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Friday, December 19, 2008

Additions, subtractions and movements

Friday 19-Dec-2008
Arriving into Woodbourne from Ohakea was RNZAF B200 King Air NZ1881, after a short stay it departed for Christchurch. Fellow King Air NZ1884 was also heard heading to Christchurch.

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Qantas News

The Sydney-Wellington 73H service QF117/48 has concluded, with the service reverting back to the regular Jetconnect 734. It was initially supposed to conclude on Tuesday 16-Dec-2008, but the final service was QF117 on Wednesday 17-Dec-2008. From 8-14 Dec the service was operated by VH-VXA, from 15-17 Dec the service was operated by VH-VXL. VXL then positioned back to Sydney on Thursday 18-Dec-2008 as QF6038.

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Air National News

Air National took delivery of BAe 146-200 C-GRNX on Monday 15-Dec-2008, with the aircraft arriving from Anchorage with stops in Adak, Midway Island, Honolulu, Christmas Island, Apia and Tonga.

It is expected that the 146 will take up registration ZK-ECO. With the arrival of ECO the Air National airline fleet is now 6, joining BAe J32EP's ZK-ECI, J, N, P, R.

The J32s operate in the Air New Zealand Link network, although it is expected ECO will not operate for Air New Zealand, but remain as an Air National charter aircraft.

Air Nationals fleet also consits of Piper PA-23-250 ZK-ECM, and they operate the following corporate jets on behalf of their owners, Gulfstream G200 ZK-RGB, Gulfstream GIV ZK-KFB and Westwind II ZK-RML. They also have helicopters available.

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Vincent Aviation News

Vincent Aviation's New Zealand fleet currently consists of the following aircraft, Beech 1900D ZK-VAB, Dash 8-100 ZK-VAC, Beech 1900C ZK-VAE and Reims/Cessna F406 ZK-VAF. The 2 1900s and the Dash 8 had been operated in the Air New Zealand Link network, but this contract has now ended, and the F406 was operating for Civil Aviation in an airfield calibration role.

ZK-VAF was noted departing Auckland on 23-Oct-2008 heading to Norfolk Island, before being noted in Noumea, Honiara and Port Vila. I can't find any record of VAF returning form this trip, and it is rumoured that VAF has been sold.
A former Origin Pacific J31 has undergone maintenance and a repaint in preperation to operate for Vincent, believed to be in the airfield calibration role. It is believed to be ZK-JSH, although work has been noted on at least 2 of the 3 J31s.

1900C ZK-VAE departed Auckland for Norfolk Island and Brisbane on 04-Sept-2008 bound for Myanmar on a six month contract. It is not know if VAE will return to NZ or head for Vincent's Darwin base, at the completion of the contract.

1900D ZK-VAB is possibly also heading for the Darwin base, but this is unconfirmed, as it is required at the Wellington base for a few charters in the new year, and may remain in Wellington for charter work.

Dash-8-102 ZK-VAC has been reported as heading for a contract in either Vanuatu or Darwin, but this also needs to be confirmed. It has been noted as missing from the Wellington base for a while, but I have not found any noting of it leaving the country.

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