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Withdrawn from use and stored at Wellington Airport - ?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.)