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Fokker And Dash Lovin' Down Under: Alliance And QF  
User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
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SETTING THE SCENE

It’s without doubt that the Dutch aircraft manufacturer, Fokker, has a long and rich history in Australia. From the 1950s onwards, Australia’s airlines have embraced Fokker aircraft, and it’s a love affair that continues to this day.

The F-27 operated here for many years with TAA, Ansett and their affiliates, while they formed the backbone of East West Airlines’ fleet for many years. East West and Ansett both operated the F-28 for many years, and Ansett itself, the F-50. Years after it was first launched, the F100 made its debut with Flight West Airlines in Queensland, before the airline folded in the early 2000s.

Over the years, I was fortunate to capture a few of these operators, mostly in Brisbane. For a bit of nostalgia, this was the scene in January 2000 when Flight West operated a handful of the ex-East West machines.

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East West holds a special place in my heart – having provided me with my very first flight back in September 1986 on F-27 VH-EWW, and although I already knew how much I loved all things airline and aviation related, this flight cemented my lifelong passion for aviation. Plus I still remember that flight like it was yesterday.

Now fast forward twenty plus years.....I am starting to feel old.

The first part of this report is about a recent flight on a F100 which I experienced while on holiday visiting family in Australia during March. Fast disappearing from European skies, the F100 seems to be having a renaissance down under of late, so what perfect timing to sample a short intra Queensland hop from Brisbane (BNE) to Mackay (MKY) with Alliance Airlines – one of the largest Fokker operators currently in Australia. At last glance, they had 18 F100s in service, 5 F70s (with 2 more machines coming).

Little has been reported about Alliance Airlines on this forum, so I hope you will find the report of interest.

In addition to Alliance, SkyWest and Network Aviation in Western Australia also maintain fleets of F100s. Rugged and reliable, and able to operate from airports in just about any conditions, Fokker’s aircraft have been well suited to Australian conditions.

The second part will cover the short but sweet onward Dash 8 -300 flight with Qantaslink from Mackay to Townsville (TSV), where I overnighted and managed to catch up with an old school friend, before heading off on another milk run (but that’s another story).

ROUTE MAP

Of course there are non-stop flights between Brisbane and Townsville, but why go direct when you don’t have to?

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PART ONE: ALLIANCE AIRLINES F100 TO MACKAY

Finding myself on a F100 again in 2013 was not a planned event. I hadn’t foreseen any upcoming flights with any F100 operators in Europe, and my goal on this trip to Townsville was more for placement reasons – I needed to be there for an early 7am start the following day for the milk run.

Sorting through options on qantas.com, I came across an unusual combination up to Townsville. I could fly up to Mackay, and then onward to Townsville. Of course there is the well known Qantaslink Dash 8 milk run from Brisbane to Cairns which stops a few times along the coast, but I’d sampled that route a few years back. QF2514 would be operated by Alliance Airlines for Qantas to Mackay, and then a short hop up to Townsville on Qantaslink. I was excited to see this combination and that a F100 would operate the service to Mackay.

My first F100 in years. The last time I was aboard one of these Dutch jets was way back in October 1999 coming back to London from Amsterdam with Air UK. This one of the Air UK aircraft I flew that year arriving at London Stansted. G-UKFB would take me to Rome as UK2354 in May.

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It has been quite rare, in my experience, to see Qantas outsourcing intra Queensland flights so I jumped at the chance and booked my flights immediately. I’d be back in Townsville in time to fly directly home to Brisbane the following evening on a B737-800, a flight time of just on 2 hours.

ALLIANCE AIRLINES
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Alliance Airlines (www.allianceairlines.com.au) was born out of the ashes of the defunct Flight West Airlines who went out of business in 2001. In 2002, Alliance commenced operations with two Fokker 100 and two Embraer EMB120 Brasilias aircraft servicing two FIFO or “fly in fly out” contracts for the mining and energy sector. Alliance has since expanded its fleet and operational capabilities to service the growing demand from the mining and energy sector. The airline is wholly owned by Alliance Aviation Services Limited and has 453 employees.

Although Alliance provides an essential service to the mining and energy industry by flying workers to and from remote locations in Australia, they also provide ad hoc charter and ACMI lease services to a range of corporate and government customers – which currently includes Qantas.

Headquartered in Brisbane, Alliance utilises Fokker 100s in a 100 seat, all economy class configuration, the Fokker 70LR in a 75 seat all economy class configuration and the Fokker 50 in a 52 seat, all economy configuration.

From the Alliance website:

“The latest additions to our fleet, F70's are being introduced to cater for the rapid expansion evident in the resources sector. The long range capability of the aircraft will enable the delivery of direct services from the east coast to W.A. mine sites, bypassing Perth and ensuring savings in both costs and journey times.”

So while F70s, pretty rare to begin with, are slowly disappearing from European skies, a handful seem to be making their way down under for a new lease on life.

The Alliance route map shows a number of flights being operated for the mining and energy industry – “destinations” such as Phosphate Hill and the Granites which are not on any tourist map in Australia, that’s for sure. I had no idea these places even had runways to be able to accept large jets.

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Zooming forward, the story starts on a sunny Tuesday in mid March at Qantas’ Brisbane domestic terminal.

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Although I had checked in online, I decided to re-print my boarding pass from the SSK. No bags to check in meant I was heading for security shortly after. I was able to join the separate priority line due to my status with BA and was through security in a matter of minutes. Australia seems to be more concerned with aerosol sprays and containers in hand luggage rather than liquids or gels per se. I found this odd as I’ve never come across this recently during travels in Europe or North America.

Airside at BNE is upstairs and a lot of the Qantas section was undergoing renovation with new stores due to open in the next few weeks. It looked a bit like a building site in parts but hopefully it will all look good once finished. I took a wander to see what was going on.

