VH-FND. Fokker F.27-050. c/n 20129.


 

Originally ordered new by Corsair but sale did not proceed

Order taken up by Ansett to replace F.27-050 c/n 20109 that was not accepted due to delays and faults

This was in fact the last Fokker F.27-050 to be delivered to Ansett

Temporary export registration E-940 / PH-EXB reserved by Fokker Aircraft B.V. - July 4, 1988

First flown as PH-EXB - August 16, 1988

Aircraft cleared for export to Australia - August 26, 1988

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FND - August 26, 1988

Registered to JL Leasing Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan

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

Accepted by Ansett at Schiphol - August 27, 1988

Aircraft configured to seat 50 passengers

Departed Amsterdam on delivery flight to Australia as AN50 - August 29, 1988

Arrived Melbourne at conclusion of delivery flight - September 3, 1988

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

Darwin - Alice Springs - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains C. Harrold, L. Campbell, G. I. Hickey; LAMEs C. Amse, D. Hamstra, M. McCarthy

Operated first revenue service Melbourne - Devonport (Captain L. Campbell) - September 15, 1988

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - August 23, 1989

Returned to service with Air N. S. W. - January 1, 1990

Air N. S. W. was renamed Ansett N. S. W. - March 1, 1990

Used mainly on the Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne shuttle services - April 1990

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

Aircraft had flown 7,606 hours with 8,709 cycles - June 30, 1993

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

Leased to Flight West Airlines - June 29 / 30, 1995

Operated final Ansett revenue service Sydney - Albury - Sydney as AN584 / 585 (Captain P. Eccen) - July 29, 1995

Ferried Sydney - Melbourne for maintenance - July 30, 1995

Leased to Flight West Airlines - August 21 to September 1, 1995

Returned to Ansett Australia - September 1995

Ferried Melbourne - Perth for lease to Skywest Airlines - December 8, 1995

Registered to Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd - January 12, 1996

Operated final Skywest / Ansett revenue service Albany - Perth as AN6350 - September 13, 2001

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

Returned to service under administration Perth - Kalgoorlie as AN7657 - September 24, 2001

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

Was the last Fokker F.27-050 to be repainted into the full Skywest livery - September 2005

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

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

Skywest Airlines officially renamed Virgin Australia Regional Airlines - May 3, 2013

Current with Virgin Australia Regional Airlines

 


 

VH-FND. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, May 1990.

VH-FND. Ansett Express - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, September 1990.

VH-FND. Ansett Express - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1990.

VH-FND. Ansett Express - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1991.

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

VH-FND. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1994.
VH-FND. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1995.

VH-FND. Skywest Airlines - in the Ansett 'Skymark' livery at Perth Airport, March 1998.

VH-FND. Skywest - in the Ansett 'Skymark' livery at Perth Airport, January 2002.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the basic Ansett 'Skymark' livery at Perth Airport, December 2004.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, August 2008.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, March 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, September 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, September 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, September 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, November 2010.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, July 2011.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, July 2011.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, December 2011.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2012.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2012.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2012.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2012.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2012.

VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2012.

VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, December 2012.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, January 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, February 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the cockpit at Perth Airport, February 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the cockpit at Perth Airport, February 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the cockpit at Perth Airport, February 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the cockpit at Perth Airport, February 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, March 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.
VH-FND. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2013.