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Monday, 25 May 2015

264 N72GC Returns to U.S. Register, 499 S7-AAJ Arrives in Santa Maria

264 - DHC-6-300 N72GC Monarch Enterprises Inc., Kirkland, WA

Registered 22-May-2015, ex TI-BFV; operated by Grand Canyon Airlines; N72GC had been delivered to Costa Rica in Nov-2014 on lease to Nature Air.

499 - DHC-6-300 S7-AAJ Air Seychelles, Mahé


  • Malta-Luqa (LMML/MLA) - Cascais, Portugal (LPCS)
  • Cascais, Portugal (LPCS) - Santa Maria, Azores (LPAZ/SMA)
Yesterday, S7-AAJ continued on to Cascais, Portugal before setting out across the Atlantic for its first stop in Santa Maria, in the Azores.

Nepal Airlines Tenders for DHC-6 Upgrade Work

Nepal Airlines have recently called for tenders for the supply of TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System) & TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) for three DHC-6-300's. The aircraft involved are MSN 812/9N-ABT, MSN 814/9N-ABU and MSN 830/9N-ABX of which only one is reportedly currently in flyable condition.

In late 2014 Nepal Airlines began to take delivery of six new Harbin Y-12E aircraft from China, which were ostensibly to replace the Twin Otters. It is interesting to see that by mid-2015 the company is now investing in a retrofit of their 30+ year old  DHC-6's.

Older versions of the Y-12 were used by both Nepal Airlines and Yeti Airlines beginning in the early 1990's, but the type never gained a serious foothold in the market.