VH-OZU. Boeing 737-229. c/n 21176-431.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Sabena Belgian World Airlines - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - September 1975

First flown at Renton as N8277V - September 30, 1975

Accepted by Sabena at Seattle (Boeld Field) - December 03, 1975

Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft register as OO-SDN - December 1975

Leased to Gulf Air as OO-SDN - October 22, 1977

Returned to Sabena on termination of the lease - May 15, 1978

Leased to Air Gabon as OO-SDN - November 02, 1985

Returned to Sabena on termination of the lease - December 06, 1985

Leased to Malaysian Airline Systems - May 21, 1989

Cancelled from the Belgian Aircraft Register - May 21, 1989

Entered onto the Malaysian Aircraft Register as 9M-MBP - May 21, 1989

Returned to SABENA on termination of the lease - March 17, 1990

Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-SDN - March 1990

An intended charter contract to Peugeot was not taken up and aircraft prepared for lease to Sobelair

Entered service with Sobelair - January 28, 1993

Returned to Sabena on termination of the lease - March 15, 1993

Entered Sabena service at Brussels in Sabena livery but with Sobelair titles - March 15, 1993

Leased to Sobelair - May 21, 1993

Returned to Sabena - June 15, 1994

Sold to European Airways Ltd - May 15, 1998

Leased to Sabena Belgian World Airlines - May 15, 1998

Operated final Sabena service Gothenburg - Brussels as SN732 - November 30, 2000

Withdrawn from use and parked at Brussels in the basic Sabena livery without titles

Aircraft had flown 56,107 hours with 40,829 cycles

Cancelled from the Belgian Aircraft Register - December 31, 2000

Returned to European Aviation Ltd - February 27, 2001

Leased to European Air Charter - February 27, 2001

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-CEAI - March 2001

Ferried Brussels - Bournemouth in the basic Sabena livery and observed as such - May 26, 2001

Ferried Bournemouth - Paris (LBG) for overhaul - ?

Observed at Paris Le Bourget without engines undergoing maintenance - July 17, 2001

Rolled out at Bournmouth in black-blue livery without titles - August 28, 2001

Observed at Paris (CDG) in black-blue livery without titles - July 20, 2003

Observed at Bournemouth in the standard Ozjet livery as 'G-CEAI' - February 20, 2005

Departed Bournemouth on the ferry flight to Australia as EA9716 - February 20, 2005

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - February 22, 2005

Ferry route: Bournemouth - Rhodes - Kuala Lumpur - Darwin - Adelaide - Melbourne

Flew promotional flights within Australia under Eurocharter designator - March 08 - 20, 2005

Displayed at the Avalon Air Show, Melbourne as G-CEAI - March 20, 2005

Placed in storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) awaiting granting of the Ozjet Operating Certificate - March 2005

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) for Romania via Darwin - Kuala Lumpur for maintenance - August 16, 2005

Departed Romania on the ferry flight to Australia following maintenance - ?

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - October 15, 2005

Aircraft arrived in a modified livery with 'Oz' on the tail and additional 'web address'

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OZU - October 26, 2005

Reregistered to Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as O7004 - November 29, 2005

This was the inaugural Ozjet service in Australia

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as O7059 - March 12, 2006

This was the final Ozjet Australian service

Ozjet ceased all scheduled operation due to low traffic numbers - March 12, 2006

The airline's owner decided to concentrate only on charter services from this date

Stored at the AAES hangar at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - March 15, 2006

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as O7-900 - May 19, 2006

Operated proving flight Brisbane - Norfolk Island - Brisbane - May 20, 2006

Operated inaugural Brisbane - Norfolk Island as O7-331; Norfolk Island - Sydney as O7-332;

Sydney - Norfolk Island as O7-333; Norfolk Island - Brisbane as O7-334 - May 24, 2006

Sold to Heavy Lift Cargo Airlines Pty Ltd - ?

Ozjet was acquired by Heavy Lift to gain access to an Australian AOC to fly domestic freight

Registered to Heavy Lift Cargo Airlines Pty Ltd - May 2, 2008

Ozjet continued to operate as a separate identity

Aircraft advertised for sale by Flightstar International LLC, Fort Lauderdale - May 2009

Advertised sale price was $US 695,000 with the aircraft having flown 63,109 hours with 44,568 cycles

Operated final revenue service Perth - Denpasar - Perth as OZJ824/825 - May 09, 2009

Ozjet Airlines ceased all flight operations due to operational difficulties - May 20, 2009

The aircraft was placed in storage at Perth Airport - May 20, 2009

The airline was placed in administration due to inability to add freighter aircraft to its AOC - May 21, 2009

The United States Registration 'N733HL' was reserved - June 29, 2009

Observed stored at Perth as 'N733HL' in the standard Ozjet livery - September 01, 2009

Sold to Strategic Air Consultants - February 25, 2010

Sold to Red Cloud Assets LLC, Cheyenne, Wyoming - February 25, 2010

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N733HL - May 03, 2010

Registered to Red Cloud Assests LLC

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - September 30, 2011

Aircraft remains stored at Perth Airport as N733HL - 2012

 

OO-SDN. Sabena Belgian World Airlines - in the standard livery at Brussels Airport, December 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-358.)

9M-MBP. Malaysia - in the basic Sabena livery at Singapore Airport, October 06, 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-860.)

9M-MBP. Sabena Belgian World Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, March 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-357.)

OO-SDN. Sobelair - in the standard livery at Brussels Airport, December 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-861.)

G-CEAI. European - in the standard livery at Paris Orly Airport, March 2003.

(C. Laugier Copyright Image 4621-671.)

G-CEAI. European - in the standard livery at Bournemouth Airport, July 2003.

(C. Laugier Copyright Image 4620-529.)

G-CEAI. OzJet - in the basic livery at Bournemouth Airport, February 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-409.)

G-CEAI. OzJet - in the basic livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, February 2005.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 4621-673.)

VH-OZU. OzJet - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 2005.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-366.)

VH-OZU. OzJet - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, June 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-269.)

VH-OZU. OzJet - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, June 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-332.)

VH-OZU. OzJet - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, December 14, 2008.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-670.)

VH-OZU. OzJet - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, January 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-442.)

VH-OZU. OzJet - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, March 23, 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-669.)

N733HL. OzJet - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, March 24, 2010.

(R. Shaw Copyright Image 4622-120.)