VH-HYK. Airbus A320-211. c/n 157.

Was also registered as: D-AKFY; TS-INH; VP-BQZ.


First flown at Toulouse (Blagnac) as F-WWIB - January 03, 1991

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) for interior fitout and storage - January 1991

Ferried Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - Toulouse as F-WWIB - February 01, 1991

It was accepted by Ansett at Toulouse (Blagnac) - March 06, 1991

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia - March 08, 1991

It arrived at Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - March 14, 1991

Delivery route: Toulouse - Gatwick - Santa Maria - Bermuda - Phoenix - Hilo - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains F. Boomsma, T. Blair; LAMEs N. Dunstan, D. Paull, P. Runting;

Technical Engineer R. Farrar

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HYK - March 14, 1991

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

The aircraft was configured with 24 First Class and 108 Economy Class seats but this was variable

It arrived in an all-white livery and waspainted at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the 'Flag' livery before entering service

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN9200 - March 29, 1991

Operated its first revenue service Sydney - Hamilton Island (Captain R. Lewis) as AN2010 March 29, 1991

Operated the first Ansett Brisbane - Darwin - Denpasar service (Capatin I. Johnston) as AN112 - September 11, 1993

Operated its last revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN59 - June 30, 2001

The aircraft was in heavy maintenance at Melbourne when Ansett ceased operations - September 13, 2001

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN4408 - November 29, 2001

Re-entered Ansett service under administration Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Brisbane as AN234 - November 29, 2001

Operated its final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Brisbane as AN276 - March 04, 2002

Ferried Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage as AN4043 - March 04, 2002

Ansett Engineering quote the aircraft had flown 36,141 hours with 19,126 cycles - June 27, 2002

Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4089 - September 11, 2002

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to ASL Aircraft Services, Lemwerder, Germany - November 08, 2002

It arrived at Lemwerder, Germany on completion of the ferry flight - November 10, 2002

Ferry route: Melbourne - Perth - Cocos Island - Male - Cario - Bremen - Lemwerder

Flight crew: Captains B. Saunders, A. Ogilvie; Engineers P. Reed, B. Turnbull

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 20, 2002

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

The planned lease to Air Canada did not eventaute and aircraft remained in storage in the basic Ansett livery

Entered onto the Tunisian Aircraft Register as TS-INH - August 2003

Registered to Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)

Leased by Aibus to Nouvelair Tunisie, Monastir, Tunisia - September 13, 2003

Wet-leased to Afriqiyah Airways, Tripoli

It was observed at Paris (Charles de Gaulle) in the Afriqiyah livery - September 30, 2003

Advertised for sale / dry lease by Pembroke Capital Ltd - September 29, 2005

Returned to lessor at end of Afriqiyah Airways wet-lease - January 2007

Leased to Ural Airlines - 2007

Entered onto the Bermuda Aircraft Register as VP-BQZ - March 2007

Registered to Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau

Leased to Ural Airlines as the registered operator

Current with Ural Airlines



TS-INH Afriqiyah - in the standard livery with English titles at Paris Charles de Gualle Airport, October 2003.

(C. Laugier Copyright Image 0320-046.)

TS-INH Afriqiyah - in the standard livery with Arabic titles at an unknown airport, August 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-071.)