VH-ANE. Boeing 727-277LR. c/n 22643-1762.

 

This aircraft was the third of four new Boeing 727-277LRs ordered by Ansett Transport Industries - ?

First flown at Seattle - June 18, 1981

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANE - June 24, 1981

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

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - June 25, 1981

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - June 30, 1981

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Hilo - Pago Pago - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains A. James, M. J. Reed, J. Dorward; F/E J. Crago, G. Lynch

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth as AN224 - July 11, 1981

Reconfigured to an all-economy seating and painted in the EastWest livery - January 16, 1992

The aircraft was named 'Gold Coast'

Additional 'Conrad Jupiters Casino' and 'High Flyer' titles with a pair of dice was also added

Entered service with EastWest Sydney - Coolangatta - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - January 18, 1992

Operated final revenue service with EastWest Airlines - February 01, 1994

Returned to Ansett Australia service following repainting - April 18, 1994

Became first 727 in the world to have in-flight video entertainment system fitted - 1995

Sold to Intrepid Aviation Partners - December 13, 1996

Operated final revenue service Hobart - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN36 - January 05, 1997

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States -as AN4290 April 29, 1997

Ferry route: Melbourne - Pago Pago - Hilo - San Diego - Miami

Flight crew: Captains L. Griffiths. I. A. Allchin; F/E W. Baker

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 06, 1997

Sold to First Security Bank - May 06, 1997

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N70415 - ?

Converted to freighter configuration by COPESA, San Jose, Costa Rica

Leased to DHL Worldwide Express for use in Europe

Sold to European Air Transport - August 01, 1997

Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-DHK - ?

Departed Costa Rica on the ferry flight to Brussels routing via Gander - September 09, 1997

Leased to Swiftair SA, Spain

Entered onto the Spanish Aircraft Register as EC-IFC - ?

Cancelled from the Spanish Aircraft Register - April 24, 2002

Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-DPE - February 07, 2005

Registered to DHL Aviation (Pty) Ltd, Lanseria, South Africa

Operated by Solenta Aviation for DHL

The intended registration of 'HZ-SNF' was not taken up

Observed operating in South Africa in the new DHL livery - December 2005

Observed at Johannesburg in an all-white livery - October 26, 2006

Current with DHL Aviation Pty Ltd

 

VH-ANE. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-698.)

VH-ANE. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1982.

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VH-ANE. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1983.

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VH-ANE. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1985.

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VH-ANE. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANE. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANE. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANE. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 1990.

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VH-ANE. EastWest - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1992.

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VH-ANE. EastWest - 'Gold Coast' in the standard livery with additional 'Conrad Jupiters Highflyer' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1993.

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VH-ANE. EastWest - 'Gold Coast' in the standard livery with additional 'Conrad Jupiters Highflyer' titles at Perth Airport, February 1993.

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VH-ANE. EastWest - 'Gold Coast' in the standard livery with additional 'Conrad Jupiters Highflyer' titles at Brisbane Airport, April 1993.

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VH-ANE. EastWest - 'Gold Coast' in the standard livery with additional 'Conrad Jupiters Highflyer' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, June 1993.

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VH-ANE. EastWest - 'Gold Coast' in the standard livery with additional 'Conrad Jupiters Highflyer' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1993.

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VH-ANE. EastWest - 'Gold Coast' in the standard livery with additional 'Conrad Jupiters Highflyer' titles at Brisbane Airport, January 1993.

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VH-ANE. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANE. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANE. Intrepid Aviation - in the basic Ansett livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1997.

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OO-DHK. DHL Worldwide Express - in the standard livery at Stuttgart Airport, March 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-207.)

ZS-DPE. DHL Worldwide Express - in the revised livery at Johannesburg Lanseria Airport, February 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-252.)