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HeavyLift Cargo Ops In Cairns  
User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4198 posts, RR: 33
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3631 times:

Anyone having some insights what HeavyLift Cargo is operating out of Cairns? Per my knowledge they have the traffic rights for:


Per my understanding they are operating just 1/7 CNS-POM-CNS with 727-200F, is that correct? Anyone knowing what their plans are?

Flown: A319/320/321,A332/3,A380,AT4,AT7,B732/3/4/5/7/8,B742/4,B762/763,B772,CR2,CR7,ER4,E70,E75,F50/70,M11,L15,S20
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User currently offlineAntonovman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

they are operating the shorts belfast they bought from the british company Heavylift Cargo Airlines after they folded
They also operate 727's i think

User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4198 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3513 times:

Anyone? Per my understanding the Belfasts are based in BNE, whilst the CNs flights are all served by 722Fs.

Flown: A319/320/321,A332/3,A380,AT4,AT7,B732/3/4/5/7/8,B742/4,B762/763,B772,CR2,CR7,ER4,E70,E75,F50/70,M11,L15,S20
User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3459 times:

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Reply 2):
Per my understanding the Belfasts are based in BNE

The Belfast (there is only one of them, although I do recall something being said about another one being made airworthy, but I don't know how true that is) is no longer based in Brisbane (I believe an incident involving a large ammount of oil being spilt on the apron had something to do with that). I certainly haven't seen it down here in a long time, although I am told by another spotter that it still calls in here every now and then. The last I heard of it was that it was up in either Cairns or Townsville, and running freight to Honiara.


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User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3439 times:

The Belfast and two 727s are currently in Cairns. I saw them again this afternoon.

The Belfast sits where the old Ansett Air Freight building was between the Domestic and International operations; while the 727s sit where the old Ansett Maintenance Hangar was on the GA side (now next to where the you beaut Hangar is being built for whoever).

I was pretty sure the first 727 was a -100 and briefly looking at the second from a distance it looked like a -200 however a friend assures me they are both -100s.

The HeavyLift website :


lists the first 727 as a 727-51C and I can't see any mention of a second. Interestingly the website says they are getting a DC-10.

And yes I had read that they were trying to get a second Belfast into the air again and asked the question here some months ago but can't recall any answer/s. I believe the problem was with the lack of Tynes. Someone told me it was so bad they were going to "borrow" one or two off the one here (if it could ever stay still long enough - and maybe that is why they got another 727?) in order to get the second one airworthy and ferry it out. Like Ripley's - Believe it or Not!

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