Cold start for this Qantas 737-800? I’ve never seen this happen before in Brisbane, especially in March!

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A pair of Qantaslink Dash 8-400s

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New Qantas logojet 737-800

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Small versus large - the 717 looks great in Qantaslink colours, hey Suryo?

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Before heading over to the Virgin Australia gates

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A B737-800 in the new colours was getting ready to head south

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Although there wasn’t much activity around this new ATR72, it was looking pretty shiny in the early morning sunshine.

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Having some status with BA, I was able to spend some time in the Qantas Lounge before departure. The lounge was very busy and I was lucky to get a seat. Some free wifi, a morning latte and some fruit toast.

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Closer to the departure time, I made my way to the gate area to see if I could get a picture of the F100 flying me to Mackay.

Here she is - being catered by Qantas

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Looking through my files, I had a picture of the very same aircraft taken almost ten years ago, also at BNE, just after Alliance appeared on the scene there.

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BOARDING AND DEPARTURE

We boarded at 845am by walking out to the aircraft on the ramp: Alliance does not use jetbridges at BNE. Everyone was on by 855am. The flight was not full and there were quite a handful of seats around me which were empty. This meant no seat neighbour for me either. Yay. It meant I could go all geeky and not worry about offending my neighbour (or raising alarm!).

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Looking immaculate on the outside

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I was greeted at the door by a friendly crew member whose name was shared with that famous Colombian singer who maintains that her hips don’t lie. She took a look at my BP and responded with a smile and said, “17-Alpha” today Mr Palmjet.

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A couple of recorded messages played while everyone boarded asking passengers not to fasten their seatbelts as the aircraft was still refuelling.

I got settled and this was the view from 17A toward the Virgin Australia gates. A Jetstar A320 decided to depart around the same time as us.

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Some fellow Alliance machines as we taxied out

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We passed the visitor’s/spotter’s place on the way to Runway 19 - where all the cars are parked. This area is great and it’s free.

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A short wait for a Dash 8 to land before it was our turn.

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CREW

The flight was announced as “operated by Alliance on behalf of Qantaslink” by the lead flight attendant (there were two onboard) and we were welcomed on board. Both were very friendly throughout the flight – they were in Alliance uniforms. Those seated in the emergency exit rows were given specific instructions and a manual safety demonstration was completed, with a recorded message voiceover. There was no welcome from the cockpit before departure but after we levelled out from a very bumpy departure off Runway 19, the cockpit crew added their welcome, and apologised for the very bouncy climbout – this was due to some pretty mean, but fluffy clouds above Brisbane.

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It was great being close to the Rolls Royce engine – although it was actually much quieter than I envisaged on take-off. I really love the F100 – it’s a shame it did not sell better although I think it’s testimony that an aircraft first built in the mid 1980s is still operating in significant numbers across patches of the world today.

AIRCRAFT

The last time I flew a VH-registered Fokker was actually way back in 1986 flying on VH-EWB, an East West F-28-4000 from Sydney to Brisbane.

That same aircraft is seen here 10 years later, in Brisbane in 1996, in Ansett Australia colours long after the East West brand disappeared. Of course, Ansett is now long gone too.

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Today I was on VH-FWI (c/n 11318), a veteran machine, first delivered to Air Europe back in 1991 as G-FIOR. Apart from a brief fling with Air Ivoire after Air Europe went out of business, the aircraft has spent a large proportion of its life in the South Pacific, flying with Flight West and Air Niugini before being repainted in Alliance’s colours. Here she is in Flight West colours, a picture I took 13 years ago in 2000 in Brisbane on a ramp tour.

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CABIN AND SEAT

The aircraft has a single cabin of 100 economy seats in a 2-3 configuration. Seats are old style cloth, but quite comfortable, and leg room was excellent.

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Row 20 is the last row, and there were two aft lavatories. Row 20 views are extremely limited because of the location of the engines, and Row 17 – 18 afford good views of both the wing, the ground and the engine.

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I went to visit the loo during our cruise - very retro, but everything was clean and seemed well maintained.

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ENROUTE

Once above the clouds over South East Queensland, it was a smooth ride. We were expecting a flight time of just over an hour to Mackay. It was a great day for flying – mostly clear and sunny.

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IFE

None. Also, the only contents of my seat pocket was the safety card and barf bag.


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CATERING

Once we were on our way north, the crew moved down the aisle with a snack service. For this flight, we were provided with a peach and mango yoghurt, an apricot muffin and an oatmeal bar. This was followed by tea and coffee and drinks. No booze was offered, and I did not see anyone ask for any. Everything was Qantas branded.

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All items were cleared promptly which left nothing more to do than enjoy the view outside. The crew did a couple of rubbish runs to make sure everything was collected well before our descent.

Distinctly Dutch with the Fokker’s oval windows!


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ARRIVAL INTO MACKAY

At 10:10am we started our descent and being so close to the engine meant clearly hearing the slight change in engine sound. We started a shallow and gradual right turn, heading out to sea slightly before turning back to approach the airport. The seatbelt sign pinged on at 10:20am followed by a crew announcement and safety check. The approach into Mackay was very scenic. I was fortunate to be on the correct side of the airport for a view of the town and surrounds.

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Mackay Airport clearly off to our left.

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Central Mackay down below

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Before making some sharp turns to align with the runway.

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A smooth landing, which was followed by a nice loud roar from the engine outside, indicating that we had arrived in Mackay. There are no jetbridges here, so it means a walk again along the tarmac to the terminal building. I was certainly not complaining (and thankfully it wasn’t raining either).

