VH-CZP. Boeing 737-277A. c/n 22648-789.


This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Airlines - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - July 21, 1981

First flown as 'N56807' - August 14, 1981

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZP - August 18, 1981

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

Accepted by Ansett at Seattle (Boeing Field) - August 25, 1981

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - August 27, 1981

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - August 30, 1981

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Hilo - Nauru - Tontouta - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains B. Andrews, J. Phillips

This was the 100th Boeing jet airliner to be delivered to Australia

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane (Captain T. May) as AN52 - September 10, 1981

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Captain I. Kingsmill) - October 12, 1986

The aircraft had flown 12,000 hours

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as AN554 - October 17, 1986

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

Flight crew: Captains K. Patton, J. Mee; LAME N. Holden

Sold to Wilmington Trust Co - October 1986

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 10, 1986

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N181AW - November 12, 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 Ontario (California) - Phoenix - January 14, 2002

Placed in open storage at Phoenix before ferrying to Goodyear in the America West livery

Sold to Grupo Turistico Magno SA de CV, Mexico t/a Magnicharters - June 2002

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 14, 2002

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-MAE - July 2002

Ferried Goodyear - Monterey on delivery to Magnicharters - July 2002

Current with Magnicharters


VH-CZP. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-277.)

VH-CZP. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1982.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-520.)

N181AW. America West Airlines - in the standard livery at Tucson Airport, November 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-038.)