Monday 17 Dec: The Dubai Air Wing Boeing B747-400F A6-GGP is at Sydney Airport this week, here to transport Race Horses back to Dubai. This is an annual visit for this beautiful Queen Of The Skies, and she will be departing Sydney on Thursday. A6-GGP previously operated with Great Wall Airlines and Singapore Cargo.
Sunday 9 Dec: A first time visitor at Sydney Airport today was Pacific Air Express Boeing B757-200 Freighter VH-PQA, arriving from Brisbane at 1510L and parking on Bay 93A (DHL). They were picking up empty containers from the Ex. Tasman Cargo B757 VH-TCA, which has now returned to Europe. Pacific Air Express are currently conducting proving flights to gain their AOC.
Tuesday 4 Dec: It was a perfect summer morning to photograph the departure of the inaugural Philippines Airbus A350-900 at Sydney Airport. RP-C3506 operated the inaugural PAL213 inbound service last night, arriving at 2208L, and departed this morning at 0609L. Philippines now joins China Airlines as the only Airbus A350 operators at Sydney Airport.
Wednseday 21 Nov: The President of the Republic of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind, and his wife, Mrs Savita Kovind, arrived at Sydney Airport this morning, on Air India Boeing B747-400 VT-EVB. They are visiting Australia from the 21st to 23rd November 2018.
Sunday 11 Nov: Nice to have a pair of USAF KC-135R Stratotankers at Sydney airport this evening. LULU23 (62-3518) arrived a bit before sunset, and LULU24 (64-14837) arrived 40 minutes later. Both aircraft landed on Runway 34L and then taxied to Bays 90 and 92 respectively..
Sunday 4 Nov: It was hot out on the Runway at Sydney Airport this morning, and I'm not just talking about the temperature.The very rare Japan Air Self Defence Force B777-300ER 80-1111 flew in direct from Haneda in 8hr 57min, touching down on Runway 34L, then taxiing to DOM6. This is the first of two aircraft which will replace the existing B747s.
Friday 26 Oct: Emirates Boeing B777-300ER A6-ECQ had the "Blue Expo 2020" decals applied at the Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre in Dubai, between 18/9/2018 and 25/9/2018. This design is the first in a series of three, that will be rolled out leading up to EXPO 2020. The three themes are opportunity, mobility and sustainability. This is the first design reflecting Mobility, and this is the first visit to Sydney by A6-ECQ, since the decals were applied.
Thursday 18 Oct: Today's special visitor at Sydney Airport was the German Air Force Airbus A310 10+23, transporting the German Invictus Games 2018 Team to Sydney. Prince Harry will open the games on Saturday 20th October 2018, at the Sydney Opera House.This is the second German Air Force visitor in the past week.
Friday 12 Oct: Unfortunately, wet conditions greeted the German Air Force Airbus A340-300 16+02 at Sydney Airport this afternoon. Showers swept in just as 16+02 was on approach for Runway 16R, then cleared as the aircraft vacated the Runway, and followed Taxiway GOLF to DOM6 Bay 98. Sister aircraft 16+01 visited Sydney on the 4th November 2017.
Monday 17 Sep: The Guys & Gals in the ATC Tower at Sydney Airport arrived to a spectacular view this morning, with yesterday's star arrival parked next door on the KILO Apron. Edelweiss Airbus A340-300 HB-JMG is on a world tour, with the Pax enjoying a few beautiful tourist days in Sydney.
Monday 3 Sep: The second Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350 service to Sydney Airport, was operated by 9M-MAF in the â€œNegarakuâ€ Malaysian Flag livery. Malaysia Airlines have six Airbus A350-900 aircraft in their fleet, three of which have the â€œNegarakuâ€ livery.
Monday 27 Aug: Both the DHL B767 and B757 were out of action this evening, so the normal TMN1/TMN2 services Auckland-Sydney-Auckland were operated instead by Parcelair Boeing B737-400 ZK-PAK. This aircraft was built in 1993, and was originally operated by Australian Airlines, then Qantas, as VH-TJS until 2014.
Saturday 25 Aug: Air New Zealand's newly leased Boeing B777-300ER ZK-OKT made her first, and possibly only visit to Sydney Airport this morning, operating the NZ103/104 services. The 1 year lease is to cover for the airline's B789 Dreamliners affected by the Rolls Royce Trent1000 engine issue (durability issues have been discovered on the Intermediate Compressor Rotor Blade for Trent 1000 Package C engines).
Sunday 12 Aug: AirAsia Airbus A330-300 9M-XXB has visited Sydney a few times in the "Girls Frontline" livery, however this is the first time in daylight. 9M-XXB looks to have come out of the paintshop 16th July 2018, after being out of service for around 22 days.