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Not wanting to rush off the aircraft – I savoured every last moment onboard, being the last passenger to leave. Who knows when I would next be fortunate to travel on a F-100 again. The crew were at the door to thank everyone as they left, and I managed one last glimpse back at the smart looking Dutch jet which had brought me safely north.

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The terminal facilities in Mackay are small but functional. With Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways and Qantaslink operating here, the airport seems to handle the number of flights without any problems. Everything is set out in a basic fashion – the airlines seem to have their own dedicated gate here: All Qantaslink flights go from Gate 1, Jetstar from Gate 2, and Virgin from Gate 3.

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Airside, there is a nice outdoor seating area which is partially enclosed, but allows passengers to relax before their flights and watch the ramp action in front of them.

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A single security point exists and all of the folks there were relaxed and friendly after I went outside to grab a few pictures of the terminal.

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As I had lounge access with Qantas, I decided to check out the Qantas Regional Lounge here. Virgin Australia also have a lounge of their own, which is downstairs. The lounge was pleasant – a decent size for an airport the size of Mackay with a range of cold snacks and sandwiches available. Plenty of drinks were also on offer, including both alcoholic and non alcoholic. A small selection of reading materials were presented, including copies of the State newspaper, the Courier Mail as well as The Australian. I was due to be on the ground for a couple of hours before my Dash 8 flight so I spent most of it in the lounge relaxing with free wifi.

Managed to get a quick fix of Tim Tams - yum!

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and later, a some cheese and crackers. Not a bad place to spend an hour or so.

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END OF PART ONE


Eastern - Number One To The Sun
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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

PART TWO: QANTASLINK DASH TO TOWNSVILLE

I couldn’t come to Australia and not somehow include a Dash 8 flight. Sadly this would be my only Dash 8 flight this trip but doing the honours today was VH-SBI, a -300 version, which arrived from Townsville at 1245, a mere 15 minutes before our scheduled departure time. It would operate QF2306 directly back to Townsville.

FIDS

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AIRCRAFT

VH-SBI (c/n 605) was delivered new to Qantas in November 2004 and has spent its life flying in Australia for the airline. Although many of the Dash 8s have now been repainted into the “refreshed roo” colours, SBI is yet to get the new colours (at least that was the position in March 2013).
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CABIN AND SEAT

Like all Dashes, this one was in a 2-2 configuration with 50 dark blue economy seats. I was seated in Row 5 which is just behind the prop. There were two rear facing seats in the first row, which I have seen an a number of other Dash 8s in my travels. The emergency exit is in Row 10. Leg room is adequate for this short hop.

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The flight was nowhere near full and again, I had the seat next to me free so I moved my camera bag.

CREW

We were met at the door by one of the two flight attendants, who sounded a bit robotic when she was doing her safety demonstration. She wasn’t rude or unpleasant, but not overly warm either. She seemed to be much more at ease when carrying out the drinks service once we were on our way. There was no welcome from the cockpit until we had reached our cruising height. A short weather update for Townsville was also provided and a nice thank you for flying Qantaslink from the cockpit crew before signing off.

DEPARTURE

Unfortunately, the weather started to turn a little nasty before boarding, and we had a few drops of rain for our departure. The safety demonstration was fully manual and by the time we hit the slightly rainy skies, we were nearly 15 minutes behind schedule.

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Thankfully the weather improved a lot the further north we flew and the rain soon became a distant memory.

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CATERING

Water, tea or coffee was offered, along with a small chicken salad wrap.

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IFE

None. Although there is a Qantaslink magazine - “Spirit - Regional Australia”, which is different to the mainline Qantas magazine. I found it to be of pretty good quality with lots of detail and numerous articles about the regional communities around the country Qantaslink fly into. In other words, it wasn’t jam packed full of adverts like some airline magazines are these days (if they even offer one).

ARRIVAL

I had spent most of the flight gazing out of the window and it wasn’t long before we started our descent into Townsville. As luck would have it, I was again on the better side of the aircraft for views of the city and its surrounds, including the most distinctive nature feature of Townsville – Castle Hill. It was glorious and sunny outside, making the approach very scenic.

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The Ross River, and the city outskirts came into view

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Castle Hill with Magnetic Island in the distance.

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Townsville Airport

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Followed by a sharp right turn to align with the runway.

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Gear down

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Final approach

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Followed by a smooth landing

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We only had a short taxi before the props were shut down. The airport was fairly quiet when we arrived. Townsville used to have a couple of international flights – I remember Garuda Indonesia operating to Bali but that was a long time ago. Sadly, today, it’s all regional and domestic flights only from here.

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I thanked the crew on disembarking and made the short walk to the terminal building, before grabbing one last pic of the Dash 8 that brought me here. Thankfully nobody yelled at me for taking pictures. In fact, nobody yelled at me anywhere in Australia for taking pictures on the ramp, although I was fairly discreet about doing it (Suryo – you know exactly what I am talking about!)

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Yep, definitely in Townsville.

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With no bags to collect, I was on my way out into the afternoon heat to find a taxi to take me to my hotel for my overnight stay.

I had a great day flying. The F100 experience was an enjoyable blast from the past. Although the aircraft is no longer considered modern, my aircraft was spotless inside and out. Flying Alliance was an unexpected pleasure and there was certainly a good standard of service offered by the crew. Seat pitch was excellent and the flight was on time. Not much to say for a short 50 minute intra-State hop but it was great to also sample another Dash 8, and it was my first time on VH-SBI so good for the log too.

IMAGES OF TOWNSVILLE

Townsville has a population of nearly 200,000 people so it’s not a large city by world standards. It is however considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland and hosts a number of governmental, community and major business admin offices for the northern half of Queensland. There is a large army base here, which is where my old school friend is currently working. It was great to catch up with her again after all these years.

