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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
8Q-MBD
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Series  300

N8339 • VH-TGI • HB-LSY • SX-BVP • D-IBVP

8Q-MBD

• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• N8339 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out Jul-1970 First flight date Jul-1970.

• N8339 Air Capital International, Augusta, KS. Regd 10-Jul-1970. Canx 05-Aug-1970 

Ferried to Australia by ACI from Downsview, ON – Melbourne-Essendon arriving 05-Aug-1970. Intermediate stops unknown.

• VH-TGI Trans Australian Airways, Melbourne, VIC. Regd 26-Aug-2017.

• VH-TGI Leased / Transferred to TAA of Papua New Guinea "Bulolo". 27-Aug-1970.

Note: Operated final TAA Airlines of PNG revenue service, Goroka – Port Moresby, 03-Jul-1973.

Ferried: Port Moresby – Cairns – Mackay – Rockhampton - Brisbane 07 to 09-Jul-1973

• VH-TGI Returned to TAA - Trans Australia Airlines to operate mainland routes. Aircraft renamed “George Grey”, 09-Jul-1973.

• VH-TGI Sold to BPA - Bush Pilot Airways, Cairns, QLD. 14-Nov-1980.

• VH-TGI Name changed to Air Queensland, Cairns, QLD. Regd 01-Dec-1981.

• VH-TGI Air Queensland merged with Australian Airlines 30-Apr-1988.

Note: the aircraft was repainted into basic Australian Airlines livery and operated with “Australian Regional” titles.

• VH-TGI Transferred to Sunstate Airlines, Brisbane, QLD., after merger with Australian Regional. Regd 01-Oct-1993. Canx 14-Dec-1998 a couple of months after being USA registered

Note: Withdrawn from from service and advertised for sale in 1998.

• N616BA Adam Schmid, Hamilton, VIC., Australia. Regd 16-Oct-1998. Canx 20-Oct-1998.

Ferried: Brisbane – Luqa, Malta between 20-Oct-1998 and 28-Oct-1998 as VH-TGI for overhaul by NCA.

• HB-LSY Topscore Management SA, Geneva, Switzerland. Regd 15-Dec-1998.

Note: Test flown at Luqa, Malta in Benavia livery with Air Algerie titles 09-Feb-1999

• HB-LSY Transferred to Benavia Special Air Operations, Geneva, Switzerland. Regd 09-Feb-1999.

• HB-LSY Sub leased to Air Algerie, Algiers, Algeria. Regd Feb-1999.

• HB-LSY Returned to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland. Regd 30-Jan-2002.

• HB-LSY Benaviation SA. Returned 2003.

• HB-LSY Returned to Topscore Management, Geneva, Switzerland. Regd 2003.

• HB-LSY Sold or leased to Pegasus Aviation operating as Air Sea Lines, Gouvia, Corfu, Greece, Oct-2004.

• SX-BVP Regd to Pegasus Aviation, Corfu, Greece.  Regd 23-Feb-2005.

• SX-BVP Operated by Air Sea Lines, Corfu, Greece. Regd 03-Feb-2005. Canx 28-Jun-2010.

Ferried to Altenrhein for maintenance Apr-2009.

Note: Air Sea Lines ceased all operations due to financial difficulties 01-Jul-2009 and the aircraft remained at Altenrein.

• D-IBVP Seaplane Holdings A/S., Vedbaek, Denmark. Regd 26-Aug-2010. Canx 22-Sep-2010.

Ferried: Altenrhein to Male, Maldive Islands commencing 06-Sep-2010.

• 8Q-MBD Operated by Maldivian Air Taxi, Male, Maldive Islands. Owned by Seaplane Holdings, Vedbaek, Denmark. Regd 28-Sep-2010.

• 8Q-MBD Trans Maldivian Airways Pvt., Ltd., Male, Maldive Islands, after being merged with Maldivian Air Taxi. 01-Aug-2013. Regd 15-Aug-2013

• Current •

N8339 ready for the crossing, at San Francisco - KSFO, California.
Photo: John Stewart © August 1970 - Jay Sherlock Collection - Aird Archives
VH-TGI of TAA, at Eagle Farm, Queensland.
Photo: Dave Sparks © September 1970 - Jay Sherlock Collection - Aird Archives
VH-TGI of Bush Pilots Airline.
Photo: Peter Keating © November 1982 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-TGI of AIR QUEENSLAND at Cairns - YBCS.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1983 - Michael J. Ody Collection
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1984 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
VH-TGI in later livery, at Cairns - YBCS.
Photo: Peter Keating © 01 November 1986 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-TGI at rainy Townsville - YBTL, Queensland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1988 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
VH-TGI in AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL livery, again at Cairns.
Photo: Peter Keating © 15 October 1989 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-TGI with SUNSTATE.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1995 - Michael J. Ody Collection
SX-BVP of AirSea Lines.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
SX-BVP it's all Greek to me.
Photo: Unknown photographer © May 2006 - Michael J. Ody Collection
SX-BVP at Altenrhein - LSZR, Switzerland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 2009 - Erik Johannesson Collection
D-IBVP at Altenrhein - LSZR, Switzerland.
Photo: Erich Kunz © July 2010
8Q-MBD at rest and moving in her new waters.
Photos: Cheval Blanc Resorts - Randheli Hotels © Date unknown