VH-LAR. Fokker F28-4181. c/n 11212. Was also registered as: VH-FKO.


Built for Air Zimbabwe order but not taken up

Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register with temporary registration E-817 / PH-EXZ - March 27, 1984

Registered to NV Kon. Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker

First flown as PH-EXZ - April 9, 1984

Aircraft stored at Woensdrecht

Temporary Dutch Registration E-817 / PH-EXZ cancelled - June 11, 1985

Sold to Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter - June 12, 1985

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-LAR - June 12, 1985

Registered to Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter Pty Ltd

Aircraft was configured with 79 economy class seats

Accepted by Lloyd Aviation at Schiphol - June 12, 1985

Departed Amsterdam on delivery flight to Australia - June 18, 1985

Arrived Adelaide at conclusion of delivery flight - June 23, 1985

Aircraft was purchased to service Santos Ltd charter contracts for Moomba and Jackson gas / oil fields

Operated first revenue service - June 27, 1985

Lloyd Aviation lost the Santos contract thus aircraft was surplus to requirements

Chartered by Ansett N.T. on an ad-hoc basis

Operated last Adelaide - Alice Springs - Adelaide charter - June 30, 1990

Operated final revenue service for Airlines of Western Australia - December 3, 1988

Sold to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd - July 5, 1990

Ferried Adelaide - Perth for refurbishment for East West Airlines - July 5, 1990

Reregistered as VH-FKO - July 13, 1990

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

Aircraft was reconfigured to seat 72 economy class seats

Ferried Perth - Tamworth on delivery to East West - August 16, 1990

Operated first revenue East West service Tamworth - Sydney - August 24, 1990

Transferred to Ansett Express in an all-white livery - December 14, 1990

Operated first revenue service with Ansett Express - December 18, 1990

Transferred to Ansett Australia when Ansett Express operations were merged - October 31, 1993

Badly damaged at Perth Airport when involved in ground collision with VH-FKI - June 27, 1996

Aircraft was out of service for 84 days while repairs were carried out

Returned to service - September 20, 1996

Operated final revenue service Karratha - Perth as AN329 - November 5, 1997

Flight crew: Captain M. Diamond; F/O M. McGowan

Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Captain M. Oliphant; F/O S. Marley) for storage - November 6, 1997

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 19, 2001

Sold to Universal Asset Management, Memphis, Tennessee - October 2001

Sold to Air Futures, Los Angeles - October 2001

Aircraft was broken up for parts at Melbourne Airport - December 2001

Salvaged parts were trucked to a holding yard at East Keilor

Remains were sighted in a yard in Technical Drive, Craigieburn, Victoria - November 2006

Current starus - ?



VH-LAR. Lloyd - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1985.

VH-LAR. Lloyd - in the full livery at an unknown airport, April 1986.
VH-LAR. Lloyd - in the full livery at an unknown airport, March 1988.

VH-FKO. East West - in the white livery at Canberra Airport, September 1990.

VH-FKO. East West - in the white livery at Sydney Airport, November 1990.


VH-FKO. Ansett Express - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Sydney Airport, September 1992.

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

VH-FKO. Ansett - in the basic livery with all-blue tail at Melbourne Airport, December 1997.