VH-HYO. Airbus A320-211. c/n 547.
Ordered new by Ansett
First flown at Toulouse as F-WWIU - June 28, 1995
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HYO - August 07, 1995
Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne
Aircraft was fitted with 24 First Class and 108 Economy Class seats but variable
Finance provided by Banque National de Paris (BNP) / Credit Lyonnais
Accepted by Ansett at Toulouse - August 30, 1995
Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia as AN4290 - August 31, 1995
Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - September 03, 1995
Delivery route: Toulouse - Dubai - Mauritius - Perth - Melbourne
Flight crew: Captains F. Boomsma, M. Rindfleish
Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Adelaide as AN91 - September 22, 1995
Operated last commercial service Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN166 - September 13, 2001
Ansett ceased operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001
Re-entered Ansett service under administration Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney as AN702 - October 12, 2001
Operated final revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth as AN185 - March 04, 2002
Flight crew: Captain A. Clarke; F/O M. Fiskler
Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4040 - March 05, 2002
Prepared for long term storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport
Ansett Engineering quote the aircraft had flown 22,367 hours with 12,095 cyles - June 27, 2002
Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4089 - September 10, 2002
Departed Melbourne on return to Credit Lyonnais, France as AN40 - October 28, 2002
Arrived Bordeaux, France on completion of the ferry flight - October 30, 2002
Ferry route: Melbourne - Perth - Cocos Island - Male - Cairo - Bordeaux
Flight crew: Captain M. Rindfleish; F/O D. Jordan; Engineers A. Scicluna, L. Robin
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 08, 2002
Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-WQSB - ?
Observed at Bordeaux in the standard Ansett Australia 'Starmark' livery - June 13, 2003
Leased to Armavia - February 2004
Entered onto the Armenian Aircraft Register as EK32009 - February 2004
Ferried Bordeaux - Yerevan on delivery to Armavia - February 06, 2004
Ferried to Maastricht for repainting into the new Armavia livery - October 28, 2004
Aircraft destroyed when it crashed into the sea on approach to Adler-Sochi, Russia - May 03, 2006
Was operating flight UR-967 Yerevan - Sochi with 108 passengers and 7 crew aboard
Crash occurred whilst attempting its second emergency landing attempt in very poor weather conditions
Aircraft had flown more than 28,200 hours with 14,400 cycles at the time of the crash
The aircraft's flight data recorders were recovered and sent for analysis
Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee uncovered no anomalities that could have caused the crash
Aircraft was not destroyed until it hit the water
Engines were operating normally and enough fuel was present to complete flight
F-WWIU. Ansett Australia - in basic primer livery at Toulouse, July 1995.
F-WWIU. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Toulouse, July 1995.
VH-HYO. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1997.
EK-32009. Armavia - in the original blue livery at unknown airport, March 2004.
EK-32009. Armavia - in the new livery at Amsterdam Airport, November 2004.
EK-32009. Armavia - in the new livery at Paris Airport, January 2005.