ZK-NEX. de Havilland Canada DHC-7-102. c/n 103.
This aircraft was ordered new by Newmans Airways - ?
It was built by de Havilland Canada at Downsview, Ontario - 1984
First flown as 'C-GFRP' - January 1985
Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-50 engines
It was accepted by Newmans at Downsview - January 25, 1985
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NEX - January 28, 1985
Registered to Newmans Airways Limited, Nelson
The aircraft was named 'Kopako' (guide of the heavens)
It was configured to seat 50 passengers
It arrived at Christchurch on completion of its ferry flight from Canada - February 1985
Operated its first revenue service - ?
It was withdrawn from service at Christchurch - December 26, 1986
Ownership was transferred to Ansett New Zealand - December 26, 1986
Newmans Airways was renamed Ansett Newmans and later Ansett New Zealand
This aircraft was not operated by either of these companies
Registered to Billmans Management Limited, New Zealand - January 28, 1987
Sold to de Havilland Canada - January 30, 1987
Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - January 30, 1987
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - April 09, 1987
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BNGF (CofR G-BNGF/R1) - April 09, 1987
Registered to Eurocity Express Limited, London
Lesased to Eurocity Express as the registered operator
Sub-leased to Loganair - April 30, 1987
Returned to Eurocity Express at the end of the sub-lease - October 1987
Eurocity Express was renamed London City Airways - February 22, 1988
The aircraft was withdrawn from service and returned to de Havilland Canada - July 1988
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - July 29, 1988
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N773BE - July 29, 1988
Registered to Boeing Equipment Holdings Company
Sold to Avinves Leasing Corporation - May 08, 1989
Reregistered as N703MG - May 08, 1989
Registered to Avinves Leasing Corporation - May 08, 1989
Leased to Paradise Island Air Inc, Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the registered operator - May 08, 1989
Paradise Island Air operated as US Air Express
Sold to Concord Asset Management - May 22, 1993
The leased to Paradise Island Air as the registered operator continued
Returned to Concord Asset Management at the end of the lease - January 1995
Sold to Ages Group (parent company of Paradise Island Air) - July 11, 1995
Transferred to Wilmington Trust Company - July 11, 1995
Leased to Paradise Island Air as the registered operator as 'US Air Express'
US Air Express was renamed US Airways Express - January 15, 1997
The aircraft was sold to Paradise Island Air - August 1998
Sold to the Ages Group - October 14, 1998
Leased to Paradise Island Air as the registered operator
Paradise Island Air merged with Gulfstream International Airlines - April 1999
The aircraft operated services for Continental Airlines as 'Continental Connection' in the Gulfstream livery
It was returned to the Ages Group at the end of the lease - September 09, 1999
Sold to Faw West Airlines LLC, Chandler, Arizona - September 09, 1999
Registered to Far West Airlines LLC, Chandler, Arizona - February 23, 2000
This aircraft was advertised for sale by Far West Airlines - November 16, 2000
Registered to FWA Investors LLC, Paradise Valley, Arizona - October 03, 2003
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 25, 2005
Sold to Voyageur Airways Limited - July 21, 2005
Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-FEDO - July 21, 2005
Registered to Voyageur Airways Limited, North Bay, Ontario
Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - August 25, 2005
Entered onto the Venezuelan Aircraft Register as YV-1003 - August 25, 2005
Registered to Conviasa, Venezuela
The aircraft was named 'Dona Jacinta'
The aircraft was damaged whilst landing at Santiago Marino, Porlamar, Nueva Esparta State - December 15, 2005
It swung over 90 degrees at the end of the landing roll and sustained damage estimated at over $2 million
It was repaired and returned to service with Conviasa
The aircraft was withdrawn from service and returned to Voyageur Airways - ?
It was observed stored at the Voyageur Airways North Bay facility - 2007
Current status - ?
ZK-NEX. Newmans - in the standard livery at Queenstown Airport, February 24, 1985.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1922-002.)
ZK-NEX. Newmans - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, January 19, 1987.
(J. Mounce Copyright Image 1922-003.)
ZK-NEX. Eurocity Express - in the standard livery at Queenstown Airport, March 16, 1987.
(J. Mounce Copyright Image 1922-004.)