Townsville has a very relaxed vibe and my taxi driver to the hotel gave me a nice overview of her perceptions of Townsville and its people. She also liked to call me ‘darl! She came up from down south 7 years ago to see a friend and never left.

WHO WAS ROBERT TOWNS?

The Burdekin River's seasonal flooding made the establishment of a seaport north of the river essential to the developing inland cattle industry in Queensland. John Melton Black of Woodstock Station, an employee of Sydney entrepreneur and businessman Robert Towns, dispatched Andrew Ball, Mark Watt Reid and a small party of aborigines to search for a suitable site. Ball's party reached the Ross Creek in April 1864 and established a camp below the rocky spur of Melton Hill, near the present Customs House. The first party of settlers, led by W.A. Ross, arrived at Cleveland Bay from Woodstock Station on 5 November of that year. In 1866 Robert Towns visited for three days, his first and only visit. He agreed to provide ongoing financial assistance to the new settlement and Townsville was named in his honour.

Now back to 2013, I was dropped off at my little hotel (the Ridgemont Executive) some 10 minutes later after leaving the airport. It was located just outside the city centre, and had great views of both Castle Hill behind and the sea and Magnetic Island out in the distance from the front. Most importantly, it had good air conditioning, and a nice little welcome bottle of wine.



The scenic view from the front door of my room.

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And from the back window looking toward Castle Hill.

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I walked down to the Strand, about 10 minutes away - Townsville’s seaside promenade, which is very popular with joggers and dog walkers. There are a number of nice little cafes and restaurants along the front with great views of the water and given the climate here is very much tropical - al fresco dining is pretty much the norm all year round. The walkway is landscaped with lots of palm trees.

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Unfortunately, this time of year is stinger season so the warnings were all out not to swim in the sea. Both the box jellyfish and the irukandji jellyfish are common to these waters. Yikes. I was staying firmly onshore.

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Before heading back to the hotel to freshen up, I took a detour via the Queens Gardens, where the gorgeous tropical flora was on display. The Gardens are not large, but they are well maintained.


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My old school friend offered to drive me to the top of Castle Hill at dusk for some impressive views over the city, before heading to dinner. The route to the top is a very popular evening jogging route for the city’s fit and younger people, or perhaps just the fitter people, but we’d be taking the easy way out by driving up! The views from the top were gorgeous, and with a cooling breeze at the top, we watched the sun disappear and the lights of the city come on.

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Looking inland and west.

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The city the Port of Townsville. Tomorrow would be another day - with a lot of flying and that’s another trip report!

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Thanks for reading. All comments/questions are very welcome.



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User currently offlineAirNiugini From Australia, joined Mar 2010, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8256 times:

Awesome Report man. I really enjoyed... I'm glad you enjoyed my old home town.  
Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
The lounge was very busy and I was lucky to get a seat. Some free wifi, a morning latte and some fruit toast.

The QF Club in Brisbane is starting to become far to busy, all the AM flights I have taken have been full to the brim!.. But the Barista coffee can make the wait for a free seat a little easier.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I really love the F100 – it’s a shame it did not sell better although I think it’s testimony that an aircraft first built in the mid 1980s is still operating in significant numbers across patches of the world today.

The last Fokker I have flown on, was an Air Niugini F28-4000 from Cairns to Port Moresby about 10 or so years ago. She was pretty old, but man!!! Did she have some power and a great engine tune!!! I'm going to have to get myself on an F100 one of these days...

Again, great report, keep them coming... 


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2057 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8134 times:

Great report/photos (insert usual superlatives for your reports   ) and those Fokkers really are fantastic aircraft, especially that initial rocket up into the skies that seems missing from newer planes. I'm too frightened to take photos out on the tarmac now after twice being yelled at in Qld.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Little has been reported about Alliance Airlines on this forum, so I hope you will find the report of interest.

I did ROK-BNE in a F100 with Alliance on behalf of QantasLink in the confusingly named A ROK'n And A Fokker'n In A Virgin Alliance back in 2011.



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8090 times:

Hi AirNiugini

Thanks for leaving a comment and glad you enjoyed it. I had a great time in Brisbane (also my home town).

Quote:
The QF Club in Brisbane is starting to become far to busy, all the AM flights I have taken have been full to the brim!.. But the Barista coffee can make the wait for a free seat a little easier.

I think the size of the Club needs to be expanded considerably - especially given the volume of flights that QF run through BNE these days. I was amazed at how busy the airport has become generally.

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The last Fokker I have flown on, was an Air Niugini F28-4000 from Cairns to Port Moresby about 10 or so years ago. She was pretty old, but man!!! Did she have some power and a great engine tune!!! I'm going to have to get myself on an F100 one of these days...

Nice! PX have been long term Fokker customers for many years as well. I remember seeing a F100 in BNE a few years back in their colours which was unusual because they never usually operated that aircraft that far south.

Hi allrite

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Great report/photos (insert usual superlatives for your reports ) and those Fokkers really are fantastic aircraft, especially that initial rocket up into the skies that seems missing from newer planes. I'm too frightened to take photos out on the tarmac now after twice being yelled at in Qld.

Thanks very much! I agree - our take off was brilliant. Probably helped that we were not full. I posted a comment on your report about your experience in ROK. Sorry to hear that. I've been fortunate in Australia (so far).

A couple of follow up pics from the MKY - TSV sector on Qantaslink:

The cover of the Qantaslink inflight magazine - Spirit



Qantaslink's route network (taken from the above magazine)

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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2460 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7969 times:

Dear Palmjet,

March 2013… gosh, it has been exactly one year ago that I came over myself to your home country. Your crystal clear pictures just bring back the nice memories. The sceneries (especially from downtown of Townsville) feel so familiar, though I have never been in Queensland before.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
From the 1950s onwards, Australia’s airlines have embraced Fokker aircraft, and it’s a love affair that continues to this day.

