Friday, December 1, 2017

Adelaide Airport and the Dreamliner

A few weeks ago, Air New Zealand announced that they would be using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on their service to Adelaide.  Since then I've been to the airport a couple of times hoping to get some photos of it.  But more of that later.

Adelaide Airport is a major Royal Flying Doctor Service base, and their Beech Kingairs and brightly coloured Pilatus PC-12s are a regular sight flying in and out.

Major regional centre like Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island are served by Regional Express using their fleet of Saab SF340s and Qantas Link using Dash 8s.

Interstate flights are operated by Qantas and Virgin, supplemented by the budget carriers Jetstar and Tigerair.  Qantas mainly use Boeing 737s but also use the bigger Airbus A330s on some major routes.

Virgin also use Boeing 737's, but more recently have also been using Airbus A320s.  Recently Virgin took over SkyWest in Perth, and we are now starting to see some of their aircraft like this Fokker 100

Jetstar and Tigerair both use Airbus A320s, including some new aircraft sporting winglets.

Adelaide is also a hub for the mining companies.  They use charter operators to service their Fly-in -Fly-out requirements. Alliance use Fokker 50s and Cobham use British Aerospace BAe146s. Some lucky people travel in style in executive jets like this Learjet 45!

Adelaide is also serviced by a number of international airlines who mainly use the Airbus A330 including Singapore and Malaysia Airlines.

So back to Air New Zealand.  The first few times I went looking for the Dreamliner it was substituted for an Airbus A320 and then for a Boeing 777.

But this morning the Dreamliner flew in.  Success!

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