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Vincent Aviation Saabs ferrying to Townsville

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 29, 2014
File image of Vincent Aviation Saab 340 VH-VNY at Townsville. (Dave Parer)
File image of Vincent Aviation Saab 340 VH-VNY at Townsville. (Dave Parer)

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.

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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.”

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2 Comments

  • Henk Luf

    says:

    Apart from sadly seeing another regional airline bite the dust the question must be raised as to how long it will take before REX will have to start looking for replacements for their Saab aircraft. They can’t last forever,

  • John

    says:

    Rex said recently about 20 years left on the Saab’s. They just bought the ones they were leasing I believe.

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