These are some highlights from my airport Brisbane (BNE) international
01FEB90 British Airways TriStar Royal Flight G-BHBO
British Airways Lockheed L-1011 TriStar G-BHBO "The Morning Jewel Rose" transited Brisbane with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II en route to the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, N.Z. The aircraft returned from N.Z. on 16FEB90 en route to London, again with Her Majesty on board.
01DEC90 First Compass Service VH-YMK
Airbus A300 VH-YMK departed for SYD at 0749. This aeroplane was delivered ex SIN on 19NOV.
22DEC91 Ilyushin Il-76 Visited CCCP-76822
The aircraft arrived to collect Compass' spare A300 engine.
08AUG92 Last de Havilland Comet XV814
Comet 4 XV814 (ex G-APDF of BOAC) operated by the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough visited BNE as part of a round-world "farewell" flight.
08OCT92 Ilyushin Il-18 Visited LZ-BEA
The aircraft operated by Balkan arrived from DRW with a load of explosives. Believed to have been the first visit of this type to BNE.
07NOV95 Tupolev Tu-154M visited RA-85759
The aircraft was positioning a replacement ships crew to N.Z. Believed to have been the first of type for BNE
12SEP95 Opening of New International Terminal VH-EBW
First arrival was Qantas Boeing 747-338 VH-EBW operating QF52 from SIN arriving at 0450. QF52 became the first departure when it left for SYD at 0645.
13APR98 Last China Southern Airlines Service B-2565
The last service for China Southern was CZ325/CZ326 CAN/BNE/CAN operated by Boeing 767-31B B-2565.
One of many very sad dates at Brisbane airport
27OCT97 First Regular Scheduled Mandarin Airlines Service B-1880
The SYD/BNE/TPE service was operated by Boeing 747SP B-1880.
01JUL98 First Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 9V-SRA
Operated SQ235/SQ236 SIN/BNE/SIN.
I was on this flight!
21JUL98 Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 Vandalised B-HIE
Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 B-HIE, which arrived in BNE for storage on 23MAY98, was sprayed with graffiti. Several days later, police arrested a man and a youth. The aircraft departed for HAECO's China base on 03AUG98, the graffiti having been successfully removed.
28OCT00 Last British Airways service G-CIVW
British Airways operated their last service from Brisbane with Boeing 747-436 G-CIVW which operated the BA16 to Singapore and London. The flight was under the command of Captain Arthur Cobley and the Cabin Service Director was Herbert Wolsey. As the aircraft pushed back, a lone piper played and a group of airport workers who had been associated with British Airways over the years sang "Auld Lang Syne". (British Airways began regular operations to Brisbane in 1963 with Comets). Fire tenders provided the traditional water salute as the aeroplane cleared the international apron. The day marked the end of an era for British Airways' long-serving and much respected Airport Manager, Guy Mauger, who will be remembered for his sense of history and sense of occasion.