VH-PAE. Boeing 727-281A. c/n 21455-1316.

Was also registered as: VH-TXE.

 

This aircraft ordered new by All Nippon Airways - ?

First flown at Seattle - January 28, 1978

Accepted by All Nippon Airways at Seattle (Being Field) - February 01, 1978

Entered onto the Japanese Aircraft Register as JA-8353 - February 1978

Sold to Korean Air Lines - January 21, 1990

Entered onto the Korean Aircraft Register as HL-7354 - ?

Sold to Dallas Aerospace - March 21, 1996

Sold to Santa Barbara Aerospace - March 31, 1996

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N528JS - ?

Sold to Trans Pacific Leasing Corp - April 08, 1996

Converted to freighter configuration - October 1996

Leased to Pacific Air Express - October 31, 1996

Entered onto the Solomon Islands Aircraft Register as H4-PAE - ?

The aircraft was named 'Spirit of Laulasi'

Departed Brisbane on the ferry flight to the United States for 'C-Check' - November 1999

Whilst undergoing maintenance TCAS equipment was installed and had Raisback Stage-3 engine hush-kit conversion

Entered onto the United Aircraft Register as N214F - November 30, 1999

Registered to Finova Capital Corp

After the work had been carried out the aircraft remained parked at Miami, Florida

Ferried Miami - Tucson for further storage - January 2000

Leased to Pacific Air Express - August 22, 2000

Aircraft received further maintenance and modification work in both Costa Rica and the United States

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the ferry flight from the United States - August 22, 2000

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-PAE - August 24, 2000

Registered to Pacific Air Express (International) Pty Ltd

Registered to Air Cargo Australia P/L, Tullamarine - November 08, 2000

Registered to Pacific Air Express (International) P/L - November 08, 2000

Registered to Transasian Air (Aust) P/L, Sanctuary Cove - November 08, 2000 

Aircraft remained static at Brisbane Airport until ferried Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - December 23, 2000

On arrival the name was removed from the nose along with the wording Trans Pacific Leasing Corporation

The word 'Pacific' was also removed from the fuselage titling

Returned to Finova Capital - December 23, 2000

An intended lease to Air Cargo Australia was not taken up - January 2001

Leased to Transasian Air Express in all-white livery without titles - February 05, 2001

Chartered by Ansett Australia Cargo for 4 weekly night freighter services - February 05, 2001

Utilised on Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne - Brisbane route

Also used on the Ansett Australia Cargo Brisbane - Townsville - Cairns - Townsville - Sydney services

Reregistered as VH-TXE - June 15, 2001

Registered to Transasain Air Express

Operated by Transasain Air Express / Air Cargo Australia for Ansett Australia Cargo on freighter services

Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Perth and Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Utilised on the Brisbane - Townsville - Cairns - Townsville - Sydney - Melbourne services - August 2001

Returned to Transasian Air Express when Ansett Australia Cargo suspended operations - September 14, 2001

Commenced operations with Australian air Express but was operated by Transasian - September 17, 2001

Transasian was renamed TransAustralian Air Express P / L - May 28, 2002

Repainted into Australian air Express livery - October 2002

The aircraft was renamed 'Susie-Blue'

TransAustralian Air Express P/L changed its name to TransAustralian Air (T.A.A.) - March 20, 2003

It was planned that the aircraft would be reregistered as 'VH-VLD' to TransAustralian Air

TransAustralian Air was placed under administration due to financial difficulties - July 16, 2003

Australian air Express terminated the lease on the aircraft - August 2003

Returned to Finova Capital, Phoenix, Arizona but aircraft remained parked at Cairns

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 22, 2003

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N328FV - October 22, 2003

Registered to Finova Capital, Phoenix, Arizona

Departed Cairns on the ferry flight to the United States for storage - October 25, 2003

Ferry route: Cairns - Majuro - Honolulu - San Jose - Goodyear (Arizona)

Sold to AfriJet Airlines, Lagos, Nigeria - 2004

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 03, 2004

Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as 5N-BGQ - ?

Delivered to Lagos via Winnipeg - June 2004

The aircraft was damaged soon after its arrival after colliding with an airport service vehicle

Initially considered to be uneconomical to repair

Sold to CARA 21455 Corporation, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N455CC - August 03, 2005

Leased / sold to Flair Airlines Ltd, Kelowna, B.C. - December 2005

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - December 07, 2005

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-FLHJ - December 16, 2005

Registered to Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter Ltd

Reregistered as C-GKFJ - April 14, 2009

Currently operated by Kelowna Flightcraft with Purolator titles

 

JA-8353. ANA All Nippon Airways - in the standard livery at Nagoya Airport, December 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-257.)

H4-PAE. Pacific Air Express - 'Spirit of Laulasi' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-537.)

H4-PAE. Pacific Air Express - 'Spirit of Laulasi' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-832.)

H4-PAE. Pacific Air Express - 'Spirit of Laulasi' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-277.)

VH-PAE. Pacific Air Express - 'Spirit of Laulasi' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-833.)

VH-PAE. Pacific Air Express - 'Spirit of Laulasi' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-834.)

VH-PAE. Finova Capital - in the basic Pacific Air Express livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-734.)

VH-PAE. Transasian Air Express - in the basic Pacific Air Express livery at Brisbane Airport, March 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-835.)

VH-TXE. Transasian Air Express - in the basic Pacific Air Express livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-291.)

VH-TXE. Transasian Air Express - in the basic Pacific Air Express livery at Brisbane Airport, December 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-836.)

C-FLHJ. Flair - in the standard livery at Toronto Lester Pearson Airport, March 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-275.)