15 April 2021

Now it is ZK-JSJ

POST UPDATED 27 June 2021

British Aerospace Jetstream 3201 (c/n 969) ZK-ECJ has been reregistered as ZK-JSJ. 

Built at British Aerospace in Prestwick, Scotland as G-31-969 the aircraft made its first flight on the 21st of August 1992. It was registered N969AE and on the 2nd of October 1992 it departed Prestwick, on its delivery flight to the USA where it was operated by Wings West Airlines for American Eagle. It flew its last service with Wings West Airlines on the 4th of August 1996 and was placed in storage until April 1999.

When I was preparing this post I thought the American registration N969AE sounded familiar... lo and behold, N969AE taken at Los Angeles on 8 June 1995 while waiting for my flight home.

On the ZK-RES 29th of April 1999 N969AE became ZK-RES registered to Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd, Wellington who operated for Ansett Regional.

BAe Jetstream 31 ZK-RES with Ansett Regional arriving at Nelson on 25 June 1990

Following the collapse of Ansett New Zealand, on the 1st of September 2000 it was registered to Tasman Pacific Regional Airlines Ltd, Wellington who operated Qantas New Zealand.

BAe Jetstream 32 ZK-RES with Tasman Pacific Connection at Wellington on 15 March 2001

When it its turn Tasman Pacific collapsed it went to Origin Pacific Airways who registered it ZK-JSR on the 25th of October 2002.

BAe Jetstream 32 ZK-JSR with Origin Pacific at Nelson on 4 November 2003

Origin Pacific in its turn collapse and Auckland-based air charter company Air National picked it up registering ZK-ECJ on the 18th of July 2006. As well as charter services Air National operated a number of services for Air New Zealand Link using their Jetstreams. In early March 2011 Air National wrote to the Civil Aviation Authority voluntarily asking it to revoke its air operator certificate. It was revoked immediately and ZK-ECJ was registered to Vincent Aviation on the 30th of March 2011 who operated it for Air National as well as in their own right.

BAe Jetstream ZK-ECJ while registered to Vincent Aviation at Auckland 26 September 2011

On the 20th of February 2012 ZK-ECJ was registered to Airwork Flight Operations Limited who operated it as Inflite Charters. It was registered to air2there on 27 July 2017 but it was never operated on their services and has been in storage at Paraparaumu. It was registered to Originair on the 7th of August 2020 and flew to Palmerston North three weeks ago in preparation for service with Originair as, as we know now, ZK-JSJ.   

BAe Jetstream 32 ZK-ECJ in Inflite Charter colours at Tauranga on 7 November 2016

In service with Originair as ZK-JSJ on 25 June 2021


  1. They should have put it back to ZK-JSR again

  2. Jsh, jsj, jsk.....I bet eci becomes jsi when it goes back in the air....h,I,j,k????

    1. JSI is already taken. To fit the theme I would say it'll be JSL if it does go down same route, since JSG is already taken as well.