VH-HYS. Airbus A320-211. c/n 632.

Was also registered as: F-WQSF; EK-32010.


This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Australia - ?

Finance provided by Credit Lyonnais Australia Ltd

First flown at Toulouse as 'F-WWBI' - November 12, 1996

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HYS - November 21, 1996

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

Accepted by Ansett Australia at Toulouse - November 21, 1996

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia as AN4294 - November 22, 1996

It arrived at Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - November 25, 1996

Delivery route: Toulouse - Dubai - Mauritius - Perth - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains M. Rindfleish, A. Sillar, Engineers D. Martin, D. Paull

Operated its first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hobart (Captain R. Troost) as AN101 - December 14, 1996

Operated its final revenue service Perth - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN174 - September 13, 2001

Ansett ceased operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

It was placed in short-term storage at Sydney (Kingsford Smith)

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage as AN757 - November 28, 2001

Ansett Engineering quote the aircraft had flown 16,792 hours with 9,130 cycles - June 27, 2002

Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4089 - August 13 and October 30, 2002

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to France as AN40 - January 17, 2003

Ferry route: Melbourne - Perth - Cocos Island - Male - Dubai - Athens - Bordeaux

Flight crew: Captains A. Ogilvie, F. Downes; Engineers R. Bovill, L. Szmanski

On arrival at Bordeaux it was placed in long term storage in the Ansett 'Starmark' livery

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - January 24, 2003

Entered onto French Aircraft Register as F-WQSF - ?

Leased to Armavia, Armenia as the registered operator - May 07, 2004

Entered onto the Armenian Aircraft Register as EK-32010 - ?

Ferried Bordeaux - Maastricht for painting into the Armavia livery - October 24 - 28, 2004

The aircraft was destoryed in a hangar fire at Zenventem Airport, Brussels - May 04 - 05, 2006

It was undergoing maintenance at SN Technics at the time and no injuries were sustained

Aircraft was a complete write-off

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EK-32010. Armavia - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, November 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-032.)

EK-32010. Armavia - in the standard livery at Paris Charles de Gualle Airport, July 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-060.)