VH-CZA. Boeing 737-377. c/n 23653-1260.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett with finance provided by Credit Lyonnais Australia Ltd - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Boeing Field) - July 11, 1986

First flown - August 03, 1986

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZA - August 22, 1986

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

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - August 22, 1986

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - August 25, 1986

Delivery route: Seattle - Hilo (overnight) - Nadi (overnight) - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains T. Walters, K. Patton; Engineers K. Weymouth, P. Tsesmetzis, A. Hoad, R. B. Keon, R. Farrar

Boeing support crew: T. Morris, R. Townes

Operated a training flight Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hobart - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - September 04, 1986

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN2 - September 15, 1986

Flight crew: Captains N. Day, P. James

Operated the first 737-300 service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Devonport - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - July 08, 1988

Rolled out with fuselage paintings depicting 'Waltzing Matilda' - December 11, 1994

The artwork was by Hugh Sawrey and took 8 days to complete

The murals were to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 'Waltzing Matilda'

This special livery was officially launched in Canberra - December 12, 1994

Artwork removed during maintenance check at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - July 09 - 14, 1996

Registered to Ansett Australia Ltd, Melbourne - July 10, 1996

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN53 - July 15, 2001

Flight crew: Captain F. Abbott; F/O H. Gardiner

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christchurch for heavy maintenance as AN4405 - July 15, 2001

Aircraft was at Christchurch when Ansett suspended all operations - September 13, 2001

Stored at Christchurch and advertised for sale by Aviation Capital Group - December 20, 2001

The aircraft had flown 43,006 hours and 30,550 cycles as of June 27, 2002

It was originally intended to ferry the aircraft to Melbourne in January 2003 but it remained stored until July 2003

Test flown at Christchurch (Captains J. Hudson, R. Laidlaw) - July 29, 2003

Ferried Christchurch - Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the Ansett livery as AN737 - August 16, 2003

Flight crew: Captain R. Laidlaw; F/O K. Levit

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Auckland in the standard Ansett livery as AN737 - September 12, 2003

Flight crew: Captain R. Laidlaw; F/O K. Levit

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 22, 2003

Sold to Airlift Trading Ltd, Auckland, N.Z. - September 22, 2003

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-SLA - November 11, 2003

Leased to Airwork (N.Z.) Ltd

It was test flown at Auckland - February 19, 2004

Damp leased to Air Vanuatu - July 01, 2004

Operated final Air Vanuatu service Port Vila - Auckland as NF050 - January 31, 2005

Leased to Alliance Airlines as the registered operator at Brisbane - February 01, 2005

Operated on behalf of Norfolk Jet Express - February 01 - 14, 2005

Returned to Airwork (NZ) - February 14, 2005

Ferried Auckland - Christchurch - Brisbane as Airwork 100 - April 18, 2005

Leased to Alliance Airlines as the registered operator - April 19, 2005

Operated services for Norfolk Express to Norfolk Island

Returned to Airwork (NZ) on termination of the lease - May 18, 2005

Ferried Canberra - Auckland as 'Airwork 100' - May 18, 2005

Observed at Auckland with 'fly skylink.com' titles on forward fuselage - June 04, 2005

Leased to Air Niugini - July 12, 2005

Operated first Air Niugini service Cairns - Port Moresby as PX93 - July 12, 2005

Operated final Air Niugini service Cairns - Port Moresby as PX93 - August 6, 2005

Dry-leased to Blue Air, Romania - August 2005

Departed Cairns on the ferry flight to Romania - August 16, 2005

Ferry route: Cairns - Denpasar - Colombo - Muscat - Benesea - Sofia

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - August 19, 2005

Entered onto the Romanian Aircraft Register as YR-BAC - August 19, 2005

Registered to S.C. Blue Air Transport Aerian S.R.L., Bucurest, Romania

Operated by Blue Air in all-white livery with dark blue tail and small Romanian flag behind the cabin door

