VH-TQN. de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102. c/n 062.

 

This aircraft was rolled out of the de Havilland Canada Downsview plant - December 1986

Observed parked outside in an all-white livery with the registration 'D-BEST' - December 19, 1986

Observed parked outside in all-white livery as 'C-GJFX' - December 30, 1986

First flown as 'C-GJFX' - ?

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PWC120A turboprop engines

Observed at Downsview in the DLT livery as 'C-GJFX' - March 03, 1987

Departed Downsview on the delivery flight to Germany - March 06, 1987

Arrived Hamburg on completion of the delivery flight - March 08, 1987

Delivery route: Downsview - Reykjavik - Glasgow - Hamburg

Operated its first revenue service Hamburg - Bergen as 'C-GJFX' - March 29, 1987

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - March 29, 1988

Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-BEST - March 29, 1988

Leassed to DLT Deutsche Luftverkehrsgesellschaft as the registered operator - August 12, 1990

Ferried Stuttgart - Maastricht in the Contactair livery August 12, 1990

Ferried Maastricht - Hanover in the DLT livery - August 15, 1990

DLT was renamed Lufthansa CityLine - March 01, 1992

Withdrawn from use and prepared for lease / sale to Eastern Australia Airlines - April 1993

Sold to Eastern Australia Airlines, Australia - ?

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TQN - May 10, 1993

Arrived Tamworth on completion of the ferry flight - May 19, 1993

Operated first revenue service - ?

Registered to TAA Aviation Pty Ltd - February 23, 2006

Leased to Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Operated final revenue service Canberra - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF1452 - April 18, 2008

All titles and markings were removed at Sydney (Kingsford Smith)

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Emerald - Cairns - April 19, 2008

Leased to Asia Pacific Airlines to cover the planned maintenance on their DHC-8 'P2-NAZ'

Ferried Cairns - Horn Island - Tabubil on delivery to Asia Pacific Airlines as PX610 - May 04, 2008

Ferried Tabubil - Cairns - Brisbane on termination of the lease - July 20, 2008

The aircraft was placed in open storage at Brisbane Airport

Sold to Blue Bird Aviation, Nairobi, Kenya

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - September 15, 2008

Entered onto Kenyan Aircraft Register as 5Y-VVN - September 16, 2008

Departed Brisbane on the ferry flight to Kenya - September 25, 2008

Ferry route: Brisbane - Mount Isa - Darwin - Denpasar - Medan - Colombo - Male - Mahe

Current status - ?

 

VH-TQN. Eastern Australia - in the 'experimental' livery at Canberra Airport, August 1993.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1920-140.)

VH-TQN. Eastern Australia - in the 'experimental' livery at Canberra Airport, August 1993.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1920-141.)

VH-TQN. Eastern Australia - in the 'experimental' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-078.)

VH-TQN. Eastern Australia - in the 'experimental' livery at Lord Howe Island Airport, December 1993.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1920-142.)

VH-TQN. Eastern Australia - in the standard livery at Canberra Airport, January 1994.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1920-143.)

VH-TQN. Eastern Australia - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 03, 1994.

(J. Mounce Copyright Image 1920-991.)