VH-FNA. Fokker F.27-050. c/n 20106.


 

First of ten aircraft ordered new by Ansett

Originally allocated c/n 10696 but changed by Fokker when new c/n series introduced for F.27-050s

Temporary export registration E-904 / PH-EXG reserved by Fokker Aircraft B.V. - November 13, 1986

First flown as PH-EXG - July 16, 1987

Aircraft cleared for export to Australia - August 28, 1987

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FNA - August 28, 1987

Registered to JL Leasing Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan

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

Accepted by Ansett at Schiphol - September 03, 1987

Aircraft configured to seat 50 passengers

Departed Amsterdam on the delivery flight to Australia as AN50 - September 03, 1987

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - September 10, 1987

Delivery route: Amsterdam - Athens - Cairo - Bahrain - Muscat - Bombay - Madras - Penang - Denpasar -

Darwin - Mt Isa - Sydney

Flight crew: Captains K. Duncan, C. Harrold, J. A. McEnlly, T. Daff; LAMEs R. Curvey, A. Mitchell, R. Jones;

Avionics Engineer T. Anderson; Operations Engineer F. Lenarcic

Aircraft arrived in the standard Ansett livery

Ferried Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) where it carried out two public relations flights - September 10, 1987

Repainted with Air N.S.W. titles on port side with 'Ansett' titles on starboard side - October 27, 1987

Undertook a 14-day tour of 23 Air N.S.W. ports (Captains K. Duncan, N. J. Fitzpatrick

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Dubbo as WX900 - November 16, 1987

Air N.S.W. was renamed Ansett N.S.W. - March 01, 1990

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

Commenced Ansett Express services - April 08, 1991

Used mainly on the Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne shuttle services

Aircraft had flown 9,372 hours with 11,045 cycles - June 30, 1993

Transferred to Ansett Australia when Ansett Express operations merged with parent airline - October 31, 1993

Withdrawn from Ansett service - July 16, 1995

Wet leased to Flight West Airlines for one day - July 17, 1995

Leased to Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd - August 01, 1995

Acquired Skywest titles during maintenance at Brisbane

Registered to Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd - September 01, 1995

Operated final Skywest / Ansett revenue service Carnarvon - Perth as AN6580 - September 13, 2001

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

Returned to service under administration Perth - Karratha as AN7631 - September 24, 2001

Skywest Airlines sold to Airline Investments Ltd - February 21, 2002

Repainted in new livery with 'City of Albany' titles - March 06, 2004

Registered to Skywest Airlines (Australia) Pty Ltd - March 14, 2006

Virgin Australia announces its intention to acquire Skywest Airlines - October 30, 2012

Operated last service in full Skywest livery Onslow - Perth as XR256 - February 23, 2013

Ferried Perth - Alice Springs - Townsville for repainting - February 25, 2013

Ferried Townsville - Alice Springs - Perth in all white livery with Skywest rudder - March 11, 2013

Aircraft could not be repainted into the full Virgin Australia livery in Townsville because the

rudder could not be reballanced and certified once it was removed from the aircraft during the paint stripping process

Returned to service Perth - Onslow as XR-255 in all-white livery with Skywest rudder - March 13, 2013

Virgin Australia finalises the acquisition of Skywest Airlines - April 11, 2013

Ferried Perth - Townsville direct for repainting into full Virgin Australia livery - April 20, 2013

Ferried Townsville - Alice Springs - Perth in the Virgin Australia livery - April 26, 2013

First Fokker F.27-050 to acquire the Virgin Australia livery

Aircraft is now named 'Rockingham Beach'

Virgin Australia finalises the acquisition of Skywest Airlines - April 11, 2013

Skywest Airlines was renamed Virgin Australia Regional Airlines - May 07, 2013

Operated final revenue service Geraldton - Perth - October 09, 2015

Withdrawn from service and stored at Perth having flown 54,185 hours with 48,355 cycles

Aircraft can be returned to service if required with 24 hours notice

 


 

VH-FNA. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery over Sydney, October 1987.

VH-FNA. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, October 1987.
VH-FNA. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Canberra Airport, November 1987.
VH-FNA. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Canberra Airport, November 1987.
VH-FNA. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1987.
VH-FNA. Express Shuttle . - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, February 1991.
VH-FNA. Express Shuttle . - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, February 1992.

VH-FNA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1993.

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

VH-FNA. Ansett - in the 'Union Jack' livery without titles at Melbourne Airport, July 1995.

VH-FNA. Skywest Airlines - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1998.

VH-FNA. Skywest - in Ansett 'Starmark' livery at Perth Airport, date unknown.

VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, January 2005.

VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, January 2009.

VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, May 2009.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, October 2009.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2010.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, March 2010.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, March 2010.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, June 2010.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, February 2011.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, July 2011.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, February 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, February 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, February 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, February 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, February 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, February 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, August 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, August 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, August 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, August 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, August 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, September 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, October 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, December 2012.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Perth Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Perth Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Skywest - in the basic white livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, June 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the full livery at Perth Airport, June 2013.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the standard livery at Busselton Airport, January 2014.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the standard livery at Busselton Airport, January 2014.
VH-FNA. Virgin Australia - in the standard livery at Busselton Airport, January 2014.