VH-KDI. SAAB 340A. c/n 131.


 

Built by Saab Aircraft AB, Linkoping, Sweden - 1988

First flown with test registration SE-F31 - September 23, 1988

Prepared for lease to Kendell Airlines

Cancelled from the Swedish Aircraft Register - October 26, 1988

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-KDI - October 27, 1988

Registered to Kendell Airlines (Australia) Pty Ltd, Wagga Wagga, Australia

Leased to Kendell Airlines (Australia) Pty Ltd, Wagga Wagga, Australia as registered operator

Departed Linkoping on delivery flight to Australia - October 28, 1988

Arrived Wagga Wagga at conclusion of delivery flight - November 02, 1988

Route: Linkpoing - Basle - Rhodes - Larnaca - Dubai - Madras - Singapore - Bali - Darwin - Leigh Creek - Wagga

Aircraft was named 'City of Whyalla'

Operated first revenue service - November 1988

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

Aircraft was undergoing heavy maintenance when Ansett suspended operations

Returned to service under administration - December 14, 2001

Kendell Airlines sold to Australiawide Airlines operating as Regional Express Airlines (REX) - August 01, 2002

Operated first revenue service with Regional Express Airlines (REX) - August 05, 2002

Registered to Australiawide Airlines Ltd t/a Regional Express Airlines - October 04, 2002

Registered to Regional Express Holdings Pty Ltd, Wagga Wagga - November 25, 2005

Operated final revenue service Melbourne - Wagga Wagga as ZL3258 - September 08, 2008

Withdrawn from service and stored at Wagga Wagga

Sold to SOL Lineas Aereas, Rosario, Argentina - December 2008

Aircraft had been repainted into full SOL livery prior to sale

Departed Wagga Wagga on ferry flight to Argentina - January 03, 2009

Ferry route: Wagga Wagga - Sydney - Papetee - Easter Island - ? - Buenos Aires

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 09, 2009

Entered onto the Argentinian Aircraft Register as LV-BTP - February 01, 2009

Registered to SOL Lineas Aereas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Current with SOL