VH-RON. Boeing 737-4L7. c/n 26960-2483.
This aircraft was ordered by Air Nauru - ?
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - May 07, 1993
Powered by CFM International CFM-56-3C1 engines
First flown as C2-RN10 - May 24, 1993
Entered onto the Nauru Aircraft Register as C2-RN10 - May 1993
Accepted by Air Nauru at Seattle (Boeing Field) - June 09, 1993
The aircraft was named 'President Hammer De Roburt'
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as ON1121 - June 21, 1993
Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - June 23, 1993
Delivery route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Port Angeles - Honolulu - Majuro - Nauru - Melbourne
This aircraft was based and maintained in Melbourne by Australian Airlines
Operated first revenue service Melbourne - Sydney - Noumea - Nauru as ON120 - July 03, 1993
Leased to Norfolk Jet Express several days a week whilst still operating Air Nauru services - April 24, 1995
Leased to Kiwi International Airlines, New Zealand - May 03, 1996
Returned to Air Nauru on termination of the lease - September 1996
Cancelled from the Nauru Aircraft Register - June 26, 1998
Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RON - June 26, 1998
Registered to International Lease Finance Corporation
Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator on behalf of Air Nauru
It was dry leased to Air Nauru by Qantas Airways
Entered long-term maintenance at the Melbourne (Tullamarine) Qantas Jet Base - April 23 to July 09, 2003
Operated final revenue service Norfolk Island - Brisbane as QF394 - December 17, 2005
Ferried Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) for storage as ON401 - December 18, 2005
Repossessed by US Export-Import Bank and stored at the Qantas Maintenance Base - December 18, 2005
It was offered for sale by tender
Registered to Hydraqua, Mount Eliza, Victoria - February 02, 2006
Moved from storage to the Qantas hangar for overhaul - October 08, 2006
Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - November 10, 2006
Entered onto South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OAA - November 2006
Registered to Comair South Africa
Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) after maintenance - November 10 - 11, 2006
Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to South Africa - November 12, 2006
Ferry route: Melbourne - Port Headland - Cocos Islands - Male - Mahe - Johannesburg
Operated by Comair as a British Airways franchise in the British Airways livery and Comair titles
Operated first Comair revenue service Johannesburg - Mauritius as BA6399 - March 10, 2007
Current with Comair
VH-RON. Air Nauru - 'President Hammer De Roburt' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 2005.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-282.)
ZS-OAA. British Airways - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, March 2007.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-411.)