VH-AQC. Aerospatiale ATR-42-312. c/n 012A.

 

Air Queensland announces an order for four aircraft - April 03, 1985

However only two aircraft will be taken up - the other are delivered to Air Pacific

The construction number for this airframe should have been 013 but Aerospatiale did not want to use it

First flown as F-WWIE at Toulouse - April 04, 1986

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW121 turboprop engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AQC - April 15, 1986

Registered to Air Queensland Ltd, Cairns

Accepted by Air Queensland at Toulouse - April 18, 1986

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia - April 1986

Arrived Cairns on completion of the delivery flight - May 01, 1986

Operated first revenue service Brisbane - Thangool - Gladstone - May 22, 1986

Withdrawn from service and prepaped for sale to Avions de Transport Regional - 1987

Sold to Avions de Transport Regional - May 04, 1987

Departed Brisbane on the ferry flight to France - May 04, 1987

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 16, 1987

Sold to JAT Jugoslovenski Aerotransport - June 17, 1987

Entered onto the Yugoslav Aircraft Register as YU-ALL - June 17, 1987

The aircraft was observed at Belgrade as 'YU-ALL' - July 28, 1987

Withdrawn from service - October 1990

Sold to Cimber Air A/S - October 09, 1990

Cancelled from the Yugoslav Aircraft Register - October 1990

The aircraft was observed at Toulouse in the JAT livery as 'OY-CIF' - October 16, 1990

It was ferried Sonderborg - Maastricht in the basic JAT livery - November 06, 1990

It was ferried Maastricht - Sonderborg in the DLT livery - November 08, 1990

Entered onto the Danish Aircraft Register as OY-CIF - November 08, 1990

Leased to DLT Deutsche Luftverkenhrsgellschaft as the registered operator - November 10, 1990

The aircraft was observed at Cologne in the DLT livery - November 15, 1990

DLT was renamed Lufthansa Cityline - March 01, 1992

The aircraft was observed at Frankfurt in the Lufthansa Cityline livery - March 1993

It was returned to Cimber Air at the end of the lease - March 1994

The aircraft was observed at Newcastle, United Kingdom in the Cimber Air livery with additional

'Partner of Lufthansa' fuselage titles - July 01, 1994

The aircraft was observed at Frankfurt in the Cimber Air livery withh additional

'Lufthansa Express' titles on the rear fuselage - December 1996

Sold to Aero International Regional - December 03, 1996

Leased to Cimber Air as the registered operator

Returned to Aero International Regional at the end of the lease - December 10, 1996

Cancelled from the Danish Aircraft Register - December 13, 1996

Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-WQBT - December 1996

The aircraft was observed at Toulouse in an all-white livery as 'F-WQBT' - January 14, 1997

The aircraft was observed at Toulouse in the Air Lithuania livery as 'LY-ARI' - January 30, 1997

Entered onto the Lithuanian Aircraft Register as LY-ARI - March 1997

Registered to ATR Asset Management

Leased to Air Lithuania as the registered operator - March 17, 1997

Ownership transferred to Avions de Transport Regional - June 28, 1998

The lease to Air Lithuania continued

Air Lithuania ceased flying operations - November 24, 2005

The aircraft was leased to Danu Oro Transportas (Dot Lt), Lithuania as LY-ARI - August 21, 2006

The aircraft was leased to Meridiana S.p.A. (Italy) - June 30, 2009

It was returned to Danu Oro Transportas (Dot Lt), Lithuania at the end of the lease - July 12, 2010

It was leased to DAT Danish Air Transport as the registered operator - November 25, 2010

It was returned to Danu Oro Transportas (Dot Lt), Lithuania at the end of the lease - October 27, 2012

It was leased to Helitt Lineas Aereas, Malaga, Spain as the registered operator - October 27, 2012

It was returned to Danu Oro Transportas (Dot Lt), Lithuania at the end of the lease - December 01, 2012

The aircraft was returned to ATR Asset Management - ?

Cancelled from the Lithuanian Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Greek Aircraft Register as SX-GRY - ?

It was ferried Toulouse - Heraklion in an all-white livery with small 'Sky Express' tiitles - February 15, 2014

Leased to Sky Express, Crete as the registered operator - February 19, 2014

It was withdrawn from service and stored at Saarbrucken, Germany - January 18, 2015 to May 05, 2016

Ferried Saarbrucken - Kuanas, Lithuania for storage - ?

The aircraft was observed in open storage at Kuanas as 'SX-GRY' - May 2016

Cancelled from the Greek Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Lithuanian Aircraft Register as LY-ARI - October 2016

Leased to Danish Air Transport as the registered operator - October 23, 2016

Leased to Nextjet Sweden as the registered operator - ?

Operated last Nextjet revenue service Harnosand - Lulea - May 13, 2018

Nextjet Sweden ceased operations - May 17, 2018

The aircraft was last known to be stored at Lulea

Current status - ?

 

VH-AQC. Air Queensland - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0390-024.)

VH-AQC. Air Queensland - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0390-025.)