VH-LNI. Douglas DC-9-82. c/n 53121-1971.

 

Built for Irish Aerospace Ltd (Leasing Company)

Rolled off the Douglas production line at Long Beach as an MD-82 - February 02, 1992

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 engines

Stored at Long Beach in gold primer as N9012J - February 29, 1992

Converted to MD-83 series - July 17, 1992

Seen stored Mojave - February 25, 1993

Leased to Southern Cross Airlines - July 30, 1992

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-LNI - August 06, 1992

Registered to Irish Aerospace Ltd

Leased to Compass Airlines as the registered operator

Departed Long Beach on the ferry flight to Australia as YMA002 - August 17, 1992

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - August 19, 1992

Ferry route: Santa Barbara - Oakland - Honolulu - Apia - Auckland - Melbourne

Operated first revenue service - ?

Operated final revenue service Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as YM126 - March 11, 1993

Compass Airlines ceased all operations due to bankruptcy - March 11, 1993

Repossessed by Irish Aerospace and stored Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - March 1993

Departed Melbourne enroute to Shannon via Darwin on return to Irish Aerospace - March 31, 1993

Arrived Shannon on completion of the ferry flight - April 02, 1993

Observed at Shannon in the basic Compass livery with TAESA (Mexico) titles as N532MD - August 12, 1993

The intended lease to TAESA was not taken up and aircraft remained stored Shannon

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 12, 1993

Sold to McDonnell Douglas Corporation - December 23, 1993

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N532MD - December 1993

Ferried Shannon - Goose Bay enroute to Long Beach - January 09, 1994

Observed at L ong Beach in the basic Compass livery with TAESA titles - January 12, 1994

Reregistered as N9409F

Ferried Long Beach - Kansas City for lease to Trans World Airlines (T.W.A.) - March 31, 1994

Aircraft was still in the basic Compass livery with TAESA titles

Observed in TWA service Kansas City - St. Louis in the standard T.W.A. livery - May 10, 1994

Aircraft had flown 1,767 hours and 1,563 cycles

Sold to Nationals Financial Capital Corporation with lease to T.W.A. continuing - June 30, 1994

Sold to Greyrock Capital Group Incorporated with lease to T.W.A. continuing - May 1995

Registered to MDFC Equipment Leasing Corporation - April 09, 2001

Leased to Trans World Airways Inc as the registered operator

T.W.A. merged with American Airlines - December 02, 2001

Repainted into the standard American Airlines livery - ?

Observed at St Louis in American Airlines livery - August 14, 2002

Current with American Airlines

 

VH-LNI. Compass - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1992.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1135-573.)

VH-LNI. Compass - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-345.)

VH-LNI. Compass - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1992.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1135-574.)

VH-LNI. Compass - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, November 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-458.)

VH-LNI. Compass - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, date unknown.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1135-572.)

N532MD. Taesa - in the basic Compass livery at Douglas Long Beach Airport, January 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-049.)