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VH-TBQ. Boeing 727-276A. c/n 22017-1564.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - ?

Rolled out at Seattle - November 1979

First flown - December 13, 1979

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBQ - January 15, 1980

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine 12:02 local) on completion of the delivery flight - January 20, 1980

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Pago Pago - Brisbane - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Lawrence Hargrave'

The aircraft operated first revenue service - January 26, 1980

Operated its last service in the original livery - April 14, 1982

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the 'camel-hump' livery - May 02, 1982

Returned to service - May 05, 1982

Trans-Australia Airlines changed its name to Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the Australian Airlines livery - June 01, 1987

Officially transferred to Australian Airlines - July 11, 1988

The aircraft operated its final revenue service - November 24, 1992

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

It had flown 36,361 hours with 25,823 cycles

The titles removed from the aircraft - March 13, 1993

Departed Melbourne (07:00 local) on the ferry flight to Fort Worth, Texas as TN6901 - May 13, 1993

Sold to Extex International - May 15, 1993

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 18, 1993

Sold to Aeroexo - September 1993

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-SIJ - ?

Leased to Aviacsa - December 1994 to March 1996

Leased to Aviacsa - 1998

The aircraft was observed fitted with winglets at Mexico City - August 2002

Withdrawn from service at Mexico City - April 2006

Current status - ?

 

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-579.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-268.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-580.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, October 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-111.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-022.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-581.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1982.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-582.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1986.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-738.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the 'camel hump' livery with additional 'America's Cup' logo at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1986.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-538.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the 'camel hump' livery with additional 'America's Cup' logo at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-583.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the 'camel hump' livery with additional 'America's Cup' logo at Brisbane Airport, January 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-633.)

VH-TBQ. TAA Trans Australia - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-584.)

VH-TBQ. Australian - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1989.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-585.)

VH-TBQ. Australian - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-093.)

VH-TBQ. Australian - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1990.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-450.)

VH-TBQ. Australian - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, December 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-094.)

VH-TBQ. Australian - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1992.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4610-586.)

VH-TBQ. Australian - 'Lawrence Hargrave' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 25, 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-591.)

XA-SIJ. Aviacsa - in the standard livery at Miami Airport, November 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-187.)

XA-SIJ. Aviacsa - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, August 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4610-967.)