VH-TGG. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter. c/n 277.

 

This aircraft was originally ordered new by TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - ?

Built by de Havilland Canada at Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Rolled out at Downsview - January 1970

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N8861 - ?

First flown at Downsview as N8861 - January 14, 1970

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines

Handed over to Air Capital International, Augusta, KS as the ferry contractor for T.A.A. - January 22, 1970

Departed Downsview on the ferry flight to Australia - February 1970

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the ferry flight - February 07, 1970

Transferred to Trans-Australian Airlines of Papua New Guinea - February 08, 1970

The aircraft was originally named 'Chimbu' but later renamed 'Salamaua'

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TGG - February 27, 1970

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Operated final TAA Airlines of PNG revenue service Port Moresby - Lae - September 28, 1973

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the ferry flight from Papua New Guinea - October 01, 1973

Returned to service on Trans-Australia Airlines mainland routes

The aircraft was renamed 'William Wills'

Leased to Northern Territory Aerial Medical Service, Darwin in the standard T.A.A. livery - December 29, 1974

Ferried Brisbane - Darwin - December 29, 1974

Returned to T.A.A. on termination of the lease - October 1980

Leased to Bush Pilots Airways, Cairns - November 30, 1980

Bush Pilots was renamed Air Queensland - December 01, 1981

Air Queensland was acquired and merged with Australian Airlines - April 30, 1988

The aircraft was repainted into basic Australian Airlines livery and operated with 'Australian Regional' titles

Australian Regional Airlines merged with Sunstate Airlines, Brisbane - October 01, 1993

Operated final Sunstate Airlines service Brampton Island - Mackay - September 02, 1998

Ferried Mackay - Brisbane and withdrawn from service - September 02, 1998

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 10, 1998

Sold to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland - November 1998

Departed Brisbane on the ferry flight to Malta for overhaul by NCA - December 01, 1998

Entered onto the Swiss Aircraft Register as HB-LSU - January 1999

Registered to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland

Transferred to Benavia Special Air Operations - January 1999

Leased to Tassili Airlines, Algiers as the registered operator - January 1999

Returned to Benavia Special Air Operations on termination of the lease - January 2002

Transferred to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland - January 2002

Cancelled from the Swiss Aircraft Register - January 2002

Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OVL - January 2002

Registered to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland

Leased to Rossair Contracts, Lanseria, South Africa as the registered operator

Returned to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland on termination of the lease - July 2002

Cancelled from the South African Aircraft Register - July 2002

Entered onto the Swiss Aircraft Register as HB-LSU - July 2002

Transferred to Topscore Management, Cayenne, French Guiana - July 19, 2002

Leased to Air Guyane Express as the registered operator - July 19, 2002

Cancelled from the Swiss Aircraft Register - January 17, 2003

Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-OIJI - January 17, 2003

Registered to Air Guyane Express, Cayenne

Leased to Air Antilles Express, Point-a-Pitre as the registered operator

Returned to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland on termination of the lease - February 08, 2009

Departed Cayenne on the ferry flight to Switzerland - February 08, 2009

Arrived Altenrhein (Switzerland) on completion of the ferry flight - February 11, 2009

Ferry route: Cayenne - Sal - Cabo Verde - Arrecife - Madrid - Alterrhein

The aircraft was prepared for lease to Air Loyaute, Noumea, New Caledonia - August 2009

Departed Altenrhein on the ferry flight to New Caledonia - August 30, 2009

Arrived Noumea on completion of the ferry flight - September 07, 2009

Ferry route: Altenrhein - Split - Hurghada - Muscat - Male - Cocos Islands - Port Headland -

Longreach - Tontouta (Noumea) - Magenta (Noumea)

Leased to Air Lovaute, Noumea, New Caledonia as the registered operator - September 07, 2009

Current with Air Lovaute

 

VH-TGG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-438.)

VH-TGG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-163.)

VH-TGG. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-871.)

VH-TGG. BPA - in the standard livery at Rockhampton Airport, November 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-409.)

VH-TGG. Air Queensland - in the original livery at Cairns Airport, December 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-410.)

VH-TGG. Air Queensland - in the final livery at Cairns Airport, February 09, 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-446.)

VH-TGG. Air Queensland - in the final livery at Cairns Airport, May 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-378.)

VH-TGG. Australian Regional - in the Australian livery at an unknown location, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-050.)

VH-TGG. Australian Regional - in the Australian livery at an unknown airport, May 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-917.)

VH-TGG. Sunstate - in the Qantas livery at Cairns Airport, March 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-836.)