VH-HYG. Airbus A320-211. c/n 029.

Was also registered as: N290SE; LZ-BHA; SX-BLX; VP-CBZ; JY-JAC.

 

This aircraft was the seventh of eight Airbus A320 aircraft ordered new by Ansett

First flown at Toulouse as 'F-WWDF' - January 05, 1989

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) and stored - February 07, 1989

It was accepted by Ansett - April 21, 1989

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HYG - April 25, 1989

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

The aircraft was configured with 24 First Class and 108 Economy Class seats but this was variable

Departed Toulouse (Blagnac) on the delivery flight to Australia - April 25, 1989

It arrived at Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - April 28, 1989

Delivery route: Toulouse - Athens - Dubai - Bangkok - Darwin - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains W. Hanrahan, K. Wallace; LAMEs J. McWhae, A. Salmons, A. Koop

Operated its first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hobart (Captain P. Knaus) as AN11 - June 23, 1989

Sold to Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) - July 2001

Leased to Ansett Airlines as the registered operator

Operated its last revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN100 - September 13, 2001

Ansett ceased operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

Re-entered Ansett service under administration Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN717 - September 29, 2001

Operated its final revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as AN144 - March 04, 2002

Flight crew: Captain M Randall; F/O T. Longbottom; Cabin Manager M. Mulherrin;

Flight Attendants V. Jeffries, M. Delaney, T. Newland

This was the final revenue earning Ansett flight to depart Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Ferried Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4047 - March 04, 2002

Stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) without engines

Ansett Engineering quote the aircraft had flown 39,324 hours with 21,722 cycles - June 27, 2002

Test flown Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4089 - July 04, and August 06, 2002

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 13, 2002

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N290SE - August 13, 2002

Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, USA

Departed Melbourne on ferry flight to Marshall Aerospace, Cambridge, U. K. as AN290 - August 15, 2002

Aircraft was flown by a non-Ansett crew

Advertised for immediate sale / lease by SALE - December 2002

The planned lease to Morocco Airways did not eventuate

Ferried Cambridge - Sofia - May 07, 2003

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - May 12, 2003

Leased to Bulgarian Aviation Co (t/a Hemus Air) - May 2003

Sub-leased to Balkan Holidays Air (BH Air) as the registered operator - May 2003

Entered onto the Bulgarian Aircraft Register as LZ-BHA - May 2003

Sub-leased to Pacific Airlines Co. Ltd, Vietnam as the registered operator - December 2005

Returned to BH-Air and returned to lessor - June 2006

Leased to Jordan Aviation

Sub-leased to Greece Airways as the registered operator - June 2006

Entered onto the Greek Aircraft Register as SX-BLX - ?

It arrived at Glasgow and entered service with Greece Airways Manchester - Gerona as GRE2213 - June 10, 2006

Operated its final revenue service for Greece Airways - October 08, 2006

Greece Airways ceased operations - October 2006

The aircraft was parked at Glasgow Airport, where engines were removed for testing by CFM in Wales

Jordan Aviation settles debts incurred by Greece Airways

At the time it was considered to be uneconomical to restore this aircraft to an airworthy condition

Considerable work was performed on the aircraft to enable ground testing to be carried out - January 06, 2008

Sold to Aircraft Guaranty Title Trustee LLC - February 26, 2008

It remained grounded and impounded at Glasgow by British Airports Authority - March 25, 2008

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N290SE - June 17, 2008

Registered to Aircraft Guaranty Title LLC Trustee, Houston, Texas

Departed Glasgow on the ferry flight to Cairo for overhaul - June 26, 2008

Diverted to Southend due to problems in raising undercarriage doors

Ferried Southend - Cairo - July 06, 2008

Entered onto the Cayman Aircraft Register as VP-CBZ - October 20, 2008

It was observed at Chateauroux, France in an all-white livery

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - November 07, 2008

Entered onto the Jordan Aircraft Register as JY-JAC - November 10, 2008

Registered to Jordan Aviation

Entered service with Jordan Aviation flying Amman - Adana (Turkey) - Amman - November 12, 2008

Wet-leased to Iraqi Airways - November 14, 2008

Returned to Jordan Aviation - December 24, 2008

Ferried Aqaba (Jordan) - Southend in all white livery without titles - February 24, 2009

Leased to Syrianair as the registered operator - March 27, 2009

Returned to Jordan Aviation at the end of the lease - May 2011

It was observed at Ljubijana in a 'white livery' with 'Jordan Aviation' titles - May 10, 2011

Ferried Aqaba (Jordan) - Maastricht (Netherlands) for repainting - August 16, 2011

Sub-leased to Royal Air Maroc as the registered operator - August 09, 2013

Returned to Jordan Aviation at the end of the sub-lease - September 07, 2013

Sub-leased to Royal Air Maroc as the registered operator - July 2014

Returned to Jordan Aviation at the end of the sub-lease - October 27, 2014

Sub-leased to Royal Air Maroc as the registered operator - July 22, 2015

Returned to Jordan Aviation at the end of the sub-lease - September 04, 2015

Prepared for wet-lease to Cubana - March 2019

Departed Amman on the ferry flight to Cuba - March 14, 2019

It arrived at Havana on completion of the ferry flight - March 15, 2019

Ferry route: Amman - Terirdag - Reykjavik - Keflavik - Gander - Havana

Current status - ?

 

 

VH-HYG. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0321-187.)

VH-HYG. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1989.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0320-235.)

VH-HYG. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1997.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0320-048.)

VH-HYG. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-084.)

LZ-BHA. Balkan Holidays - in the standard livery at Paris Orly Airport, January 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-010.)

LZ-BHA. Balkan Holidays - in the standard livery at Paris Orly Airport, February 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-044.)

LZ-BHA. Balkan Holidays - in the standard livery at Paris Orly Airport, June 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-011.)

LZ-BHA. Pacific Airlines - in the 'BH Air' livery at an unknown airport, April 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-106.)

JY-JAC. Jordan Aviation - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, September 2011.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0321-235.)