ZK-MCS. Aerospatiale ATR-72-212. c/n 454.
Was also registered as: F-WQLH; N531AS; PR-TTI.
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-WWLI' - May 11, 1995
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-MCS - November 24, 1995
Registered to Mount Cook Airline Limited, Christchurch, New Zealand
Accepted by Air New Zealand at Toulouse (Blagnac) - November 25, 1995
The aircraft was named 'Queenstown'
Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to New Zealand as SXI? - November 1995
It arrived at Christchurch on completion of the delivery flight - December 03, 1995
Route: Toulouse - Alexandria - Al Ain - Nagpur - Penang - Kupang - Brisbane - Christchurch
Operated its first Mount Cook revenue service Christchurch - ? as NZ? - December 1995
The aircraft was withdrawn from service at Christchurch - January 2000
Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to France - January 11, 2000
It arrived at Toulouse (Francazal) on completion of the ferry flight - January 19, 2000
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - January 19, 2000
Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-WQLH - January 19, 2000
Departed Toulouse on the ferry flight to the United States - March 2000
It arrived at Atlanta on delivery to Atlantic Southeast Airlines - March 13, 2000
Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - March 13, 2000
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N531AS - March 13, 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It was withdrawn from service at Atlanta, Georgia - February 2005
Departed Atlanta on the ferry flight Toulouse (Francazal) on return to ATR for storage - February 2005
The aircraft was prepared for lease to Total Linhas Aereas, Brazil
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 10, 2005
Entered onto the Brazilian Aircraft Register as PR-TTI - June 10, 2005
Leased to Total Linhas Aereas, Manaus as the registered operator
Withdrawn from service by Total Linhas Aereas - May 2008
Leased to Trip Linhas Aereas, Sao Paulo as the registered operator - May 2008
The aircraft was damaged beyond repair at Altimira, Brazil - February 21, 2011
Whilst landing the aircraft ran off the left side of the runway badly damaging the port wing
It was operating the Belem - Altimira evening service
There were no fatalities to the 51 occupants
The aircraft was deemed to be uneconomical to repar and was written off
The fuselage was transported by road to Sao Paulo (Viracopos) for use as a ground training aide
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The fuselage was observed being used as a cafe named 'Airplane Express Food' - October 04, 2016
ZK-MCS. Air New Zealand Link - in the original livery with additional 'Mount Cook Airline' titles at Wellington Airport, January 1996.
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