VH-FNI. Fokker F.27-050. c/n 20114.


 

This was the nineth of ten aircraft ordered new by Ansett

Temporary export registration E-929 / PH-EXZ reserved by Fokker Aircraft B.V. - January 20, 1988

First flown as PH-EXZ - February 11, 1988

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FNI - February 23, 1988

Registered to JL Leasing Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan

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

Aircraft cleared for export to Australia - February 24, 1988

Accepted by Ansett at Schiphol - February 25, 1988

Departed Amsterdam on the delivery flight to Australia as AN50 - February 25, 1988

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - March 02, 1988

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

Darwin - Alice Springs- Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains J. A. McEnlly, A. Ram, A. Westman; LAMEs P. Vince, R. Bishop, L. Murray

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Canberra (Captain J. Bleakley) - April 01, 1988

Operated the final F-50 Melbourne - Devenport - Melbourne service as AN887/888 (Captain Harrold) - March 01, 1989

Operated last Ansett revenue service Canberra - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - June 24, 1991

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 3,421 hours with 3,832 cycles - June 30, 1991

Returned to service with Ansett Express - November 16, 1991

Used mainly on the Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne shuttle services

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

Leased to Flight West Airlines - August 01 - 06, 1995

Leased to Flight West Airlines - August 09 and August 11, 1995

Leased to Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd

Registered to Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd - May 23, 1996

Operated final Skywest service - June 28, 1996

Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) on return to Ansett Australia - June 28, 1996

Registered to Ansett Australia, Melbourne - July 18, 1996

Operated final Ansett Australia Sydney - Coffs Harbour - Sydney service as AN540/541 - August 30, 1996

Operated final Ansett Australia Ballina - Sydney service as AN539 (Captain A. Bates) - August 30, 1996

This was the final Ansett Australia service operated by a propeller driven aircraft

It was also the final Ansett Australia service operated by a Fokker 50 aircraft

Ferried Sydney - Adelaide - Perth on delivery to Skywest Airlines - September 07, 1996

Operated first Skywest revenue service Perth - Geraldton - Carnarvon as YT/AN6571 - September 09, 1996

Operated final Skywest revenue service Esperance - Perth as AN6510 - September 13, 2001

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

Returned to service under administration Perth - Albany as AN7611 - September 24, 2001

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

Aircraft was named 'City of Geraldton' - June 07, 2005

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

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 03, 2013

Operated the first Virgin Regional service under the 'VA' designator Perth - Geraldton as VA9990 - August 2, 2013

Current with Virgin Australia Regional Airlines

 


 

VH-FNI. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1988.

VH-FNI. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1988.

VH-FNI. Ansett Express - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1992.

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

VH-FNI. Ansett Express - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Canberra Airport, November 1993.

VH-FNI. Ansett Express - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Sydney Airport, April 1996.
VH-FNI. Skywest Airlines - in the Ansett 'Starmark' livery at Perth Airport, March 2000.
VH-FNI. Skywest Airlines - in the Ansett 'Starmark' livery at Perth Airport, March 2000.

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

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

VH-FNI. Skywest - in basic Ansett 'Starmark' livery at Perth Airport, November 2004.

VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, October 2005.

VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, August 2008.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2010.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, September 2010.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, September 2010.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, May 2012.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, August 2012.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, August 2012.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Perth Airport, September 2012.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, February 2013.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, February 2013.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, March 2013.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.
VH-FNI. Skywest - in the full livery at Geraldton Airport, April 2013.