ZK-NEZ. de Havilland DHC-8-102A. c/n 060.
This aircraft was ordered new by Newman's Air Limited, New Zealand - ?
It was built by de Havilland Aircraft Inc, Downsview, Ontario, Canada
Rolled out at the Downsview plant - December 17, 1986
Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GEOA - ?
Registered to de Havilland Canada, Ontario, Canada
First flown as C-GEOA - December 1986
Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PWC120A turboprop engines
Accepted by Ansett Newmans at Downsview - December 23, 1986
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NEZ - December 23, 1986
Registered to Newmans
Arrived Christchurch on completion of the delivery flight - January 05, 1987
Configured to seat 40 passengers
The aircraft was named 'Rotorua'
Operated first revenue service - January 19, 1987
Ownership transferred to Ansett New Zealand - February 01, 1987
This aircraft was renamed 'City of Invercargill' and later 'City of Hamilton'
Ownership transferred to Ansett Australia with aircraft leased back to Ansett New Zealand
Ansett New Zealand began operating as Qantas New Zealand - September 04, 2000
Operations ceased - April 21, 2001
Aircraft was immediately offered for sale by Ansett Australia
Sold to Falcon Aero Technologies - August 2001
Leased to Air National Corporate Ltd, Auckland as registered operator - August 16, 2001
Withdrawn from use and stored at Wellington Airport - ?
Leased to Vincent Aviation Ltd, Wellington as registered operator - July 28, 2005
Reregistered as ZK-VAC -August 04, 2005
Sub-leased to Solomon Airlines - January 2009
Arrived Honiara on completion of the ferry flight - January 03, 2009
Ferry route: Wellington - Auckland - Norfolk Island - Port Villa - Honiara
Operated services from Honiara to Auke, Gizo, Kirakira, Munda, Santa Cruz and Seghe
Returned to Vincent Aviation - March 08, 2009
Sub-leased to Air Cruising Australia - August 2009
Returned to Vincent Aviation at end of sub-lease - September 28, 2009
Ferried Sydney - Lord Howe Island - Wellington - September 28, 2009
Ferried Auckland - Norfolk Island - Brisbane - Mt Isa - Darwin - February 26, 2010
Used to operated flights from Darwin to Groote Eylandt
Sub-leased to Air Cruising Australia - April 13, 2010
Returned to Vincent Aviation at end of sub-lease - May 27, 2010
Ferried Sydney - Lord Howe Island - Auckland - Wellington - May 28, 2010
Current with Vincent Aviation
ZK-VAC. Vincent Aviation - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, April 2009.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-948.)