VH-TAB. Boeing 737-3Q8. c/n 26282-2355.

 

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

Arrived 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 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 first Qantas revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Canberra as QF1058 - October 18, 2001

Sold to Castle 2003-1A LLC - June 26, 2003

Operated final Qantas revenue service Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF637 - August 19, 2003

The post operative service carried out by Qantas with aircraft 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.)