Inspired by longtime relationship between the two countries since 1606!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
For a bit of nostalgia
VH-EWC! After being spotted as P2-ANR in 2009 at SZB, no one knows what happened to it ever since.  


Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
F-27 VH-EWW

Now flying as cargo airliner with Six Cargo as I-SIXA.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Now fast forward twenty plus years.....I am starting to feel old.

Don’t be. You still look young and vital!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
so I hope you will find the report of interest.

Reckon!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
G-UKFB would take me to Rome as UK2354 in May.

Great shot! Sadly, it is not flying anymore since late 2009.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Fokker 100s in a 100 seat, all economy class configuration,

That’s 34 inch seat pitch! Like its counterpart SkyWest!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I had no idea these places even had runways to be able to accept large jets.

Phosphate Hill has 1,900 meter runway while The Granite’s runway measures 2,338 meters. That should be enough for a Fokker 100, don’t you think?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Australia seems to be more concerned with aerosol sprays and containers in hand luggage rather than liquids or gels per se. I found this odd as I’ve never come across this recently during travels in Europe or North America.

Such a relief, isn't it? I look forward to next year when the EU lifts liquid restriction.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
the 717 looks great in Qantaslink colours, hey Suryo?

Too right!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Looking through my files, I had a picture of the very same aircraft taken almost ten years ago, also at BNE, just after Alliance appeared on the scene there.

Yay! Finally you got on board after ten years!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Looking immaculate on the outside

  , don’t you just love the zebra cross walkways?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
a friendly crew member whose name was shared with that famous Colombian singer who maintains that her hips don’t lie.


’Oh baby when you talk like that, you make a woman go mad,’


 


Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
We passed the visitor’s/spotter’s place on the way to Runway 19 - where all the cars are parked. This area is great and it’s free
Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
a picture I took 13 years ago in 2000 in Brisbane on a ramp tour.
BNE! A place to be if we ever organize an overseas A.net meet!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
VH-EWB,

No record after 1997. What might happen to it?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I went to visit the loo during our cruise - very retro, but everything was clean and seemed well maintained.

Look how shiny and immaculate!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
an apricot muffin

Temptation bakeries!   


Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Everything was Qantas branded

Don’t you just love the mini Mount Franklin bottle?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
There are no jetbridges here, so it means a walk again along the tarmac to the terminal building. I was certainly not complaining (and thankfully it wasn’t raining either).

That’s the way to go!   


Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Airside, there is a nice outdoor seating area which is partially enclosed, but allows passengers to relax before their flights and watch the ramp action in front of them.

Bonzer!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Tim Tams

Oh dear, I am craving for one!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
Water,

Summit! Then you know you’re in connection with Australia!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
Although there is a Qantaslink magazine - “Spirit - Regional Australia”,

I took one for adoption last year. 


Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
– I remember Garuda Indonesia operating to Bali but that was a long time ago.

Garuda suspended its operation in 1995.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
Thankfully nobody yelled at me for taking pictures. In fact, nobody yelled at me anywhere in Australia for taking pictures on the ramp, although I was fairly discreet about doing it (Suryo – you know exactly what I am talking about!)

Reckon!   


Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
She also liked to call me ‘darl!

Sweet!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
and a nice little welcome bottle of wine.

Jacob’s Creek! What a decent choice of welcome drink!


What can I say more? Though Herman and I will be traveling in the opposite direction next month, your awe-inspiring story makes me want to go back to the land Down Under. Perhaps we should further extend our trip across The Pacific?

Thank you so much for sharing!  


Have a nice weekend,
Suryo  



[Edited 2013-04-13 08:20:23]


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User currently offlineExLibris76 From Papua New Guinea, joined Jul 2012, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

Hey Palmjet,

Thank you for this TR - I really enjoyed this one for several reasons: (a) nostalgia for those sadly defunct airlines and (b) I'm a huge Fokker fan! They also form the backbone of PX's fleet here in New Guinea - now the F-100s, but used to be F-28s.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
East West holds a special place in my heart

Never got to fly E-W, but I just loved their jingle - 'You make the good times possible ' - every time it came on TV in the late 80s.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
the F100 made its debut with Flight West Airlines in Queensland, before the airline folded in the early 2000s

I seem to recall they also used to fly to Port Moresby in the late 90s/early 00s

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Cold start for this Qantas 737-800? I’ve never seen this happen before in Brisbane, especially in March!

Love that shot! No matter how tired I am, just one glance onto the tarmac at dawn makes early morning flights worthwhile. A magical time of day for airplane buffs.....

Look forward to reading more of your reports in the future.

Shaun


User currently offlineryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1543 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

Excellent report and photos. Quite enjoy these regional Australian reports.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Little has been reported about Alliance Airlines on this forum, so I hope you will find the report of interest.

I have done Adelaide Olympic Dam return on the Alliance Fokker 50.
ADL-OLP-ADL Alliance Fokker 50 With Pics (by Ryan h Apr 24 2009 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6877 times:

Hi Palmjet,

lovely report with great pictures! You also chose a nice routing. I have tried Eastern Australia, but Alliance Airlines is still missing in my log.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
We passed the visitor’s/spotter’s place on the way to Runway 19 - where all the cars are parked. This area is great and it’s free.

I remember that, cool place.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Thankfully nobody yelled at me for taking pictures. In fact, nobody yelled at me anywhere in Australia for taking pictures on the ramp, although I was fairly discreet about doing it (Suryo – you know exactly what I am talking about!)

It happened to me once during boarding at Hamilton Island.


