Best of Winter 2011 – Part 1

The great thing about Winter in Perth is the light on sunny days. Crystal clear air mixed with some moody clouds and pin sharp light lets you get some great shots, and with cooler temperatures you don’t feel like it’s an ordeal to go out for the whole afternoon. The shots below are Part 1 of my Winter 2011 selection, so sit back and enjoy!

June 6, 2011

Definitely looking like it needs a bit of a repaint, QANTAS 767 VH-ZXD comes in to land on runway 21. You can see form the various shades of red on the tail and rear of the fuselage that it’s had a number of touch-ups. This is the old livery featuring a gold edge to the red tail logo, a less stylised kangaroo and the wording ‘QANTAS’ ‘Spirit of Australia’ in a different arrangement to the new livery.

This aircraft previously served with British Airways as G-BNWJ ‘City of Athens’ and was leased to QANTAS in July, 2000.

VH-ZXD QANTAS Boeing 767-336ER

Singapore Airlines aircraft always look good, and the subdued light really lets the gold in the tail design shine. These shots of 9V-STO operating flight SQ223 were taken just off Kalamunda Road.

9V-STO Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-343E

9V-STO Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-343E

It’s not every day that a Canadian registered aircraft comes to Perth, but this one was being delivered from Bombardier in Canada to Skippers Aviation in Perth and subsequently registered VH-XKI.

C-GKUX Skippers De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q Dash 8

2011 was the year Virgin Blue rebranded as Virgin Australia, amalgamating the various airline brands into the one name. As well as Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue was frequently seen at Perth, and here VH-ZPM, an Embraer E190 of Pacific Blue, is on short finals for runway 21.

VH-ZPM Pacific Blue Embraer 190-100IGW

The 737-800 is a larger aircraft than the Embraer above and is the mainstay of the Virgin fleet. Up until the rebranding, Virgin used the 737 on all of its trunk routes, including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from Perth, however, Airbus A330’s are gradually being introduced to serve the Sydney and Melbourne routes. As of May 2012, four A330’s are in service, two of which, VH-XFC and VH-XFD, are brand new from the manufacturer. Virgin also plans to introduce the A330 on the Perth – Brisbane route in the future.

Pictured below is VH-VUI on finals for runway 21.

VH-VUI Virgin Blue Boeing 737-8FE

Garuda has recently undergone a significant transformation and virtually all flights to Perth are now operated by new Boeing 737-800’s. The new, modern, livery looks great against the blue sky, as seen here on PK-GFJ about to land on runway 21.

PK-GFJ Garuda Boeing 737-86N

JetStar is gradually increasing it’s services through Perth and now flies to a number of destinations. Interestingly, I tried to find out exactly where you can fly to from Perth with JetStar, but their website doesn’t allow you to see destinations based on departure airport. Instead, it shows you all possible destinations regardless of where you leave from, and so it shows a direct flight from Perth to Hawaii, which definitely does not exist! Most peculiar . . .

Shown below is JetStar A320 VH-VGI on short finals for runway 21. This aircraft was delivered to JetStar on 1 November 2010 and operated its first revenue flight, which was to Perth, on November 10. This aircraft is powered by two International Aero Engines (IAE) V2527-A5’s.

VH-VGI Jetstar Airbus A320-232

National Jet Systems became Cobham Aviation after the parent company, based in the UK, rebranded under the single name in 2009. Cobham operate fly-in, fly-out operations from Perth to minesites in WA utilising a fleet of British Aerospace BAe 146’s and RJ’s and this example, VH-NJQ, has the distinction of being the only one to have a basic all-white tail. NJQ was originally delivered to British Airways affiliate Cityflyer Express in the UK as G-BZAU in June 1998 and was exported to Australia in August 2010.

VH-NJQ Cobham Aviation BAe RJ100

As mentioned earlier, Virgin Blue rebranded in 2011 to become Virgin Australia and leading up to the switch a number of aircraft operated in hybrid or basic schemes so they could quickly be repainted once the rebranding occurred. One example of that is VH-ZPR, an Embraer E-190 that was delivered to Virgin a couple of months before the change over and seen here in a basic all white livery.

VH-ZPR Virgin Blue Embraer E-190IGW

With the sun getting lower in the sky, the so called ‘golden hour’ beckons, and Qantas 737-800 VH-VXM shows the first glimpses of a yellowing sun along its fuselage. This is the time when you want traffic! Doesn’t matter what it is, so long as something comes in!

VH-VXM QANTAS Boeing 737-838

Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time, and this was one of those days! Skywest Fokker F50 VH-FNF came in from the south making a very tight left turn for finals and made for some great shots as it came in low and slow. With the sun at such a low angle the light picks up all of the detail under the wings and fuselage – its surprising just how many different aerials and attachments there are!

VH-FNF Skywest Fokker F50

VH-FNF Skywest Fokker F50

VH-FNF Skywest Fokker F50

VH-FNF Skywest Fokker F50

Next up was QANTAS A330-200 VH-EBN operating flight 777 from Melbourne. The light was well and truely turning gold now and the gum tree leaves were looking darker in the reddening light – one of my favourite shots.

VH-EBN QANTAS Airbus A330-202

The extended flap track fairings and engine pylon details are shown to good effect with the sun fully illuminating them.

VH-EBN QANTAS Airbus A330-202

With the sun now very low in the sky, another Skippers Aviation de Havilland Canada Dash 8 comes in to land. Like Cobham, Skippers fly to numerous minesites and the red dust can be clearly seen on the aircraft’s underside and tail.

VH-XFW Skippers Aviation de Havilland Canada Dash8-311

One more to go – Emirates flight EK 420 from Dubai arrived as the sun had just dipped below the horizon, so my camera’s image stabilisation system was put to good use. The original photo is quite dark, so I’ve used Photoshop to modify the overall exposure levels so that you can see more detail. A6-ECE is a Boeing 777 model -300.

A6-ECE Emirates Boeing 777-31H-ER


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