VH-FKB. Fokker F28-1018. c/n 11022.


 

Ordered new by Ansett Transport Industries

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-ZAT (CofR1628) - June 9, 1970

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker

First flown as PH-ZAT - June 10, 1970

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft register - July 8, 1970

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FKB - July 8, 1970

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

Aircraft was configured with 60 economy class seats

Accepted by Ansett at Schiphol - July 8, 1970

Departed Schiphol on delivery flight to Australia - July 8, 1970

Arrived Perth at conclusion of delivery flight - July 12, 1970

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

Bali - Port Headland - Perth

Flight crew: Captains S. Goddard, R. Watts, J. Withecombe; Navigator B. S. McEwen

Operated first revenue service Perth - Derby - July 16, 1970

Aircraft named 'RMA Kimberley' at special naming ceremony at Derby Airport

Wife of the then Western Australia Premier, Lady Brand, performed the naming task

Badly damaged at Port Headland when emegency gear extension door scraped runway - August 27, 1970

Following downturn in traffic aircraft was ferried Perth - Melbourne for storage - July 19, 1972

Returned to service - May 9, 1973

Major overhaul undertaken requiring 5,150 man-hours over 3 weeks - February 1978

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

Ferried Perth - Melbourne for transfer to Air New South Wales - May 29, 1984

Entered service with Air New South Wales - June 23, 1984

Withdrawn from service - August 23, 1989

Aircraft had flown 62,923 hours with 69,617 cycles

Sold to Air Niugini - September 29, 1989

Departed Sydney as VH-FKB in basic Air N.S.W. livery - October 2, 1989

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 29, 1989

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-ANH - September 29, 1989

Damaged beyond repair at Nadzab, Lae, Papua New Guinea - November 16, 1997

Aircraft suffered an undercarriage failure on landing

Four crew and 45 passengers were uninjured

Aircraft had flown 55,114 hours with 58,057 cycles

 


 

PH-ZAT. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Amsterdam Airport, June 1970.

VH-FKB. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1972.

VH-FKB. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, January 1980.
 

VH-FKB. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, December 1980.

VH-FKB. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, June 1982.

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

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

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

VH-FKB. Air New South Wales - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, July 1984.

VH-FKB. Air New South Wales - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, October 1984.
VH-FKB. Air New South Wales - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, October 1984.

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

VH-FKB. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1985.

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

VH-FKB. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, June 1986.

VH-FKB. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, July 1987.
VH-FKB. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, July 1987.
 

 

VH-FKB. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, July 1987.
 

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - in the all-white livery at Port Moresby Airport, May 1990.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - in the all-white livery at Port Moresby Airport, June 1990.

P2-ANH. Air Niugini - in the full livery at Port Moresby Airport, December 1991.