VH-KZN. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter. c/n 652.


This aircraft was ordered new by Atlantis Airlines Inc - 1979

First flown as N479WW at Toronto - November 14, 1979

Powered by P&W Canada PT6A-27 engines

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N479WW - ?

Accepted by Eastern Atlantis Express - December 27, 1979

Leased to Mountain Air Cargo, Denver, CO as the registered operator - 1986

Sold to Aeropelican, Australia - June 1987

Arrived Sydney (Bankstown) on completion of the ferry flight - June 08, 1987

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-KZN - July 13, 1987

Registered to Aeropelican Air Services Pty Ltd, Belmont

Aircraft was configured to seat 19 passengers

Leased to Ansett Express - March 02, 1991

Used to replace Mohawk 298 VH-HEI when Queensland Pacific Airlines ceased operations

Returned to Aeropelican - April 7, 1991

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Belmont as AN6653 - September 13, 2001

All Ansett operations were suspended due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

Returned to service under administration Belmont - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN5626 - September 24, 2001

Aeropelican Air Services was sold to IAP Group Australia Pty Ltd - March 07, 2002

Sold to Nordic Aviation Contractor, Billund, Denmark - March 2005

The intended sale to GT Air, Indonesia did not eventuate

Sold to Hummingbird Island Airways Ltd - December 2005

Hummingbird Island Air is the holding company for Trans Maldivian Airways Pty Ltd

Departed Sydney (Bankstown) on the ferry flight to the Maldives - December 20, 2005

Arrived Male on completion of the ferry flight - December 23, 2005

Ferry route: Sydney - Alice Springs - Port Headland - Cocos Island - Male

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 03, 2006

During maintenance this aircraft was fitted with floats

Entered onto the Maldivian Aircraft Register as 8Q-TMP - January 03, 2006

Test flown after maintenance - January 05, 2006

Entered service with Trans Maldivian Airways - January 06, 2006

Current with Trans Maldivian Airways



VH-KZN. Aeropelican - in the revised livery at Newcastle Belmont Airport, September 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1920-824.)

VH-KZN. Aeropelican - in the Ansett 'Starmark' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-876.)