VH-SSA. Airbus A330-223. c/n 0324.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Emirates Airlines but it was not taken up

Rolled off Airbus production line at Toulouse, France - 2000

Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4168A engines

First flown as 'F-WWYU' - January 27, 2000

Entered onto Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-SFU - May 17, 2000

Registered to C.L.C.

Accepted by C.L.C. at Toulouse - May 26, 2000

Leased to Sabena Airways - May 26, 2000

Ferried Toulouse - Brussels on delivery to Sabena - May 26, 2000

Operated its first Sabena revenue service - June 01, 2000

Sabena Airways ceased operations due to financial problems - November 07, 2001

The aircraft was placed in storage at Brussels Airport - November 07, 2001

Ferried Brussels - Hamburg (Lemwerder) for storage - December 20, 2001

It had flown 7,268 hours with 1,212 cycles to date

Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-GHYI - ?

Registered to International Lease Finance Company (ILFC)

Prepared for lease / sale to Lufthansa German Airlines

Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-AIME - November 28, 2002

Repainted into the standard Lufthansa livery at Hamburg

Operated its irst Lufthansa revenue service - January 07, 2003

Withdrawn from use by Lufthansa - November 2006

Ferried to Hamburg (Lemwerder) for painting into Swiss International livery - November 15, 2006

Entered onto the Swiss Aircraft Register as HB-IQR - November 30, 2006

Leased to Swiss International Airlines as the registered operator

It was observed at Zurich in the 'Star Alliance' livery with Swiss titles - August 03, 2008

It was temporarily stored at Zurich Airport - January 31, 2009

It was observed stored at Zurich Airport without titles and a dark blue tail - May 23, 2009

The intended lease to Lufthansa in the 'Star Alliance' livery was not taken up

Cancelled from the Swiss Aircraft Register - June 2009

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-SSA - June 20, 2009

Registered to MSN324LLC c/- Aircastle Adviser, Stanford, Con, USA

Leased to Strategic Airlines Pty Ltd, Central Park, Melbourne, Victoria as the registered operator

Ferried Zurich - Manila in Star Alliance livery for maintenance by LH Technik - June 30, 2009

It was observed at Manila in the Stategic Airlines livery - July 03, 2009

Ferried Manila - Brisbane in the Strategic livery - July 06, 2009

The aircraft was named 'Outback'

Operated numerous training flights around eastern Australia - July 2009

It was observed at Brisbane with 'Broncos Football Team' titles and logo - August 23, 2009

Operated a charter flight Brisbane - Townsville for the 'Broncos' football team as SSA001 - August 27, 2009

Ferried Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as ASY072 - September 29, 2009

Commenced a long term charter to the Australian Defence Forces

Operated its first ADF service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Darwin - Middle East as ASY072 - September 29, 2009

Operated its last ADF Charter flight as ASY871 - November 19 - 20, 2010

Route: Al Minhad Air Base (U.A.E.) - Perth - Sydney - Brisbane

Ferried Brisbane - Kuala Lumpur for maintenance as AGC9000 - November 21, 2010

Operated the inaugural Strategic Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Phuket service as VC240 - February 22, 2011

Operated the inaugural Strategic Brisbane - Phuket service as VC247 - February 24, 2011

Operated the inaugural Strategic Brisbane - Denpasar - Brisbane service as VC226/227 - March 19-20, 2011

Strategic Airlines was renamed Air Australia at Brisbane - October 30, 2011

This aircraft was not repainted into the Air Australia livery

For more information about Air Australia click 'HERE'

Operated a Air Pacific charter Brisbane - Melbourne - Nadi as FJ9091/1930 - November 27, 2011

Operated the inaugural Air Australia Brisbane - Honolulu service as VC001 - December 14, 2011

Operated the inaugural Honolulu - Melbourne (Tullamarine) service as VC012 - December 16, 2011

Operated its final revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Honolulu as VC011 - February 16, 2012

Air Australia ceased all operations due to financial difficulties - February 17, 2012

Ferried Honolulu - Montreal (Mirabel) - Zurich on return to Swiss International - February 25 - 26, 2012

It was observed stored at Zurich in the Strategic Airlines livery as 'VH-SSA' - May 12, 2012

It was observed stored at Zurich in the Strategic Airlines livery minus engines - June 23, 2012

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 25, 2012

Entered onto the Isle of Man Aircraft Register as M-ABFL - July 13, 2012

Registered to Aicraft Advisor LLC, Stamford, CT, USA

Leased to Swiss International Airlines as the registered operator

It was observed stored at Zurich without engines in Stategic livery as M-ABFL - August 29, 2012

 

VH-SSA. Strategic Airlines - in the basic Lufthansa livery at Zurich Airport, June 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0330-012.)

VH-SSA. Strategic - 'Outback' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 11, 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0330-013.)

VH-SSA. Strategic - 'Outback' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0330-106.)

VH-SSA. Strategic - 'Outback' in the standard livery at Zurich Airport, May 2012.

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