VH-FKA. Fokker F28-1018. c/n 11021.


 

Ordered new by Ansett Transport Industries

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-ZAS (CofR1616) - April 29, 1970

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker

First flown as PH-ZAS - April 29, 1970

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - June 4, 1970

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FKA - June 4, 1970

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

Aircraft was configured with 60 economy class seats

Accepted by Ansett at Schiphol (Captain J. Withecombe) - June 5, 1970

Departed Schiphol on delivery flight to Australia - June 5, 1970

Arrived Perth at conclusion of delivery flight - June 8, 1970

Delivery route: Amsterdam - Brindisi - Ankara - Teheran - Karachi - Calcutta - Bangkok - Singapore -

Bali - Port Headland - Perth

Flight crew: Captains J. Murray, D. Anderson, J. Withecombe; Navigator W. C. Kennedy; 2 engineers

Aircraft named 'RMA Pilbara II'

Operated first revenue service Perth - Port Headland - June 11, 1970

Underwent major overhaul at Perth, being replaced by F.27 VH-FNU - April 17 - May 9, 1974

Was first Fellowship anywhere in the world to exceed 30,000 hours

MacRoberstson Miller Airlines was renamed Airlines of Western Australia - July 1, 1981

It had flown 33,469 hours - July 8, 1981

Airlines of Western Australia was renamed Ansett W.A. - October 1, 1984

Withdrawn from service and transferred to Air N.S.W. in full Ansett W.A. livery - August 10, 1985

Repainted in Air N.S.W. titles on arrival at Sydney

Operated inaugural Air NSW Melbourne - Devonport - Hobart - Sydney service - August 17, 1985

Offered for sale - 1990

Air N.S.W. was renamed Ansett Express - November 28, 1990

Leased by Ansett Express to Air Marshall Islands as VH-FKA - March 1992

Overhauled in Brisbane - April 30 - May 14, 1992

Transferred to Ansett W.A. - June 24, 1992

Transferred to Ansett Express - October 25, 1992

Returned to Ansett Australia - October 31, 1993

Withdrawn from use after operating Mackay - Brisbane service - December 9, 1994

Returned to service after Bae146 VH-EWM was damaged - April 11, 1995

Operated final revenue service Perth - Alice Springs as AN460 - May 26, 1995

Ferried Alice Springs - Melbourne for storage - May 26, 1995

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 28, 1995

Aircraft had flown 62,751 hours with 63,222 cycles

Scrapped at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - January 20, 1996

Nose / cockpit section were salvaged and transported to a private residence in Mickleham Rd, Mickleham

Nose / cockpit section still in existence - November 2006

 


 

 

VH-FKA. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, June 1971.

VH-FKA. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, January 1974.
 

VH-FKA. Airlines of Western Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, October 1981.

VH-FKA. Airlines of Western Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, October 1981.

VH-FKA. Airlines of Western Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, November 1981.

VH-FKA. Airlines of Western Australia - in the new livery at Perth Airport, October 1983.

 

VH-FKA. Ansett W.A. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Perth Airport, May 1985.

VH-FKA. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1985.

VH-FKA. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1985.

VH-FKA. Air N.SW. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1987.

VH-FKA. Air N.SW. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, July 1987.

VH-FKA. Air N.SW. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, July 1987.
VH-FKA. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, November 1990.

VH-FKA. Ansett Express - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Canberra Airport, April 1992.

VH-FKA. Ansett Express - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1992.

VH-FKA. Ansett Express - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1994.
 

VH-FKA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1994.