VH-CZO. Boeing 737-277A. c/n 22647-785.
Was also registered as: N180AW; XA-RBC.
This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Airlines - ?
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - July 07, 1981
First flown as VH-CZO - July 31, 1981
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZO - August 05, 1981
Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne
Accepted by Ansett at Seattle (Boeing Field) - August 11, 1981
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - August 13, 1981
Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - August 16, 1981
Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Hilo - Pago Pago - Nadi - Melbourne
Flight crew: Captains E. Walters, B. Raspin
Operated its first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Adelaide (Captain C. Bird) as AN206 - August 22, 1981
Air Vanuatu titles were added to forward fuselage - 1985
Operated the occasional Polynesian / Air Vanuatu service as a back-up aircraft - 1985 - 1986
Operated final revenue service Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne (Captain P. Kentley) as AN1637 - November 09, 1986
The aircraft had flown 12,100 hours
Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to United States as AN553 - November 14, 1986
Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Apia - Hilo - Seattle (Paine Field)
Flight crew: Captains K. Wallace, P. Feeney; LAME C. Struber
Sold to Wilmington Trust Co - November 1986
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 08, 1986
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N180AW - December 10, 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 its final America West revenue service Los Angeles - Phoenix as HP496 - May 21, 2004
Ferried Phoenix - Goodyear for storage as HP7815 - May 21, 2004
This aircraft was slated for scrapping - August 2004
It was observed at Goodyear with the titles removed - August 15, 2004
Sold to Republicair, Cancun, Mexico - November 2004
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - November 2004
Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-RBC - November 2004
Ferried Goodyear - Mexico City on delivery to Republicair - November 30, 2004
Republicair was shut down by the Mexican Government due to safety violations - April 2007
The aircraft was still in service with Republicair - 2008
Current with Republicair - November 2008
VH-CZO. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 07, 1982.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-519.)
VH-CZO. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 12, 1984.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-150.)
VH-CZO. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Air Vanuatu' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 16, 1985.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-151.)
VH-CZO. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional '50 Years' birthday logo at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 19, 1986.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-170.)