ZK-OJL. Airbus A320-232. c/n 2500.
This aircraft was ordered new by Air New Zealand and was constructed at the Airbus Industrie Toulouse plant
First flown with the test registration 'F-WWIP' - June 30, 2005
Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) for interior cabin fitout - ?
Ferried Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - Toulouse on completion of interior fit-out - ?
Sold to International Lease Finance Corporation, U.S.A. - July 28, 2005
Leased to Freedom Air International Limited as the registered operator
Accepted by Freedom Air International at Toulouse - July 28, 2005
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-OJL - July 29, 2005
Registered to Freedom Air International Limited, Auckland, New Zealand
Departed France (Toulouse) on the delivery flight to New Zealand as SJ6390 - July 2005
Arrived New Zealand (Auckland) on completion of the delivery flight - August 01, 2005
Delivery route: Toulouse - Gander - Denver - Los Angeles - Honolulu - Apia - Auckland
The aircraft was delivered in the special 'Warner Bros Movie World' livery with
'Hollywood on the Gold Coast' titles on both engine cowls
Operated its first revenue service Auckland - Coolangatta as SJ903 - August 05, 2005
Withdrawn from service at Christchurch - May 02, 2006
It was prepared for lease to Star XL German Airlines
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - May 24, 2006
Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-AXLA - May 24, 2006
Leased to Star XL German Airlines, Germany as the registered operator
Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to Germany - May 25, 2006
Sub-leased to Hapag Lloyd Fluggessellschaft, Germany - July 2006
Returned to Star XL Airlines at the end of the sub-lease - October 2006
Star XL German Airlines was renamed XL Airways - November 23, 2006
The aircraft was withdrawn from service and prepared for return to Air New Zealand - November 2008
Repainted into the standard Air New Zealand livery - November 2008
The aircraft was destroyed in an Air New Zealand acceptance flight near Perpignan, France - November 27, 2008
The aircraft crashed approximately 7 km east of St Cyprien
Killed were the two XL Airways pilots, four Air New Zealand employees and one N.Z. Civil Aviation inspector
Cancelled from the German Aircraft Register - November 10, 2011
To view the Air Crash Investigation video please click 'HERE'
To read the full accident report please click 'HERE'
ZK-OJL. Freedom Air - in the original 'Warner Bros Movie World' livery at Christchurch Airport, August 14, 2005.
(G. Reid Copyright Image 0325-019.)
ZK-OJL. Freedom Air - in the original 'Warner Bros Movie World' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 02, 2005.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0325-018.)
ZK-OJL. Freedom Air - in the revised 'Warner Bros Movie World' livery at Brisbane Airport, December 2005.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0325-017.)
D-AXLA. Star German Airlines - in the original livery at Frankfurt Airport, June 2006.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0325-091.)
D-AXLA. Star German Airlines - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, June 2006.
(B. Luttjohann Copyright Image 0325-232.)
D-AXLA. Star German Airlines - in the revised livery at Frankfurt Airport, October 2006.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0325-092.)
D-AXLA. XL Airways - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 2008.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0325-093.)