October 2011 & CHOGM visitors

Mon 31 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

VT-EVA Boeing 747-437 (cn 28094/1089) of Air India, named “Agra”

Taking off from runway 21 at Perth Airport at 11:41, back to Delhi, India as “Air India 1”.

India’s Vice-President Hamid Ansari was aboard after attending the 54-nation, 3-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.

The aircraft had originally arrived in Perth from Delhi on 27 October 2011 at 12:36, as “Air India 1”.

Photos © Les Bushell

Sun 30 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

V5-GON Dassault Falcon 7X (cn 127) of the Republic of Namibia

Parked on the Terminal WA apron, south of the International Terminal.

Arrived in Perth via Mauritius on 26 October 2011, using its registration as the callsign.

Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba was aboard to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was held in Perth.

This aircraft is new, having only been delivered in September 2011.

Apologies for the obstructions in this photo – it was the only opportunity for a photograph.

Photo © Les Bushell

Sun 30 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

SX-GJN Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (cn 9260) of Gain Jet Aviation (believed to be operated for Government of Rwanda).

Parked near Bay 50 at Perth Airport at 10:24am, a couple of hours before it departed (at 12:34pm) to Male (Maldives) (believed to have had the Rwandan President Paul Kagame aboard) after he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was held in Perth.

The aircraft first arrived in Perth via Male (Maldives) on 25 October at 6:06pm. It used the callsign “GNJ77” for both the inbound and outbound flights.

Ex C-FMMH, N74ZZ, (N542BA n.t.u.), ZS-XRS Government of Rwanda, SX-GJN Gain Jet Aviation.

Photo © Les Bushell

Sun 30 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

V8-ALI Boeing 747-430 (cn 26426/910) of HM The Sultan’s Flight (Sultan of Brunei).

Parked at Bay 50 at Perth Airport at 10:30am, a few hours before it departed with the Sultan of Brunei aboard after he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was held in Perth. The aircraft used its registration as the callsign.

This 747 was originally ordered through Lufthansa and registered D-ABVM, but was never operated by Lufthansa, being delivered new to the Sultan of Brunei in 1992.

The Sultan of Brunei also has an Airbus A340-200, Boeing 767-200ER and Sikorsky S-70C-5 helicopter.

Photo taken from a special temporary platform constructed for the media to photograph the VIPs arriving/departing.

Photos © Les Bushell

Sun 30 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

V8-ALI Boeing 747-430 (cn 26426/910) of HM The Sultan’s Flight (Sultan of Brunei).

Taking off from runway 21 at Perth Airport at 1:29pm, with the Sultan of Brunei aboard after attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was held in Perth. The aircraft used its registration as the callsign.

A photo of the aircraft arriving in Perth on 26 October 2011 can be seen below.

This 747 was originally ordered through Lufthansa and registered D-ABVM, but was never operated by Lufthansa, being delivered new to the Sultan of Brunei in 1992.

The Sultan of Brunei also has an Airbus A340-200, Boeing 767-200ER and Sikorsky S-70C-5 helicopter.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 30 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

5N-FGT Boeing 737-7N6 BBJ of the Nigerian Air Force

Using callsign NGR01, this aircraft arrived on Monday 24 October 2011 at 8:55pm via Mauritius.

The aircraft had Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan aboard to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, and business meetings.

The aircraft is seen here departing Perth’s runway 21 at 14:43 again using callsign NGR01, heading back to Nigeria via Mauritius with the President aboard.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 30 October 2011 – PERTH : CHOGM

9M-NAA Airbus A319-115CJ (cn 2949) operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for the Malaysian Government.

The aircraft arrived in Perth from Kuala Lumpur (Subang) at 10:19 pm on Wednesday 26 October 2011 using callsign “NOVEMBER ROMEO 1”, with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor aboard, attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and other meetings in Perth. .

It is shown here departing runway 21 at Perth at 15:57, using callsign “NOVEMBER ROMEO 1”, returning to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the Prime Minister and his wife aboard.

