There was a rare but welcomed arrival at Gladstone Airport on Sunday 04 March when Skytraders Pty Ltd Airbus A319-115(LR) VH-VHD touched-down from Melbourne / Tullamarine during the afternoon. Shortly after arrival, the Airbus was refuelled before being secured for an overnight stay.
On Monday 05 March, VH-VHD made a late morning departure back to Melbourne / Tullamarine, and the purpose of the flight to Gladstone remains unknown, however, assume it was a government related charter.
VH-VHD is one of two Airbus A319s operated by Skytraders, the other being VH-VCJ, both 2003 manufactured airliners and the only examples of their type on the Australian register.
Readers who may not be familiar, Skytraders is small Tullamarine based airline that provides specialist air services to the Australian Federal Government including operations to Antarctica, relocation of refugee / illegal immigrants around Australia and parts of the Pacific, and general charter / logistics.
Further information about Skytraders can be found at : http://skytraders.com.au/