VH-FKD. Fokker F28-1018 Fellowship. c/n 11026.

 

Ordered new by Ansett Transport Industries

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as E-002 / PH-EXA - October 06, 1970

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker

First flown as PH-EXA - October 26, 1970

Accepted by Ansett at Amsterdam (Schiphol) - November 07, 1970

Aircraft was painted in Ansett Airlines of New South Wales 'delta' livery

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - November 10, 1970

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FKD - November 10, 1970

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Aircraft was configured for 60 passengers in economy class seating

Departed Amsterdam (Schiphol) on the delivery flight to Australia - November 11, 1970

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - November 17, 1970

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

Denpasar - Darwin - Alice Springs - Sydney

Flight crew: Captains I. Brown, J. Murray, H. Henry; F/O J.E. Colliton; Navigator B. S. McEwen

Ferried Sydney - Melbourne (Essendon) for Certificate of Airworthiness inspection - November 18, 1970

Used for pilot training at Tullamarine and Essendon Airports

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney on return to Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - November 23, 1970

This aircraft was the first jet-engined airliner to be utilised on N. S. W. intrastate flights

Two publicity flights undertaken from Sydney - November 23, 1970

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Dubbo as WX1002 - December 01, 1970

Initially used on Sydney - Newcastle - Gold Coast - Brisbane services until DCA dispensation was granted

to operate into Broken Hill, Cooma and Dubbo

Operated last New South Wales revenue service Wagga Wagga - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as WX1086 - April 13, 1971

Services suspended using jet-engined airliners due to a severe drop in passenger numbers

Aircraft ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Adelaide - Forrest - Perth on delivery to MMA - April 13 - 14, 1971

Operated first MMA revenue service Perth - Port Headland as MV1740 - April 14, 1971

Aircraft was named 'RMA Goldfields' at naming ceremony at Kalgoorlie - April 24, 1971

MacRoberstson Miller Airlines was renamed Airlines of Western Australia - July 01, 1981

Returned to Air New South Wales - March 27, 1983

Aircraft was modified for over-water flights especially to Norfolk Island

Operated first revenue service for Air New South Wales - April 15, 1983

Repainted into the Air New South Wales 'canary' livery - September 23, 1983

Operated first revenue service to Norfolk Island - September 24, 1983

Operated first F28 service Melbourne - Devonport - Melbourne as AN889/890 - December 12, 1983

Airlines of Western Australia was renamed Ansett W.A. - October 01, 1984

Withdrawn from service by Air New South Wales - October 02, 1984

Returned to Airlines W.A. - October 02, 1984

Repainted into the Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery - November 27, 1984

Returned to Air N.S.W. in the standard Ansett W.A. livery - April 15, 1985

Transferred to Ansett Australia - October 31, 1993

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Hobart - Melbourne (Captain S. Weston) - April 21, 1994

Withdrawn from use, stored at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and advertised for immediate sale

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 13, 1994

Scrapped at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - November 21, 1995

This was the first Ansett jet to be scrapped

Aircraft had flown 57,600 hours with 58,938 cycles

Engines were sold to Air Niugini

 

VH-FKD. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1970.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-509.)

VH-FKD. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1971.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-257.)

VH-FKD. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1971.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1995-061.)

VH-FKD. Ansett Airlines of New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1971.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1995-036.)

VH-FKD. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, February 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-258.)

VH-FKD. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, February 1974.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-336.)

VH-FKD. MMA - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, June 1978.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1995-062.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-126.)

VH-FKD. Airlines of Western Australia - in the 'delta' livery at Perth Airport, March 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-063.)

VH-FKD. Air New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Canberra Airport, April 1983.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1995-064.)

VH-FKD. Air New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 16, 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-259.)

VH-FKD. Air New South Wales - in the 'delta' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 20, 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-337.)

VH-FKD. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 12, 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-338.)

VH-FKD. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 10, 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-339.)

VH-FKD. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 21, 1984.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-362.)

VH-FKD. Air New South Wales - in the 'canary' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 26, 1984.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-145.)

VH-FKD. Ansett W.A. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-510.)

VH-FKD. Ansett W.A. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 20, 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-260.)

VH-FKD. Ansett W.A. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 28, 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-263.)

VH-FKD. Air N.S.W.. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 10, 1986.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-261.)

VH-FKD. Ansett N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-125.)

VH-FKD. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1990.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1995-262.)

VH-FKD. Ansett Express - in the 'flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-127.)

VH-FKD. Ansett Express - in the 'flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-264.)

VH-FKD. Ansett Express - in the 'flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-669.)

VH-FKD. Ansett Express - in the 'flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1995-348.)