PH



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6798 times:
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Hello pj,

Very nice one! Good to see you lived some memories back again, I liked the references with the scanned slides. Indeed, the Dutch have built some strong aircraft too although in Europe - besides KLM and Helvetic - you have to dig deep to encounter one (the F70 or F100).

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
A pair of Qantaslink Dash 8-400s

Those Dashes are really photogenic in every way!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Looking through my files, I had a picture of the very same aircraft taken almost ten years ago

Wow, what a very nice coincidence. You did not fly this one back then, did you?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Before making some sharp turns to align with the runway

Must be all visual approaches? It’s always cool to see the arriving airport coming into view when on descent.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
It would operate QF2306 directly back to Townsville.

The display says ‘Townsville Cairns’ but Cairns is clearly another airport?

Sultanils



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6783 times:

Dear Palmjet,

I must confess that (for reasons I cannot explain as I don’t understand them myself) I do not tend to read reports from Down Under or Southeast Asia. I used to think this was due to my unfamiliarity with the region, but then again you would have thought that because of this unfamiliarity I should have been (if anything) more curious about this part of the world. Human mentality is hard to understand sometimes, especially if there is a hint of Balkan in it. Since I’m a follower of your (always well-written) reports I decided to have a look. My decision to read it only confirmed my utter cluelessness about Australia. Airlines I have never heard of, towns I have never heard of, brands of chocolate I have never heard of… you name it.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
This one of the Air UK aircraft I flew that year arriving at London Stansted. G-UKFB would take me to Rome as UK2354 in May.

How cool that you have photos from back then. What a treat! Makes me wish I had kept such records from my flights in the late 90’s and early 00’s.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Once we were on our way north, the crew moved down the aisle with a snack service. For this flight, we were provided with a peach and mango yoghurt, an apricot muffin and an oatmeal bar. This was followed by tea and coffee and drinks. No booze was offered, and I did not see anyone ask for any. Everything was Qantas branded.

So (and this is new for me) there is a free snack service on domestic flights in Australia? It makes me (even more) depressed about the current state of affairs here in the US.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
In fact, nobody yelled at me anywhere in Australia for taking pictures on the ramp, although I was fairly discreet about doing it

I would have not expected anything else from such a cool bunch as the Aussies. Well done!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
WHO WAS ROBERT TOWNS?

As per tradition, a generous amount of history included in your report. Much appreciated! It’s a shame that they named the place Towns-ville though. It would have been much cooler (and unique) if they named it Townstown.

Many thanks!
Widebodyroga



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6770 times:

Hi Suryo - thanks very much for your comments. I think you need to make a visit to Queensland with Herman!

Yes, the Dutch have a very long history in Australia and those Fokkers were designed to be such rugged aircraft, to operate in all kinds of conditions. They work very well in Australia, as history has shown!

Thank you for the updates on where some of these aircraft are now. Glad EWW is still around and has not been scrapped (yet)!

Generous seat pitch on the F100 for sure. Very comfortable and something I wasn't expecting.

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Phosphate Hill has 1,900 meter runway while The Granite’s runway measures 2,338 meters. That should be enough for a Fokker 100, don’t you think?

Yes, for sure. Although until recently, I had no idea these places even had an airport, let alone a long runway capable of accepting large jets. I guess that's what the mining boom has done in Australia!

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Yay! Finally you got on board after ten years!

Yes - only took that long!

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’Oh baby when you talk like that, you make a woman go mad,’

Correct !

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BNE! A place to be if we ever organize an overseas A.net meet!

I am sure that would make Nicholas happy don't you think?

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Don’t you just love the mini Mount Franklin bottle?

Certainly were pocket sized!

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Oh dear, I am craving for one!

Oh no - I could have brought some to MAN - you can get them here in the UK in some stores now.

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Garuda suspended its operation in 1995.

Maybe they will come back one day?

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What can I say more? Though Herman and I will be traveling in the opposite direction next month, your awe-inspiring story makes me want to go back to the land Down Under. Perhaps we should further extend our trip across The Pacific?

That sounds like a good plan - thanks again for your detailed comments!


Hi ExLibris76

Quote:
Thank you for this TR - I really enjoyed this one for several reasons: (a) nostalgia for those sadly defunct airlines and (b) I'm a huge Fokker fan! They also form the backbone of PX's fleet here in New Guinea - now the F-100s, but used to be F-28s.

Thanks! Yes, I was feeling a bit nostalgic writing it. Glad you enjoyed. Yes, PX has a long association with Fokker too. I remember seeing lots of pictures as a child of Fokker F27s and 28s plying the skies in PNG.

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Never got to fly E-W, but I just loved their jingle - 'You make the good times possible ' - every time it came on TV in the late 80s.

Yes, they were really starting to become a force in Australia and may have survived and flourished if history had been different. They will always be remembered (by me at least!)

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I seem to recall they also used to fly to Port Moresby in the late 90s/early 00s

Yes - that sounds right.

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Love that shot! No matter how tired I am, just one glance onto the tarmac at dawn makes early morning flights worthwhile. A magical time of day for airplane buffs.....

Thank you - it was quite unexpected, but yes, I love that time of the morning as well.

Hi ryan h

Thanks for your comments and the link to your TR from a few years back. Yours must be the only F50 of Alliance I have seen. Apart from allrite, yours and mine - that seems to be it on Alliance on this forum. It's hard to find old reports these days because the search functionality is very hit and miss...!

Hello PH

Thank you - glad you enjoyed too. Sorry I missed you in MAN the other weekend too.. 

You seem to get to Australia quite a lot (although perhaps you have a trip coming up/overdue) as I remember you saying that you have a good friend living in Brisbane? I am sure you can find a chance to fly with Alliance...

