Compiled by David Wise

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The Republic of Kiribati, formerly the Gilbert Islands, achieved independence in 1979.

It was assigned to use the VP-P British Pacific aircraft register but nothing was registered and T3- came into use in 1981.

Information collated from reports in Air Britain News. Cross checked with Joe Barr and posted in Jan 2013.

This register is posted as "work in progress". Any corrections or extra information would be welcome. Please e-mail


Reg Issue Reg
Type Const
T3-ATA   5/81 Riley DH114 Heron 14108 ex VH-CLW/CR-GAT/G-ASFI/CA+001/G-5-15 (Riley conv 2/77)(op Air Tungarau) to DQ-FDY cx 12/84 (dbstorm 1/85 reb)(dbf Nadi 8/88 reb) still in service 3/96. To Bankstown by 11/97 donated to Museum. To museum Alice Springs 7/12 repainted as as VH-CLW
T3-ATB   6/81 B727-030C 19311 ex N703EV/PP-SRZ/N703EV/D-ABIO (op Air Tungaru) to N4936S 3/84 then N726EV scr Marana, Az 3/94
T3-ATC   3/82 CASA 212 236 (op Air Tungaru>7/96 Air Kiribati)(to be traded in for DHC6 c6/14 but n.t.u due to corrosion -stored) current
T3-ATD   3/83 BN2A III Trislander 391 ex DQ-FCC/G-BCJX op Air Kiribati wfu 5/94 scr
T3-ATE   3/83 BN2A III Trislander 1004 ex (N2965T)/DQ-FCE/G-BCNN op Air Kiribati wfu st c95? scr?
T3-ATF   3/83 C-U206G f/p 05574 ex DQ-FDJ/N5122X to VH-HBX cx ?/?? then DQ-TAN
T3-ATG 1 ntu PA23-250B Aztec 27-2475 ex N5400Y reservation ntu
T3-ATG 2 2/93 BN2A-27 Islander 611 ex ZK-FXY/N4391A/DQ-FHB/DQ-FFF/ZK-FXY/F-OCRB/G-AXZY (op Air Tungaru) to ZK-FXY cx 8/95 then DQ-FHB > H4-WPF
T3-ATH   9/94 BN2A-26 Islander 52 ex ZK-FWZ/F-OCMO (op Air Tungaru) to ZK-FWZ cx 6/95
T3-ATI   ?/97 Harbin Y-12 0077 (op Air Kiribati) current
T3-ATJ   6/01 CASA 212 356 ex N398FL/N104CA (op Air Kiribati) to N356WJ cx 11/13
T3-ATR   3/04 ATR-72 456 ex F-WQNE/F-OHJA/F-WWLN (op Air Kiribati) to HL5229 cx 7/05
T3-AKJ   8/13 DHC6-300 647 ex N360CM/TG-JCA/N300WH/VH-XFC/N205CA (owned Bank of Utah Trustee op Air Kiribati) current
T3-??   res c5/14 DHC6-300 831 ex N831WJ/5N-BLJ/VH-VHM/PK-LTY/B-3512/VR-BJP/C-GDNG (owned Bank of Utah Trustee op Air Kiribati - planned for dely c5/14 but not del due to corrosion on trade-in T3-ATC) instead sold 9/16 as C-GVKN
T3-JMR 1 3/09 BN2A-21 Islander 494 ex VH-SQS/G-BEGC/RP-C-2153 (op Coral Sun) to VH-WQA cx 4/11
T3-JMR 2 5/15 Be 200 Kingair BB-83 ex N283KA/RP-C711 (op Coral Sun from 3/15) current (to Tauranga for mtce 10/15 retd to Tarawa 4/16)
T3-VAL   5/91 B737-214 20158 ex N460AC/N4264Y/ZK-NAL/N985PS (op Air Tungaru) to N460AC 1/93
T3-VIN   5/09 BN2B-26 Islander 2154 ex VH-YIE/JA5281/N667J/G-BKEI (op Coral Sun) to H4-AAJ cx 4/11
T3-64Z   6/10 PA23-250F 27-8054025 ex N2364Z (op Jeff Jong/Coral Sun)(to Tauranga, NZ 4/13 for long mtce) to ZK-WDP cx 9/14 (retd to Kiribati 3/15 as ZK-WDP on lease to Coral Sun)
N98WA   2/98 PA23-250C 27-3671 ex H4-WPA/YJ-RV10/H4-AAX/VH-EKT/N6446Y reported at Tarawa 7/13 reg expired cx 10/14
ZK-PIW   9/93 Pa23-250E 27-7305089 ex VH-RCI/N40274 (leased to Coral Sun from 4/13 maintenance cover for T3-64Z returned to NZ 3/15)
ZK-WDP   3/15 Pa23-250F 27-8054025 ex T3-64Z/N2364Z (leased to Coral Sun from 3/15) current

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