VH-TGI. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter. c/n 283.

 

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

Built by de Havilland Canada at Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N8339 - ?

Rolled out at Downsview as N8339 - June 1970

First flown at Downsview as N8339 - July 1970

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines

Handed over to Air Capital International, Augusta, KS as the ferry contrator for T.A.A. - July 10, 1970

Departed Downsview on the ferry flight to Australia - July 1970

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the ferry flight - August 05, 1970

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - August 1970

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TGI - August 26, 1970

Registered to Australian National Airways Commission, Melbourne

Transferred to Trans-Australian Airlines of Papua New Guinea - August 1970

The aircraft was named 'Bulolo'

Operated final TAA Airlines of PNG revenue service Goroka - Port Moresby - July 03, 1973

Departed Port Moresby on the ferry flight to Brisbane - July 07, 1973

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the ferry flight - July 09, 1973

Ferry route: Port Moresby - Cairna - Mackay - Rockhampton - Brisbane

Returned to service on Trans-Australia Airlines mainland routes

The aircraft was renamed 'George Grey'

The aircraft was sold to Bush Pilots Airways, Cairns - November 14, 1980

Bush Pilots Airways was renamed Air Queensland - December 01, 1981

Air Queensland was 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

Withdrawn from service and advertised for sale - 1998

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N616BA - October 16, 1998

Registered to Adam Schmid, Hamilton, Victoria

Observed at Brisbane as 'N616BA' - October 16, 1998

Departed Brisbane on the ferry flight to Malta for overhaul by NCA - October 20, 1998

Arrived Malta on completion of the ferry flight - October 28, 1998

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 14, 1998

Entered onto the Swiss Aircraft Register as HB-LSY - December 15, 1998

Registered to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland

Aircraft test flown at Malta in Benavia livery with Air Algerie titles - February 09, 1999

Transferred to Benavia Special Air Operation, Geneva, Switzerland - February 1999

Returned to Topscore Management, Geneva - January 30, 2002

Sold / leased to Pegasus Aviation t/a Air Sea Lines, Gouvia, Corfu - October 2004

Cancelled from the Swiss Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Greek Aircraft Register as SX-BVP - February 23, 2005

Registered to Pegasus Aviation, Corfu

Ferried to Altenrhein for maintenance - April 2009

Air Sea Lines ceased all operations to to financial difficulties - July 01, 2009

The aircraft did not return to Greece

Cancelled from the Greek Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-IBVP - August 26, 2010

Registered to Seaplane Holdings A/S, Vedbaek, Denmark

Departed Switzerland on the ferry flight to the Maldives - September 06, 2010

Cancelled from the German Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Maldives Aircraft Register as 8Q-MBD - September 28, 2010

Registered to Seaplane Holdings A/S, Vedbaek, Denmark

Leased to Maldivian Air Taxi, Male as the registered operator

Maldivian Air Taxi merged with Trans Maldivian Airways, Male - August 01, 2013

Current with Trans Maldivian Airways

 

N8339. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1970.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-356.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-411.)

VH-TGI. BPA - in the standard livery at Mackay Airport, January 16, 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-448.)

VH-TGI. BPA - in the standard livery at Rockhampton Airport, November 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-412.)

VH-TGI. Air Queensland - in the basic Trans Australia livery at Cairns Airport, August 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-828.)

VH-TGI. Sunstate - in the Qantas livery at an unknown airport, March 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-867.)

VH-TGI. Sunstate - in the Qantas livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-879.)