VH-HYX. Airbus A320-211. c/n 288.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by GATX Capital Corporation - ?

First flown at Toulouse as 'F-WWBV' - December 19, 1991

Accepted by GATX Capital Corp at Toulouse, France - April 27, 1992

Leased to Onur Air, Turkey - May 07, 1992

Entered onto Turkish Aircraft Register as TC-ONA - ?

Aircraft was named 'Birtuc' and later 'Pinar'

Operated first revenue service for Onur Air Istanbul - London (Gatwick) - May 09, 1992

Returned to lessor on termination of the lease - May 1996

Leased to Ansett Australia - May 1996

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HYX - May 30, 1996

Registered to GATX Capital Corporation

Leased to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd as the registered operator

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

Departed Greensboro, U. S. A. on the ferry flight to Australia as AN4291 - July 04, 1996

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - July 06, 1996

Ferry route: Greensboro - San Diego - Hilo - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains M. Rindfleish, B. Saunders; Engineers C. Almond, P. Milan,

M. van Helmert, M. Riscica, K. Kocsis, N. Thomopoulos, N. Forfar

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane (Captain A. Sillar) as AN60 - July 11, 1996

Operated last revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Adelaide )West Beach) as AN191 - September 13, 2001

Ansett ceased all operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

Adverised for sale by GATX with delivery January 2002 - October 18, 2001

Flew one Ansett service under administration Adelaide (West Beach) - Melbourne as AN351 - October 26, 2001

Placed in storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) awaiting sale

Ansett Engineering quote the aircraft had flown 30,157 hours with 15,611 cycles - October 26, 2001

Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) after a double engine change as AN4089 - May 15, 2002

Departed Melbourne on return to GATX, France with GATX crew as AN4040 - May 20, 2002

Ferry route: Melbourne - Jakarta - Male - Larnaca - Toulouse

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - May 30, 2002

Leased to Transair, Sweden - June 11, 2002

Entered onto Swedish Aircraft Register as SE-RCC - June 14, 2002

Ferried Toulouse - Nykoping as TWE9007 - June 14, 2002

Sub-leased to GOODjet, Sweden - June 2002 to December 10, 2002

Returned to Transair and parked at Stockholm before GOODjet ceased operations - December 09, 2002

Ferried Stockholm - Bordeaux on return to GATX - December 12, 2002

Cancelled from Swedish Aircraft Register - July 03, 2003

Leased to Air Malta - July 2003 to January 2004

Entered on Maltese Aircraft Register as 9H-AED - ?

Leased to Hurkus Havayolu Tasimacilik ve Ticaret (Free Bird) - March 2004

Entered onto Turkish Aircraft Register as TC-FBF - ?

Ferried Cambridge - Istanbul in Free Bird livery - March 31, 2004

Sub-leased to Greece Airways and arrived Glasgow as RE113P - April 30, 2006

Operated first revenue service Glasgow - Athens as GRE2113 - May 01, 2006

Retured to Freebird when Greece Airways ceased operations - October 2006

Observed at Nurnberg in the revised Freebird livery - February 16, 2007

Operated some services for Royal Suadi Air Force - November 03 - 04, 2010

Returned to Aercap Dutch Leasing BV on termination of lease - December 2011

Ferried Instanbul - Keflavik - Bangor - Goodyear for storage in the Freebird livery - December 15, 2011

Cancelled from the Turkish Aircraft Register - December 2011

Sold to Aeroturbine Inc, Miami, Florida - December 29, 2011

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N248AT - December 30, 2011

Registered to Aeroturbine Inc

Observed at Goodyear as 'TC-FBF' - February 02, 2012

Scrapped at Goodyear - ?

 

VH-HYX. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1998.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0320-766.)

VH-HYX. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, February 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-024.)

SE-RCC. Goodjet - in the standard livery at Stockholm Airport, December 2002.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-061.)

SE-RCC. Goodjet - in the standard livery at Bordeaux Airport, January 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-013.)

9H-AED. Air Malta - in the all-white livery at Paris Orly Airport, August 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-004.)

9H-AED. Air Malta - in the all-white livery at Faro Airport, October 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-005.)

9H-AED. Air Malta - in the all-white livery at Faro Airport, December 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-030.)

TC-FBF. Free Bird - in the original livery at Munich Airport, May 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-039.)

TC-FBF. Free Bird - in the original livery at Munich Airport, July 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-068.)

TC-FBF. Free Bird - in the original livery at Munich Airport, July 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-070.)

TC-FBF. FreeBird - in the revised livery at Berlin Tegel Airport, August 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-069.)

TC-FBF. FreeBird - in the final livery at an unknown airport, December 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-101.)

TC-FBF. FreeBird - in the final livery at an unknown airport, May 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-210.)