Three of the four Saab 340 airliners operated by Vincent Aviation, which collapsed on May 28, are now in Townsville.
Saab 340 VH-VNA ferried in to Townsville from Sydney and VH-VNU ferried to Townsville from Darwin on Wednesday evening, while VH-VNX was already in Townsville where it was undergoing maintenance with Aviex. A fourth Saab aircraft, VH-VNY, currently remains in Darwin.
Vincent’s sole BAe 146 was ferried to New Zealand on May 28, while the airline also operated five Beech 1900s (listed on the CASA register as 1900Ds VH-VAQ, VNT and VNZ and 1900Cs VH-EMK and VNV) from its Datwin base.
Meanwhile, Qantas has announced it will provide relief airfares for passengers who have been impacted by Vincent’s collapse. The relief fares of $96.00 or $82.00 one-way will be available from Moree or Tamworth respectively for passengers who hold valid tickets for Vincent’s former Narrabri to Sydney service.
“It’s regrettable that another regional airline has gone into receivership, however as the national carrier we will help the community where we can,” QantasLink CEO John Gissing said in a statement. “We understand how important access to air transport is to regional Australia, especially for medical and business purposes.”