VH-CZU. Boeing 737-277A. c/n 22653-832.
This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Airlines - ?
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Boeing Field) - December 17, 1981
First flown as 'N8293V' - January 13, 1982
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZU - February 11, 1982
Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne
Accepted by Ansett at Seattle (Boeing Field) - February 17, 1982
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - February 21, 1982
Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - February 23, 1982
Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Hilo - Pago Pago - Nadi - Melbourne
Flight crew: Captains C. Bird, W. Wilkinson; LAMEs P. King, M. Rance
Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Canberra (Captain N. Roberts) as AN384 - March 05, 1982
Operated final revenue service Sydney - Melbourne (Captain R. Crane) as AN139 - January 19, 1987
The aircraft had flown 11,200 hours
Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as AN559 - January 23, 1987
Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Apia - Hilo - Seattle (Paine Field)
Flight crew: Captains K. Wallace, J. Snowball, G. Henderson; LAME W. Searle
Sold to Wilmington Trust Co - February 1987
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 16, 1987
Sold to EFC Leasing Company - February 16, 1987
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N186AW - February 18, 1987
Registered to EFC Leasing Company
Leased to America West Airlines asthe registered operator
Converted to America West configuration by Tramco at Paine Field
Operated final America West revenue service Ontario - Phoenix as HP643 - November 05, 2004
Returned to EFC Leasing on termination of the lease - November 2004
Ferried Phoenix - Goodyear for storage - December 01, 2004
Broken up at Goodyear with the aircraft's tail having been removed - July 07, 2005
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - ?
Scrapped at Goodyear
VH-CZU. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional 'Official Airline Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1982.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-053.)
VH-CZU. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1983.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-120.)
VH-CZU. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1985.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-054.)