VH-CZF. Boeing 737-377. c/n 23658-1281.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Airlines - June 21, 1985

The finance was provided by Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp, National Australia Bank & ING

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Renton) - August 25, 1986

First flown as VH-CZF - September 11, 1986

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZF - October 23, 1986

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

Accepted by Ansett at Seattle (Boeing Field) - October 23, 1986

The aircraft was configured to seat 24 First Class and 78 Economy Class passengers

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as AN33 - October 23, 1986

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - October 26, 1986

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

Flight crew: Captains K. Patton, J. Mee; LAME N. Holden; Operations Engineer F. Orford;

Boeing Captains T. Krinha, K. Austin

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hobart (Captain R. Crane) as AN1001 - November 01, 1986

Operated final Ansett service Kalgoorlie - Perth as AN357 - September 13, 2001

Flight crew: Captain M. James; F/O A. Lanham

Ansett suspended all operations due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

The aircraft was placed in storage at the Ansett Terminal at Perth Airport

Advertised for immediate sale by Aviation Capital Group - December 20, 2001

Ferried Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for long term storage as AN4041 - February 28, 2002

The aircraft had flown 42,745 hours with 30,713 cycles - June 27, 2002

Sold to the Dart Group Plc for operation by Channel Express (Air Services) UK - June 04, 2003

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - September 22, 2003

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-CELZ - September 22, 2003

Prior to departure on its ferry flight a tempory banner was attached to the lower forward fuselage

Banner inscription read 'Last 737 To Leave Aussie'

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to the U. K. in the Ansett livery as SXA170 - September 26, 2003

Arrived Bournemouth on completion of the ferry flight - September 28, 2003

Ferry route: Melbourne - Broome - Denpasar - Colombo - Al Ain - Larnaca - Bournemouth

Ferried Bournemouth - Lasham for storage in the Ansett livery as EXS946E - November 13, 2003

Ferried Lasham - Stansted - Tel Aviv as EXS956E - April 06, 2004

Converted to QC configuration by Bedek Aviation

Ferried Tel Aviv - Southend for painting in the Jet 2 livery - August 05, 2004

Delivered to Jet 2 and named 'Jet 2 Paris' - August 16, 2004

The aircraft acquired large cabin titles ' Allocated Seats' on the port side with

'Points for Free Flights' titles on the starboard side - 2011

Operated its final revenue service London (Stansted) - Edinburgh - Bradford (Leeds) - October 25, 2016

This flight was operated as a freighter mail flight

Ferried Bradford (Leeds) - Cotswold for storage and scrapping - October 28, 2016

The aircraft was parted out by Air Salvage International

Observed at Cotswold with the tail removed - November 11, 2016

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - ?

 

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-958.)

VH-CZF. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1987.

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

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VH-CZF. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1997.

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G-CELZ. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 2003.

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G-CELZ. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery with additional 'Last 737 To Leave Aussie' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 2003.

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G-CELZ. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 2003.

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G-CELZ. Jet 2 - 'Jet 2 Paris' in the original livery at East Midlands Airport, November 2004.

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G-CELZ. Jet 2 - 'Jet 2 Paris' in the revised livery with additional 'Points For Free Flights' titles at Faro Airport, date unknown.

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G-CELZ. Jet 2 - 'Jet 2 Paris' in the revised livery with additional 'Points For Free Flights' titles at an unknown airport, February 2011.

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G-CELZ. Jet 2 - 'Jet 2 Paris' in the revised livery with additional 'Points For Free Flights' titles at an unknown airport, February 2011.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-036.)