The logo on the tail represents the Malaysian Government’s “1-Malaysia” Concept. This on-going programme was created by the Malaysian Prime Minister so that the Government and civil servants emphasise ethnic harmony, national unity, and efficient governance.

This aircraft visited Perth on 31 August 2011 (see earlier photos below by Les Bushell).

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 30 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

ZS-PVX Boeing 727-2N6/Adv(RE) Super 27 (cn 22825/1805) of Fortune Air (South Africa).

The aircraft arrived in Perth at 20:02 on Friday 28 October from South Africa via Reunion and Singapore using callsign LMG 1, believed to have had South African President Jacob Zuma aboard, attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.

Seen here departing Perth’s runway 21 at 17:34. It returned via the same route, using the same callsign.

This VIP-configured modified version of the 727 has a range of 7000 km and can carry 45 passengers. The “Super 27” modification was developed by Valsan Partners, and later marketed by Goodrich. The two older side-mounted JT8D engines have been replaced with JT8D-217R engines, as found on MD-80 aircraft, increasing speed by 80 km/h. The original centre engine is retained, but hush-kitted, and winglets have also been added.

This particular aircraft used to be the Presidential jet of Nigeria.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 30 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

ZS-AMP Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (cn 9230) of Aralia Trading (Pty) Ltd.

Using its registration as the callsign, this aircraft arrived on Thursday 27 October 2011 at 9:03pm from South Africa via Reunion and Singapore.

The aircraft is believed to have had a South African Government delegation aboard to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth. It followed the same route as Boeing 727 ZS-PVX.

It is seen here after departure from runway 21 at Perth Airport at 17:57.

Built in 2006, ex C-FJMV, A7-GEY (Qatar Government), N57LE.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 29 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

G-YMMP Boeing 777-236ER (cn 30315/369) of British Airways

Arriving on runway 03 at Perth Airport direct from London-Heathrow as flight BA9103, callsign “SPEEDBIRD 9103” at 7:46am.

The aircraft arrived to collect the Queen and Prince Philip following their 10-day tour of Australia and opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth. This is likely to be their last visit, as the Queen is now 85 years old and the Prince is 90.

The aircraft departed runway 03 as flight BA9104 (SPEEDBIRD 9104), direct to London-Heathrow, a very long 18-hour flight.

Photos © David Eyre

Sat 29 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

Aircraft visiting for the 54-nation, 3-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth. This group was parked near the International Terminal:

4R-ADG Airbus A340-313X (cn 381) of SriLankan Airlines. This arrived from Colombo as “SriLankan 678” at 8pm on 25 October 2011. Departed as “SriLankan 679” at 7.27pm on 30 October.

V8-ALI Boeing 747-430 (cn 26426/910) of HM The Sultan’s Flight (Sultan of Brunei). Arrived from Bandar Seri Bagawan at 6.12pm on 26 October 2011. It departed at 1.29pm on 30 October. Used its registration as the callsign.

VT-EVA Boeing 747-437 (cn 28094/1089) of Air India, named “Agra”. Arrived on 27 October at 12:36 direct from Delhi as “Air India 1”, with India’s Vice-President Hamid Ansari aboard. Departed back to Delhi on Monday 31 October 2011 at 11:40, again as “Air India 1”.

G-VELD Airbus A340-313X (cn 214) of Virgin Atlantic, named “African Queen”. Arrived on 28 October 2011 at 06:54 from London Heathrow via Dubai as “VIRGIN 9941” with British Prime Minister David Cameron aboard. Departed 29 October at 10:56pm as “VIRGIN 9945” to Dubai and London Heathrow.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 29 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

Aircraft visiting for the 54-nation, 3-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth. This group was parked on the Terminal WA apron, which is south of the international terminal:

ZS-AMP Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (cn 9230) of Aralia Trading (Pty) Ltd. Used its registration as the callsign – arrived on 27 October 2011 at 9:03pm from South Africa via Reunion and Singapore. Believed to have had a South African Government delegation aboard. Departed 30 October 2011 at 17:57.

