VH-CZW. Boeing 737-277A. c/n 22655-872.

Was also registered as: N188AW; AP-BHB.


This aircraft was ordered new by Ansett Airlines - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - April 19, 1982

First flown as VH-CZW - May 11, 1982

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CZW - May 14, 1982

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

Accepted by Ansett at Seattle (Paine Field) - May 17, 1982

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - May 21, 1982

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - May 24, 1982

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

Flight crew: Captains M. Wheaton, E. Stewart; LAME V. Alborn

Operated its first revenue service Melbourne - Coolangatta (Captain A. Learmonth) as AN88 - June 03, 1982

Painted in the Polynesian / Air Vanuatu livery - 1985

Operated its final revenue service Sydney - Melbourne (Captain J. Tillotson) as AN77 - November 24, 1986

Withdrawn from service having flown some 10,600 hours

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as AN561 - November 28, 1986

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

Flight crew: Captains E. Walters, G. Davis; LAME H. Owczarek

Sold to Wilmington Trust Co, DE - December 1986

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 01, 1986

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N188AW - December 02, 1986

Registered to Wilmington Trust Co

Leased to America West Airlines as the registered operator

Converted to America West configuration by Tramco at Paine Field

Operated its final America West revenue service El Paso - Phoenix as HP424 - July 07, 2004

Ferried Phoenix - Goodyear for storage as HP7812 - July 12, 2004

Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee, Salt Lake City - September 22, 2004

Sold to Shaheen Air International, Karachi, Pakistan

Departed Salt Lake City on the ferry flight to Pakistan in the Shaheen livery - November 25, 2004

Ferry route: Salt Lake City - Tucson - Edmonton - St Johns - Oostende - Athens - Dubai - Karachi

Flight crew: Captains B. MacNeal, J. Faulkner (Vision Airline, Romsey, U.K.)

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - December 07, 2004

Entered onto the Pakistan Aircraft Register as AP-BHB - December 07, 2004

Withdrawn from use and stored - November 2012



VH-CZW. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1982.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-043.)

VH-CZW. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1984.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-050.)

VH-CZW. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery with additional '50 Years' birthday decal at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 03, 1986.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4622-051.)

N188AW. America West Airlines - in the all-white livery at Phoenix Airport, March 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-342.)