VH-EKD. SAAB 340A. c/n 155.
Built by Saab Aircraft AB, Linkoping, Sweden - 1989
First flown with test registration SE-F55 - June 16, 1989
Swedish test registration cancelled - August 09, 1989
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EKD - August 09, 1989
Registered to Kendell Airlines (Australia) Pty Ltd, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Accepted by Kendell Airlines at Linkoping - August 10, 1989
This was the first Saab 340 to be acquired by Kendell Airlines
Departed Linkoping, Sweden on delivery flight to Australia - August 10, 1989
Arrived Wagga Wagga at conclusion of delivery flight - August 15, 1989
Aircraft was named 'City of Wagga Wagga'
Operated first revenue service Wagga Wagga - ? - August 22, 1989
Kendell Airlines had been purchased by TNT / News Ltd, the parent company of Ansett Airlines - June 1990
Ansett suspended all operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001
Operated last revenue service Mt Gambia - Adelaide as AN5481 - September 14, 2001
Ferried Adelaide - Melbourne - Wagga Wagga as AN5481 for storage - September 14, 2001
Returned to service under administration Wagga Wagga - Sydney AN6681 - October 11, 2001
Kendell Airlines sold to Australiawide Airlines operating as Regional Express Airlines (REX) - August 01, 2002
Operated first revenue service with REX - August 05, 2002
Registered to Australiawide Airlines Ltd - September 19, 2002
Registered to Regional Express Holdings Pty Ltd - March 09, 2007
Operated last passenger service Griffith - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as ZL3233 - September 27, 2010
This was the last Saab 340A service operated by Rex Airlines
Ferried Melbourne - Brisbane on delivery to associate airline Pel-Air - September 27, 2010
Operated first Pel-Air revenue service Brisbane - Gladstone - Roma - Brisbane - September 28, 2010
Current with the Pel-Air
VH-EKD. Regional Express Airlines - in the full livery at Wagga Wagga Airport, July 2009.
VH-EKD. Regional Express Airlines - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, June 2010.