OE-LXR Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (cn 9235) of Vista Jet. Arrived 25 October 2011 as flight VJS700 from Dubai at 12:42am, departed 29 October 2011 at 19:27 back to Dubai with the same callsign.

5N-FGT Boeing 737-7N6 BBJ of the Nigerian Air Force. Used callsign NGR01. Arrived on 24 October 2011 at 8:55pm via Mauritius. Brought Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Departed 30 October 2011 at 14:43 back to Nigeria via Mauritius with the President aboard.

ZS-PVX Boeing 727-2N6/Adv(RE) Super 27 (cn 22825/1805) of Fortune Air. Arrived in Perth at 20:02 on 28 October 2011 from South Africa via Reunion and Singapore using callsign “LMG 1”, believed to have had South African President Jacob Zuma aboard. Departed 30 October at 17:34, using the same route and callsign.

P2-ANW Dassault Falcon 900EX (cn 218) of Air Niugini, operated for the Papua New Guinea Government. Arrived on 27 October 2011 at 13:38, direct from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, and Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah were aboard. Departed back to Port Moresby on Sunday 30 October 2011 at 14:04.

9M-NAA Airbus A319-115CJ (cn 2949) operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for the Malaysian Government. The aircraft arrived in Perth from Kuala Lumpur (Subang) at 10:19 pm on Wednesday 26 October 2011 using callsign “NOVEMBER ROMEO 1”, with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor aboard. It departed back to Subang on 30 October at 15:57, using the same callsign.

15001 Airbus A310-304 (CC-150 Polaris) (cn 446) of the Canadian Armed Forces. Arrived on 27 October 2011 at 09:47, using callsign CFC01. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was aboard. Departed on 30 October 2011 at 8.29pm to Brisbane and other airports en route to Canada using the same callsign.

OK 1 Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (cn 9259) of the Republic of Botswana Government. Arrived on 27 October 2011 at 10:36, using callsign F001. Botswana President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama was aboard. Departed on 30 October 2011 at 09:05 with same callsign.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 28 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

G-VELD Airbus A340-313X (cn 214) of Virgin Atlantic, named “African Queen”

Arriving on runway 21 at 06:54 as “VIRGIN 9941” from London Heathrow via Dubai.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was aboard, to attend the 54-nation Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.

Departed 29 October at 10:56pm as “VIRGIN 9945”, to Dubai and London Heathrow.

Photos © Les Bushell

Fri 28 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-YIA Boeing 737-8FE (w) (cn 37824/3718) of Virgin Australia

Arriving on runway 21 as flight DJ549 from Sydney at 08:17

This is one of a few Virgin Australia aircraft which is still unnamed.

The aircraft is relatively new – it first flew with Boeing test registration N1786B on 11 July 2011, and was delivered as VH-YIA on 28 July 2011. It first visited Perth on 22 August 2011.

Photo © Les Bushell

Fri 28 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-VNO Airbus A320-232 (cn 4053) of Tiger Airways Australia.

Arriving on runway 21 as flight TT182 from Melbourne at 08:36.

Tiger Airways Australia is back in business after being grounded for safety issues some time ago.

Photo © Les Bushell

Fri 28 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-VUZ Boeing 737-8FE (cn 39921/3536) of Virgin Australia

Now painted all white, presumably soon to be painted in full Virgin Australia colours. It formerly wore special “Gold Coast Suns” AFL colours – see David Eyre’s photo taken on 23 February 2011 – click here

On final approach to runway 03 at Perth as flight DJ1838 from Port Hedland at 10:56.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Fri 28 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-OEB Boeing 747-48E (cn 25778/893) of Qantas, named “Phillip Island”

Wears special “Qantas Australian Grand Prix 2011” markings.

Seen here on final approach to runway 03 at 12:03 as flight QF581 from Sydney, and another photo taken at 13:55 when it departed from runway 21 back to Sydney as flight QF582.

