VH-FNB. Fokker F.27-050. c/n 20107.


Second of ten aircraft ordered new by Ansett

Originally allocated c/n 10697 but changed by Fokker when new c/n series introduced for F.27-050s

Temporary export registration E-905 / PH-EXF reserved by Fokker Aircraft B.V. - November 21, 1986

First flown as PH-EXF - October 16, 1987

Aircraft cleared for export to Australia - October 27, 1987

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FNB - October 27, 1987

Registered to JL Leasing Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan

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

Accepted by Ansett at Amsterdam (Schiphol) - October 27, 1987

Aircraft configured to seat 50 passengers

Departed Amsterdam on the delivery flight to Australia as AN50 - October 28, 1987

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - November 03, 1987

Delivery route: Amsterdam - Athens - Cairo - Bahrain - Karachi - Calcutta - Bangkok - Seletar - Denpasar -

Darwin - Mt Isa - Sydney

Flight crew: Captains K. Duncan, B. D. Sexton, N. J. Fitzpatrick; LAMEs P. Coulls, B. Kay, I James;

Captain J. Wood (Dept of Communications & Transport)

Aircraft arrived in the standard Ansett livery

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Maroochydore (Captain T. Daff) - November 21, 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

Operated last Ansett Express Shuttle service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Canberra - Sydney - July 21, 1991

Withdrawn from Ansett service and placed in storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - July 28, 1991

Returned to service with Ansett Express - March 21, 1992

Ferried Sydney - Brisbane on wet leased to Flight West Airlines to cover for DHC-8 VH-XFU - January 20, 1993

The DHC-8 had been leased to Ansett New Zealand

Operated first Flight West revenue service as YC6008 - January 21, 1993

Route: Brisbane - Gladstone - Rockhampton - Mackay - Townsville - Cairns

Operated final Flight West revenue service - March 11, 1993

Ferried Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on return to Ansett - March 12, 1993

Returned to service with Ansett Express - March 21, 1993

Aircraft had flown 8,393 hours with 9,781 cycles - June 30, 1993

Transferred to Ansett Australia when Ansett Express services merged with the parent airline - October 30, 1993

Withdrawn from service - December 1995

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth for lease to Skywest Airlines - December 31, 1995

Registered to Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd - April 30, 1996

Operated last Skywest revenue service Karratha - Perth as AN6570 - September 13, 2001

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

Returned to service under administration Perth - Esperance as AN7601 - September 23, 2001

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

Repainted at Perth into the standard Skywest livery - August 2004

Aircraft was named 'Shire of Esperance' at naming ceremony at Esperance - December 14, 2005

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

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

Ferried Perth - Denpasar - Seletar of overhaul - March 13, 2013

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

Ferried Seletar - Bali - Perth (22:04 local) on completion of overhaul - April 29, 2013

Returned to service in the standard Skywest livery Perth - Windarling Mine - April 30, 2013

Operated final revenue service Esperance - Perth - October 23, 2015

Aircraft withdrawn from service and stored at Perth having flown 51,449 hours with 46,425 cycles

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

This aircraft requires a Heavy Maintenance check by - November 21, 2015

As no heavy maintenance check is planned due to cost and a downturn in aircraft capacity requirements

this aircraft may never fly again


VH-FNB. Air N.S.W. - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 18, 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1997-310.)

VH-FNB. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Canberra Airport, April 1990.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1997-051.)

VH-FNB. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Canberra Airport, September 1990.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1997-050.)

VH-FNB. Ansett Express - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, February 1991.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-052.)

VH-FNB. Express Shuttle - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-007.)

VH-FNB. Express Shuttle - in the 'Flag' livery at Canberra Airport, August 1995.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1997-070.)

VH-FNB. Express Shuttle - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-006.)

VH-FNB. Ansett - in the basic 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, date unknown.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 1997-005.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - in the basic Ansett 'Starmark' livery at Esperence Airport, September 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-263.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, December 2004.

(G. Wood Copyright Image 1997-077.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, January 2005.

(G. Wood Copyright Image 1997-080.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, December 14, 2006.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 1997-110.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Carnarvon Airport, August 07, 2008.

(N. K. Daw Copyright Image 1997-283.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, January 13, 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-374.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, April 06, 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-369.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, May 06, 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-135.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, May 14, 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-164.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, May 20, 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-136.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, September 22, 2010.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-284.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, December 19, 2011.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-373.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, March 25, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-371.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, March 25, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-372.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, March 28, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-160.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, March 31, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-375.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, March 31, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-376.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, April 03, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-377.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, May 19, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-384.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, May 19, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-385.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, May 19, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-386.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, May 23, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-134.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, August 23, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-161.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, August 24, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-162.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, August 27, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-370.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, August 27, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-163.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, August 23, 2012.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-161.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, August 31, 2012.

(M. Lynam Copyright Image 1997-185.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, September 17, 2012.

(M. Lynam Copyright Image 1997-184.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, May 07, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-378.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, May 07, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-379.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, June 10, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-380.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, June 11, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-381.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, June 11, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-382.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, June 11, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-383.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, August 11, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-537.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - 'Shire of Esperance' in the standard livery at Geraldton Airport, August 11, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1997-538.)

VH-FNB. Skywest - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, June 18, 2016.

(J. A. Fox Copyright Image 1997-569.)