VH-HYD. Airbus A320-211. c/n 025.


 

Fourth of eight Airbus A320 aircraft ordered new by Ansett

First flown at Toulouse as F-WWDU - December 5, 1988

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HYD - March 15, 1989

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

Aircraft was leased from Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau

Aircraft fitted 24 First Class and 108 Economy Class seats but variable

Departed Toulouse on delivery flight to Australia - March 17, 1989

Arrived Melbourne at conclusion of delivery flight - March 20, 1989

Delivery route: Toulouse - Athens - Dubai - Bangkok - Darwin - Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Flight crew: Captains W. Hanrahan, K Wallace; LAMEs G. Horwood, R. Smith, D. Clarke

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Adelaide as AN208 - May 10, 1989

Ansett suspended operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

Operated last revenue service Cairns - Brisbane as AN63 - September 14, 2001

Flight crew: Captain M. Down; F/O K. Hodgson

Aircraft parked at Brisbane following suspension of all Ansett operations

Ferried Brisbane - Sydney as AN4403 for storage - September 28, 2001

Re-entered Ansett service under administration Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN713 - September 29, 2001

Flight crew: Captain A. Ogilvie; F/O G. Colman

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Perth as AN259 - March 4, 2002

Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4042 and stored - March 4, 2002

Returned to lessors by the Ansett Administrators

Ansett Engineering quote the aircraft had flown 40,435 hours with 22,285 cycles - June 27, 2002

Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in all-white livery - May 7, 2003

Leased to Nouvelair, Tunisia

Departed Melbourne as AN320 on Nouvelair ferry flight to France - May 29, 2004

Arrived Toulouse at conclusion of ferry flight - May 31, 2004

Ferry route: Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Exmouth - Male - Bahrain - Malta - Toulouse

Flight crew: Captains B. Saunders, G. Lowe; Ansett Engineers R. Gourley, K. Weymouth;

Nouvelair Engineers K. Hedi, K. Slim

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 4, 2004

Entered onto the Tunisian Aircraft Register as TS-INJ - June 4, 2004

Sub-leased to Libyan Arab Airlines - June 4, 2004

Advertised for sale by Pembroke Capital with lease attached - October 12, 2004

Sold by the Ansett Administrators to Aeroturbine Inc, Miami, Florida - December 29, 2005

Ferried Monastir - Goodyear, Arizona in full Libyan Arab livery as LPF160P - September 21, 2006

Cancelled from the Tunisian Aircraft Register - ?

Observed at Goodyear with tail removed and being parted out - November 19, 2006

Scrapped at Goodyear

 


 

 

F-WWDU. Ansett - in the original 'Southern Cross' livery at unknown airport, March 1989.

 
 

VH-HYD. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1992.

VH-HYD. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1995.

 

 

VH-HYD. Ansett - in all-white livery without markings at Malta Airport, May 2004.