This aircraft was originally delivered to Asiana Airlines of South Korea as HL-7416 in June 1993, and was purchased by Qantas in May 1998.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Fri 28 October 2011 – PERTH

PK-GFR Boeing 737-81D (cn 39417/3802) of Garuda Indonesia (leased from Ansett Worldwide)

On final approach to runway 21 at Perth Airport at 16:08 as flight GA726 from Denpasar (Bali).

** FIRST VISIT TO PERTH **

The aircraft was only delivered to Garuda on 17 October 2011 (11 days before this photo), and has special decals on the forward fuselage saying “123rd Boeing 737 series aircraft delivered to Garuda Indonesia.”

Photos © Keith Anderson

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

15001 Airbus A310-304 (CC-150 Polaris) (cn 446) of the Canadian Armed Forces

On final approach to runway 21 at Perth Airport at 09:47, using callsign CFC01.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was aboard to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.

The aircraft remained at Perth during CHOGM and departed on Monday 31 October 2011.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

OK 1 Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (cn 9259) of the Republic of Botswana Government.

On final approach to runway 21 at Perth Airport at 10:36, using callsign F001.

Botswana President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama was aboard to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.

The aircraft remained at Perth during CHOGM and departed on Sunday 30 October 2011 at 09:05.

Photos © Keith Anderson

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

VT-EVA Boeing 747-437 (cn 28094/1089) of Air India, named “Agra”

On final approach to runway 21 at Perth Airport at 12:36, arriving direct from Delhi, India as “Air India 1”.

India’s Vice-President Hamid Ansari was aboard to represent India at the 54-nation, 3-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth.

The aircraft stayed at Perth during CHOGM and departed back to Delhi on Monday 31 October 2011 at 11:40, again as flight AI 1.

Photos © Keith Anderson

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-VZR Boeing 737-838 (w) (cn 34193/3754) of Qantas, named “Coral Bay”

Arriving on runway 21 as flight QF587 from Adelaide at 13:20.

This aircraft is quite new – it made its first flight on 18 August 2011 and was delivered 31 August 2011. It entered service on 6 September 2011 and first visited Perth on 16 September 2011.

Photo © Les Bushell

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

P2-ANW Dassault Falcon 900EX (cn 218) of Air Niugini, operated for the Papua New Guinea Government, with fuselage titles “The Papua New Guinea Vision 2050”.

On final approach to runway 21 at Perth Airport at 13:38, arriving direct from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, and Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah were aboard to represent Papua New Guinea at the 54-nation, 3-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth.

The aircraft stayed at Perth during CHOGM and departed back to Port Moresby on Sunday 30 October 2011 at 14:04.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-YIB Boeing 737-8FE (w) (cn 37825/3758) of Virgin Australia

Arriving on runway 21 as flight DJ685 from Melbourne at 14:19.

This is one of a few Virgin Australia aircraft which is not yet named.

It is quite new, having made its first flight on 21 August 2011, and was delivered on 31 August 2011. It first visited Perth on 18 September 2011.

Photo © Les Bushell

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-JQX Airbus A320-232 (cn 2197) of Jetstar

Note that the radome and lower rear fuselage are a slightly different shade of silver.

Flight JQ968 from Melbourne, on final approach to runway 21 at Perth.

Photo © Les Bushell

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-RAM Raytheon-Hawker 800XP (cn 258844) of Ramsay Air Charter Pty Ltd

Arriving on runway 21 at 15:05 from Adelaide.

Built in 2007, ex N71944.Photo © Les Bushell

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-VXO Boeing 737-838 (cn 33485/1183) of Qantas, named “Kakadu”

Carries “Sharing the Spirit” titles on the rear fuselage.

Arriving on runway 21 at 16:03 as flight QF585 from Adelaide.

Photo © Les Bushell

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-VBP Boeing 737-7BX (w) (cn 30743/922) of Virgin Australia – still in Virgin Blue colours,  named “Deja Blue”

Arriving on runway 21 as flight DJ689 from Melbourne at 16:17

Virgin’s Boeing 737-700s are pretty rare in Perth now – most Virgin services are operated by Embraer 190s, Boeing 737-800s and their two Airbus A330-200s.

