Farewell Fokker 50: end of 21 years’ service in Western Australia: 27 February 2016

VH-FNH Fokker 50 (MSN 20113) of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (still in Skywest livery), named ‘Shire of Carnarvon’, at Perth Airport - Sat 27 February 2016. * Final Virgin Australia Fokker 50 revenue flight * Arriving back at Terminal 2 at 4:30pm to a water cannon salute by airport fire crews, after completing the final Virgin Australia Fokker 50 revenue flight. Flight VA9061, a 'Farewell Fokker 50' charter flight, departed Perth Airport's runway 21 at 3:24pm and headed west. It passed over Rottnest Island three times, then headed south, over Mandurah and Peel Inlet, before heading north for three orbits around Perth's city centre, then back past the city before landing again on runway 21 at 4:27pm. VH-FNH was the first F50 delivered to Skywest, in 1994, and in 2013 was the first aircraft to arrive at Perth Airport's Terminal 2. Photo © Jake Fox
VH-FNH Fokker 50 (MSN 20113) of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (still in Skywest livery), named ‘City of Carnarvon’, at Perth Airport – Sat 27 February 2016.
* Final Virgin Australia Fokker 50 revenue flight * Arriving back at Terminal 2 at 4:30pm to a water cannon salute by airport fire crews, after completing the final Virgin Australia Fokker 50 revenue flight. Flight VA9061, a ‘Farewell Fokker 50’ charter flight, departed Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 3:24pm and headed west. It passed over Rottnest Island three times, then headed south, over Mandurah and Peel Inlet, before heading north for three orbits around Perth’s city centre, then back past the city before landing again on runway 21 at 4:27pm. VH-FNH was the first F50 delivered to Skywest, in 1994, and in 2013 was the first aircraft to arrive at Perth Airport’s Terminal 2.
Photo © Jake Fox

27 February 2016 © David Eyre

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines’ Fokker 50 VH-FNH landed on runway 21 at 4:27pm today, on a special charter flight to mark the end of Fokker 50 operations by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, and was greeted by a water cannon salute by the airport fire crews.

The withdrawal of Fokker 50s also marks the end of an era for Fokker turboprop operations in Western Australia; turbo-prop services commenced in Western Australia 57 years ago, when MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA) placed the first Fokker F.27 Friendship into service in WA regional services, on 27 December 1959.

The 46-seat Fokker 50s have operated in Western Australia since October 1994, when Skywest obtained them from then-parent company Ansett Airlines.

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David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

9 thoughts on “Farewell Fokker 50: end of 21 years’ service in Western Australia: 27 February 2016

  • March 8, 2016 at 9:51 am
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    Hello, ref your terrific coverage of the final F 50 operation. I was fortunate to be given a complimentary flight by VARA on the 18th Feb on FNH to Albany which was terrific.
    I was with ANSETT ops flight department when the F 50s came into service in Nov 87 and actually flew on FNA out of MEL on a staff familiarisation flight before it went into service.
    Over the years I managed to fly in all 10 of them, FNA-FNJ and when transferred to PER in 96, was able to fly on most of the F 50 services to the smaller airports they served. so have had a long association with the aircraft. So now we just have to wait and see who buys them , possibly over to East Africa where many are now based in Nairobi.

    I have an update on three of the ex ANSETT F 50s for your information.
    ex VH-FNC sn 20108 SE-LEH then PH-MUJ, was sold in Kenya 09/14 and is now 5Y-SED
    ex VH-FNE sn 20110 SE-LEL then PH-GER also went to Kenya 03/14 and is now 5Y-SKN
    ex VH-FNG sn 20112 SE-LEC then PH-KPB at Maastricht, as unable to find a buyer was declared PWFU in 01/16 so probably will become a spare parts supply.

    Ref VH-FNB, as we know, it was due a major check so future not so rosy, FNA on the other hand test flew on the 3rd March so we’ll see where that ends up.
    regards,
    Merv Crowe

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  • April 24, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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    I was fortunate enough to see Virgin Airlines final F50 flight into and out of Geraldton that same day with VH-FNF leaving Geraldton at 2.15pm for Perth, was that the last scheduled flight of the F50’s?

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    • April 24, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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      Hi Phil,
      The main article lists all of the final F50 flights:
      VA2655 Perth-Geraldton: VH-FNF dep 1229, arr 1336;
      VA2654 Geraldton-Perth: VH-FNF dep 1411, arr 1508; FINAL RPT SCHEDULED SERVICE
      VA9061 ‘Farewell Fokker 50’ charter flight over Rottnest, Mandurah and Perth: VH-FNH dep 1524, arr 1627. Water cannon salute on arrival. FINAL F50 REVENUE SERVICE. Arrived at Bay 205, Terminal 2.

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      • April 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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        Thank You, and for the page on the F50’s, first time visitor to your site. I managed to get photos of the last flight into and out of Geraldton.

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        • April 24, 2016 at 3:14 pm
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          You’re welcome. The F50s are gradually being flown over to Alice Springs for storage, and only VH-FNB, FNF, FNI and FSL are still at Perth as at today.
          I have just updated the fleet list at the bottom of the main article.
          Regards,
          David

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          • October 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm
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            Hi David, just wondering if you see a future for any of the Fokker 50s in retirement? Maybe something other then flying but not in the scrapping line.

          • October 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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            Some of them are headed to operators in Africa.

  • April 25, 2017 at 9:08 am
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    Hi David,

    I guess I am late in inquiring about these beautiful Fokker 50 aircrafts being retired by VARA?

    I came to know and experience this aircraft and clocked over 2000 hours flying it for 4 years in Papua New Guinea. I am now engaged by a start-up company and I am searching for two units of Fokker 50 to launch the airline’s operation with.

    I am presently discussing with Fokker Marketing Directorate,NLD, the two units parked in Seletar airport, Singapore, VH-FNE MSN 20107 and VH-FNH MSN 20113. Any information you could shed on the fate of the two units will be very much appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Emmanuel Kadiko

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