Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Farewell to the Skywest (Virgin Australia) Fokker 50 : Part 1 Perth to Albany

I have very fond memories as a teenager of flying between Sydney and Wagga Wagga on Ansett Fokker 50's. I believe I did 2 return trips before the Saab 340's took over the run with Kendall Airlines back in the mid 1990s.  A number of the ex-Ansett Fokker's saw themselves transferred to Western Australia in the Skywest fleet which was later taken over by Virgin Australia. Late in 2015 it was announced that the Skywest Fokker 50 fleet was to be retired and routes to Albany, Esperance and Ravensthorpe terminated. Since I had an emotional connection to the aircraft type and it's operation in Australia I decided I had to go over to Perth and fly on them before they went. So, in December 2015, and about 20 years since I had last been in a Fokker aircraft I found myself at Perth Airport in the recently built 'regional' terminal.

My routing on the Fokker 50 was booked Perth-Albany-Perth-Esperance. All 3 sectors were scheduled to be flown by the Fokker 50.

FLIGHT 1: VA2526 ~ PERTH to ALBANY ~ 1745/1855  ~ Fokker 50 VH-FNE  ~ SEAT 1G

After arriving at the main Virgin domestic terminal in Perth I made my way outside to walk to Terminal 2, which is used for regional flights. At the time of my flight there was no internal walkway between the terminals but one was under construction and may have been opened by now.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Singapore Airlines SQ323 : Amsterdam to Singapore on the B777-300ER Business Class

First an apology.... this report is well overdue. I completed this flight in November last year. This is Singapore Airlines flight SQ323 from Amsterdam to Singapore. Currently a B777-300ER route but it will soon feature the brand new Airbus A350 instead. When that change is completed then Amsterdam will lose First Class service from SQ.

This flight departs Amsterdam daily at 10.25am, arriving in Singapore at 5.55am the following day. On my flight the aircraft operating the service was 9V-SWA, 9 years old at the time of the flight. I believe it was the first -300ER in the Singapore Airlines fleet. It's still flying in the same interior configuration now as it was when it was delivered. Despite the age of these seats, they are still market leaders in terms of their size!

9V-SWA waiting at the gate at AMS

Blog Updates

Hi All,

Due to a death in the family the blog has not been updated for some time. I am still here and will start publishing updates again over the coming weeks.

I have a trip over to the USA and Caribbean coming up next week which will mean I have lot's more to write about.

Thanks for your understanding.

Aussie Flyer