VH-TAB. Boeing 737-3Q8. c/n 26282-2355.
Was also registered as: 5W-ILF; N262KS; VP-CKY.
This aircraft was ordered new by International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) - ?
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Boeing Field) - August 10, 1992
Powered by CFM International CFM56-3C1 engines
First flown as 5W-ILF at Seattle - August 27, 1992
Entered onto the Polynesian Aircraft Register as 5W-ILF - September 1992
Accepted by ILFC at Seattle (Boeing Field) - September 08, 1992
Leased to Polynesian Airlines as the registered operator
Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - September 09, 1992
It arrived at Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - September 11, 1992
The aircraft was named 'Tooa'
The pre-service maintenance was carried out by Australian Airlines at Melbourne
Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - September 30, 1992
Operated the first Polynesian revenue service Sydney - Auckland - Apia as PH842 - September 30, 1992
The aircraft was damaged at Faleolo - December 03, 1996
Repaired on site and returned to service - December 16, 1996
Sub-leased to Solomon Airlines - April 01 - 19, 2001
Sub-leased to Ansett Airlines - April 20 - May 04, 2001
Mainly operated on the Ansett Melbourne - Sydney - Melbourne services whilst their Boeing 767 fleet was grounded
Operated its final Ansett service Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4329 - May 04, 2001
Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hamilton Island as PH991 - May 25, 2001
Sub-leased to Freedom Air International (N.Z.) - May 25, 2001
Operated final Freedom Airlines revenue service Hamilton Island - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as SJ321 - August 03, 2001
Returned to Polynesian Airlines - August 03, 2001
The lease to Polynesian Airlines was terminated and the aircraft returned to ILFC - August 03, 2001
The aircraft was placed in open storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport
Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd - October 13, 2001
Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) following repaint into the Qantas livery as PH242 - October 15, 2001
Cancelled from the Polynesian Aircraft Register - October 16, 2001
Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAB - October 18, 2001
Registered to International Lease Finance Corporation
Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd as the registered operator
Operated its first Qantas revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Canberra as QF1058 - October 18, 2001
Sold to Castle 2003-1A LLC - June 26, 2003
Operated its final Qantas revenue service Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF637 - August 19, 2003
The post operative service carried out by Qantas with the aircraft being painted all-white
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 10, 2003
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N262KS - October 14, 2003
Registered to Castle 2003-1A LLC
Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States in all-white livery - October 16, 2003
Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Honolulu - Fresno - Fayetteville (Arkansas)
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - October 19, 2003
Entered onto the Cayman Islands Aircraft Register as VP-CKY - November 14, 2003
Registered to Castle 2003-1A LLC
Leased to Cayman Airways as the registered operator
Current with Cayman Airways
5W-ILF. Polynesian Airline of Samoa - 'Tooa' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1993.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-027.)
5W-ILF. Polynesian Airline of Samoa - 'Tooa' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1997.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-005.)
5W-ILF. Freedomair - in the basic Polynesian livery at Christchurch Airport, August 2001.
(G. Reid Copyright Image 4621-939.)
VH-TAB. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 2003.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-181.)
VH-TAB. Qantas - in the all-white livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 2003.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-180.)
VP-CKY. Cayman Airways - in the standard livery at Miami International Airport, April 2005.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-585.)