19 April 2024

QantasLink's VH-8NQ

Network Aviation is taking delivery of their second of three second-hand A319-132s with VH-8NQ "Kings Park" (msn 2473). It's being ferried by Southern Cross International as SXI2423 from LCQ to PER, via OAK, HNL, APW, and CNS. This A319 is leased Gryphon Aviation Leasing, and will be operated for QantasLink. VH-8NQ departed LCQ for OAK yesterday, with an overnight stop, and will overnight here as well.

2473's History
May 2005: Delivered to Spirit Airlines as N504NK "Spirit of the Bahamas" (f/n 504), under lease from ILFC.
Nov 2007: Painted in the 2007 livery, and the name removed.
May 2014: Sold to AerCap, the lease transferred, and painted in the 2014 livery.
May 2018: Purchased by Spirit Airlines.
Jan 2020: Given the fleet number 1504.
Feb 2023: Withdrawn from service, and stored at P08 [Coolidge Muni Airport, Coolidge, AZ]
Apr 2023: Acquired by Gryphon Aviation Leasing, ferried to GSO for storage.
Aug 2023: Ferried to MCN for cabin prep and repaint for QantasLink, then returned to P08 for storage.
Dec 2023: Ferried to LCQ.
Mar 2024: Ferried to VLD [Valdosta Regional Airport, Valdosta, GA]

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