ZK-MCQ. Aerospatiale ATR-72-212. c/n 453.
Was also registered as: F-WQLC; N530AS; F-WQNQ; CU-T1548.
This aircraft was ordered new by Air New Zealand - ?
Built by Avion de Transport Regional (ATR) at Toulouse, France
First flown (T1) Toulouse (Blagnac) - Toulouse (Blagnac) as 'F-WWLB' - April 18, 1995
Accepted by Air New Zealand at Toulouse (Blagnac) - November 1995
The aircraft was named 'Invercargill'
Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to New Zealand as SXI? - November 1995
It arrived at Christchurch on completion of the delivery flight - November 08, 1995
Route: Toulouse - Alexandria - Al Ain - Nagpur - Penang - Kupang - Brisbane - Christchurch
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-MCQ - November 08, 1995
Registered to Mount Cook Airline Limited, Christchurch, New Zealand
Operated its first Mount Cook revenue service Christchurch - ? as NZ? - November 1995
The aircraft was withdrawn from service at Christchurch - December 1999
Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to France - December 04, 1999
It arrived at Toulouse (Francazal) on completion of the ferry flight - December 13, 1999
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - December 13, 1999
Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-WQLC - December 13, 1999
Departed Toulouse on the ferry flight to the United States - April 2000
It arrived at Atlanta on delivery to Atlantic Southeast Airlines - April 21, 2000
Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - April 21, 2000
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N530AS - April 21, 2000
Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, Salt Lake City, Utah
Leased to Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) as the registered operator
It was withdrawn from service at Atlanta, Georgia - April 2005
Departed Atlanta on the ferry flight Toulouse (Francazal) on return to ATR for storage - April 2005
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - October 20, 2005
Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-WQNQ - October 20, 2005
Ferried France - Cuba on delivery to Aero Caribbean, Havana, Cuba - March 2006
Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - March 08, 2006
Entered onto the Cuban Aircraft Register as CU-T1548 - March 08, 2006
Aero Caribbean merged with Cubana - July 01, 2015
Current with Cubana
ZK-MCQ. Air New Zealand Link - in the original livery with additional 'Mount Cook Airline' titles at Wellington Airport, January 1996.
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