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

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Emirates Airlines but 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 first Sabena revenue service - June 01, 2000

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

Aircraft placed in storage at Brussels Airport - November 07, 2001

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

Aircraft had flown 7,268 hours with 1,212 cycles

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 first 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Withdrawn from use by Lufthansa - November 2006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

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

Temporarily stored at Zurich Airport - January 31, 2009

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

The intended lease to Lufthansa in '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

Observed at Manila in the Stategic Airlines livery - July 03, 2009

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

Aircraft was named 'Outback'

Operated numerous training flights around eastern Australia - July 2009

Observed at Brisbane with 'Broncos Football Team' titles and logo - August 23, 2009

Operated charter flight Brisbane - Townsville as SSA001 for 'Broncos' - August 27, 2009

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

On long term charter to the Australian Defence Forces

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

Operated 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 as AGC9000 for maintenance - November 21, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Operated 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

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

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

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.

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

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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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