The spotters place there is great. I did spend a couple of hours there a week or so later and it was just as I remembered although the airport was very busy - it wasn't uncommon to find 4 - 5 aircraft holding and a stream of arrivals coming in. Quite strange to see for Brisbane!

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It happened to me once during boarding at Hamilton Island.



Oh no! Well I guess it can happen anywhere these days. That's a shame.

Hello Nils

Quote:
Very nice one! Good to see you lived some memories back again, I liked the references with the scanned slides. Indeed, the Dutch have built some strong aircraft too although in Europe - besides KLM and Helvetic - you have to dig deep to encounter one (the F70 or F100).

I am a big Fokker fan! Thanks for your comments. I managed to dig out a few oldies as I remembered the F28s from my childhood being very common in Australia.

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Those Dashes are really photogenic in every way!

Oh I would have to agree entirely with you on that !

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Wow, what a very nice coincidence. You did not fly this one back then, did you?

No, that time I was just visiting the airport and managed to get a snap of it during my spotting session.

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Must be all visual approaches? It’s always cool to see the arriving airport coming into view when on descent.

MKY has flights at all times of the day (and night) but seeing the airport down below is always a great sight.

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The display says ‘Townsville Cairns’ but Cairns is clearly another airport?

Picky! The aircraft flew directly to Townsville, but you're right, it was then carrying on to Cairns. Passengers for CNS were asked to remain onboard the aircraft in TSV after we arrived.

Thanks again

WBR

How nice to hear from you! Hope all is well - and thank you for your comments.

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I must confess that (for reasons I cannot explain as I don’t understand them myself) I do not tend to read reports from Down Under or Southeast Asia. I used to think this was due to my unfamiliarity with the region, but then again you would have thought that because of this unfamiliarity I should have been (if anything) more curious about this part of the world. Human mentality is hard to understand sometimes, especially if there is a hint of Balkan in it. Since I’m a follower of your (always well-written) reports I decided to have a look. My decision to read it only confirmed my utter cluelessness about Australia. Airlines I have never heard of, towns I have never heard of, brands of chocolate I have never heard of… you name it.

I am pleased that you clicked on the report despite the region. I'll never understand the Balkan mentality - but I've been learning fast over the past few years. A few more trips to the region should help hey?

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How cool that you have photos from back then. What a treat! Makes me wish I had kept such records from my flights in the late 90’s and early 00’s.

I've been a mad snapper of planes for the past 15 or so years. Before 1992 I have very little stuff sadly - and I really regret that. Still, back in those days, taking pics wasn't like it is today and film was not always cheap.

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So (and this is new for me) there is a free snack service on domestic flights in Australia? It makes me (even more) depressed about the current state of affairs here in the US.

Yes, on Qantas, all food in Y on domestic routes is free. Shock horror but on the 1:50min flight back from Townsville to Brisbane, we even got a hot dinner in Y. Very retro - but standards in Australia in terms of onboard catering have always been quite high. Thankfully we haven't quite gone the way the US airlines have gone - although Virgin do charge for some food as do the other LCCs in Australia.

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I would have not expected anything else from such a cool bunch as the Aussies. Well done!

You'd be surprised - there are some fairly up tight people in Sydney at Virgin Australia who would think of nothing better than yelling at you for taking pics in this way (and Hamilton Island, according to PH!)

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As per tradition, a generous amount of history included in your report. Much appreciated! It’s a shame that they named the place Towns-ville though. It would have been much cooler (and unique) if they named it Townstown.

That's exactly why I mentioned it - everyone thinks it's a strange name for a place and have no idea it was named after someone!

Thanks again for your comments - always appreciated. Palmjet



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6567 times:

Hi PJ

Great reading from down under, it was a great story to follow.
Your pics where splendid as well.
Great to see there are still some Fokkers in Australia, and they look pretty wel maintained.

Thanks for sharing
Marc



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6489 times:
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Hi Palmjet,

What an enjoyable report with many nice pictures! Great idea to catch the F100 and of course the Dash  
I actually had no idea that so many Fokkers were still flying in Australia, it's great to hear that! Alliance Airlines looks quite nice here. The legroom, the service and the cabin still looks in good condition (considering its age).
Townsville sure looks like a beautiful town, you took some great pictures of it!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
At last glance, they had 18 F100s in service, 5 F70s

They now have 16 F100s and 7 F70s, very impressive!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Little has been reported about Alliance Airlines on this forum, so I hope you will find the report of interest.

Your reports are always of interest to me  
Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Of course there are non-stop flights between Brisbane and Townsville, but why go direct when you don’t have to?

The true a.net way  
Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Looking through my files, I had a picture of the very same aircraft taken almost ten years ago, also at BNE, just after Alliance appeared on the scene there.

There is a nice coincidence, I love your "old school" pictures you added to the report. it sure gives it a nice touch!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
and Row 17 – 18 afford good views of both the wing, the ground and the engine.

Row 17-18 sure is the best spot!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, this time of year is stinger season so the warnings were all out not to swim in the sea. Both the box jellyfish and the irukandji jellyfish are common to these waters. Yikes. I was staying firmly onshore.

wow, there must be a lot of them there then

Looking forward to more reports and it was nice to meet you in MAN!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineAirNiugini From Australia, joined Mar 2010, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6269 times:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 4):
Nice! PX have been long term Fokker customers for many years as well. I remember seeing a F100 in BNE a few years back in their colours which was unusual because they never usually operated that aircraft that far south.

Yeah, PX had the F100 flying on the schedule to Brisbane a couple of times a week for a period there... I think they even had a small business class cabin at the front... They have been replaced on the route by the 767 and 737's... One of which flew over head earlier today...

If ever you get the chance, do a few F100 domestic sectors in PNG, and I can promise you the ride of a lifetime...