Photo © Les Bushell

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

VH-VZS Boeing 737-838(w) (cn 39358/3769) of Qantas, named “Tamworth”.

Arriving on runway 21 as flight QF793 from Darwin at 16:42.

This is a relatively new aircraft – it made its first flight on 30 August 2011, and was delivered 15 September 2011. It first visited Perth on 26 September 2011.

Photo © Les Bushell

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

ZK-NCK Boeing 767-319ER (w) (cn 26971/663) of Air New Zealand

Arriving on runway 21 as flight NZ175 from Auckland at 17.06.

Photo © Les Bushell

Thu 27 October 2011 – PERTH

A6-EWE Boeing 777-21H LR (cn 35582/725) of Emirates.

Arriving on runway 21 as flight EK420 from Dubai at 17:13.

Photo © Les Bushell

Wed 26 October 2011 – PERTH: CHOGM

ZK-OJG Airbus A320-232 (cn 2173) of Air New Zealand

On final approach to runway 21 at 14:02 as flight NZ1961 from Canberra.

The aircraft was on a special charter with the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully aboard to represent New Zealand at the 54-nation, 3-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth.

The aircraft departed the same day to Melbourne and Christchurch at 15:25 as flight NZ6062.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Wed 26 October 2011 – PERTH : CHOGM

A36-001 Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ) (cn 30829/738) of 34 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (leased from GECAS), based at Fairbairn (Canberra), ACT.

Arriving from Melbourne with the Queen and Prince Philip aboard, using callsign “REGAL 1” during a 10-day tour of Australia. The aircraft is seen on finals to runway 03 at Perth Airport at 16:15. They were met at Perth Airport by West Australian Premier Colin Barnett, WA Governor Malcolm McCusker and federal Defence Minister Stephen Smith with hundreds of people looking on.

In the background is VH-WAH MBB-Kawasaki BK117 of the Western Australian Police, providing security coverage.

During the stay in Perth, the Queen attended a number of official engagements before opening the 54-nation, 3-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth on Friday 28 October 2011.

The Royal couple later departed direct from Perth to London Heathrow aboard a British Airways Boeing 777-200ER (G-YMMP) on Saturday 29 October.

A36-001 is one of two BBJs (Boeing Business Jets) operated by 34 Squadron for VIP duties, together with three Challenger 604 aircraft.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Wed 26 October 2011 – PERTH : CHOGM

V8-ALI Boeing 747-430 (cn 26426/910) of HM The Sultan’s Flight (Sultan of Brunei).

On finals to runway 21 at Perth Airport at 18:12, arriving for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was held in Perth. The aircraft used its registration as the callsign.

It departed Perth on 30 October 2011 – see photo above.

This 747 was originally ordered through Lufthansa and registered D-ABVM, but was never operated by Lufthansa, being delivered new to the Sultan of Brunei in 1992.

The Sultan of Brunei also has an Airbus A340-200, Boeing 767-200ER and Sikorsky S-70C-5 helicopter.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Saturday 22 October 2011 – PERTH

9M-MKE Airbus A330-322 (cn 077) of Malaysia Airlines

Flight MH125 from Kuala Lumpur arriving at 15:10 on runway 21.

Normally, this service is operated by a Boeing 777-2H6 ER, but the airline has announced plans to transition to A330-300s on all Perth/Kuala Lumpur services from 1 December 2011.

This is one of their older A330-322s, which have been used on the Perth services in the past. These older A330-322 aircraft will be used on the weekend MH127/MH126 service initially from 30 October 2011.

From 1 December 2011 to 14 February 2012, all 10 weekly flights will be operated by Airbus A330-322 (9M-MKA, 9M-MKC-MKJ), except MH127/126 Thursday from KUL, Friday from PER with NEW Airbus A330-323X (9M-MTA-MTH).

From 15 February 2012 to 24 March 2012 ALL Kuala Lumpur/Perth services will be operated by NEW Airbus A330-323X (9M-MTA-MTH).

Photo © Keith Anderson

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