VH-TBR. Boeing 727-276A. c/n 22069-1661.

 

Last of twelve Boeing 727 series 200 ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines - December 1970

The delivery of these aircraft was spread over an eight year period

Rolled out at Seattle - August 18, 1980

First flown - September 06, 1980

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBR - September 19, 1980

The Australian Government had announced the introduction of direct jet services between Hobart (Tasmania)

and Christchurch (New Zealand) - July 09, 1980

As a 'flag waving' exercise VH-TBR was routed via Christchurch on the delivery flight

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - September 21, 1980

Arrived Christchurch and over-nighted - September 22, 1980

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine at 16:10 local) on completion of the delivery flight - September 23, 1980

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

Aircraft was named 'Bert Hinkler'

Operated first revenue service - September 26, 1980

Operated last service in the original livery - August 03, 1983

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the 'camel-hump' livery - August 29, 1983

Returned to service - September 02, 1983

Trans-Australia Airlines (T.A.A.) was renamed Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the Australian Airlines livery - February 12, 1988

Returned to service - February 13, 1988

Ownership transferred to Australian Airlines - July 11, 1988

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN403 - December 31, 1992

Aircraft was under the command of Captain T. D. Wiltshire (General Manager, Flight Operations)

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Aircraft had flown 35,013 hours with 24,283 cycles

This was the last Boeing 727 in service with Australian Airlines

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) as TN6999 on the ferry flight to the United States - March 24, 1993

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Apia - Honolulu - Dallas

Sold to Extex International - March 26, 1993

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 13, 1993

Sold to Aeroejecuvitos SA de CV t/a Aeroexo, Mexico - April 13, 1993

Entered onto the Mexican aircraft Register as XA-SIE - April 13, 1993

Leased to Aviacsa, Monterrey, Mexico - December 1994

Withdrawn from service and returned to Aeroexo - June 1995

Observed stored at Houston, Texas - August 1995

Returned to service and leased to Aviacsa - October 13, 2000

Observed fitted with winglets - September 29, 2003

Withdrawn from service by Aviacesa at Monterrey, Mexico - February 2006

Repossessed by Aeroexo - April 2006

Aircraft remained stored at Monterrey, Mexico

The wings were removed and the fuselage was partially broken up at Monterrey - July 2009

Part of the fuselage was used as a cabin trainer

Cancelled from the Mexican Aircraft Register - ?

 

VH-TBR. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Bert Hinkler' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1980.

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VH-TBR. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Bert Hinkler' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1980.

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VH-TBR. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Bert Hinkler' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1980.

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VH-TBR. TAA Trans Australia - 'Bert Hinkler' in the 'camel-hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1985.

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VH-TBR. TAA Trans Australia - 'Bert Hinkler' in the 'camel-hump' livery with additional 'Americas Cup' decal at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1985.

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VH-TBR. Australian - 'Bert Hinkler' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1989.

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VH-TBR. Australian - 'Bert Hinkler' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1990.

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VH-TBR. Australian - 'Bert Hinkler' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

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VH-TBR. Australian - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 20, 1993.

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XA-SIE. AeroExo - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, October 1995.

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XA-SIE. Aviacsa - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 1999.

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XA-SIE. Aviacsa - in the final livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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