VH-OAB. British Aerospace Jetstream 31. c/n 853.


This aircraft was ordered by West Wings - ?

It was first flown with the test registration 'G-31-853' - May 19, 1989

Powered by Garret TPE331-12UAR-7 turboprop engines

The aircraft was configured to seat 19 passengers

The West Wings order was not taken up

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N853AE - ?

Delivered to Nashville Eagle - October 31, 1989

Sold to Jetwing Leasing (JSX Capital Corporation) - December 1989

The aircraft was reregistered as N853JX - December 01, 1989

Registered to First Security Bank NA Trustee, Salt Lake City

Leased to Nashville Eagle as the registered operator

Leased to Flagship Airlines as the registered operator - June 01, 1991

Flagship Airlines was formed with the merger of Command Airways and Nashville Eagle

Flagship Airlines operated for American Airlines under the American Eagle banner

The aircraft was observed at Little Rock, Arkansas in an all-white livery - July 31, 1995

Entered service with Sierra Express Airlines - August 1995

Sierra Express Airlines ceased operations - February 16, 1996

The aircraft was observed stored at Kingman, Arizona in the Sierra Express livery - March 15, 1996

Observed stored at Kingman. Arizona in the Sierra Express livery - June 1996

Acquired by O'Connor Airlines, Mount Gambia, South Australia - ?

It was observed at Heraklion, Greece on its ferry flight to Australia in Sierra Express livery - February 23, 1997

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - March 1997

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OAB - March 25, 1997

Registered to BAe Asset Management Inc Turbo Props

Leased to O'Connor Airlines as the registered operator

Ownership was transferred to BAe Asset Management Inc - November 30, 1999

Leased to O'Connor Airlines as the registered operator

O'Connor Airlines ceased operations - December 14, 2007

The aircraft was returned to the lessor - ?

Leased to de Bruin Air Pty Ltd, Mount Gambia, South Australia as the registered operator - November 2008

Observed at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the de Bruin Air livery - February 05, 2009

The aircraft was withdrawn from service and returned to the lessor - ?

The aircraft was ferried Mount Gambia - Darwin - Manilla in the de Bruin livery - March 22 - 23, 2013

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 26, 2013

Entered onto the Philippines Aircraft Register as RP-C2813 - March 2013

Registered to - ?

Leased to Alphaland Aviation as the registered operator

Observed at Manilla in service with Alphaland Aviation - September 20, 2013

Observed at Manilla in the basic de Bruin livery without titles - April 19, 2014

Current with Alphaland Aviation - ?


VH-OAB. O'Connor Mount Gambier's Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1040-104.)

VH-OAB. de Bruin Air - in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 21, 2009.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1040-269.)