Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) SAAB 340B+ VH-VED First Visit to CQ at Moranbah and Mackay Airports

On Tuesday 8 November, a surprise arrival into the region, and making its first ever visit, was Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) SAAB 340B+ turboprop VH-VED, which flew up from Brisbane to land at Moranbah Airport.  It then continued to Mackay Airport where it appears to be staying for at least the night.

VH-VED spotted at Brisbane Airport recently

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 9 November, VH-VED departed Mackay Airport and returned to Moranbah Airport and then Brisbane.

Of interest, the SAAB is one of several recently delivered aircraft to Link Airways, primarily for operations on regional Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) routes in New South Wales and Victoria.  The airline also operates some flights on behalf of Virgin Australia Airlines.

Of interest, VH-VED was registered to and delivered to Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) in Australia in July 2021 with it previously operating with Florida-based Silver Airways in the USA as N442XJ.

N442XJ in 2019  (Ian Grove / https://www.flickr.com/)

VH-VED was registered at that time to parent company Vee H Aviation along with another SAAB 340B+ VH-VEC.

VH-VEC also spotted at Brisbane Airport recently

Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) has also taken delivery of three more SAAB 340Bs earlier in 2022 registered VH-VEA, VH-VEQ and VH-VER.

As far as we are aware, VH-VEA, VH-VEQ and VH-VER have yet to make an appearance in Central Queensland.

Of further interest, the registration marking of VH-VED was previously worn by one of their Cessna 441 Conquest II aircraft.  This particular aircraft was re-registered as VH-VPL and is now based in Western Australia.

Meanwhile, one of Link Airways' current Cessna 441 Conquests, VH-VEY, arrived into my local Clermont Aerodrome from late also on Tuesday 8 November.


Photos taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

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