Bula! Adelaide Airport welcomes Fiji Airways’ first flight

Friday 30 June, 2017

Adelaide Airport today welcomes Fiji Airways’ first flight between Adelaide and Nadi – arriving at 8.30pm and departing at 10.00pm this evening.
The new service will operate twice a week during peak season, utilising a Boeing 737 offering economy and business class seating options.
Services from Nadi on FJ961 will depart at 4.30pm and arrive in Adelaide at 8.30pm, Monday and Friday.

Services from Adelaide on FJ960 will depart at 10.00pm, Monday and Friday, and arrive in Nadi at 5.35am the following morning (all times local).
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said there had been strong early interest in the new destination, with South Australians welcoming the direct flights rather than having to travel via the eastern states.

“Fiji has always been a hugely popular destination with South Australian travellers, and Fiji Airways’ new link now makes it even more attractive,” Mr Young said.
“This also creates another one-stop connection with the US West Coast with the added bonus of being able to stopover in beautiful Fiji.
“We also understand the new services have been embraced by South Australia’s strong Fijian community, who are excited about the direct link with Nadi bringing them closer to their family and friends.

“Fiji Airways is an airline partner of Qantas, which means Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use points on this service.”
Tickets can be purchased through the Fiji Airways website, www.fijiairways.com, or by calling the Fiji Airways Global Reservations Centre.

Adelaide Airport welcomes new QantasLink Kangaroo Island flights

Monday 5 June, 2017

Adelaide Airport has welcomed the announcement this morning that QantasLink will operate
services between Adelaide (ADL) and Kangaroo Island (KGC) from 4 December this year.
The new service will operate five times a week between December and March, and three
times a week between April and November. It will utilise a Dash-8 Q300 50-seater aircraft on
the route.
The 35-minute service will depart Adelaide at 10.40am while return flights will depart
Kingscote at 11.45am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Flights are
now on sale with special launch airfares starting at $99 one-way.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the new QantasLink service, which
will operate in addition to the existing REX Airlines service, will significantly improve access
to Kangaroo Island for both tourists and island residents.
“Kangaroo Island is a must-see destination for visitors to South Australia. It’s truly one of the
most spectacular places to visit in Australia due to its rugged landscape and abundance of
wildlife,” Mr Young said.
“We’re confident the new QantasLink service will further lift the profile of this amazing
destination and attract more travellers from around the globe.
“We also believe the new service will act as a gentle reminder to people who live in South
Australia that they have an internationally-recognised destination on their doorstep and that
they should look local for their next holiday.
“The short flight to Kangaroo Island also offers stunning views of the south coast, Fleurieu
Peninsula and across Backstairs Passage.”
REX Airlines currently operates return services up to three times daily between Adelaide and
Kangaroo Island.

RIP Capt. Paul Daw 1957 – 2017

We morn the loss of a friend and all round great guy. The fiveDME crew are devastated at the death of Capt. Paul Daw in an air crash at Renmark in South Australia on 30-05-2017.

We all new Paul from our involvement with the aviation industry here in South Australia. Paul was an avid plane spotter and most of the spotting community knew him very well. Paul also assisted me when I first started fiveDME and I will always be grateful.

We all see these incidents on the news all the time but it hits hard when it’s in one’s own circle.

Most pilots have a job.  Paul was always doing something with aviation. Whether flying for work, on airport crawls with his brother Nigel (Plane Spotting) or volunteering as the (Aviation) Collection Manager at the South Australian Aviation Museum. It was Paul’s life.

He always had time for anyone and he would always ask how you were doing, especially, if he’d not seen you in a while. He made time to do anything related to aviation.

We will never forget!

RIP Paul

David and all the crew at fiveDME.


Adelaide Airport to trial new body scanner

Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Adelaide Airport will today start a month-long trial of a high-speed full body scanner to help

passengers clear the central security screening point faster.

The Rohde & Schwarz Quick Personnel Security Scanner completes a scan in a matter of

seconds, automatically detecting potentially dangerous items. It will operate in addition to the

current four screening lanes at Adelaide Airport.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the new scanning technology, which

was already in place across the UK and Europe, would make it easier and quicker to scan


“The open plan design means passengers simply stand in front of the scanner with their arms

held slightly away from the body,” Mr Young said.

“This will make for a more pleasant experience, particularly for customers with medical

conditions or those with medical implants who might otherwise activate an alarm at the current

‘walk through’ metal detectors.

“Objects are recognised by an evaluation of the reflected (backscattered) microwave signal.

“The system is considered very safe. The microwaves are of very low intensity, and several

orders of magnitude below the signal level of mobile phones.

“If the scanner reports an alarm, the location of the object is marked on a generic graphic of

the human body – with no identifying features – preserving the privacy of passengers.”

The trial will take place from 19 April to 19 May.