VH-SBJ. Bombardier DHC-8-315Q. c/n 578.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Qantas Airway for operation by Sunstate Airlines - ?

Construction was completed at the Downsview plant - October 2001

First flown with the test registration 'C-FDHI' - November 21, 2001

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123E turboprop engines

It was configured to seat 50 passengers

Accepted by Qantas Airways at Downsview - January 08, 2002

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-SBJ - January 11, 2002

Experienced abnormal airspeed indications near Brisbane - August 31, 2004

To read the full report on this incident please click 'HERE'

Registered to QF Dash 8 Leasing Pty Ltd - September 27, 2005

Leased to Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Transferred to Eastern Australia Airlines - May 01, 2009

Leased to National Jet Express Pty Ltd as the registered operator - August 08, 2009

The intended lease was for an initial 18 month period with the option to extend it for a further 6 months

This lease was to cover resource charter flights from Perth to Brockman and Kambalda

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Adelaide (West Beach) as QF6139 - August 17, 2009

Painted in Adelaide into the standard Cobham livery

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney - February 08, 2011

Withdrawn from service at Perth - June 2012

Ferried Perth - Kalgoorlie - Adelaide for repainting into the standard QantasLink livery - July 08, 2012

Leased to Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Limited, Sydney as the registered operator - July 30, 2012

Ferried Adelaide (West Beach) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF2018 - August 07, 2012

Returned to QantasLink service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Armidale as QF2018 - August 07, 2012

Withdrawn from QantasLink service and prepared for storage - March 2015

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Tamworth for storage as QF6713 - April 01, 2015

Ferried Tamworth - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - April 06, 2015

Returned to service to cover for an unserviceable DHC-8-400 - April 06, 2015

It operated its last service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Armadale - April 07, 2015

Ferried Armadale - Tamworth for storage - April 08, 2015

It was observed at Tamworth with some parts missing from the aircraft - June 29, 2016

The aircraft was removed from storage and returned to service - ?

It operated its last service in the 'New Roo' livery Brisbane - Townsville as QF1412 - November 17, 2017

The aircraft was repainted by Flying Colours at Townsville into the 'Silver Roo' livery

Returned to service Townsville - Brisbane as QF6710 - November 29, 2017

The aircraft is now named 'Griffith'

Current with QantasLink

 

VH-SBJ. QantasLink - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-061.)

VH-SBJ. QantasLink - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-130.)

VH-SBJ. National Jet - in the basic livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, August 30, 2009.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1920-726.)

VH-SBJ. National Jet - in the basic livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, August 30, 2009.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1920-727.)

VH-SBJ. QantasLink - in the 'New Roo' livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, July 19, 2012.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1920-723.)

VH-SBJ. QantasLink - in the 'New Roo' livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, July 19, 2012.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1920-724.)

VH-SBJ. QantasLink - in the 'New Roo' livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, July 19, 2012.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1920-725.)

VH-SBJ. QantasLink - in the 'New Roo' livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, July 20, 2012.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 1921-014.)

VH-SBJ. QantasLink - in the 'New Roo' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 09, 2014.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 1921-015.)

VH-SBJ. QantasLink - in the 'New Roo' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 10, 2014.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 1921-016.)