taxies in at 7:24am after landing on runway 03.
Photo © David Eyre

VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) (MSN 19000312) named 'Arrawarra Beach,' of Virgin Australia, at Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. The first flight to use the new Terminal 1 Domestic, flight VA713 from Adelaide, seen shutting down engines after parking at Bay 148A at 7:26am, a few minute ahead of scheduled arrival time (7:35am). Virgin Australia staff cheered and clapped as it came to a stop. Photo © David Eyre

VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) (MSN 19000312) named ‘Arrawarra Beach,’ of Virgin Australia, at Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
The first flight to use the new Terminal 1 Domestic, flight VA713 from Adelaide, seen shutting down engines after parking at Bay 148A at 7:26am, a few minute ahead of scheduled arrival time (7:35am). Virgin Australia staff cheered and clapped as it came to a stop.
Photo © David Eyre

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. A male passenger and female passenger share the honour of cutting the ribbon at gate 48A at 7:31am, after they arrived on the first flight to use the new terminal, flight VA713 from Adelaide, operated by Embraer E190 VH-ZPN. Photo © David Eyre

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
Virgin Australia staff applaud as a male passenger and female passenger share the honour of cutting the ribbon at gate 48A at 7:31am. They arrived on the first flight to use the new terminal, flight VA713 from Adelaide, operated by Embraer E190 VH-ZPN.
Photo © David Eyre

9M-LNW Boeing 737-8GP (MSN 39875/5616) of Malindo Air, at Perth Airport - Thu 19 November 2015. First service to Australia by Malindo Air. Flight OD151 from Kuala Lumpur landing on runway 21 at 2:41pm and is seen here being greeted by a water cannon salute from local fire fighting crews. The first service was operated by a Boeing 737-800, but they are supposed to use a 737-900ER. The inaugural flight departed Kuala Lumpur over an hour late at 9:32am (scheduled departure is 8:25am), but made up time en route, arriving 36 minutes late, after a flight time of 5 hours 7 minutes. 9M-LNW is a recent addition to Malindo’s fleet; it first flew on 6 October 2015 and was delivered on 17 October 2015. Photo © Jim Woodrow

9M-LNW Boeing 737-8GP (MSN 39875/5616) of Malindo Air, at Perth Airport – Thu 19 November 2015.
First service to Australia by Malindo Air. Flight OD151 from Kuala Lumpur landed on runway 21 at 2:41pm and is seen here being greeted by a water cannon salute from local fire fighting crews. The first service was operated by a Boeing 737-800, but they are supposed to use a 737-900ER. The inaugural flight departed Kuala Lumpur over an hour late at 9:32am (scheduled departure is 8:25am), but made up time en route, arriving 36 minutes late, after a flight time of 5 hours 7 minutes. 9M-LNW is a recent addition to Malindo’s fleet; it first flew on 6 October 2015 and was delivered on 17 October 2015.
Photo © Jim Woodrow

9M-LNW Boeing 737-8GP (MSN 39875/5616) of Malindo Air, at Perth Airport - Thu 19 November 2015. First service to Australia by Malindo Air. Flight OD151 from Kuala Lumpur landed on runway 21 at 2:41pm and is seen here parking at Bay 151A at 2:46pm. The first service was operated by a Boeing 737-800, and departed Kuala Lumpur over an hour late at 9:32am (scheduled departure is 8:25am), but made up time en route, arriving 36 minutes late, after a flight time of 5 hours 7 minutes. 9M-LNW is a recent addition to Malindo’s fleet; it first flew on 6 October 2015 and was delivered on 17 October 2015. Photo © Jim Woodrow

9M-LNW Boeing 737-8GP (MSN 39875/5616) of Malindo Air, at Perth Airport – Thu 19 November 2015.
First service to Australia by Malindo Air. Flight OD151 from Kuala Lumpur landed on runway 21 at 2:41pm and is seen here parking at Bay 151A at 2:46pm. The first service was operated by a Boeing 737-800, and departed Kuala Lumpur over an hour late at 9:32am (scheduled departure is 8:25am), but made up time en route, arriving 36 minutes late, after a flight time of 5 hours 7 minutes. 9M-LNW is a recent addition to Malindo’s fleet; it first flew on 6 October 2015 and was delivered on 17 October 2015.
Photo © Jim Woodrow

9M-LNW Boeing 737-8GP (MSN 39875/5616) of Malindo Air, at Perth Airport - Thu 19 November 2015. First service from Australia by Malindo Air. Flight OD152 returning to Kuala Lumpur, seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 3:50pm. A later departure from Kuala Lumpur led to the aircraft arriving in Perth 36 minutes late, and it then departed Perth 45 minutes late, arriving in KL at 9:11pm. 9M-LNW is a recent addition to Malindo’s fleet; it first flew on 6 October 2015 and was delivered on 17 October 2015. Photo © David Eyre

9M-LNW Boeing 737-8GP (MSN 39875/5616) of Malindo Air, at Perth Airport – Thu 19 November 2015.
First service from Australia by Malindo Air. Flight OD152 returning to Kuala Lumpur, seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 3:50pm. A later departure from Kuala Lumpur led to the aircraft arriving in Perth 36 minutes late, and it then departed Perth 45 minutes late, arriving in KL at 9:11pm. 9M-LNW is a recent addition to Malindo’s fleet; it first flew on 6 October 2015 and was delivered on 17 October 2015.
Photo © David Eyre

19 November 2015 © David Eyre

Malindo Air operated their first service to Perth (also their first service to Australia) today.

Boeing 737-800 9M-LNW operated the inaugural flight, arriving on runway 21 from Kuala Lumpur as flight OD151 at 2:41pm.

As it taxied in, it was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute from the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting crews, parking at Bay 151A.

The return service OD152 to Kuala Lumpur took off from runway 21 at 3:50pm.

See our photos of the inaugural Malinda Air service to Australia.