And the first aircraft operating in Aerlink colours has started flying into Central Queensland with ATR 72-500 VH-FVY commencing Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) operations from Brisbane to and back from Moranbah Airport on Tuesday 7 March as HT725/6.
VH-FVY was ferried into Brisbane from Subang, Malaysia via Port Hedland in mid-January as 2-LUDO. It previously operated for Malaysia Airline’s low-cost subsidiary Firefly as 9M-FYE. It was then registered at VH-FVY and ferried to Cairns where it was re-painted.
VH-FVY joins four other ATR 72 aircraft - some of which were previously operated by Virgin Australia (Virgin Australia Regional Airlines [VARA] / Skywest Airlines) – VH-FVH, FVI (ex OY-CLU/VH-YWV), VH-FVL and VH-FVM, plus three ATR 42 aircraft VH FVZ (ex HC-CLT/N844AV), VH-YWX (ex P2-AVV) and VH-YWU which is former Toll Freight VH-TOQ and was photographed at Cairns Airport recently as shown below.
Of interest, former Hevilift Australia ATR 42 aircraft VH-TOX – which was also previously operated by Toll Freight Aviation – and VH-YWH are in long term storage with a recent photo of VH-YWH at Cairns Airport showing the aircraft being used as a source of spare parts.
Photos taken by Lloyd Fox and Jonathan Williams ©