VH-LNK. Douglas DC-9-82. c/n 49423-1283.

 

Built for a Scandinavian Airlines System (S.A.S.) order

Rolled off the production line at Long Beach - May 27, 1986

Entered onto the Norwegian Aircraft Register as LN-RLG - June 1986

First flown at Long Beach as LN-RLG - June 12, 1986

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 engines

Accepted by Scandinavian Airlines System at Long Beach - June 27, 1986

Aircraft was named ‘Trond Viking’

Operated first S.A.S. revenue service Stockholm (Arlanda) - Athens - July 19, 1986

Operated final S.A.S. revenue service - August 12, 1992

Aircraft had flown 13,820 hours with 15,314 landings

Leased to Southern Cross Airlines for sub-lease to Compass Airlines

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - August 28, 1992

Ferry route: Oslo - Istanbul - Bahrain - Madras - Singapore - Darwin - Melbourne

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-LNK - August 28, 1992

Leased to Compass Airlines as the registered operator

Operated first revenue service - ?

Operated final revenue service Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as YM24 - March 11, 1993

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

Ferried Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage - March 1993

Repossessed by S.A.S. - March 22, 1993

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on return to S.A.S. via Darwin and Singapore - March 23, 1993

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 11, 1993

Entered onto the Norwegian Aircraft Register as LN-RLG - May 11, 1993

Returned to S.A.S. service Oslo - Copenhagen - May 15, 1993

Aircraft was named ‘Trond Viking’

Operated final S.A.S. revenue service Bodoe - Oslo - September 06, 1993

Aircraft had flown 16,194 hours with 17,492 landings

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N844RA - September 1993

Leased to Reno Air, Nevada as the registered operator - October 01, 1993

Observed in hybrid S.A.S. and Compass livery being operated by Reno Air as N844RA

Returned to S.A.S. at Oslo (Fornebu) on termination of the lease - January 18, 1995

Aircraft had flown 19,547 hours and 20,492 landings

Entered onto the Norwegian Aircraft Register as LN-RLG - January 20, 1995

Registered to Det Norske Luftartselskap A/S

Leased to S.A.S. as the registered operator

Returned to service Oslo - Tromso - Alta - March 02, 1995

Operated final revenue service Paris (Charles de Gaulle) - Oslo as SK570 - June 22, 2003

Aircraft had flown 37,051 hours with 40,153 cycles

Test flown at Oslo as SK9198 - September 16, 2003

Cancelled from the Norwegian Aircraft Register - September 18, 2003

Sold to Allegiant Air (USA) - September 19, 2003

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N891GA - September 19, 2003

Ferried Oslo - Keflavik - Bangor - Lake City on delivery to Allegiant Air - September 21, 2003

Observed at Las Vegas in new Allegiant Air livery as N891GA - November 04, 2003

Registered to Allegiant Air LLC - May 06, 2004

Sold to Sunrise Assest Management - February 25, 2011

Registered to Sunrise Assest Management LLC, Las Vegas - March 15, 2011

Leased to Allegiant Air as the registered operator

Current with Allegiant Air

 

LN-RLG. Scandinavian SAS - 'Trond Viking' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-348.)

VH-LNK. Compass - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-069.)

VH-LNK. Compass - in the standard livery with additional 'Merry Christmas' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-044.)

LN-RLG. SAS - in the basic Compass livery at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, July 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1135-349.)