Saturday 4 Nov: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender arrived in Sydney this afternoon, after attending an Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Perth. The President will hold talks with his counterpart, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, as well as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Their German Air Force Airbus A340-300 (1601) touched down on Runway 16R at 1738L, and taxied to the DOM6 Apron.
Monday 30 Oct: Beijing Capital Airlines completed its inaugural JD479 service from Qingdao to Sydney, with B-8550 touching down on Runway 34L at 0601L this morning. The 11 hour sector will be operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft seating 222 passengers, and departs Qingdao at 1550 four days per week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The return service is JD480, and departs Sydney on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 1100L, while the Saturday departure is at 0935L.
Friday 27 Oct: After a week as the centre of attention at Sydney Airport, the new Qantas B789 Dreamliner made its first takeoff from Australian soil on Friday evening (27th Oct), heading to Melbourne for another Staff Family day. VH-ZNA was centre stage at the Welcome function in Hangar 96 last Friday, and then again on Sunday for the Qantas Sydney based staff Family Day. During the week ZNA was involved in checks for the Australian Regulator CASA, and then Gate handling training at the Qantas Domestic Terminal. The aircraft will start flying domestically on the Melbourne-Perth and Melbourne-Sydney routes in early November, before starting international services on the 15th December 2017 (Melbourne-Los-Angeles). Full News and Image Coverage
Friday 20 Oct: This morning Qantas welcomed the first of its' Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet VH-ZNA after completing its delivery flight from Everett to Sydney. B789 VH-ZNA performed a fly-by over Sydney Harbour before landing on Runway 16L at Sydney Airport, and then taxiing to Qantas Hangar 96 for a formal welcome ceremony. Full News and Image Coverage
Friday 13 Oct: His Excellency Mr President Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger, flew into Sydney this afternoon, after visiting Perth and Canberra. This is the first visit to Australia by a President of the Republic of Niger. The Niger Government Boeing B737-75U BBJ (28976) 1998 build, is in immaculate condition for a 19 year old aircraft.
Thursday 12 Oct: Dick Smith was at the Sydney Airport Heliport this morning, seen here departing in his Agusta 109E VH-DSE. Dick was the first person to fly a helicopter solo around the world, starting the long journey in 1982 in his Bell Jetranger 206B VH-DIK.
Monday 9 Oct: RAAF Orion A9-665 flew in from Edinburgh today, touching down on Runway 34L around 1430L. Cleared to turn right onto Runway 07, they missed the turn and taxied via GOLF to DOM6 Bay 99. The Orion is currently being phased out of RAAF service, and this is a rare sight indeed at Sydney Airport.
Saturday 7 Oct: Arriving from Wellington New Zealand and touching down on Runway 16R at 1204L, USAF C-17A 08-8202 taxied via Runway 07 and GOLF to DOM6 Bay 98. Today's cargo was personnel, most carrying a suit bag (formal dress) and carry-on bag. The aircraft will apparently be in Sydney for a couple of days.
Sunday 24 Sep: RAAF BAE Systems Hawk 127 A27-14 on short final to Runway 30 at RAAF Williamtown (YWLM), returning to base after a morning training exercise. The Hawk 127 lead-in fighter prepares qualified Air Force pilots for operational conversion to F/A-18A and F/A-18B Hornets and F/A-18F Super Hornets.
Tuesday 12 Sep: Six US and Canadian aircraft on a journey around the world, arrived in Sydney this morning, after their flight down from the Gold Coast (OOL). They all landed on Sydney Airport's Runway 34R, and taxied to the DOM 5 Apron, where they were being handled by Hawker Pacific. The six aircraft are being led by Air Journey, a World Leader in Escorted Flying Journeys. Full News and Image Coverage