VH-CZO. Boeing 737-277A. c/n 22647-785.

 

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 first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Adelaide (Captain C. Bird) as AN206 - August 22, 1981

Air Vanuatu titles were added to forward fuselage - 1985

Operated 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 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

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

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 1982.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-519.)

VH-CZO. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 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 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-151.)