Withdrawn from service and prepared for return to Airwork (NZ) - July 2012

Departed Bucurest on the ferry flight to New Zealand as JOR001 - July 18, 2012

Arrived Auckland on completion of the ferry flight - July 19, 2012

Ferry route: Bucurest - Karachi - U Tapao - Denpasar - Brisbane - Auckland

Cancelled from the Romanian Aircraft Register - July 2012

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-SLA - August 07, 2012

Registered to Airwork Flight Operations Ltd, Auckland Airport, Manukau, New Zealand

Test flown Auckland - Auckland following expensive maintenance work - September 04, 2012

Ferried Auckland - Melbourne - Perth in an all-white livery as AWK737 - September 06, 2012

Leased to Alliance Airlines as the registered operator - September 07, 2012

Operated first revenue service Perth - Karratha - Perth as QQ731/732 - September 11, 2012

Commenced operating services on behalf of Our Airline on the route Brisbane - Nauru - Brisbane - January 2013

Utilised by Air Vanuatu for four weeks to cover maintenance on their Boeing 737 YJ-AV1 - August 11, 2013

Operated first Air Vanuatu service Brisbane - Port Vila as NF21 - August 11, 2013

Observed at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the all-white livery - December 08, 2013

Ferried Melbourne - Auckland - ?

Observed operating Wellington - Auckland service as AWK737 - December 19, 2013

Aircraft based at Auckland - December 28, 2013

Aircraft was stored at Auckland minus engines - March 2014

Test flown Auckland - Auckland - June 19, 2014

Ferried Auckland - Brisbane - July 25, 2014

Departed Brisbane on the ferry flight to Romania - July 26, 2014

Arrived Bucurest on completion of the ferry flight - July 28, 2014

Ferry route: Auckland - Brisbane - Darwin - Kuala Lumpur - Sharjah - Bucurest

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - August 04, 2014

Entered onto the Romanian Aircraft Register as YR-BAC - August 04, 2014

Registered to S.C. Blue Air Transport Aerian S.R.L., Bucurest, Romaia

Aircraft configured with 136 all-economy seats

Current with BlueAir

 

VH-CZA. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-653.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-085.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-086.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1993.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Flag' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-087.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with the original 'Waltzing Matilda' decals at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-089.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with the original 'Waltzing Matilda' decals at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1995.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with the original 'Waltzing Matilda' decals at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-004.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with the modified 'Waltzing Matilda' decals at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-090.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with the modified 'Waltzing Matilda' decals at Brisbane Airport, July 1995.

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VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with the modified 'Waltzing Matilda' decals at Brisbane Airport, July 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-005.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with the modified 'Waltzing Matilda' decals at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-088.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Christchurch Airport, October 2001.

(J. Mounce Copyright Image 4622-099.)

VH-CZA. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Christchurch Airport, December 2001.

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ZK-SLA. Airlift Trading - in the basic Ansett livery at Brisbane Airport, February 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-285.)

ZK-SLA. Airlift Trading - in the basic Ansett livery at Brisbane Airport, February 2005.

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ZK-SLA. Airlift Trading - in the basic Ansett livery at Brisbane Airport, February 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-283.)

ZK-SLA. Airwork - in the basic Ansett livery with additional 'fly.Skylink' titles at Wellington Airport, July 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-091.)

YR-BAC. BlueAir - in the basic Ansett livery at an unknown airport, September 2006.

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YR-BAC. BlueAir - in the basic Ansett livery at Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, January 2007.

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YR-BAC. BlueAir - in the basic Ansett livery at Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, January 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-589.)

YR-BAC. BlueAir - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, January 2008.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-590.)

ZK-SLA. Alliance Airlines - in the all-white livery at Adelaide Airport, January 17, 2013.

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ZK-SLA. Alliance Airlines - in the all-white livery at Brisbane Airport, October 2013.

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ZK-SLA. Alliance Airlines - in the all-white livery at Adelaide Airport, December 11, 2013.

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