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1287 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6175 times:

Hi there PJ - as usual great report from your Aussie trip with very good quality photos. Nice retro pics included too - especially of the Air UK F100.

Strange how the Fokkers are so popular down under, yet considered past it everywhere else. I wasn't actually aware that there were so many finding new homes down under.

Most interesting for me was that I'd actually heard of the regional airports in Oz thanks to playing airwaysim a few years back - so good to see pics from Townsville!

Looking forward to the future parts.



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5915 times:

Great report again! Love the detail in it, also about the history and all that. A great read!

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5525 times:

Hi, PJ,

now that fit´s while working around a Australian F100 story.
Superb pictures and a real good idea to do you´re duties for Townsville this way.
Alliance is definitely not that well covered here.
Well done and looking for more, you know.
Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5449 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days ago) and read 5441 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
Airlines I have never heard of, towns I have never heard of, brands of chocolate I have never heard of

We like to confuse people down here... we even drive on the wrong side of the road  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
So (and this is new for me) there is a free snack service on domestic flights in Australia? It makes me (even more) depressed about the current state of affairs here in the US.

On QF yes. Breakfast is cereal on short flights and a cook breakfast on transcons, snacks during the day, and a hot dinner at night, plus free alcoholic beverages after 4pm.



To Palmjet, all that I can say is thank you for this fantastic report! You've inspired me to go and find an F100!

Add that to the J31, J41, Metroliner, and Saab I've been intending to land a trip on then it looks like I've got some work to do 

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[Edited 2013-04-25 23:57:11]


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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4921 times:

Hi Marc

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Great to see there are still some Fokkers in Australia, and they look pretty wel maintained.

Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed and yes, there are more Fokkers there now than ever before. My aircraft looked immaculate inside and out!

Hi Brendan

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What an enjoyable report with many nice pictures! Great idea to catch the F100 and of course the Dash
I actually had no idea that so many Fokkers were still flying in Australia, it's great to hear that! Alliance Airlines looks quite nice here. The legroom, the service and the cabin still looks in good condition (considering its age).
Townsville sure looks like a beautiful town, you took some great pictures of it!

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed and Townsville was great. I am glad I got to spend some time there, albeit briefly.

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They now have 16 F100s and 7 F70s, very impressive!

Yes!

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Your reports are always of interest to me

Thank you.

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There is a nice coincidence, I love your "old school" pictures you added to the report. it sure gives it a nice touch!

Thank you again - I took a lot of pictures going back 20 or so years although I wish I had taken more.

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wow, there must be a lot of them there then

Oh yes.

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Looking forward to more reports and it was nice to meet you in MAN!

Likewise - and am enjoying your latest series to the US (comments to come)!

Hey AirNiugini

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Yeah, PX had the F100 flying on the schedule to Brisbane a couple of times a week for a period there... I think they even had a small business class cabin at the front... They have been replaced on the route by the 767 and 737's... One of which flew over head earlier today...

It was good to see the F100 in BNE because at that time, there were few, if any other operators of that type during that period. How things have changed! I only ever see the 763 in BNE now. The 737s look good in their latest scheme.

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If ever you get the chance, do a few F100 domestic sectors in PNG, and I can promise you the ride of a lifetime...

Sounds very tempting...! Thanks for the tip.

JW

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Hi there PJ - as usual great report from your Aussie trip with very good quality photos. Nice retro pics included too - especially of the Air UK F100.

Thanks! Nothing like a bit of nostalgia for a trip report! I remember that flight to FCO very well with UK. I was so excited. My first F100, and my first time in Italy.

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Strange how the Fokkers are so popular down under, yet considered past it everywhere else. I wasn't actually aware that there were so many finding new homes down under.

True - although I think the F100 is an excellent aircraft which has aged well and probably not that uneconomical to operate.

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Most interesting for me was that I'd actually heard of the regional airports in Oz thanks to playing airwaysim a few years back - so good to see pics from Townsville!

! Excellent. More to come.

Hi roberts87

Thanks for your comments - glad you enjoyed the report and some nostalgia!

Hi Markus

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now that fit´s while working around a Australian F100 story. Superb pictures and a real good idea to do you´re duties for Townsville this way. Alliance is definitely not that well covered here. Well done and looking for more, you know.

Thanks - I see you covered a F100 on the other side of the country recently too   Really enjoyed reading about Skywest. Will be posting a comment soon. Glad you enjoyed the report.

Ryanairguru

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To Palmjet, all that I can say is thank you for this fantastic report! You've inspired me to go and find an F100!

Thank you - go for it. There are plenty of options at the moment for sure! As for the Saab, Rex should be able to help you out... J31? Hmm might be a bit tricky in Australia. I still need the J41 for my log but Brindabella (do they still have them?) are always so incredibly expensive.

Cheers Palmjet



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User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1414 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4829 times:

Great report! Thank you for sharing. Such awesome pictures


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User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4783 times:

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
The terminal facilities in Mackay are small but functional. With Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways and Qantaslink operating here, the airport seems to handle the number of flights without any problems. Everything is set out in a basic fashion – the airlines seem to have their own dedicated gate here: All Qantaslink flights go from Gate 1, Jetstar from Gate 2, and Virgin from Gate 3.

Uhhhh... yeah. It's Australia.


Thanks for the report - and the bathroom pics. No good TR goes without pics of the poo loo!

VSM



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4540 times:

hi vio

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Great report! Thank you for sharing. Such awesome pictures

Thanks for your comments and glad you enjoyed. I am reading your recent report as we speak!

VSM

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Thanks for the report - and the bathroom pics. No good TR goes without pics of the poo loo!

Pleasure - the poo loo was for you or should that be "yoo"?



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