History of Qantaslink Bae-146-200a VH-YAF

Built at Hatfield for Pacific Southwest Airlines

Powered by Textron Lycoming ALF502-R-5 engines

Construction completed at Hatfield - June 1985

First flown as G-5-040 - July 18, 1985

Accepted by Pacific Southwest Airlines at Hatfield - August 20, 1985

Aircraft was named ‘The Smile of Springfield’

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N357PS - August 20, 1985

Registered to Connecticut National Bank

Leased to P.S.A. as registered operator

Reregistered as N178US - November 1987

Transferred to US Air when P.S.A. merger - April 9, 1988

Withdrawn from use and stored Mojave, California - May 1991

Ferried to the U. K. for maintenance - December 1996

Ferried Stansted - Southend in basic US Air livery - March 1, 1997

Rolled out in full Debonair livery with ‘G-DEBG’ taped over - March 9, 1997

Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register - March 26, 1997
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-DEBG - April 1, 1997

Ferried Exeter - Luton on delivery to Debonair - April 10, 1997

Entered service with Debonair Luton - Rome - April 12, 1997

Observed at Munich now named ‘Jumbolino’ - June 19, 1997

Returned to Southend for painting in basic Lufthansa Cityline livery with Debonair titles - February 20, 1999

Departed Southend in new livery - February 25, 1999

Debonair Airways ceased operations - September 30, 1999

Aircraft placed in open storage at Birmingham Airport

Ferried Birmingham - Woodfood - December 11, 1999

Observed at Woodford in basic Qantas livery without titles - January 31, 2000

Sold to Lane Hill Ltd, Dublin - February 10, 2000

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - February 12, 2000

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-YAF - April 10, 2000

Registered to Lane Hill Ltd, Dublin

Leased to National Jet Systems Ltd / Southern Australian Airlines as registered operator

Departed Woodford as QF6400 on delivery flight to Australia - April 16, 2000

Arrived Adelaide at conclusion of delivery flight - April 18, 2000

Delivery route: Woodford - Brindisi - Luxor - Ahmedabad - Calcutta - Phuket - Broome - Adelaide

Ferried Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - April 19, 2000

Aircraft named ‘City of Mildura’ at Melbourne - April 19, 2000

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hobart as QF965 - April 19, 2000

Operated final Southern service Launcestion - Adelaide as QF2610 - July 7, 2001

Operated AirLink service Adelaide - Kalgoorlie - Perth as QF1899 - July 7, 2001

Leased to QantasLink - July 7, 2001

Operated last QantasLink service Karratha - Perth as QF1921 - July 18, 2001

Entered long term maintenance at Perth

Returned to service with QantasLink Perth - Kalgoorlie - Adelaide - November 17, 2001

Operated final QantasLink service Port Headland - Perth as QF1813 - February 9, 2005

Ferried Perth - Adelaide as QF6201 on return to National Jet - February 9, 2005

Underwent end-of-lease maintenance by National Jet

Arrived Southend at conclusion of ferry flight on return to lessor - April 7, 2005

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 29, 2005

Entered onto the Irish Aircraft Register as EI-DJJ - May 4, 2005

Leased to City Jet Ltd as registered operator

Observed at Southend in full Air France livery with City Jet titles - May 19, 2005

Test flown at Southend as BCY142X - June 11, 2005

Ferried Southend - Paris (CDG) as BCY142P on delivery to CityJet - June 12, 2005

Entered service with City Jet - June 12, 2005

Operated final CityJet revenue service Paris (CDG) - Dublin as BCY5006 - January 12, 2008

Ferried Dublin - Norwich as BCY85P - January 21, 2008

Ferried Norwich - Keflavik - Iqaluit - Summerside as BCY040 for storage - February 10 - 11, 2008

Intended sale to Aerocondor Express (Peru) did not eventuate

Offered for sale by Tronos Aviation Asset Management - February 2, 2009

Aircraft had flown 38,780 hours with 34,188 cycles

Ferried Summerside - Norfolk - Miami - May 5, 2009

Ferried Miami - Panama City - Lima - La Paz - May 7, 2009

Sold to Fuerza Area Militaria (Bolivian Air Force)

Observed as FAB-123 in full TAM Bolivia livery at La Paz - November 10, 2009

Current with TAM - 2009image

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