Thursday 21 Jun: Qantas Freight Boeing 767-381FER was taken out of service on the 17th June 2018, and is now in Brisbane for maintenance. Until the maintenance on VH-EFR has been completed, Qantas has leased Polar Cargo (DHL) Boeing 767-300F N647GT, which will operate the same schedule as VH-EFR. N647GT originally operated with KLM from 1996 to 2006, then with Ethiopian Airways from 2006, until converted to a freighter by Israel Aerospace Industries (Bedek Aircraft Group Division) in 2015, with code BDSF being used.
Sunday 3 Jun: That feeling you get on your first day at work ! Scoot Boeing #B787-9 Dreamliner 9V-OJG "Wandermust" on her first commercial service (SIN-SYD), after only being delivered on 31MAY18. Seen here on short final for RW16R at Sydney Airport this morning.
Friday 11 May: Etihad Airways A380 with the "2018 Year Of Zayed" livery, made its first daytime visit to Sydney Airport today. This was only its second visit to Sydney in the new livery, the first visit was at night. Etihad have done quite a good job with the additional artwork, with the background colour of the new titles matching the existing livery.
Thursday 10 May: The Cessna Textron Aviation 525 Citation M2 N902MZ is currently in Australia on a demonstration tour. Following some customer flights at Sydney Airport over the past couple of days, N902MZ departed for Essendon (YMEN) this morning.
Wednesday 9 May: The Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner A6-PFE departed Sydney this afternoon for Canberra, where it would make only a 2hr stop over on the way to Singapore. A6-PFE was refuelled and loaded on Bay B93A at DHL, before being pushed tail east onto Taxiway GOLF. The taxi was to the Tango 6 Holding Point for Runway 34 R.
Monday 7 May: There was another rare visitor at Sydney Airport this evening, with Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight Boeing B787-9 A6-PFE arriving from Christchurch as AUH5. The Dreamliner touched down on Runway 34L just after sunset, and taxied to DOM6 Bay 97.
Tuesday 1 May: The French President, Emmanuel Macron, arrived at Sydney Airport tonight, at the start of a two day visit. The President arrived on French Air Force Airbus A330-200 F-RARF, and there were also two French Air Force support aircraft, an A340 arrived the day before, and a Falcon 7X arrived shortly after President Macron. Talks with PM Malcolm Turnbull will focus on trade, defence & strategic issues. Full News and Image Coverage
Sunday 22 Apr: There was low visibility at Melbourne airport this morning, forcing several flights to divert to Sydney. One of these diversions was the Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 B-LRC, a rare sight indeed, as China Airlines are the only A350 operator at Sydney Airport. The aircraft arrived at 0702L and departed at 1243L, the long stay probably because of Crew hours expiring, and the return crew needing to fly up from Melbourne.
Thursday 12 Apr: The writing in front of the Cabin Door says "The Unexpected", and that it was - This is the first Hawker Beechcraft 4000 I have seen at Sydney Airport, and what a beautiful aircraft it is - N7567T is a 2008 build with Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines, seen here arriving from Auckland, before heading off to Illawarra Regional 90min later.
Saturday 24 Mar: Ex US President Barack Obama departed Sydney Airport this morning, after a 23 hour visit that included a Speaking Engagement at the Art Gallery Of NSW, and a chat with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Obama was using Gulfstream G650ER N650EH on his Speaking Tour, which included engagements in Singapore, Auckland, Sydney and Tokyo.
Sunday 18 Mar: Definitely the stand out aircraft visiting Sydney Airport for the ASAEN-Australia Special Summit, was the Sultan of Brunei's Boeing B747-8 BBJ. V8-BKH has an amazing livery, is very highly polished all over, and is immaculate in every respect. Seen here departing Runway 34L this afternoon. Full News and Image Coverage
Friday 16 Mar: ASEAN Heads of State started arriving at Sydney Airport this morning for the ASEAN Australia Special Summit this weekend. One of this mornings arrivals, was the Indonesian Boeing B738 A-001, arriving on Runway 16R, and then heading for DOM6 for an official welcome. Full News and Image Coverage
Saturday 10 Mar: Qantas' latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner made its first daylight visit to Sydney since its delivery flight back on 2nd March 2018. VH-ZND is named "Emily Kame Kngwarreye" (Emily for short), and the design is based on one of her works, "Big Yam Dreaming". Emily Kame Kngwarreye is recognised worldwide as one of Australia's most significant artists of the late 20th Century.
Friday 2 Mar: New Qantas B789 Dreamliner VH-ZND completed its delivery flight to Alice Springs this morning for a formal welcome ceremony, then headed to Sydney and onto Melbourne. VH-ZND will operate on the Domestic MEL-SYD route for the next couple of weeks, so there is plenty of time to see it at Sydney Airport, before it starts International services out of its Melbourne Base #FlyingArtSeries
Friday 23 Feb: All of the Scoot Boeing B787 Dreamliners have names, but this one caught my eye as being just a touch Australian. Co-incidentally, Scoot and Vegemite both use Yellow as a prominent part of their Brand. This aircraft is B788 9V-OFH taxiing for departure at Sydney Airport today. Scoot operate both the Boeing B787-8 and B787-9 Dreamliners into Sydney.
Friday 16 Feb: Qatar Airways One World Boeing B77W A7-BAF departing Sydney Airport for Canberra Airport on Runway 16R this morning - This short sector and low Takeoff Weight, allowed the aircraft to rotate early at the Runway 25 Intersection. Qatar now operate this daily QTR906/907 Doha-Sydney-Canberra service using the Boeing 777-300ER.
Monday 12 Feb: The Crew said they would get up early, and they didn't disappoint - The Airbus A350-1000 Demonstrator departing Sydney for Auckland this afternoon. The Middle East and Asia Pacific Tour continues, and from Auckland it is on to Tokyo, Manila, and then home to Toulouse. Full News and Image Coverage
Saturday 10 Feb: The Airbus A350-1000 made its first touchdown in Australia this evening, landing at Sydney Airport at 2224L. After vacating Runway 34L on the ALF2 Rapid, F-WLXV taxied via ALFA to BAY 5 on the INTL1 Cargo Apron. The aircraft is on a demonstration tour of the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and was on display at the Singapore Airshow 2018. Full News and Image Coverage