Skywest announce imminent delivery of 5th & 6th ATR72 (to be operated for Virgin Australia); and 10th Fokker 100

29 January 2012 (updated 3 February 2012):

Skywest Airlines has issued a media release on 26 January 2012, announcing the imminent delivery of two more ATR72-500 aircraft (their fifth and sixth). Like the previous ATRs, these  will be operated under the 10-year contract between Skywest and Virgin Australia. They will be  painted in Virgin Australia colours.

The fifth ATR72-500 has already been handed over to the airline, and the  sixth is to be  delivered within 14 days.

The ATR72-500s are:

  • VH-FVU (cn 978): This aircraft was first flown  at Toulouse as F-WWEW on 6 December 2011, and  handed over at Toulouse to Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) as OY-CJU  on 23 December 2011. The aircraft was flown from Toulouse (France) to Lelystad (Netherlands) on 27 January 2012 painted all-white (see photo HERE), to be repainted in Virgin Australia colours. It will be delivered to Brisbane by  mid-February 2012.
  • VH-FVX (cn 986): This aircraft was first flown  at Toulouse as F-WWEG on 21 December 2011, and  handed over at Toulouse to Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) as OY-CJV, being registered as such on 6 January 2012 (see photo HERE).

Skywest also  announced  that one additional Fokker F100 aircraft will enter service, however a second F100 was acquired for use as a spares source:

  • PH-LMY (cn 11305) –  formerly PH-LMY, PT-MRH with TAM (Brazil), XA-MRH with  Click Mexicana, N305MX: This is currently  with Fokker Services at Woensdrecht in the Netherlands, and will enter service with Skywest. To be registered VH-FZO.
  • PH-ABX (cn 11494) –   formerly PH-EZO, F-GPXD with Brit Air (operated for Air France) – This aircraft arrived in Perth at 12:42 on Friday 3  February on delivery to Skywest using callsign “Southern Cross 1215”. It commenced its delivery flight on Tuesday 31 January from  Norwich, UK.                 The route flown was Norwich (UK) –  Trabzon (Turkey) – Al Ain  (UAE) – Nagpur (India) – Penang (Malaysia) – Jakarta-Halim (Indonesia) – Perth. NOTE: This aircraft is reportedly to be used broken up for spare  parts, and will not enter revenue service with Skywest.
ABOVE: PH-ABX Fokker 100 (cn 11494) of Skywest, on final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 12:42 on 3 Feb 2012.
This aircraft will be broken up for spares, and will not enter service with Skywest.
Photo © Les Bushell

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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