VH-CZR. Boeing 737-277A. c/n 22650-806.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Airlines - ?

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

First flown as VH-CZR - October 08, 1981

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZR - October 19, 1981

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

Accepted by Ansett at Seattle (Boeing Field) - October 20, 1981

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - October 22, 1981

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - October 25, 1981

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

Flight crew: Captains M. Wheaton, C. Bird; Engineer H. Short

Operated first revenue service Melbourne - Canberra (Captain G. Henderson) as AN384 - November 06, 1981

Operated the final 737-277 service for Air Vanuatu - January 31, 1987

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Melbourne (Captain A. C. Reid) as AN37 - February 01, 1987

The aircraft had flown 12,300 hours

This was the last 737-277 to be operated by Ansett Australia

Departed Melbourne (Tullamnarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as AN556 - February 06, 1987

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

Flight crew: Captains D. James, P. Yelland, N. McFarland; Engineer C. Amse

Sold to Wilmington Trust Co - February 1987

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 10, 1987

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N183AW - March 12, 1987

Registered to Wilmington Trust Co, Wilmington, DE

Leased to America West Airlines as the registered operator

Converted to America West configuration by Elsinore Aviation Services, Waco, Texas

Operated final America West revenue service Los Angeles - Phoenix as HP707 - October 23, 2003

Ferried Phoenix - Mojave for storage - October 31, 2003

Sold to Alameda Corp c/- Jetran International Ltd, San Antonio, Texas

Registered to Jetran International - November 15, 2003

Ferried Mojave - Tucson for overhaul by Hamilton Aerospace - June 15, 2004

The intended lease to Aloha Airlines, Hawaii did not take place

Sold to Aerovista Airlines, Dubai, UAE - January 20, 2005

Observed at Sharjah as N183AW - February 2005

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - February 01, 2005

Entered onto the United Arab Emirates Aircraft Register as A6-AVA - February 01, 2005

Advertised for immediate lease by Aerovista Airlines - April 07, 2005

Aircraft was configured with 110 economy seats and had flown 64,648 hours - April 07, 2005

Sold to Kam Air, Kabul, Afghanistan - November 05, 2005

Entered onto the Afghanistan Aircraft Register as YA-GAB - November 05, 2005

Observed at Delhi as YA-GAB in the Kam Air livery - April 20, 2007

Observed flying with Kam Air - November 2008

Current status ?

 

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

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-056.)

VH-CZR. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Official Airline Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1982.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-057.)

VH-CZR. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-059.)

VH-CZR. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional '50 Years Birthday' decal at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-058.)

VH-CZR. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional '50 Years Birthday' decal at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-060.)

VH-CZR. America West Airlines - in the original livery at an unknown airport, March 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-061.)

N183AW. America West Airlines - in the original livery at an unknown airport, January 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-127.)

N183AW. Aerovista - in the standard livery at Sharjar Airport, February 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-341.)

YA-GAB. Kam Air - in the Aerovista livery at an unknown airport, March 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-344.)