VH-TAE. Airbus A300B4-203. c/n 218.


 

Ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines (T.A.A.)

First flown at Toulouse as F-WZMZ - October 29, 1982

Powered by General Electric CF6-50C2 engines

Aircraft was placed in storage at Toulouse and put up for sale as being surplus to requirements at that point in time

Aircraft was not sold and was retained by Trans Australia Airlines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAE - December 01, 1983

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia - December 01, 1983

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - December 04, 1983

Delivery route: Toulouse - Bahrain - Madras - Singapore - Darwin - Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'John Fawkner'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney - December 15, 1983

Trans Australia Airlines (T.A.A.) was renamed Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Ownership transferred to Australian Airlines - July 11, 1988

Ownership transferred to Qantas when it merged with Australian Airlines - December 08, 1993

Operated final Qantas revenue service Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF439 - October 24, 1998

Aircraft stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 01, 1998

Sold to Pinnacle Air Cargo Enterprises / Pace Cargo - December 03, 1998

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N373PC - December 03, 1998

The incorrect registration 'N372PC' was applied to the aircraft prior to departure

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to Dresden, Germany for freighter conversion - December 18, 1998

Ferry route: Melbourne - Pago Pago - Honolulu - Seattle - Gander - Dresden

Ferried Dresden - Bristol (Filton) in basic Qantas livery after freighter conversion - August 16, 1999

Ferried Bristol (Filton) - Bangor - Roswell in basic Qantas livery for storage - September 29, 1999

Leased to Express.net Airlines Inc, Florida - September 01, 2000

Seen at Hong Kong in all-white livery with small Dragonair Cargo decals - August 03, 2006

Ferried Hong Kong - Sapporo - Anchorage on return to Express.net - December 10, 2006

Ferried Detroit (Willow Run) - Gander - Paris (Orly) - Abu Dhabi in all white livery - February 25 - 26, 2007

Intended for lease / sale to Midex Airlines, United Arab Emirates

Seen stored at Abu Dhabi as N373PC - March 2007

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - March 17, 2008

Entered onto the United Arab Emirates Aircraft Register as A6-MDC - March 2008

Seen at Paris (Orly) in service with MidEx in white livery with titles and logo - July 04, 2008

Current with MidEx Airlines

 


 

F-WZMZ. TAA Trans Australia - in the standard livery in storage at Toulouse Airport, March 1983.

VH-TAE. TAA Trans Australia - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1983.

VH-TAE. TAA Trans Australia - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, January 1984.

VH-TAE. TAA Trans Australia - in te standard livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1984.

VH-TAE. TAA Trans Australia - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1985.

VH-TAE. TAA Trans Australia - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, May 1987.
 

 

VH-TAE. TAA Trans Australia - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, May 1987.

 

VH-TAE. Australian - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, June 1988.

VH-TAE. Australian - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1988.

VH-TAE. Australian - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1989.
 

 

VH-TAE. Australian - in the standard livery with 'Sydney Olympic Logo' at Melbourne Airport, July 1993.
 

VH-TAE. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1997.

VH-TAE. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-TAE. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1997.

VH-TAE. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1998.

 

VH-TAE. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1998.

N372PC. Express.net - with wrong registration at Melbourne Airport, December 1998.

N373PC. Express.net - in the basic Qantas livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1999.

N373PC. Express.net - in the basic Qantas livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1999.
 

N373PC. Express.net - in the standard livery, location & date unknown.

A6-MDC. Midex - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 2008.