VH-TQO. de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102. c/n 004.

It was also registered as: VH-QQB.

 

Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Toronto Downsview plant - March 1984

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GGPJ - April 03, 1984

Registered to de Havilland Canada

First flown as C-GGPJ - April 03, 1984

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120 engines

It was used by de Havilland Canada as a demonstrator

It was configured with 36 economy seats

Displayed by de Havilland Canada at the Farnborough Air Show - September 1984

Performed a series of demonstration flights in Australian - November 1984

Leased to Air Atlantic - June 15, 1988

Returned to de Havilland Canada at the end of the lease - October 31, 1988

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - November 17, 1988

Sold to Eastern Australia Airlines - ?

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TQO - December 29, 1988

Registered to Eastern Australia Airlines

Accepted by Australian Airlines / Eastern Australia at Downsview, Canada - January 01, 1989

Observed at Innsbruck as 'VH-TQO' in the Australian Airlines livery - January 04, 1989

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Port Macquarie - February 27, 1989

Australian Airlines was sold to Qantas Airways Limited - September 14, 1992

Australian Airlines continued to operated initially as a separate identity with some services operated jointly

Australian Airlines officially merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways Limited - December 08, 1993

Observed at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) in the Qantaslink livery - December 05, 1999

Traded to Boeing (the current owners of de Havilland Canada) for newer DHC-8-300s - 2005

Leased to Airlines of Papua New Guinea - July 29, 2005

Ferried Cairns - Port Moresby on delivery to Airlines of Papua New Guinea - July 29, 2005

Reregistered as VH-QQB - September 02, 2005

Ferried Port Moresby - Cairns at the end of the lease - September 21, 2005

Registered to Skytrans Pty Ltd, Cairns - November 25, 2005

Observed at Cairns with 'True North' titles for a cruise ship charter - November 2005

Queensland Regional Airlines merged with Skytrans Pty Ltd - 2006

Leased to Nantay Pty Ltd t/a Maroomba Airlines, Perth - January 19, 2006

Observed at Perth in all-white liverywith small 'Marooba' titles on the tail - March 22, 2007

Observed at Perth in the standard Maroomba livery - November 2008

Registered to Aircraft Solutions Lux XVII SARL, Luxembourg - February 01, 2014

Leased to Skytrans Pty Ltd, Cairns as the registered operator

Operated its final Skytrans revenue service as SKP23 - January 02, 2015

Route: Cairns - Coen - Lockhart River - Bamaga - Cairns

The aircraft was withdrawn from service and placed in open storage at Cairns

Skytrans Pty Ltd ceased operations - January 03, 2015

Registered to Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd, Cairns - February 15, 2016

The aircraft entered heavy maintenance at Carins with Hawker Pacific - 2016

Skytrans Pty Ltd resumes operations under the ownership of Collings Holdings Airlines - March 31, 2016

The aircraft was test flown Cairns - Cairns as 'VH-QQB' - July 21, 2015

Leased to Skytrans Pty Ltd as the registered operator - July 21, 2016

Returned to service as SKP35 - July 21, 2016

Route: Cairns - Lockhart River - Weipa - Aurukun - Cairns

Registered to Aircraft Solutions Lux XVII SARL, Luxembourg - September 12, 2016

Leased to Skytrans Pty Ltd, Cairns as the registered operator

Observed at Brisbane in the new Skytrans livery - July 06, 2017

This aircraft is currently the oldest operating DHC-8 anywhere in the world

Current with Skytrans

 

C-GGPJ. de Havilland - in the standard demonstrator livery at Canberra Airport, November 1984.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1920-133.)

C-GGPJ. de Havilland - in the standard demonstrator livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 17, 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-132.)

C-GGPJ. de Havilland - in the standard demonstrator livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 17, 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-134.)

VH-TQO. Eastern Australia - in the 'Australian' livery at Canberra Airport, January 1990.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1920-144.)

VH-TQO. Eastern Australia - in the 'Australian' livery at Canberra Airport, February 1990.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1920-145.)

VH-TQO. Eastern Australia - in the 'Australian' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-079.)

VH-TQO. Eastern Australia - in the 'Australian' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-460.)