VH-CZN. Boeing 737-277A. c/n 22646-778.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Airlines - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Boeing Field) - June 11, 1981

First flown as 'N8295V' - July 01, 1981

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZN - July 07, 1981

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

Accepted by Ansett Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - July 15, 1981

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - July 17, 1981

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - July 20, 1981

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Hilo - Pago Pago - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains B.R. Andrews, E. Stewart; Engineer B. Prescott

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Captain M. Wheaton) as AN26 - July 30, 1981

Operated the inaugural Melbourne - Hobart - Melbourne Boeing 737 service - October 27, 1981

Operated the inaugural Melbourne - Newcastle - Melbourne 737 service as AN150/151 - April 11, 1983

Leased to Polynesian and Air Vanuatu occasionally in the Ansett livery - 1985 - 1986

Damaged when it struck donkeys during landing roll at Apia whilst operating a Polynesian service - July 11, 1986

Ingested part of one donkey through No 2 engine and was unserviceable for 3 days

Operated final revenue service Coolangatta - Melbourne (Captain A. Read) as AN1087 - September 28, 1986

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine)

The aircraft had flown 12,700 hours which was the highest for any Ansett 737-277

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as AN552 - January 01, 1987

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Apia - Hilo - Seattle (Paine Field)

Flight crew: Captains N. Day, R. Blievers; Engineer R. Bishop

Sold to Wilmington Trust Co - January 04, 1987

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 02, 1987

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N179AW - October 30, 1986

Registered to Wilmington Trust Co, Wilmington, DE

Leased to America West Airlines as the registered operator

Converted to America West configuration by TRAMCO at Everett (Paine Field)

Operated final America West revenue service Los Angeles - Phoenix as HP443 - June 30, 2003

Ferried Phoenix - Goodyear for storage - July 02, 2003

Sold to Alameda Corporation Inc c/- Jetran International

Registered to Jetran International, San Antonio, Texas - September 30, 2003

Ferried Goodyear - Mojave for long term storage - October 04, 2003

The aircraft was slated for scrapping - February 2006

Ownership transferred to MAA - February 28, 2006

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - May 22, 2006

Broken up at Mojave by Alameda Corporation

 

VH-CZN. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional '50 Years' birthday logo at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1986.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-147.)

N179AW. America West Airlines - in the standard livery at Los Angeles Airport, September 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-042.)