VH-HTC. Boeing 707-330C. c/n 18937-451.

 

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton as a 707-330C - October 1965

First flown - October 28, 1965

Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-ABUA - November 1965

Accepted by Lufthansa at Seattle - November 10, 1965

Aircraft was named 'Europa'

Leased to German Cargo Airlines - April 21, 1977

Returned to Lufthansa - January 1985

Delivered to HAECO, Hong Kong for overhaul - October 16, 1985

Sold to Transcorp Airways (HK) Ltd - October 17, 1985

Entered onto the Hong Kong Aircraft Register as VR-HTC - October 17, 1985

Aircraft was named 'Perth' and later 'Hong Kong Trader' and 'Kowloon Trader'

Entered service with Transcorp on charter services - October 28, 1985

Ansett Transport Industries purchased 51% of Transcorp shares - November 1985

Flown to Burbank Calfornia for fitting of Tracor hushkits by Comtran - September 1986

Cost of hushkitting was approximately $US 2,000,000

Returned to Hong Kong after conversion - October 24, 1986

Transcorp finally issued an Airline Operating Certificate - 1987

Commenced schedual airfreight services as 'Hong Kong Trader' - May 18, 1987

Commenced Manila - Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) freighter services - June 01, 1987

Hong Kong Civil Aviation Authority temporally refused to renew Transcorp's license - October 1987

Re-entered service - October 27, 1987

Ferried Hong Kong - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) (Captain C. Kaye; F/O F. Walker) - October 24, 1988

Operated last service for Transcorp Sydney - Noumea - Sydney as TC200/201 - October 24, 1988

Cancelled from the Hong Kong Aircraft Register - October 27, 1988

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HTC - October 28, 1988

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'Brisbane'

Operated first Ansett Air Freight service in full T.N.T. livery Sydney - Manila - Sydney - October 30, 1988

Used by Ansett Air Freight on domestic flights but was never painted in Ansett livery

Withdrawn from use and stored at Perth Airport, December 21, 1990

Leased to Global Air, Bulgaria by A.W.A.S. - December 06, 1991

Entered onto the Bulgarian Aircraft Register as LZ-PVA - ?

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 14, 1992

Departed Perth on the ferry flight to Miami - January 17, 1992

Flight crew: Captain V. Laforgia; F/O L. Kamman; F/E G. Castillo

Delivery route: Perth - Brisbane - Honolulu - Los Angeles - Miami

Aircraft was placed in storage at Varna, Bulgaria - July 1992

Ownership transferred to Ansett Industries Australia - August 03, 1993

Entered onto the Ecuadorian Aircraft Register as HC-BTB - ?

Ferried to Marana, Arizona for long-term storage - October 1994

Leased to Vias Aereas Manabitas Cia Ltd t/a VIAMA - October 1995

Operations suspended - December 1995

Leased to AECA Aeroservicios Equatorianos, Guayaquil, Ecuador - December 15, 1995

Returned to Ansett Industries Australia on termination of the lease - November 1996

Leased to Aries del Sur SA, Buenos Aires, Argentina - November 1996

Airline renamed International Enterprise Group SA - January 1997

Sold to Air Taxi International - April 1997

Leased to Aeroservicios Equatorianos CA, Buenos Aires, Argentina t/a AECA - April 1997

Withdrawn from service and parked at Latacunga, Ecuador - September 1998

Current status - ?

 

D-ABUA. Lufthansa - in the final livery at an unknown airport, June 1974.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-530.)

D-ABUA. German Cargo - in the standard livery at Frankfurt Airport, April 28, 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4605-368.)

D-ABUA. German Cargo - in the standard livery at Hamburg Airport, October 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-506.)

D-ABUA. Transcorp - 'Perth' in the standard livery at Hamburg Airport, August 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-507.)

VR-HTC. Transcorp - 'Perth' in the standard livery at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, December 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-519.)

VR-HTC. Transcorp - 'Perth' in the standard livery at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, December 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-520.)

VR-HTC. Transcorp - 'Brisbane' in the standard livery at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, April 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-521.)

VR-HTC. Transcorp - 'Hong Kong Kowloon Trader' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1986.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 4604-522.)

VH-HTC. T.N.T. - in the basic Transcorp livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1988.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 4604-546.)

VH-HTC. T.N.T. - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1989.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 4604-547.)

LZ-PVA. Global Air - in the basic T.N.T. livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-511.)

LZ-PVA. Global Air - in the basic T.N.T. livery at an unknown airport, November 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4604-512.)