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REX (Regional Express) registrations

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As I asked about previously, REX's fleet of SAAB340Bs varies widely in age and how many previous owners an aircraft has had: one example I looked at was of a SAAB340B that had six previous owners prior to being acquired by ZL. The general view however was (notwithstanding two or three incidents a few months agi) that the partly elderly fleet was (and is) well maintained with REX the largest worldwide operator of this type of aircraft (51 or 52 of the SAAB340Bs.)

However what further intrigues is the variety of VH-(XXX) registrations allocated to the REX fleet.

There is partial evidence of a pattern but also present are some 'oddballs':

REX Regional Express Fleet of SF3 (Active) | Airfleets aviation

Why is this when some other airlines can have their planes 'numbered' sequentially (such as say QF with its A332s/A333s - albeit with a couple of 'the last letter' missing from the sequence) and A388s, or VA with its A332, MH with its A333 (9M-MT.) and so on?

Is it because these REX aircraft were not all purchased at once, or close together and hence some registrations became unavailable?
 
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