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Old 20th February 2024, 09:12 AM
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Aerlink (Brisbane International) is inducting its first ATR72-200(F), having ferried VH-AK3 (msn 467) to Australia in January. The carrier secured the 28.4-year-old aircraft, last operated as TR-XCL for Solenta Aviation Gabon (SVG, Libreville Leon M'Ba), on operating lease from ACIA Aero.

The Queensland charter specialist operates six passenger-configured ATR72-500s, but until now, did not deploy the ATR72 freighter type. It has previously operated ATR42-300(F) and ATR42-320(F) types. The ch-aviation fleets shows an ATR42-300F, VH-YWU (msn 79), remains with Aerlink but has not flown since late August and is now at Cairns for maintenance purposes.

An Aerlink spokeswoman told ch-aviation that VH-AK3 comes on a five-year lease and will be based at IATA!KCY. The aircraft is expected to start flying Northern Queensland routes from May 1, 2024.

Aerlink's business model provides mining and resource sector customers with fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) capacity. The carrier's main bases are at Brisbane and Perth International. Aerlink is the only all-ATR - Avions de Transport Régional airline in Australia, and says the type is well suited for sectors too short for the DHC-8 to operate efficiently on.
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Old 20th February 2024, 10:34 AM
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Yeh i read that but KCY is probably MCY?
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Old 20th February 2024, 12:22 PM
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"Sectors too short for the Dash 8"? that must be very short sectors.
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Old 20th February 2024, 10:14 PM
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Yeh i read that but KCY is probably MCY?
I suspect it’s MKY rather than sunny coast as freight traffic is non existent on the sunny coast. Probably replacing the SW4 based at MKY and maybe doing a milk run each night with the extra capacity, eg via ROK, makes sense. ATRs make sense in sub 500nm legs, even more so for freight when they can replace two SW4s
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Old 20th March 2024, 08:34 PM
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I couldn't see any rego markings on the ATR72F today

https://www.flickr.com/photos/794876...posted-public/
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Old 25th March 2024, 03:12 PM
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VH-AK3 flew BNE-TSV this arvo as HT896 probably to get painted.
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Old 1st April 2024, 07:48 AM
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VH-AK3 is due back into BNE this arvo..Hopefully painted?
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Old 1st April 2024, 03:28 PM
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VH-AK3 is due back into BNE this arvo..Hopefully painted?
In an ‘aerlink freight’ scheme
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Old 1st April 2024, 07:53 PM
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Photo attached

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Old 8th May 2024, 06:58 AM
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Another ATR freighter possibly on delivery. 2-KPOW painted in Aerlink Freight left DPS this morning
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