VH-KEQ. SAAB 340A. c/n 011.


 

Built by Saab Aircraft AB, Linkoping, Sweden - 1984

First flown with test registration SE-E11 - October 20, 1984

Sold to Fairchild Industries, U. S. A. - December 21, 1984

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N342AM - December 21, 1984

Registered to Fairchild Industries Inc, U. S. A.

Leased to Air Midwest Airlines, Little Rock, Arkansas as the registered operator

Sold to PLM Transportation Equipment Corporation, U. S. A. - March 1990

Sold to First Security Bank NA Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah - April 1990

Withdrawn from service and stored - June 1990

Leased to Nusantara Sakti, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - November 01, 1993

Entered onto the Malaysian Aircraft Register as 9M-NSB - November 10, 1993

Registered to First Security Bank NA Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah

Leased to Nusantara Sakti Airlines, t/a Nusantara Airlines, Subang as the registered operator

Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register - November 30, 1993

Withdrawn from service and returned to lessor on termination of lease - November 1996

Leased to Aeromil (Australia) Pty Ltd, Sydney - November 1996

Ferried Kuala Lumpur - Maroochydore for storage - November 1996

Ferried Maroochydore - Wagga Wagga as 9M-NSB - December 20, 1996

Leased to Kendell Airlines (Australia) Pty Ltd, Wagga Wagga - December 20, 1996

Cancelled from the Malaysian Aircraft Register - January 1997

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-KEQ - January 08, 1997

Registered to First Security Bank NA Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Operated first revenue service - February 10, 1997

Kendell Airlines had been purchased by TNT / News Ltd, the parent company of Ansett Airlines - June 1990

Ansett Australia suspended all operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

Operated last revenue service Burnie - Wynyard - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN6320 - September 14, 2001

Returned to service under administration Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Canberra as AN8520 - October 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 06, 2002

Registered to Australiawide Airlines Ltd t/a Regional Express Airlines - September 19, 2002

Rolled out at Wagga Wagga in full REX livery - March 28, 2003

Sold by the Ansett Administrators to Australiawide Airlines Pty Ltd - August 01, 2004

Registered to Regional Express Holdings Ltd, Mascot, Sydney - March 09, 2007

Operated final revenue service - ?

Withdrawn from use at Wagga Wagga for conversion to freighter configuration - April 2008

This was the first Saab to be converted by REX for use by its associated company Pel-Air

Conversion completed at Wagga Wagga - May 2008

Ferried Wagga Wagga - Townsville for painting by Worland Aviation - May 28, 2008

Intended use by Pel-Air was not taken up and aircraft prepared for sale to Bridges Worldwide Express, England

Ferried Townsville - Wagga Wagga in full Bridges Worldwide Express livery - June 21, 2008

Departed Wagga Wagga on ferry flight Slovenia - July 03, 2008

Arrived Ljubljana (Slovenia) at conclusion of ferry flight - July 05, 2008

Ferry route: Wagga Wagga - Alice Springs - Port Headland - Male - Sharm El Sheik - Ljubljana

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 14, 2008

Entered onto the Slovenian Aircraft Register as S5-BAO - ?

Registered to - ?

Aircraft based at Ljubljana and operated in Slovenia for Bridges Worldwide by local airline Solinair

Withdrawn from service by Solinair and returned to lessor on termination of lease - August 2011

Cancelled from the Slovenian Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Bulgarian Aircraft Register as LZ-SAC - August 03, 2011

Registered to - ?

Leased to Air Scorpio as the registered operator

Withdrawn from use and returned to lessor on termination of lease - March 2013

Cancelled from the Bulgarian Aircraft Register - March 11, 2013

Entered onto the Hungarian Aircraft Register as HA-TAF - March 11, 2013

Registered to - ?

Leased to ABC Air Hungary , Budapest, Hungary as the registered operator

Operated first revenue service Budapest - Cotone - March 22, 2013

Current with ABC Air Hungary