VH-HYJ. Airbus A320-211. c/n 142.

 

This aircraft was constructed for All Nippon Airways but the order was not taken up

First flown at Toulouse as F-WWDI - November 09, 1990

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) and stored - November 13, 1990

Sold to Ansett Airways, Australia - December 1990

Accepted by Ansett Airways at Toulouse - January 29, 1991

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HYJ - January 30, 1991

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

The aircraft was fitted 24 First Class and 108 Economy Class seats but the layout was variable

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia - February 02, 1991

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - February 08, 1991

It was delivered in an all-white livery with 'Southern Cross' tail markings

Delivery route: Toulouse - Gatwick - Santa Maria - Bermuda - Orlando - Long Beach - Hilo - Apia - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains F. Boomsma, F. Jones; LAMEs W. Bird, S. Giuliano, P. Donohue, P. Runting

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN4 - March 07, 1991

Operated inaugural Perth - Denpasar - Perth service as AN211/159 (Captain F. Boomsma) - September 11, 1993

It was Ansett's first domestic aircraft to be flown in the new Ansett Australia 'Starmark' livery

when it operated Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN16 - September 17, 1993

Operated last revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as AN78 - September 13, 2001

Ansett ceased operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

The aircraft was parked at Brisbane following suspension of all Ansett operations

Re-entered Ansett service under administration as Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN205 - October 08, 2001

Operated final revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Adelaide as AN355 - March 04, 2002

Ferried Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage as AN4044 - March 04, 2002

Ansett Engineering quoted the aircraft had flown 37,025 hours with 19,632 cycles - June 27, 2002

Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4089 - July 02, 2002

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to Lufthansa Technik, Berlin, Germany - August 09, 2002

Ferry route: Melbourne - Perth - Cocos Island - Male - Bahrain - Athens - Berlin (Schonefeld)

Flight crew: Captains G. Lowe, G. Nicol; Engineers S. Driver, Wong Khing Choon

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 02, 2002

Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-AKFX - February 26, 2003

A planned lease to Air Canada did not eventaute and the aircraft remained in storage

A planned lease by Ansett Worldwide to ArmAvia did not eventuate

Ferried Berlin (Schonefeld) - Hamburg for painting in LAT Charter livery - November 10, 2003

Ferried Hamburg - Berlin (Schonefeld) on completion of repainting - November 18, 2003

Leased to LAT Charter - November 2003

Entered onto the Latvian Aircraft Register as YL-BBC - ?

Ferried Riga - Abu Dabi - October 31, 2006

Wet-leased to HellasJet - March 2007

Entered onto the Greek Aircraft Register as SX-BVD - March 24, 2007

Operated training flight Athens - Volos - Athens in basic LAT Charter livery with Hellasjet titles - March 2007

Observed at Rome (Fiumicino) in service with Hellasjet - April 21, 2007

LAT Charter renamed SmartLynx Airlines - September 25, 2008

Returned to SmartLynx Airlines on termination of the lease to HellasJet - March 2009

Cancelled from the Greek Aircraft Register - March 2009

Entered onto the Latvian Aircraft Register as YL-BBC - March 2009

Arrived Shannon for repainting into an all-white livery by Lufthansa Aircraft Painting - November 28, 2009

Ferried Shannon - Vilnius in all-white livery - December 08, 2009

Ferried Vilnius - Damascus in all-white livery on wet-lease to Cham Wings Airlines - March 10, 2010

Commenced services with Cham Wings Airlines - March 15, 2010

Returned to SmartLynx on termination of the wet-lease - June 01, 2010

Repainted into new SmartLynx livery - 2010

Observed at Salzburg in standard SmartLynx livery with 'NASAIR' titles near forward door - February 2012

Ferried Riga - Thessaloniki to operate Astra Airlines services - May 26, 2012

Utilised on Astra Airlines scheduled services to Russia and other CIS countries during 2012 summer season

Observed at Moscow with 'mouzenidis.com' titles - July 2012

Withdrawn from use and stored - February 2013

Ferried Riga - Jeddah for sub-lease to National Air Services, Saudi Arabia - February 25, 2013

Leased to BH Air - ?

Ferried Montpellier - Sofia as BGH6001 on delivery to BH Air - May 21, 2016

Operated first revenue service Sofia - Olbia as BH4119 - May 22, 2016

Current with BH Air

 

VH-HYJ. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1998.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0320-073.)

YL-BBC. LAT Charter - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-233.)

SX-BVD. Hellasjet - in the basic LAT Charter livery at Rome Airport, April 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-119.)

YL-BBC. SmartLynx - in the LAT Charter livery at an unknown airport, September 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-138.)