VH-EWZ. Fokker F.27-5319F Friendship. c/n 10672.
Was also registered as: G-JEAI; G-ECAT.
This aircraft was ordered new by East-West Airlines - ?
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as 'PH-EXS' - August 06, 1984
Registered to Fokker NV
First flown as 'PH-EXS' - August 08, 1984
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EWZ - August 27, 1984
Registered to East-West Airlines (Operations) Ltd, Armidale
Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - August 27, 1984
Accepted by East-West at Amsterdam (Schiphol) - August 28, 1984
It arrived at Tamworth on completion of the delivery flight - September 04, 1984
The aircraft was named 'City of Port Macquarie'
Operated its first revenue service - September 11, 1984
Withdrawn from service and stored at Tamworth - August 23, 1989
Sold to Walker Aviation Leasing Ltd for lease to Jersey European Airways - ?
Departed Tamworth on the ferry flight to England - August 05, 1990
It arrived at Exeter on completion of the ferry flight - August 11, 1990
Operated its first Jersey European revenue service - August 23, 1990
Registered to Walker Aviation Leasing Ltd, Jersey - October 30, 1990
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 13, 1990
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-JEAI (CofR G-JEAI/R1) - December 18, 1990
Sold to Jersey European Airways
Offered for immediate sale for $US 2.3 million having flown 20,710 hours and 25,169 cycles
Withdrawn from use and stored at Exeter - September 12, 1999
It was observed at Luton Airport - September 17, 1999
The proposed sale to Scenic Airlines in 2000 did not eventuate
Sold to Euroceltic Airways Ltd - March 30, 2000
Reregistered as G-ECAT (CofR G-ECAT/R1) - April 14, 2000
Temporarily withdrawn from use and stored at Exeter - August 2000
Operated its final revenue service Dublin - Sligo, Eire as ECY406 - November 02, 2002
The aircraft overran the runway on landing in wet, storm weather and ended up nose-down in salt water
No injuries were sustained by the 36 passengers or crew
Although only the front part of the aircraft entered the water the internal water damage was severe
It was deemed to be beyond economical repair due to the salt water corrosion
Officially withdrawn from service - November 2002
The fuselage was acquired by the airport authority as an emergency training aid
The engines and propellers were purchased by Hants & Sussex Aviation, Portsmouth
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - March 12, 2003
VH-EWZ. East-West - 'City of Port Macquarie' in the final livery at Canberra Airport, September 1984.
(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1999-490.)
VH-EWZ. East-West - 'City of Port Macquarie' in the final livery at Canberra Airport, October 1984.
(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 1999-491.)
VH-EWZ. East-West - 'City of Port Macquarie' in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 02, 1985.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1999-845.)
VH-EWZ. East-West - 'City of Port Macquarie' in the final livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1989.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-726.)
VH-EWZ. Jersey European - in the basic 'East-West' livery at Jersey Airport, September 1990.
(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1999-750.)
G-JEAI. Jersey European - in the standard livery at Jersey Airport, September 1992.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-846.)
G-JEAI. Jersey European - in the standard livery at Jersey Airport, October 1992.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-504.)
G-JEAI. Jersey European - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 1999.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1993-202.)
G-ECAT. Euroceltic - in the standard livery at Sligo Airport, August 2002.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1999-884.)